Why Inquirer suspended 'Pugad Baboy'

A major broadsheet on Wednesday announced  it is suspending the publication of a widely popular comic strip after a recent issue drew flak online.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer said it has pulled out “Pugad Baboy” from its comics section, following online outrage over a strip about a Catholic school for girls.

On June 4, the comic strip, penned by Apolonio “Pol” Medina, discussed Catholic hypocrisy and alluded to St. Scholastica as a school riddled with lesbians.

A character in the strip said: "Sa St. Scho e wala kang makikitang magandang kulasa na walang girlfriend (In St. Scholastica you can't find a 'kulasa' who doesn't have a girlfriend.)"

Kulasa is a term used to refer to students in the exclusive school for girls run by nuns.

Another character said: "Di kaya tongril din 'yung mga madre (Could it be that the nuns are also lesbian?)"

The strip has stirred violent reactions online, with some St. Scholastica alumna posting their comments on the Inquirer website itself.


"I'm a true blue Kulasa, and not once did I hear the sisters or professors badmouth gays and lesbians. I'm proud that we were taught to always keep an open mind about things," Jenny Santiago said in a comment.

Meg Siasoco meanwhile said: "Una sa lahat, walang masama sa pagiging lesbian. Kaming mga Kulasa--all employees and superiors included--nirerespeto ang bawat tao ano man ang gender preference (First of all, there is nothing wrong about being a lesbian. We in St. Scholastica--all employees and superiors included--respect everyone regardless of gender preference)."

In its official Twitter account, St. Scholastica also posted a statement condemning the comic strip and hinting at a possible lawsuit.

The school has sent a letter to the Inquirer and has sought an audience with newspaper officials and Medina.

"We protest in strongest possible terms the way the school was singled out and out sister-administrations accused of allowing homosexual relationships between its female students," its letter read.

It added that it is ready to file a case against the Inquirer and Medina if they do not hear from the publication within the week.

Medina, for his part, said St. Scholastica's reaction to the strip, which was originally published in March, is questionable.

"If you zoom in on that particular strip that got me fired, you'll see that the strip first appeared in March. No reaction then," Medina said via Facebook.

"It was reissued after I made a series of anti-Marcos strips, then boom! nag-trending sa Twitter. Interesting. I smell a consPIGracy," he added.

Medina later on noted, however, that he received an email from the Inquirer saying that he did not get fired but has only been suspended.

"They're still deliberating... Let's wait for the official word. Salamat sa suporta (Thanks for the support)," he said via Facebook.

“Pugad Baboy” (pigpen) is famous for its hard-hitting and satirical take on Philippine politics and society. It was first published by the Inquirer in 1988.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Phl, Japan sign P9.6-B ODA projects
    Phl, Japan sign P9.6-B ODA projects

    The Philippines and Japan have signed agreements for six official development assistance (ODA) projects amounting to 22.289 billion yen or around P9.6 billion. …

  • Commission to launch glossary of Pinoy meteorological terms
    Commission to launch glossary of Pinoy meteorological terms

    The Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) will release a glossary of meteorological terms in Filipino to help the Filipino people better understand weather forecasts and instill disaster awareness among them. National Artist for Literature and KWF president Virgilio Almario said yesterday the KWF produced the glossary titled Patnubay sa Weder Forkast to simplify scientific terms used in the weather bulletins of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration …

  • Divorce bill good scapegoat for couples – CBCP
    Divorce bill good scapegoat for couples – CBCP

    Contrary to what romance novel writers would want their readers to believe, there are no perfect marriages in the real world. This was according to Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas. In a statement titled “CBCP Position Against the Divorce Bill and Against the Decriminalization of Adultery and Concubinage,” Villegas said that while it is not easy to make relationships last, learning how to work out differences – and …

  • DND holds off infra dev’t in Pag-Asa
    DND holds off infra dev’t in Pag-Asa

    The defense department is holding off repairs and other planned infrastructure projects on Pag-Asa Island, one of seven islets and two reefs occupied by Filipino troops in the disputed Spratly Islands. Earlier, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario pointed out that the maintenance and repair of facilities in Pag-Asa Island are not covered by the Declaration of Conduct (DOC) of parties involved in the West Philippine Sea territorial disputes. “Repair and maintenance is okay but before …

  • Blackout to hit 5 Aurora towns
    Blackout to hit 5 Aurora towns

    An 11-hour power outage will hit five towns in Aurora on Tuesday, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) announced yesterday. The NGCP said Baler, Dingalan, San Luis, Ma. Aurora and Dipaculao would be affected by the blackout. The NGCP said parts of Nueva Ecija and Aurora were hit by a power interruption yesterday due to the tripping of the Cabanatuan-Baler 69kV line. …

  • Rules set for climate change programs
    Rules set for climate change programs

    The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) have released the revised guidelines to track and monitor climate change adaptation programs of the government. “The government of the Philippines has demonstrated leadership and strong commitment in implementing a comprehensive reform agenda to respond to climate change,” read the joint memorandum circular published in The STAR yesterday. “With the goal of using the budget process to plan, prioritize and …

  • It’s time to move on– Speaker
    It’s time to move on– Speaker

    The nation can now move on as President Aquino has satisfactorily explained his side on the Mamasapano incident for which he even begged for understanding, lawmakers led by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said yesterday. “It’s time to move on,” Belmonte said in reaction to Aquino’s pronouncements made before new police graduates at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) last Thursday. The President has spoken far too much about what he knows and about his limited involvement in the …

  • ToyotaPH continues it’s strong sales in February
    ToyotaPH continues it’s strong sales in February

    Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) sustains its strong sales in its February performance. Toyota’s strong performance last month was due to the  high demand of the Vios, with sales of 2,012 units and of course the rest of Toyota’s line up such as the Fortuner, Innova, Wigo, Hilux, Avanza and Corolla Altis. Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus, recorded 60 units last month. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options