Netizens slammed motoring journalist James Deakin after a photo and video of him with former senator Bongbong Marcos went viral.
Filipino-American mixed martial artist Brandon Vera posted a photo on Instagram last January 17 showing him, Deakin, Marcos, and architect and urban planner Jun Palafox.
Deakin also appeared in a series of vlogs in the Ilocos Norte politiko’s Facebook page discussing Metro Manila’s traffic problem.
Deakin defended the photo and video, saying he is neither a “BBM defender” nor a “BBM detractor.”
He also said he is a “transport journalist and road safety advocate who is passionate about finding solutions to this traffic crisis we are all going through.”
Deakin said the discussion with Marcos was part of his role as “an objective journalist.”
But netizens lambasted Deakin for associating himself with Marcos, the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.