the telecommunications industry, there are two Dennis Uys who might just end up
as business partners.
ICT is a private company owned by Dennis Anthony Uy, founder of ComClark
Network and Technology. Converge ICT claims to be the fastest growing internet
and other digital consumer-centric services provider in the Philippines today.
Their premium products and services run through the first pure end-to-end fiber
internet network in the country.
On the other hand, Mislatel’s local partner is
diversified company Udenna Corp., owned by Davao-based Dennis A. Uy.
ICT has enthusiastically displayed its openness to a partnership with Mislatel
Consortium, a venture backed by China Telecom. It was recently confirmed that
Mislatel will be the new major telcom player in the country.
do not see any problem working with Mislatel if they require backhaul, backbone
or even international services,” Jesus Romero, Converge ICT Chief Operating
An issue was raised whether Mislatel can beat its aggressive roll out targets. Mislatel’s spokesperson Adel Tamano mentioned of a tie-up for the plan to be possible. Converge ICT is also engage in wholesale bandwidth business, so Mislatel can really be a possible customer.
On January 10, 2019 Facebook banned
a digital marketing group in the Philippines — Twinmark Media Enterprises and
all its subsidiaries — from Facebook. According to Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of
Cyber security Policy, “This organization
has repeatedly violated our misrepresentation and spam policies — including
through coordinated inauthentic behavior, the use of fake accounts, leading
people to ad farms, and selling access to Facebook Pages to artificially increase
distribution and generate profit.”
Based on Twinmark’s official
website, TMMI is a young, digital company based in the Philippines. Founded in
2014, they own and manage websites in different market niches catering to the
interests of its many followers and readers. Their company provides engaging
content shared among various online audiences. TMMI sites garner over 1 billion
engagements monthly. According to data gathered by Rappler, Twinmark is also the
company behind Trending News Portal, the top website shared by former
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mocha
Facebook released a breakdown of
what they have removed as part of the ban:
Presence on Facebook and Instagram: 220 Facebook
Pages; 73 Facebook accounts; 29 Instagram accounts
Followers: About 43 million accounts followed at
least one of these Facebook Pages
Facebook Pages with highest number of followers:
Filipino Channel Online: 10.4 million
Gorgeous Me: 5.7 million
Unhappy: 4.9 million
Text Message: 4.4 million
TNP Media: 4.3 million
“We do not want our services to
be used for this type of behavior, nor do we want the group to be able to
reestablish a presence on Facebook,” Gleicher said.
Gleicher said their investigation
into Twinmark began after they learned the company was selling admin rights to
Facebook Pages it had created, in order to increase distribution and generate
profit, which violates their spam policy. He reiterated the reason for ban is
the violation of the policies and not their content.
“This prompted our teams to take
a deeper look at a broader group of Pages and accounts associated with these
users, ultimately uncovering a large network of Pages and accounts that were
engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior, the use of fake accounts, leading
people to ad farms and selling access to Facebook Pages,” Gleicher added.
The investigation, according to Gleicher, began in November 2018.
Gleicher believes that this step
is just one of the many steps they will take to prevent “bad actors” from
abusing the platform. Now that the 2019
election campaign has begun, Facebook’s promise of investing heavily in safety
and security will for sure be put to test.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s common-law wife, Honeylet
Avanceña, posted on Facebook a series of video clips of the President, mocking
rumors about his “death.” This came
after the President failed to show up in a barangay summit for peace and order
in Palo, Leyte. DILG Secretary Dino said he had to attend other commitments
while Bong Go texted reporters that the President was not feeling well.
“For those who believe in the news that I passed away, then
I request of you, please pray for the eternal repose of my soul. Thank you,” he
said in the video.
The Malacanang could have issued an official statement about
the President’s real health status as the number of Filipinos concerned about
his health has grown. The recent SWS survey showed 66% of adult Filipinos are
worried about his condition, showing an increase from the last quarter’s survey
of 55%. Sec. 12, Art. 7 of the Constitution requires the public to be informed
of the president’s state of health in case of “serious illness.”
An SWS graph of the results of its “Extent of Worry on PRRD’s health” survey conducted in December 2018
On July 22, 2018, the President underwent a medical check-up
on the eve of the SONA. It was in August 2018 when Joma Sison spread the rumor
that the President was seriously ill and in a state of coma. October 3, 2018,
the President went to Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City to
undergo endoscopy and colonoscopy. It was later released that it was not yet
cancerous. In November 2018, he skipped six meetings in the ASEAN Summit and
the APEC gala.
The 1987 Constitution frames the president’s health as a
matter of national security. Sec. 12, Art. 7 specifically states that–aside
from public disclosure–the military chief and members of the Cabinet in charge
of national security and foreign relations shall not be denied access to the
president in case of serious illness. VERA files filed an FOI request for an
official statement or medical records on the President’s health condition but
As of press time, we are still waiting for the official statement coming from Malacanang. We can only hope for the good of the country.