The Rogue Recap takes a look back at the good, the bad, and the bizarre of the past week in the realms of entertainment, politics, culture, and society. In this week’s edition:
Local cops still don’t understand drugs
Despite overwhelming evidence that using fear, intimidation, and violence against drug users probably isn’t the best solution to what is, at its very root, a public health issue, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is preparing for the revival of Oplan Tokhang within the month. The operation, which involves house visits to convince alleged drug users to surrender and join rehabilitation programs, was heavily criticized over the last two years for reportedly leading to thousands of extrajudicial killings. The PNP has promised a more humane and bloodless operation this time around. No word yet on the decriminalization of drug use and going after drug manufacturers instead, because those things apparently don’t work in the Philippines.
“Con-ass” shows up on front page, immature Filipinos giggle
After the House of Representatives proposed a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution, members of the Senate agreed to boycott it, should the assembly occur. The Senate has insisted on voting as a separate branch, given how easily the House’s 292 members can outvote them. The constituent assembly aims to tackle the Philippines’ shift to a parliamentary government, the powers of the president, term extensions, and suspensions of elections. President Duterte reportedly rejected the last two proposals, so we can rest easy, since he never goes back on his word or anything.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has revoked the registration of independent news organization Rappler, calling them unconstitutional. The SEC alleges that Rappler violated restrictions on ownership of mass media outlets, citing their foreign investors Omidyar Network and North Base Media. Rappler has reiterated its defense, stating that the organization “remains 100% Filipino-owned.” As the SEC continues to investigate and as Rappler prepares to take this case to court, we at Rogue would like to affirm our belief in press freedom and to light the path of information for those who fight [redacted]
Trump snubs Rogue, awards CNN instead
Speaking of fake news, United States President Donald Trump announced the winners of the (first annual) Fake News Awards on January 17. Masterminded by Trump himself in a tweet from November 2017, the awards were “given” to various U.S. publications and reporters who allegedly misrepresented the President. CNN claimed four out of the 11 spots. Like the responsible journalists we are, we would like to point out with extreme prejudice and disgust that all of the awarded journalists are white. This is no way to behave in 2018. #FakeNewsSoWhite
BREAKING: Mother Nature is tired of our bullshit
The province of Albay has been placed under a state of calamity, as Mount Mayon threatens to erupt after days of lava discharge. Over 9,000 people have been evacuated from the surrounding areas, even as local tourists continue to visit Albay to witness the active volcano up close. Even as many evacuees in Albay experience a lack of food and water, Filipinos on social media continue to marvel at this natural disaster-in-the-making, gushing about how the lava and smoke formations appear to resemble figures from Philippine folklore. Welcome to 2018: where an active volcano is the least of our problems.