Category Archives: The Media

Why Rappler Reporter Was Barred From Covering Tuberculosis Prevention Event In Malacañang


36002BAC-74A7-46C3-8851-42313199DC9AMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Once again, Rappler has been barred from covering an event at Malacañang, this time the launch of a government initiative to end tuberculosis, where President Rodrigo Duterte will be in attendance.

Like clockwork, Rappler immediately cried foul and “suppression of Press Freedom.”

But Malacañang and the Department of Health today issued a statement on the real reason the Rappler reporter was not issued accreditation to cover the event.

Tuberculosis is a highly contagious bacterial infection that can quickly spread if not caught, isolated, and treated early. It is an airborne disease, and can be caught by breathing in the air that an infected person has contaminated through breathing or coughing,” the statement said.

It continued:

”Since this is a TB prevention event, we wanted to make sure that all in attendance would be free of the bacteria and prevent them from infecting others, including the President. We therefore required attendees and members of the news media to submit a health clearance, showing  a negative TB test.”

”The Rappler reporter failed to submit the required clearance, hence she was barred from covering the Malacañang event.”

Moral of the story: Press Freedom is not a substitute for a health clearance.


PCOO’s Andanar, DOH’s Duque On The Way Out?

B1CD622F-2629-44DA-816B-7E3D18EBC92BMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It came straight from the horse’s mouth — the horse being Secretary Martin Andanar:  President Rodrigo Duterte is taking over the functions of the Presidential Communications Coordinating Office (PCOO) and the Department of Health (DOH).

Yesterday, Andanar proudly announced tht Duterte will help in the info drive on vaccination and that the government will fully enforce the immunization law.

Duterte’s move came in the wake of an outbreak in Measles in the National Capital Region and other areas of the country.  Many have said that the outbreak is the result of parents refusing to have their children vaccinated for fear of serious risks similar to what happened in the botched Dengvaxia vaccination program launched by the PNoy administration.  Some 800,000 schoolchildren were vaccinated with Dengvaxia.

The Adobo Chronicles reached out directly to Duterte — without the knowledge of Andanar and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo — and he told us:

”Mga p*tang *nang mga yan.  Laki ng pasahod ko sa kanila pero di nila ginagawa yung dapat na trabaho nila. Nagpapalaki lang sila ng mga b—— (inaudible).”

Does this signal the possibility that both Andanar and DOH Secretary Francisco Duque are on their way out?

Senators Hontiveros, Sotto Want to Ban Porn On The Internet… And Promote Condom Use

1D38B71A-0EE4-4A5D-AC0B-AAEF964F1C82MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senators Risa Hontiveros and Tito Sotto have both publicly come out supporting the banning of porn on the Internet.

A proposed legislation by Hontiveros says that  banning Internet porn would lead to the reduction of teen-pregnany in the country.

Time to put a condom over those smart phones, tablets, computers and television sets.  The Internet Police is coming to get you!