The Week Inside Manila: Maria Ressa's Arrest, End of Oppy's Martian Mission, New Disney Trailers, More
by Inside Manila Team, February 15, 2019 4:25pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
It’s the week of Valentine’s Day, but we experienced more than just date nights, romance, and heavy traffic.
Here’s what went down this week:
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested
Is this part of a wider political campaign to intimidate media outlets?
TIME magazine person of the year in 2018, award-winning journalist, and the administration biggest critic, Maria Ressa was arrested in connection with “Cyber Libel” Wednesday evening, February 13 in Rappler HQ.
NBI officers in plain clothes served Ressa the warrant charged for an article published in 2012, two years before the passing of the Cybercrime Prevention Act went to effect.
Ressa spent the night in custody and posted bail worth 100,000 Php Thursday morning.
#ThanksOppy for A Successful Martian Mission
Your contribution will never be forgotten.
NASA's Opportunity rover mission ends its 15-year exploration of Mars' surface. Oppy’s goal was to investigate whether the planet ever had the conditions necessary to support life. This mission helped in creating the groundwork for NASA's return to the Red Planet.
The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with earth when a Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in June 2018. Oppy’s last message was “My battery is low and it's getting dark” The robot, who was lovingly named "Oppy," was declared officially dead on Wednesday, February 13 by NASA, after a series of commands sent to Oppy were left unanswered.
Alt-Pop Band Autotelic is platinum-certified for ‘Papunta Pabalik’ Album
Another music milestone!
Autotelic, an indie pop band, is platinum-certified for the outstanding platinum sales of Papunta Pabalik album as awarded by Universal Music after it sold over 15,000 copies. The six-piece band is set to perform on Wanderland 2019: Magic alongside PREP, Two Door Cinema Club, and more this March. Stream Papunta Pabalik here.
Duterte mulls renaming of Philippines to Maharlika
Is it goodbye, Philippines?
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he agrees with late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ idea of changing the name of the Philippines to Maharlika.
The Philippines, which went under Spanish rule for over 300 years, was named in honor of Spain’s monarch Philip II. Speaking during the distribution of land ownership to Agrarian reform beneficiaries in Maguindanao, Duterte said Marcos is right in calling for a change to move the Philippines away from colonial links.
Duterte was referring to the 1978 Parliamentary Bill 195 filed by former senator Eddie Ilarde, seeking to change the name Philippines to Maharlika, which means “nobly created.” The proposal was widely condemned due to its alleged association with Marcos.
Disney releases Aladdin, Frozen 2 trailers this week
A treat or first aid to Aladdin’s trailer backlash?
It looks like Disney spoiled fans this week as the renowned animation studios released two of the most anticipated trailer this year—Aladdin and Frozen 2!
Disney first released the Aladdin Live Action trailer which received backlash after the reveal of Will Smith’s CGI character of Genie.
A teaser trailer for Frozen 2 was released days after with a seemingly dark plot and more action from Elsa, Anna, and the gang.
Some speculated this was a save-move to divert the fans' attention from the rather floppy trailer of Aladdin. Disney did win over as Frozen 2 reached a record-breaking 116 million views just after 24 hours it was released.
Liquids up to 100ml now allowed in MRT
But strict security measure still applies.
The Metro Rail Transit Authority (MRTA) now allows bottles and canisters of liquids within the train premises as long as it is up to 100 ml.
Last week, the transit authorities banned bottled water, cologne mouthwash and other forms of liquid substance that can be mixed with a liquid bomb which received an uproar from the community
This additional security measure followed the Jolo bombing last January, which killed 23 people.
Tandang Sora flyover, intersection to be closed for MRT 7 construction
Expect heavier traffic!
The Tandang Sora flyover will be demolished and the intersection along Commonwealth Avenue will be closed starting February 23 to give way for the building of MRT7 project.
U-turn slots will be opened along Commonwealth avenue—one across Microtel and one across CW Home to help decongest the expected heavy traffic.
MRT7 will run from North Avenue to San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan. It aims to take only a 30-minute travel end-to-end.
What’s Manila without the traffic?
Any other interesting stories you encountered this week? Share them with us!