Majority of the House of Representatives of the Philippines elects Former President and current House Representative, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as House Speaker of the lower congress replacing Pantaleon Alvarez.
Former President of the Philippines Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III is indicted (among others) by the Office of the Ombudsman for his failure in handling the 2015 Mamasapano clash, which resulted in the deaths of 44 members of the Special Action Forces of the Philippine National Police. Aquino's legal team has vowed to appeal for a motion for reconsideration; as well as the group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (representing the victims' families), against what they call a "weak case" (citing Aquino's charges of "graft" & "usurpation of authority", instead of "reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide")
Abu Sayyaf militants, who threatened to kill three foreigners kidnapped from a "high-end" Philippine resort in September 2015, unless they were paid 900 million pesos (17 mil Euros) by midnight today (15:00 UTC), have beheaded one of the hostages, Canadian John Ridsdel. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III had ordered an all-out effort to rescue the hostages, including a Philippine woman, kidnapped by the Daesh-linked group.
An unknown gunman shoots dead Nerlita Ledesma, a journalist from the Philippine tabloid "Abante" in the province of Bataan; her death is the 172nd murder of a journalist since the return of democracy in 1986 and the 31st during the presidency of Benigno Aquino III.
Juan Ponce Enrile is elected as Senate Feliciano Belmonte Jr. is elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.President Benigno Aquino III delivers his first State of the Nation Address.President Benigno Aquino III delivers his first State of the Nation Address.
Juan Ponce Enrile is elected as Senate Feliciano Belmonte Jr. is elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.President Benigno Aquino III delivers his first State of the Nation Address.Feliciano Belmonte Jr. is elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.