Monday, August 22, 2016

Let's Do The News! (August 22, 2016)

- According to Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, critics of President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drugs campaign are wrongfully branding drug-related casualties as extrajudicial killings. Cayetano cited Administrative Order 35, under the former Aquino administration which defines extrajudicial killings, which killings that involved common criminals were not classified as it.

- Embattled Senator Leila De Lima called on a stop on the extrajudicial and vigilante killings, saying that anti-drug efforts used as excuse to kill. In her opening statement at the Senate justice and human rights panel hearing on the killings, De Lima said not all killings recorded were connected to drug operations.

- The Chinese coast guard began live-firing drills in the Tonkin Gulf on Monday, the latest in the series of military drills that come amid renewed tensions among disputants to territory in the South China Sea.

- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed a suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 for the fatal terrorist attack at a wedding party near the Syrian border. Turkish authorities are investigating the attack, which killed at least 51 people and 69 people injured. He said the Islamic State was likely responsible and the child bomber either committed suicide or was forced to do so by remote control.

- Russia marks the 25th anniversary of the coup attempt that lead to the collapse of the Soviet Union. On August 19, 1991, communist hardliners tried to seize power from reformist President Mikhail Gorbachev. The coup failed but Gorbachev lost power and the Soviet Union was collapsed four months later.

- In case you missed a special announcement during the special Granblue Fantasy event, Cygames was pleased to announced that the Granblue Fantasy TV anime is set to air this January 2017, with boy band BUMP OF CHICKEN performing the theme song. There's more because Cygames team up with one of the most insane game developers ever, Platinum Games, to create GranBlue Fantasy Project Re:LINK game based on the hit smartphone app game.

- Actress and comedienne Miranda Hart sadly announced that she won't be returning for another season of the BBC TV drama, Call the Midwife.

- AlDub and KathNiel picked up the top prizes in the 2016 PEP List Awards Night held last Sunday at the Grand Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Hotel. Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza won TV Star of the Year while Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla won Movie Stars of the Year.

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