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Controversies! Scandals! Bad news! Pinoys sure didn't get much of a break this year. This is why, although we smiled a lot this this year, we're also glad that 2014 is almost over.

We continue with our Year Ender series with the issues and incidents that made Pinoys exclaim, "I don't want to live in this country anymore!"

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MAKATI CITY HALL PARKING BUILDING

Eyebrows were raised after reports broke that the Makati City Hall Building II took a whopping P2.5 billion to construct. Our disbelief turned to outrage after hearing the Binays defend the 11-storey building’s gross overpricing by claiming that a “world class” structure deserves a “world class” price tag. There’s absolutely nothing “world class” about it—in fact, we’ve seen better-looking buildings built for much less. Ganyan ba sila talaga sa Makati?


Video via GMA News And Public Affairs


HACIENDA BINAY

So Vice President Jejomar Binay reportedly owns a farm in Batangas. No big deal, right? Here’s the thing: Binay’s alleged farm has an English garden maze, a heart-shaped lagoon, swimming pools, an aviary, paddocks for horses, and—get this—an air-conditioned piggery. It doesn’t help that our Veep won’t answer the allegations, preferring to campaign for his presidential bid in the provinces under the guise of explaining his side to the masses.


Video via GMA News And Public Affairs


DISBURSEMENT ACCELERATION PROGRAM

Pork Barrel was so 2013. This year, it was all about the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), a “stimulus package meant to fast-track public spending and boost economy.” While it sounds good in theory, the problem is that the Supreme Court has declared parts of it unconstitutional, so it was scrapped. As a result, Budget Secretary Butch Abad, whose resignation was rejected by PNoy, got mobbed by activists during a visit to UP Diliman.


Video via GMA News And Public Affairs


MRT FAILURES

Metro Manila commuters know well how stressful it is to ride the city’s train system, but the MRT had way too many problems to count this year. Overcrowded trains, non-functioning elevators and escalators, long lines—these we can still bear. But trains crashing into concrete barriers? If the government won’t take that as a sign that our trains need to be rehabilitated, we don’t know what will.


Video via GMA News And Public Affairs


POLICE CORRUPTION 

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) found itself in the hot seat several times in 2014 for several reasons, from failing to prevent robberies and kidnappings, to unresolved media killings, to the corruption allegations hurled against suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima. Mar Roxas, who as DILG Secretary calls the shots over the PNP, tried to do something about the situation by launching many anti-crime “Oplans” and by suspending and replacing several of the police force’s top brass. Let’s hope the results will be satisfactory.


Video via GMA News And Public Affairs


MALAYSIA AIRLINES

First, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared last March over the Indian Ocean while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. A few months later, the same airline once again made headlines after flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was hit by a missile over Ukraine. During the holiday season, our very own Cebu Pacific made Christmas a nightmare for hundreds of travelers who complained of delayed trips, cancelled flights and overbooked planes. And just when we thought the year would end without any other plane mishaps, AirAsia Flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore went missing. Clearly, it wasn’t a very good year for the Southeast Asian aviation industry.


Video via GMA News And Public Affairs


PLDT LAST HOME STAND

Last July, the country’s most avid basketball aficionados paid big bucks to see a five-on-five exhibition game between a number of NBA stars, including James Harden and Paul George, and our very own Gilas Pilipinas. What we got instead were practice drills and workouts after the foreign players were not allowed by the NBA to play. PLDT tried to soothe the understandably angry fans by offering refunds for their tickets, so at least there’s that.


Video via ABS-CBN News


TYPHOONS AND FLOODS

The summer of 2014 was insanely hot, while the rainy season saw the country getting battered by increasingly stronger storms and rising floodwaters. Despite what some non-believers may say, there’s no running from climate change, so it would be really great if our honorable politicians spent more money on flood control and prevention instead of naming streets after themselves and whatnot.


Video via ABS-CBN News


MURDER OF JENNIFER LAUDE

Several activists went up in arms after trans woman Jennifer Laude was allegedly killed by US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, who apparently didn’t know that the chick he went to a motel with wasn’t really, well, a chick. Jennifer’s death sparked many discussions, from Philippine-US relations to LGBT rights to morality issues.

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Video via GMA News And Public Affairs


NEW BILIBID PRISON

The DOJ’s raid of the New Bilibid Prison publicized the five-star kubols of some of the country’s most notorious criminals, which, Bilibid or not, were equipped with lavish baths, complete music rooms, gaming systems, and, to our utter amusement, a sex doll. Seriously though, who wouldn’t get mad after finding out that a bunch of the country’s top drug lords are still lording it up in prison?


Video via GMA News And Public Affairs


METRO MANILA TRAFFIC

This was the year of intense Metro Manila traffic jams. The sheer number of cars on the road, coupled with apathetic PUV drivers, careless truck lorries, and kotong-happy MMDA officers, caused an unwanted increase in our daily commuting time. It’s gotten so bad, the mere thought of venturing out during rush hour (or during a payday sale) is enough to give us chills.


Video via GMA News And Public Affairs


VHONG NAVARRO, DENIECE CORNEJO, AND CEDRIC LEE

On January 26, Vhong was allegedly held at gunpoint, violently beaten, tied up, gagged, and threatened by a group of men inside a condominium unit owned by Deniece Cornejo. Cedric Lee, one of the men reportedly responsible for Vhong's beating, tried to defend himself by claiming that the actor tried to rape Deniece. We still don't know who's telling the truth, but we do know that none of the suspects are in prison at the moment. Anyare!?


Video via ABS-CBN News


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