Monday, November 28, 2016

Let's Do The News! (November 28, 2016)

- President Rodrigo Duterte became oblivious from the mass protests against his decision to allow the burial of the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, saying he was trained as a lawyer to make decisions based on law and not on sentiment. He also described former president Fidel V. Ramos as his supporter and critic for openly criticizing him on some of his decisions and policy pronouncements.

- Self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa revises his allegations that Albuera Police Chief Jovie Espenido received drug money from him. According to PNP Director General Bato dela Rosa, Kerwin slowly took back what he said during their conversation the other night.

- The recent discovery over an improvised explosive planted somewhere near the US Embassy in Manila shouldn't be a cause for alarm, according to a Malacañang Palace official. Manila law enforcement detonated the suspected bomb after closing traffic in a portion of Roxas Boulevard near the embassy. About 1,996 villagers have been displaced due to an attack by a terrorist group from Maute, known as Dawlah Islamiya, who orchestrated the attack on Butig, Lanao del Sur last Saturday.

- Meanwhile, 11 terrorists in Maute linked to Islamic State militants were killed while injured five others by troops in an effort to eradicate the 200-member Maute gang occupying parts of Butig, Lanao del Sur.

- Francois Fillon has won France's conservative Republican party presidential primaries. In the run-off election on Sunday, Fillion scored a wide lead against Prime Minister Alain Juppe with 66% of the vote. In his victory speech, Fillon said he will extend his hand to all those who wish to defend their country as well as the French values.

- Last Friday, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90. Upon his death, a nine-day period of mourning kicked off in the South American country. Sunday, in front of the main gate of the University of Havana, where Castro studied, about 30 students stood silently holding photographs of the late leader and Cuban flags. A large memorial service will be held on Tuesday in Havana.

- A Swiss referendum rejected Switzerland's exit from nuclear power. 54.2% of the Swiss voters opposed the plan, while 45.8% percent were in favor. The voter turnout was 45%. The country's five nuclear power plants generate over 30% of its overall power generation, following hydro-power. Some have been use in over four and a half decades.

- Nissan's all new Serena minivan won the Doors and Closures in Car Body Engineering 2016 award for its unique hands free auto slide door and dual back door.

- Up-and-coming EV company Faraday Future delays its construction for their EV production plant in Nevada as the company is overdue on millions of dollars of bills to its general contractor. Construction is set to resume early next year but it's unlikely the factory will be ready to produce vehicles by 2017.

- Oh my! Cardcaptor Sakura finally returns on TV with a brand new Clear Card arc airing this early 2018 with the main cast reprising their roles, Madhouse returning to do the animation work, and Morio Asaka returns to direct the new chapter of the returning series airing on NHK in January 2018.


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