September 2013 Top 5 News

Zamboanga Crisis successfully diverted the public attention from Pork Barrel Scam probe.

Top 5 News: UAAP month-long drama and surprise.

There is more than the disappointing second-round basketball performance of FEU. There are more than the league leaders changes. The UAAP is in hot-seat drama before the Finals.

The first drama, Bo Perasol found himself in the middle of controversy as he was deep trouble with a fan during a hot match of his Ateneo Blue Eagle and De La Salle University Green Archers. He was suspended for his action while the fan he argued with was banned for life even the latter apologize for his actions. The drama continues when the University of the East Red Warriors protested the appearance of Coach Bo in the vicinity of the venue.

Second drama, UP’s only hope for other UAAP fans’ well-loved collegiate competitions, the cheer dance competition, went not on their way in this year’s contest. The National University surprised everyone with their dance moves and took over the crown from UP Pep Squad. This is the first time that none from three perennial schools, FEU, UE and UP, won the title.

Last from this drama list is the Terrence Romeo story. Romeo, this year’s MVP, had twitter war with former Eagle, Nico Salva. He bag the MVP plum this year but most internet bashers did not agree with UAAP’s decision. At the end of his last game this year, he tried to disrupt Jeron Teng’s free throw by wiping Teng’s hand by his wet hand. Romeo’s wet hand must have come from his sweat body or his saliva. 

Top 4 News: The Robber-Slay Fate of Kae Davantes

A young senior advertising executive, Kristelle ‘Kae’ Davantes was found dead in Silang, Cavite. The twenty-five year old soon-to-be wed advertising exec went on for drinking gathering with friends after leaving office at 9:30 in the evening. She was about to go home when the murder happened.

Series of investigation showed that the killing of Kae Davantes was not professionally done and later on found out that it was a  robbery-slay. Her car was found in her home city in Las Pinas but her body was found in Silang Cavite.

The killing of Kae Davantes provoked a public and online outrage. She is considered as a promising young lady as she is already a senior ad exec and due for promotion. She has just started in the company in late 2011

Top 3 News: Meagan Young captured Miss World, a First for the Philippines

Meagan Young made the Philippines proud as she won the Miss World. This is the first for the Philippines as she bested 126 other contestants from around the world this year. The pageant started way back 1951 and this is the first title from this major international pageant.

Meagan Young started from a reality ‘artista’ search of GMA Network, Star Struck. From there she had made projects from GMA 7 and ABSCBN as an actress and model. This is her major advantage for her.

Before and during the pageant, Miss World made itself in the middle of controversies as host country, Indonesia, does not allow bikini contest as it violates the law of Islam. More than a couple of restrictions were imposed as to avoid extremists disrupt the pageant. Meagan Young was also on the verge of disqualification as she was a cover girl of a Men’s magazine years prior to her appearance in the pageant.

Top 2 News: Benhur Luy’s Turn

Benhur Luy, the current main man in the witness stand, stood brave and strong as he testifies against his former boss in JLN Group of Companies led by the queen of pork barrel scam, Janet Lim Napoles.

Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile and Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla were charged of plunder by Department of Justice headed by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. The senate drama intensifies when Senator Estrada delivered his privilege speech defending himself and accused other congressmen especially Mandaluyong representative Neptali Gonzales for misusing his PDAF. One of those misspending of PDAF which Estrada said was allocating budget for 200,000 burgers bought in a Jollibee branch in Mandaluyong.

Senator Estrada, as other media said, was reacting to the allegation that he was the ‘sexy’ senator that Benhur Luy told the Senate Blue Ribbon committee. According to Luy, he met the ‘sexy’ senator in regards with the pork barrel business prearrangement.

Other former accounting staffs of Janet Lim Napoles also appeared before the senators to support the testimonies of Benhur Luy against the pork barrel queen. They testified and supported the details of Luy by saying that even maid, driver and other relatives can be a president or head of Janet Lim Napoles’ foundations.

Top 1 News: Zamboanga City Crisis

Zamboanga City siege came as a surprised as Moro National Liberation Front attacked the said city. It was even said that the MNLF rebels was also “surprised” as they claim that they came to the city for peace caravan but it went other way around. The crisis in the city erupted September 9 when the members of the MNLF tried to raise and claim the city as part of the Bangsamoro republic in front of the Zamboanga city hall.

War in Zamboanga went for about 3 weeks. Those three weeks made prosperous Zamboanga an idle city that can be likened to other provinces in western Mindanao. Deaths are inevitable for all sides – Philippine government, MNLF rebels and civilians.

Moro National Liberation Front soldiers took hostages as they struggle to fight the combined forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police. The war in Zamboanga was labelled as “humanitarian crisis”, “Zamboanga siege” and “military standoff” as to describe the outcome of the war.

Related to the news, the Zamboanga crisis was a mean to divert the public attention from PDAF Scam probe. This is a claim of ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and Zamboanga Representative Celso Lobregat. This allegation was also supported by Miriam Defensor-Santiago as she accused Senate Minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile for funding the MNLF attack.

Top Contender News: Wally Bayola Sex Scandal
(Top Contender News is as equally popular news but failed to land on top 5 news in terms of weight of the story or controversy)

Wally Bayola, a host-commedian of the longest running show in the Philippines, Eat Bulaga, and also a married man, was in the middle of sex scandal. The video was circulated in Facebook and other website which went viral.

The comedian’s sex partner in the six minute video was, Yosh Rivera. She is a member of the dance group, EB Babes, from the same noon time show. Both of them are now suspended from Eat Bulaga.
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  1. meron na pala yung issue about pork barrel. ang tagal na pala na issue ito. hindi pa nareresolba kung sino ang master mind ng krimen na ito. magiging katulad ba ito ng maguindanao massacre na hanggang ngayon pala pa rin nangyayari sa kaso?

  2. wala pa ba yung issue about sa comment ni devina dediva tungkol sa mga Pilipino at Meagan young?

  3. lesson learned from napoles. teach your employess that being greedy is okay then don't give them equal amount of share for keeping your secret. result= whistle blower

  4. panu ba nagsimula yung alitan nila santiago at enrile? showbiz lang?