Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Let's Do The News! (March 28, 2017)

- The New People's Army continues their offensives despite the upcoming fourth round of peace talks between the Philippine Government and the National Democratic Front. During their latest attack in Alcala, Cagayan, suspected members of the NPA burned heavy equipment worth 10 million pesos. The NPA are also accused of destroying a construction equipment in Maddela, Quirino.

- A lawmaker commends the Philippine government's move to continue with its patrolling over the Benham Rise. According to Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano, the Philippines only need to be consistent in patrolling the area that is part by its territory.

- The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the final decision on the execution of a Pinay domestic helper in UAE has been postponed. DFA Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said that the Court of the Appeals in Abu Dhabi has postponed the release of its decision on the case of Jennifer Dalquez, who was found guilty of killing her employer in 2015.

- The historic United Nations nuclear ban negotiations kicked off in New York and continues within a week. The treaty is being negotiated based on the recognition that the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapon use is morally unacceptable and that the weapons themselves represent a significant risk to human security. Behind the talks, countries not participating in the talks such as the United States as well as its allies and rivals are protesting against the nuclear ban negotiations.

- Howling winds, heavy rain, and huge seas are wreaking havoc in the northeastern Australia because of Cyclone Debbie, damaging homes, wrecking jetties and cutting power to thousands of people. Wind gusts stronger than 260 kph were recorded at tourist resorts along the world-famous Great Barrier Reef as the powerful storm, at category four just one rung below the most dangerous wind speed level, began to make landfall.

- South Korean chaebols (family-run conglomerates) are facing calls for a shakeup in their governance from a leading candidate in May's presidential election following the impeachment of Park Geun-hye in a influence-peddling scandal. The conglomerates have come under the reform buzz saw before, only to emerge bigger and stronger than ever.

- Chinese tech company Tencent Holdings signed a $4.65 billion loan deal despite a flurry of fund-raising by Chinese internet giants, according to reports. Tencent, which had an original target of about $2 billion for the loan, inked the deal on March 24 following commitments from a dozen banks,


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