"If there is a well-organized,well-funded propaganda machinery, this it it." Website Thinking Pinoy published on January 6, an article showing the emails of a Yahoo Group which planned for the public image of Vice President Leni Robredo, and apparently more. The group was deemed Global Filipino Diaspora Council (GFDC). According to the article, the Yahoo group was sending messages that could be publicly viewed and was discovered by social media activist and Duterte supporter Sass Sasot. Its members inluded Billionaire Fil-Am lobbyist Loida Nicolas-Lewis , Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) Chairman Imelda “Mely” Nicolas, Loida’s sister , CFO Commissioner Jose Molano, Jr., Inquirer US Bureau columnist Ted Laguatan , ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau correspondentAtty. Gene Alcantara and Northern Europe civil society leader Filomenita Mongaya Hogsholm The group was apparently arranging for the media coverage of the rallies against Duterte. One email from Dan Songco asked CFO Chair Imelda Nicolas to make groups abroad send photos of their rallies to be distributed in local media. The emails were leaked, and published by Thinking Pinoy. The letters contained exchanges from Pete Silva to Nicolas telling her about the issues surrounding Vice President Leni Robredo specifically the attacks on her for being missing in Bicol during typhoon Nina. Silva sent an email from an official at the Office of the VP which contained the plans to turn the attack around, suggesting responses such as Leni's incapcity to "shoulder" everything and that the LGU's need to step up, the fact that Duterte just gave a speech in Bicol, while Robredo went to far-flung areas, and more. Furthermore, it also suggested how they would attack Bongbong Marcos by showing unflattering pictures and controversies and by calling him out and asking him where he was during Nina. Thinking Pinoy defended Marcos by saying that asking where he was is absurd, since he is not a politician yet. The article said that Office of the VP manipulates its supporters, that their propaganda is supported by GFDC. Here's the actual email:
--------- Forwarded message --------- From: Facebook Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 at 12:05 AM Subject: New message from Pete Silva To: Imelda Nicolas Pete Silva Pete Silva 11:35pm Jan 3 FROM OVP SOCMED: Good morning! Pro BBM/Duterte groups and influencers have launched simultaneous attacks on VP Leni starting 12 midnight today (Please check Maharlika, Sass, and Mr. Riyoh). Here are some of the issues that need immediate response from our communities: 1. Late visit for the victims of Typhoon Nina + VP Leni’s “rehab is slow” statement. -The attacks from their camp: A. Everything she’s doing now is too late and just for a PR Spin. B. VP Leni has no right to say the rehab is slow because she was not even there. C. PRRD has visited way before she did. -The Responses: A. VP Leni has always been on top of things. The team was mobilized even before Typhoon Nina hit. She has organized and mobilized private efforts to donate for Bicol, Marinduque, Batangas, and Mindoro. B. She does not have the mandate and financial capacity to do this, but she has made sure that efforts are consolidated and communicated the needs of the victims to the donors. C. The dissatisfaction with VP Leni does not come from Bikolanos. It comes from troll influencers (Mocha, Sass, Thinking Pinoy) who NEVER organized or mobilized efforts to help out the typhoon victims. C. VP Leni cannot shoulder everything. The national government (and other agencies eg DSWD) is the one who needs to step up. D. Rehabilitation is different from relief operations. It needs building houses, electrification, and making sure that sources of livelihood pre-typhoon are working. We need to call out the national government on this, and take the offensive against their camp for having a simplistic view of the problem. E. Compare the Duterte and the Robredo visit in Bicol. Digong just gave a speech for the “ceremonial giving of donations”. He did not go to the far flung areas to know their concerns. He never interacted with his constituents. He went there with the media only because he needs to be seen there. VP Leni, on the other hand, visited far flung areas and met with the people. She is on ground zero. 2. The BBM Camp has released several memes to have a “show of force”. Their messaging is to make their memes viral to make it appear like more people voted for BBM as the real VP. Our attack: -Flip the memes and show unflattering pictures with controversies of BBM and use their “the real VP” narrative. (suggestions: Cocaine addict, fake diploma, did not graduate college, Sandro is stupid – not even from Oxford which they are claiming) -Call out BBM and ask where he was during Typhoon Nina (he was in Balesin! ITO BA ANG REAL VP???). -Use the photos of BBM supporters during the Luneta rally and/or Duterte youth during the Marcos burial rally. The messaging should be: they’re numerous online, but they never deliver the real bodies needed when the battle is offline. They are a fake and paid army. We would also like to request you and your communities to coordinate with us whenever a new campaign is launched for them and/or against her. You are a very crucial ally in protecting the truth, democracy, and the real mandate of the people. Let us continue fighting the good fight.