No one is going to miss the year 2020. Most Filipinos will remember it for a raging pandemic that crippled the country, which showcased the ineptitude of the Duterte government and led to the suffering of millions of Filipinos who have lost their livelihoods.
And yet many of our articles that have attracted the most attention from our readers have nothing to do with COVID-19. People were interested in food and showbiz scandals, although they were also concerned about the worsening human rights situation in the Philippines. Here, we look back at the stories that grabbed people’s attention this year, one of the most tumultuous in recent memory.
Fastfood giant Jollibee phases out the Champ and its Burger Steak meal, only to bring it back later this year.
A 33-year-old restaurant manager died after allegedly receiving glutathione injections in a Sampaloc, Manila spa.
Businessman and controversial YouTube star Francis Leo Marcos was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for allegedly violating Republic Act 8050, also known as — wait for it — the Optometry Law.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray denied that a topless photo of herself was real, and stressed that the picture was edited by unknown perpetrators.
Gray appeared at the NBI’s office in Manila to file a complaint against the persons who allegedly leaked her fake nude photo online.
Model (and Gray’s ex-boyfriend) Clint Bondad got a ton of people worried early this year when he posted a series of cryptic messages on social media.
This milk tea shop’s curious-looking logo scandalized the people of Tondo — and beyond.
A village captain from Cavite was caught having sex with his treasurer in an online conference call.
Filipino-American influencer Bella Poarch drew hateful comments from some South Koreans who called Pinoys “short and uneducated” because she was sporting an offensive Japanese rising sun flag tattoo.
A Parañaque City cop named Jonel Nuezca was caught on camera shooting to death his unarmed neighbors, which critics said was proof that a culture of impunity has taken root at the Philippine National Police.