Thursday, May 31, 2018

Let's Do The News! (May 31, 2018)

- The Senate approved on third and final reading the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, keeping its promise to pass the priority measure before going on a break. After tedious deliberation and page-by-page scrutiny on the measure certified as urgent by President Duterte, the Upper Chamber approved Senate Bill 1717 at about 1 a.m. Thursday with 21 affirmative votes and no negative votes.

- President Duterte fired new appointed Bureau of Customs Deputy Commissioner Noel Prudente for his alleged excessive travels to Singapore and Europe. Duterte revealed his decision during the condemnation of 122 smuggled luxury vehicles worth P34.71 million in Port Area, Manila Wednesday.

- The Department of National Defense has issued the implementing rules and regulations for Task Force Balik-Loob, the coordinating body tasked to centralize all government efforts for the reintegration of former communist rebels. The seven-page IRR, which was released Tuesday (May 29), was signed by DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, DILG OIC Eduardo Año, Housing General Manager Marcelino Escalada Jr., Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, and Undersecretary of the Office of the President Nelson Estares.

- Reports show that the United States is about to slap tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from the European Union as early as Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The decision would land ahead of a Friday deadline for exemptions to the planned metals tariffs amid stalled trade talks with the EU, and would likely prompt retaliation from the bloc.

- Indonesia and India pledged yesterday to step up defense and maritime cooperation, with plans to develop a strategic Indonesian naval port in the Indian Ocean, the leaders of the two countries said after meeting in Jakarta. Indonesian President Joko Widodo met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss, among other issues, developing infrastructure and an economic zone at Sabang, on the tip of Sumatra island and at the mouth of the Malacca Strait, one of the busiest shipping channels for global trade.

- The US state of California begun testing a new digital vehicle license plate that allows changeable messages to be displayed either by the driver or remotely by fleet managers.

- Schaeffler transformed the Audi RS3 sedan into a 4ePerformance electric concept car which uses four motors from their Formula E racer, producing an overall output of 880kW (1,180hp) power, capable of getting through 200kph in seven seconds.

Schaeffler 4ePerformance concept

- Bethesda teases their newest installment to the Fallout franchise, titled Fallout 76.

- James Marsden was reportedly being casted for the live-action/CGI Sonic the Hedgehog film.

- HOEEEEEEEE!!! The Nendoroid of Sakura Kinomoto in her Tomoeda Middle School uniform, as seen from Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card, has been unveiled! It's available to order starting at 4,800 Yen plus tax and delivery and arrives this October.

Nendoroid Sakura Kinomoto
Tomoeda Middle School uniform ver.


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