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NTC, SEC Announce New Media Mergers!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – TV5, ABS-CBN, hindi kayo nag-iisa (you are not alone.)

In a hurriedly-called press conference last night, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) jointly announced that following the recent merger of broadcast networks TV and ABS-CBN, several other media entities have submitted merger applications

Both the NTC and SEC see this development as positive indication that the country’s news media companies are finally getting their act together — strengthening their respective hold on Filipino news consumers while beefing up their resources in view of tight competition not only amongst themselves but with social media and netizen journalism.

The proposed mergers are as follows:

  1. 1. TV5 and ABS-CBN (under review by NTC)
  2. 2. IBC 13 and PTV 4 (both government-owned)
  3. 3. Bombo Radyo and Radyo Pilipinas
  4. 4. Abante Tonight and Philippine Star
  5. 5. Rappler and The Adobo Chronicles

The two government agencies said they will look closely at the applications of these media entities to make sure that there is no violation of existing laws on monopoly and media ownership.

Rappler To Fact-Check ‘Dahil Sa Iyo!’

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler, the least-trusted news brand in the Philippines whose CEO Maria Ressa is a convicted criminal, is about to factcheck “Maid In Malacañang” theme song, ‘Dahil Sa Iyo’ as recorded by singer Daryl Ong.

Rappler, the ultimate authority in all things anti-Marcos, will look into whether Ong was in tune and if the song lyrics were accurate.

In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Ressa said it is her blog’s responsibility to ensure that there was no historical revisionism in the recording of this song classic, made popular by no less than former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos.

In the music video, Ong is seen singing parts of the song inside what appeared to be Mrs. Marcos’ closet of shoes. “We will have to check if the shoes were authentic,” Ressa added.

No National ID, No Ayuda!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A proposed bill in the Philippine House of Representatives will provide a P2,000 ayuda (stimulus) to ALL Filipinos to help stimulate the economy as the country recovers from the ill effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. But there’s a catch.

Only Filipinos who can show the new National ID will be entitled to the cash gift.

While millions of Filipinos have applied for the National ID, few have actually received the actual document. Netizens have complained that it’s been more than six months to a year since they completed their National ID requirements, but are still waiting, and waiting and waiting.

Some netizens we talked to are thinking of going to Recto Avenue to have a fake ID printed just to make sure they do not miss out on the P2,000 cash assistance.