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#InquirerSeven: Most rage-inducing stories of 2015

/ 09:40 AM December 28, 2015

Every end of December, INQUIRER.net compiles 49 of the most compelling stories and issues and groups them into seven key lists that encapsulate the year that’s been. The year 2015 in particular saw the Philippines thrust further into the global stage, whether for reasons good–”Heneral Luna,” COP21 and Miss Universe–or bad–Mamasapano, #APECtado and lumad kilings.

The fifth of the yearend series lists the seven most rage-inducing stories of the year, from the deadly Mamasapano operation in January to how “carmageddon” has become the new normal in Metro Manila.

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The Inquirer #BestofSeven for 2015 runs from December 24 to 30. Check out the rest of the lists here or by clicking the image at the end of this article.


Mamasapano Maguindanao massacre SAF44

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1. ‘Oplan Exodus’: The botched Mamasapano operation

The nation was angered by the death of 44 elite commandos of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force during an operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, that ultimately killed Malaysian terrorist Zulkifi bin Hir alias “Marwan.” The government, military and police drew flak for the avoidable deaths, supposedly due to a lack of proper coordination.

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Full report: The Mamasapano incident

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New Mamasapano lead eyed

Laglag bala tanim bala NAIA

2. ‘Laglag-bala’ scam strikes fear into the heart of Philippines

Ninoy Aquino International Airport, once tagged the worst in the world, made headlines in Novemeber due to an alleged bullet-planting extortion scheme headed by airport personnel. The racket, dubbed “laglag bala” or “tanim bala,” usually victimized foreign tourists and overseas Filipino workers. The government has since downplayed the reported incidents.

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Refresh your memory:

Abaya admits lapses in filing cases vs innocent ‘tanim bala’ victims

Filipino expats, OFWs angry embarrassed over ‘laglag’ bala

Aquino not convinced on ‘tanim-bala’

UN warns staff amid ‘tanim-bala racket’ at Naia

Manny Pacquiao Floyd Mayweathrer Jr. PacMay Fight of the Century

3. Fight of the Century: Pacquiao vs Mayweather underwhelms

It was labeled “Fight of the Century,” but the long-awaited showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. wallowed in its own hype. A bout for the ages was promised but there was never a fight with Mayweather running, Pacquiao chasing and millions of fans disappointed. Mayweather won the 12-round yawner over Pacquiao, who later revealed fighting with an injured shoulder.

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#InquirerSeven Best stories written about Fight of the Century

Pacquiao: ‘Still the people’s champ’

Despite loss, Pacquiao still comes home to a hero’s welcome

‘Unbowed’ Pacquiao proud of showing during match, uniting Filipinos

Cebu Pacific unruly passenger

4. ‘Unruly passenger’ offloaded from Cebu Pacific flight

In March, a Cebu Pacific flight had to return to the airport to unload actress Melissa Mendez after she got into a fight with model Andrew Wolff and his friend Rey Pamaran over the latter’s reserved seats. Wolff said Mendez “smelled like a beer brewery” and even punched his friend. The actress, however, said she only wanted to take photos of clouds, and that Pamaran disrespected her.

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Cebu Pacific flight returns to airport to unload unruly actress

Cebu Pacific confirms offloading ‘unruly passenger’

Melissa Mendez: I was humiliated, offended, threatened

Rey Pamaran airs side on slapping incident with Melissa Mendez

Lumad killings

5. ‘Lumad’ killings anger indigenous groups

The exploitation of indigenous peoples in resource-rich Mindanao earned the ire of the public this year, following the death of “lumad” leaders in September. The harassment has been linked to both military and paramilitary, but the concerned parties have denied the accusation. The lumad later trooped to and camped out in Manila to voice out their grievances.

Refresh your memory:

‘Lumad’ in gold-rich Mindanao targeted

Leave us alone, ‘lumad’ group tells AFP, NPA

UN: Stop ‘Lumad’ killings, harrassment

School children recount Lumad killing incident in Surigao del Sur

Paris terror attacks

6. Paris terror attacks

Darkness shrouded the City of Lights as two major terror attacks struck the French capital this year. Just ten months after the bloodbath in the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that massacred 12 people, more than 120 people were killed in a series of coordinated attacks in November at multiple locations, including a concert hall and national stadium.

Refresh your memory:

More than 120 people killed in Paris ‘terror’ attacks

Defiant Charlie Hebdo puts Muhammad on first cover since attack

IN PHOTOS: Paris attacks

Carmageddon traffic Metro Manila

7. ‘Carmageddon’ and the Metro Manila traffic gridlock

In 2015, Metro Manila was named the city with the worst traffic in the world by users of road navigation application Waze. Amid the increasing number of vehicles and a deteriorating mass transport system, numerous torrential downpours this year have left thousands of commuters stranded on the road and have even turned Edsa, the capital region’s major thoroughfare, into a parking lot.

Refresh your memory:

Flash floods trigger Metro Manila ‘carmageddon’

After ‘carmageddon,’ Palace admits lack of ample infrastructure

Waze users rate Metro Manila traffic world’s worst

Did we miss any other rage-inducing stories? Share with us your thoughts!

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