Category Archives: International

The Curious Case of Senator Antonio Trillanes’ Missing Signature

20513F35-248E-46CD-A84B-31342924DC62MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It has been reported in Philippine news media that the 5 minority Senators (otherwise known as Voltes 5) have filed a resolution calling for the release from jail of Senator Leila de Lima, as urged by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

But what has not been reported was that one of the Senators, Antonio Trillanes (whose current whereabouts could not be confirmed by The Adobo Chronicles) didn’t sign the resolution.

As seen by images of the resolution published by the news media, the signature line above Trillanes’ name was blank.  However, the same images show a separate page in which Trillanes’ signature appears, with another signature/initial appearing underneath.

This led to various speculation that Trillanes may be out of the country, didn’t really agree to the resolution, somebody faked his signature, or some other curious reasons.

We’ll leave it to the fact-checkers Rappler and Vera Files to investigate the matter.  After all, they’re being paid to do the job.

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Senator Risa Hontiveros Receives Prestigious Stinking Rose Award

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – SOLIDAR, a European network of Civil Service Society Organisations (CSOs) working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide has bestowed a very prestigious award on Philippine Senator Risa Hontiveros.

The award, the Stinking Rose Award, is in recognition of Hontiveros‘ commitment to expose the stink in the Duterte administration, including the recent rehabilitation and cleanup of Boracay island and Manila Bay.

The award is named after a famous restaurant in San Francisco — a favorite hangout of members of SOLIDAR — The Stinking Rose — located on Columbus Street.

Congratulations, Senator Hontiveros!

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.