After twenty five years of bringing comic relief, the famous Pugad Baboy comic strip has been pulled out from Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI).
PDI decided to remove the strip after its June 4 issue about students from an exclusive girls’ school drew criticisms from netizens (online citizens). On Tuesday’s issue of Pugad Baboy, two women were talking about the supposed hypocrisy of Christians for condemning gays and lesbians, and condoning homosexuality among female students in exclusive schools at the same time. The said comic strip particularly referred to students and administrators (nuns) of St. Scholastica, an all-girls Catholic school.
Soon after its publication, the comic strip went viral in social media. Netizens, especially alumni of St. Scho and Catholics, have reacted to the issue. One reader referred to its as “such a cheap and low blow at exclusive Catholic schools only shows us who the true judgmental hypocrites really are.”
The major publication said that the comic strip will not appear on its Comic Relief sections starting June 7, Friday, while an investigation is underway.
Pugad Baboy was created by cartoonist Apolonio ‘Pol’ Medina, Jr. The comic strip was first published in 1988. It is about a community of fat people who discuss various social issues including crime, politics, media and corruption, among others.
Here’s the much talked about comic strip: