Friday, June 30, 2017

Let's Do The News! (June 30, 2017)

- President Rodrigo Duterte didn't care whether people give him a failing or passing grade in his first year in office today. The President has said he is not the kind of person who gives praises to himself but he entrusts it to the people to judge his performance in the last year.

- Relations between the Philippines and China have entered a "golden period of fast development", according to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, touting growth in trade and efforts to settle disputes in the South China Sea.

- The United Coconut Planters Bank management is asking the Philippine Coast Guard to release its employees who were barred in Cagayan de Oro City for allegedly trying to smuggle 32 million pesos in cash.

- The Trump administration reversed a decision late on Thursday as its revised travel ban took effect and said fiancés would be considered close family members and therefore allowed to travel to the United States. The U.S. State Department concluded “upon further review, fiancés will now be included as close family members,” said a State Department official who requested anonymity.

- Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump used his twitter to draw flak against news reporter Mika Brzezinski, tweeting she was "bleeding badly from a facelift" while at a New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago. Republicans rebuked the President's sexist tweet and Senator Lindsey Graham added that his tweet was beneath the office and "represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America."

- Hong Kong authorities released 26 pro-democracy protesters arrested on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the city to mark the 20th anniversary of its handover from Britain to China.

- Aston Martin unveiled the Vulcan AMR Pro at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed. It features extensive aerodynamic enhancements and shortened gearing to produce increased downforce, greater responsiveness and reduced lap times.

2018 Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro

- Jake Zyrus, the self-confessed transgender man who used to be Charice Pempengco, admits that he or she is open for the possibility of sex change.

- PTV-4 news anchor Kathy San Gabriel recounts how the state-run TV network terminated her contract without prior notice or grounds. Kathy has been a news anchor on this station for over a decade. According to her Facebook post, she was notified by the management that this day, June 30, will be her final day.

- Check out the trailer for the Netflix original movie Death Note, before it's available this 25th of August.


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