Thursday, December 24, 2015

Let's Do The News (December 24, 2015)

- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front claimed that the delays in the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law passage would only benefit terrorists and extremists.

- Senator Grace Poe insists that she's still in the presidential race for the May 2016 elections and is undaunted as the decision of COMELEC to disqualify her is still appealable before the Supreme Court.

- The Food and Drug Administration granted marketing approval for the first vaccine for the prevention of dengue to be licensed in Asia. According to the president and CEO of pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, Dengvaxia is a tetravalent dengue vaccine that can prevent the disease caused by all four dengue types in individuals from nine to 45 years old living in endemic areas. He states that the approval in the Philippines, following closely the first approval in Mexico, is further evidence of the pharmaceutical company's commitment to introduce this new vaccine first in dengue prone countries.

- The new pool that will be used for the canoe slalom events for next year's Rio Olympics has been opened for the general public.

- Iraqi forces are close to regain the central city of Ramadi from the Islamic State militants, according to officials. Iraq launched an all-out offensive with the support of US-led coalition air strikes on Tuesday.

- South Korea officially declared itself freed from the MERS outbreak following the guidelines set by the World Health Organization that state 28 days must go by without a newly reported case. Last May, about 186 people infected by the virus with 38 of them died. The last infected patient in the country died on the 25th of November.

- So far, over 70 people remained missing in last Sunday's Guangdong landslide and Chinese rescue workers are continuing the search for the missing bodies. On Wednesday, they've rescued a 19-year-old man from the rubble in an industrial zone in Shenzhen. Local officials say that as of Wednesday, about four people are confirmed dead.

- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga kalyeserye, the De Explorer sisters and Yaya Dub have performed at the Christmas Caroling Competition...and they lost. Humiliated with their lost, Tito Sotto offered the girls an invitation to the Broadway Centrum tomorrow for a Christmas party and, of course, the launch party for My Bebe Love. Keep watching Eat Bulaga tomorrow and find out.

- Despite his announcement fiasco that spiralled the public, especially Miss Colombia and the recently won Miss Philippines, Steve Harvey is most likely to host next year's Miss Universe pageant and in the foreseeable future thanks to a multi-year contract.

- Celebrity couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes posted fresh batch of photos of their baby girl  Maria Letizia.


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