Abaya need to clarify hand in hoax-making US agency Simularity

Toya Wentland

PETER Anthony Abaya, the bro-ther of the late previous president Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd’s transport and communications secretary Joseph Abaya, should reveal his role in reworking the little tech organization Simularity Inc. into a intelligent generator of faux news towards China in its territorial dispute with the Philippines. This […]

PETER Anthony Abaya, the bro-ther of the late previous president Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd’s transport and communications secretary Joseph Abaya, should reveal his role in reworking the little tech organization Simularity Inc. into a intelligent generator of faux news towards China in its territorial dispute with the Philippines. This is critical to us as a nation, as I hope absolutely everyone will notice following reading through this column.

The little Florida-based mostly tech corporation, Simularity, in the previous week, experienced gone on a campaign to declare that Chinese vessels were closely polluting the Union Banks space in the Spratlys with what it outrightly referred to – in its supposed scientific paper – as “poop” and “shit.”

Abaya: Who was he the agent of? Photo Abs-CBN

The organization cleverly bought to unfold its bogus information by means of gullible media, notably GMA 7 and Channel 5’s “OneNews,” by posting together with its supposedly goal but questionable assessment a photograph taken from a small-flying plane of a ship with a brownish path anyone would conclude, due to the fact of the report’s headline, as human waste discharged by the vessel.

The photograph, on the other hand, was right away tracked down by an inform netizen as a person showing in Australia’s Everyday Mail in 2014 in the Fantastic Barrier Reef in Cairns. The unidentified ship wasn’t even discharging squander. It was enterprise dredging operations with the brown product currently being the regular sediments at the sea’s base.

Simularity’s intended “examination” that Chinese vessels have been polluting the Spratlys are so severely flawed that they were being obviously pretend information disguised as scientific results. 1st, there is no evidence that the ships were Chinese as fishermen from Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines fish in the Spratlys.

Satellite images

2nd, and far more importantly, Simularity’s “analysis” was based on satellite photographs from the European House Company, which it interpreted entirely using its proprietary application it phone calls “AI-pushed satellite impression anomaly detection.” Simularity has utilised the technological innovation only on detecting modifications on the earth’s surface. Established up in 2011, Simularity has had handful of takers for its engineering with only three consumers so far.

The firm’s promises, in actuality, that chlorophyll-a close to a ship can be detected from pictures taken by a satellite hundreds of kilometers in place or even that it instantly indicates human squander have no scientific basis. In its “shit” report, Simularity outlined around 10 scientific article content as references. I plodded tortuously via all of them: none talked about Simularity’s way of detecting shit as a result of the existence of chlorophyll-a.

Simularity fake news: not in Spratlys but in Great Barrier Reef; not poop but dredge; and not Chinese but Australian

Simularity fake news: not in Spratlys but in Fantastic Barrier Reef not poop but dredge and not Chinese but Australian

In its Twitter account, Simularity statements it was started in 2011 in Delaware to produce the perception it has been that way lots of several years in giving its solutions. Having said that, it appears to be to have been having difficulties all these years mainly because of several consumers.

It was only in 2018 that it was specified a possibly lifetime-preserving money infusion when Abaya’s Makati-primarily based Shatter Tech Undertaking Holdings invested $1 million in it on July 17, 2018. Simularity then, for some explanation, moved in 2020 to Florida by incorporating a department there, below the classification of “foreign for financial gain,” certainly simply because all it had was the funding from Abaya’s Filipino organization Shatter Tech Undertaking Holdings. Abaya was the third enterprise director following the couple Elizabeth and Raymond Derr.


Abaya’s fund infusion has been Similarity’s sole funding as claimed both in its website and by its vice president for media Peter Koning in an electronic mail to me. In an e mail, I requested Koning: “Has the US Condition Section contracted Similarity to generate these “South China Sea Swift Inform Reviews?” He replied, “Reviews are not paid for. Our trader is Shatter Tech and our consumers are private.”

What could have transpired in 2018 that received Abaya to devote in Simularity?

That was the calendar year when Simularity transformed its studies (“to demonstrate the electric power of its software program”) from a couple Center East international locations (apparently to appeal to US protection contracts) to the Spratlys. Following Abaya’s investment, Simularity came out with several experiments on Mischief Reef, saying that the Chinese ended up developing significant fortifications there.

It established up in 2020 its “South China Sea Swift Warn Forum,” in influence saying that its emphasis of scientific studies would be on the disputes in the South China Sea, which turned out to be nearly bogus news on China’s allegedly villainous things to do in the South China Sea, these kinds of as the alleged invasion, it claimed final Could of China’s maritime militias in Union Banking institutions (which is largely a Vietnam-managed space).

Wittingly or unwittingly confirming that it is component of the significant anti-China marketing campaign on the fifth anniversary of the arbitration award handed down on July 12, 2016, Simularity’s bogus declare on enormous pollution by Chinese vessels in the Spratlys was declared in the digital discussion board structured by prime Sinophobe Albert del Rosario’s doubtful institute “ARD-Stratbase” on that day.


Simularity basically get rid of its pretenses as a scientific outfit by spreading that pretend photo and even branding blurred satellite photos of allegedly Chinese ships as “shits” and starting up a hash-tag marketing campaign “#ChinaStop ShittingOnTheSpratlys.”

I suspect its funders experienced demanded that Simularity to go all-out in spreading this “shit story” even to the extent of revealing its partisanship on that anniversary day.

From the above details, I can only conclude what Simularity truly is.

With the arbitration ruling and China’s demonization losing traction for the reason that their lies have been uncovered, specified anti-China forces questioned Abaya to be the conduit for their revenue to be provided to a battling technology start-up to undertake a new propaganda tack from China. This was to situation phony interpretations of satellite pictures to toss dust at China’s existence in the Spratlys. This was remarkably productive with the Chinese-maritime-militia bogus information and the far more modern Chinese-ships-shit having been extensively reported by a gullible media both of those right here and overseas.

Point out Office

This is why it is important for Abaya to expose to us why he gave Simularity $1 million and potentially even extra, and for whom or what he was performing as conduit.

Was it US government agencies such as its Point out Division or even the Central Intelligence Agency?

Or was it del Rosario and the 1st Pacific Co. whose P50-billion investment decision for a fuel-improvement application in the Reed Bank was blocked by the Chinese?

This is significant for us as a country to know and to know that 5 years just after the Yellow regime that had been a US puppet ended, remnants of that cult conspiring with Us citizens are however relocating to force the country to a hostile stance in opposition to China.

That variety of stance is so outrageous: given that our independence in 1946 and considering that Aquino’s anti-China stance, we have never ever adopted a hostile stance from any place, not even against Malaysia when it was funding and supplying refuge to Muslim insurgents in the South. We have even been very welcoming with Vietnam, which even occupies a lot more of the islands and reefs we declare than China.

Furthermore, the opposition in this article, bereft of any believable solid concerns from President Rodrigo Duterte, is desperately trying to use his helpful stance towards China as a rock to toss at him and his presidential prospect in 2022.

If I were Abaya nevertheless, I might look at up on his Simularity. Very last month, its resident and chief govt officer, Elizabeth Derr, with its chief technologies officer, Ray Richardson, established up a nonprofit Simularity Foundation Inc. Now what is that for?

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