A classic “Survivor” blindside did young businessman Kiko Rustia

A classic "Survivor" blindside did young businessman Kiko Rustia

In a tense-filled Tribal Council, young businessman Kiko Rustia was betrayed by two of his former alliance and was voted off Survivor Philippines.

Young businessman Kiko Rustia was blindsided by two of his former tribemates in Naak that led to his ouster from Survivor Philippines. Kiko became the 9th person to be voted out and the second Jury Member. (Niña Otiz was forced to leave the game because of an injury.)

Going into the Tribal Council, Kiko expected that all six former Naak tribemates—including him—would write down the name of waiter Marlon Carmen to be the next Survivor castoff. But Kiko got the shock of his life when two of his former tribemates, driver Cris Cartagenas and model Kaye Alipio, turned their backs against him and voted along with the three former Jarakay members: Marlon, taekwondo instructor Veronica Domingo, and product officer Charisse Yacapin.

Kiko had five votes while Marlon had four.

Veronica was safe from the Tribal Council after winning the Immunity Challenge, an endurance test that lasted four hours.

Before leaving the Tribal Council area, Survivor Philippines host Paolo Bediones asked Kiko to open a small treasure box that has been on Paolo’s side since the first Tribal Council. Inside the box is a black pearl that Kiko can give to one of the remaining castaways. The black pearl will serve as a curse to whoever holding it, and the holder will automatically get an extra vote in the next Tribal Council.

Kiko gave the black pearl to former Naak tribemate Rob Sy, a sales officer, believing that Rob betrayed him. Rob, on the other hand, could only look at Kiko with shock and surprise.

In his exit interview, Kiko said that what happened was “God’s will.” He just hopes that his ouster will be “for the better.”

Kiko also realized that two of his former tribemates betrayed him, although he did not know who. But he said that the two probably had enough reason for voting him out.

Kiko has now joined gym instructor Jace Flores as Jury Members. The Jury will decide who will win the three-million cash prize and title of the first-ever Pinoy Sole Survivor.

A GREAT PLAN. Back in the Chalam camp, Rob was furious for what Kiko did to him at the Tribal Council. Rob couldonly mutter expletive words against Kiko, arguing that he stayed true to their agreement until the very end.

Kaye, on the other hand, could only cry for what she did to Kiko. But Chris assured her that what they did was right since he believed that Kiko was using them for his personal gain.

The decision of Kaye and Chris to write down Kiko’s name might have been triggered by former Naak tribemate JC Tiuseco’s decision to bring along Kiko, Rob, and Zita Ortega after winning a reward challenge. That left Cris and Kaye with the three former Jarakay tribemates back to the camp.

While JC, Kiko, Rob, and Nanay Zita immersed themselves with a family in a nearby island, Marlon started working on Kaye and Cris to break their alliance. It was a ploy that Marlon used to save himself from being voted off.

Marlon, who was also celebrating his birthday on the day of the Tribal Council, succeeded on convincing Cris and Kaye to vote against Kiko. He called his “decoy” a master plan and was so pleased with himself.

With Kiko gone, Marlon has now turned the power to his favor—or so he thinks.

ERWIN SANTIAGO
Philippine Entertainment Portal

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