PASIG CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – California-based The Adobo Chronicles (AC) has finally opened its Philippine office in Pasig City, next to archrival Rappler.
Pasig City Mayor-elect Vico Sotto and his mother, entertainment personality Connie Reyes, cut the ceremonial ribbon to formally inaugurate AC’s new local headquarters located at Unit A (for Adobo), 3/F, North Wing Estancia Offices, Capitol Commons, Ortigas Center, Pasig City (Rappler occupies Unit B in the same Building floor).
AC CEO and Executive Editor Rene Astudillo said that it is quite appropriate that the news satire site office is right next to Rappler, the top online purveyor of fake news.
Astudillo and Maria Ressa have long been at odds because the Rappler CEO doesn’t seem to get satire. Conversely, Ressa has accused AC of not getting satire.
Rappler has fact-checked AC many times while Ressa and Rappler have been AC’s favorite topic in its breaking stories.
AC has also announced that it will soon establish an Indonesian Bureau to provide balance and competition to Rappler’s dispatches from Jakarta. It comes right on the heels of unrest in Indonesia following the country’s presidential elections.