Thursday, May 19, 2016

Let's Do The News! (May 19, 2016)

- The top 12 senators from the May 9 elections has been proclaimed by COMELEC. The names of the 12 senators are former TESDA Director Joel Villanueva, boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, former PhilHealth director Risa Hontiveros, Valenzuela Representative Sherwin Gatchalian, former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Ping Lacson, Richard Gordon, Migz Zubiri, Francis Pangilinan, Senator Franklin Drilon, Senator Tito Sotto, and Senator Ralph Recto.

- The Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said she will be inhibiting from cases involving President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte and his family due to her ties with them. Morales said her brother's son is the husband of Duterte's daughter, Davao City Mayor-elect Sara Duterte. The younger Duterte and Morales' nephew are both lawyers.

- The Pentagon reported that two Chinese fighter jets flew within about 50 feet of a US Navy spy plane in international airspace over the South China Sea, characterizing the incident as an unsafe intercept and said it is being reviewed. Two Chinese J-11 jets flew out to intercept the US EP-3 spy plane and came so close that they forced the pilot to descend a couple hundred feet in order to avoid a collision.

- Two powerful quakes struck Ecuador, injuring 85 people. These jolts come about a month after a powerful quake struck the South American country, killing over 600 people. A M6.7 quake struck early on Wednesday morning, followed by a powerful M6.8 quake shortly before noon on the same day. Reports told that one elderly person died.

- The EgyptAir Flight MS804, en route from Paris to Cairo, lost from radar at 0045 hours UTC shortly after entering Egyptian airspace. Authorities are launching an investigation for a passenger plane, which had 66 people aboard, went missing from the airspace.

- Moving on to the fuel economy crisis, Suzuki Motor Corporation admitted that they falsified their fuel consumption data on their 16 models currently being sold in Japan (including recently released ones such as the Ignis and the India-import Baleno). Despite the scandal, Suzuki will continue selling its cars while adding that earnings have yet to be impacted.

- Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Motors' president Tetsuro Aikawa stepped down from his post, effective late next month, when the automaker will hold its shareholder's meeting. Alongside Aikawa is Executive VP Ryugo Nakao. With Nissan gained control of about 34% of the shares from Mitsubishi Motors, Aikawa asked the rival car company to send one of theirs to replace his position.

- Two compact Volvo concepts have been unveiled. The Concept 40.1 previews a compact saloon while the Concept 40.2 previews a compact crossover.

- Today marks the 44th Weeksary of AlDub.


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