Lookback 2014: Nite Writer Year-ender report

Another year has passed. Year full of news worthy stories that touched us, inspired us, shocked us and changed the landscape of our world and society.

As an annual tradition, Nite Writer will look back at the stories of 2014 which made headlines and became hot topic both online and offline.

So, here’s the rundown of the hottest news and stories that hit the year 2014.

1. Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) disappearance


It was a sad day of March 8, 2014 when Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was reportedly missing en route to China. Malasian Airline and the Malaysian government immediately ask other countries help to conduct rescue and recovery efforts but up until now there has been no confirmation as to what really happened to the flight and the exact location where it crashed.

2. Vhong Navarro Case

It first came out on social media early this year, where Vhong Navarro was named as the man mauled in a condominium in Taguig. The story went on for months until the suspects Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo were put to jail for Illegal detention. But months after being jailed, the 2 were allowed to post bail by the judge thus giving them temporary freedom.

3. Enrile, Revilla, Estrada Jailed


After taking on tons of documentary evidences and statements from key witnesses, the Ombudsman decided to indict the 3 senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada for the case of plunder with regards to the Pork Barrel Scam. The 3 are currently detained at the PNP Custodial center in Camp Crame. It may not be the end of the battle but it’s a welcome development to all Filipinos seeking justice for the plundering our nation’s money.

4. MRT woes


MRT is supposed to be people’s alternative transport system to ease the traffic of EDSA, but this year MRT became more of a horrifying experience to all it’s commuters. Long lines, defective rails, overshooting trains, these are what MRT commuters had to deal everyday of their lives. Netizens branded their MRT ordeal as #MRTChallenge because riding the transport system is like going to a battle.

5. Hong Kong’s Umbrella protest

*photo from mashable

*photo from mashable

Hong Kong people might have been sick of China’s control over the region. From September 2014, people took the streets of Hong Kong’s Central Business District to demand democracy in choosing their leaders and to ask China to stop influencing in choosing Hong Kong leaders.

6. Binay Corruption Scandal

It all started with the Senate Inquiry on the alleged Overpriced Makati Parking Building which sprouted to more corruption allegations against the Binays. No less that former Makati Vice Mayor and Binay-ally Ernesto Mercado spilled the beans against the Binay saying everything in Makati are rigged and “commissioned”. Mercado relayed how bidding in Makati is conducted to favor Binay’s friends and allies and he was the one also who brought up the Rosario property which he called Hacienda Binay. While VP Binay kept on denying all the allegations and avoiding Senate hearing, it’s noticeable that the allegations are already affecting his chances for the Presidency evident by his plumeting approval and trust ratings.

7. NU Bulldogs wins UAAP Men’s Basketaball Championship


It takes determination to get to where you wanted to be. That is what the NU Bulldogs proved after re-claiming the UAAP Men’s basketball championships after 60 years. In their finals against FEU Tamaraws NU proved their are more hungry to win and work they way hard enough to get the championship. Their finals game series also caught everyone’s attention as it offers new brand of UAAP basketball which was previously dominated by Ateneo and La Salle. Because of that they also set the record for the most attended UAAP finals in history.

8. Purisima Scandal

From the White House in Camp Crame to his Nueva Ecija mansion which he dubbed as an “ordinary house”, PNP Chief Alan Purisima also made the headlines this year. Speaking on Senate and several media presscon, Purisima categorically denies all allegations of corruption saying the PNP White House was built as donation from his friends while the Nueva Ecija mansion is fruit of his hardwork as a policeman. Later on the Ombudsman ordered Purisma’s suspension for alleged anomaly on the contract entered by PNP with a certain courier service.

9. Bilibid Raid

*photo from inquirer.net

*photo from inquirer.net

It was a long overdue but this time DOJ Sec. Laila de Lima didn’t want to prolong it. Before the year end’s DOJ raided the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa to seize and confiscate illegal contraband being held by the high profile inmates. The raid also led to the discovery of “hotel style” rooms of the inmates all equipped with air-conditioning, Jacuzzi, entertainment system and even recording studio. Political will is really needed to run this country.

10. Jennifer Laude Slay Case


Jennifer Laude bannered in the news last October 24 after her body was found dead in a motel in Olangapo City. After series on investigation, police was able to trace the suspect in the person of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton who was identified as Laude’s companion on the evening when he/she was killed. The story took attention because Pemberton is part of US contingent doing military exercises under the Visiting Forces Agreement. VFA is highly criticized by several groups asking for its abolition.

11. Gilas performance at the FIBA Worldcup


#Puso, is what Gilas stint in the FIBA World Cup is all about. After placing 2nd in FIBA Asia to qualify for the World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas proved the world that it’s not easy to beat the Philippine Basketball Team. Taking on the world basketball stage and almost beating the world’s finest basketball teams including Argentina, brought back the Philippines stature on the world of basketball.

12. The Rise of Michael Martinez


The first Filipino and Southeast Asian to qualify at the Winter Olympic, Michael Martinez raised the Filipino pride so high when he competed at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. Martinez wowed international spectators with his ice skating skills making him an instant international sports darling in the 2014 Sochi games. It’s a proud moment for every Filipino seeing him compete and landed on a very impressive ranking. He may not have won medal in the games but carrying our flag in Sochi is enough to make us all proud.

13. Signing of Bangsamoro Framework Agreement


A momentous event in the country’s history when the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement was finally signed. After long years of battles with the Moro rebels, the government has finally inked an agreement that will aim to stop hostilities in the Mindanao region and foster a more peaceful and progressive Mindanao. Bangsamoro Framework Agreement will be fully implemented by the Bangsamoro Basic Law which is currently being crafted in Congress.

14. Ebola outbreak

*photo from jakartapost

*photo from jakartapost

The West African epidemic which caused world scare. Ebola outbreak killed many people in Western Africa and posed threats in different countries as well.

Other notable stories of this year are the enactment of bill automatically giving Philhealth coverage to all senior citizens, the passing of the bill increasing the cap of tax exemptions for 13th month pay and other bonuses, and the victory of Jamie Herrell in the Miss Earth 2014 pageant, Gab Moreno in Youth Olympics, Rose Fostanes in X-Factor Israel and Marlisa Punzalan in X-Factor Australia.


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