Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Let's Do The News! (July 19, 2016)


- The Supreme Court has dismissed a plunder case against Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo over her alleged misuse of the intelligence funds of the PCSO. At a televised press conference, the high court dismissed the case against Arroyo for lack of evidence. The court also ordered the immediate release of Arroyo, who is currently under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

- Despite being soured in the recent arbitral ruling, China has agreed to cooperate the Philippines in the fight against illegal drugs with its embassy saying narcotics are "a common enemy of mankind". The Chinese Embassy has expressed explicitly to the new administration China's willingness for effective cooperation as the Chinese government has been firm and severe in drug control and in punishing all drug criminals regardless their nationalities.

- Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade apologized for the closure of the main runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday evening. Tugade explained that he was forced to declare closure of the NAIA Runway 06-24 when the asphalt got peeled off and required immediate repair to ensure passenger and aircrafts' safety.

- The first day of the 4-day US Republican National Convention kicked off in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday, with delegates from all fifty states and party members attending. Over the course of the convention, politicians and actors will deliver speeches addressing Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again". On Tuesday, Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be named as the party's presidential and vice presidential candidates.

- The European Union foreign ministers have condemned the failed coup attempt in Turkey but urged the country to respect human rights in dealing with the plotters. Turkish authorities have detained at least 7,500 people, including members of the military and judiciary institutions.

- An inquiry commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency says Russia carried out a state-sponsored doping program at the Sochi Winter Olympics two years ago. Sources showed at least 15 of the 33 Russian medal winners at the Sochi Olympics were a part of the doping program.

- An international conference of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, also known as UNAIDS, opened in Durban, South Africa, on Monday. About 18,000 people, including researchers and those who offer assistance to HIV carriers, are taking part.

- Shooting for the first episode of the Amazon original series, The Grand Tour, hosted by former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, in South Africa has finished. The main idea of the show behind the scenes is the presenters taking their studio with them in a large tent globally every episode.


- TV presenter Kris Aquino got criticized by netizens about why she watched the latest AlDub movie, Imagine You & Me, instead of seeing an Enrique Gil film titled Dukot. Believe it or not, both of the films were showed in theaters on the same day since the 13th of July.

- Alden Ehrenreich was named as the actor who's going to play the young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars prequel film. That was announced during last weekends Star Wars Celebration fan event in London, England.

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