Episode 64 of Survivor Philippines is the last one before the winner is revealed!
The Final Two castaways, JC and Rob, go to the Tribal Council. Host Paolo Bediones was shown arriving in a speed boat. He called in the members of the Jury – Jace, Kiko, Vern, Marlon, Kaye, Zita, Cris and Charisse.
It seemed fitting that the last night on the island was stormy, with lightning often illuminating the ocean and the Tribal Council.
Day 39 was when the power to vote was transferred from the castaways to the Jury. Paolo said that the Jury members were witnesses to how the two of them had lived on the island. Some of them may have disgruntled feelings against them, and that would be revealed that night. Instead of Paolo, the members of the Jury would ask the questions of Rob and JC.
Rob was asked to give an opening statement for the Jury. Rob said he was thankful for the opportunity to spend time with them on the island. He treasured each moment with them. He also said that, though he wasn’t the best in camp life and in the challenges, he considered his relationship with his fellow castaways was more important than the prize.
JC, in his turn, said he was very thankful for each member of the Jury, because if not for them, he would not be in the top 2. He gave 100% in challenges; he wasn’t very good at camp life but he learned a lot from the others. He said he played fair and he didn’t want anybody to get hurt. Even if he lost, he was happy as long as everybody was safe. JC also said that he was consistent in what he said until the end, and that he was very honest with them.
Then it was the Jury’s turn to ask questions as thunder and lightning continued. Kiko first apologized to Rob because of Kiko’s mistake in doubting Rob. Kiko then asked Rob whether his doubt was the only reason that he had given the black pearl. Kiko reminded him that he called Kiko a dictator and that Rob had only been a follower. If that was the case, could he say that Rob’s strategy was what brought him to his position. He told Rob, “You disappointed me, bro”. Kiko also took issue with the way Rob talked in front of the camera, even though he wasn’t like that. Kiko also reminded Rob of how he cursed Kiko, when he could have aired his thoughts in a decent manner. Rob asked, “So, what’s your point?”. Kiko then said that he thought Rob could win Best Actor in Reality TV award. Rob replied, “Sa iyo na yung award” (it’s yours). Kiko said that he would just give it to Rob.
To JC, Kiko said, “All I can say is I’m proud of you. Wala talaga akong tanong sa iyo, pare. Yun lang talaga. I’m so proud of you, bro. You did well.” A tearful JC could only say, “Thanks, bro”.
Jace was next. He asked Rob why he walked the way he walked, why he talked that way, and why he always seemed confident and very sure, as if he didn’t just get lucky. Rob defended himself by saying each one had a different strategy, and his strategy took him where he was.
Jace asked JC, “Do you know the word ‘honorable’?”, to which JC nodded yes. Then, “Do you think you’re honorable?” JC nodded again. Then, “Why?”. JC started to answer, “Kasi wala akong…” but Jace cut him off, “I don’t think so. Trinaydor mo ako. (You betrayed me.).” Jace reminded him of their very early alliance, and what JC did affected 4 people, former Jarakays which now composed half of the Jury. These people trusted JC and put their hope in him. [JC looked really stressed at the questioning that was going on.] Jace said that he trusted JC more than his own tribe. Jace explained that he did not have an alliance with Jace’s tribe. His alliance was with Jace and John. He did not finish his explanation, before Jace cut in to ask him if he thought he was deserving. JC just nodded.
Next, Cris asked an enigmatic question of JC, whether JC thought he (JC) was young or old. JC said he considered himself still young. Cris then accused him of taking all his decisions from others (JC shoook his head at this point.). Cris pointed out that JC was proud of his integrity, but that he had gone back on his word to Zita that he wanted to take her. Cris said that he couldn’t imagine that JC could do that to Zita, and that JC thought he was free of betrayal. JC said that he made no promises to Zita. Cris asked him who he would believe, Zita who had been voted out, or JC who was sitting among the final two.
Cris then turned to Rob, telling him that’s it’s OK to kiss the girls, but why would Rob kiss him too? [Was Cris trying to be funny?]. Cris said he’d wondered who Rob really was? Rob asked if he could talk. Cris said he was the one to say if Rob could talk. Then, without saying anything else, he told Rob it was OK for him to talk [Cris must have been trying to be funny.] Rob defended himself that he had never gone back on his word to Cris. Cris said that he knew that but said that Mommy Zita didn’t.
Kaye congratulated the two but said that she had a lot of hard feelings against them, especially Rob. She asked Rob whether he was sincere in his profuse thanks to her for helping him swim to shore on their first day. Rob said his gratitude was real. Kaye also asked him whether it was true he only wanted to be co-Survivor, and if he won the P3 million, he would give it to Zita. Rob said that he never said anything like that. Kaye said that he did say it and thus, he’s a liar; did he then deserve to win? Rob said he deserved to win because he worked hard to get his position. Kaye retorted with, “Ano’ng pinaghirapan?”. Did you really work hard for that, or did the tribe bring you there? Kaye said that she regretted voting for Kiko; she should have voted for Rob instead.
Kaye asked JC why he voted her off despite telling her that he understood why she voted for Kiko. JC said that he felt he could not trust her. Kaye said that JC did not believe what she had told him, and that she should have voted him off from the first. She also said that she still felt bad toward him.
Vern told JC that he had hurt and disappointed many people, like Jace, who regarded him as a friend and a brother. To Rob, she asked if he thought she was easy to get and was just a toy, an over-the-counter item. Rob said that he respected her highly. Vern reminded him of what happened during the Thai pillow challenge, when Rob put his hand on her breast. She asked him why he had to do it. Rob said that he preferred to challenge her, because it was physically easier than going against the guys. He had apologized to her in the camp, and was thankful that she had understood. Vern said that the two of them were cowards.
Zita then spoke in Bisaya to Rob, saying that she thought he would fulfill his promises to her. She didn’t realize what a liar he was. He had told her that the two of the, both Bisaya, would be left. Instead, there were still 5 left when he voted for her. Zita said that Rob had told her that, if he had won the Immunity Necklace, he would give it to her. Rob admitted that he said those things to her. Zita then asked him what she had done wrong to him, when she had served them on so many occasions, including doing his laundry for him. Rob replied that he and all the others appreciated everything that Zita had done for them. Zita said that she would have reached the Top 3 if Rob (and JC) had not voted for her. Zita said that Rob was just like politicians who made promises but, after the election, left others, including her, to their own lives. Rob reminded her that it was a game, and that he only played the game as he needed to play it. Zita asked him to tell her why she should give him the title of Sole Survivor and the P3 million. Rob replied that if she gave it to him, he could help her a lot (and thanks). Zita seemed shocked speechless for a moment Rob’s reply. Rob said that he respected Zita’s opinion.
Zita reminded JC that she had picked Alu to stay with them, and if he didn’t think of it when he voted her off. Zita told him that he had a debt of gratitude to her. JC said that she had given the reward, but he did not ask for it. He compared it to choosing Marlon to share in one of his rewards because he wanted everyone to have a chance to get something, even though he knew that Marlon could vote for him. JC said that he did everything, he played well, 100% in every game, and that he worked hard to get where he was.
Charisse asked Rob whether he had slept well the previous night, even though he knew he had taken the chance of becoming Sole Survivor from her. She focused on the word “deserving”. She said that it seemed that she had eaten nothing but clams, and it seemed as if she never left the island. Then Rob was there, saying that he was deserving because he was safe and didn’t try hard to win. Rob said that he had only used his brains. Why should he put himself through agony if he knew he was safe? Charisse said that regardless of an alliance, he needed to prove to the televiewers that he deserved the title of Sole Survivor. Rob reminder her that he won the last Immunity Challenge. Charisse said that even she had given her all.
Charisse told JC that he knew he could trust her not to put him in jeopardy. She asked JC whether he would have agreed to make an alliance with her to be in the Final Two if she had gotten to him first (before Rob). JC said that he would have agreed. Charisse then said that JC’s decisions were based on timeline, on who got to him first, even if it was Marlon. JC said that he would keep his promise to anybody, as long as that person didn’t do anything bad to him. Charisse said that she was disappointed in his answer, and that he needed to look at the bigger picture.
Marlon was last to ask his questions. He said that he had not made up his mind about who to pick to win. Marlon asked JC whether there was a promise that he did not fulfill. JC said yes, his promise to Jace. Marlon asked about Nanay Zita. JC answered that he did not make a promise to her. Marlon told JC that there was a promise to Naak to bring the entire tribe to the final. So why did JC talk to Charisse instead of Zita? Didn’t that mean he was afraid of Zita or that he had betrayed her? JC replied that he could not trust Zita, because she changed her mind often. Marlon asked him how he could say that, if he knew who had betrayed Naak. JC said that he knew it was Cris and Kaye.
Marlon asked Rob how much Rob could trust him in the game. Rob said that he could trust Marlon because of how he was trustworthy toward Charisse. Marlon asked if he should pick Rob because Marlon had lost their bet that Rob would be in the Top Two. Rob said that the decision was Marlon’s, including how they had strategized to survive. Marlon asked Rob what his strategy was. Rob replied that it was balance. Marlon said that he would vote for Rob if Rob simply said that he had relied on JC. Rob said that he did not rely on JC alone, but on all of them. Rob said that he did not use his physical strength, but his mental ability. Marlon asked whether Rob had betrayed anyone in Naak. Rob said that he and JC had talked with another tribemate simply to reach their objective.
In their final statements, Rob said that he respected the Jury’s opinions. He had reached the Final Two because of balance in the game, camp life and his relationships with the other castaways. The decision was in their hands and hearts and he would respect whatever decision they would make. JC simply thanked the Jury and said, until the end, he had learned a lot from them. Rob shook JC’s hand before the Jury’s voting began.
Survivor Philippines Fan Question: Who presented his case better, JC or Rob?
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