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2014 in the Philippines details important and significant events

of note that happened in the Philippines in the year 2014.
International events that are connected, or concerned with the
Philippines are also included in this article.
Contents
1 Incumbents
2 Events
2.1 January
2.2 February
2.3 March
2.4 April
2.5 May
2.6 June
2.7 July
2.8 August
2.9 September
2.10 October
3 National holidays
4 Business and economy
5 Health
6 Broadcasting
6.1 Television
6.1.1 Scheduled
6.2 Radio
6.2.1 Scheduled
7 Entertainment
7.1 Cinema
7.1.1 Scheduled
7.2 Music
7.2.1 Scheduled
7.3 Theater, culture, and the arts
8 Sports
9 Deaths
10 See also
11 References
Incumbents
For the current incumbents of the Executive Cabinet under the
current administration, see Cabinet of the Philippines. For the
current leaders in the Congress of the Philippines, see Senate of
the Philippines and the House of Representatives of the
Philippines. For the complete list of the current Justices of the
Supreme Court of the Philippines, see Current Justices of the
Supreme Court of the Philippines.
•President: Benigno S. Aquino III (Liberal)
•Vice President: Jejomar C. Binay, Sr. (UNA)
*
•Congress (16th):
• Senate President: Franklin M. Drilon (Liberal)
• House Speaker: Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr. (Liberal)
•Chief Justice: Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno
NOTE:
*
– Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay, Sr. was affiliated with
PDP–Laban at the time when he was sworn into office. He
announced that he left PDP–Laban on March 1, 2014. He is
currently an independent. He was set to announce his new
political party on June 12, 2014, but he decided to postpone it
due to the current political issues affecting the country.
[1][2]
Events
January
•January 1: At least 3 people died and 1,018 were injured by stray bullets and fireworks as part of
New Year's Day celebration.
[3][4]
•January 9: The procession of the Black Nazarene took 19 hours from Quirino Grandstand to
Quiapo Church. The Traditional "Dungaw" was revived in this year's "traslacion" after old
documents attesting to its practice were discovered. The custom involves the Black Nazarene
stopping briefly at the Plaza del Carmen fronting the San Sebastian Church to meet the image of
the Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
[5]
•January 10–23: The low pressure area (LPA) that was affecting Visayas and Mindanao since
January 10 was upgraded into Tropical Depression Agaton by the Philippine Atmospheric,
Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), becoming the first storm to hit
the Philippines in 2014.
[6][7]
Prior to Agaton intensified into a tropical depression, it first developed
into a LPA and has caused floodings, deaths, and displaced thousand of people in Mindanao since
January 10.
[8]
As of January 30, Agaton has killed at least 68 people with 4 reported missing. It has
displaced an estimate of 160,000 people and caused a total damage of 313.78 million pesos to
infrastructure and agriculture.
[9]
January 20: President Aquino III led the country in a National Day of Prayer held in Malacañang
Palace.
[10][11]
•January 22: Vhong Navarro was beaten by Cedric Lee and five other men in a condominium
unit after he was allegedly caught in the act of raping Deniece Cornejo, the occupant of the said
condominium unit.
[12]
Navarro aired his side on the said incident in an interview by Boy Abunda
for his program, Buzz ng Bayan, on January 26.
[13]
Last April 26, Lee together with his
companion Simeon Raz was arrested by the NBI agents in Oras, Eastern Samar, 1 week after the
Taguig RTC issued warrants of arrests for the serious illegal detention case.
[14]
On May 5,
Cornejo surrendered to the authorities at the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp
Crame.
[15]
•January 25: The Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front (MILF) have finally signed the fourth and last annex of the Framework
Agreement on the Bangsamoro, an agreement between the two parties that calls for the
creation of the autonomous political entity named Bangsamoro replacing the Autonomous
Region of Muslim Mindanao.
[16]
•January 27–February 2: The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) led an offensive,
codenamed Operation Darkhorse, against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) to
arrest various members of the militant group, including its leader Umbra Kato, for various
criminal charges. By January 27, the AFP overran a BIFF camp in Shariff Saydona Mustapha,
Maguindanao, Mindanao.
[17]
The clash took place barely after the signing of the Framework
Agreement between the government and the MILF. As of January 29, 37 people were killed
during the armed conflict, 36 of which are members of the BIFF and 1 soldier from the AFP.
[18]
•January 29: The Government of Hong Kong scrapped all Philippine diplomatic and official
passport holders' 14-day visa free access after the Philippine government failed to issue an
apology for the Manila hostage crisis in 2010.
[20]
February[edit]
•February 1: A blast from an improvised explosive device, allegedly planted by members of the
BIFF, injured 12 soldiers and civilians in Barangay Lower Salbu, Datu Saudi Ampatuan,
Maguindanao.
[21]
•February 3: Two months before the deadline for the filing and payment of the 2013 Income
Tax, The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) unveiled its newest print campaign and TV
commercial called "RFP: Register, File and Pay" to remind Filipinos to pay their right taxes right
and on time.
[22]
•February 4: In an interview by Keith Bradsher of The New York Times to President Aquino III,
Aquino called for the international community to help the Philippines in resisting China's
assertive claims to South China Sea, a heavily contested body of water that is rich in natural
resources such as oil and natural gas.
[23][24]
•February 7:
• 14 people died, including 2 foreigners and comedian Tado Jimenez, after a Florida
bus with 45 passengers on-board fell into a 500 meter deep ravine in Bontoc,
Mountain Province.
[25]
24 others were reported injured, while four more
passengers were reported missing.
[26]
• The country thanked the international community, through #PHThankYou campaign
posted in various signages and billboards around the world, for reaching out, and
providing response and aid after Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6 thousand
people and caused massive destruction in Central Visayas in November 2013.
[27][28]
•February 12: The government had announced that it had recovered the secret Swiss accounts
of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos amounting to 1.3 billion pesos after a Singapore court
ruled that Philippine National Bank had the legal rights to the accounts. The accounts were
already transferred to the National Treasury on February 5.
[29]
•February 15: More than 519,221 members of the Iglesia ni Cristo joined the Worldwide Walk
For Those Affected by Typhoon Yolanda held in Manila and in selected sites in the Philippines
and abroad as the Worldwide Walk breaks the records of the Guinness Book of World Records
for the largest charity walk in a single venue and in the largest charity walk in multiple venues
in 24 hours.
[30][31][32]
•February 18:
• The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SC) declared the major provisions of the
Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act 10175) including the online libel
provision as constitutional. On the online libel, the court further clarified that only
the original authors of libelous material are covered by the law, and not those who
received or reacted to it (e.g., liking, sharing, and commenting on an online post).
The court also ruled the unconstitutionality of some provisions of the law including
unsolicited commercial communications, on collection or recording of traffic data
in real-time by means of a computer system, and take-down clause or restricting
access to computer data.
[33][34]
• The House of Representatives started the public hearings on the proposal to amend
the 1987 Constitution to allow the Congress to lift restrictions regarding ownership
of land, and business such as public utilities, mass media, educational institutions
and advertising by foreigners in order to bring more foreign investments to the
country.
[35]
On March 3, The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments
approved the resolution for the amendment after several public hearings.
[36][37]
•February 21: The government has completed the negotiations with the South Korean
aerospace company Korea Aerospace Industries for the purchase of 12 brand new KAI T-50
Golden Eagle (also known as FA-50), a supersonic advanced trainer and multirole light fighter
type of jets. The deal is worth 18.9 billion pesos (424.34 million US dollars). The first batch
will be delivered on September 2015.
[38]
•February 22: Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato was inducted into
the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis I, becoming the first Mindanawon to become a
Cardinal.
[39]
February 24:
AFP chief Emmanuel T. Bautista reported an incident to a foreign forum in Manila that
Filipino fishermen were driven away from Panatag Shoal (known internationally as
Scarborough Shoal), a disputed territory claimed both by the Philippines and China, by
a China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel using water canons.
[40]
The incident happened on
January 27.
[41][42]
Members of Confederation of Truckers Association and Integrated North Harbor
Truckers Association staged a mass protest against the implementation of the Truck
Ban in the City of Manila by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada as the ban officially
starts.
[43]
February 27: A massive power breakdown occur in the island of Mindanao affecting 25
million people in several major cities and provinces.
[44][45]
The blackout lasted for more than
five hours. Several businesses declared profit losses, while local government services were
greatly paralyzed due to the blackout.
[46]
On February 28, the Department of Energy (DOE)
announced that the cause of the power interruption was due to line trippings which started in
Agus I Hydroelectric Power Plant in Lanao del Norte.
[47]
March
March 3: President Aquino III abolished 6 government-owned and controlled corporations
(GOCC) as part of crackdown of dissolving non-performing, and unnecessary firms in the
government.
[49]
March 4: The Senate concurred the ratification the country's separate extradition treaties
with the United Kingdom, India, and Spain in a vote of 17 with no objections and abstentions.
All the extradition treaties will have a retroactive effect, which means, according to Senator
Miriam Defensor Santiago, "The treaties are applicable to offenses committed prior to the
entry into force of the treaties. This means that we can extradite the plunder criminals if they
flee to the UK, Spain, or India, even though the plunder was committed before the effectivity
of the extradition treaties." The treaties to the said three countries were ratified by President
Aquino III on December 6, 2013.
[48][50]
March 6: Delfin Lee, President of Globe Asiatique and one of the country's top five fugitives,
was captured outside a hotel in Malate, Manila and was later brought to Camp Crame in
Quezon City.
[51]
Lee faced syndicated estafa charges filed by Department of Justice (DOJ) for
the 6.6 billion pesos Globe Asiatique scam in 2009.
[52][53][54]
•March 8:
• The country sent naval assets and a search-and-rescue plane in the West Philippine
Sea after a Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 carrying 227 passengers and
12 crew members went missing. The last contact made with the aircraft was when it
was over the Gulf of Thailand.
[55]
• Chinese coast guard ships blocked two Philippine vessels from entering Ayungin
Shoal (known internationally as Second Thomas Shoal).
[56][57]
On March 11, the
Aquino government released an official statement and a diplomatic protest about
the incident, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), stating that the
Ayungin Shoal is part of the Philippines, and China's act was considered a clear and
urgent threat to the rights and interests of the country.
[58]
Furthermore, the civilian
vessels were only conducting rotation of personnel and resupply operations in the
said shoal.
[59][60]
In order to resupply the Filipino troops garrisoned in the grounded
BRP Sierra Madre in the said shoal, the Philippine Navy decided in providing air drop
supplies of food and water to the soldiers.
[61]
In a text message by Chinese Embassy
spokesman Zhang Hua to the media on March 12, she said, "The Chinese side does
not accept the protest by the Philippine side."
[62]
•March 10:
• The Senate, on third and final reading, passed Senate Bill no. 1733 or People's
Freedom of Information (FOI) Act of 2013 authored by Senator Grace Poe. All 21
senators present voted for the approval of the said bill.
[63]
Prior to the approval of
the bill on the final reading, the bill has been filed 44 times in 7 Congresses.
[64]
• American weekly news Time magazine named Makati City and Pasig City as the
"selfie capital of the world" with 258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people beating the
ranks of Manhattan, New York and Miami, Florida. Other Philippine cities in the top
100 were 9th-ranked Cebu City, and Iloilo City on the 72nd place.
[65][66]
• A total of 11 people, including 7 soldiers and 2 policemen, were killed in separate
clashes with New People's Army (NPA) rebels in Matanao, Davao del Sur.
[67][68]
•March 16: Cadet First Class Jheorge Millena Llona from Albay was named as the Valedictorian
of the Philippine Military Academy's (PMA) Siklab-Diwa Class of 2014 as President Aquino III led
the graduation rites at the PMA headquarters in Baguio City.
[69]
Controversial PMA Cadet First
Class Aldrin Jeff Cudia was not able to join the graduation rites due to violations of PMA Honor
Code.
[70]
•March 17: Former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Jose Taruc V
surrendered to the Philippine National Police – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group
(PNP–CIDG) in Greenhills, San Juan City. Taruc was one of the accused, together with former
President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, on the 336 million peso
plunder case filed by the Sandiganbayan in 2012 on the misuse of the agency's intelligence
funds.
[71]
•March 19: A forest fire, which affected an area of 50 hectares, struck near the crater of Mount
Banahaw in Sariaya, Quezon. Prior to the fire, it was reported that 20 people climbed the
mountain.
[72]
The day after, 13 pilgrims were rescued. It was suspected that the pilgrims
accidentally caused the fire after two of them went to the peak of the said volcano to lit
candles.
[73]
6 more pilgrims were rescued on March 22. As Mount Banahaw is a restricted forest
reserve, the latter group may face fines amounting to five to five hundred thousand pesos or
imprisonment up to 6 years.
[74]
•March 21: Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN 2), a submarine cable, was damaged causing
internet connectivity issues and affected Eastern Communications and Philippine Long Distance
Telephone Company (PLDT) subscribers. The said problem also affected other 9 Asia-Pacific
countries.
[75]
•March 22: Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Chairman Benito Tiamzon and wife Wilma
Tiamzon, who also sits as the secretary general of the New People's Army (NPA), and 5 more
others were arrested in Barangay Zaragosa, Aloguinsan, Cebu. The Tiamzon's had a standing
warrant of arrest orders for crimes against humanity which include murder, multiple murder, and
frustrated murder charges.
[76][77]
5 days after the arrest of the couple, last March 27, Andrea
Rosal, who was the daughter of former NPA spokesman "Ka Roger" Rosal (deceased) was
arrested in Caloocan City.
[78]
•March 24: The University of the Philippines Diliman's University Council formally voted the
approval to move the opening date of the classes from June to August in preparation for the
ASEAN integration in 2015. Baguio, Manila, Los Baños, Visayas, Cebu, Mindanao, and the Open
University campuses will also follow the new class opening date.
[79]
On March 28, the university's
Board of Regents approved the change on the Diliman campus' academic calendar.
[80]
•March 26: A southbound Manila Metro Rail Transit System(MRT-3) train made a sudden stop at
the Ayala MRT Station, injuring 8 people. Human error was cited as the cause of the train's
sudden halt.
[81]
•March 27: The five page Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) was signed in
Malacañan Palace grounds by the government's peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and
MILF negotiator Mohager Iqbal. The signing was also attended by a thousand people, including
President Aquino III, MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, Prime Minister Najib Razak of
Malaysia, and the Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process Teresita Deles.
[82]
The CAB
comprises the Bangsamoro Framework, including its annexes on Transitional Arrangements and
Modalities, Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing, Power Sharing, Normalization, and the
addendum on Bangsamoro Waters and Zones of Joint Cooperation.
[83]
March 29: A Philippine civilian vessel carrying supplies for eight soldiers stationed in BRP Sierra
Madre, a grounded ship turned military outpost, evaded a blockade by two Chinese Coast Guard
ships in Ayungin Shoal (known internationally as Second Thomas Shoal).
[84][85][86]
March 30:
The Philippines submitted its 10 volume memorial or written pleading on the territorial
feud against China in the West Philippines Sea to the International Tribunal for the Law of
the Sea (ITLOS).
[87][88]
A mall employee was injured after a group of robbers indiscriminately fired their
weapons inside a jewelry counter of SM Mall of Asia's department store in Pasay City.
One of the suspects was identified as a member of the notorious "Martilyo Gang" was
arrested inside the mall's premises.
[89]
April[edit]
•April 1: The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, chaired by Senator Teofisto Guingona III, announced
and recommended the filing of plunder and graft charges to Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy
Estrada, and Bong Revilla together with Janet Lim-Napoles over their involvement in the Priority
Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam. Other recommended to be charged were Gigi Reyes
(Enrile's former Chief of Staff), Pauline Labayen (Estrada's former appointments Secretary), Richard
Cambe (Revilla's political staff), former National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) President Alan
Javellana, and former Technology Resource Center (TRC) Director Antonio Ortiz. The committee
also pressed further investigation to other four involved members of the House of Representatives,
Janet Lim–Napoles' family and friends, and other involved government officials.
[90][91]
The Office of
the Ombudsman later announced that they will file plunder and graft charges to Lim–Napoles, and
to the three involved Senators.
[92][93]
•April 2: A Filipina resort employee and a Chinese tourist was kidnapped by seven armed members
of the Abu Sayyaf in Singamata Reef Resort, Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia.
[94]
•April 3: Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada signed letters of intent for petroleum companies
Chevron (Caltex), Pilipinas Shell and Petron to relocate their oil depots from Pandacan on or before
January 2016.
[95]
•April 4: Senators Ralph Recto, Lito Lapid and former congressmen Corazon Malanyaon of Davao
Oriental, Roberto Cajes and Eladio Jala of Bohol, Roger Mercado of Southern Leyte, Alipio Badelles
of Lanao del Norte, and Eileen Ermita-Buhain of Batangas have been implicated in the Nabcor fund
anomaly worth tens of millions of pesos.
[96]
•April 7: Daniele Bosio, an Italian diplomat to Turkmenistan, was detained and investigated for child
abuse after being found in company with three male street children. According to Justice Secretary
De Lima, Bosio cannot invoke a diplomatic immunity for the reason that he is not stationed in the
country.
[97]
April 8:
Former Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC)
Chairman Noli de Castro, currently the anchor of ABS-CBN's TV Patrol, attended the hearing
of the Senate Committee on Housing, Urban Planning and Resettlement on the P6.6 billion
housing scam of Delfin Lee's Globe Asiatique (GA). De Castro admitted not having a special
treatment to Lee on the arrangement between Pag-IBIG fund and GA.
[98]
SC uphold the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10354, also known as the Responsible
Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, except for eight provisions (including
Section 7, Section 17 and Section 23) which were partially or fully declared as
unconstitutional.
[99]
•April 9: The Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila was reopened to the public after a 2-year
structural retrofitting and rehabilitation due to cracks inside the structure. The project cost was 136
million pesos. President Aquino III, together with Senate President Franklin Drilon and Papal Nuncio
Giuseppe Pinto, attended the first mass after the reopening led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio
Cardinal Tagle.
[100]
•April 10:
• The Philippine aviation industry, through the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
(CAAP), was finally upgraded into "Category 1" status given by the U.S. Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) after CAAP successfully complied with international
safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
[101]
• Cebu Pacific's ban on flying their planes to any Europe destinations was lifted by the
European Union.
[102]
April 10–13: The first Pilipinas International Hot Air Balloon Festival was held at Brgy. Prado
Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga. More than 30 locally and internationally-made hot air balloons joined
the event.
[103]
April 11:
The Philippines and the U.S. reached an agreement on sharing local military bases with the
U.S. military forces during times of humanitarian and maritime operations.
[104]
20 government troops were injured in an encounter with the Abu Sayyaf Group in Tipo-
Tipo, Basilan.
[105]
April 14: 13 policemen, including Philippine National Police (PNP) Superintendent Hansel
Marantan, were relieved from their duties in connection with the January 2013 Atimonan rub-out
incident that killed suspected gambling leader Vic Siman, environmentalist Jun Lontok and 10
others.
[106]
April 15: The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a yellow alert status on the Luzon grid following
a series of temporarily shutdown of the Masinloc and Pagbilao power plants that decreased the
island's power reserves.
[107]
April 23: In a joint statement, the government delegations of the Philippines lead by Manila
Mayor Estrada and Hong Kong have agreed that the four demands of the 2010 Manila hostage
crisis' victims and their families were resolved. Visa sanctions for Philippine officials and diplomats
were also lifted by Hong Kong.
[108]
April 28: The Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) was re-opened to the public. Metro Manila
Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino led the reopening of the ferry system
at the Guadalupe terminal in Makati City. Riding the ferry was given for free to the public for two
weeks. PRFS was one of the solutions for the decongestion of Metro Manila's roadways.
[109][110]
April 28–29: United States President Barack Obama visited the country as part of his "four-nation
Asian tour." He visited President Aquino III and discussed with him several bilateral and defense
issues involving the two countries.
[111]
Hours ahead of the arrival of President Obama, the
Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) was signed by the U.S. and the Philippines.
The agreement grants the temporary use of the local military bases for the US forces.
[112][113]
April 30: The Philippine National Police (PNP) together with the Supreme Court, and the
Department of Justice (DOJ) launched the "e-subpoena system" that will speed up delivering and
transmitting subpoenas issued by the courts to the police stations.
[114]
April 30-May 2: PNP in cooperation with the International Criminal Police Organization
(INTERPOL) launched a simultaneous campaign called "Operation Strike Back" that lead in the
arrest of 58 suspects involve in internet sextortion syndicate in 4 key areas in Luzon (including
Bicol, Taguig, Bulacan and Laguna) in connection with the suicide attempt of 17-year old
Dunfermline teenager Daniel Perry due to webcam blackmail plot.
[115]
May
•May 2: The Office of the Ombudsman granted Ruby Tuason immunity from criminal prosecution
and her request to be a state witness in the PDAF scam case. Tuason also returned the 40 million
pesos, part of the earnings or kickbacks used in the PDAF transactions, to the National Treasury in
front of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.
[116]
•May 5–16: The 30th Balikatan joint-military exercises between the Philippines and United States
military forces commenced. More than 3,000 Filipino soldiers and 2,500 US military joined various
drills for the Balikatan which will center on humanitarian response, and maritime security and
defense.
[117][118]
May 6:
 Former Senator Francis Pangilinan took oath as the first Presidential Assistant for Food
Security and Agricultural Modernization, holding a cabinet rank position. Pangilinan will
oversee the operations of 4 agencies of the Department of Agriculture which has been
moved to the Office of the President: the National Food Authority, the National
Irrigation Administration, the Philippine Coconut Authority, and the Fertilizer and
Pesticide Authority.
[119]
• Even after undergoing a nose job, Abigail Pendulas, wife of Aman Futures Group owner
Manuel Amarillo who was involved in a pyramiding scam, was arrested by the Central
Luzon PNP in San Fernando City, Pampanga.
[120]
• A Chinese fishing boat carrying more than 11 crew and 500 turtles was seized by the
operatives of the PNP Maritime Police Patrol in Half-Moon Shoal (locally known as
Hasa-Hasa Shoal) at the Spratlys Group of Islands.
[121]
• Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya was charged with graft and corruption for
a P1.1-billion deal signed for automated ticketing systems. After a complaint was
launched by the National Federation of Filipino Consumers the Office of the
Ombudsman brought forth charges. The Contactless Automated Fare Collection System
was awarded through a competitive transaction process to an ineligible firm, AF
Consortium, and was in violation of Section 3 of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices
Act. Due to conflict of interest and an on-going case against the Government, AF
Consortium should have been disqualified by the transaction team.
[122]
The lead adviser
to the Government on this transaction was Rebel Group International BV of the
Netherlands.
[123]
May 7: An army colonel died while 31 people were hurt, and several buildings and vehicles were
damaged after a fire incident and series of explosions struck the Explosives and Ordnance
Disposal armory of the Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
[124]
May 8: The Ombudsman cleared former president and current Pampanga congresswoman Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo on her involvement on the P728 million fertilizer fund scam.
[125]
May 9: Citing personal reasons, Margie P. Juico, the chairman and former long-time board of
directors of PCSO tendered her resignation. Former Cavite Governor (then-former Cavite third
district congressman and defeated 2013 Cavite gubernatorial election candidate), Ayong Maliksi
will possibly replace Juico as the chairman. This after the agency announced the relocation of the
main office from PICC to Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.
[126]
May 10-11: President Aquino III, together with fellow Southeast Asian leaders, attended the 24th
ASEAN Summit held at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
The territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea was the center of this year's summit.
[127]
•May 12: Angat Damreached the critical level as the water level dropped to 179.72 meters
above sea level, relatively due to the effect of the dry season. Release of water for the
irrigation in farm areas of Bulacan and Pampanga were cut off.
[128]
•May 13: Lacson's Napoles list of involved politicians was released to the public.
[129]
On May 14,
whistleblower Benhur Luy's list was also released, with 25 senators included in the said list to
be involved with any Janet Napoles transactions.
[130]
•May 13-16: The PNP hosts the recently concluded 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Association of Chiefs of Police (ASEANAPOL) Conference held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza,
Pasay City. PNP Chief Alan Purisima together with 9 ASEAN chiefs of Police joined the meeting.
President Aquino III led the first day of the meeting where he said that the ASEAN will continue
to fight against transnational crimes.
[131]
•May 14: The Philippines protested to China's alleged construction activities in Johnson Reef
(known locally as Mabini Reef) of the disputed Spratlys Group of Islands.
[132]
•May 19: President Aquino III lead the opening day of the 2014 United Nations World Tourism
Organization (UNWTO) – ASEAN Conference on Tourism and Climate Change in Legaspi City,
Albay. Aquino III said he keeps focus on the tourist arrivals target of estimated 10 million tourist
before his term ends in 2016.
[133]
•May 21: Following the overspending of campaign funds for his running for the 2013 Laguna
gubernatorial elections, The COMELEC En Banc unseats Laguna Gov. E.R. Ejercito, in a
unanimous decision. Vice Governor Ramil Hernandez will take over the position of Ejercito.
[134]
•May 23: A first maritime boundary treaty for the Philippines, the Philippines and Indonesia
signed a maritime treaty that draws the boundary of the two countries' overlapping Exclusive
Economic Zone (EEZ) in Mindanao and Celebes seas. It took 20 years for both countries to set
the maritime boundary.
[135]
•May 26: Al Vitangcol III formally filed his resignation as the general manager of Metro Rail
Transit Authority due to P517-million maintenance contract that he given to a relative.
[136]
•May 27: President Aquino III inspected the Naval Forces West (NFW) Command Center naval
post near the West Philippine Sea in Puerto Princesa, Palawan as part of the 116th anniversary
of the Philippine Navy.
[137]
June[edit]
June 3: Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago decided to resign from her post as an elected judge
of the International Criminal Court (ICC) due to her illness, chronic fatigue syndrome.
[138]
June 6:
The "Tacloban Declaration" disaster risk reduction and management framework
agreement was launched during the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Conference on
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management held in the country.
[139]
President Aquino III signed an executive order declaring the "State of Emergency" over
Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Basilan due to infestation of coconut scale insects in
the coco plantations.
[140]
•June 8: In a rare event, Vietnam's and the Philippines' Navies played football, tug of war and
volleyball for the daylong sports and cultural festival held at the Southwest Cay Island in the
West Philippine Sea.
[141]
•June 9: Senator Ramón Bong Revilla, Jr. delivered his privilege speech at the Senate, entitled
"Salamat, Kaibigan". He said that his conscience was clear and he was ready to be arrested due to
plunder charges on the PDAF scam against him.
[142]
Two days later Senator Jinggoy Estrada
delivered his own privilege speech at the Senate. He said that he will he would go on a short leave
but promised to return to the Senate soon.
[143]
•June 11: Khair Mandos, The alleged financier of the Abu Sayaff group was arrested in a joint
operation of the police and military in Paranaque City.
[144]
•June 16:
• The newly renovated PNP custodial center in Camp Crame, which is serve as the
possible detention cell of 3 senators involved in PDAF Scam showed to the media
men.
[145]
• Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Juvenile Justice and
Welfare Council (JJWC) signed the amended Implementing Rules and Regulations of the
Juvenile Justice & Welfare Act of 2006.
[146]
•June 18: President Aquino III signed Republic Act No. 10638, the 50-year expansion of the
corporate life of the Philippine National Railways (PNR).
[147]
•June 19: Transport groups staged a transport strike against the implementation of the LTFRB's
higher penalties for colorumpublic utility vehicles. Hundreds of commuters, particularly in
Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City were stranded during the strike.
[148]
•June 20-23: Philippine Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada were surrendered to the
Sandiganbayan after the court issued a warrant for their arrest in relation to the PDAF scam.
[149][150]
June 26: The Sandiganbayan entered a not guilty plea for Senator Bong Revilla. after he refused to
enter one himself in the plunder case filed against him in connection with the alleged misuse of his
Priority Development Assistance Fund allocations or pork barrel funds.
[151]
June 27: Philippine authorities says that to alerting with both cities on Mindanao island especially
Davao City and Cagayan de Oro City because due to the terrorism threats especially an Al-Qaeda-
linked terrorist groups Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah bomb maker Abdul Basit Usman tries to
attack Davao City. In Davao City, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte talks on the phone with the Philippine
President Benigno S. Aquino III can also accept for the terrorism threat for the next happening for
the another bombing incident in Davao City.
[152]
June 28: Guillo Cesar Servando, a 19-year-old freshman College student of De La Salle-College of
Saint Benilde, was killed by hazing by the few members of Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity in a
condominium in Manila.
[153]
June 30: The Sandiganbayan entered a not guilty plea for Senator Jinggoy Estrada, after he refused
also to enter one himself in the plunder case filed against him in connection with the alleged
misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund allocations or pork barrel funds.
[154]
July
•July 1: The Supreme Court of the Philippines declared unconstitutional the "acts and practices"
under the Aquino administration's Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
[155]
•July 11: The Sandiganbayan Third Division entered a not guilty plea for Senator Juan Ponce Enrile
after he refused to plead during his arraignment for plunder.
[156]
•July 14: President Aquino III, in a televised public address said the government will appeal to the
Supreme Court over their decision on the DAP's partial unconstitutionality.
[157]
July 15-17:
Typhoon Glenda (International Name: Rammasun) left massive damage across Metro
Manila and near-by regions, fallen down trees, electric posts, and ripped out roofs of the
houses, classes in schools and work in government offices were suspended and airport,
train operations and stocks trading halted after the typhoon shutdown the Metro.
According to the NDRRMC, 97 persons were confirmed dead.
[158][159]
At least 90% of the total residents of Metro Manila lost power, as poles were knocked and
lines downed. The national grid corporation posted on Twitter, saying "Around 90% of
Meralco’s franchise area is experiencing power outage brought about by downed poles,
lines and outages of NGCP’s (National Grid Corporation of the Philippines) transmission
lines due to Typhoon Glenda."
[160]
July 18:
Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, former Northern Luzon commander was designated as the
newest AFP Chief of Staff in the turn-over ceremonies led by President Aquino III in Camp
Aguinaldo. Catapang's predecessor Lt. Gen. Emmanuel T. Bautista has retired from military
service.
[161]
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was attacked and crashed near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast,
Ukraine. 3 of its 283 passengers were Filipinos. No survivors were recorded in the
incident.
[162]
July 21:
The Philippine Arena was inaugurated in Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan. President
Aquino III and INC Executive Minister Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo led the inauguration of the
arena. With a capacity of up to 55,000, it is the largest indoor domed-arena in the world.
The Iglesia ni Cristo funded the project and the opening also coincides with the church's
centennial.
[163][164]
Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) filed the first valid impeachment
complaint against President Aquino III in connection with DAP.
[165]
July 22: Youth civic groups led by Youth Act Now filed an impeachment complaint against President
Aquino III.
[166]
July 23:
The Sandiganbayan summoned executives of banks to testify during the bail hearings of
Senator Bong Revilla.
[167]
Celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini, the Brains of the Philippine
Revolution.
[168]
July 24: A third impeachment complaint was filed against President Aquino III. This time, in
connection with the Philippine-United States Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement
(EDCA).
[169]
•July 27:
• Approximately 2 million members of the Iglesia ni Cristo joined the worship rites
held at the Philippine Arena for the centennial celebration of the religious sect. INC
also grabs 2 additional Guinness world records for the "World's Largest Mixed-Use
Theater" and "World's Largest Gospel Choir."
[170]
• The country's population has reached 100 million.
[171]
•July 28:
• President Aquino III delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Batasan
Pambansa.
[172]
• At least 21 people were killed when armed men opened fire at a convoy of civilians
in Talipao, Sulu who were travelling to a feast to mark the end of Ramadan.
[173]
August[edit]
•August 1:
• The Supreme Court of the Philippines has directed the Sandiganbayan to file its
comment on the petition of the former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, Atty.
Gigi Reyes, to be released from detention and her plunder and graft trials
halted.
[174]
• The Ombudsman of the Philippines has found probable cause to indict Senator Lito
Lapid and several others for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in
connection with the P728 million fertilizer fund scam.
[175]
•August 8: The Sandiganbayan denied with finality the appeal of detained Senator Juan Ponce
Enrile to dismiss the plunder case filed against him in connection with the pork barrel scam. The
anti-graft court’s Third Division said he failed to present new reasons for the court to reconsider
its earlier ruling finding probable cause to proceed with the case and issue warrant of arrest
against him.
[176]
•August 11: ACT-Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio led several teachers in submitting the
fourth impeachment complaint against President Benigno Aquino III over what they claimed as
the continuation of the pork barrel system in Congress.
[177]
•August 12: After 3 years of hiding, Retired General Jovito Palparan who was accused in the
case of disaappearance of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno in 2006 was
arrested in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
[178]
•August 13: A defective MRT train was out-of-control and crashed into a station's steel fence at
the MRT-Taft Station in Pasay City. More than 50 passengers and pedestrians in the intersection
were injured.
[179]
•August 18: Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son, Makati Mayor Junjun Binay face plunder
charges in the alleged overprice of a carpark building filed a supplemental petition reflecting a
bigger cost for the project.
[180]
•August 19: Seven students of Bulacan State University (BSU) died, including Former EB Babe
member Maiko Bartolome, in the incident of drowning while attending the field trip in Madlum
River in San Miguel, Bulacan.
[181]
•August 20:
• A civil society group filed three separate graft and plunder complaints against Senator
Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano. Lawyer Roderick Vera of
the group Philippine Association for the Advancement of Civil Liberties, Inc. charged
them with violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act before the Office of
the Ombudsman.
[182]
• Atty. Renato Bondal showed up on the Senate blue ribbon investigation on the
overpriced cost of construction of Makati City Hall Building II, a supposed parking
building worth P2.1M. Bondal also accused Binays over the overpriced birthday cakes
given to the senior citizens.
[183]
August 24: Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte confirmed that some of city's residents were
recruited by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
[184]
August 25: 5,000 were taken part on the signature drive during the protest in Luneta, Manila for
the 1st anniversary of the Million People March.
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September[edit]
September 2: Allies of President Aquino III in the House Justice Committee quashed the 3
impeachment complaints against him, finding them not sufficient in substance.
[186]
September 3:
Former presidential candidate Elly Pamatong, who was being linked to the foiled
bombing attempt at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), was arrested.
[187]
Sec. Sonny Coloma in the hearing for the 2015 PCOO Senate budget and GCG Adisclosed
that efforts to privatize IBC-13 will continue next year despite legal obstacles. Escudero
suggest to Congress to allocate subsidy for unpaid GSIS, SSS, PhilHealth contributions of
the network employees.
[188]
September 4: Senators criticized the exorbitant Makati City's P350-million allocation for the
transfer of its urban planning office and data center to the allegedly overpriced P2.7-billion
Makati City Hall Building 2.
[189]
The general contractor for the allegedly overpriced building
clarified that the company did not give then Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay or any other city
officials kickbacks.
[190]
September 5: Suspended Senator Juan Ponce Enrile entered a not guilty plea in the 15 counts of
graft against him in connection with the pork barrel scam.
[191]
September 8: DPWH initially setting plans for the demolition of Anda Circle in Manila and
converted into an intersection to ease traffic and congestion near the port area.
[192]
September 10:
President Aquino III lead the handover of the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law to the
Senate & House leaders in a historical turnover ceremony at the Malacaňang.
[193]
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago walked out from the Commission on Appointments
Foreign Affairs Committee hearing after Congressman Rodolfo Fariñas questioned her
authority to continue with the hearing without a quorum. He first asked if the hearing
was a public hearing or if it was a meeting of the Committee for proper recommending
the appointment of the official to the plenary.
[194]
Police Senior Inspector Allan Emlano of the Caloocan City police district and one of the
12 police were accused in the "hulidap" incident in Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA)
in Mandaluyong City on September 1 surrendered to the authorities in Quezon City.
[195]
•September 11: Five members of the La Loma police station in Quezon City who surrendered denied
they were involved in the same EDSA incident that was caught in a photograph that went viral in
social media.
[196]
•September 13:
• Mayor Joseph Estrada issued Executive Order 67, ordering the immediate lifting of the
truck ban in the city to give way to the efforts of the national government to address
port congestion, which was blamed for heavy traffic in Metro Manila.
[197]
• At least 29 people are missing after the ferry MV Maharlika II sinks off the Philippines
coast.
[198]
•September 14:
• At least 70 people are still missing after the ferry MV Maharlika II sinks off the
Philippines island of Leyte.
[199]
• Typhoon Luis hits the northeast Philippines with warnings of potential floods and
landslides.
[200]
•September 15: Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS) issued Alert Level 3
or "Quick Alert" for Mayon Volcano after it showed signs of relative signs of restlessness.
[201]
•September 18: Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered a 20-minute address to answer the
allegations of the overpriced P2.7-billion Makati City Hall Building 2. He said the charges of
corruption against him were “all lies” and testimony on them in the Senate would not stand up in
court.
[202]
September 19: 18 dead, 16 injured and 104,000 families were affected after heavy rains and floods
due to Tropical Storm Mario and the intensified southwest monsoon shuts down Metro Manila.
[203]
September 22: Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima faces graft,
plunder and indirect bribery complaints over an allegedly undervalued property and the renovation
of a multi-million residence at the general police headquarters in Camp Crame.
[204]
September 30: Senator Grace Poe quizzed Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan
Purisima’s purchase of a Land Cruiser for only P1.5 million. During the hearing of the Senate
committee on public order and dangerous drugs, Poe said a Land Cruiser normally costs P4 million
to P7 million.
[205]
October[edit]
October 1: President Aquino III recognizes the honor and courage of the Filipino Peacekeepers
deployed in Golan Heights in their visit to Malacanang.
[206]
October 2: Former DA Secretary and Bohol Congressman Arthur Yap along with former congressmen
Prospero Nograles of Davao City, Candido Pancrudo, Jr. of Bukidnon, and Thomas Dumpit Jr. of La
Union were slapped with criminal charges for the misuse of their Priority Development Assistance
Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel totaling P163.2 million.
[207]
Business and economy
The following are events related to Business and economic climate of the Philippines in 2014:
March 11:
Analysis from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas expects that the country could have another credit
rating upgrade earlier this year.
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Unemployment rate jumps to 7.5% in January compared to 7.1% data a year ago, according
to Philippine Statistics Authority.
[214]
March 12: Philippine exports rose to 9.3% in January, according to Philippine Statistics Authority.
[215]
March 17: World Bank revised the country's growth forecast to 6.6%, down from 6.7%.
[216]
March 26: Standard & Poor’s (S&P) raised the country's 2014 economic growth forecast to 6.6%
from 6.4%.
[217]
April 1: In the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) publication Asian Development Outlook 2014, the
bank cites that the economy will continue to grow 6.4% in 2014, and 6.7% in 2015.
[218]
April 3: The country's overall ranking in the World Economic Forum's Enabling Trade Index improved
from 72nd to 64th ranking. From saidthe index, the Philippines ranks fifth lagging behind its
Southeast Asian neighbors: Singapore (ranked 1st), Malaysia (ranked 25th), Thailand (ranked 57th),
and Indonesia (ranked 58th).
[219]
April 4:
Inflation declined to 3.9% in March, according to the National Statistics Office.
[220]
Moody's Investors Service cited local banks for their moves increasing capital structure
which made them comply the Basel III, a new global voluntary framework or standard for
banks.
[221]
April 9: International Monetary Fund (IMF) projected that the Philippine economy will grow to 6.5%
this year and in 2015. IMF also cited that the Philippines will be one of the few ASEAN economies
that will outperform other economies in the region.
[222]
April 10: The country hosted the ASEAN Economic Community forum, which aimed to discuss the
opportunities and advantages of the ASEAN integration in 2015.
[223]
April 21: Compagnie Française d'Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (COFACE) named the
Philippines as one of the 10 new emerging countries due to its high growth potential, favorable
business environment, good production prospects, and sufficient financing to support
expansion.
[224]
May 1: In an International Labor Organization (ILO) report, the Philippines was recorded to have the
highest unemployment rate among all ASEAN countries. As of 2013, the country recorded a 7.3%
unemployment rate.
[225]
May 8: S&P upgraded the Philippines' credit rating from "BBB-" to "BBB" with a stable outlook.
[226]
May 10: Merchandise exports grew up by 11.2% last March 2014 due to strong demands of major
commodities, according to the PSA.
[227]
May 21-23: For the first time, the Philippines hosted the World Economic Forum on East Asia. This
year's edition of the WEF on East Asia discussed key issues on the economy in Asian countries. The
3-day forum was held at the Makati Shangri-La in Makati City. Aside from the WEF, the country also
hosted the 10th ASEAN Finance Ministers' Investors Summit.
[228]
June 9: The Department of Agriculture (DA) started their investigation on the higher prices of garlic
in retail markets.
[229]
July 2: The Philippines signed a free-trade declaration with the ministers of the European Free Trade
Association (EFTA).
[230]
Health
The following are events related to health in the Philippines in 2014:
•January 4: A total of 21 kids of the 1,500 infected died of infection due to measles.
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Due to the increased number of
cases, DOH declares measles outbreaks in 9 cities in Metro Manila.
[232]
On February 12, the measles outbreak from the
country has spread to Canada, Australia, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
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By March 4, several other cases were
reported in the United States.
[235]
•February 20: Scientists from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has developed a wound dressing from
honey, a bee-byproduct that can heal wounds better than using antibiotics.
[236]
February 25: The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that the mysterious flesh-eating disease affecting two persons
in the province of Pangasinan was a hoax. DOH also clarified that the two individuals were in fact affected by leprosy,
and a severe case of psoriasis. The said disease was first reported on Bandila, a late night news program broadcast by
ABS-CBN, on February 24.
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The news created fear among the public. It also became a hot topic online as the
mysterious disease was said to be part of a prophecy by a self-titled Indian prophet Vincent Selvakumar of the Voice of
Jesus Ministries who visited the country last April 2013. Julius Babao, one of the anchors of the news program, later
clarified on February 25 that it was not their intention to ignite fear among the public. He further added, "It is not the
program's intention to scare the public but to report the information we gathered so that authorities would give
appropriate action."
[237]
On February 27, ABS-CBN issued an official statement that was broadcast on the same program
apologizing for the fear and panic caused by the report that was broadcast on February 24. The network also added that
their internal ombudsman office will look into the false report, and will take appropriate actions based on the findings of
the network's ombudsman.
[239]
On February 28, the provincial government of Pangasinan demanded for an apology
from ABS-CBN. The provincial government said that the false news report had greatly damaged the province's tourism
sector.
[240]
March 24: The government launched PhilHealth's "Alaga Ka para sa Maayos na Buhay" program, or known simply as
"Alaga Ka", that is estimated to provide 14.7 million indigent families access to primary health services.
[241]
March 28: In a report presented by DOH, cases of multidrug resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) increased to 10,000 cases
in Northern Mindanao.
[242]
April 3: DOH reported an increase of 486 HIV/AIDS cases in February, of which 82% were men who had sex with men
(MSM) cases. A total of 934 cases were reported this year.
[243]
April 7: DOH officials including Secretary Enrique Ona and Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag led the "Mosquito Dance" for
the prevention of mosquito-carrying diseases in part of the annual World Health Day and the founding anniversary of
the World Health Organization.
[244]
April 14: DFA officials confirmed that an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in the United Arab Emirates died of Middle East
respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) on April 10.
[245]
Five OFWs who have also acquired the virus are
undergoing quarantine procedures.
[246]
April 16: An OFW who returned from Al Ain City, United Arab Emirates was found positive of the MERS-CoV at the Ninoy
Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The said person was tested for the said virus in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but
immediately travelled to Manila. Doctors from UAE later contacted DOH confirming the condition of the OFW. The said
OFW, who was working as a nurse in the UAE, had contact with the Filipino paramedic who had died recently in the said
country. The OFW together with four of his family members who fetched him at the airport were quarantined.
[247][248]
In
a press release on April 19, DOH announced that the OFW who was found by UAE doctors positive of MERS-CoV was
found negative of the virus in an subsequent test by Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). Explaining further
with the test, Secretary Ona explained, "Since ten days had lapsed from the reported testing date at the UAE, our task
force right away got in touch with him and decided to perform a test on him, and fortunately, as well for the comfort of
everybody, the findings of our Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, he tested negative."
[249]
In the said press release,
DOH also announced that they are tracking all other 414 passengers of Etihad Airways Flight 424 (the flight the OFW
took from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Manila) in order to be tested.
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As of April 29, 400 passengers were already
contacted, of whom 371 were already tested and were found to be negative. The remaining 14 passengers have yet to
be contacted.
[251]
May 15: The Network to Stop Aids Philippines (NSAP) wants the DOH to stop the planned implementation of mandatory
HIV testing. NSAP says the testing would lead to discrimination against those who may be found infected with the
dreaded virus.
[252]
June 4-June 8: The National Kidney and Transplant Institute's hemodialysis center was temporarily shut down after
patients suffered chills when they used their dialysis machines. In June 9, the center partially opens. DOH continues to
investigate into the matter.
[253]
August 1: The DFA has issued the Alert Level 1 status in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the areas in West Africa who
has already declared an outbreak of the ebola virus. DOH tightened monitoring measures in key ports in the country.
[254]
SPORTS
For the full list of events related to Philippine sports in 2014, see 2014 in Philippine sports.
•February 7–23: Multi-sport: The Philippines competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The team consists
of one athlete in figure skating. The country competed at the Winter Olympics for the first time in 22 years and fourth
time overall.
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•February 13–14: Figure skating: On February 13, Michael Christian Martinez competed in the figure skating short
programevent at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia scoring 64.81 points making him advance to the free skate
program.
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By February 14, Martinez scored 119.44 points in the free skating program. He placed 19th place
overall with the score of 184.25 total points.
[309]
Martinez was the lone Filipino athlete competing in the Olympics,
[310]
and the first Southeast Asian to compete in the figure skating event.
[308]
•February 16: Cycling: Ronda Pilipinas International ended with Reimon Lapaza declared as the winner. Peter Pouly
ended as the runner-up, while Mark Galedo ranked third place.
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•February 21–22: Surfing: The first Asian Surfing Championship was held at the Urbiztondo beach in San Juan, La
Union.
[312]
•March 31: Boxing: Fil-Hawaiian boxer Brian Viloria won via unanimous decision on his comeback fight against Puerto
Rican boxer Juan Herrera at the Texas Station Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
[313]
•April 2: Volleyball: The Philippine Super Liga 1st player draft was held at the NBA Cafe, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City.
Former NU Lady Bulldogs star spiker Dindin Santiago was the 1st overall pick of the draft. Santiago will be played for
Petron. Graduating La Salle Lady Spikers team captain Abigail Maraño picked by AirAsia Zest, the newest franchise of
the league as the 2nd overall pick. AirAsia Zest will be headed by 16-year champion coach of La Salle, Ramil de Jesus.
[314]
•April 4–6: Basketball: The 2014 PBA All-Star Weekend was held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Rey Guevara of
Meralco Bolts and Justin Melton of San Mig Super Coffee Mixers tied as champions of the Slam-Dunk contest. Gilas
Pilipinas won their exhibition game against PBA All-Star Selection, 101-93. Gary David, currently played for Meralco
Bolts was the game's Most Valuable Player.
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•April 5–6: Motorsport: The Asian V8 Championship was held in Clark International Speedway.
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•April 6: Figure skating: Olympian figure skater Michael Martinez won the Triglav Trophy International Figure Skating
Tournament of the senior's division in Jesenice, Slovenia.
[319]
•April 7: Football: The Philippine girl's Street Child World Cup team placed second in the said sporting event. The team
was defeated by Brazil in the finals.
[320]
•April 8: Volleyball: The 8-day 2014 Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship in Manila officially started at the SM Mall
of Asia Arena.
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•April 12: Boxing: In a unanimous decision, Manny Pacquiao defeated Timothy Bradley in a boxing rematch held at the
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, United States. Being a championship match, Pacquiao also regained the
WBO Welterweight title against Bradley.
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•April 16: Volleyball:Vatin Varamin-Iran men's volleyball team defended their championship title in the 2014 Asian
Men's Club Volleyball Championship after they beaten Al-Rayyan Qatar in the championship match, 19-25, 25-17, 26-
24, 25-16. PLDT Home FIBR Power Pinoys ended in the 7th place.
[324]
•April 24: Cycling: The 4-day 5th Le Tour de Filipinas edition ended with Mark Galedo declared as the winner of the
bikeathon. Galedo was the 2nd Filipino to win in the competition.
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•May 4-10: Multi-sport: 2014 Palarong Pambansa, the 57th edition of the multi-sports competition for the youth
athletes was held at the Laguna Sports Complex, Sta. Cruz, Laguna; other sporting events were also held in Pila and Los
Baños. Laguna Governor E.R. Ejercito, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and prominent athletes led the opening
ceremonies at the second day of the games. It was followed by the unveiling of the 26-foot-tall statue of Jose Rizal as an
eskrima swordsman, the tallest monument of Rizal in the world.
[326]
Zeanne Faith Cabrera of the Calabarzon delegation
won the first gold medal of the competition after she ruled the girls javelin throw event,
[327]
Approximately more than
11,000 participants and 1,000 trainers, coaches and sports officials from 17 regions joined the event.
[328]
•August 24: Olympics: Luis Gabriel Moreno, grandson of German Moreno delivered the first medal for the Philippines in
the 2014 Youth Olympic Games held in Nanjing, China.
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•September 4: Basketball: Gilas Pilipinas claims their first win in the FIBA World Cup in four decades against Senegal in
overtime, 81-79. Filipino fans and Malacanang Palace congratulates Gilas after their successful end of their
campaign.
[330]
•September 8-9: Volleyball: 70 volleybelles attended the 2-day National Women's Volleyball tryout for the 2015
Southeast Asian Games at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
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