MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Since the first EDSA People Power, the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines have always been supportive and at the forefront of protest rallies against the government. But alas, the robed church hierarchy is frowning at this year’s commemoration of EDSA I on February 25.
Protest organizers have called on the people to stage a mass walkout this Sunday.
That means that Catholics will be walking out of Sunday masses at churches nationwide.
So expect churches to be ghost towns this Sunday.
It will be a big loss of revenue for the Catholic Church because of empty Sunday collection baskets.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is holding an emergency meeting today to come up with a strategy to discourage people from participating in the EDSA rally and instead fulfill their obligation by attending mass and contributing to the Sunday collection.
For starters, the CBCP has banned all nuns, priests and seminarians from participating in the EDSA rally.
MANILA, 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.
MANILA, 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.