Evidence of troll-farm involvement is the promotion of FAI on a website called Attracttour. A whois check shows that the site conceals its ownership behind a Panama company called Whoisguard. Prima facie evidence of troll farming.
In the third week of April 2020, following a concerted science-free social media campaign on Facebook snd Youtube, the Philippine government ordered the Food And Drug administration to look into claims that Fabunan Antiviral Injection, FAI,cured Covid-19.
Facing the effort, largely promoted by supporters of the current president, is acupuncturist Willie Fabunan from Zambales. He has yet to present scientific evidence of the safety and effectiveness of FAI, nor offered peer-reviewed studies to justify his claims.
Public records show the inventor of FAI has been involved in two companies, both now defunct: Dr Shoe Box, registered in California, a company selling shoe covers for vehicle drivers of which he was president, and Fil-Am Tech Inc., a Nevada-registered company set up in 2001 to market his patented injections to third world countries.
Other than mentions in the Philippine press regarding dengue and HIV, there are few if any reports elsewhere mentioning Fil-Am Tech, Inc.
Although it is claimed to have ‘presented’ FAI at the XIX AIDS Conference its involvement seems to have been limited to hiring booth space in the conference exhibition and handing out brochures.
In 2012, Fil-Am Tech says it was seeking partners or collaborators to carry out clinical trials. There are no public reports of any such arrangements and by the time the Nevada state authorities withdrew the company registration in late 2017, the company had failed to publish any clinical trial data in its entire existence of nearly two decades.
Fil-Am Tech is referenced in a number of Facebook posts despite no longer being registered and Ruben Fabunan has distanced himself from the Fabunan Medical Clinic. The company’s Facebook page is no longer available
The US is currently undergoing a Covid-19 crisis, FAI is patented in the US, Ruben Fabunan is a US resident. Curiously FAI is not being deployed in the US, where those making false medical claims can be prosecuted severely.
Let’s take a look at how real medicines are researched, validated, and approved.
One does not get very far into the popularly understood history of the Philippine-American War without coming across the claim that the iconic 1911 Colt automatic was invented for use against the Moros. It is at least half a fable and I had planned to write it up more fully when I came across this excellent video whic
Behold, His Royal Highness Tiburcio Villamor Marcos Tallano, king of the Philippines, owner of more than 600,000 tonnes of gold, and Colonel-in -Chief of Britain’s Welsh Guards, in full regalia.
An insignia on his upper right arm reveals that he has completed a parachute course. Another insignia at the top of the blue sash shows that he is a qualified pilot. The zword at his hip shows he is an oofficer it the Welsh Guards, so he has served in the British Army.
You’re an 18th century Taosug slave owner so you can throw away the Labor Code right? Wrong.
Two hundred years ago there was a sort of ‘labor code’, too. Slaves had rights at least in practice if not in law. Remember, this is Filipino slavery and you really wouldn’t expect it to be like anyone else’s.
Most of our ideas about slavery are formed from images of Egyptian slave-drivers in old Cecile B. De Mille spectaculars and stories of Afro-Americans in the cotton fields of the US southern states. It wasn’t quite like that.
starters, in the Philippines it was possible to be a part-time slave. If oneb parent was free and the other a slave you were one half slave.
With one parent half-slave and the other free you’d be a quarter slave. You’d spend a week working for your master and the rest of the month farming your own patch or prett much doing your own thing. In the Sulu archipelago, society was broadly split into three layers, the aristocrats who nominally owned the place, the freemen and slaves. In fact there were a lot more nuances so this is very simplified.
Some slaves were acquire through debt servitude while others were captured in raids and bought and sold throughout the area. Of course, nobody in his or her right mind would want to be a slave, would they? That depends on what you were doing before the raiders came and grabbed you.
Some slaves did very nicely indeed. How nicely? One slave, or banyaga, who could have escaped, told William Pryor, administrator for the North Borneo Chartered Company, the people who started all the Sabah problems: “There is something to regret every where; here I am well enough, my master treats me as one of his kindred, I am well paid, and could save money if I wished; in my own country I know I could not do better, and perhaps should not fare as well, therefore I prefer remaining here.” Another who had esca ped, Antonio Juan, said: “I was very well treated throughout the period of my captivity so much so that my master tried to convince me to marry a female captive, stating that their society had neither the tribute nor personal services (polo), nor could anyone order me about in the same manner as in the Christian villages.” There were some downsides. If your master died you might die, too. Your master could, in theory, kill you at will, sell you, swap you or give you away and on a really, really bad day you might have a boat launched over you, none of which enhance upward career development. Slaves were a form of currency. You were worth three kilos of rice or the rental of one portable cannon. With three slaves one could rent a boat but one might bebetter off just buying the vessel for between six and eight slaves.