Category Archives: Finance

How Many Zeroes In A Centibillion? We Asked Philippines’ Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – She’s a lawyer, although she flunked the bar on her first try.  But she’s also known for her math skills, using them to publicly criticize the rising retail prices of rice and the Philippines’ inflation rate.

So  when it was recently reported that Microsoft founder Bill Gates  has joined Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the world’s only two centibillionaires, we asked Robredo how many zeroes there are in a centibillion.

While math wizards quicky told us there are 11 zeroes in  a centibillion, Robredo disagreed, asserting that there are only 9 zeroes.

”Centibillion comes from two words — cent and billion. A cent is written out in numbers  as 0.01. So multiplying 1 billion by 0.01 gives is 9 zeroes.”

She even showed us a screenshot of her calculation using her China-made iPhone.



Maria Ressa’s New Battlecry: Financial Persecution!

F647EC61-DF8D-424A-9DB4-6F7E3F871B4FMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – After her Malacañang star reporter Pia Ranada was banned from the Palace, and following the charges brought against her for tax evasion and cyber libel, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa seemed to be running out of rhetoric: “Suppression of Press Freedom,” “Political Persecution,” “Intimidation.”

Well, Ressa just found her new battlecry: “Financial Persecution!”

This, after The Court of Tax Appeals denied her appeal and that of Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) to void the tax fraud cases filed against them and remand it to the Department of Justice. It also junked RHC’s motion to suspend the proceedings.

The tax court’s first division will now proceed with the trial of the four tax evasion cases against Ressa and RHC.


Rappler Wants Global Media Funding In Philippine Depository Receipts

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It already got itself in trouble once, so Rappler is making sure the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as well as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) don’t go after the online news source again.

Many will recall that SEC earlier revoked Rappler’s media license on the grounds that it violated the Constitutional provision of 100% Filipino ownership of media entities.  CEO Maria Ressa is also facing charges of tax evasion in connection with monies owed the government by Rappler.

Rappler just proudly announced on its site that the global media (read: foreign media) had established a fund-raising campaign to contribute to ‘journalism’ causes such as Ressa’s. 

But Ressa has a big dilemma.  By accepting foreign funding, Rappler faces more scrutiny from SEC and BIR.  She could always argue that the funds will not go directly to Rappler’s  media operations, which is in effect, an admission that her online news source is not a media company — which also means that she no longer can claim that she is being harassed and intimidated by the Philippine government just because she is a journalist.

So what’s there to do?

Well, Ressa has asked foreign media contributors that any funds given to Rappler should be in the form of Philippine Depository Receipts (PDRs).  Ressa has used PDRs to support her claim that investments in Rappler by foreign entities such as Omidyar Network do not violate the Constitutional prohibition on foreign ownership of media.

Is this a case of Rappler trying to have its cake and eat it too?

We’re a satire site (often denied by Rappler), so we’ll let the legal experts as well as the SEC and BIR make that determination.