This is already a late entry but nevertheless, I am posting it.
I am not happy with how this went, it was getting ugly.
This morning (Feb 26), I posted a blog about Teddy Casiño, an Anti-Epal congressman, who authored the bill himself. I started the blog with an article by Inquirer dated September 13, 2012 presenting Casiño who wants a clearer definition of Epal – “misrepresentation, use of public funds for a project claimed as owned by a public official.” That article also mentioned that he is aware of the wider scope of the public’s definition of epal, which includes tarpaulins containing a government officials photo and salutations on whatever occasion is being celebrated at a certain locality. He.Is.Aware.Of.That.Public.Notion. I posted the blog and in doing so, there was no systems error, 404 or what have you. Even @momblogger was able to see the blog online.
Few hours (between one and two hours) however after posting, the blog was deleted. Nada, cannot be found. I was trying to get its shortlink for those who were asking for the link, the blog CANNOT be found. That was how I found out it was gone.
The first thing that came to my mind was, my blog was taken down. NO, I do not think my blog account was hacked because I can still edit it. I know for a fact that when a website is hacked, it can be defaced and/or you lose control of your account anymore/ you can not do simple editing of your articles; you can not open it. No such thing happened. What I was just saying was, my blog on Mr. Casiño was gone, as shown by the evidence above.
In my mind, the first thing that came was it was perhaps done by the supporters of Mr. Casiño. If ever its true they did it, it is a reflex – a natural reaction. Even I might also do the same thing when the person I support is being talked about, criticized or maligned by others. That was my suspicion. But first thing that should be realized is that, the blog was NOT CRITICAL of Mr. Casiño. I was just trying to point out some inconsistencies I noted in his advocacy and practices, as far as the PUBLIC’s notion of what an “epal” is. And because of that perception, I tweeted Mr. Casiño that if his supporters will and keep on taking out my blog about him and his stance about “epalism,” I will keep on reposting the same blog daily until the day of election comes. Few hours after I tweeted, he replied and said “ano na naman ba ito? I already replied to all your queries.”
I replied back and said that yes, I blogged about our conversation last night. And that blog was taken down. (I never used the word “hack.” Rather I said the phrase “taken down.” Also, I said SOMEONE took the blog down. I did not specify who did.
In the blog that was deleted, our conversation ended with my question about “advertisement and endorsement is NOT “epal,” which will be to his advantage while not for other candidates?” (In other words, what I was implying was, hindi ba talaga epal ang advertisement and endorsement kahit nanggugulang ka na ng kapwa mo kandidato?) I did not repeat my unanswered question last night to him during the present conversation.
Then, all of a sudden he replied again with this:
Indeed, endorsement/advertisement places one ahead of the other. But, his reply was very interesting. In the last sentence he said “Epal is so broad it can cover just about any public display of one’s name and face.” Therefore, if I tie this up with his picture and name appearing on the boxes of Colette’s buko pie, this then confirms, from his own words, that his photo and name on that packaging of the buko pie is an act of “epalism.” (reference: see his tweet screed captured above.)
If I do analyze things:
1. he left an unanswered question the previous night that got me disappointed
2. without me repeating my question last night during the present conversation, he answered my unanswered question last night. (How did he know it?)
3. the blog was taken out afterwards
Basing from the above premises, it would be logical to deduce that either:
1. he was able to read the blog so that he learned about the unanswered question that’s why he tweeted using twitlonger the above screen cap pic
2. he checked his draft and saw his unsent message?
If he saw that the message was left at the DRAFT section, then his opening sentence should NOT be “baka hindi pumasok.” Because definitely, it would not have been sent if it is in the draft section. If it was sent, it definitely would have appeared in his timeline, as well as my mentions and thus the “baka hindi pumasok” would have not been said.
Then, my analysis tells me that Mr. Casiño or his supporters was able to read the blog, afterwards, it was taken down. I suspected it was his supporters who did it. Who will blame me if I came with the above deduction with such flow of events? I may be wrong. And if I am indeed wrong, then I owe him and his team an apology.
So I told Mr. Casiño that if my blog keeps on being deleted by his supporters, I will keep on blogging about it, repeatedly post it daily until election day.
Then several reacted. Someone said it might be an act of hacking. But I dont believe it was a case of hacking as I still can edit the blog itself. All I was saying was, that blog about Mr. Casiño was taken down…
This evening, after reading my blog about him, Mr Casiño said “how dare you accuse me of HACKING my blog.”
As far as my timeline is concerned, I never strongly accused Mr. Casiño of hacking my account. You can check my unedited timeline, and never did I affirmatively said they hacked my blog. Come on, my blog has a small readership for it to merit being hacked. My exact words were, “it was taken down;” never have I used the work HACK. It’s hard to prove that accusation. That would require intensive search for evidence. And I am not an IT person to know how to look for one. If this were a medical case, then that would just be a flick of a finger. But IT is not my expertise.
I told Mr. Casiño that I never accused him of hacking my blog. Moreover I said pinagtanggol pa nga kita sa mga ibang tweeps na nagrereact because it is hard to prove hacking na naeedit ko naman yong blog ko after my first post was taken down.
More conversations followed. Another tweep, @misisnibok mentioned about glitches in wordpress on the same day something wrong went with my blog.
If indeed this was what happened and them whom I accused of taking down the entry is innocent, then I express my sincerest apology.
More conversation took place afterwards. Anyway, Mr. Casiño already wrote a blog in reply to my post. Still he insisted in his entry that “epal” is only pretaining to misrepresentation and does not include tarpaulin of greetings and salutations. Well, I concede to his definition. But we public have a different perception.
We are celebrating month-long Panagbenga Festival. Not one local official has posted a tarpaulin of his greetings to the public. Senator Allan Cayetano came over during the street dancing and float parade but he NEVER had any advance tarpaulin greetings for the tourists and locals celebrating. Unlike the subject of the blog who posted several ones even before arriving at Iloilo for Dinagyang Festival. There you could really see the difference.