WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for American journalists covering the news in the Philippines.
The advisory came just days after a “60 Minutes” segment aired in which Maria Ressa, CEO of online news source Rappler said that the Philippines is the “worst war zone” she has ever been in. She made the comment in reference to Rodrigo Duterte’s government which she accused of “weaponizing the law” to curtail her freedom of speech.
The State Department warned foreign journalists to be extra careful when in the Philippines, urging them to wear the appropriate military gear while covering the news.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles, Washington Bureau) – The U.S. State Department has issued a new advisory warning U. S, citizens about traveling to the Philippines.
The State Department issued the advisory following the “60 Minutes” interview with online news source Rappler CEO Maria Ressa who described the Philippines as ‘the worst war zone she’s ever been in.”
The advisory discourages U.S. citizens — including Filipino Americans planning on a Christmas Holiday to the Philippines — from going on a trip at this time.
”We trust trust Ressa’s credibility, and we hope Americans will heed our advice,” a State Department official said.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – When their children miss school, parents write an excuse letter to the teacher or principal. When Cabinet members miss a meeting, they write an excuse letter to the President.
That’s exactly what Vice President Leni Robredo did today. She missed what would have been her first Cabinet meeting as newly-designated Drug Czar last night.
Upon receiving the President’s memo warning her of a repeat absence from Cabinet meetings, Robredo immediately wrote an excuse letter to Duterte.
In her letter, she cited the traffic on EDSA which would have made her late anyway if she attended the meeting.
”I am sure Metro Manila commuters can empathize with me because they too have frequent experience commuting from Quezon City (where the VP residence is located) to Manila (where Malacanang is located).
”I promise to be present at the next meeting,” she said in her letter, adding, “I respectfully request an exemption from the anti-wang wang policy so that I can arrive at the meeting on time.”