MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In anticipation of Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s homecoming, dolls representing the Philippine beauty queen are selling like hotcakes.
That gave Rappler CEO Maria Ressa an idea to help fund her legal fees involving charges filed against her for tax evasion and cyber libel.
Today, Rappler launched a Lazada-type online shopping website which sells special edition Maria Ressa dolls. Rappler said proceeds from the sale will hopefully generate money to help with Ressa’s legal bills.
Rappler’s current appeal for Filipinos to subscribe to and be a member of Rappler Plus at P3,500 apiece, isn’t going very well. It is apparent that many Filipinos are hesistant to cough up hard-earned money just to receive fake and biased news from Rappler.
But dolls always grab the attention of people and it looks like the Ressa dolls are selling quite well, like hotcakes.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu on Saturday ordered the counting of Pine trees in this city so that the agency could take steps to preserve and protect them.
“I am really worried that Baguio is losing its pine trees. This is the city’s trademark that is why I alerted my staff in the DENR and Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC) to conduct an ecosystem research, specifically on pine trees to extend its (Sic) life span,” Cimatu said on the sidelines of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) alumni homecoming.
But Cimatu’s order is now moot and academic.
There are no more Baguio Pine trees to count or preserve.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chonicles, Manila Bureau) – Reacting to a Manila Times column depicting Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as an American using her dual citizenship for political and business motives, Senator Grace Poe today said she wants to amend the Constitution to ban dual citizens from owning Philippine media.
The current law is clear about media ownership being restricted to Philippine citizens or corporations 100% owned by Filipinos.
Poe, who herself was a U.S. citizen but renounced her American citizenship to run for Senator, said it has become apparent that Ressa is using her Philippine citizenship to legally operate her online news source while also using her American citizenship to attack the Philippine government, CIA-style.
The Adobo Chronicles reached out to Ressa for comment and all she said was “I thought Senator Poe and I were friends?”
So will Ressa now turn Rappler into a stock broker?