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North Korea Bans Sarcasm, Philippine Senators Want To Outlaw Satire

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MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Free speech is under heavy attack in Asia.  North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has banned sarcasm while a group of Philippine senators wants to outlaw satire.

Kim has banned sarcasm because he fears people only agree with him ironically, according to reports. Government officials were apparently warned they will “not be forgiven” if they are heard being sarcastic. Mass meetings were organised across the country to spread the word about the new order.

Meanwhile in the Philippines, four senators have banded together to file a jont bill that would outlaw satire in the  country.  The senators — Tito Sotto III, Manny Pacquiao, Ria Hontiveros and Leila De Lima — said they’re tired of being the subject of ridicule and the butt of jokes from a growing number of news satire sites.

“Why can’t these sites just leave us alone to do our job,” the senators complained. “When we are attacked on social media for our brilliant ideas, these satire sites are practically attacking the millions of people who voted for us.”

Sotto, who in the past was accused of plagiarizing the late U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, urged his followers to boycott satire news sites, including The Adobo Chronicles, So, What’s News?, The Professional Heckler, Mosquito Press, Eritas Times, Pinoy Trending, The Sick Man of Asia,  The Philippine Trend, The Philippine Chronicle,  The Philippine Pride, Baskille, and XOLXOL.ph

In addition to the satire sites, Hontiveros also wants to ban pro-Duterte bloggers like Sass Rogando Sasot and Mocha Uson.

The bill is set to be filed in the Senate’s next session.

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Pope Francis Meets Mark Zuckerberg, Declines To Open A Facebook Account

image.jpegTHE VATICAN  (The Adobo Chronicles, Berlin Bureau) – Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan met with Pope Francis at The Vatican today.

It was described as a very cordial meeting.

Zuckerberg gave the Pontiff a drone as a gift and invited the head of the Roman Catholic Church to open a Facebook account.

Pope Francis politely declined, saying that he is happy with his Twitter and Instagram accounts at the moment.

The Pople has about 9 million followers on Twitter and 1.4 million on Instagram.

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Cynthia Patag Elected National President Of Anti-Duterte Fans Club

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Recent post by Patag on her social media account

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Once in show business, always in show business. But sometimes, politics also sets in.  As in the case of singer- actress Cynthia Patag.

Today, Patag was elected national president of the newly-formed Anti-Duterte Fans Club.  The celebrity-filled event was held at the posh Shangri-La Hotel in Makati.

An avid supporter of the Aquino administration, Patag was one of several showbiz celebrities that campaigned for administration candidate Mar Roxas.

Even after Roxas’ landslide defeat, Patag and company continued to use their social media accounts to criticize and discredit President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Just hours after her election, Patag took to her Facebook account to express her true feelings.  She is heartbroken and misses Mar Roxas terribly. As netizens would say, “hindi maka-move on.”

Upon reading the post, Roxas immediately sent a text message to Patag asking her to delete the post because it could be misinterpreted by his wife, Korina Sanchez.

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