2013 has been an unlucky year for most people, including us Pinoys. The year ended with 13, hence unlucky. We had faced a lot of hardships, which made problems worse. To end this year, here’s a Year in Review I made for 2013:
1. Typhoon Yolanda
The most powerful storm had hit the islands this year last Nov. 8. With a speed of to 315 kph, this had destroyed a lot of cities & towns (notably the ones near the sea and some landmarks) in Visayas, from Leyte to Cebu. Tacloban, Leyte had suffered the most fatalities. Over 6,100 people were dead, 2,000 were missing. All the damage done by this faggot storm costs around $2 Billion.
The government made a slow and disorganized response, which had faced a lot of criticism, but did their best to help us. One of the reasons were that a lot of roads that lead to isolated towns were covered with debris. However, countries like the US, Japan, and UK volunteered to help us by sending in a lot of personnel to help the Aquino administration and donate money and relief goods to those Yolanda victims.
This was the strongest storm to hit the islands after Ondoy. Luckily, the aftermath has shown that they had slowly rose again from the storm, despite the hardships.
“The Filipino people…they’re strong not just to survive the storm; but they are strong to have survived the aftermath of the storm.”
-Anderson Cooper (CNN)
2. Visayas Earthquake
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2, one of the strongest to hit the islands in more than 2 decades, happened in Sagbayan, Bohol during the morning of Oct. 15. As a result, this scumbag earthquake destroyed a lot of places in Bohol & Cebu.
Over 220 were dead, eight were missing, and about a thousand injured in the temblor. 73,000 structures were damaged, 15,000 were totally destroyed, notably the centuries-old Catholic Churches lying in ruins. It took some time for the victims to rise again and rebuild a lot of damaged landmarks.
If the Boholanos & Cebuanos thought the wrath was over, it wasn’t when Yolanda came 3 months later.
3. Zambaonga Wrath
A rogue faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) & their leader Nur Misuarilaid made a siege on Zamboanga City last Sept. 9 to proclaim a Bangsamoro Republik. As a result, over a hundred thousand residents rushed out of their houses to look for shelter.
For the next 3 weeks, government forces fought against rebels led by Ustadz Habier Malik, destroying more than 10,000 homes in the city and nearby Basilan. Because of this, Zamboanga was considered a Ghost Town for a short time. Upon the end of this wrath in late September, 300 MNLF fighters were captured, and over 200 people killed, some victims and mostly rebels. All the damage done costs around P200 million.
Misuari is still on the Wanted list for rebellion and violation of international humanitarian law. Let’s just hope that the government & MNLF has declared peace.
4. Pork Barrel Scam
Last July, everyone realized that around P10 billion in government money was believed stolen through fake NGOs of businesswoman Janet Napoles. Napoles and over 30 government officials including Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla were charged with plunder in September for this.
Whistleblower Benhur Luy, Napoles’ personal assistant, brought in the details of the scam to the police after they rescued him from Napoles’ condo where he had been “illegally detained.” Meawhile, Napoles refused to answer the questions during her trial by saying, “I invoke my right against self-incrimination”. She’s already caught, yet she’s trying to escape the issue. She should’ve answered the questions instead to get things over with. That scumbag Napoles.
The money was taken from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), more known as the pork barrel, that congressmen and senators receive from the government for side projects. Other sources allegedly include the fertilizer fund of the Department of Agriculture and royalties from the Malampaya gas field project in Palawan.
Despite this, Napoles’s daughter, Jeane, was living the good life in the US. Some people realized that the money went to the things she bought. Good thing, in November, the Supreme Court abolished the PDAF, earning the support of Filipinos in the country and abroad. Don’t blame Pres. Noynoy Aquino for this. It’s Napoles who’s at fault.
5. Photo Thief
Mark Joseph Solis, a graduate student of UP Diliman, submitted another photo, originally taken by Gregory John Smith, as his own to win an contest, “Smiles for the World: 2nd Calidad Humana Photo Essay Competition”, sponsored by the Chilean Embassy. As a result, he lost the award & prize, which he wanted to keep for his family needs. He sent an apology to Smith, good thing he was forgiven.
It was also later revealed that it was not the first time Solis plagiarized a photo. He had plagiarized a lot of photos for the last 3 years, notably his entry to the “Say Peace Photo Contest” sponsored by the OPAPP (2011), “Papworth Trust 2nd Photography Competition” (2011), “Say Peace! Online Photo Contest” (2011), “VinylPlus Sustainable Thinking Platform Photo Contest” (2011), EROPA-sponsored photo contest (2012), “Mulat Manipat Photojournalism contest” by the UJP-UP (2012), and “Water and Life digital photo contest” sponsored by the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (2013).
To make matters worse, he may receive either a one-year suspension, dishonorable dismissal from the University, or withdrawal of degree by the University. I hope he doesn’t receive one of those, because he’s about to graduate. We can’t leave him floating in the air. He needs to finish his studies and graduate. If he receives either one of those damn penalties, then Motherf███ the UP Administration.
I hope Solis has learned a lesson for once and for all. He keeps on repeating the same mistakes, the situation gets worse. It looks like there’s another Tito Sotto in the making. This is an example of how Faith In Humanity is destroyed. Because of this, his life is already destroyed. Anyways, I hope he graduates around next year.
6. Election 2013
The 2013 midterm elections last May went OK, despite the violence and PCOS machine errors. Around 76% of the registered voters submitted their votes.
The administration coalition Team PNoy won 9 of 12 Senate seats, with newcomer Grace Poe having the most votes. Unfortunately, some of the best politicians, notably former Sen. Dick Gordon (13), Rep. Risa Hontiveros (17) & Gov. Edward Hagedorn (18), weren’t able to get the seats. Instead, they were taken by scumbags Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar & JV Ejercito. Speaking of VP’s daughter Nancy Binay, she has learned nothing in politics. After all, she was just a PA, who was just jealous because her siblings have their own position. She had made a wrong move.
That’s the problem of Pinoys when it comes to elections. Some of them vote for the wrong candidates. In other words, they vote for candidates with popular names instead of ones who have done a very good job for this country. Furthermore, they aren’t thinking good enough for this country. As a result, this country is getting more corrupt. Faith in Humanity destroyed.
Aside from the Unlucky 6, we can’t always focus on the dark side. Besides, there are some good news this year.
1. Pacquiao’s Comeback
After falling to Juan Manuel Marquez & Timothy Bradley a year ago, “Pambansang Kamao” Manny Pacquiao made a comeback on the ring once again. This time, he faced Brandon Rios last Nov. 23.
Pacquiao stated that his fight is for the Yolanda victims. Luckily, he knocked Rios down and won the WBO international welterweight title via unanimous decision.
Thank god Pacquiao has regained his power once again. I hope he retains it for the future fights.
2. Integrated Terminal Implementation
Last July, MMDA opened the Bus Dispatch Terminal in Coastal Mall area in Parañaque City to ease the traffic in Taft, EDSA & Coastal Ave. This serves as the terminal for buses which come from Cavite & Batangas, instead of going to the Park n’ Ride terminal in Manila. Nonetheless, during its first few days, MMDA received a lot of complaints from a lot of people, bus drivers & operators. The LTFRB stated that MMDA had let the buses violate their contract of their franchise. This led the management to make improvements to the terminal, including building a shed for the waiting line for passengers not to sweat and creating its own band for passengers to be entertained.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino had done a good job in this. At least, traffic in EDSA isn’t that worse than before.
For me, this was a year that began with good luck, and ended with a lot of bad luck. Throughout this damn year, some people’s luck gets worse. Motherf███ 2013. Let us hope that 2014 will be a better year than this year, with more good luck & less disasters. HAPPY NEW YEAR!