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Rappler, Vera Files, PCIJ, CMFR Unveil New Logos

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Amid allegations that it has received foreign funding in violation of the Philippine Constitution, Vera Files, the Internet fact-checking entity headed by Ellen Tordesillas, has unveiled a new logo.

Soon thereafter, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa did the same thing. And so did the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility.

Vera Files, along with Rappler, PCIJ and CMFR have all reportedly received millions of foreign funds, including from the National Endowment For Democracy (NED)—“widely viewed as a CIA propaganda surrogate.”

Manila Times columnist Rigoberto Tiglao says the NED funds received by the four entities is at least P100 Million.

Speaking with The Adobo Chronicles, Tordesillas said that she wanted Vera Files’ logo to be more representative of the true state of her media company. When we spoke with Ressa, she simply said, “ditto!”

PCIJ and CMFR did not return our Facebook Messenger requests for comment.


Indonesia’s President Wants To Appoint Maria Ressa As Press Secretary Of The New Capital

4994FFE3-3F34-4DD8-8DAB-A42038E10E75.jpegJAKARTA, Indonesia (The Adobo Chronicles, Jakarta Bureau) – Being a former CNN Bureau Chief for Jakarta counts for something, and that’s exactly what Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is counting on, as Indonesia is now poised to move its capital away from the island of Java.

President Joko Widodo’s decision comes less than two weeks after private pollsters said he had won an April 17 presidential election, although official results are not due until May 22. His challenger, Prabowo Subianto, has also claimed victory.

“The president chose to relocate the capital city to outside of Java, an important decision,” Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro told a news conference after a cabinet meeting.

Brodjonegoro said the administration had yet to pick a new location, but was looking at the eastern side of the sprawling archipelago.

As part of the transition to a new capital, Widodo has sent feelers to Ressa if she would consider an appointment as the Press Secretary of the new capital. “We definitely want someone with expertise on biased and fake news in order to help promote the new capital,” Widodo said.

Experts say it would be a good, graceful way out for Ressa whose online news source has  lost business and credibility because of several criminal charges filed against her, including tax evasion, violation of the Constitution and cyber libel.

No word from Ressa if she would accept the offer, but majority of Filipinos are supportive of the idea, saying it would constitute “good riddance.”


PCIJ To Investigate Itself, Rappler And Vera Files Over Allegations Of Their Role In Duterte Ouster Plot

99F5B22E-6B6A-45AC-9DC3-DAB3951370B6MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) today told The Adobo Chronicles that it will launch a comprehensive and in-depth investigation of itself and two other media entities —Rappler and Vera Files over allegations that all three have been involved in a foreign-funded plot to oust Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

The exposé about the plot was revealed today in a banner story published by the respected and oldest Philippine newspaper, The Manila Times.

We asked PCIJ how it could be impartial in investigating the matter when results could potentially incriminate itself as well as their allies Rappler and Vera Files.

”Well, we stand by our investigative expertise, our journalistic integrity and our loyalty to our foreign funders to prove to all that we are innocent of the allegations,” a spokesperson said.

Well, it seems like they have already reached a conclusion before their investigation even started.

It’s a sorry state of Philippine media today.