Category Archives: Social Media

Rappler, Vera Files Fact-check Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Facebook’s two sanctimonious fact-checking partners in the Philippines — Rappler and Vera Files — just fact-checked a recent statement by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte’s statement comes on the heels of a call by United Nations human rights experts for an investigation into police killings linked to the crackdown on illegal drugs.

Previously, a petition was submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking for a  investigation of Duterte’s alleged “crimes against humanity.” The Philippines has since withdrawn membership from the ICC.

In a public statement, Duterte said that he will not allow himself to be judged by White men.

In their fact-check, which seemed copied from each other, Rappler and Vera Files said that the United Nations is not composed of all White men, the ICC judges included.

“There are Blacks, Latinos and Asians in the U.N. and ICC, and there are women as well,” the fact-checkers pointed out.

Thank heavens for these fact-checkers — otherwise we all would have been fooled by Duterte’s statement!


U.S.Visas: Under Trump, Entering The U.S. Gets Even Tougher

WASHINGTON, D.C, (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – The vetting process for foreign nationals wishing to enter the U.S. has just become more stringent, thanks to Donald Trump.

Yahoo News is reporting that the U.S. Department of State is now requiring applicants for tourist or immigrant visas to submit a list of their current and past social media usernames, email addresses and phone numbers.

In addition to the above, The Adobo Chronicles has also learned that U.S. visa forms now also require the following information from applicants:

  • Favorite brand of toothpaste
  • Hotels and Motels visited in the last 6 years
  • Favorite supermarket
  • List of vitamins being taken
  • Diet programs subscribed to
  • Favorite brand of running shoes
  • Latest dental x-ray
  • Complete history of hair dye used since age 12
  • Bloggers and social media influencers followed
  • All languages and dialects spoken, including sign language and swardspeak
  • If Catholic, the average amount contributed to the Sunday collection basket
  • Beer preference, whether light or dark
  • Number of cups of coffee applicant drinks per day
  • Photocopies of all traffic tickets/citations
  • Photos of all moles and birthmarks  in all parts of the body

The above requirements are waived for visa applicants using diplomatic passports.

Impeached Late Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona Posthumously Reinstated!

IMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an Executive  Order posthumously reinstating the impeached,  Renato Corona as Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court.

The EO was in reaction to an online petition started by a netizen.

Many perceive Corona’s impeachment as politically motivated, fueled by the conflict between Aquino and ex-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who appointed  Corona.

By virtue of the EO, Aquino-appointed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was technically never Chief Justice.

It’s one of those facets of history that needed to be corrected. And it has…