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Pia Ranada Charged With Illegal Possession Of Deadly Weapon

8A4CAA86-D049-4773-9740-99D7FDFF42FB.jpegMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler’s Pia Ranada is supposed to report the news, but lately she has been IN the news.

It started when Ranada was barred from entering Malacañang Palace upon direct orders from President Duterte. 

Then today, the reporter was formally charged with illegal possession of a deadly weapon.

The charge came after videos spread on social media showing Ranada following a Presidential Security Guard (PSG) around Malacañang grounds, harassing and intimidating the man with her unlicensed weapon — her smart phone.

In a statement, the PSG said that since the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has cancelled the media license of Rappler, Ranada’s smart phone is now considered illegal.

”Moreover, she used the weapon to threaten a presidential guard,” the statement added.

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Maria Ressa Elected President Of The Foreign Correspondents Association Of The Philippines

E8C25B19-E469-4863-86AD-91FF7ADC74EBMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler is putting behind the controversy over the barring of its star reporter Pia Ranada from entering Malacañang.

As suggested by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Rappler was still free to cover the President by joining the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (Focap).

That’s exactly what Rappler CEO Maria Ressa did, and as soon as her online news source signed up with Focap, she was unanimously elected the new president.

Congratulations to Ressa, but condolences are also in order.  By joining Focap, Rappler all but admitted that it was foreign-owned.

Case closed as far as the SEC decision to cancel Rappler’s media license is concerned.

Moral of the story: you can’t have your cake and eat it too.