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Man of the year

January 13, 2020 - Monday 4:01 AM by Jimmy Laking

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The Year of the Rat will be from all indications a break-out year.
 
But 2019 was a watershed year that heralded what is to come. And for a fruitful and outstanding year, this is our humble way of paying tribute to the men and women and events that made 2019 a year to remember.
 
Man of the year: President Rodrigo R. Duterte
Senators of the Year: Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa
Governors of the Year: Edwin Jubahib, Claude Bautista, Nelson Dayanghirang, Jayvee Tyron L. Uy
Congressmen of the Year: Corazon Malanyaon (Davao Oriental), Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora (Davao de Oro), Alan “Aldu” Dujali (Davao del Norte)
Mayors of the Year: Sara Duterte Carpio, Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Benjamin Magalong (Baguio City), Maria Theresa Timbol (Kapalong, DN)
Councilors of the Year: Danny Dayanghirang, Mary Joselle Villafuerte
Sports Czar and Catalyst of the Year: William “Butch” Ramirez of the Philippine Sports Commission
Sports Event of the Year: 19th Southeast Asia Games
Davao Athletes of the Year: Kylmille Keilah Rodriques (obstacle course), Sydney Tancontian (Kurash), Sonny Wagdos (5,000 meter run), Marc Alexander Lim (Jujitsu)
Sports reporters of the year: Lolito delos Reyes, Marianne Saberon-Abalayan
Exit of the year: PNP chief Oscar Albayalde
Black eye of the year: Ninja cops
Health facility of the year: Malasakit centers
Deadly dosage of the year: Methanol-laced lambanog
Birth of the year: Northern Davao Electric Cooperative
Conflict Resolution Catalyst of the Year: Mario Angelo Sotto and Task Force Duterte
New Name of the Year: Davao de Oro
Peace Pact of the year: MOA signed between TADECO, BUCOR and Davao del Norte
Instant fruit vendor of the year: Manny Pinol
Tectonic visitors of the year: Series of earthquakes and their aftershocks
Exposed (by the earthquakes) of the year: Substandard LGU and school buildings
Bombshell of the year: Economic rip-off pulled by Manila and Maynilad water companies
Discovery of the year: Indigenous village of Tapayanon in the Kapalong hinterland by Philippine army combatants.
Economist of the year: Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez
Departures of the year: Renato B. Lumawag, Chris Lanorias, Secretary Abdul Khayr Alonto of MinDA, Cesar Ledesma. (May the Lord bless their souls)
Checkmated of the year: Kapa and similar money investment scam outfits
Globetrotter of the year: Lito Lorenzana
Game changer of the year: Local and national elections
Rejected of the year: Salugpungan schools 
Persona non grata of the year: NPAs 
Prostituted of the year: PDP-Laban 
Terminator of the year: Whole-of-nation approach to end insurgency
Bridge of the year: Concrete bridge spanning the Paquibato river in Barangay Mapula
Cacao ambassador of the year: Val Turtur
Envoy of the year: Nur Misuari 
Trade facility of the year: Agri-Pinoy trading center in Daliao, Toril
Federalism advocates of the year: Norma Monfort, Florencio Gavino, Adrian Tamayo and Harold “Bong” Martinez
Media forums of the year: Kapihan sa SM, Habi at Kape, PNP-AFP press forum, Davao Sports forum
Spokesperson of the year: Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey of the Eastern Mindanao Command
Search of the year: Next Philippine National Police chief 
Termination of the year: Lapsing of the extension of the implementation of martial law on December 31, 2019
 
Of course there were a lot of bigger and equally worthy events that we missed out. We intend to do better next time.
 

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