By Ben Contreras
AN ad should be a declaration of truth but a “paid hack” is one who accepts money from one to spread lies about another.
The beauty of a “paid hack” is that he can turn the tables around if the price is right. And this kind of person needs only to operate when election time is approaching. After that, he can hibernate as long as he wants.
So what’s the difference between someone who writes a “paid ad” and a “paid hack”? It depends, really.
My attention was called by friends about a “paid ad” called “The Truth of the Matter.” I thought it was serious. But when I read the content, well, the “paid hack” must have talked about another Ben Contreras. I couldn’t help but laugh.
Does Gold Star Daily have a Ben Contreras other than me? The Ben Contreras mentioned in that “paid hack,” er, “paid act”…oops, “paid ad” is certainly not this Ben Contreras.
But I don’t need to prove that. My files are enough to belie that. A man with a clear conscience needs no proof against any accusation. But if the accuser needs proof, he can have dinner with me, face the real Ben Contreras and on my treat, with my hard-earned money, not with dirty blood money.
To mention just one, why shouldn’t I welcome the Ayala Land Inc.? Is it because I took some photos of the accident that claimed one life? Is it because I wrote about the previous incident involving the death of an alleged foreman?
I couldn’t remember ever writing anything meant to discredit the Ayalas. If ever, I wrote it for public interest.
But the “paid ad” was definitely not paid with Ayala money. One line says it all: “…which makes me wonder why he is still living here in the first place.”
This line is so familiar that one needs not even think for a second to know who once said it.
The truth of the matter?
You have the decency to talk of the truth when you were spreading lies. Shame on you!
Why not come out from your cocoon and let’s debate?
You want the truth? I doubt your benefactor can handle the truth if I tell you some real story, not the kind you’re spreading!
My offer is open. Let’s have dinner. How about a candle light dinner in a posh hotel restaurant up on a hill?
Freedom of speech, I believe, is not absolute. It does not give writers the freedom to write lies. That is why I always see to it that I do not write anything that is untrue.
The “paid hack” should ponder on that because what he/she writes are based on lies.
The fact that he/she hides his identity is by itself an attempt to mislead/deceive.