Let Filipinos condemn and boycott the New York Times



I’M sick and tired of the New York Times articles and editorials that are vicious hatchet jobs not just on President Duterte, but on the Philippines itself.

NYT has portrayed our country as one where thousands of corpses of the innocent litter our streets, and that we Filipinos—and therefore even columnists like me— either just keep quiet in fear of Duterte, or that we are savages living in and embracing a failed state.

I am shocked at its latest editorial entitled “Let the world condemn Duterte,” the second on the same topic by its editorial board in just a month, the first titled “Accountability for Duterte.”

What right does the NYT have to call on the world to condemn Duterte, based on their flawed and biased reporting? Didn’t this American paper find ridiculous its editorial that cheered the International Criminal Court to convict Duterte for “mass murder”, since the US voted against the ICC’s establishment in 2002?

The New York Times recent hatchet job on the Philippines, complete with gory picture.

NYT’s extreme bias is so obvious in that its editorial was accompanied by a gory but tear-jerker of a photo captioned “a 17-year-old a few hours after she was killed by masked gunmen in Quezon City, Philippines, in 2016.” But was it a murder committed by Duterte’s purported death squads, or just another case of murder out of the thousands that occur every day in metropolises not just in the Philippines but even in New York?

Its most recent April 25 editorial reveals the plot of the Yellow Cult’s campaign against Duterte: Have somebody file a case in an international body even if it is merely based on allegations by the opposition and hearsay, and then get US media to sensationalize it. Here’s some news for the Yellow Cult whose rise to power in 1986 was to a great extent due to US media: Those days are over.

My head explodes at the NYT, to borrow a vivid sentence recently used just the other day by former George W. Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer, to condemn the United Nations Commission on Human Rights’ February warning to President Trump that repealing Obamacare would violate international laws.

Smoking gun

The smoking gun, or what incontrovertibly shows the NYT’s bias against the Philippines, is the following sentence in that editorial: “Mr. Sabio said in the 77-page filing, that more than 9,400 people have been killed, most of them poor young men, but also bystanders, children and political opponents.” (It was this Sabio who filed a case against Duterte and 10 other Philippine government officials before the ICC accusing them of “mass murder”.)

However, even the mercenary Sabio couldn’t convince himself to make such a brazen lie, with no basis at all. There is no such 9.400 figure of people summarily executed in Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, claimed in Sabio’s complaint. When it comes to the Philippines, has the NYT’s editors ordered out of the newsroom its much-vaunted fact checkers?

The highest number Sabio could fabricate is 8,000, a figure he wouldn’t even explain how he got: “In his first seven months in the office, or from June 2016 to January 2017, 7,000 drug-related killings have been recorded as having been committed by police and unknown armed persons. The body count has continued to mount and increase into his ninth month in office, reaching up to more than 8,000 to date. “

Note the word-play propaganda trick the NYT uses to accompany its 9,400 figure, which leaves the impression that thousands of children and Duterte’s political opponents have been killed allegedly by police. C’mon now, dear Reader and even dear Yellow Cultist, is this what’s happening in your neighborhood?

I dare the NYT to name a single political opponent of this regime and a single child killed by Duterte’s alleged death squads.

Thank Rappler

Thank the internet-only news outfit Rappler for the 7,000 figure. It invented that figure way back in September and its editors — and its owner — have refused to repudiate that figure the Philippine National Police and I have totally debunked. It’s been the figure quoted by nearly all Western media outfits, the European Union Parliament, and Amnesty International, and of course the NYT.

Sabio made the effort in his complaint to hide Rappler’s complicity though. He claimed that the 7,000 figure was “based on official statistics from the Philippine National Police for the period from 1 July 2016 up to and until 21 January 2017.” The PNP has loudly denied this figure, explaining point-by-point how Rappler invented the figure. Sabio merely claims: “This figure is widely reported in local and foreign media, and also in social media.”
That’s wrong: local media mostly don’t use that figure anymore after PNP explained why it is such a colossal error; in social media, only Rappler uses it.

Rappler intentionally manufactured that figure it to exaggerate the casualties in Duterte’s war against illegal drugs. It added all the 4,525 murder cases that the PNP was investigating to the 2,555 the people who were killed when they allegedly fought the police who were trying to arrest them.

A detailed list based on police blotters compiled by the Philippine Daily Inquirer shows 2,107 killed in the anti-illegal drug war, and by no stretch of the imagination would even half of this be due to summary executions. Yet, even while failing miserably to justify its 7,000 figure, Rappler has continued to “update” it to this day.

As I had predicted in my column last month (“How Rappler misled EU, Human Rights Watch, CNN, Time, BBC — the world”), that 7,000 figure, if Rappler doesn’t retract it, will be used by anti-Duterte groups to extrapolate that the number of extra-judicial killings now total 9,000. If Duterte doesn’t stop his anti-illegal drug war, will it be 10,000 next month?

Ridiculous claim

Indeed it was extrapolated by Sabio to make this ridiculous and atrocious claim in his complaint: “In the event Duterte will be able to end his six-year term, the body count would reach an estimate of 72,000 for six years, based on the 1,000 killings per month, or could reach even a much higher number resulting in a national bloodbath of disastrous proportions.”

What’s appalling in the NYT’s recent editorial is that it totally presumes that Duterte is guilty of “mass murder”. It claims that if the House of Representatives “quashes an impeachment motion filed by an opposition lawyer,” then the ICC can prosecute the case since it may exercise its jurisdiction to prosecute criminals “when their national courts are unwilling or unable to do so.”

What? If the Congress doesn’t impeach Duterte, he is still guilty of mass murder anyway, so the ICC can intervene?

What is appalling is that the NYT believed totally the integrity of what it merely describes as a “Filipino lawyer”. It didn’t even bother to check how such a mediocre lawyer with so little financial resources (even to make the trip to the ICC’s headquarters in The Hague and stay for week in a 300 euro per night hotel there) could have filed the suit.

It didn’t even bother to report that many in this country are convinced that this joker appears to be a minion of the nutty opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, probably using Liberal Party funds, who has been undertaking a plot to oust Duterte, so Vice President Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party would assume power.

Trillanes a hero?

Indeed, read that lawyer’s suit, and see Trillanes is the most often-quoted personality, depicted as a hero and as the only Filipino other than Senator Leila de Lima bold enough to challenge Duterte.

What’s appalling about the NYT’s editorials is that there was no attempt at all to get the government’s side, or even those of non-partisans on the extra-judicial killing allegations. After a query, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar reported that his office had sent letters to the NYT’s editors to debunk its editorials and articles.

None has been published. Compare the NYT’s one-sided articles to those of the Washington Post, which in a recent article quoted ordinary Filipinos explaining why they support Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.
I worked for a decade in an international publication as a journalist, and I closely monitored US and European press coverage during President Macapagal-Arroyo’s term as it was my job, both as Press Secretary and later Presidential Chief of Staff, to do so.

I have never encountered such one-sided, biased coverage of the Philippines as the NYT has done. Major US newspapers in the past routinely published my letters to them that cited errors and biases in their coverage. I strongly suspect that a Filipino female tycoon who lives in New York has managed to get the NYT to adopt her stridently anti-Duterte worldview.

With these maliciously cruel and destructive that the NYT has been unleashing against our country, we should all condemn this publication, and patriotic Filipino New Yorkers should boycott it.

I urge my readers to do a patriotic act and write the NYT letters of complaints against their coverage and editorials. Or you can just send the link to this column and ask them to comment. Let’s show these AHs we’re not pushovers, and we’ll not allow biased reportage to slur our country.

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  1. Open your eyes people!
    The president himself calls people to kill presumed drug addicts. Not arrest. Kill. Without proof, without any part of the law behind them. That is murder.

    Article III: Bill of Rights (The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines)

    Section 1
    No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws.

    • lol no. he only said if the circumstances to “kill” are right. so if the policemen are the ones who are killed you anti dutertes will just say “ah its just a part of their jobs”

  2. It is not President Duterte who must be stopped, but the New York Times (NYT). Their obsessive and unrelenting negative attack on the leader of one country, with multiple articles, now borders on the absurd and only invites curiosity. What motivates them? Certainly not the welfare of the Filipino citizens because majority support the president. Have they also now been tainted by the very same corruption that President Duterte is trying so hard to fight in his country? NYT’s journalistic integrity has sunk so low that it has become an insult to read it. Why don’t we all Filipinos, especially those in New York,just ignore/junk the NY Times and stick to “Manila Times” – now that’s a better and smarter read.

  3. charles river on

    Whether 2000 or 9400, that’s still far from the 3 million Duterte declared he intends to kill. As patriotic Filipinos, we wish Duterte is ordered arrested by the ICC way before he reaches that figure.

  4. Patriotic Filipinos can start by identifying the operators of Loida Nicolas based here in the Philippines, publish their names and addresses if available so the people can go their residences and confront them of these lies!

  5. We welcome the KILLINGS of the CRIMINALS for the safety and security of the law-abiding citizen!

    We support this government!

    GOD bless the Philippines & President Duterte!

    • Jose Samilin on

      I agree on the killings of Criminals and more power to President Duterte, representing the sword of the Lord to illiminate criminals and corrupt elements of the country that prevents economic progress.

  6. Most of the US press is leftist and will do the work of the Yellows in Manila. The International Court is a cabal of gangsters and nothing more. That’s why the US does not recognize them. It’s like having the UN being the judge and one look at the leadership of that institution is enough to call a halt to those proceedings. Duterte is different. He is acting. He is not likely to survive his term and he knows it. Powerful forces are working to kill him but he remains unafraid. Philippinos should be proud to have elected such a leader.

  7. Wolfgang Struck on

    This is hardly what R. Tiglao had in mind writing down his scorn. Who are we to bark at the NYT? They do not care about little proud Filipinos. But they do hate presidents that are loved by their people. They want slaves and Duterte shows he can do it his way, China and Russia. China BTW has nothing against Filipinos or the Philippines. They own one island since 1944 (during the war) and they install high grade technology so that they can control what the Americans are stealing from the Philippines. The Americans hate that!

    Wolfgang Struck

    • Aphetsky Lasa on

      We were under Spanish rule for 300 years. Japan invaded us. The Americans colonized us. But the Chinese, after all these years, remain our friends. In fact, even before the Spanish came, the Chinese have already established themselves in the country, intermarried and put up businesses. The Chinese actually only meant to do business. Literally. Nothing more; nothing less.

  8. Established media enterprises like CNN, BBC, MSNBC and the New York Times have made a name for themselves by the long tradition of news reporting and making comments through editorials and commentaries on important issues that affect peoples of countries in particular and of the world in general.

    They criticise leaders of countries or institutions whenever they see irresponsibilities, abuses or ineptness whether it is persons as powerful like Putin or Trump or irrational and impertinent ones like North Korea’s Kim Jung Un of the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte.

    The problem with these people is that they do not want to be told of their mistakes or abuses. They and their defenders regard such critical reports and comments as fake news because they cannot face the fact.

    • Established media enterprises with vested interests like CNN, BBC, MSNBC and the New York Times have made a name for themselves by the long tradition of sensationalist news reporting and making condemnations through editorials and commentaries on important issues that affect their agenda in countries in particular and the world in general.

      They criticise leaders of countries or institutions whenever they see independent-mindedness, self-determination or rivals whether it is persons as powerful like Putin or Trump or impertinent ones like the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte who dare stand up to their privilege.

      The problem with these people is that they do not want to be dictated. They and their defenders regard such critical reports and comments as fake news because they cannot stomach the smearing.

      How’s that for a narrative? Mr. Mayuga, maybe you should be more open to views other than your own.

  9. dating kriminal on

    New York Times will not be affected financially even few millions of Filipinos will boycott their product. They are huge and they are all over the world, to include airlines traveling international routes, have their newspapers as reading materials. The reality of life is, they are big and bad – same as what China has done to South China Sea. China has intimidated and pushed around its little Asian neighbors, built artificial islands in some small country’s territory and put up permanent infrastructures on them, and until now, nothing happened.

    I think a better respond to this is humility and civility, meaning, we can show to the whole world that we are civilized society, and a country full of God fearing people. This way, it will negate what they have published about our country and PDU30. The President is doing an exceptional job and he has the momentum as far as fighting the war on drugs and other criminalities. PDU30 should not pay attention to U.N., ICC, NYT, and Anti-Duterte.

  10. christine tan on

    The most patriotic thing to do is to simply ignore the NYT and its attack on PRRD. Anyway, 100M Filipinos are not aware of NYT’s existence or even of Atty. Sabio. Only a motley group does and we know who composed it. Btw: Does Atty. Sabio has the intellectual capacity to prepare such a kind of pleading he filed with ICC or his only participation was only to affix his signature on it?

    • the people behind the filing is intellectually incapacitated as well..the case file will go to the dustbin as per Lacson

  11. so what? if there are 10000 or 200000 people killed in Philipine when president Dutuete came into office. How many innocent live American army kill in Iraq and Afganistan. Israeli army deliberately killed women and children of the Palistinian on the street. The united nation keep a blind eye because of fear losing funding from America. Common Uncle Sam, You did very well in the Philipine , I dare Uncle Sam return to viet nam. Any Pinoy support America will end up the same faith like America

  12. mag iiwan sana ako ng comment sa news ng New York Times about Duterte, pero wala naman palang Reader’s Comments Section ang NYT.

    • Aphetsky Lasa on

      Dahil ayaw nilang mapuna ang mga kasinungalingan nila. Halata mo talagang me itinatagong baho. They are not just unfair, they are also full of themselves.

  13. “I urge my readers to do a patriotic act and write the NYT letters of complaints against their coverage and editorials. Or you can just send the link to this column and ask them to comment. Let’s show these AHs we’re not pushovers, and we’ll not allow biased reportage to slur our country.”

    yes, let’s do the suggestion of the Bert Tiglao. and not only that, when we read and watch international news that portray our government as ruthless and without rules of law, let’s leave a comment that we support our government, and that the news reports are false and exaggerated. that we support our president in his campaign against illegals drugs and corruption.

    this is so that Americans (civilians and politicians) who don’t have any idea what really happens in the Philippines will not be misled by the propaganda of the enemies of the president and inaccurate news reports.

  14. I could remember the quote of the late Mr. Lee Kwan Yew saying “If you have a hatchet on me then I have my own hatchet, and its a very big and sharp one!”, the NYT has already faced a defamation lawsuit in Singapore filed by the current Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong years ago ultimately the NYT has lost the case and ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages which ends in treasury of Singapore. We must do the same thing to the NYT whose reporting is totally damaging to my beloved motherland, we should not cow down to these biased media both here and abroad so that they’ll be responsible of what they write.

    • Aphetsky Lasa on

      And oblige Loida Nicolas Lewis to pay for the damages she has inflicted by egging on the NYT to reecho her hatred, not just for the President, but also for the Philippines and the Filipinos. She should be ashamed of herself.

    • Indeed, why can’t the office of D’Andar file a lawsuit against the NYT? Is he so eunuch that he can’t seem to understand the power of his office? If there is no local law office, then, let the government file the case in the State of NY and make the filing a headline in our major dailies. Does D’Andar really knows what he can do? Or he is just big in physique but so small as to his brain?

  15. I’ll name her for you, Loida Nicolas Lewis. Every well-informed Filipino knows – it is an insult to our intelligence if her team thinks we don’t know any better. She calls herself Pinay? Pffft. I admit she is powerful and influential but she is not a Filipina in my eyes. I dream of spitting on her grave for discrediting my beloved country, Philippines. For her propaganda to oust Duterte not only damages the Administration, Senate and Congress but our pride as Filipino people in a sovereign State and a free society. Shame on you Loida! Shame on you!!

  16. US media are bias and can be bought while Philippine media is even worst (bias, can be bought and reports “daw” and “raw” and win awards). There’s nothing wrong when money talks.

    • Biased, you mean?

      This columnist is as biased as you think US media are. I do not buy your contention but rather, I am of the opinion that this columnist is biased in favor of his patroness Gloria Arroyo who appointed him as ambassador to Greece and against Benigno Aquino III who removed him because of the derogatory information the Department of Foreign Affairs received from Filipino workers in that country. I know that. I have hundreds of relatives and friends in Greece. I have contacts with Filipino leaders in different European countries. I have been living here in Europe for over 37 years.

  17. A continuing saga of lies and deception by the NYT. It will only end when we became nationalistic to the end. Our poor country is not respected by them so let,s rise collectively and show them we are proud to be Filipinos. Mabuhay!

  18. The NYT had an article on our country, where their carpetbagger journalist stayed for the night and tapped a local contact to guide him for his article. He named the person as police officer Efren Manalac of Malabon city. I am from Malabon and the Manalac family are notorious goons, starting with Boyong Manalac. They also had an op-ed written by Manuel Syjuco based in Dubai, both of whose parents, Augusto Syjuco, and Judy Jalbuena Syjuco, former government officials, are charged with graft. I wrote the NYT about their polluted source, but of course, my e-mailed comment never saw the light of day. News published is chosen for a specific purpose, not to bring out facts.I believe that the NYT is influenced by those Filipinos, like Robredo and Drillon, and the Amboys, like Loida Lewis to destabilize our government.

  19. Sir RDT, the MVGFC sch. library where I served as part time physics instructor no longer patronized NYT, maybe for some reasons of inaccurate news concerning our country. thnx po sa inyo…

  20. I agree that that NYT’s piece was a poor piece of work. However, I find myself wondering if there are greater forces at work. Perhaps we need to ask ourselves the question who benefits from derailing progress and the growing independence of the Philippines, from derailing the emergence of the ASEAN nations as a future economic power or derailing the rise of East Asia.

    I think some of your research points toward some oligarchs in the Philippines, but I wonder if there are some global level oligarchs who are manipulating the media and nations for their own self-interests.

    • is this not the plan written by goldberg when du30 won the presidency?? it was news during the early days of du30 and vehemently denied by the us embassy/state dept. but lo and behold, it is being implemented, if i may say so. don’t you agree??

  21. New York Times has no credibility:

    National Law prevails over International Law.

    Constitution prevails and is Supreme over Treaties and other International Agreements

    Philippine Constitution prevails over Roman Statute creating ICC.

    If an International Law conflicts with National Laws or the Constitution, then that International Law has no force and effect within our country.

    Philippine Constitution says the President is immune from suit and may be removed only through Impeachment Proceedings.

    Roman Statute says ICC can prosecute Nationals of a certain member state.

    Can ICC prosecute the President of the Philippines?

    No, because the President is immune from suit under the Constitution. Roman Statute cannot prevail over Philippine Constitution which protects the Presidente from suits for purposes of stability of the government. Roman Statute then has no force and effect with respect to the President. ICC therefore has no jurisdiction over Duterte.

    If the President is immune from suit and there is allegation of conspiracy with other government officials, then no case can stand against one or all persons charge with the President.

    • Patrick gonzalez on

      Tama ang iba mong punto , yung iba puede pagawayan pa sa korte intl man o domestic.

      But still, there are enough evidences sa drug war ni duterte killed innocent men. Mga taong may pamilya at hindi mga animal na puede lang basta ipapatay.

      Yan ang pagisipan mo- not if may legal foot to stand on ang kaso ni duterte sa icc

  22. I love it when the parochial press get all riled up over a heavyweight newspaper criticising the Philippines. Feeling a bit sensitive chaps? It’s called freedom of the press and it’s what the big boys do. :-)

  23. Jose A. Oliveros on

    I challenge whoever wrote that editorial in the New York Times to present empirical and unbiased data in support of its allegations about the number of persons allegedly summarily executed and should he or fail to do so to eat the whole edition of the NYT where that editorial was published without water.

    • Patrick gonzalez on

      Talaga , hanggang ngayon hindi mo pa rin nabasa pnp report ?

      Pero kahit validated na ng pnp ang patayan – hindi mo pa rin makuha na Hindi importante kung 7k o isa ang pinatay- kung inosenteng tao yan at walang awang pinatay at maraming ebidensya na ang pinakita- dapat may managot dito at si duterte ang responsable dito sa kanyang war on drugs na walang scientific basis kung epektibo ba talaga sa pagpapatigil e hanggang ngayon may problema pa rin ang davao based on latest pnp report.

      Duterte is a failure on his war on drugs though he is successful in making policemen murder the competition when it comes to the drug trade hehe

    • patrick, kung failure si duterte ano pa kaya yung mga dati? lol. masyado kayong OA mga anti admin. sa drug war lang ba may namamatay na inosente?

  24. Impeach Leni and this Yellowtards will have no choice at all to continue their vicious fake propaganda. What is very concerning here is that the US together with its Filipino traitors allies thought that they can oust Duterte from presidency just like what they did to Marcos and Erap. These is a mistaken concept. If these people try this scenario, it will be a nightmare for these Yellowtards. There will be blood on the streets and the Indonesian Solution might be applied to these Yellows. The hatred of the people against these Yellows is so much that even we see Duterte speeches lined up with curses and we read the news of drug related killings, Duterte’s rating is still high. This is because Filipinos are showing their disgusts to the Yellows for the incompetence, lies and corruption which they have perpetuated for the last 28 years. Filipinos are fed up and one way of showing their protest is to emulate the person who is against these Yellows. They like Duterte because they believed that he is the only leader who has the balls to clean the mess of the Yellows whatever the onsequences is. They believed that Duterte “Walk the Talk”.

    • i agree with you in impeaching robredo. i think you are correct in saying that making robredo president is the root cause of this dastardly hatched plan by the yellows following the plan of goldberg

  25. The New York Times is well known to be equal to supermarket tabloids, although much thicker. It’s as believable as “The Onion “, although not as fun to read. No one with the normal amount of functioning brain cells believes anything that rag prints. With the exception of liberals, both American and Philippine who apparently suffer from an as yet undiagnosed brain disorder which causes them to view a distorted reality.

  26. In the age of fake news, the failing NYT is king or second to CNN. I still remember Maria Ressa a so called “Filipina” was working as a CNN correspondent, so she like CNN loves to write fake news. She was educated at Princeton University in New Jersey USA, so that means she was educated into imbecility.

    You don’t have mind NYT, CNN, MSNBC, they are scared of tough men like Trump and DU30, that’s why the nerds of the world now has the newspaper and the internet to bully people. They’re so bad with their debating skills (if they had one), that they’ll shut down opponents by screaming at them or bombard them with fake news. Its a Saul Alinsky tactic.

  27. As I previously stated. Does it matter if it’s one or one thousand people murdered by the police who are supposed to uphold the law ” without fear or favour “? If it happens to someone in your family maybe you’ll change your tune.
    Despite the disputed numbers,are you saying this isn’t happening?

    • In most police operations civilian casualties are sometimes unavoidable. In the war against drugs, there could be accidental deaths. Yes, I believe some of the deaths reported by the PNP were not drug-related but a result of ordinary crimes. These could not have been the fault of Duterte.

    • You are very correct. Consider the following:

      Judge to Lady Victim: Ilang beses ka sinampal ni Mr. Bastos?

      Lady Victim: Sampung beses po.

      Judge to Mr. Bastos: Ilang beses mo sinampal si Lady Victim?

      Mr. Bastos: Limang beses po:

      Judge to Police Captain: Ilang beses sinampal ni Mister Bastos si Lady Victim?

      Police Captain: Resulta ng imbestigasyon limang beses po.

      Judge to Lady Victim: Sabi mo Sampu. Lima lang pala. “CASE DISMiSSED”

      Are dismissing the case of the EJKs Mr. Tiglao simply on the grounds of inaccurate reporting?

    • Aphetsky Lasa on


      Yes. How can you rely on inaccurate reporting? One tells it one way one time then tells it another way the next time. Even the court will dismiss that.