Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Let's Do The News! (May 25, 2016)

- The Commission on Human Rights ruled that Davao City Mayor and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte violated the Magna Carta of Women over his controversial rape joke regarding the gang rape and killing of an Australian missionary. The CHR said that words and actions of Duterte were discriminatory of women that is enjoined by the Magna Carta of Women. Their resolution suggested that the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Interior and Local Government take appropriate measures.

- Former Justice Secretary and Senator-Elect Leila de Lima revealed that it was President Benigno Aquino III who asked her to help out Liberal Party's vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo as the latter faces allegations of election fraud from Senator Bongbong Marcos. De Lima is working as an overall consultant of Robredo's legal team.

- Human rights activists in Indonesia condemned the government to name the late dictator Suharto a national hero and urged them to reject the idea, given the late president's track record of alleged human rights violation and corruption. If done, the current government would endorse the military authoritarianism that Suharto upheld during his administration, which resulted in violence and led to the disappearance and death of many victims.

- The Afghan Taliban militants confirmed that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US Drone strike last week but they named Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of Mansour's deputies, as his replacement.

- Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden made their cases on Tuesday for why they should be elected to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. The open debates at the UN are the first in its 7-decade history to subject candidates for Security Council seats to questions from member states and non-government organizations.

- Onto the presidential primaries; Republican presumptive presidentiable Donald Trump and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton win Washington state's primaries.

- China-based tech giant Huawei filed patent infringement lawsuit against South Korea's Samsung in the US and China, in a case that highlights the rise of Asian competitors as technology creators. Huawei said it wants "reasonable compensation" but gave no financial figure for its claim against Samsung.

- Former racing driver and motoring journalist Tiff Needell announced the end of motoring TV show Fifth Gear via Twitter. The motoring TV show hosted by old Top Gear presenters Tiff Needell and Vicki Butler-Henderson (and many others) once aired on Channel 5 from 2002 and transferred to Discovery Channel UK from 2012 to 2014, and History Channel UK since last year.

- Warner Brothers Japan announced that a live-action movie adaptation of the hit anime and manga series Fullmetal Alchemist is underway. Shooting will take place in Italy next month and wrap up in Japan in mid August. The film will be released early 2017 and it will star Ryosuke Yamada as Edward Elric, Tsubasa Honda as Winry Rockbell, and Dean Fujioka as Col. Roy Mustang.

- Kangin from the K-POP boy group Super Junior is currently under investigation for DUI. The star allegedly crashed through a street lamp somewhere in Gangnam by around 0200 hours local time while driving a rented luxury car. No one was hurt. This is the second time this Super Junior member got DUI since seven years ago.


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