MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Pro-Duterte social media influencers Mark Lopez and Jovybev Aquino stormed Rappler’s offices yesterday, hoping to personally meet and debate with CEO Maria Ressa. Both were quickly whisked off the building by Filipino security guards who were merely following marching orders from their boss.
Lopez and Aquino said they wanted to hold Ressa and Rappler accountable for destroying the image of the Philippines in the eyes of the international community
Today, Ressa told The Adobo Chronicles that she is willing to personally meet and debate with Lopez and Aquino, but in a neutral environment, certainly not at Rappler’s offices.
Ressa said she wanted the meeting and debate to be held at Kris Aquino’s Chowking franchise restaurant on Quezon Avenue corner Araneta Avenue in Quezon City.
Ressa said that since she’s facing up to two “Dutertards,” she will be bringing along her star reporter, Pia Rañada so that it’s all fair and square.
Kris Aquino was honored that her restaurant was chosen the venue for this historic event and she said that the debaters and their supporters will be treated to complimentary Lumpiang Shanghai.\
(Editor’s note: Jovbev is not related to Kris)