Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Let's Do The News! (April 4, 2018)

- The Office of the President is considering dissolving the National Food Authority amid the reported crisis in the supply of cheap rise, according to reports, saying the information came from NFA Council Chairman Leoncio "Jun" Evasco Jr. Uri, who is covering MalacaƱang, quoted Cabinet Secretary Evasco as saying that the NFA, headed by Administrator Jason Aquino, was allegedly the source of false information that the country was facing rice shortage.

- The Supreme Court ordered police to hand over full records of thousands of deadly encounters in the country's war on drugs, thwarting a government bid to keep the brutal crackdown hidden. The high court gave the solicitor-general, Jose Calida, 15 days to comply with a December order that he had challenged on the grounds of national security.

- Senator Joel Villanueva agrees with the statement of the Malacanang that an Executive Order won't stop labor contractualization. According to Villanueva, chairman of the Committee on Labor and Employment, Congress needs to legislate a law that will completely prohibit contractualization.

- Multiple injuries have been reported after a shooter attacked the YouTube HQ in San Bruno, California. The suspect who shot three people and later killed herself is identified as Nasim Aghdam. She was found at the scene and appeared to have killed herself with a handgun, but the investigation is underway.

- The Trump administration raised the stakes in a trade war against China, targeting 25% tariffs on some 1,300 industrial tech, transport, and medical products to try to force changes in Beijing's intellectual property practices. The U.S. tariff unveiling, representing about $50 billion of estimated 2018 imports and aimed at dealing a setback to China’s efforts to upgrade its manufacturing base, drew an immediate condemnation from Beijing, along with a threat of retaliatory action.

- Malaysia approved a new law against "fake news" on Monday, where violators will face up to 6 years in prison, shrugging off critics who say it was aimed at curbing dissent and free speech ahead of a general election. Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government secured a simple majority in parliament to pass the Anti-Fake News 2018 bill, which sets out fines of up to 500,000 ringgit ($123,000) and a maximum six years in jail. The first draft of the bill had proposed jail of up to 10 years.

- Audi continues their teaser for their Vision Gran Turismo entry set to be unveiled next week.

- Comedian Dave Chappelle got sued by someone who threw a banana peel at him since his New Mexico performance three years ago, according to reports.

- Actor Robin Padilla is in hot water over his comment to a single mom contestant in an episode of Pilipinas Got Talent, telling her she needed a man in her life. His misogynistic remark draw flak from netizens.

- TV presenter Sharon Cuneta says that she is recovering well after her surgery to remove lipoma.


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