Surrounded by detractors, Mocha has emerged as an alternative voice of the media – one driven by the people rather than by the oligarchs.
Just look at the two most popular news networks in the country.
ABS-CBN is just one of many media entities controlled by the Lopez Family. According to the Lopez Holdings website, it also controls:
- Sky Cable
- Studio 23
Not only that, but Lopez Holdings also controls:
- Rockwell Land Corporation
- Power and energy companies like Meralco
GMA is headed by Felipe Gozon, the 47th richest man in the Philippines. According to Forbes magazine:
Felipe Gozon is chairman and CEO of GMA Network, which he controls with Gilberto Duavit and Menardo Jimenez. The trio took over management of GMA (then called Republic Broadcasting System) in 1975. Aside from being the country’s leading broadcaster, GMA has interests in film production, record publishing and distribution, and new media.
Even the internet new giant is a pawn to higher powers.
As exposed by Manila Times columnist Rigoberto Tiglao, Rappler is funded by foreign firms:
The Philippine Constitution’s Article XVI, Section 11 is categorical: The ownership of mass media shall be limited to citizens of the Philippines. For good reason, since only its citizens must have primary control of the means of forming public opinion.
Yet the web-only news outfit rappler.com — which had been one of former President Aquino’s supporters in media and now President Duterte’s fierce critic — has boasted that two American companies, Omidyar Network, Inc. and North Base Media, last year made substantial investments in it.
Why have Rappler and the two US companies refused to disclose the amount of their not-for-profit investments in Rappler?
The telcos, the gatekeepers of modern day news and communication, are likewise controlled by the powers that be.
Smart / PLDT
Smart Telecom / PLDT is just one of the entities controlled by Manny V. Pangilinan (also known as “MVP”). Notably, he also chairs:
- Cignal Digital TV
- Philex Mining
MVP was recorded by Forbes to be the 50th richest person in the Philippines in 2013.
Globe is controlled by the Ayala Corporation.
The following text appears in a Wikipedia article for ‘Zóbel de Ayala family’ but is well-supported:
The Ayala family owns and controls Ayala Corporation, the country’s largest and oldest conglomerate that includes the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Ayala Land Inc., the Manila Water Company, and Globe Telecom, one of the largest mobile phone networks in the Philippines.
Ayala developed the center of Makati City into a mixed-use industrial development now known as the Ayala District, a district composed of Ayala Center and its surrounding thoroughfares (Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue, Paseo de Roxas & Sen. Gil Puyat Ave.), which now comprise the Philippines’ financial capital, Makati City.
Ayala Corporations’ residential subdivisions include Forbes Park, Dasmariñas Village, Bel-Air Village, San Lorenzo Village, Urdaneta Village, San Antonio Village, Magallanes Village, Ayala Westgrove Heights and Anvaya Cove.
Si Ate Mocha
So where does this place Mocha?
- A daughter of a trial court judge.
- A giver of sex advice.
- A vocal champion of President Rodrigo Duterte.
And now, the voice of the people.
After garnering more engagement than newspapers and Rappler, Mocha seems poised to challenge the titans of industry for media dominance.
In one of her recent posts, she hinted at the possibility of creating a DDS-minded newspaper:
Change really is coming… to the media industry.
One woman has become a ripple in the pond.
A ripple that will challenge traditional media – one presently controlled by powerful interest groups – and bring this biased giant to its knees.