SAN JOSE, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Jose Headquarters) – It’s that time of year when TIME and other publications and organizations name their ‘Person of the Year.’
Well, The Adobo Chronicles is no exception. We’ve been selecting our ‘Person of the Year’ every year since our inception. If you don’t believe us, type in the phrase “Person of the Year” on our site’s search box.
Our past awardees include actor Jackie Chan, former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, former MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, former President NoyNoy Aquino, Senator Antonio Trillanes, VP Leni Robredo and Senator Risa Hontiveros.
This year, we are proud to name Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as our “PERSONa Non Grata OF THE YEAR.”
We selected her because she had accused us of “not getting” what satire is. Nevermind that she and Rappler’s first fact check under their partnership with Facebook was a story published by us. So maybe, just maybe, it is Ressa who doesn’t get what satire is.
But more importantly, we selected her because of her recent tirades against the Duterte administration which she accused of harassing and intimidating her just because she is a journalist. Nevermind that the criminal case filed against her had nothing to do with her journalism work but her alleged failure to pay taxes.
We wish her all the best as she faces not the court of public opinion but the real court of justice where what matters is not what she says about press freedom but what she can or cannot prove regarding the tax evasion charges against her.