EXCLUSIVE by Raïssa Robles
Here’s the RESIBO [proof] that it could only be Rodrigo Duterte who used a British data analytics firm to help get elected President.
Cousins Peter and Pompee personally met Alexander Nix in May 2015, after he delivered a talk at the National Press Club on his company’s new way of running an election campaign.
What do you think they discussed during that meal which did not even include beer as a drink but only ice tea?
And why would the cousins La Viña and Laviña motor all the way to the National Press Club in Manila (which is so out-of-the-way from Makati, Pasig and Bonifacio Global City) just to listen to a foreign guy jaw off about a new way of conducting an election campaign?
Six months after that meal, Duterte had tossed his mayor’s hat into the presidential ring and the cousins had become a central part of his campaign team: Pompee La Viña as the “social media director” and Peter Tiu Laviña as the campaign spokesman.
I know that rabid Duterte supporters have been castigating me for concluding it was Duterte whom the Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) website had alluded to as their Philippine client. Some have even suggested the mystery client was Mar Roxas. So just to cover all bases, I talked to sources in the Mar Roxas and the Grace Poe campaign.
This one is for you, DDS, in the hope that you will start asking some hard questions.
I gave this story to South China Morning Post (HK), for which I have been writing since 1996.
Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix dined with two of Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign advisers in 2015
Nix and his companies have come under fire for using data harvested from Facebook, which recently revealed that some 1.2 million Filipinos on Facebook were affected by the data breach
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 April, 2018, 9:00pm
BY RAISSA ROBLES
When Alexander Nix, the recently suspended boss of Cambridge Analytica, went to Manila in May 2015, he did more than deliver a talk on his new method of managing elections.
Nix dined with Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña and Peter Tiu Laviña, cousins who later played key roles in Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential campaign, notable for its use of social media. At the time, Nix identified himself as a board director of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL).
Peter snapped photographs of Nix’s talk at the National Press Club (NPC) in Manila and his meal at the club’s dining room, and posted them on his Facebook page. Also present on that occasion were NPC president Joel Sy Egco – now Undersecretary at the Presidential Communications Operations Office or PCOO – and Taipan Millan, a lawyer and family friend of Duterte.
Six months after that meal with Nix, both cousins were among those who convinced Duterte to run for president. Duterte appointed “Pompee” La Viña as his social media director – a first in Philippine election history – and Peter Laviña as his campaign spokesman.
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