November 2013 Top 5 News

Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath. Central Visayas was once again hit by natural disaster and claimed more than five thousand lives. Leyte, Capiz, Samar and Biliran Islands and nearby provinces were terribly affected of the Typhoon.

Top 5: Filipino Victories after the Calamity

Ariella Arida and Nonito Donaire emerged victorious in their respective international competitions that were held abroad. A double victory made the Philippines hopeful for a comeback after the Typhoon Yolanda.

Ariella Arida represented the Philippines in the recently held Miss Universe this month. She was chosen as one of the top five in the last round of pageant and finished third runner-up.

Nonito Donaire reinstated himself as one of the elite boxers in the world by winning a knockout in the ninth round of the non-title bout against Vic Darchinyan. This was a rematch of their 2007 first encounter in which Donaire won via knockout.

Top 4: Manny Pacquiao vs. BIR Chief Kim Henares; Miriam Defensor Santiago vs. Juan Ponce Enrile; Anderson vs Korina Sanchez

The battles rage on as clock ticks away from the end of the month of November 2013. Three fights that were feasted by the media and of course, the internet’s social media.

Manny Pacquiao has just won his fight against Brandon Rios in Macau when he was lambasted with P2.2B tax evasion case by the Bureau of Internal Revenue headed by Kim Henares. Pacquiao answered by saying he paid his taxes to the United States for the fights held in that country.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago open fired against Senator Juan Ponce Enrile during the senate probe of alleged P10-B pork barrel scam brain Janet Lim-Napoles. She described Enrile as murderous, 'tanda' and the real mastermind of the diversion of government funds to bogus foundations. Enrile answered back saying that he did not kill anyone in his 90 years of existence. He accused Santiago of ‘grandma of all falsehood fabricators’.

Another sensationalized argument feasted by the media came from CNN reporter Anderson Cooper and ABS-CBN broadcaster Korina Sanchez. This was after Korina Sanchez reacted against Cooper's comments on the actions being done or what not being done by the national government days after the Yolanda. She said that he doesn't know what he is saying. Korina Sanchez was allegedly affected by the reporting of Cooper since Sanchez is the husband of Department of Interior and Local Government chief, Mar Roxas, who is in charge of the national government’s response in the affected areas.
Manny Pacquiao, Miriam Defensor Santiago and Anderson Cooper won heavily in the heart of the people in the world of social media.

Top 3: Manny Pacquiao Re-Awakening

Manny Pacquaio lost two consecutive fights against Timothy Bradley and rival Juan Manuel Marquez. This was said to be the good bye of the Filipino’s favourite and former pound-for-pound king. They were all wrong.

Pacman won convincingly in a 12-round WBO International Welterweight title bout against American Brandon Rios. Pacquiao improved to 55 wins via this bout. His record is now 55-5-2 (wins-losses-draws). This win was dedicated to his fellow Filipino especially those who were affected by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Top 2: Right to Invoke – Janet Lim Napoles

The much awaited Janet Lim-Napoles testimony in the Senate became almost nonsense since the senators did not get any but silence or lies from the Philippine infamous fund scammer. Napoles answered either with “Di ko po alam” or ‘I invoke my right against self-incrimination’.

Miriam Defensor-Santiago emerged as a star as she stole the scene from Napoles and other senators during the senate probe. She started by teaching and elaborating the details of the laws and the consequences of perjury. She then indirectly indicted Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile as the mastermind of the P10-billion pork barrel scam. She also gave advice to Napoles to testify and tell the whole truth before she will be killed by the senators-accused in the scam.

In the day long senate probe, all senators were frustrated as they failed to exhaust any important information that will answer public questions on what, where, how and why pork barrel scam was secretly bastardized the government by diverting funds to bogus non-government organizations and foundations.

Top 1: Typhoon Yolanda

The strongest and the most destructive typhoon came to the Philippines and struck hard central Visayas provinces.

After Bohol and Cebu suffered hard from the powerful earthquake, these two provinces were hit again by a calamity but this time, provinces of Biliran Islands, Leyte, Capiz and Samar were also affected badly by Typhoon Yolanda.

The immediate estimate death was 10,000 but as of this writing, for about 5,200 deaths were already confirmed by the National Disaster

International communities have been pouring relief, recovery and rehabilitation donation to the Philippines through the help of their own choice of non-governmental organizations. NGOs are front lining most of the donations since there are past corruptions involvements regarding the relief and the government per se in general.
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  1. Juliana Prettiii GurlDecember 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    nakakainit talaga ng ulo yung sagot ni Napoles noon. wala naman magawa yung mga senadors, wala sila mapiga sa kanya na information. sayang lang oras

  2. bawal na nga sa office sabihin ang hindi ko po alam eh. hahah icocompare ka kaagad kay napoles.

  3. di ko napanuod yung laban ni pacman idol at ni rios. i heard naging maingat daw si pacman. akala ko matatalo siya dahil nahire ni rios yung fitness trainer ni pacman

  4. Prayers for the victims of super typhoon yolanda

  5. familiar ba kayo sa show ng Nat Geo na the end of the world as we know it? very useful mga information dun on how to prepare para sa mga ganitong situation like looting and stuff.

  6. di ko alam kung ano ang explanation ng BIR kung bat nahold yung bank account ni manny. wala na siguro silang pondo kaya naghanap ulit ng mapagkukuhaan ng pera. dun naman sila bumabawi mga bayad ng mga penalty fee.

  7. Any updates about the victims of typhoom yolanda?