Category Archives: Social Media

TWEETING OR REPOSTING NEWS SATIRE IS NOW A CRIME IN THE PHILIPPINES

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is an avid fan of The Adobo Chronicles
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is an avid fan of The Adobo Chronicles

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – If you live in the Philippines and are reading this story, be forewarned that re-posting it on your Facebook or Instagram account or re-tweeting it is now a crime, punishable by fine and jail time.

Tired of being constantly criticized by The Adobo Chronicles, So What’s News (SWN), The Professional Heckler, Mosquito Press  and many others, President NoyNoy Aquino, with full support from the Senate and the House of Representatives, issued an Executive Order banning re-tweets and re-posts of satirical articles.

The Philippines’ Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently reviewing international laws on Free Speech to see if international sites like The Onion, The Borowitz Report and The Daily Currant, can also be banned from Philippine social media.

The idea for the Executive Order actually came from Turkey.

Recently, a provincial court in Turkey sentenced a college student, Meral Tutcalito one year in prison for the offense of “insulting a public official” by sharing a satirical news story about a regional governor on Twitter.

The trial was held in Adana, a southern Turkish province, after a complaint by the region’s governor, Huseyin Avni Cos, who discovered last year that he had been mocked in a photograph and headline on Zaytung, a Turkish site akin to The Onion.

MOVE OVER CUTE SEMINARIAN AND HOT COP, FILIPINO NETIZENS HAVE A NEW IDOL

The seminarian, cop, and doctor
The seminarian, the cop, and the doctor

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Filipinos have short-term memories.

It was just months ago when they swooned over the handsome seminarian who sang the responsorial psalm at a mass celebrated by Pope Francis during his Manila visit. Kenneth Rey Parsad became a local Internet sensation for his looks and good voice.

Then there was Neil Perez, the hot cop of Manila whose looks and body build made him the overwhelming favorite to win a local male beauty pageant.  Perez went on to win the Mister International competition, making his countrymen very proud.

But that was all in the past.

The newest Internet sensation is Mark Agas, a 32-year-old doctor who is an ophthalmology resident at St. Luke’s Medical Center.  A video of him working in front of a computer and talking to his patient who was taking a video of him was posted on social media.  It immediately went viral.

So, it is confirmed.  Filipinos are not just crazy over their beauty queens.  They also look up to their male hunks.

If you have the looks and the body build, why not post your photo or video on the Internet.  Who knows, you might be the next Internet sensation!

PRESIDENT AQUINO ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER BANNING FACEBOOK AMONG FILIPINO YOUTH

Aquino's Facebook page (screen grab)
Aquino’s Facebook page (screen grab)

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – In his most critical statement about Facebook and social media  to date, Philippines President NoyNoy Aquino urged Filipino studens to “Open books before opening Facebook.”

On Friday, April 17, at the turnover ceremony of two new 3-story school buildings at the Tarlac National High School, Aquino  told students the government is working hard to secure their future – and asked that the youth do their part.

“Embrace the opportunities presented to you with hard work. I’m sure you’ve heard this many times from your parents but this time it comes from the President of the Philippines: Study hard. All the support is there, but I cannot learn for you,” he said.

“ Finish your homework before the raid in Clash of Clans. Because like I said, you will be the one to continue all this,” Aquino said

Immediately after his speech, Aquino returned to Manila and signed an executive order authorizing the Philippines’ Telecommunications Agency (PTA) to block Facebook access by all Filipinos under the age of 21. The E.O. also deputizes the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police to ensure the strict implementation of the new law.

Aquino, however, said that his Facebook page is exempted from the order which means that Filipinos of all ages are free to access the presidential page.

To date, Aquino’s Facebook page has 4 Million followers. That’s a disappointing 4 % of the entire population of the Philippines which critics say is an accurate reflection the president’s very low performance rating.