Monday, December 5, 2016

Let's Do The News! (December 5, 2016)

- Vice President Leni Robredo filed her letter of resignation from President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet on Sunday due to "differences". In her resignation letter, Robredo stressed that she has exerted all effort to put aside their differences and maintain a professional working relationship with Duterte. Robredo is tendering her resignation as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council effective immediately.

- Meanwhile, Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Patricia Licuanan was barred by the MalacaƱang to attend Cabinet meetings. Licuanan, however, said that she will remain in her post despite being barred from attending Cabinet meetings. As an appointee to former President Aquino, she is serving her fixed term until 2018.

- Lovely Adam Impal, the "drug queen" source according to alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, surrendered to the Philippine National Police on Monday morning. PNP Director General Roland "Bato" dela Rosa said that Impal surrendered out of fer for her life.

- PNP Director General Roland Dela Rosa and Senator Leila de Lima are on a heated argument over the real reason how President Duterte reinstate Superintendent Marvin Marcos as the chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for the Eastern Visayas. Superintendent Marcos was relieved from her post after confessed drug distributor Kerwin Espinosa alleged that he was one of his protectors but reinstated the same day. President Duterte said that his reinstatement is because he wants him investigated.

- 30 people are confirmed dead in a massive fire in Oakland, California. The blaze broke out in a converted warehouse late Friday night. Reports told over 50 people were inside at a rave party at a time of the fire.

- Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, will resign after a referendum that rejected his proposal to amend the constitution in order to reduce Senate power. The interior ministry said early on Monday that over 60% of tallied votes from Sunday's referendum were against the change, which would have allowed the government to pass bills using only the lower chamber.

- Meanwhile, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced his resignation for family reasons. The prime minister told reporters in Wellington that it was the right time to leave. Key worked at financial institutions before he became a lawmaker in 2002. He was elected as leader of the National Party in 2006 and became prime minister in 2008.

- US President-elect Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack on US companies that plan to shift operations overseas. The President-elect said companies that do so will face a 35 percent tariff on goods they ship back to the United States. Trump said any business that fires workers and moves abroad, then thinks it can send its products back without retribution or consequence, is wrong. Later, Trump tweeted messages rebutting China's claims to the South China Sea and accusing the country of keeping its currency artificially low.

- Vote counting is underway following Sunday's presidential elections in Uzbekistan. Reports told that prime minister and acting president Shavkat Mirziyoyev is leading three other companies. The Central Election Commission said the turnout was 87.83 percent. Preliminary results are expected Monday evening.


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