DA Sec. Manny Piñol talks about the photo purportedly showing him intimidating the cook, slams critics for twisting stories for their ends

Before moving on to the next topic, let us hear out DA Secretary Manny Pinol first, shall we?

The hardworking DA Secretary has been maliciously depicted by his colleagues in mainstream media as someone who used arm-twisting tactics to do PRRD’s bidding.

In case you missed it, just barely a day after boat captain Junel Insigne and 22 of his crew changed their narrative of the June 9 Recto Bank incident, the photo of DA Secretary Manny Pinol and the cook Richard Blaza circulated online wherein the caption suggested the Cabinet Secretary employed intimidation to break down the cook and the rest they say is history.

An obviously annoyed Pinol, who made a promise in an earlier FB post that he won’t talk about the issue anymore, took to Facebook once again defending himself from the malicious allegation circulating online.

In the Facebook post, Pinol vehemently denied the allegation he intimidated the cook and the rest of the crew, including boat captain to force them to change their narrative of the Recto Bank incident.

Instead, Pinol hit back at mainstream media accusing critics of twisting stories for their ends.

Pinol urged Pinoy Facebook netizens to read the caption below that accompanied the so-called “intimidation” photo, to argue his case that he was unfairly portrayed by mainstream media as someone who uses underhanded tactics behind close doors.

“Mukha ng taong tinatakot upang magsinungaling.

Eto si Richard Blaza (boat cook) kinakausap ni DA secretary Manny Pinol bago humarap sa media.

Pinol then went on to explain how the “intimidation” photo being peddled came about, and not what mainstream media portrayed like they took the photo of a top-secret meeting in a spy movie.

You may start reading Manny Pinol’s FB post below.

I promised not to comment on the Recto Bank incident anymore after I have done my task last Wednesday but there is post which is a total lie that I need to address.

On Monday, June 17, in the receiving area of the Office of the Agriculture Secretary, I met with F/B GEM-VER boat owner Arlinda dela Torre and the cook, Richard Blaza, to hear their story on the maritime incident in the Recto Bank and ask them how the Department of Agriculture could help.

I had to know the circumstances surrounding the incident because the President might ask for a briefing since it involved fishermen.

This was the same meeting where Captain Junel Insigne was supposed to be present but he backed out as he was not feeling well according to him.

While we were conversing, our information officer, Solita “Baby” Onquit, told me that several media photographers wanted to take pictures.

She asked if it was okey to open the door slightly so the photographers could take pictures from a distance and I agreed.

So, through the slightly opened door pictures were taken.

I was aware that photos were being taken.

But you know how they are slanting this now?

Pinapalabas nila na parang nakasilip sila ng top secret na pag-uusap.

Read this post:

“Mukha ng taong tinatakot upang magsinungaling.

Eto si Richard Blaza (boat cook) kinakausap ni DA secretary Manny Pinol bago humarap sa media.

(Credits to MICHAEL VARCAS)

PS: Apologies for the unintentional credit-grabbing. 😁”

After this picture was taken, I presented Blaza and Dela Torre to the media pero hindi yong frontal pictures ang ginamit kundi yong parang nakasilip sila at pinapalabas na tinatakot ko si Blaza.

This is how the critics of this administration distort facts just to push their agenda of destabilization.

By the way, my dare stands: If anyone would like to know if I intimidated or threatened any of the fishermen, go to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro and ask them.

Hear it straight from them!

#TamaNaAngKasinungalingan!
#WhyDoYouDistortFacts?

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