Relaunched "We Are Collective" (WAC) Explains Hydra Leading to Spat Between Pro-Duterte Bloggers


The controversial Facebook Page "We Are Collective" is now back online with more expose as they explained the reasons behind "Hydra" the game that showcased the eight Pro-Duterte bloggers sharing the expose of WAC by using the timelines of Pro-Duterte bloggers.


In one of the latest post by We Are Collective (WAC) they explained the reasons behind the Trojan Horse. The controversial expedition of WAC led to the spat between Pro-Duterte Social Media Bloggers.

On one side is Sass Rogando Sasot and RJ Nieto (Thnking Pinoy) and on the other side are the so-called "Hydra 8" - the eight independent bloggers who volunteered to share We Are Collective's content since the FB Page of WAC was unpublished.

The "Hydra 8" bloggers were composed of the following "Atty. Bruce Rivera, Rocky Gonzales, Drei Toledo, Bryan Ng Co, Mark Lopez, Renewel Rodaje Basa (Mamshies), MJ Quiambao Reyes, and Darwin Cañete.

Here's the Complete Explanations of We Are Collective (WAC):

1. OF TROJAN HORSES AND OTHER MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES

Since we relaunched the new WAC page yesterday, a lot of people have been asking us about Hydra, the controversial expedition which led to the spat between pro-Duterte SocMed bloggers. On one side is Sass Rogando Sasot and RJ Nieto (Thinking Pinoy), on the other are the so-called ‘Hydra 8’ - the eight independent bloggers who volunteered to share We Are Collective’s content since our FB page went down as it was unpublished by Facebook for allegedly violating community standards. 

They are Atty Bruce Rivera, Rocky Gonzales, Drei Toledo, Bryan Ng Co, Mark Lopez, Renewel Rodaje Basa (Mamshies), MJ Quiambao Reyes, and Darwin Cañete. It has to be remembered that around the same time we launched Hydra, our website was also taken down by Wix. At the time we had no idea how or why the site was taken down. Our initial thought was that we were being hacked, since there were reports of pro-Duterte pages being attacked after Leni Robredo announced that she was waging a “War Against Trolls.” It was only later that we found out the site was taken down by Wix for alleged copyright violation, through an email which we received but was buried under tons of messages sent by fans and supporters which grew since we published Deception 1. 

After our original FB page was deactivated, we immediately posted a notice on our website. We told our followers to come back after an hour to get the link to the new FB page we were creating. We expected the hit, and our contingency plan was to create new pages and provide the links to the prominent SocMed bloggers for the people to follow. 

People were excited about the expose, and we can keep doing this until the yellows get tired. That night, Rocky Gonzales called me up and advised me not to pursue the idea of creating a new page, as this would effectively dilute our engagement and confuse our followers. He reasoned that we should fight for our original page and not succumb to the oppression done by the opposition. 

Before our FB page was unpublished, we had 160,000 plus likes and follows, a post reach of 6 million plus and counting and a post engagement of 6 million. All these in a span of just three days since Deception 1’s publication. After holding a video conference with Team Collective, I decided to heed his advice and talked to him about what to do next. This discussion gave birth to Hydra. 

The plan was to use the platform of the other SocMed bloggers who offered to host WAC’s content until such time as our own page gets reinstated by Facebook. Minutes after the takedown, a campaign organically started to ask FB to bring back the WAC page. More than ten bloggers volunteered, but since the content was going to be spread out evenly among several pages, we decided to limit the number to eight. The others, like Atty Tom Berenguer, and Francis Manalo Santos would simply share what the Hydra 8 would post. 

We put Rocky in charge of contacting the SocMed Trollerati on our behalf, so he invited the Big 3 to join. By this we are referring to Mocha, Sass, and Thinking Pinoy, whose combined following runs up to more than 5 million. I was told that Mocha agreed to share the WAC posts on her wall, so we extended our gratitude. Mocha Uson Blog had the widest reach, with nearly 5 million likes and follows. Whatever she posts instantly becomes viral. We were extremely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support not just from the SocMed bloggers but from other pro-Duterte camps as well. We heard that Duterte Cyber Warriors was offering to help us beef up security for our site, and our inbox was filled to the brim with messages of support from our citizens here in the country and our beloved OFWs abroad. We would have replied to each and every message, but the sheer number would render the task logistically impossible. 

In the morning of March 8 the Hydra Team (yes, the team consisted of more than 8 bloggers) shared teasers posted on the Collective website, announcing the launch of Project Hydra and giving instructions on how the game was to be played. People were encouraged to follow all eight bloggers, and the game was supposed to commence in the evening. Several meetings (unrelated to my work as head admin of Collective) led me to join the Facebook group Rocky created at around 10pm, and I was asking the group if we should instead postpone the launch to the following day due to time constraints. But it seems everybody was anxious and good to go, so Hydra proceeded as planned. The only hiccup was that the Collective website was taken down just a few hours before the start of Hydra, which was scheduled at 12 midnight. 

There were several reasons why we chose Jonas Soltes as the subject of the first Hydra. For those of you who are unaware, Jonas Soltes used to be a member of Leni’s legislative staff when she was still in Congress. Prior to that Jonas was Jesse’s political officer. Jonas, who used to write for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, was the new updated version of Gabby Bordado, whose responsibility was to sell the carefully crafted PR image of Jesse and later Leni, to the clueless public. Jonas used to be Leni’s favorite, and would accompany the latter to her numerous foreign trips when she was still a congresswoman. 

Later, he would resign to run for Councilor in the Municipality of Tinambac in Camarines Sur, the reason having something to do with the blossoming Leni-Bolet affair. We have also gotten verified intel reports that Jonas is behind the anonymous pro-Leni page Madam Claudia, together with Noreen San Luis-Lutey, a lawyer who was appointed regional director of the Land Transportation Office – Region 5 during PNoy’s term. Noreen’s brother Alexis, who used to be Mayor of Pili town in Cam Sur, lost during the previous election due to a corruption scandal exposed by his own municipal administrator. Even as a councilor in a far flung town, we knew Jonas was still silently participating in Leni’s PR machinery. We wanted to out Jonas and we devised a strategy to break his curious silence.

Source: We Are Collective FB Page
 

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