Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Let's Do The News! (March 1, 2017)

500 native miners made a commotion in front of the office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The miners wish to stop the appointment of Secretary Gina Lopez. According to numerous mining organizations and groups, they will lose their jobs due to the continuous closing of mining companies. They argue that it isn’t the work of a public servant to deny them employment. The miners insist that they benefit from responsible mining.

- The car assemblers and importers in the country are condemning the Department of Finance’s plan to increase by four percent the prices of cars. Based on the submitted position paper in Congress, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines and the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors said that a lot of people will lose their jobs and there will be a drastic decline in car sales.

- According to Deputy Minority Leader Senator Bam Aquino, the minority is going to be active during the arguments and they will be against the proposal since it is not the solution in the increasing number of heinous crimes in the country. He believes that passing the Death Penalty Bill should not be rushed, and that it needs to go through careful discussions. The Senate Committee on Justice has started the hearing regarding the Death Penalty Bill, but it was suspended due to the possibility that the Philippines will violate the Treaty of International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.

Renato Solidum Jr., director of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, will be named as the Undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology's disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. According to Science Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, he would recommend that Solidum be retained as officer in charge (OIC) of Phivolcs.

- In his speech to the Congress, US President Donald Trump issued a broad call for overhauling the nation's health care system, significantly boosting military spending and plunging $1 trillion into upgrading crumbling infrastructure.

- Fighting has spread in Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon on yesterday, wounding at least four people, including a three-year-old boy with a bullet-wound to the head, according to Palestinian security officials.

- Russia and China vetoed new U.N. sanctions against Syria and the U.S. ambassador accused both countries of refusing to hold President Bashar Assad's regime accountable for the use of chemical weapons.


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