Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Let's Do The News! (August 10, 2016)

- The Malacanang officials has allayed fears about President Rodrigo Duterte's statement on martial law, which is an offshoot of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's serious concerns on the inclusion of some judges in the administration's anti-drug campaign. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar noted that Duterte has tapped the executive powers he has under his disposal to pursue the drug campaign, added that the president is careful about undermining any institution in the government. 

- Meanwhile, Chief Justice Sereno chose to mum about President Duterte's remarks against her, saying there is no need for her to respond. Duterte oppose Sereno on Tuesday saying the issuance of warrant takes months and the resolution of criminal cases also takes years or forever.

- The bereaved families of 2 Americans killed in the 2012 attack on a US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, have sued Democratic presidentiable Hillary Clinton. They say the-then secretary of state is responsible for the incidents. About four years ago, a group of militants attacked the US consulate, killing the US ambassador to the country and three others. It was also referred in one of Clinton's e-mails regarding the locations of the ambassador and others. A Clinton campaign spokesman said there have been nine different investigations into the attack but no connections of her and the attack.

- Meanwhile, US Republican presidentiable Donald Trump, meanwhile, criticized his rival Clinton in a North Carolina speech on Tuesday, saying that she wants to abolish the Second Amendment. Referring to the presidential power to nominate Supreme Court judges, Trump said "If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do." Trump then added, "Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know." The US Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms." US media describing his latest remark another gaffe that appear to urge gun rights supporters to attack Clinton. The Clinton campaign also criticized the remark as dangerous and they state that the person seeking to be the US president should not suggest violence in any way.

- Russian and Turkish leaders have agreed to restore bilateral ties damaged by Turkey's shooting down of a Russian warplane last November. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited St. Petersburg on Tuesday and met Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the first time since last year's incident. Erdogan apologized for the incident in a letter he sent to Putin in Jun. Putin suggested at a news conference that Russia will gradually lift its economic sanctions.

- Meanwhile, in Pokemon GO-related stuff, the first Pokemon GO master in the US, Nick Johnson, arrives in Japan for a media tour, courtesy of Expedia. Then, developer Niantic Labs begin removal of controversial PokeStops such as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum while adding PokeStops at Toho Cinemas across Japan. Lastly, they launched a campaign to attract tourists in quake-hit Japanese prefectures, including the Kumamoto Prefecture.

- Retired Lamborghini test driver, Valentino Balboni, has set up his own aftermarket parts company to supply aftermarket parts specifically for Lamborghini. His first product, a titanium exhaust system for the Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV, will debut at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

- Hot on the heels on the upcoming Death Note movie, there's a three-part mini series airing on Hulu Japan next month. The three-parter highlights more on characters such as Tsukuru Mishimi, Ryuzaki, and Yuki Shien.

- The first teaser trailer for the final installment of the live-action Resident Evil/Biohazard films, titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, has now gone live. This movie will hit Japan this December and then globally this January 2017, starring action starlet Milla Jovovich as Alice who sets to end this nightmare by going back to where it all started; The Hive at Raccoon City. Expect zombie-slaying, BOW butt-kicking, thrills in this film.


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