Monday, January 23, 2017

Let's Do The News! (January 23, 2017)

- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is backtracking on his call for PNP chief Director Gen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa to resign amid the controversial kidnap-slay of a Korean businessman. In a radio interview, Alvarez said Dela Rosa should just devote his undivided attention to the task of eliminating rogue policemen. Alvarez made the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte said there is no need for Dela Rosa to resign and that he still enjoys his full trust and confidence.

- Back to the Jee Ick-joo murder case, detained SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel confessed to his participation in the crime and pointed to superior in the PNP as the alleged mastermind behind the kidnapping and killing of the Korean businessman. Sta. Isabel has implicated Superintendent Rafael Dumlao of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group and Senior Superintendent Allan Macapagal of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group.

- An American missile destroyer arrived in Subic Bay on Monday for a brief port call. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain is deployed to the US 7th Fleet at the AO as support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. During its Philippine visit, the crew will participate in community service projects and sporting events, according to the US Embassy in Manila.

- Israel has approved the construction of new homes in Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem. The Jerusalem city hall approved the building permits for 566 units on Sunday, days after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 war while its occupation since then has not been international recognized. Palestinian authorities condemned this latest attempt, crushing hopes for an independent Palestinian state.

- In his first week of office, US President Donald Trump will start talks with Mexico and Canada to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trump spoke on Sunday at a White House ceremony to swear in his senior officials, including Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Trump said his team is going to "do some great things over the next 8 years." He urged them to devote themselves to "the national good." Meanwhile, Trump has invited Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on February.

- 15 people died as tornadoes ravaged the southeastern part of the United States. Severe weather over the weekend brought powerful twisters and storms at the states of Georgia and Mississippi, causing damage to numerous homes, roofs, cars, and felled trees.

- French left-wing voters cast ballots on Sunday in the first round of the Socialist Party's primary to choose a candidate for the presidential election. Seven candidates competed in Sunday's first-round voting, including 3 from satellite left-wing parties. Former Education Minister Benoit Hamon topped the poll with former Prime Minister Manuel Valls right behind him. The winner is expected to face an uphill battle against rightist rivals in the 2-round presidential election scheduled for April and May.

- Subaru will unveil the brand new XV, based on the latest Impreza, on March's Geneva Motor show.

- British sportscar company, Zenos, is reportedly bankrupt.

- Kunos Simulazioni, developers of the critically-acclaimed Assetto Corsa racing simulator game, will be taken over by Digital Bros.


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