Thursday, April 21, 2016

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

- COMELEC advised the public to avoid the website where hackers leaked the data of Filipino voters. A hacker group called LulzSec Pilipinas earlier launched a search engine for the data of 70 million Filipino voters and made it available for downloading via torrent file. The NBI earlier confirmed that a person suspected to be responsible for the hacking the website of the COMELEC had been arrested.

- Onto the money-laundering case, the treasurer and external vice president of the RCBC resigned from his post amid the issue involving the 81 million dollar heist. Treasurer Raul Victor Tan, always present to represent the back at the Senate blue ribbon committee inquiry into the money laundering scam, tendered his resignation effective yesterday. He had been with the bank for seven years.

- The third and final COMELEC presidential debate will give Filipinos plenty of questions to ask for the presidential aspirants. Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Grace Poe will attend the debate at the Phinma University of Pangasinan on Sunday. The questions in this final debate will tackle on traffic, job security, health, foreign policy, basic public educations, OFW concerns, and peace for Mindanao residents in conflict areas.

- Seismic activity in the quake-struck Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan has been going on since last week's powerful quakes struck the prefecture.

- Russian leader Vladimir Putin confirmed that he will meet up with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the 6th of May in Sochi. Putin was speaking in a ceremony to receive letters of credentials from newly arrived foreign ambassadors in Moscow on Wednesday. One of them is Toyohisa Kozuki from Japan. The Russian leader said that the promotion of dialogue with Japan in different areas is one of the key aspects in Russian foreign policy.

- The death toll in last week's Ecuador quake is now up to 570.

- The United Nations refugee agency says that over 500 refugees and migrants are feared dead in the sinking of a boat in the Mediterranean Sea last week. Last year, about 800 people died after a boat capsized off Italy in the Mediterranean.

- For the first time in US history, a new US bank bills will feature an African-American female. The Treasury Department said that the anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman will get her spot in the new twenty-dollar bills to be issued in or after the year 2020. Tubman was born to a slave family in the eastern state of Maryland, and engaged in underground activities in the 1850's to lead slaves to freedom. She worked for the rights of women and African-American after slavery was abolished following the Civil War.

- Mitsubishi Motors admitted that they've cheated at the fuel consumption data to some 625,000 vehicles, most of them are kei cars. Reports told that Nissan uncovered the deception between the cars' published fuel consumption data and their real-world results.

- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga kalyeserye, today is AlDub's 40th anniversary and the two had some surprises in store in this very occasion!


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