The mainstream media, led by ABS-CBN News, has been playing up the story of Pangasinan fisherman who claimed voting for President Duterte like many of his fellow fishermen in 2016 election thinking Duterte can protect them to fish in the West PH Sea but now utterly disappointed of Duterte.
A certain MJ Quiambao Reyes wrote an open letter invoking journalistic fairness doctrine to ABS-CBN News to interview a netizen from Zambales and hear the other side of the story, re fishermen from Masinloc and nearby towns have returned to fish safely in Bajo de Masinloc aka Scarborough Shoal since Duterte came to power.
On Facebook, Reyes wrote:
“DEAR ABS CBN,
May mensahe po sa inyo ang isang taga-Masinloc. Bekenemen pwede nyo rin syang interview-hin? Of course, that is, if you are really after TRUTH & INFORMATION.”
Reyes also posted the screenshot of the comment of a netizen calling the news report about fishermen barred from fishing in Bajo de Masinloc or Scarborough Shoal “manipulated”.
To which another netizen replied that it is because the mainstream media have no issues to throw at the Duterte admin hence they will not stop until they destroy the Duterte admin. The netizen commented that from the start, the public are aware the media are lame purveyor of fake news, greedy to the point that their only concern is their personal interest, especially the people who are behind these fake news.
The netizen claimed that the fishing vessels from Masinloc, even from neighboring towns are regularly returning to the shore with a good catch of fish because the Chinese have not barred or shooed them away during fishing trips in Scarborough Shoal, their traditional fishing ground. The netizen ended the comment by thanking PRRD.
In light of the revelation of the resident from Masinloc, the other netizen exclaimed, deceitful paid media.
MJ Quiambao Reyes’ FB post has created quite a buzz among her FB followers and the Duterte supporters, generating 4,400+ reactions, 1,100+ shares and 173 comments and growing.
Commenting on the thread, one netizen wrote: “Halatang binayaran ng ABIAS CBN ANG tanga nA mangingisda para siraan ang administration du30,, ABIAS CBN reporters GALINGAN PA more ANG PANINIRA makabawi manlang kayo SA Pagpapasara ng Katol Net Work”
Another netizen expressed gratitude to social media. “Kung walang social media, namamayagpag na ngayon kasinungalingan ng mga gagong media na yan just like what they did to the Marcoses.
“This is true. You can also check PTV interview sa mga fishermen natin. In fact ang babait pa ng Vietnamese at Chinese sa kanila while nasa laot. And malaki ang kinikita din ng mga mangingisda natin” another netizen concurred with the claim of the Masinloc resident.