Friday, June 17, 2016

Let's Do The News! (June 17, 2016)

- The Ombudsman yesterday pushed through the decision to file charges against former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima and former SAF commander Getulio Napenas for their roles in the Mamasapano clash in January 2015. The motions for reconsideration filed by Purisima and Napenas were nullified. Aside from criminal indictment, Purisima and Napenas were also found liable for grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

- 25 years have passed since the deadly Mount Pinatubo eruption, which is the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, and experts, analysts, and government officials gathered for a lecture on the preparation and monitoring prior to the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, the aftermath, and the lessons learned from their experience.

- In an effort to combat against threats from Abu Sayyaf, placing Martial Law in Sulu and Basilan is an option being considered by the incoming military leadership under the Duterte administration. Outgoing leader Benigno Aquino III admitted having considered imposing martial law in Sulu days ago.

- China wants to resolve territorial disputes with other countries over the South China Sea by entering into joint exploration agreements. As far as the Asian superpower's concerned, China always put forward many proposals about resolving all their disputes.

- Hot on heels on next week's imminent Brexit vote, Switzerland withdraws its 24-year-old application to join the European Union.  Following a vote in the lower house, the Swiss government announced that their EU membership has been withdrawn, according to reports. 24 years ago, Switzerland refused to be part of the European Economic Area, of which non-EU members Iceland, Norway, and Lichtenstein, giving them access to the EU single market.

- British police are investigating the motive behind the murder of a lawmaker who supported Britain remaining in the European Union. Observers say, the death of Jo Cox could affect next week's referendum on the nation's EU membership. Her attacker reportedly shouted "Britain First" during the assault. Following the assault, campaigns for both "remain" and "leave" are suspended. Some say, the murder of the lawmaker could help the "remain" camp to garner support from people who feel sympathy for her.

- Following BMW's Vision Next 100 Concept, Mini and Rolls-Royce are joining in the vision of the next century.

- Top Gear presenter Chris Harris will spawn a web-exclusive segment on the Top Gear YouTube page.

- In Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers leveled the score at three wins each after beating the Golden State Warriors at 115-101.

- Following its recent season four finale, the BBC America series Orphan Black gets renewed for the fifth and (oh no...) final season next year. Is this goodbye for the Clone Club?


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