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Bicol priest: PTV-4 report ukol sa pagsuporta ng 6K Bicolanos sa federalism, fake news

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Bicol priest: PTV-4 report ukol sa pagsuporta ng 6K Bicolanos sa federalism, fake news

Tinabla ng isang Catholic priest ang news report ng state-run People’s Television (PTV) kaugnay sa pagsuporta umano ng mahigit 6,000 Bicolano sa federalism.

Ayon kay Fr. Rex Paul Arjona, ang pagdalo ng mga Bicolano sa Regional Consultation on Federalism ay hindi nangangahulugan ng pagsuporta, bagkus pumunta sila para lamang makinig.

“Most of those who came, did so to listen, not necessarily to show their support. The attendance sheet they signed is evidence of attendance, not support to federalism,” ani Arjona.

Ayon pa kay Arjona, karamihan ng mga dumalo sa aktibidad ay government employees at barangay officials na ni-require na pumunta.

“Most government employees and barangay officials present in the various events were required to attend. It was more of a presentation than a consultation,” ani Arjona.

Hindi rin naman binigyan ng kopya ng draft constitution ang audience, giit pa ni Arjona.

Iginiit ni Arjona na hindi tama na gamitin ng mga nagtutulak ng federalism ang PTV-4 para lang mapabilis ang pagpasa nito.

“What is inexcusable is how Albayanos have been manipulated by PTV4 and, to a certain extent, by the organizers, into becoming a tool to railroad federalism,” ani Arjona.

Inihalintulad ng pari ang federalism event sa panahon noon ng diktador na si Ferdinand Marcos kung saan dinaya ang proseso ng pagbabago sa Saligang Batas.

“Parang Marcos lang noon, tinanong lang ang audience kung sino’ng gusto ng pinamimigay na relief goods, nang itinaas ang mga kamay, counted na bilang mga boto sa kanilang panukalang Konstitusyon,” ani Arjona.

Basahin ang buong Facebook post ni Arjona:

FAKE NEWS ALERT. This is not true. Most of those who came, did so to listen, not necessarily to show their support. The attendance sheet they signed is evidence of attendance, not support to federalism. Most government employees and barangay officials present in the various events were required to attend. It was more of a presentation than a consultation. The audience was not given a draft of the proposed new Constitution, just the ‘highlights’ and lots of motherhood statements. During the open forum, many questions were not answered satisfactorily. Most telling was the lack of clarity as to how the Bicol region would fare economically under the proposed system.

However, what is inexcusable is how Albayanos have been manipulated by PTV4 and, to a certain extent, by the organizers, into becoming a tool to railroad federalism. The rest of the country is being made to believe that there is a groundswell of support to federalism (where in fact, the latest surveys state the contrary) – at the expense of Bicolanos and Albayanos.

I call on DILG V and PIA V to issue a clarification on this matter. Otherwise we will consider you part of the Duterte regime’s fake news machinery. Next time you call on us, should we also say, ‘never again’?

Parang Marcos lang noon, tinanong lang ang audience kung sino’ng gusto ng pinamimigay na relief goods, nang itinaas ang mga kamay, counted na bilang mga boto sa kanilang panukalang Konstitusyon.

 

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