MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The National Union of Journalists of the Phlippines (NUJP), has rejected the membership applications of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and blogger (and self-proclaimed investigative journalist) Raissa Robles.
In a unanimous decision by NUJP’s board of directors — composed mostly of staff from the Inquirer, GMA-7 and ABS-CBN — the membership application rejections were based on:
- Rappler’s status as a foreign-funded news organization which is a violation of the Philippine Constitution
- Robles’ status as a biased blogger as evidenced by her anti-Duterte social media posts and anti-Marcos sentiments expressed in her book, “Martial Law: Never Again.”
NUJP said that the board, in rejecting the two membership applications, was clear on maintaining the professionalism and integrity of the Fourth Estate and that it cannot “tarnish the good image of the Philippine news media by admitting Ressa and Robles as members.”
Both Ressa and Robles declined to comment on the NUJP decision when contacted by The Adobo Chronicles.