Another 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.
With 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.
Suspended 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.
The 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.
A 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.
The 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.
Enzo 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.