DISINFORMATION PALA: Secretary Raffy Alunan on US intelligence report, “Duterte a threat to democracy”

Two days ago, a netizen named Imee Callao warned about the “Oust Duterte” movement using the EDSA People Power 1 anniversary as the perfect alibi to recruit people without alerting the authorities. {Link here]

On Facebook, Callao writes:

There was a clarion call emanating from CBCP, the left and legal fronts of the CPP/NPA, from the yellows, and calling on to high ranking officials military and PNP to help overthrow PRRD.

They will start this February 23 and will build it up until the 25th of February 2018.

No one bothered to listen to Callao except her Facebook followers.

Well, if the likes and shares of her Facebook post are any indication.

Not until when Trillanes told ANC that the US intelligence assessment is a ‘warning shot’ for Duterte that the internet has begun to listen.

Trillanes was referring to the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community making the rounds online on the same day the senator did the TV interview. [Link here]

Meanwhile, the US intelligence report used by Trillanes and his media friends to fool the gullible public that indeed their call for ouster of Duterte has the blessings of the US quickly vanished after former DILG Secretary Rafael Alunan III debunked the report on Facebook.

On Facebook, Alunan called the US intelligence report “disinformation”.

Alunan said that there was no mention of Duterte being a threat to democracy in the region.

You may read the full post below.


Well, here it is. I looked for the report – Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community – prepared by Daniel R. Coats, Director for National Intelligence, dated 13 February 2018. I copied the pertinent portion that referred to the region and to PRRD. The local headlines and published “report” is FAKE NEWS. There is NOTHING there that says or suggests in any way that PRRD is a threat to democracy in the SEA region.

Judge for yourself:

“Southeast Asia

Democracy and human rights in many Southeast Asian countries will remain fragile in 2018 as autocratic tendencies deepen in some regimes and rampant corruption and cronyism undermine democratic values. Countries in the region will struggle to preserve foreign policy autonomy in the face of Chinese economic and diplomatic coercion.

 Cambodian leader Hun Sen will repress democratic institutions and civil society, manipulate government and judicial institutions, and use patronage and political violence to guarantee his rule beyond the 2018 national election. Having alienated Western partners, Hun Sen will rely on Beijing’s political and financial support, drawing Cambodia closer to China as a result.

 The crisis resulting from the exodus of more than 600,000 Rohingyas from Burma to Bangladesh will threaten Burma’s fledgling democracy, increase the risk of violent extremism, and provide openings for Beijing to expand its influence.

 In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to wage his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime. Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution, declare a “revolutionary government,” and impose nationwide martial law. His declaration of martial law in Mindanao, responding to the ISIS-inspired siege of Marawi City, has been extended through the end of 2018.

 Thailand’s leaders have pledged to hold elections in late 2018, but the new Constitution will institutionalize the military’s influence.”

Government should hunt down the bastards, here and abroad, who fed this to the mainstream media who, in turn, published it without verifying. There are appropriate legal mechanisms to teach all of them a neat lesson in responsible citizenship they’ll never forget till they breathe their last.

My apologies to the U.S. for letting off steam in defense of PRRD trusting that mainstream media verified the story beforehand. This only strengthens the belief that it can no longer be trusted as an independent non-partisan watchdog. They’re just dogs feeding on the bones doled out to them.

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