Inquirer #BestOfSeven 2014 Yearend Special
#InquirerSeven Most Rage-inducing Stories of 2014
10:00 am | Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Inquirer #BestOfSeven 2014MANILA, Philippines – As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time to take a breather and join INQUIRER.net as we look back at the seven biggest stories that caused us to lose our temper.

This second of seven #InquirerSeven listicles remembers the seven Most Rage-inducing Stories of 2014.

Read the full list of the Inquirer #BestOfSeven 2014 Yearender special.

1. DEATH OF JEFFREY “JENNIFER” LAUDE

Jennifer Laude Subic Murder Case #InquirerSevenAnother US Marine has been implicated in a crime near the former US naval base of Subic Bay. The grisly death of transgender woman Jennifer Laude sparked popular outrage, with militant groups calling for the immediate repeal of the US-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement and the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement.

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2. CHINA CONTINUES BULLYING IN WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

China West Philippine Sea Spratly Islands #InquirerSevenWith the Philippines helplessly looking on, an expansive China continued to reclaim land in disputed reefs in the West Philippine Sea—even as the arbitration case the Philippines filed with the United Nations moved forward.

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3. PNP CHIEF UNDER FIRE

PNP Chief Alan Purisima Plunder #InquirerSevenSuspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima is facing plunder charges; the first was filed on April 22 for an allegedly anomalous courier services contract with Werfast Documentary Agency. The second followed on December 9, this time involving undeclared properties in Batangas.

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4. STATE OF TRANSPORTATION IN METRO MANILA

MRT Derail Taft Avenue Public Transportation #InquirerSevenThe appalling transportation situation in Metro Manila reached a new low when an MRT train broke free and crashed through a Taft Avenue station barrier and on to EDSA. The Japan International Cooperation Agency estimates that road traffic costs the economy P2.7 billion ($57 million) daily.

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5. PORT CONGESTION LEADS TO DELAYED GOODS

Manila Port Congestion Truck Ban #InquirerSevenA daylight truck ban ordinance in Manila hampered the movement of goods out of the Port of Manila. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada finally moved to repeal the ban after repeated objections and complaints from business and industry sectors.

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6. BILIBID VIPS

New Bilibid Prison VIP Inmates #InquirerSevenThe authorities conducted surprise raids inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison, finding illegal drugs, gadgets, closed circuit television, a music room, a private gym, and millions in cash. Three NBP officials were relieved and 20 high-profile inmates transferred to NBI facilities.

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7. ENZO PASTOR SLAY

Enzo Pastor Champion Racer Murder #InquirerSevenEnzo Pastor, the 31-year-old champion racer, was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men in Quezon City on June 12. His wife, Dalia Guerrero, and her alleged lover, businessman Domingo “Sandy” De Guzman, were charged with murder. De Guzman denied the allegations while Guerrero has not appeared in the preliminary investigation conducted by the DOJ.

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Tags: Alan Purisima , Bilibid , China , Derail , DoJ , drug lords , Edsa , Enzo Pastor , Jennifer Laude , Manila , maritime dispute , MRT , Murder , Plunder , PNP , port congestion , truck ban , West Philippine Sea

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