Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Let's Do The News (February 3, 2016)

- The Congress has ran out of time to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law, sparking concerns that possible conflicts in Mindanao may occur, according to officials. The officials of the House of Representatives had until today to deliberate the BBL before going on a three-month hiatus at the end of the week. The long-delayed bill has become the top priority of a peace deal signed by the largest Muslim rebel group in the south and the government of President Benigno Aquino III, whose term ends in June.

- The Commission of Elections First Division trashed all the disqualification cases charged against presidentiable Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Most of the DQs rejected are those filed by University of the Philippines Student Council Chair John Paulo delas Nieves, broadcaster Ruben Castor, nuisance candidate Elly Pamatong and former senatorial candidate Rizalito David.

- The Philippines remains free of the Zika virus, according to the Department of Health as it announced preventive measures to the public should cases turn up in the country. According to DOH secretary Janette Garin, the Philippines is not on the list of affected countries but the aedes aegypti mosquito -- similar to the ones that carrying dengue, Chikungunya, and yellow fever --- is still in the open so the government takes precautionary measures to deal with it. There was once a report that a Filipino contracted the virus in Honduras which the Department of Foreign Affairs is into it.

- The top officials at the Syrian peace talks in Geneva are split over the inclusion of the top member of the Army of Islam, which named as a terrorist group by the Syrian and Russian governments. 

- Following the Republican's Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton barely won the Iowa Caucuses as the presidential candidate for the Democrats after a three-way contest.

- The launch plan regarding the so-called satellite by North Korea comes as the global community is preparing fresh sanctions against the Korean Peninsula over its recent nuclear test. North Korea told the International Maritime Organization and other international organizations that they will be launching a satellite between the 8th and 25th of February. There's a possibility that the so-called satellite launch maybe set to the 16th of February, the birthday of former leader Kim Jong-Il.

- Renault's Alpine will unveil its first new model for the revived brand on the 16th of February.

- Ford Motor Company will put their upcoming 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, armed with a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and a 10-speed gearbox, in some off-road endurance racing. Its offroad racing debut will take place at the Parker 425 in Arizona on the 4th to the 7th of February,

- The 7th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition takes place at the Seaside Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay, Metro Manila, every Saturday from the 13th February to the 19th of March, 2016.


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