Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Let's Do The News! (February 14, 2017)

- Retired General Wally Sombero has returned to the Philippines. Sombero was coined as the "bagman" of gambling tycoon Jack Lam in the bribery scandal of two Bureau of Immigration officials. Sombero returned home from Vancouver, Canada, amid the Senate warning to arrest and detain him if he failed to appear in the investigation of the 50 million peso alleged bribe to two BI officials.

- The Senate said they could not stop the warrant of arrest against Senator Leila De Lima in case it is issued. Senate President Frank Drilon and Majority Leader Tito Sotto said the assembly has not to do if De Lima is ordered to be arrested but they assured the Senate will react if the warrant of arrest will be served inside the session hall.

- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) warned the public to be prepared in case of possible movement in the West Valley Fault. PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum, said it cannot be denied that the said active fault system is in the stage of moving that caused the last major earthquake in 1958. Based on that research, the West Valley fault usually moves every 4 centennials.

- The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Sandiganbayan to confiscate the jewelry collection of former first lady and Ilocos Norte Representative Imelda Marcos. In a resolution of the 1st Division of the highest court last month, it supports the Sandiganbayan Special Division's decision to forfeit her jewelry collection costing up to 153,089 US Dollars.

- The new king of Thailand, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, is putting an assertive stamp on his rule and made sure to the generals running the country that he will not just sit in the background as a constitutional figurehead since taking the throne in December from a father treated by Thais as semi-divine.

- Washington's state attorney general has promised to investigate what caused US President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration that could prompt a rare public examination of how a U.S. president makes national security decisions. Last week, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit left the judge's ruling in place without deciding the ultimate merits of either side’s arguments. The Trump administration stressed that the ban is necessary to prevent terrorists from entering the country and is not discriminatory because the text of the order does not mention any particular region.

- Chevrolet's new diesel variant for the latest-generation Cruze has an EPA-estimated mileage of 52 MPG highway when mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, meaning it is 2 miles more than the Toyota Prius and it can theoretically go over 700 miles on a full tank of diesel.

- The Netherlands is joining the flying car boom as PAL-V launches the PAL-V Liberty flying car.


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