MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler CEO Maria Ressa has all but given up hope that the courts will overturn the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) order revoking the online news source’s license as a media company.
The SEC decision was based on the Constitutional provision bannning foreign ownership of Philippine media.
So, in order to continue its mission of spreading fake news, Rappler has reconstituted as a blog and has taken on a news name (and logo) as BlogpleR.
Unliike media companies, blogs are not subject to ownership restrictions.
In the spirit of unity, Asec Mocha Uson has recommended that Ressa, Pia Ranada and others from the extinct Rappler be accredited as bloggers so that they can still be part of the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC).
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In 2013, a shipment from Canada arrived in the Port of Manila, disguised as recyclable plastics. But upon inspection by Customs, it was discovered that the 103 shipping containers had nothing but old wires, CDs, used plastic cups and soiled adult diapers.
The Philippines wanted to ship back the trash but Canada has consistently rejected the idea.
Forward to 2018.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte presided over the crushing of dozens of smuggled luxury cars as a clear message that his government will not tolerate any form of illegal shipment.
In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that Duterte has instructed the Bureau of Customs to ship the scrap metal from the crushed luxury cars to Canada. Roque said that it was Duterte’s answer to the Canadian trash shipment of 2013.
Now it’s even, but Duterte’s move was described by many as more classy: BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and Lamborghini scrap metal vs. soiled adult diapers.