2014 in the Philippines

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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.


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
Benigno S.
Aquino III
Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay, Sr.
Jejomar C.
Binay, Sr.
Senate President Franklin M. Drilon
Franklin M.
House Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr.
Feliciano R.
Belmonte, Jr.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno
Maria Lourdes
P.A. Sereno


* – 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]



A Black Nazarene procession.
  • January 1023: 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 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]
The bus of the 2010 Manila hostage crisis.


  • 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 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]
The Supreme Court of the Philippines is the highest court in the Philippines.
  • 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]
A Landsat 7 image of Panatag Shoal.
  • 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]


Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, the author of Senate Resolution Nos. 535 (Extradition treaty with United Kingdom), 536 (with India), and 537 (with Spain).[48]
  • 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 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 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]
Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines, was the venue of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
  • 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 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]
The Manila Cathedral.
United States President Barack Obama was the eighth US President and the first in a decade to visit the Philippines.
  • April 1013: 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 2829: 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 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 516: 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]
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) main office.
  • 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]
Angat Dam, one of Luzon's dams with short water reserves due to the 2014 dry season.
  • May 12: Angat Dam reached 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 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 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]
Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla after the Revilla's speech
  • 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 19: Transport groups staged a transport strike against the implementation of the LTFRB's higher penalties for colorum public utility vehicles. Hundreds of commuters, particularly in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City were stranded during the strike.[148]


  • 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]
Typhoon Rammasun making landfall in the Philippines on July 15.
  • 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]
Philippine Arena in Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan.
  • July 22: Youth civic groups led by Youth Act Now filed an impeachment complaint against President Aquino III.[166]
  • 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).[168]
  • 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."[169]
    • The country's population has reached 100 million.[170]
  • July 28:
    • President Aquino III delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Batasan Pambansa.[171]
    • 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.[172]


  • 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.[175]
  • 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.[176]
  • 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.[177]
  • 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.[178]
  • 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.[179]
  • 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.[181]
    • 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.[182]
The Million People March held on August 22–26, 2013.


  • 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.[185]
  • 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.[187] 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.[188]
  • 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.[190]
  • 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.[191]
    • 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.[192]
    • 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.[193]
  • 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.[194]
  • 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.[195]
    • *At least 29 people are missing after the ferry MV Maharlika II sinks off the Philippines coast.[196]
  • September 19: 2 dead, 104,000 families were affected after heavy rains and floods due to Typhoon Mario and the intensified southwest monsoon shuts down Metro Manila.

National holidays[edit]

The 2014 Chinese New Year was the first time that the event was declared as a national holiday.

In late September 2013, the government had already announced at least 18 Philippine holidays for 2014 as declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 655, series of 2013.[200][201][202] Note that in the list, holidays in italics are "special non-working holidays," those in bold are "regular holidays," and those in non-italics and non-bold are "special holidays for schools."

In addition, several other places observe local holidays, such as the foundation of their town. These are also "special days."

Business and economy[edit]

The following are events related to Business and economic climate of the Philippines in 2014:

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is the central bank of the Philippines.
  • March 11:
    • Analysis from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas expects that the country could have another credit rating upgrade earlier this year.[203][204]
    • Unemployment rate jumps to 7.5% in January compared to 7.1% data a year ago, according to Philippine Statistics Authority.[205]
  • March 12: Philippine exports rose to 9.3% in January, according to Philippine Statistics Authority.[206]
  • March 17: World Bank revised the country's growth forecast to 6.6%, down from 6.7%.[207]
The Asian Development Bank headquarters in Mandaluyong City.
  • 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.[209]
  • 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).[210]
  • 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.[213]
  • 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.[216]
  • May 8: S&P upgraded the Philippines' credit rating from "BBB-" to "BBB" with a stable outlook.[217]
  • May 10: Merchandise exports grew up by 11.2% last March 2014 due to strong demands of major commodities, according to the PSA.[218]
  • 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.[219]
  • June 9: The Department of Agriculture (DA) started their investigation on the higher prices of garlic in retail markets.[220]


The following are events related to health in the Philippines in 2014:

The photo above is a similar case of Psoriasis that caused panic in Pangasinan after it was identified as a flesh-eating disease. It was later announced as a hoax.
  • 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.[228][229] 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."[228] 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.[230] 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.[231]
  • 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.[232]
  • 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.[235]
  • 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.[238][239] 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."[240] 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.[240][241] 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.[242]
  • 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.[243]
  • 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.[244]
  • 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.[245]



For the events related to Philippine television in 2014, see 2014 in Philippine television.
University of Santo Tomas, the organizer of the yearly USTv Students' Choice Awards.
  • March 21: 2013 Golden Screen TV Awards, organized by the Entertainment Press Society, was held at Teatrino at the Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City.[253]
  • June 2: ATC @ IBC primetime block started airing with Hi-5 as the first program.[256]



For the events related to Philippine radio in 2014, see 2014 in Philippine radio.

The following are events related to Philippine Radio in 2014:

  • March 17: After 14 years on air as an easy-listening station, 97.9 Natural (formerly Home Radio) and its provincial stations undergo reformatting again to a Hot AC-Top 40 hybrid station. Marco Avocado was the first DJ on board.[citation needed]
  • March 18: The triumvirate of Ian Mark Corales, Drianne Paul Saberon, and Nina Claire Rivaca from Cebu and the duos Febra Sagarino and Rueda Haictin from Dipolog and Maretchen Vasquez and Esther Martinez from Surigao were the winners of the first Boses: Tinig Pinoy singing competition organized by RPN-Radyo Ronda. The finals was held at the SM Aura Premier, Taguig City.[263]
  • April 29: DZRH and Monster Radio 93.1 both won the Best AM and FM station awards for Metro Manila at the recently concluded 22nd KBP Golden Dove Awards. Veteran radio anchor of DZRH and Radyo Agila/Net 25 and former AGHAM party-list congressman Angelo Palmones was this year's recipient of the Ka Doroy Valencia Brodkaster of the Year.[254]
  • May 4: DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 organized the 5K colored fun run called "Tulong Na, Tabang Na, Tayo Na, Takbo Na" at the Bonifacio Global City. Anchors and reporters of the said radio station, DJs from MOR 101.9, and several ABS-CBN talents joined more than 3,500 runners who took part at the fun run. Philippine Army's Jujiet De Asis and Philippine Air Force's Miscelle Gilbuena dominated the male and female categories of the fun run. The proceeds of the event will benefit the victims of Typhoon Yolanda and the radio station's scholars.[266]
  • June 9: Radyo PBA, the live radio coverage of the PBA games aired over DZSR Sports Radio 918 kHz and selected Radyo ng Bayan AM stations will also start to hook-up through Radyo5 News FM stations across the country.[268]




For Filipino films released in 2014, see List of Filipino films in 2014.

The following are events related to Philippine Cinema in 2014:

  • February 9: "Quick Change", directed by Eduardo Roy Jr., won the Critic Jury’s Prize at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in France.[271] It also competed on March 29 to April 5 in the 28th Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland.[272]
  • February 17: "Rekorder" by Mikhail Red won the Special Jury Prize and the Best Music at the 31st Annonay International First Film Festival held in France.[273]
  • March 49: "Nuwebe", directed by Joseph Israel Laban, won an honorable mention for best Director for a Narrative Feature in Queens World Film Festival held in New York City, United States.[274]
  • March 9: The 30th Star Awards for Movies, organized by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC), was held in Solaire Grand Ballroom, Parañaque City.[275]
  • April 5: "On The Job", "Alagwa", and "Ang Kwento ni Mabuti" were named as the "pinakapasadong pelikula" (highly passed films) at the 16th PASADO Gawad Sining Sine organized by the Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro. It was held at the Far Eastern University Auditorium.[277]
  • April 13: "Debosyon", one of the entries of 2013 Cinemalaya was recognized by the ReelWorld Film Festival as the "Honorable Mention–Outstanding International Feature" at the conclusion of the festival held in Toronto, Canada.[278]
  • April 11May 4: Six Filipino full length films was screened in the 4th Southeast Asian Film Festival held at the Singapore Art Museum in Singapore.[279]
  • May 3: Independent film "Mga Kwentong Barbero", directed by Jun Lana and starred by Eugene Domingo, won the 3rd place Audience Award at the 2014 Udine Far East Film Festival, held in Udine, Italy.[280]
  • May 111: Five Filipino full length films (consists of "Debosyon" by Alvin Yapan, "Kabisera" by Borgy Torre, "Shift" by Siege Ledesma, "Blue Bustamante" by Miko Livelo, and "Rekorder" by Mikhail Red) was featured at the 30th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.[281]
  • May 10: Due to her contributions to the growth of Paoay, Ilocos Norte which is the shooting location of award-winning film "Himala", the town unveiled the monument in honor of actress Nora Aunor, the lead star of the said movie.[282]
  • May 18: Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz (It's Take A Man and A Woman) was awarded as the Box Office King & Queen of the 2014 Box Office Entertainment Awards. Vic Sotto (My Little Bossings) & Vice Ganda (Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy) was proclaimed as the Phenomenal Stars of this year's awarding.[255]
  • June 17: Independent film actress Angeli Bayani beaten Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos and awarded as the Best Actress for the film Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan in the 37th Gawad Urian Award held at the Dolphy Theater, ABS-CBN, Quezon City. Joel Torre won the Best Actor, while Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan was named as the Best Picture.[283]
  • June 27-30: The 2014 International Film Expo, the biggest film expo in Southeast Asia, was held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
  • July 20: "Mga Kuwentong Barbero", directed by Jun Robles Lana, is nominated for best foreign film at the 3rd Madrid International Film Festival in Madrid, Spain. It is also nominated for best director of a foreign film (for Lana), best actress of a foreign film (for Eugene Domingo), and best producer of a feature film (Ferdinand Lapuz).[284]
  • August 10: Nora Aunor, Eula Valdez, Dante Rivero and Robert Arevalo won the top acting awards in the 10th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. Aunor ("Hustisya") was named Best Actress in the Directors Showcase category while Valdez ("Dagitab") was chosen as Best Actress in the New Breed category. Meanwhile, Arevalo ("Hari ng Tondo") bagged the Best Actor trophy in the Directors Showcase category and Rivero ("1st ko Si 3rd") emerged as the Best Actor in the New Breed category. Bwaya emerged as the Best Film in the New Breed category and Kasal emerged as the Best Film in the Directors Showcase category.[285]



For notable events related to the Philippine music scene in 2014, see 2014 in Philippine music.
  • July 11: 1st MOR Pinoy Music Awards, to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, coincide with the first anniversary of MOR 101.9 For Life!.[288]


Theater, culture, and the arts[edit]

  • April 24-26: 2014 Aliwan Fiesta was held at Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Lumad Basakanon representing the Sinulog Festival of Cebu hailed as the streetdance champion of this year's fiesta. Steffi Aberasturi from Cebu crowned as the Reyna ng Aliwan 2014, the sixth straight time a Cebuana won the pageant.[290]
  • May 1: Young actor Enchong Dee named as the ambassador of the National Commission for Culture & Arts for the celebration of the National Heritage Month.[291]
  • May 27: Makati City was celebrated their 344th founding anniversary with a Cultural Presentation of the Makateños grand parade at the city's business district. The Grand Parade was featured several fiesta held in the country, including the Sinulog, Dinagyang, Ati-Atihan, Kadayawan, Maskara and Caracol festivals.[293]
  • June 20-August 31: After their successful first run, Philippine Educational Theater Association's theater play "Rak of Aegis" based on the songs rendered by the Aegis band was started their second run held at the PETA Phinma Theater, Quezon City. Aicelle Santos, Robert Seña, Isay Alvarez and Arnell Ignacio led the cast of the hit theater play.[294]
  • June 17-22: Theater play "Stomp", last seen in the country in 2011 was re-shown in Manila for the second time at the CCP Complex, Pasay City.[295]
  • June 20: President Aquino III has named six newly proclaimed National Artists, they are Alice Reyes (for Dance), Francisco Coching (for Visual Arts), Cirilo Bautista (for Literature), Francisco Feliciano (for Music), Ramon Santos (for Music) and Jose Maria Zaragoza (for Architecture, Design and Allied Arts).[296]


Michael Christian Martinez, the first Southeast Asian and Filipino figure skater to take part in the Winter Olympics.
Manny Pacquiao is the only boxer who had held eight titles during his professional boxing career.
For the full list of events related to Philippine sports in 2014, see 2014 in Philippine sports.
  • 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.[302]
  • 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.[305]
  • 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.[310]
  • 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.[311]
  • 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.[315]
  • 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.[316]
  • 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.[317] Zeanne Faith Cabrera of the Calabarzon delegation won the first gold medal of the competition after she ruled the girls javelin throw event,[318] Approximately more than 11,000 participants and 1,000 trainers, coaches and sports officials from 17 regions joined the event.[319]
  • 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.[321]
  • 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.[322]


Epimaco Velasco, former NBI Director, and former Governor of Cavite.

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