Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Let's Do The News! (August 23, 2016)

- The Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped preparations for the planned burial of late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in September. The halt order is effective for 20 days as the court prepares for oral arguments on the petitions against the late dictator's final interment at the Heroes' Cemetery in Taguig.

- The Sandiganbayan issued a 90-day suspension order against Senator JV Ejercito, who is facing graft charges. The court earlier charged Ejercito and other San Juan City officials with graft and technical malversation over the alleged anomalous use of high-powered firearms worth 2.1 million pesos in 2008.

- The International Criminal Court may possibly assume jurisdiction over the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers if the Philippine government fails to address the issue according to the Commission of Human Rights. This means, that the ICC is the last resort and may only assume jurisdiction in case a national government fails to address international crimes.

- In another round of the Clinton e-mail scandal, the State Department is reviewing almost 15,000 more Hillary Clinton emails that went previously undisclosed during an FBI investigation into her private server. The emails could become public by mid-October. The State Department is reviewing the documents for classified information. In response, the Clinton Campaign said "As we have always said, Hillary Clinton provided the State Department with all the work-related emails she had in her possession in 2014. We are not sure what additional materials the Justice Department may have located, but if the State Department determines any of them to be work-related, then obviously we support those documents being released publicly as well."

- On a related note, Hillary Clinton told federal investigators about former Secretary of State Colin Powell's advice to use a personal email address only after the FBI asked her about the correspondence between the two, according to sources. Powell has lamented that the Clinton people trying to pin her email troubles to him, saying she had already been using her email server before introducing it to her. The Clinton Campaign responds "Hillary Clinton has consistently taken responsibility for her decision to use a single email account, and as she has said for over a year now, it was a mistake and she regrets it.

- Swimsuit company Speedo revoked their sponsorship from US Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte following his "exaggerated" story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the games.  Speedo said that while it has enjoyed a winning relationship with Lochte for over a decade, it cannot condone behavior that is counter to the values the brand has long stood for.

- The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld a decision to ban Russian athletes from the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The court dismissed Russia's appeal against the ban imposed by the International Paralympic Committee amid allegations of statewide doping. It made extremely difficult for the Russian Paralympians to participate in the games.

- The Japanese institute which conducts researching whaling says it has reached court-mediated settlement with the US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd. Representatives say the agreement, reached earlier this month, permanently prohibits the group from obstructing Japanese whaling activities.

- Actor Alden Richards starts his shooting as a Mulawin character to be appeared in the upcoming episode of the 2016 rebirth of GMA's hit fantasy drama, Encantadia.

- Eat Bulaga presenter Wally Bayola hints at possible return of his fellow presenter Paolo Ballesteros but when?


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