Thursday, April 14, 2016

Let's Do The News! (April 14, 2016)

- Onto the clash at Basilan, the Armed Forces of the Philippines coordinated with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front prior to its operation in the village of Baguindan in Tipo-Tipo on the 9th of April that left 18 soldiers dead and 56 others injured. According to the Western Mindanao Command, the coordination was part of the mechanism to maintain the ceasefire between the government and the MILF and prevent miscommunication that could lead to fatal encounters. 

- After his farewell battle against Tim Bradley last weekend, the recently retired boxing champ Manny Pacquiao returned home to Manila on Thursday morning. Pacquiao arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 at 0501 hours local time on board flight from Los Angeles, accompanied by his family.

- US Defense Secretary Ashton carter revealed that at least 200 American servicemen will stay behind after the Balikatan exercises for a joint patrols in the South China Sea. At a press conference with his Philippine counterpart Voltaire Gazmin, Carter bared that the US and the Philippine militaries started joint maritime patrols in the South China Sea, a move decided at a ministerial meeting with Gazmin, US State Secretary John Kerry, and former Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario in Washington three months ago.

- The ruling conservative Saenuri Party lost the parliamentary majority in Wednesday's general election, giving way to a tripartite political system for the first time in two decades. The sudden outcome came after months of political arguments over the redrawing of election maps, legislative inaction, and nomination feuds, prompting young South Korean voters to head to polls and traditional support bases to turn the other way. This loss will be a major damage to South Korean leader Park Geun-hye as she is left without backing from a ruling party majority.

- About fifty people have rallied outside the Mossack Fonseca offices in Panama City, demanding further investigation over the Panama Papers leak that exposed the offshore financial dealers of the world's wealthiests. The demonstrators called for justice on Wednesday as they handed out leaflets describing Panama as a paradise for the rich and also one of the most unequal in terms of wealth distribution in the world.

- The UN human rights office demanded the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram to free the group of missing girls it abducted in Nigeria since 2014. The UN and human rights experts issued a statement asking Boko Haram to immediately reveal the location of over 200 schoolgirls it abducted from a school in Nigeria on April 14, 2014.

- More problems arose in the making of a new Top Gear series as the latest deals on the ongoing feud between presenters Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, saying that the Friends actor severely damaged the brand following the Cenotaph drift fiasco during shooting.

- Boy band Coldplay confirmed that they will be performing in the Philippines this year. It was confirmed via social media about last night and as part of their "A Head Full of Dreams" concert.

- The first trailer of Marvel's Doctor Strange film has arrived. This film hits theaters this autumn.


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