Rappler together with U.S Propagandas?

Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade on Wednesday issued a  statement on claims of outgoing US ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg about his “unpublicized China trip” in June 2016.


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The story where Goldberg made the claim was published in Rappler.com, and Tugade was not asked for a confirmation before the news was published.Tugade denied the claims.

Tugade also lashed on Rappler for not confirming their facts.


"Gago talaga" he said as he shared his text message to the news site.


“If it is true that Ambassador Goldberg said that, then the fabled American “intelligence network” has miserably failed again. Tsismis yan! Was never in Beijing in June! You can always examine my passport anytime.” the test message, which was shared on Nic Gabunda's Facebook, wrote.


Rappler responded by saying they will include the denial in their report.
Golberg was quoted as saying that he is aware that Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade made a trip to China last June even before President Rodrigo Duterte's recent state visit to Beijing.

He said this later on led to the increase of China’s investment and loan pledges to the Philippines.


Please also read statement of journalist Ira Panganiban in his Facebook account regarding the issue:
DOT Sec. Tugade to Rappler: "Check your facts", as he denies Goldberg's claims of his "secret Beijing trip"



The Rappler “report,” which expertly weaves a few facts with a lot of innuendo, tries to create the perception that there was something shady behind the multi-billion dollar deals signed during the trip of President Duterte to China last week.

Claiming that Goldberg “revealed” an alleged “unpublicized” trip by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and DOTr Sec. Art Tugade to China, Rappler’s quotes the ambassador as saying that he “(doesn’t) really know” if there were “backdoor negotiations,” but he “thinks” and is “guess(ing)” that there were.
Goldberg is also equally unsure whether or not the trip has been made public, but because he “thinks” it hasn’t, then he freely speculates that if it did (as he “guess(es)” it has) then there must be something wrong with it.

While we are not quite sure what the Rappler report, or Goldberg’s statements are all about, it does appear that there is a deliberate attempt to sow intrigue and cast aspersions on the President and his cabinet.

Commenting on the alleged China trip, Sec. Tugade was able to verify the speculations that not only does Ambassador Goldberg not know anything, he is also a rumor-mongerer.
In part, Tugade’s text message reads,

Gago talaga!!! Pls share my reply. If it is true that Amb Goldberg said that, then the fabled American “intelligence network” has miserably failed again.. Tsismis yan!! I was never in Beijing in June!! Want proof? You can always examine my passport anytime…



Sec. Art Tugade


We are still trying to verify whom Sec. Tugade was referring to when he said “gago talaga.” But in meantime we will apply the description liberally, and share it equally among the alleged “journalists” at Rappler and Goldberg.


Sources: mindanation.com, filipinewsph.com

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