An open letter to Robredo from a British citizen

Malcolm Conlan is a very popular Duterte supporter, who also happens to be a foreigner. He quickly gained followers in social media because of the many open letters and criticisms he posts in Facebook, in favor of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Malcolm Conlan and Vice President Leni Robredo / Photo credit to the owner

This time, Conlan had another target, Philippine Vice President Leonor “Leni” Robredo. 

All fake news

In a Facebook post which he entitled “An Open Letter to Vice President Leni Robredo”, he dared t attack the vice president.



The first thing that he discussed was about how the vice president and her office are allegedly spreading fake news and that there does not seem to be any accountability regarding the matter.

Who has the right to freedom of speech

In the post, Conlan asks about a statement that the VP made. She said that everyone has the right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech, and that this was something that she greatly respected.

However, Conlan had a few points of disagreement. He then goes on to accuse Robredo of being a hypocrite and of allegedly silencing those who are in support of the president.

He says that people like him are not given a platform but people like Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Gary Alejano, Maria Ressa, and others are freely spreading their thoughts. 

Who dictates what is fake

He then goes on to ask who determines what is fake news and what is not. He feels like the narrative is controlled by the Liberal Party although it is Duterte’s camp who is in position in the government.

Why isn’t Rappler, Pinoy Ako Blog, the Facebook pages of Antonio Trillianes, Gary Alejano and other popular figures in the Philippines also shut down for spreading fake news (in my opinion) on alleged EJK’s that don’t actually exist at all in the Philippines?” he said.



Conlan ends his post, genuinely asking for response from the vice president.

Read his full post here:

"AN OPEN LETTER TO VICE PRESIDENT LENI ROBREDO,
PHILIPPINES

Dear Ma’am VP Leni Robredo

I am writing to you following extensive media coverage, after your recent interview in Dagupan on your position on alleged ‘fake news’ and your views on imposing some kind of accountability or regulation on social media entities to combat ‘fake news’.

I hope you don’t mind Ma’am, but I also noticed from your statement of clarification on your Facebook page that you accept that individuals have a right to freedom of speech and you would not want to curtail that. On that basis, I would like to ask you the following:

If you are happy with an individuals right to ‘freedom of speech’ why have pro-Duterte social media bloggers like Mark Lopez had their accounts shut down or restricted for expressing their personal opinions or views or even for sharing videos of them attending rallies etc?

Why are the views of the opposition, the likes of Antonio Trillianes, Gary Alejano, Rappler or Pinoy Ako Blog on alleged EJK’s, any more valid than mine, a supporter of President Duterte and the War on Drugs who believes that his actions and that of his administration are perfectly legitimate for example?

Who determines what is Fake News and what is real news? Rappler? VeraFiles? Facebook fact checkers? Isn’t this a way or curtailing or banning freedom of speech?

The LP, Yellows and even yourself are perfectly free to roam around the globe, sensationalising the ‘War on Drugs’ and plucking wild, random figures from the sky on alleged ‘killings’ then posting articles, news reports and other bias media on Facebook and other social media platforms with no regulation or fact checking whatsoever, is that fair Ma’am?

Why isn’t Rappler, Pinoy Ako Blog, the Facebook pages of Antonio Trillianes, Gary Alejano and other popular figures in the Philippines also shut down for spreading fake news (in my opinion) on alleged EJK’s that don’t actually exist at all in the Philippines?

Why are my views or my right to freedom of speech and expression or indeed the views of any Pro-Duterte bloggers any less valid than your views?

I await your reply with Interest.
Thanks Ma’am
Best regards
Malcolm Conlan
Concerned Netizen,
UK


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