Category Archives: Law Enforcement

Duterte Sues His Own Spox Harry Roque FOr Libel!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler CEO Maria Ressa no longer has the monopoly of libel suits. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque is being sued for a similar crime — by no less than his own boss, Rodrigo Duterte.

The President instructed his Department of Justice to prepare the libel suit after an old video resurfaced on the Internet showing Roque calling then Mayor Duterte a “self-professed murderer” and urging his audience not to vote for him in the 2016 Presidential elections.

And it was all caught on tape. Exhibit A.

Rappler Renames Itself To The Cyber Libel Chronicles

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler has renamed itself to The Cyber Libel Chronicles! This after CEO Maria Ressa faced her third cyber libel case, this time, over an article written by reporter Rambo Talabong on a college professor’s alleged involvement in a thesis-for-sale scheme.

The second case was in connection with Ressa’s Twitter post where she shared a news website’s article on businessman Wilfredo Keng.

Keng is the same complainant in the cyber libel suit that resulted in the conviction of Ressa and former Rappler staffer Reynaldo Santos, Jr. In June.

In speaking with The Adobo Chronicles, Ressa said that the move to rename her company is part of the Rappler’s strategy to keep reinventing itself to keep up with the changing times.

“We can no longer hold the line with the old Rappler,” she said, “especially with the mounting cases filed against me and my company. We might as well go with the flow and focus on defending ourselves against the government’s efforts to weaponize the law to kill my profitable business.”

Rappler also unveiled its new logo in a hastily-called press conference.

Thousands Of Californias Petition Governor To Ease Covid Restrictions

SACRAMENTO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, Sacramento Bureau) Tens of thousands of Californians have petitioned Governor Gavin Newsom to ease the state’s Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

To curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Newsom put in place what amounts to a temporary strict lockdown, restricting movement and activities by citizens.

One of the restrictions is a stay home order that among other things, prohibits people from holding gatherings or dinners with non household members.

Newsom however clarified that Californians can still host small dinners or gatherings of up to a maximum of 8 people without any issue.

The petitioners argued that they don’t know 8 people without issues. “Almost everyone comes with some baggage,” they said.