Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Let's Do The News! (October 18, 2016)

- Typhoon Lawin (Haima) may be almost a super typhoon when it makes its expected landfall in Northern Luzon this week, according to PAGASA. The typhoon is expected to make landfall in early Thursday morning in the Cagayan area with very strong winds between 200 to 220kph. The government will raise Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 4 if Lawin reaches such intensity. Lawin is expected to leave the PAR by early Friday morning.

- President Rodrigo Duterte told Chinese reporters that China is the key for the development of the Philippines. His visit to China starting Tuesday points toward a restoration of trust between the sides following recent tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. He said China is a potent source of capital for infrastructure development and the Philippines should leverage its 2-million-strong ethnic Chinese minority as a bridge to encourage Chinese investment.

- The Supreme Court has extended the halt order on the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos until November 8. This move halts the supposed internment of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.

- The House of Representatives Justice committee approved its report on the inquiry into the proliferation illegal drugs in the New Bilibid Prison. The report was approved through a viva voce vote after 47 hours of hearings and two executive sessions.

- The Nobel Foundation has yet to receive word from singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, who was the recipient of this year's Nobel Prize in literature. The selection committee tried to reach him several times but it has not heard back from him in the 4 days since the announcement.

- 60 people have died during intense fighting in South Sudan between the government and the rebels.

- The United Nations Security Council issued a press statement on Monday following the failed launch of an ICBM by North Korea last Saturday. The UNSC strongly condemned the recent failed launch from the Korean Peninsula.


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