MAGANES: Fake social media accounts

December 31, 2018 at 5:05 pm Leave a comment


Now that election campaign for senatorial, congressional, partylists and local candidates is fast approaching, social media sites, particularly Facebook, are full of “fake accounts”. These fake accounts are being administered by loyalists of certain candidates that try to provide misinformation against other candidates. They, too, are hiding under fictitious names. They bash candidates on their posts and spew hatred against those handling media sites they don’t like.

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Lately, I was a victim of this kind of fake account. First, he ( I addressed him as he, since it is the gender posted in his account, but using a woman’s name) invited me to “friend” him at the Facebook. Sensing that it was an account that supports candidates who are not the ones I am supporting, I did not accept his invitation. This guy reached me out on  my Messenger account. He asked why I am posting lies against his favored candidates. He wrote also that his candidates will win no matter what others will say against them. I took it lightly. I did not answer for him to stop.

That guy was bullying me. For all I know, I have not posted anything against his favored candidates. For all I care too. I am concentrated on my posts for candidates that I am supporting. I do not even mention the names of other candidates who are pitted against my favored candidates for I believe that political campaigns must be leveled up. I don’t have time to bash or concoct lies just to make my favored candidates “saleable” to the voters.

To those having “fake accounts” on Facebook disguising to support their candidates, why don’t you concentrate on the strong points of the candidates you are supporting? Don’t pretend that I or we who support  candidates not of your liking are peddling lies over social media. Look at your favored candidates as well- of their intentions, accomplishments, personalities, etc.

There are certain political issues that have to be told to voters and talked about in commentaries. These are legitimate issues that are plaguing our political ferment that have to be cleared out. By doing so, this that not mean that I am personally against your candidates. I am against their actions,  and of their lies that hoodwinked the people of real issues.

Let’s go to the point.

Why do I support Alaminos City Mayor Art Celeste of his gubernatorial bid in Pangasinan including other candidates in his Team Celeste-Lambino?

First, Celeste is espousing real change in governance including his advocacy of inclusivity in his “Pangasinan Para Sa Lahat” (Pangasinan For All). I see in him the quality of a leader I am looking for.

Celeste is a soft-spoken guy and knows his direction to make Pangasinan a progressive province. He’s also sincere in dealing with people without nary of pretensions. His leadership in Alaminos City could not be taken lightly as he is a multi-awarded local chief executive.

What I like most about him is his honesty. His accomplishments speak well of himself from a village chief, congressman and mayor of a famous tourist site – the Hundred Islands. Tourism in Pangasinan rose to prominence because of the development he has introduced in the Hundred Islands making it a favorite destination of foreign and local tourists alike.

Celeste, this early on, has already a road map for the development of Pangasinan. In his visitations to villages where he is warmly welcomed by people, he talks about tourism, agriculture, education, infrastructure, health services, services for the senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs), etc. In short, his vision for Pangasinan is clear. He is pushing for a change in the lives of the Pangasinenses, and a total reform in the development structure of the province.

And how about Mark Ronald DG. Lambino, his vice gubernatorial mate?

Lambino is academically prepared, having studied in prestigious schools and universities in the country.  He finished his pre-school and elementary at the Mother Goose Montessori School in Dagupan City, secondary education in Philippine Science High School, Diliman, Quezon City, college graduate of Geography in University of the Philippines, Diliman, entrepreneurship course also in UP Diliman, post graduate Management course in Asian Institute of Management (AIM), and Masters in Public Management in Ateneo De Manila University.

His academic credentials speak well of his ability to lead and be a leader who could propel the legislative agenda in the province should he win.

As to his work experiences, Lambino runs his consultancy services, trading, IT companies, and worked as a consultant in the Senate and House of Representatives for several years. He was also an Executive Assistant to the Chairman of PAGCOR, until he resigned in October for his vice gubernatorial candidacy.

Lambino is the son of Secretary Raul Lambino, Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon and the former Marilyn De Guzman, who is running for mayoral post in Mangaldan town.

With Celeste and Lambino at the helm of the province, who could go wrong in pursuing the dreams and aspirations of the Pangasinenses for a better and progressive province?

(For comments and suggestions, email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com or at virgilmaganes42@gmail.com. Visit my blog “The Roving Pen” at http://www.virgilmaganes.wordpress.com. Read the online edition of Northern Watch at http://www.northwatch.wordpress.com)

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