PARK CITY, UTAH (The Adobo Chronicles, Hollywood Bureau) – Maria Ressa could bring honor to the Philippines if she wins the Best Actress Award at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival.
The Rappler CEO stars and was nominated in a new film titled, “We Will Hold The Line,” which chronicles her own journey from being a “war correspondent” to being an accused in several criminal cases in the Philippines, ranging from tax evasion to cyber libel.
Film Festival jurors, who spoke to The Adobo Chronicles — on condition of anonymty — said they were impressed by Ressa’s portrayal of a journalist fighting for press freedom amid what she says is a conscious attempt by the Philippine government to silence her by weaponizing the law to shut her up.
Best of luck, Ms. Ressa! Bring home the bacon — minus ASF!
MANILA Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – He’s known in socio-political circles as the “master protestor.” It has been his full-time job to organize and lead rallies, mostly against the establishment, the Duterte administration included.
Renato Reyes is calling for a huge rally on Friday, January 31, this time to express all-out support for Rodrigo Duterte. The call was prompted by the President’s recent move to begin the process of canceling the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States of America.
The VFA allows the use of military and other facilites in the Philippines by U.S. forces and their entry into the country without the need for permits or visas.
Duterte has said he now wants to cancel the agreement in the light of the cancellation of the U.S. visa of Senator Ronald Bato, his close ally and former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) which has led operations under the war on drugs.
Reyes is confident he can gather more than one million Filipinos for this rally to support Duterte’s decision.
Reyes and his allies in the Opposition have long been clamoring for the termination of the VFA, but their call have fallen on deaf ears.
With the impending termination by Duterte of the VFA, Reyes couldn’t be more proud, and shall we say, is claiming credit for it.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – U.S. President Donald Trump has separate messages for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.
Despite a U. S. Senate resolution urging the State Department to ban from entering the U.S. Philippine officials and others who had a hand in the detention of Senator Leila De Lima, Trump yet again reiterated his invitation for Duterte to visit The White House.
“Please come to the U.S.,” Trump told Duterte.
As for Robredo, Trump has this to say: “Please stop coming to the U.S.”
Since assuming the Vice Presidency, Robredo has made several trips to the U.S. — most of them unofficial — upon the invitation of private groups and individuals sympathetic to her and her political party’s liberal causes.
It wasn’t clear whether the U.S. State Department has cancelled Robredo’s U.S. visa.