MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There is no love lost between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.
In a move that took both Duterte supporters and the Opposition Dilawan by surprise, the President appointed the VP the Administration’s Data Czar.
This is the third Cabinet position held by Robredo, after she had been appointed, and fired, as Housing Czar and Drug Czar.
Robredo’s appointment came after Malacañang Palace saw, and was very impressed, by the VP’s social media announcement that her office has launched a Covid Data Tracker to compete with the Department of Health’s own database on coronavirus in the Philippines.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque and on again-of again Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go opposed the appointment but said “the will of Duterte be done, citing a verse from “The Lord’s Prayer.” (No, not House Speaker Lord.)
MANILA. Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – There is so much talk and speculation about Russia’s recent announcement that it has approved the world’s first vaccine against Covid-19.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has even promised that he will be the first to volunteer when the vaccine becomes available in the Philippines.
The Russian vaccine, called Sputnik-V could start Phase 3 of its clinical trials involving volunteers in Russia and other countries, including the Philippines.
But Vice President Leni Robredo criticized the proposed clinical trials in the Philippines, saying that the country is already far more advanced than Russia when it comes to developing a coronavirus vaccine.
To prove her point, Robredo released a map of one of the ongoing clinical trials in one of the new subdivisions being developed by Vista Land, owned by the family of Senator Cynthia Villar.
Compared to the Russian vaccine which is now just entering its Phase 3 of clinical trials, this development is already in its advanced Phase 4-B.
The trials are being conducted in an undisclosed facility located on Lot 7, Block 3, Phase 4-B.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Almost a week after Maria Ressa was found guilty of cyber libel, Facebook announced that it was dropping Rappler as one of the designated fact checkers for the social media giant in the Philippines. (The other FB fact checker is Vera Files.)
In a FB Messenger chat with The Adobo Chronicles, Mark Zuckerberg said that he could no longer justify Ressa and her online outfit being a designated fact checker when she herself has been found guilty of manufacturing facts. “It makes no sense,” Zuckerberg said.
But not all is lost for Rappler. Ressa revealed that she just signed a new contract with a Russian firm for Rappler to be a face checker for the online app, FaceApp.
FaceApp has gained notoriety in the last few weeks because of its new online tool which netizens can use to find out how they would look like as the opposite gender.
Rappler’s task is to make sure that netizens are uploading their own authentic photos to FaceApp, and not photos of other people.