Thursday, September 22, 2016

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

- President Rodrigo Duterte wants rapporteurs from the United Nations and the European Union for a debate on human rights and extrajudicial killings, continuing his backlash against the international community for interfering with his ongoing war on drugs. The international communities are expressing concerns over Duterte's brutal war on illegal drugs, which killed over 3,000 people in the process. About half of the deaths have been attributed to vigilantes and drug syndicates.

- Senator Leila de Lima claimed that former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency official Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino was asked to testify against her in relation to her alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the New Bilibid Prison during her term as Justice secretary.

- A segment of the new NAIA Expressway has now opened to the motoring public. With this first phase of the NAIA Expressway, motorists will be able to use the expressway for free for the first month of operations. This first installment of the 17.9 billion peso NAIA Expressway under the public-private partnership program will link Macapagal Boulevard near the Entertainment City to NAIA Terminals 1 and 2. Other segments will be opened by the end of the year.

- A group of international journalists has published documents of over 175,000 companies registered in the Bahamas, a well-known tax haven. Similar to the controversial Panama Papers, the documents list directors and owners of business entities. Dutch politician Neelie Kroes was one of them and listed as director of a Bahamian company from 2000 to 2009.

- Iran showcased its missiles in a military parade at the time when its rival Israel has clinched a massive military aid deal with the United States. Iranian soldiers marched across the nation on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the start of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The US has expressed concern over Iran's missile development program, calling it a threat to global security. Last week, US and Israel agreed on the 38 billion dollar military aid for a decade.

- A boat carrying 600 migrants and refugees has capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Egypt About 42 people died, according to reports.

- Mercedes-Benz unveiled its first-ever E-Class All-Terrain sport utility wagon prior to next month's Paris Motor Show world premiere. Based on the new E-Class Estate, the All-Terrain features added ground clearance, rugged styling, and 4MATIC all-wheel drive making it an all-weather rugged estate.

- Actress Francine Prieto is officially married to her American boyfriend, Frank Shotkoski, in Italy. Their wedding took place last Wednesday night (Italy time), at Casa Mariantonia, Capri, Italy.

- In case you missed it; a certain Sugod Bahay winner suddenly hugged Maine Mendoza around her waist but Alden Richard managed to protect her when she was put in a sensitive situation in Eat Bulaga. We never saw that thing coming on them...

- Vina Morales filed multiple complaints on the court against her ex-boyfriend Cedric Lee, according to reports. Reports told that Vina filed her complaints at the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court against Lee for cases of kidnapping, illegal detention, and a violation of the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act of 2004.

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