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Rappler’s Pia Ranada Appointed Assistant Secretary of PCOO

IMG_3768.JPGMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Yesterday, The Adobo Chronicles reported that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa fired star reporter Pia Ranada after the latter wrote a story on the alleged appointment of Nikki Prieto-Teodoro as the new Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  Rappler quickly retracted the story because it was fake and unconfirmed.

But no worries, Ranada will not be unemployed.  She has just been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as a second Assistant Secretarty of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).  Ranada will be working closely with ASEC Mocha Uson.

Despite her differences with President Duterte, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar told The Adobo Chronicles that Ranada will be a great assset to the Duterte administration because of her penchant for gossip and fake news.

“Her expertise will counter all the fake news being spread by anti-Duterte news media both here and abroad,” Andanar said.

Well, all’s well that ends well!


Rappler CEO Maria Ressa Fires Star Reporter Pia Ranada

Ressa, left, and Ranada, right

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In keeping with Rappler’s high standards of truth and credibility, CEO Maria Ressa has fired the online news source’s star reporter, Pia Ranada.

The pink slip was handed to Ranada after Rappler published a report in which the Malacañang reporter said that President Duterte was appointing Nikki Prieto-Teodoro as Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Developmment (DSWD).

Teodoro was seen in Malacañang just a day after the Commission on Appointments rejected the appointment of Judy Taguiwalo.

IMG_3747It appears that Teodoro was at the presidential palace to present a donation to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.  Ranada assumed that her appearance at the palace had something to do with a potential appointment to the DSWD post.

Ranada has had awkward exchanges with Duterte during the president’s press conferences and ambush interviews.

In firing Ranada, Ressa said that it was her duty to protect the reputation of Rappler and cannot allow any of its reporters to be feeding the online news source with fake news.

The Adobo Chronicles is still verifying whether the firing of Ranada is yet another fake news from Rappler.


The Adobo Chronicles’ Guide To Becoming An Award-Winning Investigative Journalist

IMG_3705The Fourth Estate is not dead. It is just evolving amid great advances in technology as well as the meeting of old and new political ideology.

One of the greatest careers in the news business is investigative journalism.  It is the stuff that Pulitzer Prizes are made of.

So, in the interest of public service, The Adobo Chronicles is publishing this do-it-yourself (DIY) guide to becoming an award-winning investigative journalist, especially if you practice your profession in the Philippines.

  • Publish an opinionated book and pass it on as “historical.”
  • It’s all about book titles.  The best titles usually start with “Never Again…”
  • Open a Twitter account.
  • Spend a minimum of 16 hours in front of your computer. Never leave home to investigate. Why bother with Metro Manila traffic? And without Uber? Forget it!
  • Crowdsource, crowdsource, crowdsource.
  • You can’t fit in facts with just 140 characters.  So ask questions, and more questions.
  • Block all followers who respond negatively to your tweets.
  • Nourish your relationship with your spouse. He or she will be your greatest inspiration and defender.
  • The names of the best investigative journalists usually start with an “R.” Examples are Raissa, Risa, Ressa. (Our own publisher’s name starts with an “R.”  Glad we got that in!)
  • If your name doesn’t begin with an “R,” no worries. You can always adopt hard-hitting pen names like “Rocky,” “Rogando,” or “R. Nieto.” Or respectable names like Reyes or Rivera.
  • If all else fails, go back to journalism school. May we suggest that tuition-free campus in Diliman, Quezon City?