Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Let's Do The News! (December 29, 2015)

- Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Emerson Carlos, who was one of the jurors of the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival, welcomed the reported decision by the House of Representatives in the investigation of the disqualification of Erik Matti's film, Honor Thy Father, from being nominated in the best picture category.

- The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the overseas Filipino worker placed on death row was executed in Saudi Arabia. The OFW, named Joselito Zapanta, aged 35, was executed by the Riyadh Grand Court around 1420 hours. He was convicted for murder with robbery five years ago and was sentenced for killing his Sudanese landlord over a rent problem.

- The Armed Forces of the Philippines will display forty of their air assets during the commemoration of Jose Rizal's 119th death anniversary in Manila. The fly-by of these assets will be held just nine days after the AFP displayed their helicopets and aircrafts during the 80th anniversary in Clark, Pampanga. It will be the first time to initiate a fly-by in celebration of Rizal Day.

- Following the death of a nine-year old girl in Bulacan by a stray bullet, the Department of Health called on gun owners to be responsible and avoid indiscriminate firing.

- The United States expressed concerns that the new anti-terror law established by China would restrict the freedom of expression. A spokesperson to the Deputy State Department said that the new legislation requires internet-related companies to share information with the authorities.

- The northern Italian city of Milan has adopted an emergency measure to curb air pollution by banning everyone to drive their cars for three days.

- South Korean reports are divided over the historical agreement on the issue of comfort women. Last Tuesday, the Japanese and Korean governments reached an agreement and gained heavy coverage in newspapers.

- To attract more foreign visitors in the Taito Ward district in Tokyo, the ward's official website will be translated to 89 languages, with new languages such as French, Thai, Norwegian, and Nepalese. Officials warn that the translation will be Google-based so it may not be accurate but this translation want to to provide foreigners with more information about the ward's landmarks ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics.


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