MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Many thought they were twins separated at birth, but look-alikes Raissa Robles and Maria Ressa — both staunch critics of the Duterte administration, and both claiming to be investigative journalists —may have some professional jelousy going on between them.
Ressa’s recent brush with the law for tax evasion and cyber libel has brought her sudden fame both here and abroad. Ressa claims that the charges as well as warrants of arrest issued against her are nothing but intimidation and suppression of the Freedom of the Press.
Now, Robles, author of a book on the Marcos Martial Law, is seriously considering not paying her income taxes as well as taxes due on her book sales so that a similar case like that of Ressa can be brought upon her, paving the way for her to also claim Suppression of Press Freedom, political persecution and intimidation.
Uncomfirmed reports indicate that news anchor Karen Davila and journalist Inday Espina-Varona are thinking the same thing.
Moral of the story: if you’re a journalist, or claiming to be one, and you want fame — go ahead and violate Philippine law. You will have the biased media and even the United Nations Commissioner on Human Rights backing you up.