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:
This week in good news we don’t deserve
Combat operations in Marawi, Lanao del Sur were finally terminated, one week after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the city liberated from the threat of terrorist forces. This marks the end of a turbulent five-month period of conflict between the Philippine military and members of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups. Plans to reconstruct and rebuild the city have been put into motion, projected to cost billions of pesos. We mourn the losses that the citizens of Marawi have endured since May of this year, while celebrating this opportunity for rehabilitation. We really hope our foreign secretary is open to accepting grants from, say, the European Union.
This week in bad news meant to sabotage good news we don’t deserve
Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano made a statement on October 19 rejecting all forms of aid offered by the European Union (EU) to assist in the rebuilding of Marawi City. After being called into the principal’s office and given a stern warning and a slap on the wrist, Cayetano backtracked on this statement on October 25, clarifying that the Philippines will only reject foreign donations that threaten to compromise the sovereignty of the country. Cayetano was then given an “A” on his report card for following instructions.
You won’t believe this man’s abrupt breakup story
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista has officially stepped down from his post, despite initially planning on resigning on December 31 of this year. President Duterte instead accepted Bautista’s resignation “effective immediately,” starting from October 23. This leaves Bautista open to being charged with criminal offenses, having lost his immunity after resigning. Though Bautista respects Duterte’s decision, the former Comelec chair’s team has reportedly begun building a case against the President, accusing him of robbing Bautista of his fundamental right to enjoy Christmas without having to fear for the safety of his own life.
100 Years of Solitude from Circular Internet Debates
100-year-old traditional tattoo artist Apo Whang-od of the Kalinga tribe became the subject of much controversy when it was reported that she gave over a hundred tattoos to visitors at the design and lifestyle expo Manila FAME, which was held from October 20 to 22. Many Filipinos expressed concern and outrage at Whang-od’s alleged exploitation, accusing Manila FAME’s organizers of overworking the artist and abusing her for commercial purposes. The organizers and Whang-od’s own family have responded, claiming that she was happy giving the tattoos and that they were done with her consent. As is the case with every interesting debate stirred up by angry people on the internet, everyone has pretty much moved on by now and will forget the lessons they’ve learned from all this anonymous discourse.
Mysterious diapers rain down on city; new religious cults emerge
Metro Rail Transit (MRT) operations were temporarily put on hold on October 23 after a disposable diaper was found on the overhead electric wires between Buendia and Ayala stations. A domino effect followed, with train operations being stopped from North Avenue to Shaw Boulevard. The exact origin of the diaper is still unknown. All that is certain from this exciting piece of news is that Halloween is, indeed, right around the corner; the world is coming to an end.