Category Archives: The Media

Rappler To Close Its Offices In Philippines, Indonesia!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler employees are commending their CEO Maria Ressa for her courageous display of concern for them amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday, Ressa announced that Rappler was permanently closing down its offices in the Philippines and Indonesia.

The diffcult decision was reached after no less than Rappler reported that the Philippines has surpassed Indonesia as the ASEAN country with the highest number of Covid-19 confirmed cases. The online news source also reported that Indonesia now has the most number of Covid-19 deaths in all of Southeast Asia.

”The health and safety of my employees are my priority concerns and I can’t continue to operate my business in either country without feeling responsible should any of them contract the deadly virus,” Ressa told The Adobo Chronicles.

Asked what her plans are for her business, Ressa said that since she is also a U.S. citizen, she might operate Rappler from the United States while allowing her staff to work from their own homes in the Philippines and Indonesia.

“After all, my staff are used to using Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram when reporting or investigating the news,” Ressa added.


GMA7, PTV4 Launch New Joint Talk Show

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Now that ABS-CBN is off the air, we are seeing more broadcasting partnerships between the government and the private sector. We win as one. We heal as one. We broadcast as one.

On Friday. GMA7 and PTV4 launched the first of a series of joint broadcasts with a new talk show titled “Wowowee and Harry Roque.”  It is co-hosted by the Presidential Spokesperson and variety show personality Willie Revillame.

Roque will take on the role of comedian while Revillame will act as the serious government comminications person.

The new show airs weekdays at noon. Next week’s guest line-up includes Angel Locsin, Maria Ressa, NEDA Acting Chief Karl Chua and Senate President Tito Sotto.

Karen Davila Accused Of Political Bias

QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – Karen Davila, news anchor for the now defunct ABS-CBN Broadcasting network, likes to think of herself as the Philippines’ female version of BBC’s Stephen Sackur, always ready with her hard-hitting questions of her guests. She has interviewed top politicians, celebrities and controversial personalities, among them Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto and Senator and champion boxer Manny Pacquiao.

But now, Davila is being accused of political bias after she interviewed Vilma Santos, Representative for the Lone District of  Lipa, Bagangas regarding her Congressional vote to grant ABS-CBN a new franchise.

Critics reminded Davila that she should always present both sides of any news story or controversy which she failed to do when she gave Santos air time (via Internet) to explain her vote.

Davila received a strongly-worded protest-letter from the Noranians, demanding that their idol and Vilma Santos’ onscreen nemesis — Nora Aunor — be given equal time on her program.

The Adobo Chronicles caught up with Davila at the parking lot of ABS-CBN’s Mother Ignacia compound and we asked her for her reaction to the letter.

She said she already sent a text to Aunor inviting her to a guest on one of her future shows.