Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Let's Do The News! (May 16, 2018)

- Self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa said whatever he said in the Senate cannot be used against him in the absence of any other evidence. With that, Espinosa asked the Department of Justice to dismiss the drug complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s Major Crimes Investigation Unit against him and his co-respondents who include alleged drug lord Peter Lim.

- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources seeks to establish officers in every tourist destination to effectively restore, preserve and protect the country’s rich environment and vast natural resources. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu cited as an example the establishment of a DENR office in Boracay that will handle the environmental concerns in the island.

- The FDA advised the public not to buy specific products of Belgian beer Stella Artois because some might contain fragments of glass. In an advisory, the FDA stated that specific batches of 330-milliliter bottles of Stella Artois beer are being recalled by its manufacturer due to the possibility that it may contain “small glass particles that may have leaked from the bottles.”

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ended a hiring freeze that contributed to the unpopularity of his dismissed predecessor. Pompeo sent a message announcing the decision to his staff, with whom he was set to hold a closed-door meeting Wednesday.

- Ecuador spent millions on a spy ops to defend Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in its central London embassy, employing an international security company and undercover agents to monitor his visitors, embassy staff and even the British police, according to reports.

- Jailed Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim has now pardoned and walked out of a hospital in Kuala Lumpur just a week after his alliance scored a shock victory in a general election.

- The Trump administration is preparing to shelter children of deported illegal immigrants in military bases. Under family separation rules, parents go to immigrant jails, children to foster care.

- BMW to unveil the 8-Series on the 15th of June, the day before Le Mans.

- Audi teases the upcoming Q8 crossover before next month's premiere.

- Former Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa is now joining the Venturi Formula E team for next season.

- Actress Yasmien Kurdi surprises her husband with a brand new car on his birthday.

- Christian Pasno, the former TVK Season 2 semifinalist, was killed in a motorcycle accident.


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