Daily News Highlights – September 30, 2015 Edition

Gerard Lim

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  1. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano announces vice presidential bid

    Senator Alan Peter Cayetano joins the emerging vice presidential contest after announcing he would seek the vice presidency on Tuesday, September 29 in Davao City. Cayetano, however, does not yet have a presidential running mate nor is it clear if he is running under the banner of the Nacionalista Party, of which he is a member. The senator did allude to the possibility of popular Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte as his running mate, but Duterte has stated in the past that he will not run. Cayetano also faces possible competition from within his own party as party-mates Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. may also seek the same position. 

    Read the full story on Rappler.


  2. Roxas on tax cuts: Programs could suffer

    Presidential contender Manuel Roxas II revealed on Monday, September 28 his views on cutting income taxes, saying that while taxes needed to be reviewed periodically, state programs could suffer with a cut in taxes. “I think it’s also incumbent for those proposing to remove certain taxes to think about what programs will be cut as a result. It’s easy to grandstand, easy to make yourself look good by saying, ‘Let’s not collect taxes, let’s trim down taxes to zero.’ But what programs will suffer?” said Roxas in Filipino at the sidelines of the National Unity Party’s national convention. Roxas added that key programs under the Aquino administration such as classroom construction, the expansion of PhilHealth coverage and the conditional cash transfer program could suffer as a result of a cut in taxes. Several lawmakers, including administration allies, are pushing for legislation that would lower income tax rates in the country. President Benigno Aquino III does not support this move, as well as the Department of Finance. Two other declared 2016 presidential candidates are supportive of tax cuts – Vice President Jejomar Binay for reduced income and corporate tax rates, and Senator Grace Poe for lower income tax rates

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  3. Germany to toughen asylum rules after record influx

    The German government on Tuesday, September 29, approved new measures to cope with a record surge in asylum seekers, including imposing tougher conditions for migrants from the Balkans. The country increased the number of so-called “safe origin countries”, which will result in swifter deportations for asylum seekers from those states. Those with a good chance of winning asylum should also be given integration classes, according to the new measures which will be debated in parliament from Thursday before, pending approval, entering into force on November 1. With the number of new arrivals reaching between 8,000 and 10,000 each day in the last four days, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that economic migrants who have no chance of obtaining asylum in Germany have to be told early and rapidly repatriated. Germany expects up to one million asylum seekers this year, five times the number seen in 2014. 

    Read the full story on Rappler.


  4. Rare Juan Luna painting sells for record P46.72M at PH auction

    A painting by renowned Filipino artist Juan Luna that was almost trashed fetched P46.72 million at a Philippine auction – breaking all records for a locally auctioned artwork. The painting, “¿A Do…Va la Nave?”, painted by Luna in Paris in 1885 features a boat full of passengers adrift in the ocean. A heated bidding war took place during the auction, managed by Salcedo Auctions. The booming art scene in the Philippines continues to encourage investors to bet on Philippine art.

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  5. Ex-FIFA VP Warner banned for life from football


    The world organization of football associations, FIFA, has banned former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner for life from all football-related activity over corruption charges. In an announcement made on Tuesday, September 29, FIFA’s Ethics Committee said Warner was “found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct…during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF.” The findings included Warner’s involvement in illegal payments and other money-making schemes. The former Caribbean president is also facing charges of wire fraud in the United States. 

    Read the full story on Rappler.

  6. Parts of EDSA, Roxas Blvd to be closed for APEC

    Motorists in Metro Manila, beware, traffic could be a bigger problem for two days in November. Two lanes on either direction of EDSA from Shaw Boulevard to Mall of Asia in Pasay City and the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard will be closed off to the public and reserved for use by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) delegates from November 18 to 19. The government is taking every measure to ensure that traffic delays for APEC delegates will be kept to a minimum, even declaring November 18 and 19 as special non-working holidays. 

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  7. MMDA chairman Tolentino guns for senate seat

    After initially being coy, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino announced he would seek a senate seat in the 2016 elections. Speaking before leaders from his home province of Cavite on Tuesday, September 29, Tolentino said he will carry the flag of Cavite. The former Tagaytay City mayor said he would run under the Liberal Party. He added he would submit his resignation to President Aquino within the next few days. Tolentino was appointed as MMDA chairman in 2010. 

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  8. Gilas enters FIBA quaterfinals as top seed after win over India

    Gilas Pilipinas bucked a cold start and pulled away in the third quarter to hand India a 99-65 beating in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship on Tuesday, September 29 in Changsha, Hunan, China. The Philippine national men’s basketball team swept Group E in the second round competition to finish as the top seed with a 4-1 record entering the quarterfinals. Terrence Romeo unloaded 20 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals to lead 6 Gilas players in double figures. Andray Blatche posted 15 points and 3 rebounds, while Ranidel De Ocampo added 13 points and 3 rebounds. Gilas was relaxed and slow in the early goings of the game. But fears of a monumental meltdown due to complacency from a huge win over Iran were quelled when De Ocampo took over and buried key baskets, including another buzzer-beating three-pointer at the half, to wake up the silver medalists.

    Read the full story on Rappler.


  9. Got questions on climate change? This kid can answer them

    The concept of climate change often leaves people scratching their heads trying to understand what it is all about. The science behind climate change is actually rather straightforward: extreme fluctuations in the Earth’s temperature will cause changes in everything from the height of the sea to the intensity of typhoons. But if the science still leaves you puzzled, then you might want to watch this Rappler animation explaining climate change from the perspective of a young child. We’re pretty sure it can’t get any simpler than this. 

    Watch the special Rappler animation on climate change here.


  10. Google launches update Nexus phones, new tablet

    Google fired back at Apple on Tuesday, September 29 (September 30, Manila time) with a pair of new smartphones, a “convertible” tablet and other gadgetry ahead of the year-end holiday shopping season. The tech giant unveiled two new Nexus smartphones with enhanced features and improved cameras aimed at the high end of the market dominated by Apple and Samsung. It has partnered with phone manufacturers LG and Huawei for its latest offers. The phones, which aim to showcase the Google Android operating system, were available for ordering in the United States, Britain, Japan and Ireland, with more countries to be added next week, Google said as it unveiled the phones at a San Francisco media event. The Nexus 5X starts at $379 for US customers and the 6P starts at $499.

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