2012 will be remembered in Philippine history as the year when the country held its first completed impeachment process after the Senate voted to remove Chief Justice Renato Corona last May 2012. The process is generally believed to have strengthened the Philippines' democratic institutions. Former President Joseph Estrada's impeachment trial was cut short in 2001 by a military-backed people power uprising.
It was also a sad year with the deaths of comedian Dolphy and DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo. Millions of people paid tribute to the good work done by these two beloved Filipinos in their respective fields.
Here are the top news events of 2012 for the major sections of ABS-CBNnews.com. These are the articles and videos netizens themselves "liked" in 2012.
We thank our readers and viewers for making ABS-CBNnews.com the country's number one news website for the second year in a row. This is based on Effective Measure, the internet audience measurement system adopted by all the major news websites of the Philippines in 2011. -- Editors