Category Archives: Law Enforcement

Senator Leila De Lima’s Statement On Maria Ressa Being Named TIME Person Of The Year

BA926A60-13CA-46F0-87D7-596FDDB7EC23CAMP CRAME, Quezon City (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Incarcerated Senator Leila De Lima has been the poster child for political persecution and  the fight against dictatorship but has just been relegated to first runner-up by TIME Magazine.

TIME named Rappler CEO Maria Ressa one of this year’s “Persons of the Year,” all but snubbing De Lima.

A bitter De Lima issued this statement from her jail cell:

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Pinoy Ako Blog’s Jover Laurio Sued For Plagiarism By The Estate Of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It was a quote worth all the publicity: Pinoy Ako Blog’s Jover Laurio claiming that she eats death threats for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even for midnight snacks. It could have easily won public sympathy.  Well, maybe.

But one thing went wrong. It was not original.  It was a quote first attributed to the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

So now, Santiago’s  Estate is suing Laurio for plagiarism.

While plagiarism in itself is not a crime, plagiarism that also amounts to copyright infringement is. Such plagiarism carries a penalty of 3-6 years imprisonment and a fine of P50,000 – P150,000 if prosecuted under the law.

Laurio has reached out to former Solicitor General and now Senatorial candidate Florin Hilbay, hoping that he would be her defense attorney on a pro-bono basis.  After all, she and Hilbay share the same Yellow color.

Maria Ressa Agrees To Plea Bargain On Tax Evasion Charges

0F1B2444-5241-4EC6-B41B-831ACC19BC3BMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) –  If convicted of the tax evasion charges filed against her, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa could face up to ten years behind bars.

That’s too much for Ressa to handle, so instead, she has agreed to a plea bargain.

A plea bargain is an agreement between a defendant and a prosecutor, in which the defendant agrees to plead guilty or “no contest” (nolo contendere) in exchange for the prosecutor to dropping one or more charges, reduce a charge to a less serious offense, or recommend to the judge a specific sentence.

Basically, Ressa’s plea bargain involves an affidavit to be submitted to the court in which she would admit to being both a fake journalist and a fake financial entrepreneur, and instead acknowledge — under oath — that she is just an ordinary blogger, like the rest of her Rappler team.

In exchange, the prosecution and the court are expected to drop the tax evasion charges against Ressa.

It would also mean that Rappler will voluntarily shut down. For good.

All’s well that ends well!