MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Love continues to blossom between the Filipinos and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
First, Facebook launched free Internet in the Philippines in order to enable more Filipinos to have access to important information via their mobile devices.
Now, Zuckerberg is providing Filipino netizens with the opportunity to watch the June 30 inauguration of President-elect Rod Duterte, live!
Alas, not all Filipinos are happy — notably Philippine media.
Earlier, Duterte cancelled all media briefings after the incoming president castigated journalists for their sensationalized coverage of the Davao City mayor. The Duterte camp has been channeling its public information mostly through the state-owned People’s Television Network (PTV-4).
Facebook’s live streaming of the Duterte inauguration will ensure a much wider people’s access to the June 30 national event.
Meanwhile, reliable sources have confirmed that there has been a sharp increase in the number of Filipino journalists who have sent resumes and job applications to various call centers and BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) companies operating in Manila and other cities.
Is biased journalism a dying profession in the Philippines? Let’s see what happens in the next 6 years of the Duterte administration.