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2016 in the Philippines details events that occurred in the Philippines in the year 2016.

Incumbents[edit]

President Rodrigo R. Duterte
Rodrigo R.
Duterte
Vice-President Leni Robredo
Leni G.
Robredo
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III
Aquilino
M. Pimentel III
House Speaker Pantaleon Álvarez
Pantaleon
D. Álvarez
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno
Maria Lourdes
P.A. Sereno

Events[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 4 – The Sandiganbayan Special Second Division orders Alfonso Lim Sr., a crony of the late president Ferdinand Marcos, to return to the government all properties he acquired.[1]
  • January 7 – The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division denies the bail petition of Senator Jinggoy Estrada in connection with his alleged involvement in the PDAF scam.[2]
A satellite captured image of the Kagitingan Reef, internationally known as Fiery Cross Reef.

February[edit]

Senator Antonio F. Trillanes.
  • February 1 – The Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 142 issues a warrant of arrest against Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Antonio Trillanes IV over the libel case filed by disqualified Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, Jr..[20] On February 9, Trillanes posted bail.[21]
  • February 3 – The COMELEC 1st Division denied all the disqualification cases against PDP–Laban presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.[22]
  • February 5
    • The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) files the usurpation case against former PNP Chief Alan Purisima due to usurping his role in his involvement in the Mamasapano clash.[23]
    • Maguindanao suffers from the effects of the 2014–2016 El Niño, destroying rice and corn crops on the drought caused, and the provincial government declares a state of calamity in response to residents experiencing food shortage.[24]
  • February 9 – The AFP and PNP operatives arrest Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) top leader Hassan Indal a.k.a. Abu Hazam in a joint operation in Cotabato City.[25]
  • February 10 – The National Mapping and Resource Information Authority announces that it has documented more than 400 additional islands, mostly in the Mindanao group, using the Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar. The islands were previously thought to be part of a bigger island.[26] The previous official count was 7,107 by the Gazetteer of the Philippine Islands in 1945.[27]
  • February 16 – Six policemen killed and eight wounded in a clash with New People's Army members in Barangay Sta. Margarita, Baggao, Cagayan.[28]
  • February 18 – The Department of Transportation and Communications and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board launches the P2P or Point to Point Premium Bus, the first bus service in the country accessible for the Persons with Disabilities sector.[29][30]
  • February 19
    • President Aquino signs Executive Order 201 (under the proposed Salary Standardization Law of 2015) that increases the salaries of government agency workers and adding additional benefits to civilian and military uniformed personnel.[31]
    • The Office of the Ombudsman files graft and documents falsification charges before the Sandiganbayan against former Makati City mayor Junjun Binay and 22 others over the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Parking Building II.[32]
  • February 26 – At least 60 are killed in an encounter in Butig, Lanao del Sur. Among them were suspected members of Maute Terrorist Group and three soldiers.[33]
Former President Elpidio R. Quirino.

March[edit]

  • March 1 – Aid al-Qarni, a Islam preacher, and a diplomat from Saudi Arabian embassy was shot by a gunman after a lecture in the Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City.[36]
  • March 3 – The Office of the Ombudsman files charges against five former Representatives including former Muntinlupa congressman Ruffy Biazon, in connection with the PDAF scam.[37]
  • March 5
    • The Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal of Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian and 6 others over the deadly blaze that hit footwear factory Kentex Manufacturing Corporation, killing at least 72 people in May last year.[38] On March 15, The Ombudsman also ordered the filing of graft charges against Gatchalian and seven other individuals in connection with this case.[39]
    • The Philippine government orders to impound a cargo ship from North Korea in the Subic port, in response to tighter sanctions by United Nations against North Korea due to its nuclear and ballistic missile tests.[40] On March 24, the North Korean freighter M/V Jin Teng has left the country, after no contraband was found onboard and the ship was cleared by the United Nations.[41]
Senator and Presidential candidate Grace Poe-Llamanzares was filed with disqualification cases due to allegations of not meeting the requirements provided by the Constitution.
  • March 8 – Voted 9–6, the Supreme Court has affirms Grace Poe's natural-born status and declares she is qualified to run based on her 10-year residency.[42]
  • March 15
    • The Supreme Court dismisses several petitions by several party-list groups to issue a TRO to stop the implementation of the K+12 education program of the Department of Education.[43]
    • The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee has begun its inquiry into the alleged money laundering of $100 million that has dragged into this one of the country's leading financial institutions.[44]
  • March 16
    • BIR employee Rhodora Alvarez, who blew the whistle on the alleged anomalous deal, filed a plunder complaint against Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin over a P1.2 billion helicopter deal in 2013.[45]
    • Disqualified Laguna Governor Emilio Ramon "ER" Ejercito and eight other individuals were charged with graft before the Sandiganbayan over an alleged anomalous insurance deal entered in 2008.[46]
  • March 18 – Former Camarines Norte Governor Roy Padilla Jr., is arrested over his failure to return a firearm issued to him in 1992.[47]
  • March 21 – The UNESCO has added Albay in the Philippines as one of the 20 additions to its network of protected biosphere nature reserves.[48]
  • March 22
Diwata-1, the first Philippine satellite built and designed by Filipino scientists.
  • March 23
    • Diwata-1 was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Cygnus spacecraft on a supply mission. Cygnus itself will be launched using the Atlas V rocket. The satellite was deployed into orbit from the ISS on April 27. Diwata-1 is the country's first micro-satellite and the first satellite to be built and designed by Filipinos.[51]
    • The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea (under the Memorandum Circular 94) that aimed at "achieving unified action" as part of efforts to find a resolution to the country's territorial dispute with China on the West Philippine Sea is created.[52]
  • March 25 – Customs at the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen destroyed 34.78 tons of "substandard bananas" imported from the Philippines due to excessive pesticide use.[53]
  • March 26 – A raging fire on the Philippines highest mountain, Mt. Apo, forced hundreds of people to flee from the peak by foot.[54]
  • March 27 – Anonymous Philippines has hacked the website of Commission on Elections to force them to place security features on Vote Counting Machine (VCM).[55] Soon, the LulzSec Pilipinas leaked sensitive information of voters all over the Philippines from the COMELEC website, and the incident has been called the "biggest government data breach in history".[56] On April 21, one of the hackers involved in the recent defacement and supposed leak of data from the Commission on Elections' official website has been arrested in Sampaloc, Manila.[57] On April 29, another hacker allegedly responsible for leaking the information of voters from the Comelec website was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation.[58]
  • March 28
    • Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) general manager Neric Acosta has been sentenced to a maximum of 10 years of imprisonment after being found guilty of one count of graft by the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division in connection with the misuse of his pork barrel funds as district representative of Bukidnon.[59]
    • None of the three pre-qualified bidders have submitted offers for the largest Private-Public Partnership (PPP) project to date, the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway estimated to cost around P123 billion.[60]
    • Several piles of license plate sheets were stolen from the Quezon City central office of the Land Transportation Office during the Holy Week break.[61]
  • March 29
    • Ten Indonesian crew members on board a tugboat were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines.[62] On May 1, ten Indonesian sailors who had been held hostage by Islamist militant group were released in Jolo.[63]
    • President Aquino has signed Republic Act No. 10754 into law a bill authored by Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez granting persons with disabilities (PWDs) exemption from the 12-percent value-added tax (VAT) on certain goods and services.[64]
    • The Commission on Elections has decided not to stop the broadcast of senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao's boxing match on April 9.[65]
  • March 30 – The Office of the Ombudsman filed graft and technical malversation cases against Sen. JV Ejercito, before the Sandiganbayan over the alleged anomalous purchase of high-powered firearms worth P2.1 million during his term as mayor of San Juan City.[66]
Five transactions issued by hackers, worth $101 million and withdrawn from a Bangladesh Bank account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, succeeded, with $20M traced to Sri Lanka (since recovered) and $81M to the Philippines.
  • March 31
    • The camp of businessman Kim Wong handed over to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the $4.6 million he volunteered to return to the Bangladesh government, supposedly after learning that the money was part of the $81-million money laundering scheme.[67] On April 4, Wong turned over an additional P38.28 million to the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) office.[68] On April 19, Eastern Hawaii Leisure Co. Ltd., has turned over P200 million to the AMLC.[69]
    • Addong Salahuddin, suspect in the bombing incident at the Zamboanga City Airport on August 5, 2010, where two people were killed and 28 others injured, including former Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan has surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation.[70]

April[edit]

  • April 1
    • At least 3 are killed and several others were wounded when police dispersed a farmers' protest action in Kidapawan demanding relief from the provincial government due to a drought caused by El Niño affecting the province since November 2015.[71]
    • The Department of Education in partnership with Stairway Foundation launches CyberSafe Project Manuals, which contain individual lesson plans targeting Grades 5 to 6 and junior high students to prevent internet-related child abuse.[72]
  • April 2 – A power outage hits the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City causing a disruption in the processing of passengers.[73]
  • April 4 – The Olongapo Regional Trial Court Branch 74 denies the petition of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton to reverse his conviction for his homicide case of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude.[74]
The Cebu International Convention Center was the subject of the graft charges filed by Third District of Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia.
  • April 5
    • The Office of the Ombudsman finds probable cause to file charges against former PNP chief Alan Purisima and former SAF director Getulio Napeñas for the Mamasapano operation that saw 44 SAF troopers killed, the biggest loss of the police in recent history.[75]
    • The Ombudsman orders the filing of graft charges against re-electionist Cebu 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia and 11 other former officials over the alleged anomalous construction of the P833-million Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in 2006.[76]
  • April 6 – A group calling itself iBalik ang Bilyones ng Mamamayan (iBBM) filed a complaint for plunder against Senator Bongbong Marcos for his alleged involvement in the PDAF scam.[77]
  • April 8
    • Italian national Rolando Del Torchio is released after being kidnapped at his pizza parlor in Dipolog on October 7, 2015.[78]
    • Memorandum Order No. 90 was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. directs the abolition of the 42-year-old Armed Forces of the Philippines–Retirement and Separation Benefits System (AFP–RSBS).[79]
    • Bohol declares state of calamity due to the 2016 El Niño.[80]
  • April 9
President Aquino in the groundbreaking ceremony of Clark Green City.
  • April 11
  • April 13 – The Sandidganbayan Fifth Division grants the petitions for bail of former APEC party-list Representative Edgar Valdez, former Masbate Representative Rizalina Lanete and Janet Lim Napoles who were facing plunder charges in connection with the PDAF scam.[85]
  • April 17 – Presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte causes controversy when a video of him making a joke about the rape of a murdered Australian missionary goes viral.[86]
  • April 20
Glorioso Miranda
  • April 25 – John Ridsdel, a Canadian taken hostage by the Abu Sayyaf in Samal Island, is beheaded on Jolo, Sulu.[89]
  • April 27 – Voted 4–3, the COMELEC en banc has officially cancelled the voting on the selected malls scheduled on May 9.[90]

May[edit]

  • May 2 – Vice presidential candidate and senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Atty. Sal Panelo, lawyer of presidential frontrunner and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, visits the Bank of the Philippine Islands branch along Julia Vargas Avenue in Pasig, in a bid to settle the lawmaker's allegations of hidden wealth against the mayor.[91]
  • May 5 – Both negative advertisements – paid by Antonio Trillanes IV, targets presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte using unidentified children and another one is about Duterte's alleged hidden wealth were aired on TV and radio stations, causing dismay among netizens.[92] A 72-hour TRO was issued by Regional Trial Court in Taguig to stop any TV stations from airing the negative advertisement.[93]
  • May 6 – Mario Reyes, former mayor of Coron, Palawan and one of two brothers accused of masterminding the 2011 murder of journalist and good governance advocate Gerry Ortega is granted bail by the court trying the case.[94]
Provincial and city breakdown of presidential race 2016.

June[edit]

  • June 1
    • The Office of the Ombudsman orders the filing of criminal charges against former Valenzuela representative and senator-elect Sherwin Gatchalian, former Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) chairman of the board Prospero Pichay Jr. and 24 other former government officials and private individuals for alleged anomalous acquisition of a thrift bank by in 2009.[105]
    • The Philippine Navy commissions its brand new and largest ship, the BRP Tarlac together with three newly acquired landing craft heavy vessels, BRP Waray, BRP Iwak, and BRP Agta.[106]
    • The Sandiganbayan Third Division dismisses the perjury and violation of the code of conduct cases against the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.[107]
    • The Antipolo Regional Trial Court dismisses the double-murder case against ex-Colonel Red Kapunan, in connection with the deaths of former Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) leader, Rolando Olalia and his driver, Leonor Alay-ay on November 13, 1986.[108][109]
    • The Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog overrules Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles and rejects his 2012 decree declaring that the alleged Marian apparitions in Batangas in 1948 were authentic.[110]
  • June 2 – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) officially starts phasing out school service vehicles 15 years old and up.[111]
  • June 7 – The Supreme Court dismisses the petition filed by Atty. Elly Pamatong, a presidential candidate classified as nuisance that seeks to null and void the votes of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and to stop his proclamation by the National Board of Canvassers.[112]
  • June 8 – The Office of the Ombudsman upholds the decision of the Manila Prosecutor's Office dismissing treason and inciting to sedition complaint filed last year against outgoing Presidential Peace Adviser Teresita Deles, peace negotiators Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and Mohagher Iqbal and members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).[113]
  • June 12 – Chinese Coast Guard bars Kalayaan Atin Ito Movement, a Filipino youth group, from sailing to the disputed Panatag Shoal to plant a Philippine flag there to celebrate the country's Independence Day.[114]
UP Diliman Campus
  • June 14
  • June 15 – Informal talks between the incoming Duterte administration and representatives of the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF) commence in Oslo, Norway.[120]
  • June 16
    • President Aquino vetoes House Bill No. 6411 and Senate Bill No. 2720 that seeks to improve the nursing profession, including raising the minimum monthly salary of nurses to almost P25,000.[121]
    • The Sandiganbayan First Division acquits former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William Ramirez of graft in connection with the alleged anomalous procurement of cycling equipment in 2007.[122]
    • The COMELEC en banc grants the Liberal Party's request and several similar petitions that they be allowed to file their Statement of Contributions and Expenses (SOCE) beyond the June 8 deadline long before the May 9 elections.[123]
    • Malacañang temporarily stops the Department of Justice (DOJ) from filing criminal charges against newly elected 1-Pacman party-list Representative Mikee Romero, who was alleged to have committed qualified theft against Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. (HCPTI).[124]
  • June 17 – The Manila Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) Branch 12, orders the two siblings of Iglesia ni Cristo executive minister Eduardo V. Manalo, expelled members Angel and Lottie, to vacant from a property of the religious sect in No. 36 Tandang Sora Street, Quezon City.[125]
  • June 21 – The Commission on Elections en banc accepts the resignation of senior Commissioner Christian Robert Lim as head of the Campaign Finance Office (CFO), following the extension of the filing of their statements of contributions and expenditures.[126]
  • June 23 – The Department of Justice dismisses criminal complaints filed by American missionary Lane Michael White, against airport employees, including four aviation police officers, in connection with the alleged bullet planting scheme at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.[127]
  • June 24 – Marites Flor, a Filipina taken hostage by the Abu Sayyaf in Samal Island, is released in Jolo, Sulu.[128]
  • June 25 – The Department of Science and Technology launches the very first Filipino-made hybrid electric train.[129]
  • June 27
    • President Aquino signs Republic Act No. 10868 into law a measure that will grant a P100,000 cash incentive and additional benefits and privileges to Filipino centenarians.[130]
    • Merilyn and Stharra, the wife and daughter of retired PNP Chief Superintendent Ismael Rafanan, are killed from a fire that struck their home in Quezon City.[131]
  • June 28
    • President Aquino signs Republic Act No. 10867 into law, that mandating the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)’s reorganization and modernization, 69 years after the creation of its first charter.[132]
    • The Supreme Court dismisses a petition filed by retired Army Col. Justino Padiernos and Atty. Manuelito Luna, questioning the Commission on Elections' decision to extend the filing of the statements of contributions and expenditures of candidates and political parties in the 2016 election.[133]
    • The Supreme Court dismisses a petition filed by Greco Belgica and former Tarlac Governor Tingting Cojuangco that seeking the prosecution of all the authors, proponents and implementors of both the pork barrel system and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).[134]
Rodrigo Duterte takes his oath of office as the 16th President of the Philippines.

July[edit]

  • July 2 – Grade 6 student Nasif Cali from Denaig Elementary School in Poona Piagapo, Lanao del Norte wins the World Food Programme's (WFP) Children's Design Competition 2016 in Rome, Italy. Cali's design was chosen from 70 submissions and as a result of his victory, the WFP awarded him with $100 and his school, Denaig Elementary School, will receive $2,000 for school supplies.[138]
  • July 4
    • President Rodrigo Duterte signs his first executive order, entitled Reengineering the Office of the President Towards Greater Responsiveness to the Attainment of Development Goals, allowing his Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco, Jr. to oversee 12 national government agencies in coming up with a set of programs to reduce both the incidence and magnitude of poverty.[139]
    • After almost two decades of having its gates shut in the past 18 years, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) office along Elliptical Road in Diliman, Quezon City, opens its doors to farmers and protesters alike.[140]
  • July 5 – President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force names five top police generals who were allegedly involved in illegal drug trade.[141]
  • July 6 – The PAGASA announces the end of the El Niño phenomenon.[142]
  • July 10 – Three Philippine islands, Palawan, Boracay and Cebu, are featured on the "World's Best Islands" list for 2016 of the New York-based magazine Travel + Leisure.[143]
  • July 11 – The Office of the Ombudsman finds a probable cause to file graft charges against former Health Secretary Enrique Ona and two other officials of the Department of Health (DOH) for an alleged anomalous ₱392.2-million hospital modernization project in 2012.[144]
Map of the South East China
Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address, July 25, 2016
  • July 25 – President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).[162][163]
  • July 26 – The Supreme Court issues a temporary restraining order that halts the implementation of the curfew ordinances for minors in the cities of Manila, Quezon City and Navotas.[164]
  • July 30
    • The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) places the Luzon power grid under a red alert status due to low level operating reserves, as seven power plants are encountering problems.[165]
    • President Rodrigo Duterte lifts the unilateral ceasefire and placed troops on high alert after the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) failed his deadline to make their own declaration.[166]

August[edit]

  • August 1 – The Duterte administration launches a 24-hour complaint office accessible to the public through a nationwide hotline, 8888, and changed the nationwide emergency telephone number from 117 to 911.[167][168]
  • August 2 – Mayor Rolando Espinosa of Albuera, Leyte, who is being linked to drug trafficking, surrenders to Philippine National Police chief director General Ronald dela Rosa. Espinosa and his son Kerwin were asked by President Rodrigo Duterte to voluntarily surrender within 24 hours or face a shoot-on-sight order by police.[169]
  • August 3 – Six aides of Mayor Rolando Espinosa and his son Kerwin are killed in a shootout with the police in Albuera, Leyte.[170]
  • August 4 – The Sandiganbayan grants the motion of the Office of the Ombudsman to amend the plunder case against former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn Bolante in connection with the ₱723-million fertilizer fund scam.[171]
  • August 5 – The Supreme Court grants the provisional liberty to Satur Ocampo and two others who were allied with the Communist Party of the Philippines to allow them to attend the peace talks with the government in Oslo, Norway.[172]
  • August 7 – President Duterte publicly named more than 150 government officials including mayors, judges, police and lawmakers who are allegedly involved in an illegal drug trade.[173][174][175]
  • August 8–14 dead, 8 injured and 262,271 families were affected after heavy rains and floods due to southwest monsoon shuts down Metro Manila and nearby provinces.[176]
  • August 11 – Ten high-profile inmates are killed in the explosion incident inside the Parañaque City Jail.[177]
  • August 12 – The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 grants the bail petition to communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon ahead of the scheduled peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines in Oslo.[178]
  • August 13 – The peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front reopens in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[179]
  • August 14
  • August 15 – The Department of Justice orders the filing of direct assault with murder charges in court against 88 people over the Mamasapano clash in 2015 that left 44 SAF commandos dead.[185]
  • August 16 – The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, dismisses the electoral protest filed by 2010 vice presidential candidate Mar Roxas against former Vice President Jejomar Binay in the May 10, 2010 elections.[186][187]
  • August 17
    • Mohammad Safyan, an Indonesian crew member of the tugboat Charles, who were abducted off the high seas near the Philippine border last June 23, along with six other crew members, escapes from his Abu Sayyaf captors in Luuk, Sulu.[188]
    • Maia Deguito, the former branch manager of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation tagged in the $81-million money laundering scandal, is arrested at a supermarket in Makati for perjury.[189]
  • August 20–27 – The peace talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People's Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) took place in Oslo.[190]
  • August 22 – The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights begins its hearing on the spate of summary executions in the Philippines.[191]
  • August 23
    • The Sandiganbayan founds NBN-ZTE deal whistleblower Jun Lozada, guilty of graft for granting separate leasehold rights over public lands to his brother and to a private company with ties to him under the Lupang Hinirang program of the Philippine Forest Corporation.[192]
    • Rogelio Bato Jr., the lawyer of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa, and his 15-year-old companion, Angelica Bonita are killed in a shooting incident in Tacloban City.[193]
    • The Supreme Court issues a 20-day status quo ante order on the issue of the planned interment of the remains of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at Heroes Cemetery.[194]
  • August 25 – President Rodrigo Duterte releases the matrix showing the supposed links of Sen. Leila de Lima and other former and current government officials to the alleged illegal drug operations inside the New Bilibid Prison.[195]
  • August 26 – The Philippine government and the National Democratic Front signs an indefinite ceasefire agreement as part of efforts to end a conflict that has lasted almost five decades and killed at least 40,000 people.[196]
  • August 27–20 inmates were escaped after the Maute terrorist group armed with assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades, attack the Lanao del Sur provincial jail.[197]
  • August 29–15 soldiers and 30 Abu Sayyaf bandits are killed during a clash in Patikul, Sulu.[198]
  • August 31 – Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales is among this year's recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards.[199][200]

September[edit]

  • September 2 – An explosion rocks a night market in Davao City, where at least 15 people were killed and 70 were reported to have been injured.[201] The Abu Sayyaf claimed responsibility for the attack.[202]
  • September 4 – President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation No. 55 declaring a state of emergency in the Philippines on account of lawless violence following the Davao City bombing.[203]
  • September 5 – The Philippine National Police launches the Text Bato hotline 2286 and Itaga Mo sa Bato mobile app as the newest tools in its campaign against narcotics.[204][205]
  • September 8 – Joel Reyes, former governor of Palawan and one of two brothers accused of masterminding the 2011 murder of journalist and good governance advocate Gerry Ortega is denied bail by the court trying the case.[206]
  • September 9 – The fact-finding team of the Commission on Elections clears Smartmatic of liability in the controversial alteration of the script of the transparency server used for the quick counts in the May 9 polls.[207]
  • September 11 – The Official Gazette of the Philippines received criticism after posting a graphic commemorating the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' 99th birth anniversary, with some social media users accusing the government outfit of historical revisionism.[208]
  • September 13 – The Supreme Court dismisses the bid of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) seeking to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued in June 2015 enjoining the procurement, selling, distributing, dispensing and administering and promoting contraceptive implants.[209]
  • September 14 – The Sandiganbayan dismisses the graft case against former National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief Romulo Neri over the alleged overpriced national broadband network project with China's ZTE Corp. in 2007.[210]
  • September 15 – Edgar Matobato, a former member of the Davao Death Squad, surfaces the Senate hearing on alleged extrajudicial killings during the current administration.[211]
  • September 16 – The Sandiganbayan dismisses the graft cases against Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo over the allegedly anomalous NBN-ZTE deal.[212]
  • September 17
  • September 19 – Voted 16–4–2, the Senate ousts Senator Leila de Lima as chairperson of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights after granting Senator Manny Pacquiao's motion to declare the chairmanship and membership of the committee vacant.[215]
  • September 20
  • September 28 – A riot occurred in New Bilibid Prison that killed one high-profile inmate, Tony Co, and three others wounded including convicted drug lord Jaybee Sebastian.[218]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Holidays[edit]

On August 26, 2015, the government announced at least 19 Philippine holidays for 2016 as declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 1105, series of 2015.[229] 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]

  • January 4 – The Philippine Stock Exchange is named the Best Stock Exchange in Southeast Asia by the Marquee Awards of the Alpha Southeast Asia magazine.[234]
  • February 1 – Following complaints that the ₱100 and ₱1,000 bills seem to look alike, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has released new 100-peso bank notes with a stronger mauve or violet color.[235]
  • February 4
  • February 18 – Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. inaugurates its manufacturing plant for its snacks line including Cheetos, located in Cabuyao, Laguna.[238]
  • May 25 – President Aquino III signed Republic Act No. 10846 amending the charter of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) or the deposit insurance law.[239]
  • May 30 – PLDT, Inc. and Globe Telecom announces the acquisition of telecommunications business and assets of San Miguel Corporation, following the SMC's failed partnership attempt with Australia-based telecom company Telstra.[240]
  • June 16 – President Aquino vetoes House Bill 3675 and Senate Bill 2518 that seeks removing conditions for the condonation of all unpaid income taxes of local water districts (LWDs).[241]
  • July 7 – Geronimo De Los Reyes Jr., the chairman emeritus of Gateway Property Holdings, and acclaimed veterinarian Anton Mari Lim were among on the list of Heroes of Philanthropy by Forbes Asia.[242]
  • July 19 – The Court of Appeals voided an order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in November 2012, requiring telecommunications companies to cut their Short Message Service (SMS) rates and return the excess amount paid by subscribers.[243]
  • July 22
    • The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disqualifies businessman Roberto Ongpin from serving as an officer or board member in any public company or publicly listed company after he allegedly engaged in insider trading in the sale of Philex mining shares in 2009.[244]
    • The DOTr and LTFRB stops accepting applications for new ride-sharing vehicles of e-hailing companies Uber and Grab due to a backlog as the government reviews its policies on fare spikes.[245]
  • July 23 – The Court of Appeals denies Globe Telecom's petition to prevent the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) from reviewing its joint ₱69.1-billion acquisition with PLDT of San Miguel Corp's telecom business.[246]
  • August 8 – The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation files a criminal complaint for syndicated fraud against the former directors, officers, employees and consultants of the closed Banco Filipino Savings and Mortgage Bank, estimating losses to the bank at P669.6 million.[247]
  • August 29 – Three Philippine-listed companies, Jollibee Foods Corp., Puregold Price Club and Robinsons Retail Holdings were made to list of this year's Forbes Asia Fabulous 50 List.[248]

Health[edit]

  • March 3 – President Aquino signs the Rare Disease Act, that aims for the persons who have rare diseases to have access to better and comprehensive healthcare.[249]
  • March 6 – The Department of Health confirms that an American tourist was tested positive with Zika virus after staying for four weeks in the Philippines. A widespread Zika virus outbreak in the Americas was ongoing at the time.[250]
  • April 4 – The Department of Health has launched its school-based dengue immunization program.[251] On April 25, over 200,000 students have been already received by the DOH, the first ever vaccine against dengue since the vaccination program started on April 4.[252]
  • April 21 – A norovirus outbreak strikes Zamboanga City killing 4 people and 700 others, including children, were hospitalized.[253]
The event at which five concertgoers collapsed and subsequently died took place at the SM Mall of Asia parking area.

Sports[edit]

The San Miguel Beermen huddle after Game 6 of the 2015–16 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

Entertainment and culture[edit]

Philippine Arena
Nora Aunor

Deaths[edit]

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
  • December 18 – Bobby Guanzon, Filipino journalist and politician, cardiac arrest (b. 1948)

See also[edit]

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