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Daily News Highlights – October 6, 2015 Edition

CJ Maglunog

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  1. The long road to Leni’s ‘Yes’

    “If there is one lesson that I learned after the death of my husband, it is that we can never really plan too far ahead,” Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said. Her candidacy for vice president was announced in a gathering at the Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino on Monday. Those pushing Leni into a vice presidential run compare her to the late President Cory Aquino. Like Cory, Leni is a widow who entered politics to continue the husband’s legacy. Leni’s background and clean image make her winnable, supporters say, her low survey numbers notwithstanding. A September Pulse Asia survey showed her trailing behind her vice presidential rivals, ranking 10th. Former Quezon representative Erin Tañada said it would not be difficult to improve her numbers. “It’s not hard to sell her. She has no baggage. It’s very easy to campaign for her.”  For her first sortie as vice presidential aspirant, Robredo has chosen to visit the province of Negros Occidental on Tuesday, a bailiwick of her standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

    Read more on Robredo’s first sortie.

    Read more on Leni Robredo’s life.

  2. Bongbong Marcos: I will run for vice president

    Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr declared he is running for vice president Monday evening. The son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos said he will campaign against “the politics of personality,” which helped cause poverty and corruption. Marcos said he will support Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte should the mayor decide to run for president. Last week, Marcos flew to Davao City to consult the mayor on his 2016 political plans. Duterte has yet to make a final decision on whether or not to run for president. Marcos also said he decided against running with opposition standard-bearer Vice President Jejomar Binay despite talks that spanned two months because it would be “difficult to tame political differences.” Binay was a human rights lawyer who fought the dictatorship of the senator’s father. The Vice President was jailed under martial law, and became a loyal supporter of the elder Marcos’ rival, former President Corazon Aquino.

    Read more on Bongbong Marcos’ VP run.

  3. Pacquiao to run for senator in 2016

    World boxing champ and Sarangani congressman Manny Pacquiao formally declared on Monday, his widely expected Senate run, but did not say under which party banner he would be running. Pacquiao is reportedly under pressure from advisers and political allies to break away from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay, but the boxer is known to value loyalty and has made a commitment to support Binay. Malacañang has been cold to Pacquiao, with Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares filing a tax evasion case against him. Pacquiao’s beef with President Benigno Aquino III started in 2009, when he made a dig at the then presidential candidate for the latter’s lack of hair.

    Read more on Pacquiao’s senatorial bid.

  4. Duterto to Poe: ‘read up on federalism first’

    Mayor Rodrigo Duterte gave unsolicited advice to presidential aspirant Senator Grace Poe to read up more on federalism before shooting down the idea and saying it could perpetuate political dynasties. “I can forgive Poe, her mind is still dwelling in a feudal state,” Duterte said. “We want more autonomous regions is simply because we want to distribute the powers. It has nothing to do with dynasties,” he said. Duterte said the fate of the country had always been decided by people in Metro Manila at the expense of the provinces, adding “the decisions put our lives in jeopardy.”

    Read more on Duterte and federalism.

  5. GMA-7 talents win regularization case vs. network

    Current and former media workers protesting against GMA-7 secured another legal victory, as the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) ruled that they are regular employees of the network giant. The document was received on Monday, October 5, by the Talents Association of GMA (TAG), whose members sued the network in May 2014 over what they considered unjust labor conditions. GMA-7 had regarded the so-called talents as independent contractors, denying them law-mandated regularization benefits including bonuses as well as health and social insurance despite their years of exclusive service to the network. A total of 105 TAG members were declared regulars by the NLRC, with 8 of them already resigned from their GMA-7 jobs but would receive regularization benefits during their stay with the company. The NLRC decision can be appealed within 10 days and may be elevated to the Court of Appeals (CA).

    Read more on GMA-7 talents’ case.

  6. Air France protests turn violent, HR head ‘almost lynched’

    Hundreds of striking workers stormed aviation company Air France-KLM headquarters at Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris Monday. Air France-KLM’s human resources manager Xavier Broseta was “almost lynched,” stripped of his shirt in a protest over the ailing airline’s plan to cut 2,900 jobs. The protest took place as Air France bosses were unveiling a revamped restructuring plan after pilots rejected an earlier proposal to work longer hours. Seven people were hurt, including a security guard who was knocked unconscious and was being treated in hospital. Air France CEO Frederic Gagey also made a hasty exit, and the board said the interrupted meeting would not resume on Monday.

    Read more on Air France protests.

  7. Missing plane in Indonesia found

    Rescuers found on Monday the wreckage of a plane carrying 10 people that disappeared during a flight in central Indonesia last week. The Aviastar aircraft, whose passengers included three children, went missing Friday after taking off from a remote airport on Sulawesi island en route to the city of Makassar. The debris of the Twin Otter DHC-6 plane was discovered Monday afternoon in jungles on the island. Police say, “Some passengers were found dead,” but did not say how many victims were found. Indonesia has a poor aviation safety record and has suffered a string of deadly crashes. In August, 54 people were killed when an Air Asia plane crashed in remote Papua province.

    Read more on plane wreckage found.

  8. Clinton chokes up while talking about Sandy Hook shooting

    Hillary Clinton on gun control | Photo from CNN

    Hillary Clinton grew emotional on the campaign trail Monday while introducing a mother whose child was killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. CNN reports Clinton’s voice choked up while introducing Nicole Hockley, the mother of Dylan Hockley, a 6-year-old killed in the school shooting. Aides say the interaction between the two was not planned as the two just met in a photo line before the event, where Clinton asked Hockley if she would tell her story at the town hall. Hockley told the story of losing her son in the shooting and her efforts to push gun control legislation. Clinton unveiled new proposals to rein in gun violence shortly after.

    Read more on Clinton’s emotional encounter.

  9. Facebook to launch internet satellite by 2016

    facebook to launch satellite | Photo courtesy of Facebook

    Facebook will launch a satellite that will provide internet access to remote parts of Africa. In a report by BBC, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says they hope to launch by 2016. The project is part of Facebook’s project, which has come under fierce criticism in some countries for gaining an unfair advantage in developing internet markets. is experimenting with different ways of providing internet to remote regions. Recently, Facebook explored the possibility of using a custom-built drone to beam connectivity on the ground. Several companies already provide internet-by-satellite, but it is a costly option for developing nations.

    Read more on Facebook’s internet satellite.

  10. ‘The Martian’ tops North American box office on 1st week

    The Martian dominated the North American box office in its first week in theaters, taking in $55 million, industry estimates showed Sunday. The critically-acclaimed blockbuster starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars was a hit with the general public as well, taking in nearly twice the average daily revenue as its closest rival from Friday to Sunday. In a distant second was Hotel Transylvania 2, which scared up $33 million after leading the box office last week.

    Read more on The Martian’s box office performance.

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CJ Maglunog

CJ Maglunog has been a content strategist for Rappler since 2015. Her work includes optimizing stories for various platforms. She’s a journalism graduate from Centro Escolar University.