Category Archives: Media

ABS-CBN Wins New Franchise!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The ongoing Congressional hearings on the broadcast franchise for ABS-CBN may all be moot and academic, as the Lopez-owned conglomerate  announced it has been granted not one, but several franchises.

A spokesperson for ABS-CBN Holdings told The Adobo Chronicles that the new franchises include operations in several cities in the Philippines and in the United States.

The new franchises were signed today in Manila between officers of ABS-CBN and ChowKing.

The spokesperson said ABS-CBN is really excited about its new fastfood venture.  It will continue to use its popular meme of “In the (food) service of the Filipino.”

Adobo Chronicles’ Exclusive Interview With Maria Ressa. In Tagalog

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler CEO Maria Ressa has been making the rounds of the international news media circuit giving interviews left and right, but for the very first time, she agreed to sit down with The Adobo Chronicles for a one-on-one, no-holds-barred interview. In Tagalog.

Here’s a transcript of that interview:

AC: Bakit mo nasabing patay ang demokrasya sa Pilipinas?

Ressa: Well, it’s very obvious that…

AC: Tagalog po.

Ressa: Ay, sorry. Mula noong umupow si Dutertey bilang President,  wala nang Freedom of the Press. Ano ba sa Tagalog ang Freedom of the Press?

AC: Sa konteksto ng Rappler? “Kalayaan sa Tsismis.”

Ressa: Salamat. Yes, wala nang Kalayaan sa Tsismis.  In addition… ano ba sa Tagalog ang “weaponize?”

AC: Ginagawang sandata.

Ressa: Salamat. Ginagawang sandata ng government ang batas upang i-silence and Rappler.

AC: Paano mo  nasabi yan? Eh, hindi naman sinara ng pamahalaan ang Rappler, di ba?

Ressa: Uh-oh, pero kung anu-anong case ang fi-nile nila laban sa akin.

AC: Kagaya ng?

Ressa: Ano ba ang “tax evasion” sa Tagalog?

AC: Pag-iwas sa pagbayad ng buwis.

Ressa:  Iyon! And, ano ba sa Tagalog ang “violation of the Constitution?”

AC: Paglabag sa Saligang Batas.

Ressa: Eksaktamento! Tapos, meron pang cyber libel. Paano sabihin yon sa Tagalog?

AC: Sinungaling.

Ressa: Puwede ba, mag-meryenda na lang tayo?

AC: Careful… oh, sorry, ingat, baka kasuhan ka ni Leni Robredo.

Ressa: For what?

AC: Ano ba ang Tagalog ng “plagiarism?”


Maria Ressa’s Inconvenient ‘Truths’

SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, recently convicted for cyber libel in the Philippines, is thought to be a wordsmith. She is often heard blurting out template lines like “the law is being weaponized” to curtail press freedom, or “a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth,” or her more recent (which was also used as title for a self-serving documentary about her) “Death by a thousand cuts.”

But is she?

Well, it doesn’t take a Facebook fact checker like Rappler or Vera Files to find out that many of her rhetoric are far from originals.

Her ‘thousand cuts’ have been titles of previous films and documentaries, and her ‘lies told a thousand times’ can be traced to Nazi Joseph Goebbels.

Who knows what else in her  treasure chest of one-liners have been lifted from previously-published literature or taken out of historical archives?

That’s the inconvenient truth about Time’s Person of the Year, and the vanguard of truth in journalism. Not to mention a “dealer in securities.”