Monday, May 23, 2016

Let's Do The News! (May 23, 2016)

- The Court of Appeals finds that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who lost the vice presidential bid in the May 9 elections, guilty of indirect contempt for his allegations that dismissed Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay paid justices P50 million bribe money to stop the suspension order imposed against him by the Ombudsman. Last year, Trillanes alleged that Associate Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta received 25 million pesos each in exchange for issuing a restraining order to stop the implementation of the first suspension order issued by the Ombudsman in connection with the Makati parking building scandal.

- Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, an evangelist and longtime friend of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, said all is well between him and the president-elect. In a press briefing, Quiboloy told he had no hard feelings on Duterte and his friendship with him continues, despite being ignored by Duterte in the selection of Cabinet members.

- The Philippine National Police said it cannot conclude that the casualties at a concert in Pasay City over the weekend were drug-related until the results of the toxicology tests on the victims are released. This speculation that drug ingestion and overdose caused the death of five party-goers during and after the Close Up Forever Summer Concert at the SM Mall of Asia grounds last Saturday.

- Analysts told that if people of Britain choose to leave the European Union in next month's referendum, it could have a significant impact on the future of the bloc's integration policy. On the economic aspect, the value of Pound and the country's stock market are expected to suffer. The euro is also predicted to fall if market players regard a "Brexit" as a failure of European integration.

- A close ally of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan will become the nation's new premier. This is believed to allow Erdogan to further extend what is perceived by many to be his authoritarian style of politics. Binali Yildirim, the Transport and Communications Minister, was elected as the new leader of the governing AKP at its extraordinary convention in the capital city Ankara.

- Iraq has launched military operations to retake the city of Fallujah from Islamic State terrorists. Iraqi Premier Haider al-Abadi said in a televised speech that the Iraqi military are approaching a moment of great victory against ISIL.

- The second-generation Peugeot 3008 crossover has been fully unveiled, packed with high-tech interior,new body, new choice of engines, and much more.

2017 Peugeot 3008

- Actress Charlize Theron's villain role in an upcoming eighth Fast and Furious movie will be named Cipher, and that name somewhat rings a bell...

- BBC is making a four-part animated adaptation of Richard Adam's Watership Down novel. CG animation will be provided by Irish animation company Brown Bag Films (the studio behind Disney's Doc McStuffins and Henry Hugglemonster, Octonauts, and Nickelodeon's Peter Rabbit) and the animation team will be led by Pete Dodd, who is co-directing, and Hugo Sands, who is producing. It will feature an all-star cast of voices such as James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Gemma Arterton, Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Olivia Colman, and Anne-Marie Duff.

- J-Pop singer and actress Mayu Tomita is in critical condition after receiving multiple stab wounds from a knife-wielding fan on Saturday. Mayu is a former member of a girl group Secret Girls and she was busy with her acting and singing career while finishing college. Reports told that Mayu was waiting to perform at a concert venue in Koganei, western Tokyo, when a suspect stabbed her two dozen times in the neck and chest with a knife. The police had apprehended the suspect and charged with attempted murder.


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