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Yellows not Behind Fake News? Why is Bam Aquino Irked by Blogger’s Senate Request?


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Elena Grace Flores

A visibly irked Senator Bam Aquino slams the administrator of the “Thinking Pinoy” blog. This is because Rey Joseph Nieto requests a Senate session to divulge factual information about the alleged individuals behind the “Silent No More” blog. It involves using Google Adsense verification. Nieto’s research points to the “yellows” as the ones behind the “Silent No More” blog. It tags seven senators as “Malacañang Dogs in Senate.” This is allegedly for not signing a resolution against the drug war speculated killings in the country. These senators denied receiving such document for their signature.



Bam Aquino Busted by Senator Grace Poe

Senator Bam Aquino is furious; “I don’t think he’s being cautious at all, after all, he’s been mentioning individuals already, he’s mentioned me already so, where’s the caution there? Why won’t he just tell all? Aquino presses this to perhaps accuse him of libel. Senator Kiko Pangilinan clarifies Nieto’s request for an executive session. Senator Grace Poe said Nieto “just wants to be cautious.” “The names mentioned are just based on his research. It’s not libel. A Senate session is necessary to investigate such finding,” said Poe, chair of the Senate panel hearing the issue on fake news.

Blogger’s Research

During the Senate committee on public information and mass media hearing on the fake news, Rey Joseph Nieto of “Thinking Pinoy” blog reveals that according to his research, a certain Edward Angelo “Cocoy” Dayao and Niña Zialcita are behind the “Silent No More.” The blog tags seven senators as “Malacañang Dogs in Senate.” They mock the solons for not signing a resolution against the spate of killings in the country.

Noynoy Aquino’s Hand

Nieto also alleged that his research shows that Dayao was a former Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) officer of former President Benigno Aquino III. Zialcita was a former political communications officer of Senator Francis Pangilinan and Senator Bam Aquino. “Cocoy Dayao is the administrator of the blog but it doesn’t mean he also creates the content,” Nieto clarified.

Senate Session Requested for the Revelations

Senator Vicente Sotto III asks Nieto if these names are verifiable through Google Adsense, Nieto said he is willing to reveal more information in an executive session. “That is possible but I can only answer that in an executive session. I don’t want to break laws,” said Nieto. He also clarified that he does not want to implicate Dayao and Zialcita. He is just simply stating what he found out through his research.