Category Archives: Media

Secretary Andanar Wants Take-home Pay of Journalists To Match Those Of PCOO Employees

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar says he fully supports increasing the take-home pay of journalists and other media workers. After all, they comprise society’s Fourth Estate.

Speaking with The Adobo Chronicles, Andanar additionally proposed that their salaries should match those of PCOO officials and employees.

”I must admit that PCOO hasn’t done a good job in bringing about an informed Filipino citizenry but the private news media —except Rappler, Inquirer and ABS-CBN — have filled the gap due to my department’s incompetence and inadequacies,” Andanar said.

Asked what the salary ranges are for PCOO officials and employees, Andanar said “that’s proprietary information, but you could request data through the FOI (Freedom of Information) initiative of the Duterte government. PCOO’s annual budget is P1.4 Billion.

This is a developing story…




SEC Ruling Is Out: Rappler Is A Political Organization, Not Media

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The long-awaited ruling by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is finally out! It has ruled that Rappler is a political organization, not media.

It will be recalled that SEC previously revoked Rappler’s media license for violating the Constitutional provision that Philippine media must be 100% Filipino-owned. Foreign investors like Omidyar Network invested in Rappler, something that CEO Maria Ressa has persistently denied.

Rappler appealed the ruling to the Court of Appeals which all but denied the online news source’s arguments but asked SEC to review its earlier ruling.

In its review, SEC determined that Rappler is a political organization and as such is not covered by the Constitutional provision on media.

SEC said Rappler has been consistently involved in destabilization efforts against the Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte and self-promotion by Ressa. It has also been engaged in spreading fake news. All these  would classify Rappler as non-media, SEC said.

This is good news for Ressa since it will automatically drop charges against her for violation of the Constitution.

It doesn’t however free her from the other criminal charges on tax evasion and cyber libel.



Andanar Taps Maria Ressa To Head PCOO’s Communications Training Center In Bukidnon

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles. Tacloban Bureau) – Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the national government will build its first strategic communications training center to capacitate state information officers on effective public and media relations.

The Department of Finance and Department of Budget recently approved the PHP100 million proposed budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to build the facility in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

In an exclusive interview with The Adobo Chronicles,  Andanar revealed that he was tapping Maria Ressa to head the training center, acknowledging that the Rappler CEO is a much better communicator than he is or any of his Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries.

Ressa has reportedly agreed to take on the new job because her online news business is about to go bankrupt. She is also hoping that by taking on a government position, she will be spared of further prosecution in connection with criminal charges filed against her — from tax evasion to cyber libel.

Assistant Secretary Lorraine M. Badoy is not happy about Ressa’s potential appontment, mostly because of professional jealousy.