The hashtag #PaBoost has been one of the latest issues on social media.
It all started from Jesus Falcis accusing Kris Aquino of funding the boosting of anti-Dutrerte blog posts. One of which is Pinoy Ako Blog, or the blog of Jover Laurio, which contains mostly anti-administration posts and criticisms regarding President Rodrigo Duterte‘s programs.
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On January 2, Jesus posted screenshots on his Facebook page containing Laurio’s message to his brother, Nicko, who was Aquino’s former financial manager. The blogger was asking him to boost one blog post.
In a live social media conference on January 6, a Netizen asked Aquino about the controversy. She admitted to have given Nicko the funds to boost posts, but denied that it was against President Duterte, Special Assistant to the President, Bong Go, and former Senator Bongbong Marcos and his family.
“I gave nicko money to boost, with zero knowledge of my brother, when my brother went to Congress to protect him from all trolls.
“Why? Para makabawi…. Because i was negotiating several contracts and didn’t want to go w/ him to the Sandiganbayan. i lacked courage to stand with him.”
Nicko confirmed that he was given the funds, however, he said that Aquino’s specific instructions were to “identify anti-administration / andi-dds blogs” and give them the funds through Facebook boosts.
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Your specific instructions were to identify anti-administration / anti-dds blogs and give them funds to protect your “queendom” through fb boosts. In addition to the Kris Aquino FB Page, I boosted Jover Laurio’s Pinoy Ako Blog page as an advertiser because YOU introduced her to me. Jover magically appeared in YOUR HOUSE when we were in a meeting. You told me you will give me cash so that there will be no paper trail. I used the cash you gave me properly, every peso and centavo. Remember, I'm an accountant, so there’s proper FB documentation. There is no way that "baka may nabulsa sa pondo." I never stole from you, and you know that! I have receipts of the boostings, but you never bothered to review them, including all the reports and updates. Please stop this bullying against my family and I. We refuse to be your victims.
He added that he only boosted Laurio’s blog posts as she was the one that introduced the blogger to him in a meeting at her house.
“You told me you will give me cash so that there will be no paper trail. I used the cash you gave me properly, every peso and centavo. Remember, I’m an accountant, so there’s proper FB documentation.”
He then stated that his family refuses to be victims of the Queen of All-Media.
Kris Aquino broke her silence about the accusations floating around the internet that she’s a supporter of an anti-Duterte administration blog.
In one Instagram post of the actress, she admitted that her relationship with her brother has been “estranged” ever since the issue involving Korina Sanchez and Mar Roxas, the latter being Noynoy Aquino‘s ally since he decided to run for President.
“I never wanted you to know kasi nga hinahangaan niyo sa min- we are a united family. But the truth is since that Sunday night in April, my brother and i have been extranged. But he loves my sons enough na sila parating invited. Naiyak, bwisit,” she wrote.
She also mentioned the Falcis brothers, Nicko and Jesus, saying that she hopes they’re happy as she admitted her current status with Noynoy.
“Happy na sana ang mga Falcis- ito yung ginusto niyo. Malaman ng lahat na hindi kami okay ni noy.”
She ended the comment with an apology to her mother, former President Corazon Aquino, as she broke her promise to never fight with Ninoy.
“I am sorry mom, hindi napanindigan yung promise in makati med na come what may hindi kami magaaway.”
In a separate comment, she admitted that she did help Nicko in boosting anti-administration articles “para makabawi” but gave instructions to refrain from using the funds for posts against the Marcoses and the Dutertes.
“My instructions to Nicko were always clear- kaibigan ko si Bong Go, hindi ko kaaway and mga Duterte, never attack the Duterte family especially Kitty, wala akong issue sa Marcos children, katuwang ko si bongbong sa kasal ni tony & paul, law firm ni liza marcos ang nag handle at nagpapanalo ng annulent ko. Now with all the issues- siempre ang hinala ko baka nabulsa din yung pondo.”
Kris added that her brother never knew about the mentioned post boostings.
The #PaBoost issue began when Kris’ former financial manager, Nicko Falcis, revealed that he gave money to well known anti-administration blogger, Jover Laurio, to promote articles that are against government officials.
Netizens shared their reactions toward the controversy.
Namamangka sa dalawang ilog. No loyalty. Mabubuhay siya kahit kahit sino ang nakaupo. Mahirap makipag-kaibigan sa ganyang tao.
— Rino P (@dagapusa) January 7, 2019
So this is what the Resibo group in Viber does. Kris Aquino is the boss; she provides the bread. Nicko Falcis allots a budget for boosting fm a credit card meant for that purpose. Jover Laurio is the operator, following instructions whom to hit. Kris created that group as Admin.
— jane abao (@kotawinters) January 7, 2019
I always knew kris aquino was a snake since she fell off that stage once upon a time but yall still call her a queen so.
— Pranzi🌻🐲 (@kinkyGD) January 7, 2019