Thursday, June 2, 2016

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

- International media groups have condemned Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's comments that many slain journalists through the years are corrupt and those who have done wrong are still being assassinated. Reporters Without Borders expressed outcry and urged the Philippine media to boycott Duterte's news conference until he issues a formal, public apology. The Committee to Protect Journalists said Duterte's comments "apparently excusing extrajudicial killings threaten to make the Philippines into a killing field for journalists."

- Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas and Vice President-elect Leni Robredo lauded their supporters in the administration's thanksgiving party held last night. The two expressed gratitude to their supporters prior to the campaign season and post-election.

- The People's Republic of China welcomed the plans of incoming Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. to hold bilateral talks to resolve the South China Sea dispute. The Chinese Foreign Ministry noted that over the four decades of diplomatic ties, successful leaders of China and the Philippines have affirmed their agreement to peacefully resolving the sea row.

- South Korean leader Park Geun-hye is in France for a state visit, celebrating 130 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Her four-day trip has begun with a Korea-France business forum on Thursday local time with some 200 business leaders from both countries attending. For Friday's summit talks, the two leaders will adopt a joint statement aimed at boosting ties in the 21st century. To realize the potential, the two sides will seek to diversify trade items and boost investment.

- Presumptive US Republican presidentiable Donald Trump is set to visit Great Britain later this month, after a referendum on the country's membership in the European Union. Trump's camp said that the businessman will visit Scotland on the 24th to attend an opening ceremony of a golf resort he owns.

- The world's longest and deepest rail tunnel in Switzerland has opened. The shortcut under the Alps is expected to give a high speed railway network a big boost. A ceremony was held on Wednesday in the southern Swiss town of Bodio to celebrate the Gotthard Base Tunnel. The tunnel shaves 30 minutes off the overland route and expected to reduce the amount of goods hauled over roads, and cut air pollution from trucks.

- Choromatsu and Ichimatsu from the hit TV series Osomatsu-san now joins the Nendoroid range. That's four down, two to go.

Nendoroid Ichimatsu

Nendoroid Choromatsu

- The PS4/XBOX One version of Biohazard/Resident Evil 5 will be available digitally on the Playstation Store or XBOX Live Marketplace this June 28, part of the series' 20th anniversary celebration. Aside from the refined graphics made for these consoles, it also offers two additional episodes Lost In Nightmares and Desperate Escape, as well as THE MERCENARIES UNITED (combining the original Mercenaries mini-game and The Mercenaries Reunion from the PS3 Biohazard 5 Alternative Edition), and other extras.

- In case you missed the recent Eat Bulaga Kalyeserye, today marks the 46th weeksary of AlDub.


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