Monday, May 2, 2016

Let's Do The News! (May 2, 2016)

- The May 9 elections is drawing near in the Philippines and Davao City mayor and presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has failed to meet his challenge to open his bank account at the Bank of the Philippine Islands even if he complied with the mayor's demand to execute an affidavit naming his informant, according to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. 

- One of the Philippines' most influential religion group, the Iglesia Ni Cristo, said it will press charges against the person who forged an endorsement letter with a fake signature of its executive minister Eduardo Manalo. The letter, a false document endorsing the candidacy of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, went viral on social media. According to reports, the document in question is not from Brother Eduardo Manalo.

- According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippines will continue working for the safe release of foreign nationals being held captive by the Abu Sayyaf group. On Sunday, the terrorist group has recently freed ten Indonesian sailors to Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II. They were brought to a military hospital for a medical checkup and were declared in stable condition despite being held captive for over a month.

- Workers from across the globe held rallies and marches to mark Labor Day or May Day. In Russia, about 100,000 people marched across Red Square, carrying Russian flags and colorful balloons to celebrate the occasion. In Paris, France, violent protests broke out to protest parliamentary debate on labor reform. In Istanbul, Turkey, protesters clashed with police.

- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has expressed her renewed determination to fight her imminent impeachment. During the May Day rally in Sao Paulo, Rousseff criticized the opposition for initiating impeachment procedures. Rousseff said impeachment is not only against her mandate but also against achievements of workers. She said she will fight until the very end.

- Japan's Diet has passed bills to secure funds for building the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. A revised law was approved on Monday at an Upper House plenary session by the majority support of the Liberal Democratic, Democratic, and other parties.

- New Pokemon XYZ toys from Takara Tomy on the radar! As we get ready for the upcoming Pokemon movie starring Volcanion, three mega-evolved Pokemon, to be seen in the film, is added to the range. Mega Sharpedo, Mega Beedrill, and Mega Tyranitar, they're now part of the Super Size Moncolle figures, each priced at 650 Yen each. Also, look out for the new Soft Poke Ball toys, each priced for 1,000 Yen and it comes with four variants; the normal, Great, Ultra, and Master Ball. It even shakes to replicate the catching sequence! Last, there's a new Clip-and-Carry Pikachu variant and this one's a female Pikachu (the one with the heart-shaped tail on it) perfect for little girls who love Pikachu. It's priced at 2,000 Yen. All of these toys will be arriving this June.

- The classic 1964 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle is the highlight in the Jay Leno's Garage webisode.

- THE IDOLM@STER MILLION LIVE! app game gets a brand new Next Prologue update, available now, packed with additional idols, new storylines, new SP skill learning, and the new Ultimate Live Arena feature, with additional extras.

- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga Kalyeserye, the Sportsfest goes on as planned and for our very own Team Work, led by Lola Tinidora with Divina as their Muse, they're facing a neck-to-neck competition against other teams. In the end, the Team Work has won but Lola Nidora's arrival spurs things up for AlDub and what do they get? A final script for the movie they're working on and what? Tune in next time and find out.


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