Rappler and DFA Traitors' Leak of Trump-Duterte Call

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Rappler and DFA traitors’ leak of Trump-Duterte call damages PH’s image irreparably

By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO on May 26, 2017
Manila Times



NEWS website Rappler’s release of the transcript of the phone conversation last April 29 between US President Trump and President Duterte—leaked by Yellow moles at the Department of Foreign Affairs—is such an appalling betrayal of our country’s welfare we should be outraged over it.

While Trump praised Duterte profusely for his war against illegal drugs, the US President disclosed such highly classified information as the US having two nuclear submarines with “a lot of firepower” ready to retaliate against North Korea. Because of this, Western media has been in a frenzy over Trump’s revelation of such a military secret, with news outfits all over the world even posting the facsimile of the actual DFA memorandum that had the transcript.

However, Rappler’s scoop has damaged the country’s image irreparably. It has made us a laughingstock of the whole world, with people saying that we have a government that can’t keep state secrets, according to my diplomatic sources who are shocked at the reports. (I do have such sources: I was an ambassador from 2005 to 2010.)

“How can any head of state now talk to your President frankly, when his talk with the world’s most powerful head of state, who has his own strict protocols for confidentiality, was released to the world, word for word?” a high-ranking foreign diplomat rhetorically asked. Because of this leak which became ammo for his many critics, I’m sure Trump will never talk to Duterte again.

Never has such a confidential conversation between heads of state been made public. Even the infamous Wikileaks website managed to disclose only reports written by diplomatic staff, and not transcripts of such confidential talks. Never in our modern history has such a document of the highest level of confidentiality been publicly released.


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KILLER? Rappler sister company The Intercept’s report on the Duterte-Trump conversation.

Even the recent reports by The Washington Post and The New York Times regarding Trump’s controversial remarks in his meeting with Russian diplomats as well as FBI Director James Comey’s memorandum, didn’t contain the actual transcripts or memo, with the two papers reporting that the contents of these were only read to their journalists.



Even the memorandum

By contrast, Rappler and its accomplice the American news website intercept.com even posted the facsimile of the memorandum on the transcript written by acting assistant secretary Marshal Louis M. Alferez of the DFA’s Office of American Affairs. The memorandum was addressed to the undersecretary for civilian security and consular affairs, whom I was told was Ariel Abadilla, through the undersecretary for policy Enrique A. Manalo.

The National Bureau of Investigation or the National Intelligence Coordinating Authority should investigate these officials and everyone who had access to the document—and subject them to lie-detector tests—to find out the source of such an embarrassing leak that has been so damaging to the country. It is a crime: the unauthorized release of government confidential information is penalized with five years of imprisonment under the Civil Service Code. The same penalties are imposed on private individuals involved in such crime.

Rappler editors may have known that the leaking of confidential government information is a crime that it claimed that it didn’t get the transcript directly from the DFA but only through the US-based website The Intercept, which subtitled its report on the Trump-Duterte conversation, “A Call with a Killer”.



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The DFA memo cover page and first page of transcript of Duterte-Trump conversation released by Rappler


This is such a flimsy excuse. The Intercept is financed by E-Bay founder Pierre Omidyar who in 2015 made a substantial investment of about P50 million in Rappler, making the local website a sister company of The Intercept. This American news site even posted the transcript at the same time that Rappler did.

But the egoism of Rappler’s editors is such that they still wanted to get credit for such a scoop: The Intercept’s report had the prominent note “In partnership with Rappler”, with the website’s logo conspicuously displayed (see image).

Rappler thinks we are gullible fools by claiming that The Intercept has such deep, and extensive sources in the Philippines’ foreign affairs department that it could get such a sensitive, and confidential information.



DFA security-conscious


However, the DFA in fact is one government agency that is so conscious of the security of its documents that it routinely attaches the pro-forma cover sheet with the word “CONFIDENTIAL” displayed at its top and bottom to most of its inter-office documents. Only the Office of the President and our national security agencies use such a cover sheet. DFA courses at its Foreign Service Institute have modules devoted solely to the importance of confidentiality and security.

I don’t think even Rappler itself got the document through its sheer investigative skills, which have been mediocre. The DFA is such a security-conscious institution that it takes years, even decades, for a reporter to develop sources in it who would leak confidential information (but never actual documents).

And of course, since even the slightest derogatory information—suspicion of leaking some information to media, for instance—on a staff endangers his or her chance of promotion, and most importantly, of being assigned to a juicy post overseas, the dream of nearly all DFA staff.

So, how did Rappler get that highly classified document that has damaged our country’s reputation? I have my suspicions.

Del Rosario

I have gotten several emails from my DFA contacts which allege that former Foreign Secretary and Yellow-Cult hard-core Albert del Rosario has maintained a small core of DFA officials loyal to him—and anti-Duterte—in the department’s headquarters here and abroad. My DFA sources claimed that partly because of these anti-Duterte officials, the department has done practically nothing to correct the country’s image in the West that there have been massive human rights violations because of Duterte’s war against illegal drugs.[/b]

Del Rosario appears to have been close to Rappler which has written so many pieces praising him and almost routinely quotes extensively his views that are invariably critical of Duterte’s foreign policy, which he termed a “national tragedy.” Rappler was the only news outfit that reported that del Rosario recommended that then acting foreign secretary Enrique Manalo be appointed permanent DFA head, based on his experience of working with him for five years.

After Alan Cayetano’s appointment as DFA head, Manalo has returned to his post as undersecretary for policy. The memorandum containing the Trump-Duterte transcript was coursed through him.

I’m sure it would be very easy for the NBI—by tracing everyone who had access to the memorandum and subjecting them to lie-detector tests—to determine who leaked the confidential transcript, and to whom.

How can such a weak nation like us that had three American lackeys as presidents in its recent history, reassert its independence from its former colonizer and its Western allies if traitors in the DFA in collusion with the Yellow Cult leak to the world confidential documents?


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Comments

  • BeerhandBopBeerhandBop I Am WHIP PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    "How can such a weak nation like us that had three American lackeys as presidents in its recent history, reassert its independence from its former colonizer and its Western allies if traitors in the DFA in collusion with the Yellow Cult leak to the world confidential documents?
    "

    ho lee fuk, manila times is now sounding a lot like Chinese State Media. Sorry, not chinese state media, North Korean Propaganda $hi7 is the more proper description.

    buti nalang walang nagbabasa ng manila times.
  • counterplundercounterplunder Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    "How can such a weak nation like us that had three American lackeys as presidents in its recent history, reassert its independence from its former colonizer and its Western allies if traitors in the DFA in collusion with the Yellow Cult leak to the world confidential documents?
    "

    ho lee fuk, manila times is now sounding a lot like Chinese State Media. Sorry, not chinese state media, North Korean Propaganda $hi7 is the more proper description.

    buti nalang walang nagbabasa ng manila times.

    BS talaga yang manila times bibili ako niyan pang pukpok lang sa ulo. Puro propaganda lang mababasa diyan.
  • ach_chooach_choo Repent you savages! Repent! PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Mga gag0. News companies have been leaking so-called confidential information since the beginning of free press.
  • fyrkrkrfyrkrkr Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    For the Motherland - Sass Rogando Sasot
    4 hrs ·

    Being a journalist doesn't exempt you from following the law.

    *****

    Maria Ressa said she has close to 4 decades of experience handling confidential documents. She's 53 now. So she's been handing government documents concerning national security since she was 13-15?

    *****

    On May 5, Duterte himself said that he would be happy to make his conversations with Xi and Trump public, if the public wants to hear it. Obviously, since Duterte was going to sanction its release, it could have been redacted to remove details that have strategic implications.

    *****

    Why then Rappler chose to take the ILLEGAL route in making it public, and Maria Ressa et al didn't even redact details that have national and international security implications?

    *****


    That Philippine media could be trusted to be our nation's arbiter on security issues can easily be debunked by what they've done during the 2010 Manila Bus Hostage crisis. Maria Ressa who was head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affair during that time defended her network's decision to cover the hostage crisis live. Ressa said: "“When there are no rules, we push for what we can get."


    *****

    During her December 2016 one-on-one interview with Duterte, Maria Ressa took a photo of the first page of the thick list of people implicated in the illegal drug trade in the country.

    Can someone verify if Rappler published that information which is clearly in the interest of the public to be known? Did Rappler conduct an investigative journalism work to determine if the people on that first page are indeed involved in the illegal drug trade? Chay Hofileña, did Rappler keep this as a secret? If yes, whose interests is Rappler protecting by not publishing the photo Ressa took?

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    *****

    Why did Rappler choose not to publish the [#]LeniLeaks[/#] document that wasn't acquired illegally at all (see: http://archive.is/F8Q1n)?

    Instead of showing the document to people by providing a hyperlink to the document itself, Rappler chose to demonise the bloggers who got hold of the document LEGALLY, exposing the social media strategy of the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines to turn the tables on the critics of Leni and to intensify black propaganda against BBM and his son? Why didn't you expose how the OVP itself is directing online pages on how to defend Leni Robredo?

    Chay Hofileña, you and your organization committed an ILLEGAL act, and you want us to give you a free pass by giving us flimsy reasons and faulty analogies for your breach of privilege presidential communication that has national and international security implications?

    *****

    Rappler finds something wrong with Duterte saying in public that both US and North Korea show restraint, while at the same time telling Trump in their private conversation that he (Trump) could "keep the pressure on him."

    Maria Ressa please tell us what LAW did Duterte violate on this action that you could brazenly commit an illegal act by revealing privilege presidential communication? The transcript has only shown that Duterte isn't that unsophisticated hillbilly but a deft statesman who could navigate complex diplomatic situations.

    You are effectively telling North Korea that the Philippines is not sincere in its call for restraint. Tell us, Ressa, whose NATIONAL INTEREST did you serve?


    *****


    Another issue Rappler find problematic was the difference between what Duterte told the public about Trump asking him to call China. The document showed that Duterte volunteered to do that, and Trump agreed by saying "please call China and tell them we are all counting on China."

    Maria Ressa your Princeton education and decades of experience didn't train you to discern why Duterte had to mention that it was Trump who requested him to do that?

    It's because that would actually help pacify the situation, by showing that the US would like to explore diplomatic options. Duterte, instead of being egoistic and being a braggart that it was his decision to solicit the help of China, actually gave the diplomatic spotlight to the US, which badly needs it after showing that heavy-handedness in Syria.

    Furthemore, that he was asked by Trump to do that would have more weight to China than him just telling China that it was just his suggestion!

    So no, Ressa, that isn't enough for you to be excused from any criminal liability for conniving with a foreign institution to reveal confidential documents.
  • MariaInesMariaInes Gandang Walang Hanggan PExer
    ach_choo wrote: »
    Mga gag0. News companies have been leaking so-called confidential information since the beginning of free press.

    Iho, marapat lang ba sa mga pahayagan ilagay sa alanganin ang pambansang kaayusan dahil sa walang ingat na paglathala ng mga lihim na impormasyon?

    Sa ginawang ito ng Rappler, maaaring pag-initan ng Hilagang Korea ang ating bansa.

    Dapat managot ang Rappler sa ginawa nilang ito. Walang luhang papatak sa aking mata kapag pinasara ito ng pamahalaan.
  • fyrkrkrfyrkrkr Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    After leaks, 20 years in Bilibid for Maria Ressa & Co.?

    ThinkingPinoy·Friday, May 26, 2017


    Two days ago, American news organization “The Intercept” published the complete transcript of United States President Donald Trump's 02 May 2017 call to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte [Intercept].


    A part of the intercept article reads:

    “The transcript... is an official document of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. Well-placed sources at the Palace and the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed its authenticity to reporters for the Philippine news outlet Rappler, which collaborated with The Intercept on this story.”

    Ah, Maria! You are in big, big trouble.

    But before anything else, let me give you run down of the contents of that controversial transcript.

    Trump calls Duterte

    The alleged call, whose transcript was published in [Document Cloud], started with basic niceties, with Trump congratulating Duterte for the latter's War on Narcopolitics. Things, however, escalated quickly when Duterte said ASEAN members are worried that North Korea and that ASEAN supports the Americans' decision to continuously pressure North Korea.

    The two leaders went on to discuss North Korea's nuclear capabilities, with Trump telling Duterte that North Korea “has got the powder, but he doesn't have the delivery system.”, which means that Kim Jong Un has the nuclear warheads, but he still doesn't have the missiles to send them to their prospective targets.

    Trump, however, expressed fears that North Korea may have that delivery system soon, and that future development may quickly escalate into a Nuclear War, something that Trump is clearly reluctant to engage in.

    The ensuing exchange showed two World Leaders trying to find a diplomatic solution to the North Korean in lieu of a nuclear one.
    Trump asked for Duterte's help in speaking with China, as the Philippines' renewed friendship with China places the former in a better position than Trump, who has publicly castigated China for god knows how often.

    Duterte said China has “the last card, the ace,” and that the latter “should make a last ditch effort to tell [Kim Jong Un] to lay off.”

    Trump agreed and said he “hopes China solves the problem” but “if China doesn't do it, [the US] will do it,” as he mentions the presence of two US nuclear-armed submarines near the Korean Peninsula.

    Duterte then offered to tell China's Xi Jinping that the international community will back off to allow China to negotiate with North Korea, as the alternative – a nuclear solution – is bad for everybody.

    After reading the leaked classified transcript, I saw that both presidents were trying their best to avert a nuclear war by attempting to exhaust all available diplomatic options. Essentially, Trump wants to ask China if the latter can take care of the North Korean issue first, and he needed Duterte to mediate.

    The bottom-line

    The call showed two leaders who are trying to prevent a nuclear war, and Maria Ressa thought that leaking that plan to the public is a good idea.

    WHAT AN IDIOT.

    In case Maria Ressa's IQ can't grasp the idea yet, here are the four most important things contained in the transcript:

    Trump congratulates Duterte on the latter's controversial War on Narcopolitics, although this is not the main topic of the conversation and was used only to build rapport.
    ASEAN is worried about North Korea and the prospect of a nuclear war.
    The US has two nuclear submarines stationed near the Korean Peninsula.
    Duterte is serving as the go-between of China and the United States in order to find a diplomatic solution to the nuclear threat.

    The first and second aren't new, and the only things that the transcript's leak managed to reveal are the locations of American nuclear submarines and Duterte's intermediation, and these are two things that THE PUBLIC DOES NOT NEED TO KNOW ABOUT.

    Yes, in as far as this conversation is concerned, both Trump and Duterte were trying to be statesmen, and Trump's request was perfectly reasonable. I do not see anything inherently wrong with the contents of their conversation.

    But Rappler and the Intercept leaked it anyway. So what now?
    The Consequences of the Leak

    Because of Ressa's and Rappler's stupidity...

    North Korea has now confirmed that the US can nuke them at any moment, making the leaders of the rogue state even more paranoid.

    North Korea may lose some trust on his de facto ally, China, as it appears to be conspiring with the Philippines and the United States in bringing him down, making it more difficult for China to diplomatically engage the isolationist regime.

    And we have finally entered the North Korean National Security Radar.


    You see, North Korea already hates America, but North Korea has never really cared much about the Philippines, until now. Of course, Kim Jong Un may just shrug off Duterte's involvement, but Kim's unpredictability makes it difficult for me to count on that.

    For one, Kim may overreact and start threatening the Philippines with military retaliation. Yes, Trump said Kim has no ICBMs that can deliver nuclear payloads. But all Kim needs to hit the Philippines are intermediate range missiles, such as the Pukkuksong-1, which is expected to be operation this year [Yonhap]. Musudan and Taepodong missiles may also suffice.

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    Maria Ressa, why are you so stupid?
  • fyrkrkrfyrkrkr Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Ressa's Defense


    The Intercept published the article with the phrase “in partnership with Rappler”. That is very interesting to point out, because it appears that Rappler attempted to evade liability through its decision not to publish it on its own website.

    But why did Rappler choose the Intercept?

    Well, Omidyar Network is an investor in Rappler, an independent news organization based in the Philippines while The Intercept’s publisher, First Look Media, was founded by Pierre Omidyar [Intercept].

    This is the same Omidyar network that is reported to have conspired with the CIA to facilitate regime change in the Ukraine [Pando]. It also funds Ukrainian Hromadke.TV which spews out anti-Putin propaganda [Forbes].

    Yes, Maria Ressa's Rappler helped leak a confidential document despite the lack of journalistic value. And this diplomatic embarrassment, facilitated by Ressa's blind hatred of the Duterte administration, has resulted in creating new global, regional, national security risks.

    Ambassador Bobi Tiglao writes [MT]:

    "Rappler’s scoop has damaged the country’s image irreparably. It has made us a laughingstock of the whole world, with people saying that we have a government that can’t keep state secrets, according to my diplomatic sources who are shocked at the reports.

    'How can any head of state now talk to your President frankly, when his talk with the world’s most powerful head of state, who has his own strict protocols for confidentiality, was released to the world, word for word?' a high-ranking foreign diplomat rhetorically asked. Because of this leak which became ammo for his many critics, I’m sure Trump will never talk to Duterte again.

    Never has such a confidential conversation between heads of state been made public. Even the infamous Wikileaks website managed to disclose only reports written by diplomatic staff, and not transcripts of such confidential talks. Never in our modern history has such a document of the highest level of confidentiality been publicly released."

    Yes, it was a DFA mole that leaked the transcript, but what Ressa should have done is contact the proper authorities so that they can deal with mole and possibly prevent the leak. Instead, she conspired with it, to the detriment of National Interest.
    Ugh.

    The DFA speaks

    In a press conference held on 24 May 2017 in Moscow, Russia, I asked Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano the following question:

    "Fifteen hours ago, The Intercept, in partnership with Rappler.com, leaked the official transcript of phone call between Donald Trump and our president, President Duterte, possibly in violation of Article 118 of the Revised Penal Code and also of the Cybercrime Law. If the documents are found to be authentic, will the Department of Foreign Affairs consider investigating or filing charges against Rappler?"

    [fbvideo]https://www.facebook.com/TheThinkingPinoy/videos/840292416117863/[/fbvideo]

    Cayetano gave a long-winding response that's expected from a diplomat. Among other things, he said:

    "I ordered a discreet internal investigation to see if, in fact, there was a leak or not... Please help us with operational security... Be satisfied sometimes with the lack of information, not because we're not transparent, but because lives are at stake."

    As a follow up, I asked:

    "The problem here is, it's not supposed to be seen by anyone else aside from the President and you guys (cabinet) so maybe, Rappler may have made us a legitimate target of North Korean missiles, so my question here is, will we reward organizations like these... maybe a slap on the wrist, or are we going to file charges if and when it's found out that they violated the law?"

    Cayetano said:

    "I don't want to jump the gun but allow me to first find out what happened but definitely, let me put it this way: We have a law, we will follow that law."

    And there were have it, guys.
    What happens when you break the law? You get sued and you go to jail.
  • fyrkrkrfyrkrkr Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    The Law

    I will not comment on whether The Intercept broke any law, as they're based in the United States and are thus outside of Philippine jurisdiction. That would be crying over spilled milk.

    Rappler, however, does not enjoy the same geographical perks.

    Rappler's branding would not have been used in the Intercept article without permission from Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, something that Ressa tacitly admitted in a Facebook post.

    Maria Ressa herself tacitly admitted to helping leak the transcript of the phone call between President Rody Duterte and Donald Trump, and she justified her actions by saying that the public has the right to know what the two talked about because what they said “privately differs from their public positions.”

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    Ressa, YOU IDIOT, that is called politics and diplomacy. For all your arrogance in claiming four decades of intel experience, do you not know about the backdoor negotiations during the 1960s Cuban Missile Crisis that averted a nuclear Armageddon?

    And that is not very different to what Duterte was trying to avert, and all you managed to do was to make his job much more difficult.

    IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT!!!

    I consulted with a couple of high-profile Filipino lawyers and they told me that what Ressa's facilitation of the classified document's leakage may be punishable under existing Philippine laws. I cannot divulge their identities because they do consultancy work for the government.
  • fyrkrkrfyrkrkr Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Inciting to War or Giving Motives for Reprisals

    Asked about potential cases that can be filed versus Ressa, they independently cited Article 118 of the Revised Penal Code [ChanRobles], described as “Inciting to war or giving motives for reprisals”, which reads:

    Art. 118. Inciting to war or giving motives for reprisals. — The penalty of reclusion temporal shall be imposed upon any public officer or employee, and that of prision mayor upon any private individual, who, by unlawful or unauthorized acts provokes or gives occasion for a war involving or liable to involve the Philippine Islands or exposes Filipino citizens to reprisals on their persons or property.

    According to a typical Philippine Law Reviewer, there are three elements in this law [PLR]:

    1. That the offender performs unlawful or unauthorized acts

    2. That such acts provoke or give occasion for a war involving or liable to involve the Philippines or expose Filipino citizens to reprisals on their persons or property

    3. Crime is committed in time of peace, intent is immaterial

    Note that “Reprisals” is not limited to military action. It could be economic reprisals, or denial of entry into their country. Example. X burns Chinese flag. If China bans the entry of Filipinos into China, that is already reprisal. And the reprisal need not materialize, as the law only requires exposure.

    In Ressa's case:

    1. The unauthorized act is the facilitation of the transcript's leakage,

    2. The act exposes our country to a possible military reprisal from North Korea,

    3. And, Ressa's intent is irrelevant because she did it in time of peace.

    To be fair to Ressa, I would've given her some leeway if her intent was valid, i.e. the contents of the leaked document are newsworthy. However, Manila Standard's former editor-in-chief Jojo Robles, who has over three decades of experience in the field of journalism, said [FB: Jojo Robles]:

    "[There is a]lack of any real purpose for the disclosure. In the transcript, there is no impending threat of anything irregular that publication may prevent from happening, no divulging of a previous crime or conspiracy that will require publication to expose it belatedly.

    It's just two leaders talking frankly about mutual concerns, like Kim Jong-un, his missiles and the possible role of China. Nothing really urgent or explosive.
    Besides, there are security matters discussed that should never be published.

    Believe it or not, not all confidential information requires airing in public. And the media regularly receives confidential information -- which it always rates according to 'newsworthiness,' or what it perceives to be the importance of such information to the public it serves."

    So no, there is no justification in publishing the document.

    Now, if found guilty of violating RPC Art. 118, Ressa may be sentenced to prision mayor.

    But wait! There’s more!
  • fyrkrkrfyrkrkr Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Anti-cybercrime Law

    The leakage was done online. Heck, Maria Ressa even had the balls to allow The Intercept to insert Rappler's branding right below the article's by-line, thus placing Ressa's criminal act within the reach of the Anti-Cybercrime Law of 2012.

    The Anti-Cybercrime Law [RA 10175]
    Section 6 states:

    All crimes defined and penalized by the Revised Penal Code, as amended, and special laws, if committed by, through and with the use of information and communications technologies shall be covered by the relevant provisions of this Act: Provided, That the penalty to be imposed shall be one (1) degree higher than that provided for by the Revised Penal Code, as amended, and special laws, as the case may be.

    Thus, it can be deduced that Ressa and her Rapplerettes may be sentenced to Reclusion Temporal, which is one degree higher than Prision Mayor. Reclusion Temporal is anywhere from 12-20 years, as opposed to the lighter prision mayor, which is 6-12 years.

    Note, however, that everything here assumes only ONE COUNT of violating RPC 118. That is, Ressa and her Rapplerettes may have violated RPC 118 multiple times. But I wanna be nice here, so let's assume that Ressa and Co. violated RPC 118 only once.

    Thus, Ressa may face 6 to 12 years of jail time for violating RPC Article 118, or even 12 to 20 years, if her violation is proven to involve computer systems.

    But we all know Rappler takes pride in being an online-only news site, right?

    On a final note...

    Maria Ressa, but you and your college sorority blog Rappler are not exempt from Philippine Law. You knowingly aided a foreign entity in leaking classified documents. Regardless of your motive, what you did is a criminal act.

    Yes, Miss Ressa, you are a criminal who has threatened National Security for the sake of whatever convoluted principles you claim to uphold.

    Maria, I suggest that you spend less time whining and more time consulting the best lawyer your American financiers can afford, because you may soon say goodbye to your posh Estancia office and say hello to your new friends at Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

    Though you can always try to plead insanity: I am inclined to believe you on that one if you will. [ThinkingPinoy]
  • fyrkrkrfyrkrkr Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ThinkingPinoy
    23 hrs · Moscow, Russia ·

    May kasabihang "Pride comes before the fall," at wala nang mas magpapatotoo ngayon rito kundi ang nangyayari kay Maria Ressa at sa kanyang mga Rapplerette.

    Imbes na ni-leak na lang sa The Intercept at pinabayaan nilang kumalat ang transcript ng Rody Duterte - Donald J. Trump call, hindi natiis ng Rappler na tumahimik na lang, kaya ipinilit pa rin nilang mabigyan ng credit sa article.

    Hayan, wala na sanang nakahuli sa kagagahan ng Rappler, pero di talaga nila matiis na hindi mapuri.

    SUMA TOTAL, kayabangan rin ni Maria ang magiging sanhi ng kanyang pagbagsak.



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  • fyrkrkrfyrkrkr Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Rappler sabotaged our Republic


    BY SASS ROGANDO SASOT

    MAY 30, 2017 ANALYSIS

    Manila Standard




    “IF there is wrongdoing affecting the public interest, regardless of any relationship, we release to the public,” Maria Ressa, Rappler’s CEO, said on her blog “Brave New World” as she reflected on the ethics of releasing confidential documents (“Wikileaks: More and more of less and less,” December 20, 2010).

    This month, Ressa discarded this laudable stance as Rappler collaborated with The Intercept, a foreign online news site funded also by their investor, in releasing confidential documents leaked by saboteurs in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). The documents contain the transcripts of the phone conversation between US President Donald Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte on April 29, 2017. A typical conversation between two allies, mulling over a common threat.

    On May 25, 2017, in her Facebook account, Chay Hofileña, the head of Rappler’s investigative desk, addressed the flak that Rappler had been getting by drawing comparisons with the release of the top-secret Pentagon Papers in the 1970s. Daniel Ellsberg, the US military analyst who leaked them, said those papers “demonstrated unconstitutional behavior.” Hofileña hasn’t established any analogous unconstitutional acts committed by Duterte. To use what Ressa said about the US diplomatic cables that Wikileaks released, the transcripts are “a far cry from the Pentagon Papers in terms of exposing wrongdoing.”

    In her FB account, Ressa, said that “the transcripts show that both presidents said something privately that differ from their public positions.” Yet she hasn’t demonstrated how those differences warranted breaching the confidentiality of presidential communications.

    In United States vs. Nixon (1974), the US Supreme Court compelled President Richard Nixon to release certain tapes and papers that could criminally implicate him. Nixon objected by appealing to executive privilege. The Supreme Court disagreed, arguing that executive privilege “must yield to the demonstrated, specific need for evidence in a pending criminal trial.” If the interest of justice isn’t at stake, it is “in the public interest to afford presidential confidentiality the greatest protection consistent with the fair administration of justice.” And that protection extends “to idle conversations with associates in which casual reference might be made concerning political leaders within the country or foreign statesmen.”

    There’s nothing inappropriate, scandalous, or felonious in the DFA confidential documents. Even using Ressa’s own ethical framework, Rappler has no legitimate reason that could absolve them and the leaker from any criminal liability or that could vindicate them historically.

    Let’s entertain Rappler’s motivations for co-publishing those illegally acquired documents. Perhaps some compelling public interests might overpower “the public interest to afford presidential confidentiality the greatest protection.”

    On May 24, 2017, Rappler’s investigative team identified three “differences” between Duterte’s public and private positions.

    First, while Duterte encouraged North Korea and the US to “show restraint;” in his conversation with Trump, he urged him to “keep the pressure on [Kim Jung-un].” Those two aren’t incompatible nor against the official position of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on the matter. Asean encourages both parties to show restraint, while at the same time pressures North Korea to obey United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. What’s wrong about Duterte telling the US, one of the permanent members of the UNSC, to continue that pressure?

    Second, Rappler found issue with Duterte telling the public that it was Trump who told him to call Xi Jinping to help manage the crisis. The transcript showed that Duterte volunteered that idea. Trump said: “Please call China and tell them we are all counting on China.” Is there anything morally, legally, diplomatically, and strategically wrong with what Duterte did? It was a diplomatic class act! Instead of being a braggart about his idea, Duterte made the US look like a power still willing to find diplomatic and political solutions to the Korean Peninsula crisis. Yet instead of looking at the strategic value of what Duterte did, Rappler chose to demonize him.

    And third, Rappler pointed out that while Duterte “curses at the US in public,” on behalf of Asean, he still expressed support for “US intervention in the Korean Peninsula crisis.” International relations isn’t an all or nothing affair. That Duterte harshly pans certain aspects of US foreign policies doesn’t mean that he couldn’t recognize the difference the US could make in other areas, including the Korean Peninsula crisis. After all, the US is an important player in that issue, as it’s one of the members of the Six-Party Talks, meant to address security concerns on North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

    In her FB post, Ressa mentioned the need to expose something that “is being kept secret at the public’s expense or to manipulate the public.”

    In his speech during the 27th Philippine Orthopaedic Association mid-year convention on May 4, 2017, Duterte already divulged some parts of his conversation with Trump. He even said that he’d “be happy to make it public.” But he has “to tell the White House that [he’s] going to,” which is necessary. That’s not the behavior of a President who wants to hoodwink people and betray the public’s trust. Why did Rappler take the illegal route if Duterte already opened a possible legal path to divulge the conversation?

    Without demonstrably satisfying any compelling public interest, Rappler and the leaker accomplished only one thing: thoroughly damage our government’s reputation concerning its ability to safeguard the confidentiality of high-level diplomatic communications. Other leaders will now surely hesitate to have frank conversations with our leaders. We cannot let Rappler and the leaker do this to our Republic.

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  • JUST_JT_JUST_JT_ weh di nga PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    fyrkrkr wrote: »
    The Law

    I will not comment on whether The Intercept broke any law, as they're based in the United States and are thus outside of Philippine jurisdiction. That would be crying over spilled milk.

    Rappler, however, does not enjoy the same geographical perks.

    Rappler's branding would not have been used in the Intercept article without permission from Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, something that Ressa tacitly admitted in a Facebook post.

    Maria Ressa herself tacitly admitted to helping leak the transcript of the phone call between President Rody Duterte and Donald Trump, and she justified her actions by saying that the public has the right to know what the two talked about because what they said “privately differs from their public positions.”

    https://scontent.fmnl2-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/p720x720/18672847_841110609369377_86318946782917220_o.jpg?oh=26ff3ff6bfcf21fda0e745ff93dc5c33&oe=59B92FCD

    Ressa, YOU IDIOT, that is called politics and diplomacy. For all your arrogance in claiming four decades of intel experience, do you not know about the backdoor negotiations during the 1960s Cuban Missile Crisis that averted a nuclear Armageddon?

    And that is not very different to what Duterte was trying to avert, and all you managed to do was to make his job much more difficult.

    IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT. IDIOT!!!

    I consulted with a couple of high-profile Filipino lawyers and they told me that what Ressa's facilitation of the classified document's leakage may be punishable under existing Philippine laws. I cannot divulge their identities because they do consultancy work for the government.

    RESSA must've been TOO PROUD, for her own good, when she facilitated the release of the confidential doc. She meant harm no more no less.
  • marcus_huntmarcus_hunt Member PExer
    alam nila kasing maraming galit kay trump, so kahit wala naman problema or anything na dapat ipaalam sa pinoy sa usapan nila ni trump, ikakalat nila. para madawit si duterte sa galit nila kay trump, hindi ba nga kumukuha sila ng simpatya sa US.

    yun nuke sub, pwede naman sabihing ssn yun at hindi ssbn. besides, ganun talaga pag merong nuke threat. kayang kaya ng tlam yang NK. alam naman na malamang ng NK. its classified info shared, but instead na kay duterte lang, lahat na tuloy nakaalam dahil sa leak na ginawa nila.
  • Nietono_no_ShanaNietono_no_Shana Coup de Gr?ce PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    IMHO the bigger problem is who leak the information to Rappler.
  • rodinarodina Member PExer
    Kung ordinary Juan dela Cruz lang yong nag breach ng confidentiality, I'm sure parusahan agad ayon sa kung ano ang nakasaad sa batas.

    It seems rappler is hiding behind the "4th state" curtain and nakasandal pa sa mga oligarchs funding its company. Palusot pa more, Maria Ressa. Dapat parusahan kayo kung lumabag man sa batas. Walang pili.

    One advice for rappler. Kunin nyo si Falcis or kaya si Sabio para siguradong manalo kayo.:lol::p Geez... the company of lawyers you keep tells much about you guys.:rolleyes:
  • cinelamourcinelamour Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ang premise ng rappler ay may deception. monkey business sina trump at duterte kaya may leakage. e saan dun? :lol: wala naman! pinagloloko lang kayo ng rappler.
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