The 2013 Senate topnotcher continued to make waves in 2014. Senator Poe rode the MRT last August to experience the suffering of many commuters first-hand, earning her wide praise on social media. Visibly reluctant to consider a run for the presidency in 2016, Poe nevertheless surged to a strong second in Pulse Asia’s most recent survey of preferred presidential candidates.
After a two-month battle with cancer, Santiago returned to the limelight to say that she was (mostly) cured and announced plans to run for president in 2016. She has also created a cult following by making the rounds of universities to deliver her jokes and pick-up lines.
Another reluctant presidential prospect, Duterte continues to attract support from various groups despite his repeated statements that he has no intention of running for president. He is known for his strongman approach to enforcing the law in Davao City.
The Vice President remains the leading presidential prospect for 2016, but several exposes about alleged anomalous transactions in Makati City and undisclosed properties in Batangas implicating him and his family have been a heavy drag on his survey numbers, especially his trust ratings.
Renowned filmmaker Lav Diaz garnered international acclaim for several of his films this year, including “Norte,” “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon,” and “Mga Anak ng Unos (Storm Children).”
Pope Francis charmed the faithful and the rest of the world with his down-to-earth ways, candid speech, and a general openness to modern culture. The first Jesuit to become Pope, and the first Pope from Latin America, Francis continued to make history on April 27 when he canonized two Popes–Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.
In an unprecedented development, three senators were arrested for their alleged involvement in the billion-peso pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by Janet Lim-Napoles. Senators Juan Ponce-Enrile, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada are facing trial on charges of plunder.