Finally, Senator Alan Cayetano has spoken on the issue surrounding the controversial meme depicting him as Duterte’s lapdog.
The Chinese New Year stunt pulled by Rappler did not make a lot of Duterte supporters happy.
Ten minutes after it was posted on Facebook, they took it down, praying that no one had the initiative to take a screenshot of their blunder. But Rappler was mistaken.
Shortly, a screengrab of Rappler’s meme reappeared in pro-Duterte pages to the chagrin of Rappler.
The backlash generated by Rappler’s meme leave them with no choice but to issue a public mea culpa.
On Monday, January 30, 2017 at around, 4:06 PM, Senator Cayetano took to Facebook lamenting how Rappler, whom he hold with high esteem despite differences in the past, has stooped down so slow to attack him personally with unexpected viciousness.
Cayetano said that if tables were turned and it was a Senator or Congressman depicted Rappler in particular as dogs and twisted the good value of loyalty to the appearance of being a tuta, the media will be in an uproar. Media organizations will demand ethics cases, boycotts and maybe resignations.
Meanwhile, Cayetano hits NUJP for staying mum on the issue, who has yet to make a comment in regards to the Rappler meme.
In the end, Cayetano remarked that in the spirit of the Chinese New Year, he has forgiven Rappler despite the lack of sincerity from Rappler’s part when crafting its public apology.
Below is the full text of Senator Cayetano’s open letter addressed to Rappler.
I have always respected your media organization and reporters even when I disagreed with them, and yes, even when untrue or nasty things were written about me.
That’s because I believe in the freedom of the press, the value of information and transparency and in the basic human value of respect.
This meme speaks a thousand words about Rappler, the person who authored it and your editors.
We may differ drastically in our political views and how to solve the country’s problems, but I’d like to believe we share the same love for GOD and Country.
We are all made from GOD’s Image and are but stewards in this world, all trying to make the world better for the next generation.
Bakit kailangan mag personalan, use ad hominems, resort to name calling?
If a Cabinet Member, Senator or Congressman depicted you as dogs and twisted the good value of loyalty to the appearance of being a tuta, the media will be in an uproar. Media organizations will demand ethics cases, boycotts and maybe resignations.
(NUJP et al where are you guys?)
Yet you posted a simple apology not even directed to Sec Aguire nor to Mocha (nevermind me, I’m used to being a whipping boy anyway).
Does supporting and believing in the Duterte administration make us dogs/tuta?
Dog/Tuta? Does anything in my 24 years of service to government point to that. Haven’t I stood up even at the risk of my life, when the country needed me to stand up and lend my voice.
First of all why the meme? Have you done that for past politicians (especially those you like and favor)?
Who made the meme and posted it? What was his or her punishment? But the biggest question is why such a meme existed in your office? Is Rappler doubling as a social media propaganda machine? Didn’t Rappler publish an article on weaponizing the internet?
Rappler has unfairly attacked us in the past. In 2010, it even targeted our election bid in Taguig, yet I’ve always fought that Rappler be present in the campaign and presscons (as well as other media outfits even if they are sometimes biased), because we need transparency. We need a vibrant, free press, and responsible press.
I assume you are apologizing for your actions not just for getting caught so….
So since its (Chinese) New Year and since the BIBLE says forgive 7 times 77, I forgive you.
GOD Bless The Philippines!