Friday, April 27, 2018

Let's Do The News! (April 27, 2018)

- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte arrived at Singapore for his attendance at the two-day 32nd ASEAN Summit and his meeting with the members of the Filipino community here today. According to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Duterte is set to hold bilateral meetings with Singapore Prime Minister and ASEAN chair Lee Hsien Loong, Indonesia President Joko Widodo, and Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc during the sidelines of the summit On that venue, ASEAN leaders vowed to fight against protectionism, the one US President Donald Trump championed during his campaign.

- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the Philippines is surprised and displeased with Kuwait's action to declare persona non grata on Ambassador Renato Villa, saying it is consistent with what their envoy committed to the Philippine government. Cayetano issued the statement after the Kuwaiti government declared Villa as persona non grata and ordered him to leave the gulf state within the week. This came after a video of a rescue operation in Kuwait initiated by the Philippine embassy there went viral. Earlier, Kuwait had summoned Villa over his supposed inflammatory remarks against the government.

- The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of Transportation signed an agreement that allows soldiers to ride free at MRT-3.

- Canada rolled out funding and stepped up efforts to stop transshipments of imported steel and aluminum into the United States and dumping in this country. The measures, announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in March, include more than Can$30 million (US$23 million) over five years for increased border checks, and the hiring of 40 new officers to investigate trade complaints.

- The Security Council is heading to Asia for a firsthand look at the plight of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled a military crackdown in Myanmar and the several hundred thousand who remain in the country’s northern Rakhine State.

- Over 70 nations committed to bolster efforts in the fight against terrorism financing associated with ISIS and al-Qaida.

- Tatsumi Kimishima, the president of Nintendo announced that he will step down at the end of June 2018, with Shuntaro Furukawa named as his successor.

- A Saitama lawyer filed a lawsuit against NTT after it began blocking three websites with pirated content on Monday.

- Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004 at his home near Philadelphia. Cosby could be sentenced to life imprisonment for assaulting former Temple University women's basketball official Andrea Constand.0

- ICYMI: TOKIO member Tatsuya Yamagushi referred to prosecutors for allegedly kissed a girl against her will.


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