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2019 in the Philippines details events of note that have occurred, or are scheduled to take place, in the Philippines in the year 2019.

Incumbents[edit]

President Rodrigo R. Duterte
Rodrigo R.
Duterte
Vice-President Leni Robredo
Leni G.
Robredo
Senate President Vicente Sotto III
Vicente
Sotto III
House Speaker Alan Peter
Alan Peter
Cayetano
Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin
Lucas
Bersamin

Events[edit]

January[edit]

Aftermath of the bombing inside the Cathedral Our Lady of Mount Carmel

February[edit]

  • February 2 – Five soldiers are killed while five others were wounded in an armed clash between government troops and suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Patikul, Sulu.[17][18]
  • February 6 – The second round of the Bangamoro Organic Law plebiscite is held with voters in 67 barangays in North Cotabato and 6 towns in Lanao del Norte deciding if they are in favor of their localities joining the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.[19][20] 63 barangays in North Cotabato votes to join the new autonomous region while 6 municipalities in Lanao del Norte rejects its inclusion to the region.[21][22]
  • February 13Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for cyber libel upon orders from Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46.[23][24][25] She posted bail the next day. Ressa claimed that her right to due process was violated, since she was not informed of the complaint against her. She also described her arrest as an "abuse of power" and "weaponization of the law".[26] Ressa's arrest was condemned by journalists, organizations, and influential figures from the Philippines and abroad, describing it as an attack on press freedom.[27][28][29] Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo denied that the government was trying to silence press freedom.[30] President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly labeled Rappler as "fake news" as he perceived the online news site to be too critical of his administration.[31][32] However, the libel complaint was filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng regarding a Rappler article published in May 2012 (updated in February 2014) where Keng was alleged to have lent a vehicle to Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was undergoing an impeachment trial at the time.[33] The article also linked Keng to human trafficking and drug smuggling.[34]
  • February 26 – The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region was formally established and the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) is constituted.[35][36][37]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

The proclamation of the winning twelve senators by the Commission on Elections on May 22, 2019

June[edit]

F/B Gem-Ver's truncated stern is evident in this image taken after the incident

July[edit]

The Itbayat Church after the earthquakes
  • July 8 – President Rodrigo Duterte has awarded a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to Dito Telecommunity, the consortium of Davao City-based businessman Dennis Uy and allowing it to operate.[119][120][121][122][123][124]
  • July 11 – A resolution initiated by Iceland was adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council calling for an investigation on the human rights situation in the Philippines including deaths linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against drugs in the country.[125][126][127][128][129][130]
  • July 13 – Father Gerard Francisco Timoner III from Daet, Camarines Norte is elected the Master of the Order of Preachers, the head of the Dominican Order, for a nine-year term.[131] Timoner is the first Filipino, as well as the first Asian, to be elected as such.[132]
  • Since July 18A series of killings occurred in Negros Oriental when four police officers were killed by the suspected communists groups.[133][134][135][136][137][138][139][140]
  • July 18 – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has filed a sedition complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo, several senators and opposition personalities in connection with videos annotated by a certain Bikoy, who linked members of the Duterte family to illegal drugs.[141][142]
  • July 26 – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a halt in all gaming operations with franchises, licenses or permits granted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), citing corruption.[143][144] On July 27, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has began shutting down lotto kiosks and other gaming outlets nationwide, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the suspension of gaming schemes authorized by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).[145] On July 30, President Rodrigo Duterte lifts the suspension of operations of lotto game.[146] On August 22, President Rodrigo Duterte lifts the suspension on the operations of Small Town Lottery (STL) in the country.[147] On September 28, President Rodrigo Duterte lifts the suspension on the operations of Keno Game and Instant Sweepstakes Scratch-It schemes.[148]
  • July 27 – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Batanes.[149] It was preceded by a 5.4 magnitude foreshock.[150] Nine people were killed by the combined effects of the earthquakes.[151] A state of calamity was declared in the whole province.[152]

August[edit]

New Bilibid Prison where both Antonio Sanchez and the suspects of Chiong sisters murders are incarcerated

September[edit]

October[edit]

Holidays[edit]

On August 16, 2018, the government announced at least 18 Philippine holidays for 2019 as declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 555, series of 2018.[231] 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."[232]

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 19 – Financial services firm Cebuana Lhuillier announces that the personal information of around 900,000 people are affected in a data breach involving their email server which is used for marketing purposes.[236]

Health[edit]

Sports[edit]

Pacquiao greets the crowd after his victory over Thurman.

Scheduled events[edit]

Entertainment and culture[edit]

Scheduled events[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September [edit]

October[edit]

See also[edit]

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  159. ^ "Comelec junks Cardema nomination as Duterte Youth party-list rep". GMA News. August 5, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
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  163. ^ "Blame PCGG? Another multibillion-peso case vs Marcos lost in Sandiganbayan". Rappler. August 7, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  164. ^ "P102-B forfeiture case vs Marcos, pals junked". Philippine Daily Inquirer. August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  165. ^ "Trans woman arrested after being blocked from using women's restroom in Cubao". Rappler. August 13, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
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