I haven't looked at the bot article on those projects, but I'd like to mention that a similar thing has happened in the case of the Volapük Wikipedia. Years ago, its administrator S. Meira created over 100,000 bot articles about towns and villages. This action was an effort to generate some attention to this almost forgotten constructed language. And nobody really cared, but then... *POP*, the Volapük Wikipedia found itself among the 10 largest Wikipedias. At that point people from other projects suddenly started to complain. There was a proposal to close down the entire project, and the ultimate conclusion was that the project, including its bot articles, could stay, but further bot articles were forbidden.
As an insider (sort of) of that project I can tell you that all those bot articles are a bit of a pain, because it has become rather hard to find articles that were written by real people. On the other hand, however, I should point out that those bot articles are definitely not among the worst. In fact, articles of the type 'X is a village in Y' or 'Z is an American actor' are written not by bots, but by people who apparently don't know the language but want to make those articles anyway. Same goes for hundreds/thousands of articles about years, months, centuries etc.
Besides, let me point out two more things:
a) Extremely short articles ('X is a town in Y') have nothing to do with bots, it is a general problem in many small projects. Look at the projects in African languages: most of them are stuffed with this sort of oneliners.
b) Bot-generated articles are by no means the exclusive domain of Volapük and these two Philippino projects. The Dutch WP has quite a few of them as well, and the Swedish WP even more, AFAIK.
b) Ultimately it's up to the local community how they want to fill in their Wikipedia. This whole who-has-more-articles thing may be childish, but people from other projects making a fuss about it are IMO equally childish.