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:
Suspicious police officer dragged back into spotlight
Superintendent Marvin Marcos is to be reinstated to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, along with 18 other policemen, even as he stands accused of the homicides of Rolando Espinosa and Raul Yap from November 2016. Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa has defended his order to return the policemen to full active duty, stating that they have fulfilled their suspension and are eligible to return to duty. This is the latest in a string of stories involving suspicious entities being restored to positions of influence, which includes Ferdinand Marcos’ hero’s burial, the Metro Manila Film Festival, and McDonald’s twister fries.
Suspicious former president dragged back into spotlight
Former president Benigno Aquino III has been charged with graft for his role in Oplan Exodus, an attempt to neutralize high-profile terrorist targets, which also caused the deaths of 44 policemen and 23 civilians. Aquino has been indicted because of his decision to involve former PNP chief Alan Purisima, who was suspended in December 2014. Aquino defended his actions, stating that, as chief executive, he can order any subordinate to assist him in operations of this nature—a statement that President Rodrigo Duterte conveniently agrees with. The former president claims that Purisima never acted as the PNP chief in the context of the operation, and that he was simply a “resource person and subject matter expert,” a title of utmost importance normally reserved for geeky friends and that one parent you trick into doing your homework for you.
Transportation bodies fight over who gets to cause more traffic
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has reached a temporary compromise with ride-sharing services Grab and Uber, allowing the companies to file for a Motion of Reconsideration in response to the LTFRB’s threat to apprehend and deactivate as many as 50,000 “colorum” Grab and Uber units. The LTFRB seeks to regulate the ride-sharing services, which they claim have been violating the Board’s requirement for government permits. This is still a developing story, so in the midst of all the online debate, we humbly maintain our position that all motorized vehicles should be banned, and we must instead race to work mounted on the backs of animals or able-bodied neighbors.
In the end, Chester Bennington mattered
Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington has passed away at the age of 41. He is survived by his wife and six children. Bennington’s body was found in his private California residence, after a reported suicide by hanging. Bennington’s distinct vocal range was a benchmark of Linkin Park’s evolving musical style, even as the band moved from nu metal to pop-heavy sensibilities. Linkin Park is the kind of band people are afraid to admit they still like, for some reason, but we are here to say that there is nothing wrong with enjoying the talents of a band that constantly reinvented itself, in spite of criticism, and the talents of a vocalist who brought so much of that identity to life.