Friday, August 26, 2016

Let's Do The News! (August 26, 2016)

- After the beheading of another hostage by the Abu Sayyaf Group last Wednesday because of the failed ransom deadline, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered yesterday military troops to eliminate the terrorist group. The Armed Forces of the Philippines has ordered the deployment and insertion of additional troops in Sulu and Basilan to rid the group. The President said he condemned the recent beheading of the kidnap victim, a Jolo native, and son of a court stenographer who was kidnapped last month.

- Personalities involved in a drug matrix recently released by President Duterte may face drug-related graft charges, according to the Palace official. The so-called drug matrix claims that Senator Leila de Lima and Pangasinan Representative Amado Espino Jr. are among the key people involved in the New Bilibid Prison drug trade.

- At least 1,500 overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia have expressed willingness to return home, according to the DSWD. The agency's humanitarian team is currently in the Middle Eastern country to assist distressed OFWs and their families. About 1,575 out of 3,193 OFWs in Saudi's 21 campsites want to go back home but that number is expected to rise as the team continued to reach out to other distressed OFWs located outside the campsites across the KSA.

- In the aftermath of the central Italy quake that killed 250 people, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi declared a state of emergency in areas affected by the quake. Renzi said at a news conference in Rome on Thursday that the government authorized a preliminary 57 million dollars, in emergency funding to deal with the disaster.

- The two presidentiables for the November 2016 elections, Democrat Hillary Clinton and controversial Republican Donald Trump are fighting over minority votes as Trump tries to win over blacks and Hispanics. Trump invited black and Hispanic leaders to his Trump Tower HQ in New York on Thursday while Clinton continues her attack on Trump over his stance on minority groups. At a rally earlier, she called his policies racist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrants and anti-women and accused him of building his campaign on prejudice and paranoia. Her campaign even posted a clip that connects Trump to white supremacists.

Suspended Brazilian leader Dilma Rousseff is facing the last step of her impeachment trial on charges of manipulating government budgets. The Senate began deliberations on Thursday. The session, presided over by Supreme Court's Chief Justice, heard witnesses for and against Rousseff. If at least two-thirds of the senate find her guilty, she will be dismissed.

- Airsoft gun company Tokyo Marui unveiled the special Samurai Edge Special Color Variation gas blow back handgun to honor the Biohazard/Resident Evil franchise's 20th anniversary. On sale this November for 26,800 Yen, this gold-colored replica of the M92F Custom made for STARS members, as seen from the games, comes with a commemorative pin and a casing. A must-have collector's item for fans of CAPCOM's hit survival horror franchise!

Special Color Variation
- ICYMI: Malaysian carmaker Proton unveiled the new-generation Persona midsize saloon. Starting at 46,350 up to 59,350 Ringgit, the new 2017 Proton Persona rides on the same platform used on the Iriz compact and it's powered by a 1.6L DOHC VVT petrol engine, mated with either a 5-speed manual or a CVT.
2017 Proton Persona

- Disney XD announced that their new animated series, Milo Murphy's Law, is set to air this October 3rd at 8:00PM. This new animated series is made by the same people behind Phineas and Ferb and it will star Alfred Yankovic as the titular Milo Murphy in a hilarious, scientifically, fun-filled escapade.

Milo Murphy's Law
- The Grand Tour executive producer Andy Wilman commented about dealing with the BBC while preparing the Amazon original series during his appearance at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Let's hear what he had to say...


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