Thursday, July 7, 2016

Let's Do The News! (July 7, 2016)

- Typhoon Butchoy has slowed down as it continues to move closer to Taiwan, according to PAGASA. The eye of the storm was located 160km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes with max sustained winds of 205 kph and gusts of up to 240kph. It is forecasted to move west northwest at 17kph and expected to leaver the PAR on Friday.

- The Philippine National Police on Thursday revealed that they are part of solving possible human rights violations committed by policemen during anti-drug operations. A certain lawmaker, earlier, filed a resolution calling on the House of Representatives to investigate extrajudicial killings and summary executions of suspected drug violators and criminals. Since Duterte's inauguration, at least 30 drug suspects have been killed and over 900 drug users and pushers have surrendered.

- The PDP-Laban party asked the Supreme Court to junk COMELEC's resolution granting the Liberal Party's request to extend the deadline of the submission of statements of contributions and expenditures. The party is the second to file a petition questioning COMELEC's decision to extend the deadline of the filing of SOCE.

- The death toll from Sunday's Baghdad terror attack by the Islamic State has reached 250, which makes it the deadliest since the beginning of the Iraqi War in 2003. An Iraqi Health Ministry reported that 250 people were killed about 200 others were wounded when a car bomb exploded in a largely Shia district in the Iraqi capital last weekend. The war 13 years ago deepen religious animosity between Shia and Sunni Muslims int he country.

- Former UK PM Tony Blair said he accepts responsibility for the decision of his country to take part in the Iraq War since 2003. Blair says it was the hardest decision he took in his 10 years as prime minister and expressed more sorrow, regret, and apology than people may ever know.

- The investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State has ended without any charges. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that she accepted the FBI's recommendation. The FBI on Tuesday recommended that no criminal charges be brought in the case while saying Clinton was careless in handling classified information.

- The Spanish court has sentenced Argentinian soccer superstar Lionel Messi to 21 months in prison for defrauding tax authorities of 4.6 million dollars. The court on Wednesday found Messi guilty of tax evasion by using companies in overseas tax havens. He was also fined of 2.3 million dollars.

- The Harry Potter-spinoff movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, is set to hit theaters this Autumn but J.K. Rowling said she has completed script for its upcoming sequel. The first film is the first of the Fantastic Beasts trilogy.

- Former SexBomb girl Sugar cries for help over her legal battle with her estranged husband. A video of her asking for help went viral, following the child abuse complaint filed by her estranged husband Kristofer Jay Go. Since last year, Sugar filed a complaint against her husband for violating the RA 9262 law or Anti-Violence Against Women and Children act of 2004.

- Following their crushing defeat by the New Zealand basketball team and their hopes to be part of the Rio Olympics ended in shambles, GILAS Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin stressed the need to play more tune-up games for the national team in future endeavors, especially if it expects to be successful in the world of basketball.

- Today marks the 51st weeksary of AlDub.

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