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Top stories of 2019: Investment scams, killings, justice for 57

INVESTMENT scams, the death of a Philippine Military Academy cadet from hazing injuries and shooting incidents that targeted town mayors lead the list of SunStar Philippines’ top stories in 2019 based on page views.

Stories that were not among the top 10, but are worth mentioning because of their impact were the Senate investigation into the Good Conduct Time Allowance scheme which morphed into an inquiry on ninja cops and the conviction of three Ampatuan brothers and 40 others for the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

Here are the top ten stories at SunStar Philippines based on page views.

10.

Dad accepts daughter’s medal in her behalf

A Grade 12 pupil's father accepted the medal in behalf of his deceased daughter who had graduated with high honors. The 18-year-old student died of dengue fever three weeks before her graduation ceremony.

9.

Police nab fellow cop in motel with 16-year-old student

#9. A cop allegedly used a dummy social media account to entice and blackmail a student in exchange for explicit sexual acts.

8.

Teacher claims dead child attended flag ceremony

A teacher fell unconscious after she allegedly saw one of her pupils during a flag ceremony. Apparently, this student, a 10-year-old boy, died of dengue fever two days earlier.

7.

San Fernando mayor survives ambush; husband dead

San Fernando Mayor Lakambini Reluya and her five companions, including her husband Ricardo “Nonoy” Reluya Jr., were aboard a van on their way to San Fernando town from Cebu City when they were ambushed. Lakambini survived but not her husband and two other companions in the van.

6.

Clarin mayor shot dead a day after arrest

A day after he was arrested for allegedly mauling a massage parlor attendant in Cebu City, Mayor David Navarro of Clarin, Misamis Occidental was shot dead. The mayor was being escorted by policemen in a police car that was part of a convoy on the way to inquest proceedings at the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office when the gunmen attacked.

5.

4 students molest girl

A girl was sexually assaulted by four of her male classmates. A video, taken by one of the men, showed how a classmate molested the girl who was unconscious while seated on the backseat of a car.

4.

Organico, Kapa investors assured they will still get payouts

Investors of Organico Agribusiness Ventures Corp. and Kapa-Community Ministry International Inc. have been assured by company representatives that they will continue to get their payouts despite the crackdown against these firms for offering unregistered investment schemes.

3.

Drug ingestion eyed in death of woman, 19, at Sinulog eve concert

A 19-year-old woman collapsed while attending a concert. Medical teams in the area were able to provide assistance and rush her to the hospital, however, she passed away a few hours after. The cause was believed to be from ingesting a party drug.

2.

3 cadets face life imprisonment

Three cadets from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) were charged criminally for their direct involvement in the maltreatment of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio that led to his death. If found guilty, they are set to face life imprisonment.

1.

SEC warns public against 22 ‘investment scams’

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an advisory stating there are various unregistered investment entities that entice the public to invest their money in high-earning products. The SEC listed common red flags in order to spot such investment scams.

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Here are five top stories from SunStar newspapers.

BACOLOD

1.

Portion of Mambukal hotel collapses

2.

Leo Rey Yanson bans 4 siblings from entering VTI offices, terminals

3.

Bizman killed, wife hurt in shooting outside Bacolod church

4.

Celina Yanson-Lopez confirms P380-M VTI missing funds

5.

2 hotels, pension house ordered closed

BAGUIO

1.

3 cadets face life imprisonment

2.

Chinese workers invade Tabuk City

3.

Kennon Road reopens

4.

Baguio City public order and safety personnel in trouble for abusing taho vendor

5.

Foul play ruled out in PMA cadet's death

CAGAYAN DE ORO

1.

Driver surrenders 6 days after running over doctor

2.

‘Cult leader’ who kept girl in sexual captivity falls

3.

Cop, man killed in grenade blast in Misamis school

4.

DOH-NorMin: Eating fish can’t cause HIV infection

5.

Suspect in pawnshop heist falls

CEBU

1.

SEC warns public against 22 ‘investment scams’

2.

Drug ingestion eyed in death of woman, 19, at Sinulog eve concert

3.

Organico, Kapa investors assured they will still get payouts

4.

4 students molest girl

5.

Clarin mayor shot dead a day after arrest

DAVAO

1.

Python vs king cobra goes viral on Facebook

2.

Rigen payouts on hold

3.

60 barangays in Davao City in danger

4.

Mall workers sickened by poor ventilation

5.

The story behind the 'Food is Life' photo

PAMPANGA

1.

10-hour brownout on May 30 in some Pampanga towns

2.

Sto. Tomas folks get shower of cash, gifts

3.

No classes in Angeles City during SEA Games

4.

4 killed in Clark Freeport car crash

5.

Ex-PAF fighter pilot appointed DOTr security chief

SUPERBALITA CEBU

1.

Likayan usa ang pagkaligo, pagpanginhas sa dagat sa Mactan

2.

Kabit, misis sakpan

3.

Masuso patay human bakunahi

4.

Misis nasakpan sa bana nga nakigduwa og laing team ug gipadakop

5.

Police mitalaw madestino sa Mindanao ni-resign

SUPERBALITA CAGAYAN DE ORO

1.

Plano sa asawa ug kabit sapon

2.

Kalayo gidulaan, 28 balay naugdaw

3.

Hagit sa usa ka sex worker (Unang bahin)

4.

Nag-sex sulod sa moviehouse sapon

5.

Asawa gipatay sulod sa simbahan

SUPERBALITA DAVAO

1.

Babaye namalbas sa kinatawo gibaklad

2.

Nagtariki nanibat sa lodging inn

3.

Dughan sa dalaga gitaopan og kutsilyo sud sa pasaheroang bus

4.

Kabaw gilugos sa hubog

5.

Dalagita gisulayan og lugos giatsa sa ama-ama

The top five stories from Manila are:

1.

Palace to Trillanes: Expect possible imprisonment after ‘Bikoy’ revelation

2.

Duterte: Ashley Abad was 'source' of ecstasy

3.

7 dragon boat team members dead in Boracay mishap

4.

4Ps beneficiaries may get rice instead of cash

5.

Criminal raps readied vs Kapa over investment scam


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