Friday, August 19, 2016

Let's Do The News! (August 19, 2016)

- Victims of human rights violations under the Marcos regime filed the petition against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos's burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City. Former Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Loretta An Rosales, PEP editor-in-chief Jo-Ann Maglipon and 12 other Martial Law victims sought for a TRO on the Marcos burial.

- The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines expressed regret over the public's reaction to President Rodrigo Duterte's "public shaming" of Senator Leila de Lima. CBCP public affairs chief Father Jerome Secillano noted that while Duterte's tirade against De Lima was hardly a surprise, it was the people's response that was unsettling.

- The Malacanang officials denounced on Friday reports and observations, particularly those from the United Nations, that is said attributed the slew of recent deaths to the government, stating that President Rodrigo Duterte has not made extrajudicial killings a policy of his administration.

- More on Trump's provocations, Republican Presidentiable Donald Trump accused President Barack Obama of lying over a payment the US government delivered to Iran in January. Trump said that Obama had lied about the 400 million dollars in cash that was flown to Iran. Trump said the money was a ransom, paid to secure the release of 5 Americans from that country. The remarks came after State Department acknowledged that the payment was not made until after the 5 were released. The US government took advantage of the planned payment to make sure it had the maximum leverage possible to get the Americans out, stressing that it's not ransom payment.

- A viral clip of a badly injured Syrian boy in Aleppo has sparked shock and outrage around the world. The five-year-old boy was saved on Wednesday from a rubble of a building destroyed in an airstrike. People around the world have posted messages on social media, such as "No more child victims," and "World leaders should take action." Meanwhile, Russia willing to support a 48-hour weekly ceasefire in Aleppo for humanitarian aide.

- The US Olympic Committee has apologized for what it called unacceptable behavior by four US swimmers who were fund to have lied about being robbed at gunpoint. The swimmers include Ryan Lochte, who won a gold medal in the men's 4-by-200-meter freestyle relay at the Rio Games. Lochte claims they were robbed when their taxi was stopped on the way to the athletes' village from a club in Rio de Janeiro early on Sunday. Authorities state that an argument followed between the athletes and 2 armed gas station security staff. One guard drew his gun after one of the swimmers began behaving erratically.

- Mercedes-Benz uncovered their Vision Maybach 6 Coupe before its Pebble Beach debut, packed with an electric motor that generated 550kW of power and a more striking design for a grand tourer.

- Cadillac uncovered the Escala Concept before its Pebble Beach debut this weekend, previewing the tech that will be implemented to future Cadillacs.

- The hit anime and manga franchise, BLEACH, will spawn a live-action movie this 2018, starring Sota Fukushi and directed by Shinsuke Sato.

- Uncovered info regarding Pokemon Sun and Moon details a new Fire-and-Dragon Pokemon called Turtonator, complete with its signature Shell Trap attack.


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