Thursday, April 28, 2016

Let's Do The News! (April 28, 2016)

- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III revealed that the Abu Sayyaf Group plotted to abduct his TV personality sister Kris Aquino and boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao as part of their group effort to gain respect from the Islamic State militants. One of the bandit leaders, Isnilon Hapilon, tried to convert other inmates in the national penitentiary to their cause and establish ties with the remains of the Rajah Sulayman Movement, in an attempt to embark on a terrorist attack in Metro Manila, according to the president. He stressed he he has to stop the ASG, which has been seeking its alliance with ISIS. Aquino vowed to disband the terrorist group before his term ends this June.

- Several websites of government agencies, local private companies, and schools have been hacked by an "Indonesian Defacer Team", according to reports. Contrary to this report, hacking group Anonymous Philippines clarified that they are not responsible in this latest cyber-attack.

- The Anti-Money Laundering Council filed charges against officers of Philrem for its alleged involvement in the $81 million money heist from the Bangladesh central bank. The council filed a joint complaint-affidavit against Salud Bautista, Michael Bautista and Anthony Pelejo for violating Republic Act 9160 or the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001.

- The commission of Brazil's Senate has begun discussions on whether to set up an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff, who is accused of involvement in manipulating government accounts. The special commission on the impeachment of Rousseff began deliberating on whether to set up the trial. The full Senate will possibly hold a vote as early as mid-may and if a majority of senators vote in favor of the impeachment trial, Rousseff will be suspended from her duties.

- Two weeks have passed since the two powerful quakes struck Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, that left 49 people died, but officials warned of more possible aftershocks as well as potential landslides triggered by rain. As of now, over a thousand quakes with intensities of one or more had hit the region.

- Republican front-runner in the US presidential nomination race, Donald Trump, has reiterated that Japan and other US allies must pay more of the cost for American troops stationed in their countries. During his foreign policy speech in Washington DC on Wednesday, Trump criticized President Barack Obama's foreign policy, saying it weakened the US economy and the military, and if Trump is elected president, he will put American interests first.

- The Japanese government will test mileage data on vehicles made by Mitsubishi Motors. This rare decision follows the Japanese car company's admission last week that it had falsified mileage data on their kei cars.

- You know that Europe doesn't sell a powerful Lexus LX570 but in case of someone smuggled one, a tuner called LARTE Design adds some styling modifications on Lexus' flagship 7-seater SUV.

- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga Kalyeserye, today marks the 41st weeksary of AlDub, coinciding with the birthday of presenter Vic Sotto, who is going to have a big day on Saturday, and the two lovers are not feeling in the mood after last Wednesday's fiasco. Fortunately, things are finally settling in and later, some gifts received including a secret item to be unveiled this Saturday but what is it? Tune in next time and find out!!!


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