ABS-CBN Wins New Franchise!

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The ongoing Congressional hearings on the broadcast franchise for ABS-CBN may all be moot and academic, as the Lopez-owned conglomerate  announced it has been granted not one, but several franchises.

A spokesperson for ABS-CBN Holdings told The Adobo Chronicles that the new franchises include operations in several cities in the Philippines and in the United States.

The new franchises were signed today in Manila between officers of ABS-CBN and ChowKing.

The spokesperson said ABS-CBN is really excited about its new fastfood venture.  It will continue to use its popular meme of “In the (food) service of the Filipino.”

On Her 91st Birthday, Imelda Marcos Feted With New Name For Manila International Airport

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A recent Philippine Congressional proposal to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been met with mixed reaction from the Filipinos.

While many agree that the name change is long overdue, others have criticized the proposed new name — a mouthful and tongue-twister, “Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.” “It should just revert to its original name of ‘Manila International Airport,’ “ they say.

To end the controversy once and for all, President Rodrigo Duterte issued an Executive Order renaming NAIA to “Imelda R. Marcos International Airport.” It is effective July 2, the 91st birthday of the former Philippine First Lady.

End of story. No “IFs or Buts.”

Adobo Chronicles’ Exclusive Interview With Maria Ressa. In Tagalog

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Rappler CEO Maria Ressa has been making the rounds of the international news media circuit giving interviews left and right, but for the very first time, she agreed to sit down with The Adobo Chronicles for a one-on-one, no-holds-barred interview. In Tagalog.

Here’s a transcript of that interview:

AC: Bakit mo nasabing patay ang demokrasya sa Pilipinas?

Ressa: Well, it’s very obvious that…

AC: Tagalog po.

Ressa: Ay, sorry. Mula noong umupow si Dutertey bilang President,  wala nang Freedom of the Press. Ano ba sa Tagalog ang Freedom of the Press?

AC: Sa konteksto ng Rappler? “Kalayaan sa Tsismis.”

Ressa: Salamat. Yes, wala nang Kalayaan sa Tsismis.  In addition… ano ba sa Tagalog ang “weaponize?”

AC: Ginagawang sandata.

Ressa: Salamat. Ginagawang sandata ng government ang batas upang i-silence and Rappler.

AC: Paano mo  nasabi yan? Eh, hindi naman sinara ng pamahalaan ang Rappler, di ba?

Ressa: Uh-oh, pero kung anu-anong case ang fi-nile nila laban sa akin.

AC: Kagaya ng?

Ressa: Ano ba ang “tax evasion” sa Tagalog?

AC: Pag-iwas sa pagbayad ng buwis.

Ressa:  Iyon! And, ano ba sa Tagalog ang “violation of the Constitution?”

AC: Paglabag sa Saligang Batas.

Ressa: Eksaktamento! Tapos, meron pang cyber libel. Paano sabihin yon sa Tagalog?

AC: Sinungaling.

Ressa: Puwede ba, mag-meryenda na lang tayo?

AC: Careful… oh, sorry, ingat, baka kasuhan ka ni Leni Robredo.

Ressa: For what?

AC: Ano ba ang Tagalog ng “plagiarism?”

(END OF INTERVIEW)

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