TransPinay Activist Based in The Hague Urges International Media to ‘Stop Destabilizing’ the Philippines

If you still haven’t heard of Sass Rogando Sasot, she’s the transgender Filipina activist and humanities student based in The Hague in the Netherlands, studying her MA in International Relations at Leiden University.

Despite living away from the Philippines, Sasot has been active in expressing her views on social media – and she’s quite vocal with her support for Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and his plans for the country.

With plenty of international media reporting just how ‘crazy’ the Philippines has become due to Duterte’s leadership, Sasot is urging people to create a fansign to urge these media to stop destabilizing the country. Of course, most of these international media are only getting information from the local media; so, it would have been better if the local media are also included in the fansign.

She wrote:

Photo credit: Sass Rogando Sasot
Photo credit: Sass Rogando Sasot / Facebook

They have the money to influence the international community, we have the POWER to fight for our country. Let’s start a social media campaign to send our message to international media. No Apps. MAKE IT RAW. Apps = Bots. Prove to the world that you are real. MAKE YOUR POSTS PUBLIC.


  1. Take a picture with this handwritten sign:

“Dear International Media: STOP destabilising the Philippines.”

  1. Post the picture in your social media accounts (e.g. twitter, FB, Instagram), with the following hashtags:










When a number of people commented on her ‘wrong’ spelling, she edited the post to point out that ‘destabilising’ is not a spelling mistake but actually the British English counterpart of ‘destabilizing’.

So, do you agree with Sasot and are you going to make your own fansign, too?


  1. The media have obligations to report the truth about what is happening in the world. The root cause of the destabilization of the Philippines is not the media reports. If a great earthquake causing tsunami visited the Philippines and the media reported it, the destabilization of the tourist industry is not the fault of the international media.

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