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:
Media outlets miss the point of tragedy
38 people were killed and many more injured when a former employee of the Department of Finance attempted to rob the Resorts World Manila complex in Pasay City on June 2. After causing a stampede and a widespread indoor fire, the gunman sustained injuries from SWAT fire and later killed himself in one of the hotel rooms. A series of confusing and contradictory statements from the police regarding the circumstances of the attack made getting the facts of the story straight a real challenge. Not that it stopped anyone on the Internet from making wild speculations anyway.
SpongeBob memes gain sentience in the form of theme park
The Department of Tourism has confirmed that the proposed underwater Nickelodeon theme park to be constructed in Coron, Palawan by Coral World Park Undersea Resorts is pushing through. Despite the DOT being “excited” about the project, the local government unit of Coron has not yet received a formal notification from Coral World Park. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has resolved to conduct an inquiry into the project to make sure it lives up to ecological standards, even if the mere idea of building a large, floating structure above precious corals that are literally keeping the Earth alive is probably enough of a red flag.
Militaries around the world to weaponize gutsy restaurant goers
On June 3, less than two weeks after a suicide bombing in Manchester, another attack occurred in the Southwark district of London, England, wherein three terrorists drove into pedestrians with a van before stabbing people at a pub and restaurant area. The attackers were shot and killed by Metropolitan and London Police. Prior to the police confrontation, customers and bystanders fought back, including one man who took on the terrorists with his bare hands to give others time to escape. He survived. As much as that anecdote is destined to become a legendary bar story in England, we would also like to remind our readers that terrorist attacks continue in parts of the world that don’t have the benefit of great anecdotes: on June 7, two attacks occurred in Tehran, Iran — the first time Tehran has been witness to acts of terrorism in over a decade. We wish we could go over there, fists swinging, too.
Qatar to save Filipino World Cup fans from sleep deprivation
Nine countries have cut ties with Qatar, accusing the Middle Eastern country of (at the risk of sounding reductive) supporting terrorist groups and being too closely aligned with Iran. The diplomatic isolation of Qatar is being called the biggest political crisis in the Middle East in recent years. Despite its wealth, the country heavily relies on imported food; the crisis may result in a lack of resources, the calling back of foreign workers in Qatar, and an increase in global oil prices. It may also delay the 2022 World Cup, to take place in Qatar, by halting the construction of eight football stadiums. Now you care.
Banks send Philippines even further back to Stone Age
The Bank of the Philippine Islands encountered a major internal glitch that resulted in unauthorized transactions and, for some, negative balances. BPI has reported that its system errors have been fixed and its electronic channels are up and running again. But because this is the Philippines and nothing can be trusted, we advise everyone to revert back to our ancestors’ barter trade system. You will pay for your child’s tuition in livestock, and you will have to exchange valuable pottery for Internet access.