Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Let's Do The News! (August 3, 2016)

- Philippine National Police chief Director General Bato Dela Rosa on Wednesday said he is willing to free Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., tagged as drug protector and drug trafficker by President Rodrigo Duterte, if proven not guilty. Espinosa Sr. voluntarily surrendered to Dela Rosa on Tuesday morning after the "shoot to sight order" of Duterte. He and his son Kerwin were asked to surrender on the grounds of drug trafficking and coddling drug lords within a day. However, Kerwin failed to show up past deadline.

- Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday said she supports constitutional convention as a mode of changing the Constitution rather than a constituent assembly. However, she understands the reservations of President Duterte on a convention as it would be more costly. The vice president noted that a con-con needs budget for the election of the delegates and the entire process.

- The United States and Singapore urged all concerned parties in the disputed South China Sea to avoid actions that would escalate tensions in the contested waters such as the militarization of outposts in the area. US President Barack Obama and Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong released a joint statement on Tuesday, reaffirming the two nations' commitment to maintaining regional peace and stability.

- US Republican presidentiable Donald Trump is refusing to endorse GOP lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, in their upcoming Republican primaries for re-election to Congress in November. Trump said in an interview that the US needs very strong leadership and that he is not "quite there yet" with regard to endorsing Ryan.

- Hundreds of people held a protest against the Rio de Janeiro Olympics near the city, forcing the torch relay to change course. About 200 protesters rallied in the city of Niteroi, where the leg of the relay was held on Tuesday. For security reasons, authorities stated the torch relay about one kilometer away from where it was originally planned.

- The family of actor Anton Yelchin is suing FCA over his death. The Star Trek movie actor was killed in May when his 2015MY Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled away and pinned him between a gate and a brick pillar.

- Investigators say that the fuel economy scandal that hit Mitsubishi Motors was a "collective failure". Specifically, there was a lack of unity between divisions, company-wide pressure to boost fuel-efficiency numbers, and an unwillingness to accept fuel-economy shortfalls. The company's new stakeholder, Nissan, plans to improve its image following its fuel economy scandal regarding most of its vehicles, including kei cars.

- The Turn 10 Summer Car Pack on the XBOX One-exclusive Forza Motorsport 6 game is now on sale for $7 and this month's car pack features the brand new Cadillac CTS-V and the brand new Abarth 695 Biposto, as well as legends such as John Surtees' Ferrari F-158, A.J. Foyt's Watson #1 Sheraton-Thompson Special Roadster, Paul Newman's Datsun #33 Bob Sharp Racing 280ZX Turbo, and more.


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