- Although being harsh against the United States against his platforms, President Rodrigo Duterte told Japanese reporters that he affirms his alliance with the USA as he and the Japanese government agreed to cooperate in promoting regional peace and stability. Yesterday, both countries agreed to cooperate in promoting regional peace and stability and acknowledged the importance of US alliance, although a joint statement focused largely on Japan's contribution to Philippine maritime security and other projects totalling a 21 billion yen loan.
- The House minority acknowledged the Committee on Justice's report on the Bilibid drug trade but insisted that charges should be filed against Senator Leila de Lima over her alleged involvement. The committee report refused to recommend the prosecution on De Lima over her alleged involvement on the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison.
- The Abu Sayyaf terrorists gained at least 353 million Philippine Pesos from ransom kidnappings in the first six months of the year and have turned to abductions of foreign tugboat crewmen as military offensives restricted the militants' mobility, according to reports.
- Two strong quakes rattled central Italy on Wednesday night. Dozens of people were injured but no reports of casualties. The USGS says a M5.5 quake struck shortly after 7PM on Wednesday, followed by a M6.1 quake two hours later.
- The UN General Assembly committee will vote on Thursday on a draft resolution calling for a legally binding treaty to ban all nuclear weapons. The draft was jointly submitted to their First Committee on Disarmament by almost fifty nations, calling for convening negotiations on a treaty prohibiting the possession and use of nuclear weapons.
- Because of the ongoing Dieselgate scandal, Audi ended their Le Mans endurance racing program after 18 years, focusing on its involvement on the FIA Formula E Championship instead.
- The Apollo Arrow, as seen from the Geneva Motor Show last spring, will utilize a carbon fiber chassis from Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, makers of the SCG003 hypercar as seen on the same event.
- The next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Insignia was previewed and sadly, it will be soon be available in Australia as the next-generation Holden Commodore, making it the first fully-imported Commodore since production of the original rear-wheel drive model will end in 2017.
- Ritsuko Akizuki joins Phat's lineup of THE IDOLM@STER anime DVD/Blu-ray cover figure range and she's available for preorder starting at 9,000 Yen (plus tax) while deliveries will commence this May 2017.