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.




  • January 1 – Despite of campaigns from the Department of Health, New Year Celebrations throughout the country left more than 1000 people injured and 4 people reportedly dead throughout the country. DOH considers this year as the "deadliest New Year Celebration" so far.
  • January 1 - On New Year's Day, despite the victim's of the fireworks, an 18-year old boy reported dead-on-arrival after he found that his cause of his death is the one suspect which he shot him using a what we called here sumpak.
  • January 6 - After they found out that they are the suspect which they involved in a teen-ager death case, 2 suspect finally surrender to the police together with Manila's Vice Mayor Isko Moreno. They explained that the cause of the problem is the victim which they have been killed in the middle of the celebration of The New Year.
  • January 7 – Another unexpected landslide happened in Compostela Valley, where more than 30 people are reportedly dead, and 50 still missing.
  • January 12 – A dump truck accident that happened on Taytay, Rizal where 5 people reported killed. On earlier reports it was reported that the dump truck had no breaks and suddenly it hits the police outpost in the said area.[1]
  • January 15 - the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) declared the Independence of Bangsamoro Land (Sulu, Mindanao, Palawan, Sabah) in Valencia Bukidnon.[2][unreliable source?]
  • January 16 – Impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona begins.




  • April 8–10 – The Philippine Navy spotted Chinese fishermen fishing on the disputed Scarborough Shoal and attempted to detain the fishermen on April 10 but was blocked by the Chinese maritime surveillance ship which led to a diplomatic standoff over the shoal and the further severance of Chinese ties with the Philippines.
  • April 23 - an Airphil Express flight to Tawi-Tawi from Zamboanga City was aborted as smoke emitted from the right turboprop engine of the plane. The plane was about to take off when pilots noticed the smoke prompting them to park and order around 50 passengers to disembark shortly after 7:00 in the morning.[5]


  • May 19 – Christians protest against Lady Gaga's Manila concert on the Born This Way Ball tour, claiming she sang "blasphemous songs" and played "anti-Christian music".
  • May 21 – Partial solar eclipse witnessed in the Philippines following an annular eclipse in parts of Asia, the Pacific Ocean and North America since the one happened on January 5, 1992.
  • May 24 - Filipino-Mexican-American singer Jessica Sanchez she as Runner-up in American Idol, saved by the judges from elimination named Phillip Phillips.
  • May 27 – Miss Philippines Earth 2012 was held at the Center Stage of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Stephany Stefanowitz of Quezon City won the pageant.
  • 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.


  • June 4 – Partial lunar eclipse was witnessed in the Philippines after sunset.
  • June 6 – The Venus transit of June 6, 2012 was the second and last of two Venus transits of the 21st century, it was witnessed by amateur astronomers and sky watchers throughout the country since the first transit happened on June 8, 2004.
  • June 23 – The Municipality of Bacoor in the province of Cavite becomes a component city.
  • June 30 – The Municipality of Imus in the province of Cavite becomes a component city.


  • July 22 - An small truck accident that happened in Biliran where 10 dead-on-the-spot while the 3 died in the hospital while 8 are injured.
  • July 23 – The State of the Nation Address happens in Batasan Pambansa following many protests against the SONA.


  • From late July into the first week of August, heavy rain brought on by Typhoons Saola and Haikui caused widespread flooding in many parts of the Philippines, which affected 2.4 million people. The capital Manila was the worst-affected. Many people fled their homes, and around 362,000 people sheltered in evacuation centres. As of August 8, the death toll was confirmed to be at least 53,[6][7] then a few days later, reports confirmed the death toll at 60.[8] As of August 13, confirmed deaths had risen to 89.[9]
  • August 4 - The Municipality of Cabuyao in the Province of Laguna becomes a component city.
  • August 11 - The Municipality of Ilagan in the Province of Isabela becomes a component city.
  • August 18 – A plane carrying four people – two pilots, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Jesse Robredo and his aide, crashed off the shore of Masbate Island en route to Robredo's hometown of Naga City from Cebu City. His aide survived the crash, however the Secretary and the two pilots did not survive. See: 2012 Philippine Piper Seneca crash
  • August 20 – Typhoon Tembin brought heavy rains to the northern Philippines, triggering more landslides and flashfloods.[10]
  • August 31 – A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the east of Samar Island, causing tsunami evacuations and power cuts.



  • October 4 – Two earthquakes, both measured at magnitude 5.3, struck the provinces of Davao Oriental and Occidental Mindoro.[12]
  • October 15 – The Philippine government signed a much-hyped 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."[13] with Bangsamoro replacing ARMM which was described by President Benigno Aquino III as "a failed experiment".[14]
  • October 21 – Pedro Calungsod was canonized in Vatican City. He is the 2nd Filipino saint.[15]
  • October 26 – Bicol Express train, bound for Ligao City was derailed a little past midnight in a flooded area of in Sariaya, Quezon, injuring eight of the 128 passengers rescued from the wreckage.[16]
  • October 28 — At least 7 people died and 42 were injured when a passenger bus hit a concrete fence in Cebu Province.[17]



  • December 4 – Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) caused widespread destruction on the island of Mindanao, leaving thousands of people homeless. The cyclone is said to be one of the deadliest storms ever to hit the Philippines in decades.[20][21] As of December 9, the death toll had climbed to 540, with 827 people still missing.[22]
  • December 21 – The Reproductive Health Bill was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino III.
  • December 21 – Philippine Representative Janine Tugonon Placed 1st Runner-Up, at the Miss Universe 2012 Pageant held in Las Vegas,US.

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."







  • 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 18: Linda Estrella, Filipina movie star from Sampaguita Pictures (born 1922)
  • February 19: Marvin Reglos, San Beda College law freshman (born 1986)
  • February 21: Benjamin Romualdez, Governor of Leyte and younger brother of Imelda Marcos, cancer (born 1930)
  • 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 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)
  • March 20: Rowell Cruz
  • April 5: Angelo Castro, Jr., former ABS-CBN anchor and journalist, cancer (born 1945)
  • April 6: Nita Javier, former LVN actress, cancer (born 1932)
  • May 20: Lito Balquiedra, Jr., radio personality, heart attack (born 1942)
  • June 26: Mario O'Hara, award-winning director, leukemia (born 1944)
  • July 8: Buboy Favor, executive producer of various GMA Network shows
  • 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 30: Marc Andrei Marcos, San Beda College law freshman (born 1990)
  • August 5: Ramon Igaña, Jr., cyclist
  • 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)
  • November 10: Geneviere Pascasio, rock musician and frontman of the band Grin Department, colon cancer (born 1970)
  • November 26: Pedro Bantigue y Natividad, Filipino Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of San Pablo (1967–1995), internal bleeding
  • November 26: Celso Advento Castillo, Filipino director and actor, cardiac arrest (born 1943)
  • December 14: Mohd Noor Fikrie Bin Abud Kahar, Malaysian-born terrorist group member, Jemaah Islamiyah, murder (born 1987)
  • December 31: James B. Reuter, American academician in the Philippines, theater writer, director and producer (born 1916)


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  4. ^ "Incident: Airphil Express A320 at Kalibo on Feb 13th 2012, overran runway". The Aviation Herald. February 16, 2012. 
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  23. ^ Pinoys ready for Paralympics Philippine Sports Central, News Flash Retrieved 08/23/12
  24. ^ PWD athletes largest Ph delegation to London Paralympics Sports Central Retrieved 07/26/12
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