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Rappler’s Pia Ranada Appointed Assistant Secretary of PCOO

IMG_3768.JPGMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Yesterday, The Adobo Chronicles reported that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa fired star reporter Pia Ranada after the latter wrote a story on the alleged appointment of Nikki Prieto-Teodoro as the new Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  Rappler quickly retracted the story because it was fake and unconfirmed.

But no worries, Ranada will not be unemployed.  She has just been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as a second Assistant Secretarty of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).  Ranada will be working closely with ASEC Mocha Uson.

Despite her differences with President Duterte, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar told The Adobo Chronicles that Ranada will be a great assset to the Duterte administration because of her penchant for gossip and fake news.

“Her expertise will counter all the fake news being spread by anti-Duterte news media both here and abroad,” Andanar said.

Well, all’s well that ends well!


The Adobo Chronicles’ Guide To Becoming An Award-Winning Investigative Journalist

IMG_3705The Fourth Estate is not dead. It is just evolving amid great advances in technology as well as the meeting of old and new political ideology.

One of the greatest careers in the news business is investigative journalism.  It is the stuff that Pulitzer Prizes are made of.

So, in the interest of public service, The Adobo Chronicles is publishing this do-it-yourself (DIY) guide to becoming an award-winning investigative journalist, especially if you practice your profession in the Philippines.

  • Publish an opinionated book and pass it on as “historical.”
  • It’s all about book titles.  The best titles usually start with “Never Again…”
  • Open a Twitter account.
  • Spend a minimum of 16 hours in front of your computer. Never leave home to investigate. Why bother with Metro Manila traffic? And without Uber? Forget it!
  • Crowdsource, crowdsource, crowdsource.
  • You can’t fit in facts with just 140 characters.  So ask questions, and more questions.
  • Block all followers who respond negatively to your tweets.
  • Nourish your relationship with your spouse. He or she will be your greatest inspiration and defender.
  • The names of the best investigative journalists usually start with an “R.” Examples are Raissa, Risa, Ressa. (Our own publisher’s name starts with an “R.”  Glad we got that in!)
  • If your name doesn’t begin with an “R,” no worries. You can always adopt hard-hitting pen names like “Rocky,” “Rogando,” or “R. Nieto.” Or respectable names like Reyes or Rivera.
  • If all else fails, go back to journalism school. May we suggest that tuition-free campus in Diliman, Quezon City?

Voting Now Open: The Adobo Chronicles’ “Filipina of the Year”

From top, clockwise: Robredo, De Lima, Hontiveros, Bautista, Robles, Ressa

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Why wait till the end of the year to vote for TIME magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ when you can vote now for who you think should be proclaimed ‘Filipina of the Year?’

The Adobo Chronicles has narrowed down your possible choices to the best of the best Filipinas for the year 2017.

You can help determine the winner by voting in our online poll. Check back often for real-time results.

The finalists are:

  • Vice President or is it Fake VP Leni Robredo
  • Incarcerated Senator Leila de Lima
  • Senator Risa Hontiveros
  • Rappler CEO Maria Ressa
  • Blogger Raissa Robles (we’ve even thrown in her husband Alan)
  • COMELEC Chair Andy Bautista’s estranged wife, Tish Bautista (ehem)