Business Mirror : Gadon: Leni camp met with FB executives

27 January 2022

By Business Mirror

“I HAVE it confirmed that the camp of a presidential aspirant has met with officials of the social-media platform Facebook Phils. to remove or suspend the FB accounts of BBM supporters with big following,” lawyer Larry Gadon revealed on Thursday.

Gadon disclosed that a Facebook Philippines insider gave him the information that Leni Robredo personally met with Chris Kuzhuppilly, Facebook Philippine public policy manager; Roy Tan, politics and government outreach manager for Asia Pacific; and Kylie Mooney, government, politics, and advocacy partner manager, regarding the avalanche of support of millions of FB users behind Bongbong Marcos.

Sought for comment, a top aide of VP Robredo, requesting anonymity, replied, in an SMS to BusinessMirror: “Wala po katotohanan; walang ganyang pangyayari [There is no truth to that. Nothing of that sort happened].”                        Gadon, who is seeking a Senate seat in the 2022 elections, is, himself, an avid political observer using Facebook tools and analytics with his own FB page, enjoying more than half a million views.

“Ito ang nakakatakot dahil lahat ng mga Facebook account na sumusuporta sa UniTeam ni Bongbong Marcos at Inday Sara ay posibleng ma-suspend o mabaklas nang tuluyan dahil sa pag-uudyok ng kampo ni Leni gamit ang kathang-isip na akusasyon [This is cause for alarm because all FB accounts that support the UniTeam of Bongbong Marcos and Inday Sara could be suspended or taken down completely on the prodding of Leni’s camp, using frabricated accusations],” Gadon warned.

“Because of the huge number of UniTeam supporters on Facebook, the Leni camp wants to erase the FB pages of the supporters of Bongbong and Inday, like what they did with the Twitter accounts of BBM supporters that they supposedly caused to be suspended,” he added, speaking partly in Filipino.

“They did that with Twitter already. And according to information conveyed to me by a friend inside FB Phils., their next target are the Facebook pages of our supporters,” Gadon said.

Gadon shared a paragraph of the text message sent to him by his informant, who’s reportedly part of the FB Philippines management team.

“Leni’s team had a meeting with our senior officials, including Philippine public policy manager Chris Kuzhuppilly, head of politics and government outreach, Roy Tan and Kylie Mooney. They plan to suspend massive BBM supporters’ accounts one week before campaign period starts. A middle man helping Leni’s team reach to FB is closely connected with US.”

Leni and her team are reportedly making it appear that the FB pages of millions of UniTeam supporters are fake accounts, Gadon said. Gadon also confirmed that a middleman with connections in the United States was the one who brokered Leni camp’s meeting with the FB executives.