Monday, January 4, 2016

Let's Do The News! (January 4, 2016)

- Three Supreme Court justices who were members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal, will be inhibited from Senator Grace Poe's disqualification case. The three Associate Justices Antonio Carpio, Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, and Arturo Brion, decided not to take part in the review. According to report, a petitioner, who earlier asked the high court to reverse her case, received the copy of the notice.

- The Department of Defense has allotted a 106.138 million peso budget for the ammunition for the nation's newly acquired FA-50 fighter jets. This budget will be used for the acquisition of 93,600 20mm rounds for the Korean-made fighter jets' machine gun.

- Four big-ticket items for the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines such as radars for territorial defense and drones for combat operations, are awaiting implementations by the Defense Department.

- Numerous jeepney drivers and operators held protest in front of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to oppose the proposal to phase out old jeep units. The proposed phaseout is part of the modernization program of the government but it's not yet finalized according to Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and LTFRB chairman Winston Ginez.

- Saudi Arabia's decision to cut ties with Iran sparked concerns over further instability in the Middle East. The decision to cut ties came after the execution of a prominent Shia cleric by the Saudi Arabian government, which led protesters in Iran to attack the nation's embassy.

- An Islamic extremist group in Somalia used a clip of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a recruitment video, where Trump calls for banning all Muslims from entering the United States. The extremist group, Al-Shabab, is an Al-Qaeda affiliate.

- A M6.7 quake struck the northeastern region of India, killing six people and injuring 50. The quake, according to the USGS, happened around 0430 hours on Monday. It's focus was 29km west of the city of Imphal at 55km deep.

- Wine production in Japan is expanding as wines made exclusively from domestically-grown grapes are becoming more popular. One example is major beer producer Sapporo Breweries opened a bar specializing in Japanese wines in Tokyo's Ginza district last month. The firm's shipments have tripled in half a decade and plans to develop more high-end products.

- Actress Liza Soberano celebrated her 19th birthday with a boho glamping party at Club Balai Isabel in Batangas last night.

- Pauleen Luna is ready to send out invitations for her wedding with Eat Bulaga presenter Vic Sotto this month. Recently, the coupe led the house blessing rites for their new Laguna home.


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