Top Nation Stories of 2012

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Posted at Dec 18 2012 05:47 PM | Updated as of Dec 20 2013 02:32 AM

Death, politics, personalities:Top Nation Stories of 2012

For the local entertainment industry -- and the country, as a whole -- 2012 was the year the King of Philippine Comedy Dolphy made his final bows after a long battle with pulmonary disease.

But it was also a year some celebrities suffered heartaches or faced legal battles which stemmed from their controversial comments and actions.

It wasn't all sad news for the showbiz industry, however, as some stars bounced back from personal hurt to find new love.

It was also a year of surprising successes, especially for those who were involved in the hit series "Be Careful With My Heart" and the phenomenal soap "Walang Hanggan."

Here are abs-cbnNEWS.com's most popular entertainment stories of 2012.

Crisis in Scarborough (post with embed image)

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It started with several Chinese fishing boats illegally fishing in Scarborough Shoal and escalated to a standoff between China's military vessels and the Philippine Navy. At one point, even the Japanese government allegedly had plans to give patrol ships to the Philippines to strengthen its defense against China amid the territorial row. China claims almost the entire West Philippine Sea, putting it in direct conflict with the Philippines, Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam who claim parts of the sea within their exclusive economic zones. The United States and other Southeast Asian nations have also pressed for clarifications on Hainan province's new maritime rules that would allow its border patrols to board, search and expel foreign vessels that enter what it considers its territory.

Jesse's demise (with embed twitter)

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Last August 18, 2012, a seemingly peaceful weekend was shattered by news that a small Piper Ceneca plane carrying DILG Undersecretary Jesse Robredo and several companions crashed in waters off Masbate. Three days later, the nation's worst fears were confirmed after Robredo's body was found inside the plane's submerged fuselage. Robredo was rushing home to surprise his family after his daughter, Jillian, won a competition in the Palarong Panlungsod. He left behind memories of a man who lived a life of quiet service, who texted his wife 30 times a day and took a bus to Manila even though he was already head of the DILG. He also left behind his unique brand of "tsinelas leadership."

In an ANC interview last year, he said: "I think the Filipino culture is more EQ than IQ. We are inspired not by how smart or how intelligent our leaders are. We are inspired by the kind of character he demonstrates, the kind of feeling he evokes from us. When the going gets tough, the leader must be the first to face all these challenges and these problems."

Tug of war over Iggy

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I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream;

She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way.

Sotto and the RH Wars

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It was a fight for the ages. In one corner, advocates for reproductive health legislation that had languished in Congress for over a decade and in the other, officials of the Catholic Church and other lawmakers who believe there was no need for an RH law.

One lawmaker, Sen. Tito Sotto, got more than his fair share of brickbats in the debate. The Senate majority floor leader had made no secret about his disdain for the RH bill but his personal conviction seemed almost secondary to the criticisms he received online. First, he blamed contraceptives for the death of his infant son in 1975, prompting one RH advocate to urge the senator to sue his wife's doctor for linking birth control pills to the infant's death.

He then delivered a "turno en contra" speech against the RH bill, portions of which were apparently lifted from at least 5 different online sources including the work of blogger Sarah Pope. Sotto denied plagiarizing his speech and even called Pope a "mere blogger." Finally, he delivered an all-Filipino speech in the hope of silencing critics that he had plagiarized his speech, only to be found out that the last part of his speech was translated from the "Day of Affirmation" speech of the late US Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1966. His act of translating a speech without attribution sparked a new Internet meme and birthed a new word: Sinotto.

The RH bill was finally passed on third and final reading by both of houses of Congress earlier this month but not without a final parry by Sotto. His last request: to remove the phrase "safe and satisfying sex" from the final text of the bill. Sotto's request was rejected.

Gabby Concepcion grilled on 'Ihaw Na!'

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I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream;

She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way.

Mocha Girls go bare in 100-page special mag

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I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream;

She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way.

Was PNoy the 'lucky charm' of Megan Young, Bea Santiago?

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I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream;

She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way.

P361-B needed for Yolanda recovery, reconstruction

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I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream;

She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way.

Long term rehab will be until 2017 - PNoy

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I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream;

She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way.

10 Long term rehab will be until 2017 - PNoy

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I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream;

She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way.