MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In keeping with Rappler’s high standards of truth and credibility, CEO Maria Ressa has fired the online news source’s star reporter, Pia Ranada.
The pink slip was handed to Ranada after Rappler published a report in which the Malacañang reporter said that President Duterte was appointing Nikki Prieto-Teodoro as Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Developmment (DSWD).
Teodoro was seen in Malacañang just a day after the Commission on Appointments rejected the appointment of Judy Taguiwalo.
It appears that Teodoro was at the presidential palace to present a donation to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Ranada assumed that her appearance at the palace had something to do with a potential appointment to the DSWD post.
Ranada has had awkward exchanges with Duterte during the president’s press conferences and ambush interviews.
In firing Ranada, Ressa said that it was her duty to protect the reputation of Rappler and cannot allow any of its reporters to be feeding the online news source with fake news.
The Adobo Chronicles is still verifying whether the firing of Ranada is yet another fake news from Rappler.