MANILA, Philippines - A recent news satire about Justin Bieber as a cleverly disguised 51-year-old pedophile caught the interest of most Internet-using Filipinos last week.
This made the Canadian pop superstar the most searched personality in Google Philippines from October 8 to 14, according to data from the search engine.
The Onion News Network, an American news satire organization, reported late last month that the teen heartthrob is 51-year-old pedophile Michael Cote wearing a wig and a rubber mask. (View video)
It said that Bieber, through his "innocently suggestive" lyrics, have "manipulated the minds of thousands of underage girls."
The 16-year-old, whose popularity has soared in recent months, was earlier rumored to be dating Jasmine Villegas, a Filipino-American model and singer who is the love interest in Bieber's hit video, Baby.
The 2 were allegedly photographed kissing inside a car, but both have insisted that they are simply "really cool friends."
Below is the full list of the top newsmakers from October 8 to 14, as listed by Google Philippines:
1. Justin Bieber
2. Minka Kelly
3. Mark Herras
4. John Lennon
5. Liz Uy
6. Mackenzi Foy
8. Adam Lambert
Meanwhile, here is the full list of the fastest rising topics in the country last week:
1. Onion News Network
2. Eat Pray Love
3. Pacquiao vs Margarito
4. United Nations
6. Water pollution