Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Let's Do The News! (December 13, 2016)

- President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that seeking presidency was a mistake after almost six months into office. Duterte said it during the awarding of this year's TOYM yesterday at MalacaƱang’s Rizal Hall and he whispered something to business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan that if he were to go back in time, he would have not committed the same mistake. Regarding the extrajudicial killings issue that involves the death of over 5,600 suspects in his war on drugs, Duterte insisted that his is not the killer his critics portray him to be, as he expressed readiness to "sacrifice" for his mission to rid the nation of drugs. He also admits that he purposely skipped the APEC leaders' gala a few weeks ago because he's not sick but because he wants to avoid US President Barack Obama. Right now, Duterte announced that all agencies must release documents and permits within thirty days.

- Bureau of Immigration deputy commissioners Al Argosino and Mike Robles will be filing a corruption of public official case against the bureau's intelligence chief, Charles Calima, for taking bribe money. Aside from the corruption of public official case, they will also be filing a complaint against him for allegedly violating the Anti-Wiretapping Act.

- House leaders filed a criminal complaint against Senator Leila de Lima, this time at the Department of Justice, for ignoring a summons for her to appear at a congressional inquiry. The leaders filed a complaint against the senator for snubbing a probe into her alleged role in the drug matrix at the New Bilibid Prison while she was Justice secretary.

- In the aftermath of the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, a South Korean official says that despite the historical impeachment, there's no change in their ongoing policy over North Korea. Kim Hong-kyun, South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, met reporters in Seoul after talks with his Japanese and American counterparts, saying there is no change in his government's position that the North must take clear steps toward denuclearization.

- US President-Elect Donald Trump named ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as a potential candidate for Secretary-of-state, according to reports. Tillerson's been with the energy giant for over four decades and he was named CEO ten years ago. Tillerson is known for his close ties with Russia as he was engaged in oil business in the country and is in good contact with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. In 2013, Tillerson was awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian government.

- UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres has pledged to tackle global challenges. Guterres took the oath of office on Monday for his five-year term, which starts next year. He is a former Portuguese PM and has served as UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

- The European Union has agreed to lift the two-decade restrictions on Cuba. EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez met in Brussels on Monday as they signed an accord that calls for political dialogue and stronger economic cooperation through trade and investment.

- Amazon's original car show, The Grand Tour, which starred former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, is sadly became the most pirated show in history, worse than HBO's Game of Thrones and Netflix's House of Cards, as well as the new hit TV series Westworld.

- The return of the Little Match Girl song and the addition of the brand new Kiss Me Feather outfit are the star highlights of the sixth DLC catalog on the PS4-exclusive THE IDOLM@STER Platinum Stars game.

- There's a reason why you should return playing to Pokemon Go because Pichu, Togepi, and other Pokemon from the Johto region are here.


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