“Kakampink” is propaganda! Tiglao identifies 5 outlets as US-funded Robredo activists
Rappler and four other Filipino outlets would use funds from US-based benefactors to help Vice President Leni Robredo win the 2022 presidential race, former Cabinet Secretary Rigoberto Tiglao has claimed.
Tiglao identified the four supposedly pro-Robredo outlets as: Vera Files, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), and MindaNews.
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In his March 25 column for the Manila Times, Tiglao said US funds reach these organizations through the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
“Over the past five years, trying – unsuccessfully, of course – to reduce President Duterte’s political support and popularity, these media companies have now stepped up to campaign both subtly and overtly for the Washington candidate. , Leni Robredo,” he said.
Tiglao listed the amounts the organizations would have received from the United States over the past five years as follows: Rappler, 40.9 million pesos; (PCIJ), P40.1 million; CMFR, 50.5 million pesos; VERA files, 22.4 million pesos; and MindaNews, 13.4 million pesos.
The former cabinet official said a check of articles on those organizations’ websites would show their bias for Robredo and their opposition to presidential front-runner Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
“This media equipment will not last a week without American funds. And dare they call themselves the “independent media”? And in the service of a presidential candidate, financed by the United States? asked Tiglao.