Senator Grace Poe: stupid is the name

In yesterday’s Blue Ribbon committee hearing into the COA audit report into “deficiencies” in the Department of Health’s liquidation of the P67.3 billion COVID 19 fund released to the agency, she posed the question: “shouldn’t the Ombudsman suspend Secretary Duque by now?”

My outright response to her: Madam Senator, you are stupid.

The Ombudsman does not suspend Cabinet members. That would be a direct insult to the President. You forget that Cabinet members are alter egos of the President. They can be investigated by the Ombudsman administratively and criminally for offenses directly attributable or committed by them. But to suspend them for lapses or even violations committed by subordinates in an agency is downright stupid and ridiculous.

If your argument is given weight, then Cabinet members will constantly face such hazard for offenses committed by subordinate officials. No Cabinet member can function for fear that he or she will be held culpable for offenses not his or her own.

This statement stretches the principle of command responsibility too far.

That cannot find any precedent or basis in fact or law. If such stupidity becomes the norm, the Executive will be crippled by fear.

Stick to your job as Senator.

Fake diploma: The scandal that will put the PH educational system in jeopardy

Now it can be told without fear of contradiction — the Bachelor’s degree awarded by the University of Makati to Senator Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao in December 2019 is bogus. Fake. A mere piece of paper.

A real diploma serves as a seal of competence and learning that its bearer may show the world that he or she has completed the required program of study for any field. With it, its bearer wouldn’t need to demonstrate his or her proficiency in every subject in the four-year course when applying for a job. The diploma is a guarantee from the college or university.

But this is not what Pacquiao received in the graduation rites at the UMak just over a year and a half ago. That’s because under the law, a college degree can only be conferred to a graduate with prior approval from the Commission on Higher Education. This approval is contained in the Special Order that is issued by CHED at least one month before a college student graduates. Without it, no college or university can confer a degree to anybody, not even if he is a Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.

After two months of patient investigation, I have received an official statement from CHED NCR Regional Director Dr. Virginia Akiate that UMak conferred that “degree” of Bachelor of Science in Political Sciene without the knowledge and authority of the agency. And despite proddings from Dr. Akiate, the UMak administration has failed to answer the questions now swirling over this spurious degree. It’s a clear manifestation that UMak cannot justify its action, which can lead to administrative sanctions from CHED.

It is unfortunate that UMak lent its name to the fraud perpetuated by Pacquiao to “cure” a vacuum in his curriculum vitae that he knows will put his qualification to run as President of the Republic under a big question mark. Pacquiao had become a millionaire from his boxing more than two decades ago. Had he really wanted to earn a degree to make up for what he failed to do in his teen-aged years, he could have invested the time and effort as he started to climb the ladder of success in boxing. Studying part-time is a common path taken by young men and women who didn’t finish college due to financial constraints. While working to earn a living, they study at night. And we’ve seen success stories: janitors or security guards who studied law and passed the bar, among others.

But Pacquiao never valued education. His passion was boxing, and he figured he didn’t need a degree to become a champion. Even if he didn’t go to school, he could have gone ahead to educate himself through reading, or even watching YouTube videos on almost any subject under the sun. Indeed, one doesn’t need to go to college to get an education. With his money, he could have built a library for himself and his children where he could sit during his breaks from training to burrow his head into the pages of books.

Apparently, Pacquiao started to entertain the idea that he could run for the President, and even win because of his popularity. It was then that he realized the lack of education was a serious handicap. He had to do something about it, fast.

Former Vice President Jojo Binay and his family provided him with a solution. Enrol at UMak. Without having to study, Pacquiao was going to get a degree for a four-year course. His brain didn’t have for a single minute have to labor. He had his lawyers answer exams and submit the documentary requirements such as reports and thesis writing. Lo and behold, in a matter of months, Pacquiao was a graduate.

However, that lie wasn’t going to stay hidden for long.

As an investigative journalist, I knew the answer lay in the hands of CHED. So I wrote CHED several times. I also tried asking UMak to provide information and documents. After two months, I hit the jackpot. Regional Director Akiate informed me that CHED did not give its imprimatur to that degree. No special order as required by the law. In short, fake.

This is a big scandal that could adversely affect the country’s tertiary education system. For years, we have endeavored to maintain strict standards in our tertiary education not only to provide graduates with solid grounding in their chosen fields, but also ensure that credentials from our colleges and universities are accepted without question by employers, both here and abroad. In the past, the proliferation of “diploma mills” put into serious doubt the quality of our graduates, putting the investment of time and money made by parents to waste.

All of a sudden, this dark past is being resuscitated by this scandal of Pacquiao being conferred a Bachelor’s degree without the sanction of CHED. This is an act of dishonesty committed by UMak and Pacquiao. It is a blatant attempt to mislead the Filipino people into believing is “educated”, and therefor fit to run for President.

Vloggers’ quarrel

I came to know that there’s a conflict between two vloggers arising from their personal choices as to who should run for President: Sara Duterte or Bongbong Marcos. In my livestream last night, a viewer said I might also be dragged into the fray because of my views about the May 9, 2022 elections which is fast approaching. Honestly, I don’t watch the videos of other vloggers. Most of my time is spent researching for the topics I have scheduled for my livestreams. The balance of my day is devoted to reading books and watching YouTube videos on lectures by prominent leaders in business, academe and military around the world. There’s really no time for me to watch anything else.

It’s not to say that I have a poor estimate of their intelligence and knowledge on local issues. I know they have their own opinions, and I have mine. I respect what they have to say on issues, and I expect them to respect mine. My vlogging is issue-oriented, and I’ve long ago embraced the policy of not wrestling with other vloggers on who does a better job at this craft. I leave it to the audiences to make that decision.

Hence, I believe it makes no sense why vloggers will attack each other on their shows. Vlogging is a platform to help educate and enlighten viewers on almost any subject under the sun. Politics is just one of them. Arguing with other vloggers will not contribute to the accomplishment of that objective. It’s a waste of time and energy. What if I come under attack? Well, I won’t bother to respond. I will not allow anybody to distract me with their tirades. If that’s what makes them happy, or if that’s what helps them attract viewers, then I’ll leave it to them to follow that path.

I’ve always had my share of bashers even from when I was in radio and newspaper writing in Iloilo. When I was writing about the corruption of the disgraced city mayor of Iloilo City, Jed Patrick Mabilog, and his cousin, Senator Franklin Drilon, I was regularly attacked on Facebook by trolls in the payroll of city hall. I was attacked on radio. Several times, Jeffrey Celiz, intimidated me with threatening acts in the premises of Aksyon Radyo Iloilo.

Only last year, I was swarmed by the vloggers on the payroll of Francis Leo Marcos, or Norman Mangusin in real life with all sorts of character assassination. I simply brushed them off, not giving them a single minute of my time. I stayed focus on my investigation into the real character of FLM and exposed the fraud that he was perpetrating. I watched FLM mock me on his livestream, and I just laughed. When you are insulted by the target of your expose, it means that you’re hitting him where it hurts.

My advice to my fellow vloggers is to concentrate on your content and make sure everything is backed up by solid evidence. Digging for dirt about others is not going to make your channel better. Nobody can have a monopoly of viewers. In my case, I don’t mind having less views than the others. I know that viewers have different tastes. I intend to cater to a high-intelligence level of viewers, and not just to those who want vloggers who fling themselves into tirades that are all hot-air and no content. It’s a smaller segment of the audience, I know.

But it’s not the number of viewers only that I am after; I want to have viewers who want to find answers to their own questions about politics and society at large. When I started, I was happy to see 100 viewers for each video. Right now, I have reached an average of 20,000 viewers for each livestream. I look at it as a tremendous accomplishment even though I know they constitute only a very small fraction of Filipinos who regularly watch YouTube. I vlog because it is my passion, and each time I go on air, I am filled with enthusiasm and energy. It is my way of serving our people.

Where is Andy Bautista?

Frankly, it was hard to imagine how Andy Bautista could end up being one of the most crooked men in the Aquino administration. Perhaps it was because he wrote a column. He was also dean of the Institute of Law at the Far Eastern University. The class valedictorian of the Ateneo Law School, he obtained a Masters of Law from Harvard. He looked so clean and competent that at one point in his life, Bautista was nominated to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

But deep inside, Bautista had a weakness: money. When opportunities appeared before him to receive bribes, he didn’t hesitate to grab the opportunity. He loved power because of the money it brought him.

A former Commissioner in the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) with whom he served when he was chairman told me that Bautista was corrupt. This PCGG commissioner said it was an open secret in the agency tasked to go after allegedly ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses that Bautista filched fabulous sums of money from public funds. That was the reason he and his co-Commissioners weren’t surprised to hear about Bautista’s billion-peso bank deposits as exposed by his estranged wife, Patricia.

It is a basic dictum in law that flight is an indication of guilt. Hence, the presumption that Bautista received huge bribes from Smartmatic and politicians who benefited from the cheating was strengthened when the erstwhile Comelec chairman resigned in the middle of an impeachment proceeding against him in the House of Representatives and fled the country. He had also been summoned by the Senate for an investigation into the alleged plunder he had committed.

Bautista is believed to have engineered the massive electronic cheating in the 2016 elections that lifted Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo past her rival, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, and win by a hairline. Presumably much of the money he had in those bank accounts came from the Liberal Party and other politicians. Some may have come from Smartmatic, too. That was a crime akin to treason. If we had the death penalty, this man should be hanged.

Only a few months ago, the Court of Appeals affirmed the findings of the National Privacy Commission that Bautista was responsible for data privacy breaches in the Comelec’s databanks between March 20 and 27, 2016. This reinforces that perception that Bautista was indeed behind the electronic fraud in the elections. The illegal intrusion into the Comelec’s databanks for its registered voters was the precursor for the cheating. Bautista needed voter registration data to carry out the cheating.

With the elections only 10 months away, many Filipinos can’t help but express apprehension that Bautista might still be able to pull out a second hat trick in the May 9, 2022 elections. Smartmatic is still the service provider for Comelec. We do not know how deep is the relationship between Bautista and Smartmatic.

Bautista has been sighted several times in the U.S. When his old boss, Noynoy Aquino died, Bautista tweeted this message:

Apparently, Bautista gave those words a different meaning. He took it to mean that he should do whatever was necessary to keep the Liberal Party in power, even if it meant he had to cheat. Unluckily for him, the votes for Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte was a tsunami that was impossible to reverse through electronic cheating. Bautista implemented Plan “B” — make Robredo win, and Franklin Drilon win as number one in the Senate.

As we come closer to the elections, we should badger the Department of Justice to bring back Bautista to make him answer for his crimes.

Was it just coincidence? Or corruption in boxing?

There are howls of protest and ridicule now being heard all across America over the sudden “rebooking” in the slated Pacquiao-Spence bout on August 21 two days ago (Aug. 10).

Without warning, Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) announced that Errol Spence, Jr. was found to be afflicted with retinal tear during a mandatory medical examination, forcing him to pull out of the unification fight for the WBC and IBF boxing welterweight championships.

But as quickly as the announcement that Spence was gone as Pacquiao’s foe on the ring, PBC assured boxing fans that the eight-division championship titlist wasn’t about to go home to his job as Senator of the Philippines. PBC found a worthy opponent for Pacquiao — Yordeni Ugas. The 33-year old Cuban, who currently hold the WBA welterweight champion’s belt, had initially been booked as an undercard to fight against Fabian Maidana.

How did the switch happen so quickly?

Well, the organizers said that Maidana had also suffered an injury — a cut below his left eye — on that same day Spence’s injury was disclosed.

What?

How could that possibly happen?

That was too much of a coincidence.

The speculation is that Maidana had to give way by pretending to have suffered a similar eye injury as Spence. There’s too much at stake in Pacquiao going back to the ring. Huge amounts of green bucks have been spent in promotion and booking the venue and pay-per-view contracts.

The financial losses would have been staggering if the main event is cancelled.

Boxing analysts are loudly complaining that this is hardly the match that fans are anticipating. While Ugas is the title-holder for the WBA welterweight championship, it’s not right that he is put to face Pacquiao just like that with little preparation. The same thing can be said about Pacquiao. For months now, Pacquiao trained with Spence in mind. Long hours were spent viewing and reviewing Spence’s previous bouts to develop a battle plan.

There’s no more time to make adjustments. The remaining 10 days before Pacquiao and Ugas meet each other will be the tapering off in training. No more intense sparring sessions. Mostly speed ball and heavy bag sessions will be in their training day. Everything, except maybe for the physical training aspect, is gone to waste. Both fighters will climb the ring essentially unfamiliar with the opponent’s fighting style.

What can we expect on Aug. 21?

It will be a boring fight. The first few rounds are likely to be probing sessions, each fighter trying to size up the other, looking for possible weaknesses. In this situation, it would be too risky to launch an early attack. Nothing in the training had prepared both what to expect from the other. There will be a lot of dancing around, a few jabs thrown here and there. But as both of them will be cautious, the bout could very well turn out to be a night of ballroom dancing on the ring.

Rescue mission for stranded OFWs needed

The impact of the Covid 19 pandemic is making the lives of overseas Filipino workers more miserable

Not only has the pandemic caused many of them to lose their jobs in foreign lands; quite a number of them are distressed even more because they could not get a flight home and be reunited with their families in these uncertain times.

This is what I gathered last night from Saudi-based OFW Roi Gonzales in an interview on my YouTube livestream. His contract expired last June 4. HIs employer booked him for a flight home originally scheduled on August 4. However, flight cancellations pushed his scheduled return back several times now. And there is nothing definite about when he could get reunited with his family.

Gonzales is fortunate because his employer continues to provide him free housing and food. His biggest worry is that the last of his earnings have been sent home, and he has no more means to feed his family if his plight drags on. But there are thousands of others in Riyadh who are being housed in temporary quarters provided by the Philippine government in less comfortable conditions. The POLO-OWWA is feeling the pressure as every day, more Filipinos who have lost their jobs queue at the Embassy to ask for help.

The problem is that Philippine Airlines has been forced to cancel its flights because of the erratic behavior of the pandemic. Sudden spikes in Covid 19 cases in Saudi Arabia lead to abrupt changes in schedules, leaving OFWs who show up again and again even as chance passengers frustrated.

There are other airlines that continue flying, I learned. Gulf Air was one of the airlines mentioned by a viewer. Hence, the idea of chartering special flights becomes the most plausible option for the Philippine government. Make an inventory of the stranded Filipinos not only in Saudi Arabia but also in the rest of the Middle East so that plans can be made to fly them home in a series of chartered flights.

This can be a modern-day version of Noah’s Ark. This might cost more than usual repatriation, but I am sure President Duterte will not spare any expense to end the misery of our countrymen abroad. Of course, chartered flights are feasible only for places where there are hundreds or thousands of stranded Filipinos. The pandemic has forced imposed tremendous burdens on everybody. I am sure President Duterte will find a solution to this problem.

VP Robredo should ask Andy Bautista: where did 9.9 million votes go?

For more than five years now, Vice President Leni Robredo has made it a career to build a public image of a competent, hard-working and dedicated leader of the nation. At every opportunity, she tried to put down President Rodrigo Duterte by suggesting, unashamedly, that she could have done a better job in all aspects of the government. With the support of the mainstream media, VP Robredo never lacked media mileage. In fact, there was an overflow of it.

Those efforts, however, have achieved nothing. As in zero. After five years on the job, VP Robredo hasn’t gone up an inch in terms of her trust and approval ratings. Her poll numbers have stayed flat at near bottom, fluctuating every so slightly from 6 to 8%. She’s like a consumer product that, despite billions of pesos spent for advertising and marketing, couldn’t even get 10%. Her rival in the 2016 polls, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, is a constant second place in the surveys at around 14% without effort.

VP Robredo is aware of what her numbers are. And that’s the reason for her hesitation in deciding whether or not to seek the Presidency. As the incumbent VP, she is the most logical choice to lead the opposition as presidential candidate. Her partymates have said time and again, the privilege is hers for the taking. She doesn’t need to ask for it. All she needs to do is say, “yes”.

I find it hard to understand her hesitation. Is she hoping that a miracle would happen? Why is she “negotiating” with Senators Lacson and Gordon to “forge a unitied front”? What does she mean by “united”? That the others will step aside for her? Well, Lacson has every reason to insist about running. His numbers are statistically tied with VP Robredo. This is the reason he suggested his “formula” about all of them filing their candidacies, watch their numbers during the campaign period, and then give way to the front-runner among them close to the elections.

Why doesn’t VP Robredo simply back out of the race? She can’t possibly win under any scenario. Unless, of course, another hat trick is pulled off by Smartmatic.

But Andy Bautista has gone into self-exile, afraid to face the criminal charges that will arise from his corruption and the data leak that may been the precursor to the cheating.

And talking about Bautista, why doesn’t VP Robredo ask the former Comelec chair about where the 9.9 million votes that supposedly gave her a hairline of a margin over Marcos had gone? Translated to percentage, that number of votes is about 24.5%. That means when she assumed office, she had about one-fourth of Filipino voters supporting her. If that was true, she shouldn’t have had difficulty building up her power base in the course of five years. Is the logic hard for VP Robredo to comprehend?

By this time, with the abundance of media mileage she obtained from mainstream media, her figures should easily hover in the vicinity of 50%. That’s on the assumption that her PR campaign was effective.

From where I stand, VP Robredo’s situation unravels the truth about the cheating. There never was almost 10 million votes for her. It defies logic for her numbers to fall precipitously to just 8% after five years of massive marketing.

It’s time for VP Robredo to throw in the towel.

The power of the “share” button

Almost everybody now has a smartphone. Or at least for Filipinos with enough income to buy one, even second-hand. That means millions of Filipinos possess in their hands the most amazing gadget known to mankind, a revolutionary instrument that impacted lives like the Guttenberg printing press, the telephone and the internet itself. With a smartphone, one is “connected” to the world 24/7, and through that small handheld device flows tons and tons of information.

And because of this “connectivity”, technology has broken down traditional pathways of information to the masses. No longer do people need to listen to radio, watch television or buy newspapers to get the news. Half a century ago, radio stations delivered “the top news of the hour” to keep their listeners abreast with what was happening in the community, the nation and the world. Newspapers ran extra editions to push earth-shaking news stories to their readers at mid-day or afternoon. There were even PM editions of newspapers.

All that is all about gone. Newspapers, radio and television stations still exist. But their traditional form are about to become extinct. Print runs for newspapers are down more than half. FM stations have become dinosaurs as free music now streamed non-stop on Spotify. TV? Well, YouTube and Facebook are the dominant platforms now for video content.

What is the point of this?

Well, media as we have known it has turned upside down. And the power to shape public opinion through the news is no longer in the hands of media giants. The ordinary individual has claimed that power for himself or herself, because he or she can decide what to read, listen or watch on that small gadget.

Media organizations have been stripped of their monopoly for disseminating the news and information. That power is now vested in the “share” button on all social media platforms that in a matter of minutes can deliver a piece of news to tens of millions of people around the globe. The word “viral” didn’t exist for news and information until just about 20 years ago.

Now, the political landscape is being shaped largely by this “share” button. Politicians can rise or fall depending on which posts on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube get shared by Filipinos. And for the Philippine opposition, this is what brought about their downfall.

The “share” button can have bad consequences, because it can be a bullet-train for fake news. At the same time, the same power gives truth a fighting chance to quickly expose fake news before these can cause permanent harm.

Not too long ago, politicians had this “ambush-me” scenario in their bags of tricks before an election. This was when radio was the sole platform for rapid news dissemination (newspaper readers would have to wait the next day to know what happened). A day or two before election day, the underdogs staged fake ambushes on themselves and have it reported on radio to gain sympathy among voters. By the time the prank is exposed, the desired effect of manipulating the people’s emotions have been achieved.

The opposition made the mistake of relying on mainstream media to deliver their narrative. Unfortunately, the credibility of mainstream media is in tatters. The irony is that even if their narrative is true, the message is corrupted in transmission, and gets dismissed as fake news by news consumers.

There’s really nothng to worry about the susceptibility of the “share” button to be abused. It has its own way to level the playing field. A counterbalancing message can always be posted in a matter of minutes. The deciding factor is the credibility of the messenger, because no amount of information will accomplish the purpose if that is lacking.

Pacquiao’s own fake news to blame for the P3.5 billon Sarangani sports center controversy

Senator Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao thought he could outsmart the Filipino people, and President Duterte.

Two years ago, Pacquiao managed to push two bills into law: Republic Act No. 11214 and 11224. The first one authorized the creation, development and operation of a Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC) for which the amount of P3.5 billion was appropriated. The second one creates the Sarangani Sports Training Center in the Municipality of Alabel, Sarangai province, with no fund appropriation in the law.

And when President Duterte signed RA 11214 into law in March 2019, Pacquiao profusely thanked the Chief Executive for making it happen. He said the PSTC will find a home in Sarangani province to provide state-of-the-art training facilities for future medal-winning athletes from around the country. He plastered the websites of the Sarangani Provincial Government and the Sarangani Sports Training Center with this press release:

Nothing has been heard about the project until lately, when Pastor Apollo Quiboloy bared pictures of a few structures at the SSTC where the P3.5 billion was supposed to have been spent (in Pacquiao’s own words). Quiboloy had every reason to complain, because what was shown on these pictures could not possibly have cost more than P100 million. From all indications, the project was overprice, and abandoned. Pacquiao’s own story supported Quiboloy’s assertion that public funds were wasted.

But upon investigation, I found out that the P3.5 billion is intact in the hands of the Philippine Sports Commission which is the custodian of the money. The mandate to search for a site was placed in the hands of the PSC. Pacquiao must have thought he could use his influence to get the PSC to turn the SSTC into the PSTC to fulfill his claim that it will rise in his province. That was the reason he got a law enacted for the SSTC. It was a legal cover for him to allow fund transfers from the PSC. Otherwise, the SSTC was a purely local undertaking, and didn’t need an act of Congress to create.

Pacquiao’s dream to build the PSTC in Sarangani was frustrated by the PSC, which found the idea ludicrous. Why build a state-of-the-art athletes training center — complete with dormitories, playing venues and other facilities in the boondocks of Alabel, Sarangani? Who would want to train in such a faraway place? Hence, the PSC looked for a suitable location near the national capital.

Just last May 2021, the PSC finally found a willing host — the provincial government of Bataan, which donated 25 hectares in Mariveles. The land grant was formalized in the signing of the deed of donation on May 18, 2021 between Bataan Governor Albert Raymond Garcia and PSC Chairman William Ramirez.

The selection of Mariveles was done with its proximity to the national capital and the historical significance of the place where tens of thousands of Filipino and American soldiers sacrificed their lives in defense of the country against the Japanese invading forces in World War II.

This must have been a big letdown for Pacquiao, who had wanted to build a Taj Mahal in his home province — a P3.5 billion athletes training center — when his own constituents remain poor and thousands are homeless. I can only speculate at how he tried to persuade PSC to give him the P3.5 billion and spend it lavishly on the SSTC.

Crafting two laws for almost exactly the same purpose was a clever trick Pacquiao tried to pull on the Filipino people.

First, he knew that RA 11214 creating the PSTC cannot spefically designate Sarangani as the place where it will rise. It would have drawn opposition so quickly and get it shot down. Hence, he had to create a mechanism that would make pole-vaulting the funds to Sarangani legal. Create the SSTC by operation of law. There’s no need for a law to create the SSTC. By all standards, it was a purely local project. That would make it hard for Pacquiao to transfer the P3.5 billion to the SSTC and transform it into the PSTC. Somebody must have given him the idea to create an entity under the law, which he did by virtue of RA 11224.

With those two laws standing side by side, Pacquiao had a perfect and legal mechanism to accomplish his dream of building a Taj Mahal of his own: a dream all-around training center that will be the envy of athletes from other cities and provinces and municipalities. In RA 11224 creating the SSTC, Pacquiao inserted the phrase in Section 3 that the project can draw funds from the government (PSC), “and such funds as may be granted by the PSC and the Office of the President.”

It’s a good thing PSC resisted such devious scheme hatched by Pacquiao. That project would have become a white elephant.

Pacquiao could not blame Quiboloy and Sass Sassot and other pro-Duterte bloggers for raising questions about the project. The last public pronouncement on record attributable to him was that the P3.5 billion was to be poured into Sarangani. For all intents and purposes, anybody who came across his press release two years ago and looked at the project will have reason to conclude the money was misused, or even stolen.

This controversy is karma for Pacquiao. He said his reputation was tarnished because of the fake news. If it is fake news, he has only himself to blame. He was too quick to claim the amount of P3.5 billion for Sarangani. That was his own fake news.

It’s a classic illustration of Pacquiao getting a dose of his own medicine. Last month, he accused the Duterte administration of squandering P10 billion in a totally baseless manner. He presented stacks of bond paper to make them look like documents to support his claim. However, it was too obvious these were reams and reams of bond paper that had nothing in them. Now his own fake news came back to put him in a huge embarrassing situation

California judge denies Paradigm Sports plea for injunction

The scheduled Pacquiao-Spence bout on August 21 this year at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada is a GO.

This developed early today (August 6, 2021) after the Superior Court of California in Orange County denied the application of plaintiff Paradigm Sports Management to issue a preliminary injunction and protect its rights and interests in the breach of contract case it brought against Senator Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao.

In his ruling, Judge Walther P. Schwarm of the Department C19 Court said that “The court finds the evidence demonstrates a low probability of prevailing on the breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing causes of action.”

“Thus, Plaintiff has the burden of showing a higher degree of harm.  The court finds that the balance of harm weighs in favor of Intervenor and Defendant as discussed above,” Judge Schwarm said in his ruling that was issued at 11 a.m., August 5, 2021.

“Therefore, the court DENIES Plaintiff’s (Paradigm Sports Management, LLC) Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed on 7-20-21 under ROA No. 123,” he said.

More details to be revealed in my YouTube livestream at 9:30 a.m. Manila time.