Daily News Highlights – October 5, 2015 Edition

Aika Rey

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  1. Robredo announces bid for vice presidency

    Camarines Sur Representative Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo accepted the Liberal Party’s offer to run with administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II in the 2016 presidential elections.

    In a gathering at the Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino on Monday, Roxas formally announced Robredo as his running mate in the 2016 national elections before a crowd that included President Benigno Aquino III, party mates, supporters and Robredo’s 3 daughters.

    Read more about her announcement, and her fix-it list, on Rappler.


  2. Doctors Without Borders withdraws from Afghan city after deadly attack

    Medical charity MSF said Sunday, October 4, it has withdrawn staff from the embattled Afghan city of Kunduz, a day after an apparent US bombing raid on its hospital which the United Nations said could amount to a war crime.

    Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said 19 people were killed, some of whom burned to death in their beds as the bombardment continued for more than an hour, even after US and Afghan authorities were informed the hospital had been hit.

    Agence France-Presse has the details.

  3. Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership finally in sight?


    Reports of an agreement Sunday, October 4, between the United States and Australia over protections for biologic drugs raised hopes of a final deal on a huge Pacific free trade zone.

    Japanese and other media reported that US Trade Minister Michael Froman and Australia’s Trade Minister Andrew Robb overcame differences that were the main roadblock to a final agreement.

    Read Agence France-Presse’s dispatch from Atlanta.

  4. Meet the people behind the survey numbers

    While analysts and statisticians crunch the numbers, there are little known wage earners who gather the data.

    Meet the field interviewers: the unsung workers working on the ground, especially in this season of political surveys and campaigns. Field interviewers are mostly – like many Filipino laborers these days – employed on a contractual basis. It is a tireless job, walking along dirt roads, waiting for hours on ports, spending the night at a stranger’s home, speaking to local officials and telling them, “No, I am not a spy, no, I am not from a rival clan.”

    Read their stories on Rappler.

  5. Floods hit parts of France, China, US

    Storms and extreme rainfall has affected several parts of the world over the weekend, with loss of life and extensive damage to property.

    Violent storms and flooding along the French Riviera have killed at least 17 people and another 4 are still missing. Meanwhile, in China, storm Mujigae has left 4 people dead and 16 others missing. In the United States, meanwhile, record rainfall left large areas of the southeast under water.

    Read more on Rappler’s World section.

  6. Pope Francis opens synod on family amid gay priest controversy

    Pope Francis on Sunday, October 4, opened a synod to review family issues the day after a senior priest announced he was gay and accused the Vatican of “institutionalised homophobia.”

    The Church’s approach to gay and lesbian believers is only one in a wide range of topics that bishops will discuss during their three-week meeting.

    Agence France-Presse reports.

  7. Hillary plays bartender, mocks Trump in TV comedy skit

    Hillary Clinton attempted to showcase her softer side – and boost her flagging poll ratings – by playing a bartender on primetime US television Saturday, October 3, in a comedy skit.

    Clinton appeared on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” during which she played a sympathetic barkeeper named “Val” opposite Kate McKinnon, famed for her impression of the former first lady. The candidate, meanwhile, tried an impression of Donald Trump.

    Read more on Rappler.

  8. La Salle overcomes score deficit to beat archrival Ateneo

    The De La Salle University Green Archers rallied from a 15-point deficit and hit the big shots late to take down the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 80-76 on Sunday, October 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Facing a double-digit lead for most of the first half, the Green Archers opened the second half with an impressive 18-4 run that was spearheaded by 3-pointers from Joshua Torralba and Thomas Torres.

    Read more on Rappler.

  9. Asia’s top films ranked in Busan filmfest’s 20th anniversary

    The Busan International Film Festival is marking its 20th anniversary with a list of the 100 best Asian films of all time, based on a poll of 73 noted filmmakers and critics.

    Out of the 100 films selected, Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story was ranked number 1, followed by Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon; Wong Kar-Wai’s In The Mood For Love; Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy; and Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s A City of Sadness. Four Filipino films also made the cut, led by Lino Brocka’s Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag.

    Read more on Rappler.

  10. Disney gives a peek at ‘Finding Dory’

    Thirteen years after the megahit Finding Nemo, Pixar is set to release Finding Dory in June 2016. Details about Finding Dory have been making their way online since Ellen DeGeneres confirmed in 2013 that she would return to voice Dory. More were revealed last August at the D23 convention, as well as at an October 1 Disney Pixar media event in Singapore.

    Pixar Animation Studios president Jim Morris shared a few details about Finding Dory, and you can read it now on Rappler.

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.