MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – CEO Maria Ressa has decided to rename her online news source, Rappler.
The decision came on the heels of the recent announcement that business tycoon Ramon Ang is purchasing The Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Both the Inquirer and Rappler have the reputation of being the mouthpiece of the Liberal Party and its coalition of Yellows.
Sensing that Rappler might be next on the chopping block, Ressa decided to rename Rappler as a way of reinventing itself while maintaining its mark as the voice of the Opposition.
The new name is Rippler which suggests that the online news source will continue its mission of ripping the credibility of the Duterte administration and those who support it — that’s more than 80% of the entire Filipino population.
It could also mean that the online news source will continue to rip off its investors and followers, purporting to be the vanguard of investigative journalism while reaping the benefits of financial gain.
Or, it could also be a foreboding of what’s about to befall Rappler — its subsequent demise. R.I.P., Rippler.