Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Let's Do The News! (January 5, 2016)

- COMELEC asked the Supreme Court for a five-day extension to comment on the petitions of Senator Grace Poe regarding her disqualification cases. They cited the refusal of the Office of the Solicitor General to represent it in the case before the high court.

- The Senate panel reopens the probe on last year's Mamasapano clash for additional hearing. Last November, Senators Juan Ponce ENrile and Tito Sotto filed a motion to reopen the investigation of the Mamasapano incident.

- The House of Representatives will do everything they got to have the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law passed when Congress resumes session on the 19th of January. House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., issued the statement yesterday after the Third Party Monitoring Team urged the government to prepare a fallback position in case Congress fails to pass the BBL.

- The special edition cover of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo featuring a cover cartoon of a god-like image draws controversy. A year has passed since Islamic State militants attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices and shot 12 people dead, including the editor-in-chief.

- The Arab League plans to hold an emergency meeting regarding the recently deteriorating ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The top Arabian foreign ministers will meet up on Sunday in Cairo, Egypt.

- Meanwhile, the Saudi Arabian UN Ambassador defended his country's execution of 47 people convicted of terrorism, including a prominent Shia cleric from Iran. The Ambassador states the majority of the convicts punished by death were Sunni and the move does not fuel sectarian conflicts.

- A museum commemorating the historic Thailand-Burma Railway has opened in Burma. Built during the Second World War in order to ship supplies to the Japanese Imperial Army, it is often nicknamed as the Death Railway because thousands of POWs and local workers died during its construction. The railway was the setting for the movie "The Bridge on the River Kwai". The new museum opened at Thanbyuzayat, the first stop on the Burma side of the border.

- For the 2016 Consumer Electronics Showcase, the newly established Faraday Future unveiled their maiden vehicle; a single-seater EV racecar called the FFZERO1.

- Italian hypercar maker Pagani is teasing an upcoming hardcore version of the Huayra, set to be revealed this year.

- Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach understands why Colombians are upset after the controversy that surrounded the pageant. The situation of her having bashers are nothing new to her. Her message to the Colombians as well as Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez? She states that with these things, she understands that mistakes often happen.

- Philippine TV network ABS-CBN responds on the complaint of alleged humiliations of former talents posted against director Cathy Garcia-Molina.


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