2008 in the Philippines

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Philippines 2008 in the Philippines

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2008 in the Philippines details events of note that happened in the Philippines in the year 2008.








  • May 27 – The Manila Electric Company held its tension-filled annual stockholders meeting, which lasted for more than 13 hours, making it the longest stockholders' meeting in Philippine corporate history. The head of the state pension fund Government Service Insurance System Winston Garcia filed a motion to the Securities and Exchange Commission to suspend the stockholders' meeting after it questioned the proxy votes in favor of the Lopez family. The MERALCO board proceeded with the company's stockholders' meeting, defying a cease and desist order issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission after it questioned the authenticity of the injunction order. After the rally and resistance of the stockholders against the bloc of Winston Garcia, the Lopez family retained control of MERALCO. The stockholders awarded five board seats to its representatives and only four seats to the representatives of the government. It took independent auditor SGV and Co. seven hours to come out with the results of the voting.[20]


  • June 819Ces Oreña-Drilon, news anchor of ABS-CBN's late night television program Bandila, together with her crew and a Mindanao university professor, was initially reported to have been kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in Maimbung, Sulu, by the rebel group Abu Sayyaf in June 8. On June 12, Angelo Valderama, the assistant cameraman from Drilon's crew, was released. The abductors named Indanan, Sulu mayor Alvarez S. Isnaji as their emissary. On June 16, Abu Sayyaf issued an ultimatum. The rebel group demanded for ransom amounting to P15 million by noontime of June 17, in exchange for the release of Drilon, Encarnacion and Dinampo The deadline was extended and the hostages were freed before midnight of June 18. On June 18 Ces Drilon and her crew were taken to Jolo, Sulu. Afterwards, they were brought by the Philippine army to Zamboanga city for a press conference. Philippine Senator Loren Legarda joined the released hostages and was reported to be the negotiator to the Abu Sayyaf. Legarda and the released hostages flew afterwards to Manila for another press conferences, and were brought to The Medical City afterwards for medication. PNP declared the Isnajis as suspects in the kidnapping of Drilon, her crew, and Dinampo in June 19.
  • June 2021 – The ship MV Princess of the Stars, owned by Sulpicio Lines that carried 626 passengers and 121 crew members, stalled in rough seas near Sibuyan Island in the central Philippines. The ship left Manila Saturday morning. Typhoon Frank caused the ship to sink, though it was previously reported that the ship experienced engine failure.[21]



  • November 19 – The House Committee on Public Order and Safety launched its own investigation into the "euro generals". Nueva Ecija Representative Rodolfo Antonino, panel chairman, said that the panel has sent out invitations to all police officers who went to Russia, retired national Police comptroller Eliseo de la Paz and Local Governments Secretary Ronaldo Puno. Also invited were Budget and Management Secretary Rolando Andaya and a senior representative from the Commission on Audit.[23] The panel is also reviewing reports of the Philippine National Police and the Napolcom.[24]

National holidays[edit]

Holidays in italics are "special days", while those in regular type are "regular holidays".

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


Entertainment and culture[edit]





  1. ^ Until 4 February 2008
  2. ^ Beginning 5 February 2008
  3. ^ Augusto B. Santos (31 January 2008). "STATEMENT OF SECRETARY AUGUSTO B. SANTOS ON THE RELEASE OF THE FY 2007 NATIONAL INCOME ACCOUNTS - 31 JANUARY 2008". National Economic and Development Authority. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  4. ^ Cheryl Arcibal (2008-01-31). "Economy soars 7.3% in '07, fastest growth in 31 years". GMANews.TV. GMA Network. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Maila Ager (5 February 2008). "Nograles is new House Speaker". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  6. ^ "De Venecia declares 'war' against Arroyo". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 2008-02-04. Archived from the original on 7 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-05.
  7. ^ Efren Danao; Agence France-Presse (2008-02-09). "Bribes the 'norm' in system: Lozada confirms P200-M bribe to Neri". Manila Times. Archived from the original on 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-02-09.
  8. ^ Veronica Uy (8 February 2008). "Lozada links First Gentleman, Abalos to NBN deal". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 8 February 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2008.
  9. ^ Jay B. Rempillo (2008-02-15). "SC Nullifies Government Warning Against Airing of 'Hello Garci' Tapes". Supreme Court of the Philippines. Retrieved 2008-03-19.[dead link]
  10. ^ Maila Ager (6 March 2008). "Solons seek probe of Spratlys deal with China". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2008.
  11. ^ Alcuin Papa; Tarra Quismundo (14 March 2008). "US, Australian agents to grill 3 suspected terrorists". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 20 March 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2008.
  12. ^ "Imelda Marcos Acquitted, Again". New York Times. 2008-03-11. Archived from the original on January 23, 2014. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
  13. ^ Pete Yost, Associated Press (2008-03-17). "Victims Battle Over Marcos' Money". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
  14. ^ "Cory Aquino has colon cancer--family". ABS-CBN News Online. 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2008-03-24.[dead link]
  15. ^ Rey E. Requejo; Fel V. Maragay; Joyce Pangco Pañares (2008-03-26). "High court upholds Palace position on Senate hearings". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  16. ^ Jim Gomez, Associated Press (2008-04-01). "Philippines: No Kidneys for Foreigners?". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  17. ^ Christine Avendaño (8 April 2008). "Rice import quotas lifted". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 17 April 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  18. ^ "Philippines Police Seize Bomb Materials". New York Times. Associated Press. 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-04-10.[dead link]
  19. ^ Carlos H. Conde (2008-04-09). "9 Officers Sentenced in Philippine Coup Plot". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  20. ^ Patricia De Leon (2008-05-27). "Lopez family retains control of Meralco after 13-hour meeting". GMANews.TV. GMA Network. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  21. ^ "Philippine ferry carrying over 800 sinking in storm: officials". Yahoo! News. 2008-06-22. Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-06-22.
  22. ^ Arguillas, C. (2008), SC affirms Oct. 14 ruling on "unconstitutional" MOA-AD, Mindanews
  23. ^ "House to probe 'euro generals' scandal, too". ABS-CBN News. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  24. ^ Martin, Sammy (2008-11-14). "House to push probe on 'euro generals'". The Manila Times. Archived from the original on 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  25. ^ "Pacquiao takes WBC title from Marquez". GMANews.TV. 2008-03-16. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
  26. ^ "Pacquiao KOs Diaz in 9th round for 4th world title". GMANews.TV. 2008-06-29. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2008-06-30.