Quotes of the Week: Spread the love, stop the war + others
The city's most interesting soundbites this week
(SPOT.ph) This week, we learned that people have very strong feelings for gowns and pageants. It’s like the country really is one big family, and MJ Lastimosa is our little sister and everyone who doesn’t think she’s the cutest thing ever should get their eyes checked. We still haven’t won the crown, but we’re having a heck of a time bonding over the journey to getting it.
If only that feeling translated to being a less divided country, especially since the face of ultimate Pinay beauty we’re defending is part of a region that’s been a place of conflict for too long.
That, drama in the senate, Ed Sheeran, and more of the week’s news-in quotes!
1. "Let's not blame anyone anymore. Let's just spread the love and be at peace kasi ’yan lang ang nakakaganda." - Beauty queen MJ Lastimosa, on the Miss Universe Pageant and not making it to the top five.
Now we know why she’s always wearing that huge smile.
2. "Parang umiiral ang walang habag na batas militar sa Senado." - Former Senator Rene Saguisag, on Makati Mayor Junjun Binay’s arrest.
We beg to differ. During the Martial Law Era, people disappeared without notice. On the Senate floor, there’s advance notice and all, but people still don’t show up.
3. "Hindi po trabaho ng senado na alamin kung kami ay may sala. Trabaho po ng korte ’yon." - Makati Mayor Junjun Binay during his reluctant appearance at the Senate for the Makati City Hall Building 2 hearing.
It’s not any public official’s job to sing or dance, but a lot of them do that. We must put a stop to that, too.
4. "Why was I not informed? Why was I kept in the dark?" - DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, quoted by a police general anonymously tipping off Manila Standard Today, on the clash with insurgents at Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
In government chismis, the general stated that Secretary Roxas was kept "out of the loop" by the people who planned the covert operation, which resulted in 44 casualties. According to the police general, it was National Police Chief Alan Purisima who planned it all. Under the guidance of President Benigno Aquino III.
5. "We are focused on peace but the government is surrendering to the MILF. What is clear is that this is an indication of how they would act in case the B[angsamoro] B[asic] L[aw] is passed into law, which is to run their areas like a dictatorship." - Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, on the clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Dictatorship in the Senate, dictatorship outside the Senate...whatever happened to freedom and peace? (Let’s listen to MJ. Love and peace.)
6. "Ipakita natin kung ano ang kayang abutin ng isang bansang binubuklod ng nagkakaisang adhikain. Siguruhin nating hindi masasayang ang sakripisyo ng mga nasawing kasapi ng Special Action Force." - President Benigno Aquino III, on the clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
7. "I will not run if I think I can't make significant changes or reforms in our country. That's why I am still waiting for a sign from God." - Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte, on the National Elections in 2016.
You’re setting the bar so high, Mayor.
8. "I texted him because I have his number and asked him if he'd like some tickets. He wrote back, ’You cheeky so and so. My daughter would love some.’" - Ed Sheeran, on Noel Gallagher’s jabs at him.
The Oasis front man was previously quoted saying that he can’t live in a world where Ed Sheeran can have a sold-out concert in Wembley Stadium. The "ginger guy with a guitar" has a great sense of humor about it.
9. "I mean, you know, I'm ethnic." - Rashida Jones, responding to a reporter’s comment about her tan.
The secret to great skin? Cleanse, tone, moisturize.
10. "The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with. I look forward to being able to make my own choices about my career and to being able to make great music and play it for my fans." - Phillip Phillips, on his American Idol contract.
The alumnus described the contract as "manipulative" and "oppressive." (Why do we still secretly care about this show?)
Art by Warren Espejo, with photos from PEP.ph and screenshots from Facebook fan pages, various TV show videos, news clips, and images used by fans in YouTube slideshows.