October 2013 Top 5 News

Central Visayas was badly hit by the earthquake that killed hundred of people and paralyzing the millions.
(Photo by SJAPC.net)

Top 5 News: Playing-at-work in NAIA Terminal

The stolen shot of two employees of Ninoy Aquino International Airport went viral and received criticism from the netizens. The two employees caught playing computer games while in their workplace during working hours. The netizens were further annoyed when they saw long lines of people in other lanes while they do nothing.

The two women were confirmed by NAIA as their employees, one as regular and one as contractual. The two were facing suspension and further investigation.

Top 4 News: UAAP Men’s Senior Basketball: Battle of the Tengs
The season 76 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Basketball was intense and dramatic comparable to what we see in the movie as siblings battle against each other in this year’s basketball championship.

The University of Santo Tomas was fourth-seeded coming into the semi-final round but won twice against top-seeded National University Bulldogs. The UST Growling Tigers advanced to the Finals after beating the Bobby Parks-led NU Bulldogs.

The second-seeded De La Salle University won easily against first round top three-seeded Far Eastern University. DLSU Green Archers were first to advance in the Finals.

In the clash of two former rivals, the Teng Brothers emerged as the center of attention and attraction. Jeric Teng of UST and Jeron Teng of DLSU are facing each other as foes in best of three championship games.

Jeric Teng and the UST Tigers won the first game but the Jeron Teng-led DLSU Green Archers won the next two games and seized the UAAP Men’s Basketball title.

Top 3 News: President Aquino defends DAP

The Philippines was surprised when the President Aquino delivered his special speech to defend the constitutionality of Disbursement Accelerated Program of his administration. President Aquino’s strong statement that his administration is not stealing the funds of the people by this newly started funding allocation.

According to Malacanang, “DAP is a stimulus package under the Aquino administration designed to fast-track public spending and push economic growth. This covers high-impact budgetary programs and projects which will be augmented out of the savings generated during the year and additional revenue sources."

But with the investigation of Napoles and P10-B scam, DAP was highlighted as one of the pork barrels. DAP was also the means to bribe the senator-judges during the impeachment trial to convict the then-Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Top 2 News: Barangay Election 2013

The Barangay election was generally peaceful and well-implemented. It is about 94% of the barangays nationwide proclaimed their winners a day after the election according to the Commission on Election.

Elections in other barangay were delayed because of the delayed distribution of ballots, and election-related violence and ruckus.

There are few election-related killings reported and one of those was the incident in Manapao, Pontevedra in the Province of Capiz. Manuel Arcenas, outgoing Barangay chairman, killed his siblings after her daughter lost her bid to occupy his position.

Unlike in the past barangay elections, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections was suspended this year and will resume in Barangay and SK election in 2016.

Top 1 News: Visayas Earthquake

Earthquake hit Bohol and Cebu in the middle of this month with magnitude 7.2, killing nearly 280 people and damaging about 69,000 buildings and houses. This is the deadliest earthquake that hit Visayas and Mindanao in more than 20 years.

Loboc Church, one of the historical and tourist structures in Bohol was ruined almost completely by the disastrous land vibration. The church is also the home of the international award winning group, the Loboc Choir.

Provincial Capitol in Cebu was badly damaged and the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino collapsed completely.

In this tragedy, one mayor had thought of politicizing it by driving out volunteers from Red Cross after they refused to hand over the goods. Mayor Leonico Evasco of Maribojoc, Bohol told Red Cross volunteers because they are causing disruption of distribution system.

Donations from different sectors in the Philippines and from other countries have helped people affected by the earthquake.
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  1. grabe naman. naghihirap na nga yung mga taga visayas tapos mamomolitiko pa. tsk tsk. ganun na ba karamihan sa mga government ngayon mas iniisip ang sarili bago yung iba?

  2. sana naman di mabura ang pilipinas sa mapa.

  3. OMG! it is like 2012 movie.

  4. Go LA SALLE!!!! woooh!!