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.
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Baguio Bureau) – Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered his regional staff to make an inventory of Pine trees in Baguio City, following the series of the government’s rehabilitation efforts in some tourist spots in the country.
Cimatu was guest speaker at the alumni homecoming of the Philippine Military Academy in this summer capital.
But when he was informed by his staff that there’s not much Pine trees left to count, Cimatu revised his standing order and asked instead for an inventory of houses and business establishments now standing where Pine trees used to tread.
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Davao Bureau) – President Rodrigo Duterte donated his house in Margarita Village along J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City to the House of Hope, a charity group providing temporary shelter to children with cancer.
House of Hope Foundation vice president Fatima-Inderah Disomimba said during Kapihan sa PIA Friday, February 15, that the property was transferred to them last January based on a deed of donation signed by the President.
In the past years, Duterte allowed the use of his three-bedroom house at Margarita Village for the House of Hope but at that time, the title to the property was still under his name.
The Davao Children’s Cancer Fund, Inc. (DCCFI), or the House of Hope (aka Kids of Hope), mainly operates using donations.
Meanwhile, former President NoyNoy Aquino set up a barricade in the perimeter of the Aquino family home on 25 Times Street in Quezon City.