Monday, August 8, 2016

Let's Do The News! (August 8, 2016)

- The Marcos family has sent representatives to look for a site at the 103-hectare Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Taguig City where they want former President Ferdinand Marcos buried. Representatives of the family coordinated with the Army regarding entry to the Libingan ng Mga Bayani as well as coordinating with the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office as it is the agency tasked to supervise and monitor activities in the military cemetery. MalacaƱang on Sunday night said the PVAO was tasked to supervise the planning and preparation for the internment of the former president. Past reports state that President Rodrigo Duterte approved the transfer of Marcos' remains at the cemetery and scheduled on the 18th of September.

- Vice President Leni Robredo said she is opposed to the planned burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' remains at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The vice president lamented the atrocities done by the late dictator during his decade-long regime as reasons that the Marcos does not merit a hero's burial. Robredo said the interment of Marcos "will not bring unity to the country" as President Duterte, who made the Marcos burial a campaign promise, believes. This statement came following President Duterte's announcement that he will fulfill his campaign promise to allow the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani since he is a former soldier and president.

- Iran executed a nuclear scientist over his alleged ties with US spies over the country's nuclear program but who returned after claiming he had been abducted and tortured by the CIA. State-run media announced that Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist caught up in espionage, was executed. No one knows where or when the execution took place by Amiri's initial death sentence had been reviewed by an appeal court and that he had access to a lawyer. Amiri disappeared in Saudi Arabia since 2009 and resurfaced a year later in a set of online videos filmed in the US. He returned home with a hero's welcome and an arrest. In an interview, Amiri claimed he was kidnapped by spies while US officials said he was to receive money in exchange of information regarding Iran's nuclear program. Following the historic nuclear deal last year, he has reportedly been executed with no reason. Amiri's case was once mentioned in one of the e-mails from Democratic Presidentiable Hillary Clinton, fuelling suspicion on her while on the trail to the November elections.

- The Turkish government has held a massive rally for democracy in an apparent show of solidarity following the failed coup attempt last month. Over a million people marched into Istanbul on Sunday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the crowds that the sheer number of participants would overwhelm "enemies" just like the day of the defeated coup. Erdogan also said he will support the death penalty reinstatement when approved by the parliament.

- The International Paralympic Committee has passed judgment on all Russian athletes from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. The decision announced by the IPC was made in response by the World Anti-Doping Agency of Russia's state-sponsored doping practices. WADA recommended the Rio Paralympics reject the entry of Russian athletes. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko called the decision unheard of an incomprehensible while Russian Paralympic Committee President Vladimir Lukin told local media that this decision is political and the nation will take the matter before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

- Order books for the upcoming Honda NSX hybrid sportscar will be opened across Japan on the 25th of August.

2017 Honda NSX

- Iran may have been on the headlines regarding the $400 million "ransom" deal sent by the US as well as the execution of a nuclear scientist over espionage, but now, in Pokemon GO terms, Iran is the first country in the world to ban this popular app game due to security concerns.

- At yesterday's KanColle special event, it has been announced that the long awaited movie version of the hit browser game franchise is set to hit theaters on the 26th of November.

- Of course, Tatiana Maslany's multirole stint in Orphan Black is nearing at its end with next year's final season, but the breakout actress is set to appear in movies such as a true-to-life story titled Stronger, inspired from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, due next year, and a romance flick Two Lovers and a Bear, co-starring Dane DeHaan. Tatiana Maslany was in The Other Half, which was first debuted at this year's SXSW.

- Coco Martin remains unclear about why actress Maja Salvador suddenly left ABS-CBN's hit action-drama series FPJ's Ang Probinsyano. Maja recently posted her farewell message for her co-stars and co-workers through her Instagram account. Coco responds it's because of her upcoming projects aside from the hit TV show.

From Maja's instagram account:

'Salamat Ang Probinsyano Family. 
Thank You sa Staff and Crew 
Thank You Direk Malu
Thank You Direk Avel
Thank You Direk Toto 
Thank You Dreamscape
Thank You Sir Deo 
Thank You Coco 
Thank You Cocojams mahal ko kayo.
Salamat sa suporta niyo at sa grabeng pagmamahal sa amin ni Coco. 
This is Spo1 Glenda Corpuz now signing off.'


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