Monday, July 2, 2018

The Manila Bulletin proves to be a disgrace as a local newspaper according to a British Duterte supporter

Malcolm Conlan writes an open letter to Manila Bulletin. Image credit to Facebook/ Malcolm Conlan

The largest local newspaper, The Manila Bulletin brought disgrace to the country after publishing an article on the Philippines’ hate ranking in Taiwan.

In the disappointing article, the Philippines was ranked 2nd most hated country in Taiwan. This along with images of activists burning the symbol of our country’s independence, the Philippine Flag, in front of the de facto Philippine Embassy.

Due to this article, a lot of Philippine patriots were disappointed by the newspaper. Filipino-at-heart Malcom Conlan of the United Kingdom shared his sentiments in what appears to be a government derailing article.

Despite not being a local, Conlan’s family is of Filipino blood. Other than the fact that he loves our country dearly, the British respects the country. He makes no mention of his political allegiances but the Manila Bulletin article deeply bothered him to the point where he had to right the wrongs of this written  “diplomatic crisis”.

Through an open letter, Conlan explicitly expressed “great disappointment” with the aforementioned article. He ponders on the legitimacy of the report that lead to the Philippines ranking as the 2nd most hated country.

Conlan strikes the newspaper with a barrage of questions and some insightful discoveries that deserve explainations.
Starting with how the data was collected, how could Manila Bulletin publish the fact that the Philippines ranks up as 2nd most hated country by Taiwan with out referring to the source of this result.

Then the consensus on why the Philippines was the 2nd most hated country by Taiwan was also not explained.

When it comes to the image that came with the article, Conlan sarcastically asked when and where it was taken, pointing out the fact that this had nothing to do with the current relations between the two countries. Apparently it was a protest back against the Philippine Government in Taipei, back in May 2013, that only partially explains why Taiwan hates the entire country, but it still isn’t relevant since FIVE years has passed every since.      

The British citizen explains that this is an act of, 

                “Merely dragging up old news to make the country and the President look bad.”

Then came the shockers, this article can actually “lead to a possible diplomatic crisis with Taiwan.” Conlan explains that this article, no matter how you frame, it is not newsworthy since it features blatant disrespect from a neighboring country from years ago. What’s worse was this protesting image is hatred directed to former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III’s administration since it was dated during 2013, clearly nothing to do with the administration that manages the Philippines today.

Lastly was the publishing of this article that portrays a burning flag, a clear stab in the heart of all nationalists. Why would Manila Bulletin do such a thing? Conlan found this incredibly upsetting and unnecessary. He may be British but he loves the Philippines dearly and what the newspaper did was entirely inappropriate.

He only wishes for Manila Bulletin to issue an apology for this ludicrous article that bears no legitimacy at all.

Here is the post of Malcolm Conlan as posted on his Facebook account:

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Daily Pilipinas Source: Facebook/ Malcolm Conlan

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