Monday, March 21, 2016

Let's Do The News! (March 21, 2016)

- The second round of the PiliPinas Debates 2016 happened at the University of the Philippines, Cebu City, yesterday, and the presidential candidates; Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe, and former DILG secretary Mar Roxas, get caught in a verbal crossfire as the candidates deal with the current issues in the Philippines as well as themselves in the road to the May elections.

- Former Philippine Stock Exchange employee Jay Peñaflor is believed to have transferred millions of pesos allegedly taken from investors into offshore accounts but the Securities and Exchange Commission said it would collaborate with international governments to possibly recover the money. Peñaflor is the rogue financier behind the million-peso scam who is now facing separate syndicated estafa complains filed by his victims before the Department of Justice and the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office.

- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III ordered the agencies focused on road and travel safety to ensure the safety of the motorists during the Holy Week. According to the Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., the order was given to most government agencies as well as the Toll Regulatory Board and the Metro Manila Development Authority.

- The Turkish interior minister identified the suicide bomber who attacked Istanbul and killed four people last Saturday as a man affiliated with the Islamic State militants. At a news conference, DNA tests identified the bomber as Mehmet Ozturk. He's from the southeastern city of Gaziantep near the Syrian border. The explosion killed four people and injured 39. Authorities suspect three other ISIL militants plan to attack the country and they are searching for the suspects and have disclosed their names and photos.

- US President Barack Obama arrived in Cuba for his three-day visit to the country. This is the first visit to the country by an incumbent US president in almost six decades following the restored diplomatic ties last July after Obama changed US policy. The US leader will hold a summit with Cuban leader Raul Castro in Havana and take part in a panel discussion with US businesspeople and Cuban entrepreneurs.

- A military helicopter crashed yesterday in the central part of Indonesia, killing 12 people on board and leaving one person missing. The Indonesian army helicopter crashed and engulfed into flames on a farming area in the suburbs of Poso, Sulawesi Island. The military has deployed troops in Poso to subdue militants pledging allegiance to the ISIL and has its stronghold in the area. Officials suspect bad weather might have been a factor.

- Production of the all-new Acura/Honda NSX hybrid sportscar will commence at the end of next month at the Marysville plant in Ohio.

- After the final VW Phaeton produced at its transparent Dresden factory on the 18th of March, Volkswagen plans to realign its transparent plant for electromobility and digitization purposes in the future. Next month, the plant will remain open for events as well for vehicle delivery and preparation following the updates.

- Although veteran actor Harrison Ford is done being Han Solo in the Star Wars saga following last year's The Force Awakens, Disney, who now owns LucasFilm, announced that a brand new Indiana Jones movie is set to hit theaters in the summer of 2019 with Steven Spielberg as the director, meaning that Ford's time as Dr. Jones is still whipping.

- LITTLE DID YOU KNOW: There is a hidden message somewhere in one of the lyrics of the song featured on the recently released self-titled album from Pile, the singer behind the voice of Love Live's Maki Nishikino. Find out here...


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