(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 17 April 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BISING" (SURIGAE) was located based on all available data at 715 km East of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte (10.1°N, 132.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h. Caraga Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm due to TY Bising. Possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to heavy rains. Moderate to strong winds from Northeast to Northwest will prevail over the region with moderate to rough seas / (2.5 to 4.0 meters).

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Sec. Andanar suspects facebook fact checkers as allies of the opposition

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin M. Andanar shared during a phone patch interview on Sunny FM his suspicion on the recent decision of Facebook to take down some of its pages.

“Medyo questionable na siya kay ang problema man gud, ‘nang ilang gipangsara, mga Facebook account ng mga supporters ni Presidente. Ang wala nila gipangsara katong mga kontra ni Presidente nga sige’g spread aning fake news,” he told Sunny FM anchor Romeo Catalan.

(“It’s quite questionable. The problem is that Facebook shut down accounts including those owned by the supporters of the President, but failed to take down those who are opposing the president and are spreading fake news.”)

Last March, Facebook announced taking down a number of its accounts and pages who are alledgedly source of disinformation. Some of these are reported as pages who are owned by supporters of the Duterte administration.

The PCOO chief considered it as an unfair procedure against the administration. “Siguro because ang mga fact-checkers sa Facebook, mga kauban man sa oposisyon,” he said.

(“Maybe beacuse the fact checkers of Facebook are allies of the opposition.”)

One recent example of this is, he mentioned, the viral video entitled “Ang Totoong Narco List - Episode 3” claiming senatorial bet Bong Go and presidential daughter Kitty Duterte as part of an illegal drug syndicate. Facebook has not shown any action to take down the said video.

Inspite the “strong destabilization”, Sec. Andanar is still confident that these attempts of the opposition groups have not affected the performance satisfaction rating of the president. “Dili man magpatunto ang mga tao [kay] kahibalo man sila,” he continued.

(“The people will not be fooled because they are knowledgeable.”)

The 79% performance satisfaction rating reported by Social Weather Survey (SWS) earlier this month, he shared, “is a testament that the people do not take everything hook, line and sinker.” ###