2016 YEARENDER

Necrophilia, Maute and other stories from the regions

Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 23 2016 01:24 PM | Updated as of Sep 14 2017 07:30 PM

This year's regional news saw various stories, from a super typhoon to several stories on the war on drugs.

Here are news.abs-cbn.com's top regional stories in 2016.

10. Mother and child attacked with a hammer

In March, a woman and her 1-year-old child were killed by a person who pretended to be a maintenance technician. The victims were repeatedly hit with a hammer inside their own house.

The suspect who surrendered later accused the victim's husband as being the alleged mastermind of the crime.

9. Super typhoon Lawin hits northern Luzon

In October, a powerful typhoon hit the northern part of the Philippines. Super typhoon Lawin made landfall in Peñablanca, Cagayan. It had a massive 800-kilometer diameter and its intensity prompted state weather bureau PAGASA to raise tropical cyclone warning signal no. 5 in several areas.

Winds and rain brought by Lawin reminded Filipinos of the devastation brought about by another super typhoon, Yolanda, in 2013.

Photo by Ezra Acayan, Reuters

8. Funeral worthy of an idol

It is common to see hundreds of people attending the funeral of celebrities and politicians in the Philippines, but not for suspected drug personalities.

In June, Jeffrey "Jaguar" Diaz was killed in a shootout with policemen in Las Piñas City. He was allegedly one of the biggest drug lords in Cebu.

Hundreds of people took part in his funeral, with mourners wearing black shirts bearing an image of his face.

Photo by Jude Torres, ABS-CBN RNG

7. Police killed in war on drugs

A policeman allegedly involved in illegal drugs was only one of the many casualties in the government' war on drugs.

In July, PO3 Michael Lee Malalad was found dead, with his hands bound and his mouth gagged, in Barangay Ubihan in Meycauayan, Bulacan. A cardboard with the words "Pulis na pusher, wag tularan" was also placed over his body.

Photo by Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News

6. Albuera mayor slain inside jail

Slain Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was shot dead inside his jail cell in November. Authorities claim that he shot at police officials before he was killed.

Espinosa and fellow slain inmate Raul Yap allegedly fired shots while being served a search warrant at the Baybay Provincial Jail in Leyte by operatives of the PNP's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region 8.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) later concluded that the incident was a "rubout."

Photo from CIDG 8

5. Armed men attack family of child actress

Three armed men attacked the family of a child actress, entered their house and took away their valuables. Authorities arrested the alleged robbers in a follow-up operation.

4. Maute group occupies Lanao del Sur town anew

The Maute terrorist group occupied Butig, Lanao del Sur once again in November, just five months after the military managed to free the town from its clutches.

The group removed the Philippine flag from the town hall and replaced it with that of the Islamic State.

Photo by Froilan Gallardo, ABS-CBN News

3. Young girl raped in front of mom

A 3-year-old girl and her 5-month old sibling died after they were maltreated by their mother's live-in partner. The older girl was even allegedly raped by the suspect before she died, while the younger child died of malnutrition and hunger.

2. Man rapes corpse

A man was arrested for allegedly raping a 21-year-old woman who died of leukemia.

According to the victim's father, they found his daughter' grave open, with his daughter's clothes scattered around.

He also said that the suspect, who was allegedly suffering from mental illness, asked them for soap because he wanted to take a bath. He reeked of formalin.

1. What police found in Dayan's 'white house'"

Ronnie Dayan, Senator Leila de Lima's former driver and lover, became the center of the probe on the lady senator's alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Prior to his arrest, authorities searched his so-called white house in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, which was allegedly given to her by De Lima.

De Lima later admitted giving Dayan money for the construction of his house. Dayan, however, said that what he owns is the "orange house" in Urbiztondo and not the much larger "white house" owned by his brother-in-law, an OFW.

Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News