MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Since the first EDSA People Power, the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines have always been supportive and at the forefront of protest rallies against the government. But alas, the robed church hierarchy is frowning at this year’s commemoration of EDSA I on February 25.
Protest organizers have called on the people to stage a mass walkout this Sunday.
That means that Catholics will be walking out of Sunday masses at churches nationwide.
So expect churches to be ghost towns this Sunday.
It will be a big loss of revenue for the Catholic Church because of empty Sunday collection baskets.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is holding an emergency meeting today to come up with a strategy to discourage people from participating in the EDSA rally and instead fulfill their obligation by attending mass and contributing to the Sunday collection.
For starters, the CBCP has banned all nuns, priests and seminarians from participating in the EDSA rally.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler’s Pia Ranada is supposed to report the news, but lately she has been IN the news.
It started when Ranada was barred from entering Malacañang Palace upon direct orders from President Duterte.
Then today, the reporter was formally charged with illegal possession of a deadly weapon.
The charge came after videos spread on social media showing Ranada following a Presidential Security Guard (PSG) around Malacañang grounds, harassing and intimidating the man with her unlicensed weapon — her smart phone.
In a statement, the PSG said that since the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has cancelled the media license of Rappler, Ranada’s smart phone is now considered illegal.
”Moreover, she used the weapon to threaten a presidential guard,” the statement added.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Move over, Maria Ressa; there’s a new Rappler darling in the person of reporter Pia Ranada.
For years, CEO Ressa has enjoyed the spotlight when it comes to issues on mainstream and social media especially as it involves Rappler, but that has changed overnight.
Yesterday, Ranada was barred from entering Malacañang to fulfill her reportorial duties with Rappler.
Reports of the incident immediatley went viral and all of a sudden, Ranada has hugged the spotlight away from her boss.
That doesn’t make Ressa happy. She’s contemplating on replacing Ranada as Rappler’s representative on the Malacañang Press Corps.
Is this what they call professional jealousy?