Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Let's Do The News! (July 26, 2016)

- After yesterday's SONA of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front have reiterated their commitment to peace. Duterte underscored his administration's desire to put a negotiated closure to the now 45-year Mindanao secessionist conflict,

- The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed its earlier decision that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the US and the Philippines is constitutional. Voting 9-4, the high court denied the motion for reconsideration filed by militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan against the decision upholding the EDCA. Six months ago, the SC ruled that the executive agreement is constitutional and does not require Senate concurrence.

- Bongbong Marcos confirmed that the burial of his father, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, on the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani will proceed as plan. According to Bongbong, the burial takes place sometime on September, the late dictator's birth month. A simple ceremony will be prepared on the burial.

- The United States, Japan, and Australia have urged China not to build any military outposts and reclaim land in the disputed South China Sea, in an effort to support the ASEAN nations' causes. A joint statement issued late Monday ironically fills the vacuum created by Southeast Asia's main grouping, which during its meeting of foreign ministers on Sunday failed to take a stand against China because of disunity among themselves.

- The 4-day Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia got off to a rough start following reports of hacked e-mails, which authorities believed it was the work of the Russians in order to play within Republican presidentiable Donald Trump's hands due to his pro-Russian stance and against NATO allies. While speakers lambasted against Trump, even First Lady Michelle ObamaVermont Senator Bernie Sanders urged his supporters to rally behind Hillary Clinton in her bid to become the next US president, although some of Bernie supporters are reluctant to change sides for some reasons.

- Authorities believed that the suicide bomber behind the Ansbach attack on Sunday vows allegiance to the Islamic State militant group. The authorities told reporters on Monday that the self-made video threatening a terror attack was discovered on a cellphone they confiscated from his apartment. They also found bomb-making materials as well.

- The Russian Olympic Committee President, Alexander Zhukov, says over eight athletes are expected to miss the Rio Olympics under new International Olympic Committee rules banning Russian athletes sanctioned for doping from competing. The Russian committee announced last week that it will send 387 athletes, but the new rules will affect at least 8 of them and the number will rise.

- The fifth-generation Subaru Impreza is set to launch in Japan this fall and it will be the first Subaru to equip with pedestrian front airbags. in addition to Eyesight Ver. 3.

2017 Subaru Impreza
- Volkswagen will suspend their South Korean sales indefinitely following its ongoing diesel emissions scandal.

- Aston Martin produced the last nine DB9 units in the form of bespoke "Last of 9" models curated by "Q by Aston Martin".


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