Category Archives: Business

ChowKing Wants To Take Over Provincial Bus Terminals On EDSA

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) –  As the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)  prepares to implement its plan to totally ban provincial buses on EDSA, the fast food giant ChowKing has submitted a proposal to take over the bus terminals as soon as they shut down.

The MMDA plan would eventually close down all provincial bus terminals along the busy thoroughfare.  Passengers heading for Northern or Southern Luzon will have to take city buses to catch provincial buses in Bocaue, Bulacan and Santa Rosa, Laguna, respectively.

ChowKing has already put up signs on the facades of Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus and Genesis bus terminals along EDSA in Cubao.

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Rappler’s Maria Ressa Crowdsourcing For New Memes To Use Against The Duterte Government

85E74EC0-AE6D-482F-AA8F-84BD2FF1C488MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and members of the company’s 2016 board have been charged in court for alleged violation of the Anti-Dummy Law.

In information filed before the Pasig Regional Trial Court on Tuesday, Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Randy Esteban accused Ressa and six others of allowing Omidyar Network Fund, a foreign corporation, to intervene in Rappler operations by issuing Philippine Depository Receipts (PDR) to the investment firm in 2015. 

Ressa, who is reportedly out of the country, has run out of memes to counter this latest case. She has alleged that all the cases against her including violation of the Constitution, tax evasion, and cyber libel are all part of the Duterte government’s  efforts to weaponize the law to silence her and Rappler. She has been mouthing memes like ‘suppression of Press Freedom,’ ‘Political harassment,’ and ‘intimidation’ to counter the charges against her. But the memes are getting old, tired and ineffective.

If you have new memes that Ressa and Rappler could use, please send an email to Rappler or post a comment on its website, Facebook or Twitter accouts. Ressa would be so appreciative.

Board members Manuel Ayala, Nico Jose Nolledo, Glenda Gloria, James Bitanga, Felicia Atienza, and James Velasquez have each posted bail of P90,000. Ressa is out of the country.

They have also been reportedly charged for violation of the Securities Regulation Code, but the case has yet to be assigned to another judge.

McDonald’s Reacts To Study On Fecal Contamination Of Its Touchscreen Ordering Kiosks

6FE1D3B0-6AC7-406B-BD98-56A83B4ABE49CHICAGO, Illinois (The Adobo Chronicles, Chicago Bureau) – Touchscreens installed at McDonald’s branches in Britain have tested positive for fecal matter, a journalistic investigation has revealed.

Samples were taken by experts from machines at eight restaurants, including six in London and two in Birmingham.

Customers use the touchscreens to choose and pay for their food and then they pick up their order at the counter.

Paul Matawele, senior lecturer in microbiology at London Metropolitan University, which carried out the study in conjunction with Metro.co.uk, said he was surprised at how much gut and faecal bacteria were on the machines, concluding that many people did not wash their hands before they used them.

Reacting to the damaging report, McDonald’s has ordered all its franchises with touchscreen machines to immediately install water faucets next to the ordering kiosks. In addition, notices will be posted on the machines asking customers to wash their hands before ordering.

Swift action by the fast-food giant.