Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Let's Do The News! (April 12, 2016)

- Despite reports from a tech security firm, COMELEC assured voters that sensitive biometrics date weren't included in the alleged database leak by a hacker group. COMELEC knew the data they claimed to have and they know that date doesn't include biometrics. They also called out TrendMicro for taking advantage of the situation. A report published by the tech security firm said the leak puts 55 million registered voters in the Philippines at risk. Last month, two hacktivist groups consecutively breached the COMELEC website while releasing the poll body's entire database online.

- Back to the money-laundering issue, more RCBC officials have been dragged into the alleged $81 million heist as former branch manager Maia Santos-Deguito continued her testimony at the Senate on Tuesday. Contrary to allegations, Deguito said she didn't rush the withdrawal of the alleged stolen funds from Bangladesh when the money was credited to its beneficiaries two months ago.

- The top officials of the G7 expressed concern over the rising tensions in the South China Sea and called on the full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the disputed waters. During the meeting at Hiroshima, Japan, the top officials from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, and High Representatives of the European Union released a joint statement on maritime security. The G7 ministers urged concerned states to refrain from conducting massive land reclamation activities, building of outposts and using them for military purposes.

- China, meanwhile, backstabs against the recent G7 meeting, urging them to stop making irresponsible remarks. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the G7 should have focused on global economic governance and cooperation instead of dealing with the issues on Chinese waters.

- Prosecutors in Panama have begin investigating the Panama Papers scandal, about how large sums of data on offshore financial dealings was leaked from a law firm in Panama. Public prosecutors visited the law firm, Mossack Fonseca, in response to its complaint that the tax haven data had been stolen by hackers. The prosecutors are thought to have questioned officials of the firm and examined records.

- The Brazilian lower house committee has voted in favor of impeaching President Dilma Rousseff over he alleged involvement in manipulating government accounts. The majority of the special committee agreed that an opinion papers complied by one of their members provided grounds for her impeachment. The whole lower house of Congress is scheduled to vote later this week if the upper house should take action and if so, the Senate will next debate whether to impeach. Brazil will face the brink of political turmoil as it prepares this August's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

- The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder reached a max top speed of 265.6mph down a 2.9-mile runway somewhere in California, marking it the fastest convertible...in the world.

- Last April 3rd, Kouji Wada, the singer behind the TV shows from the Digimon franchise, passed away at the age of 42 due to cancer in his upper pharynx. With the farewell event happening this month, here are some people involved in the anime industry shared messages about Wada's passing. CLICK HERE.

- Dolce Amore actress Liza Soberano got bashed by netizens after calling her co-star Enrique Gil as her "best friend". Liza and Enrique played as the series' main characters Serena and Tenten. About last week, Liza shared a short video interview of an American singer-actress, when she was asked ot rate three local actors; him, James Reid, and Daniel Padilla.


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