Thursday, May 18, 2017

Let's Do The News! (May 18, 2017)

- Although there is no confirmation, China has offered the Philippines 500 million dollars for the purchase of new military equipment. Senate Majority Leader Ralph Recto reminded President Rodrigo Duterte to ‘slow down’ regarding the plan and think well if it is needed or not since the country has the capability to manufacture said equipment.

- The Armed Forces of the Philippines condemns the New People's Army after the latest attack in Luisiana, Laguna. Four soldiers and four civilians are reportedly hurt in the attack.

- A controversial policeman from Davao City was named the head of the National Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force, under the newly created Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs. Senior Supt. Vicente Danao, Jr. was once accused of abuse by his wife. Danao is appointed in the Task Force last month but his appointment papers were out last Wednesday.

- The United States has reportedly declined visas to homosexual Chechens trying to flee from the persecution in the Russian region Chechnya.

- Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced today that the Justice Department will appoint former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to serve as a special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian interference in the election that prompted Donald Trump's victory to the presidency.

- Chelsea Manning was officially released from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, bringing to a close one of the most extraordinary criminal cases in American history over the leaking of government secrets to the public. Manning spent about seven years in prison after being sentenced for a life imprisonment for disclosing archives of secret files to WikiLeaks. She was freed 28 years early because Barack Obama, in one of his final acts, commuted the bulk of her remaining sentence.

- The members of the Congress want a hearing into the FCC's failure to accommodate the public's Net Neutrality comments following reports over a wave of fake anti-net neutrality comments using stolen names and addresses.

- Another teaser for the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake estate shows up.

- Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson revealed that they will stop making diesel engines as the cost of reducing CO2 emissions is becoming too expensive.

- In case you missed the recent Nintendo Direct presentation, here's what to expect in upcoming Switch games like ARMS and Splatoon 2 and more.


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