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Posted by akosistella on April 13, 2010


An anatomy of black and white

AS candidates and their supporters in this campaign claim that the other side is mounting “black” propaganda against the other, and many in media echo the charges willy-nilly, it is perhaps time for a definition of terms.

What exactly is “black” propaganda? When is propaganda, or the use of communication tools to advance causes or personalities, or conversely, against programs or personalities “black”, and when is it “white”? When is it acceptable, and when is it unacceptable?

The distinction is very simple. It is “black” when it is false. It is “white” when it is true.


Ang Ladlad, Simpao, and Black Prop

Liberal Party bet Adonis Simpao for the congressional seat in the 2nd District of Pampanga has been receiving death threats.

Simpao said he received the two letters – one from Bulacan and another from Nueva Ecija –after he and other local candidates of the Liberal Party were allegedly harassed by supporters of administration gubernatorial bet Lilia Pineda, a known ally of his opponent for the congressional seat – President Gloria Arroyo.

The letter from San Jose del Monte in Bulacan warns Simpao not to accept support from the groups Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela, Kabataan, Katribu, Act, and Akap Bata party lists because these are “instruments” of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army.

Click Ducky Paredes

Mental health a legitimate issue
by Nestor Mata

EVER since the start of the presidential race, Noynoy Aquino’s black propaganda corps in the Liberal Party and in certain media quarters relentlessly, merrily, attacked Nacionalista Party standard bearer Manny Villar.

All the while Villar kept his cool, simply took the high ground and continued to talk about his plans, policies and programs once elected to the presidency. His campaign was issues-oriented, and didn’t resort to character assassination, as he had publicly vowed.

But when Aquino’s “attack dogs crossed the lines of decency, civility and morality,” Villar broke his silence. With civility, he answered all the dirty allegations they threw at him.

Click Nestor Mata


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