2012 in the Philippines

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2012 in the Philippines details events of note that happened in the Philippines in the year 2012.


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 Aquino III
Benigno S.
Aquino III
Vice-President Jejomar Binay
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile
Juan Ponce
House Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr.
Feliciano R.
Belmonte, Jr.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno
Maria Lourdes



  • January 7 – A landslide happened in Compostela Valley, where more than 30 people are reportedly dead, and 50 still missing.[1]
  • January 15 – the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) declared the Independence of Bangsamoro Land (Sulu, Mindanao, Palawan, Sabah) in Valencia Bukidnon.[2]
Supreme Court building, with tarpaulins expressing support for Chief Justice Renato Corona.




  • May 29 – Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona was voted 20–3, guilty and convicted at the conclusion of the Impeachment Trial and was removed from the office.[10]



North Luzon Expressway during the heavy rains



  • October 15 – The Philippine government signed a document touted as the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, which culminates the Aquino Administration's effort to end the deadlock in the peace process. This new document, while merely providing for a general framework for the actual peace negotiations, announces that "the status quo is unacceptable and that the Bangsamoro shall be established to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The Bangsamoro is the new autonomous political entity (NPE) referred to in the Decision Points of Principles as of April 2012." According to President Aquino, this was the agreement that "can finally seal genuine, lasting peace in Mindanao."[21] with Bangsamoro replacing ARMM which was described by President Benigno Aquino III as "a failed experiment".[22]
  • October 21Pedro Calungsod was canonized in the Vatican City. He is the 2nd Filipino saint.[23]



Animated enhanced infrared satellite loop of Typhoon Bopha from peak intensity to landfall in the Philippines

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]

For the events related to Philippine television in 2012, see 2012 in Philippine television; for films, see List of Philippine films of 2012.




  • January 5: Christopher Guarin, Filipino journalist, gunshot wound. (born 1970)
  • January 9: Salvador A. Rodolfo, Sr., Filipino war hero, leukemia. (born 1919)
  • January 26: Iggy Arroyo, former Congressman of Negros Occidental and younger brother of former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, liver cirrhosis (born 1951)
  • January 29: Maan Panganiban, former courtside reporter turn News5 reporter, lymphoma (born 1986)
  • February 3: Karlo Maquinto, former flyweight division, comatose/blot clot (born 1990)
  • February 4: Soledad Duterte, Filipina teacher and activist, mother of the 16th President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte (born 1916)
  • February 18: Linda Estrella, Filipina movie star from Sampaguita Pictures (born 1922)
  • February 29: Horacio Morales, Secretary of Agrarian Reform from 1998 to 2001, heart attack (born 1943)
  • March 2: Isagani Yambot, veteran Philippine newsman and publisher of Philippine Daily Inquirer, heart attack (born 1934)
  • March 9: Jose Tomas Sanchez, Roman Catholic Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Clergy and Cardinal Priest from the Philippines, multiple organ failure (born 1920)
  • March 11: Arnold Vicencio, former Malabon Vice Mayor (born 1971)
  • March 11: Azucena Grajo Uranza, Filipino novelist, short story writer, and playwright in the English language. (born 1929)
  • March 13: Karl Roy, singer (Kapatid, P.O.T.), cardiac arrest (born 1968)
  • March 13: Bodjie Dasig, singer, cancer (born 1964)
  • March 15: Luis Gonzales, Filipino movie star from Sampaguita Pictures, pneumonia (born 1928)
  • April 5: Angelo Castro, Jr., former ABS-CBN anchor and journalist, cancer (born 1945)[33]
  • April 6: Nita Javier, former LVN actress, cancer (born 1932)
  • May 11: Alma Bella, Filipino actress.(born 1910)
  • May 11: Tony DeZuniga, Filipino comic book artist and co-creator of Jonah Hex and Black Orchid, complications from stroke. (born 1932)
  • May 15: Edgardo M. Reyes, Filipino novelist and writers. (born 1936)
  • May 20: Lito Balquiedra, Jr., radio personality, heart attack (born 1942)
  • June 21: Tony Espejo, Theater director (born 1948)
  • June 26: Mario O'Hara, award-winning director, leukemia (born 1944)
  • June 29: Perla Dizon Santos-Ocampo, Filipino scientist and pediatrician (born 1931)
  • July 8: Buboy Favor, executive producer of various GMA Network shows (born 1964)
  • July 10: Dolphy, actor and comedian dubbed the "King of Comedy", chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and multiple organ failure (born 1928)
  • July 13: Maita Gomez, Filipina beauty queen and activist, Miss Philippines–World (1967), heart attack (born 1947)
  • July 15: Eloisa Cruz Canlas a.k.a. Lola Sela Bungangera, Radio drama queen (born 1945)
  • August 5: Ramon Igaña, Jr., cyclist (born 1968)
  • August 18: Jesse Robredo, Department of the Interior and Local Government secretary, plane crash (born 1958)
  • August 24: Ike Jarlego, film editor and director (born 1944)
  • September 3: Tito Oreta, Malabon City Mayor (born 1938)
  • September 5: Eddie Apostol, broadcast journalist, DXND AM Cotabato City (born 1957)
  • September 25: Jun Bote Bautista, news broadcaster and journalist (born 1939)
  • September 30: Butch Maniego, sportscaster and executive director of the PBA D-League (born 1962)
  • October 8: Marilou Diaz-Abaya, multi-awarded film director, breast cancer (born 1955)
  • November 6: Julie Ann Rodelas, talent and model of ABS-CBN, murder (born 1992)[34]
  • November 8: Julius Cauzo, broadcast journalist, DWJJ Cabanatuan City (born 1961)
  • November 10: Geneviere Pascasio, rock musician and frontman of the band Grin Department, colon cancer (born 1970)
  • November 14: Enrique Beech, Olympic sport shooter.(born 1920)
  • November 20: Pedro Bantigue y Natividad, Filipino Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of San Pablo (1967–1995), internal bleeding (born 1920)
  • November 26: Celso Advento Castillo, Filipino director and actor, cardiac arrest (born 1943)
  • November 27: Jackie Regala Katigbak, Journalists and concert producer (born 1961)
  • December 14: Mohd Noor Fikrie Bin Abd Kahar, Malaysian-born terrorist group member, Jemaah Islamiyah, murder (born 1986)
  • December 23: Jerusalino Araos, Filipino sculptor, heart attack.(born 1944)
  • December 24: Carolina Griño-Aquino, Filipino judge, Supreme Court (1988–1993) and Court of Appeals.(born 1923)
  • December 25: Erico Aumentado, Filipino politician, member of the House of Representatives for Bohol (since 2010), pneumonia.(born 1940)
  • December 31: James B. Reuter, American academician in the Philippines, theater writer, director and producer (born 1916)[35]


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  2. ^ People Signing of Declaration of Mindanao Independence
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