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Senators Aquino, Hontiveros File Bill To Declare February 29 As Maria Ressa Day

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senators Bam Aquino and Risa Hontiveros could only empathize with Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for the legal troubles that she has been going through in the light of charges and warrants of arrest against her for alleged tax evasion and cyber libel.

The two Opposition Senators believe that what’s happening to Ressa is a deliberate attempt on the part of the Duterte administrtion to suppress Press Freedom and to intimidate Ressa for her anti-Duterte stance.

In recognition of her heroic efforts to fight the establishment, Aquino and Hontiveros have jointly filed a Senate Bill that would declare Feb. 29 this year as Maria Ressa Day.

In their proposed legislation, the Senators  are urging the Filipino people to light a candle and fast for 24 hours on February 29 in solidarity with Ressa and in protest of  what they are calling the persecution of a brilliant, dedicated and non-partisan journalist.

Surprisingly, the proposed bill seems to have 100% support from the Senate, and that Duterte is expected to sign it.


Raissa Robles Jealous Of Maria Ressa’s Sudden Fame

F2AACE79-6981-45D5-A9FF-2B31B711A32E.jpegMANILA, 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.



Adobo Chronicles Exclusive: Ateneo President’s Message On Maria Ressa

The Adobo Chronicles obtained this copy of a message from Ateneo de Manila President Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, addressed to all students and alumni of the university.  It was leaked to us by his Secretary who, we later found out, was a closet Duterte supporter.

As an elitist university, we are committed to exercising our arrogance to defend the violation of the laws of our Motherland, especially if it involves tax evasion and cyber libel, commited under the guise of Press Freedom.

We are alarmed at the filing of charges and warrant of arrest orders against our beloved ally and beacon of truth, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa.

We will never forget how Ms. Ressa always came to the defense of our favorite alumnus son, President NoyNoy Aquino and his Yellow minions.  She has done so without regard for the risks to her freedom, safety and the potential of being a persecuted political prisoner.

The Philippine government has trampled upon her human rights, as confirmed by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Her nonprofit company, Rappler, is in grave danger of being silenced and shut down for good.  We cannot allow this to happen as it puts the foreign investments in this online news source in danger of being sequestered by the government.

Time Magazine, CNN, The New York Times and others have all but proclaimed Ressa the Mother Theresa and the Aung San Suu Kyi of the Philippines — an honor never before bestowed upon a Filipino (make that Filipino American).

As Ateneans, we cannot simply sit in the sidelines.  We have to make our indignation known not only to the 1% that controls our economy and country, but to the rest of our nation and the world that values the importance of, in Ressa’s words, “holding the line” to keep the profits flowing, and silencing the ordinary citizens that have found a voice through Facebook and the social media.

I therefore ask you to show your support for Ressa by participating in the very first Naked Run, similar to that held yearly by our arch rival, U.P. Diliman.

Come to the Ateneo campus this Saturday to parade in the buff with just a mask bearing the likeness of Maria Ressa.  We can do it.  After all, we are Ateneans.

Yours in solidarity with Rappler,

Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ, President