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Kaya mainit kay Duterte! Tiglao details P74M funding received by Rappler, VERA Files from CIA-linked org

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Four internet-only media organizations received around P74 million in funding from an organization linked to the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to former Cabinet secretary Bobi Tiglao.

In his May 1 column for the Manila Times, Tiglao identified the firms receiving funding from the US government as Rappler, VERA Files, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR).

Tiglao said information about the US government’s funding of the organizations can be found on the websites of the US Agency for International Development (AID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Of the four media firms, Tiglao said CMFR received the biggest funding from AID-NED at P35 million from 2009 up to present. PCIJ, meanwhile, got P25 million.

Rappler, founded by Filipino-American journalist Maria Ressa, was granted P7.5 million while VERA Files, which is one of the few fact-checkers designated by Facebook in the Philippines, got P2.2 million from the Asia Foundation, which is also believed to be a CIA conduit.

Tiglao said charity is the least of the reasons why the US government gave money to the four Filipino media entities.

“The AID is the US federal agency that extends development aid throughout the world, not because of charity, but as a means of advancing its geopolitical interests,” he said.

Quoting NED founder Allen Weinstein, Tiglao said NED “has been doing what the Central Intelligence Agency did” in molding public opinion in its “target” countries.

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