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Siena Luchansky: Prominent lawyer lambasts Maria Ressa for saying Duterte supporters are only bots

This post originally appeared on Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles Facebook page:

Basta maliwanag that we will never use rape as a joke or even as a means of trying to obtain sympathy.

That being said, I am disgusted at Maria Ressa's imputation that President Duterte is supported (only) by bots. That his online support is largely by anonymous trolls. Vicious anonymous trolls.

Excuse me?

Ms. Ressa, I am NOT a BOT. I have been bashed mercilessly by online supporters of Leni Robredo. And mind you those online supporters are financed (their posts are sometimes "sponsored") and we have enough stories coming out about their compensation. Furthermore, as you can see, I have a name. I have a face. I have a REAL Facebook account. And -- haha -- a real job, unlike those people for hire.

More importantly those basher and hate sites do nothing but pick on -- not issues, not policy nor even political strategy -- but the people online who stand up for and defend the president and his vision and this administration. And those bashers get personal. And vicious. And libelous. And irrational.

But hey, we can take it. Well, give or take a lawsuit, or ten. Yet, clearly you can't. You've been complaining about bots and cheating the stats since last year. Yet, either no one really listens, or you haven't gotten your point across so that people believe you. Not a good sign for people who make a living COMMUNICATING. Perhaps a lesson from Mocah Uson is in order?

And, noticeably, you have made very few inroads in eroding faith in President Rodrigo Duterte. You haven't scraped his teflon, no matter how hard you try. And you haven't shaken our faith that just by being there, we honestly and truly believe we won back our lives and at least some control over our collective destinies.

We never felt this way with any other president. We know what you are doing. And we will not let you take him or this hope away from us.

Siena Luchansky: Prominent lawyer lambasts Maria Ressa for saying Duterte supporters are only bots Siena Luchansky: Prominent lawyer lambasts Maria Ressa for saying Duterte supporters are only bots Reviewed by AsianPolicy.Press on 5:24:00 AM Rating: 5

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