Daily News Highlights – November 24, 2015 Edition

Gwen De La Cruz

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  1. Duterte will run with Alan Peter Cayetano

    Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte confirmed Monday that his vice-presidential running mate is Alan Peter Cayetano. Duterte will meet with political party PDP-Laban (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan) party chairman Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III next week on the tandem. He revealed plans to file his Certificate of Candidacy “at the most convenient time for everybody.” He intended to file before December 10, the Commission on Elections deadline for substitution of candidates by political parties.

    Read more on Duterte-Cayetano tandem.

  2. SC justices on Poe: Citizenship not automatically granted to foundlings

    Senate Electoral Tribunal chair and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, argued that no law automatically grants citizenship to foundlings born in the Philippines.”Even if there were, such a law would only result in the foundling being a naturalized Filipino citizen, not a natural-born Filipino citizen,” Carpio said. Echoing Carpio, both Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and Arturo Brion said there is nothing in the 1935 Constitution (the charter that was in effect when Poe was born) that grants citizenship to foundlings. Voting in favor of dismissing the petition to disqualify Poe, Senators Bam Aquino and Cynthia Villar said it was not the intention of the framers of the 1935 Constitution to “exclude” and “discriminate against” foundlings when it comes to natural-born citizenship. Aquino and Senator Tito Sotto both argued foundlings should be accorded social justice. The SET voted 5-4 to dismiss the petition.

    Read more on SC justices arguments on Poe’s citizenship.

  3. Alma Moreno: I may not be a good speaker but I have heart

    Parañaque councilor Alma Moreno said she is still moving forward on her candidacy for the Senate, despite reactions to her interview with Karen Davila on ANC’s Headstart. Alma told supporters, “I am Alma Moreno. I’m going through something. I suppose you saw it on TV. But I’m still fighting. I may not be that good a speaker, but I have a heart for the people.” Moreno admitted in a speech Thursday that she was hurt by the ridicule captured in the hashtag  #PrayForAlma. In the interview, she jokingly suggested couples should always have the lights on as a method of birth control. When asked on the Reproductive Health Law, she said, “Do I still have to answer that?”

    Read more on Moreno’s reaction to Karen Davila interview.

    Read more on Moreno’s answers on Davila’s Headstart.

  4. It’s back to The Hague for PH legal PH team vs China

    Led by Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, the Philippines’ powerhouse team against China is back in The Hague on Tuesday, November 24, to defend Manila’s historic case against Beijing over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Philippine Solicitor General Florin Hilbay and the Southeast Asian country’s lead counsel, Paul Reichler, said the Philippine team is “fully prepared to present” the country’s case to the arbitral tribunal in The Hague. Reichler is the “giant slayer” who defeated the US in a landmark international case. China refuses to join the hearings as it pushes for one-on-one talks between Manila and Beijing about the West Philippine Sea.

    Read more on November Hague hearings.

  5. 6 years after Maguindanao Massacre: Prosecution rests, defense starts

    Six years after the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, the trial for the worst election-related violence in Philippine history continues to drag on. Not one of the 197 accused has been convicted for the death of 58 people. Three of them – including the alleged mastermind of the massacre, Andal Ampatuan Sr – have died. Six years after the incident, the prosecution rested its case against 95 of the accused after filing 3 batches of formal offers of evidence against them. In a press update, the Supreme Court said the defense may either present its evidence or submit a demurrer to evidence. Malacañang said it has done what it can “within its powers” to bring justice to the victims. The Maguindanao massacre is considered the single deadliest attack against media. 

    Read more on the trial updates.

  6. Hotels and airlines incur losses but netizens applaud APEC hosting

    While the Philippine government spent billions of pesos to host the year-long Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, local airlines suffered losses from cancelled flights from November 16 to 19 this year. Select hotels in Metro Manila were on lockdown while they served as temporary residences of the APEC economic leaders and delegates. Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma Jr said the government spent around P10 billion ($212 million) for facilities, preparatory events, and APEC meetings that started in January. But despite the losses, netizens say the Philippines rose to the challenge of hosting world leaders of 21 member-economies.

    Read more on Social Media reaction to APEC hosting.

    Read more on losses hotels and airlines incurred.

  7. Sister of INC head stopped from testifying

    Months since the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) controversy erupted, the estranged sister of Iglesia ni Cristo head Eduardo Manalo appeared in public for the first time. On Monday, Lolita “Lottie” Manalo-Hemedez appeared before a Quezon City court to testify, but was unable to present her testimony. The INC, represented by lawyer Serafin Cuevas Jr, asked to defer the proceedings. Cuevas argued that the Manalos’ answer to the INC petition should not be admitted into records of the case because it was filed 8 days from the due date. She is set to testify on the next hearing date on December 16. Lottie, her brother Angel, and their mother were expelled from the church last July by their elder brother after they claimed that their lives were in danger. Angel later spoke out against corruption within the church. 

    Read more on the Lottie Manalo-Hemedez’ court appearance.

  8. US issues global travel alert as crimes against Muslims rise in Britain

    On Monday, the United States issued a worldwide travel alert warning American citizens of “increased terrorist threats” in the wake of the Paris attacks. The State Department often issues individual country travel alerts, but this notice was a rare “worldwide travel alert.” A British report published  on the same day shows that anti-Muslim hate crimes rose by 300%, where most of the attacks were against Muslim females aged between 14 and 45 who were wearing traditional Islamic dresses.  The Independent newspaper reported the perpetrators of the anti-Muslim hate crimes were mainly white males aged between 15 and 35. 

    Read more on US travel alert.

    Read more on rise of crimes vs Muslims in Britain.

  9. Latest on #BrusselsLockDown: Belgian police give virtual cat food

    Belgian police offered a virtual bowl of pet food to Internet cats on Monday to thank social media users for agreeing to pause their posts during a major anti-terrorism operation in Brussels. The Twitter hashtag #BrusselsLockdown went viral Sunday night when social media users posted cat photos – a light-hearted response to an official request from police not to put information about their operation on the Internet. Brussels has been under security lockdown since Saturday morning after the government said there was a “serious and imminent threat” of attacks like those in Paris on November 13. Key Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam, who is believed to be in Belgium, remains at large.

    Read more on Belgian cops’ response to cat tweets.

    Read more on Brussels lockdown.

  10. One Direction wins big in AMA 2015 as hit numbers keep fans buzzing

    One Direction won big awards at the American Music Awards 2015 held on Sunday, bagging the Artist of the Year and Favorite Duo/Group for Pop/Rock awards. Hosted by Jennifer Lopez, the star-studded awards night also featured performers such as Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and a duet between Alanis Morissette and Demi Lovato. Celine Dion also had a special performance honoring victims of the November Paris terror attacks.

    Here’s the full list of winners.

    Read more on 10 unforgettable moments of AMA 2015.

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