Category Archives: Technology

Court Employees To Chief Justice Bersamin: Don’t Trample On Our Free Speech!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – If you think that Maria Ressa is the only person crying “suppression of free speech,” think again.

Employees of the Supreme Court of the Philippines are waging a similar protest following a directive from newly-appointed Chief Justice Lucas Purugganan Bersamin banning the use of cell phones during office hours.

Court personnel from Batanes to Jolo have criticized the directive, saying that it tramples on their right to free speech.

”Cell phones are indispensable to the exercise of our right to express our views and sentiments, as well as to the free flow of uncensored information.

The employees told The Adobo Chronicles that it is unfair that all other government employees are free to use their cell phones to talk to friends and family, as well as to check their Facebook and Twitter accounts during office hours, and they now can’t.

”Democracy is dead under the new CJ,” they said.

It was unclear whether the ban includes iPads and other tablets.

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Rappler Wants To Be The 4th Telco

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In an apparent concession  that it will eventually  lose its case with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which revoked its media license, Rappler through its parent company, Rappler Holdings Corporation, has filed  a formal application to be the Philippines’ 4th Telco.

Rappler’s application comes just days after the National Telecommunications Commission  (NTC) officially confirmed Mislatel as the new third telecommunications player in the Philippines.

Mislatel is comprised of Mindanao Islamic Telephone Inc.,  Udenna Corporation, Chelsea Logistics Holdings (CLC), and China Telecom.

”It fits our business goal to convert Rappler from a media company to a telco since there is not a Constitutional provison that prohibits telcos from being partly owned by foreigners,” Rappler CEO Maria told The Adobo Chronicles. “Our foreign investors are ready.”

The SEC decision to revoke Rappler’s media license was based on what appears to be foreign investment in the online news source which is in violation of the Philippine Constitution

We wish Rappler the best luck.  As they say, “the more, the merrier.”

 

 

 

 

Entire PH To Be Linked By Bridges; Journalist Karen Davila Asks Finance Secretary The Most Important Question

759ABD3B-3187-499A-AA21-C3C2DBA74B32MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines’ three main islands Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will eventually be all connected, thanks to the government’s plan to build eight new bridges. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said the projects will cost a total of P269.19 billion.

Included in the plan is the building of a 20-kilometer bridge connecting Leyte and Mindanao islands through a long-span overhead or an underwater tunnel.

During a live television interview with Dominguez, veteran TV journalist and anchor Karen Davila asked:  “Will the underwater tunnel be above or below ground?”

Before Dominguez could respond, the news program cut into a commercial.

Davila’s question seems to be a reprise of a 2015 question she asked then MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino if the proposed subway along EDSA would be built above ground or underground.