Thursday, December 29, 2016

Let's Do The News! (December 29, 2016)

- President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that he is indebted to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. In his first live interview on Philippine television after assuming the presidency, Duterte said that he has a debt of gratitude to at least three persons, including the Ilocos Norte governor. The president earlier claimed that the eldest child of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos was among the politicians who funded his presidential campaign.

- PNP Director General Roland "Bato" Dela Rosa added two new commandments to the "Decalogue" of the police's campaign against indiscriminate firing especially during the New Year. Dela Rosa appealed to the public and to fellow PNP personnel not use their firearms to welcome the New Year as these threaten life and property.

- Members of the House of Representatives file complaint against Ronnie Dayan, the former driver and lover of Senator Leila de Lima, for failing to appear before the congressional body that summoned him. In a complaint filed at the Department of Justice on Thursday, Dayan violated Article 150 of the Revised Penal Code sanctioning "disobedience to summons."

- US Secretary of State John Kerry warned that Israel's refusal to stop building Jewish settlements on Palestinian territory is undermining any attempt to achieve a lasting peace int he region. In his 70-minute plus speech, Kerry said the two-state solution that President Obama and his predecessors have been pushing for is "now in jeopardy" and the continued settlement building by the Israelis is cementing "a one-state reality that nobody really wants."

- The US government has reportedly decided to take retaliatory measures against Russia for an alleged cyber attack to interfere with the US presidential election. Reports told that the actions to be taken by the Obama administration are expected to include economic sanctions and diplomatic measures. They say the administration will likely announce the measures as early as this week.

- Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada has paid a visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine. Thursday visit to the shrine was her first since assuming the defense portfolio. The shrine not just honors Japan's war dead but also those convicted of war crimes after the Second World War. Inada said US President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima earlier this year, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid tribute to the war dead in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, noted that the two countries, which waged the harshest battles during the war, are now the strongest allies.

- Another criticism has drawn on Amazon's The Grand Tour, this time on last week episode's Conversation Street segment where Richard Hammond thinks that eating ice cream is for homosexuals. That comment drawn flak from the LGBT community as well as the company behind the popular ice cream bar in question.

- According to reports, Takata is preparing a deal with federal prosecutors that could lead to a billion dollar settlement that could be reached sometime in early 2017. Takata would have to plead guilty to criminal misconduct as well.

- A day after the death of Star Wars veteran Carrie Fisher, another veteran actress died, this time it's Debbie Reynolds at the age of 84. Reynolds was well-known for her 1952 musical film Singin' In The Rain alongside Gene Kelly. According to her son Todd, she was rushed to the hospital due to stroke.


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