Daily News Highlights – January 6, 2016 Edition

CJ Maglunog

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  1. Obama weeps as he makes gun control plea

    Tears streamed down US President Barack Obama’s face as he called on Americans to support gun control measures. Obama outlined executive measures to regulate gun sales and curb illicit purchases, saying that there’s a sense of urgency amid the tens of thousands of deaths each year.

    Here is the full story on Obama’s speech.


  2. Kuwait recalls envoy to Tehran

     Man driving with Kuwait flag | Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP

    Kuwait has recalled its ambassador to Tehran – the latest development in the diplomatic row between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Kuwait said it was withdrawing its envoy over a weekend attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

    Read more about Kuwait’s move here.

    Take a look at the timeline of the Iran-Saudi crisis here.

  3. Binay: Gov’t did all it could for Zapanta

    Vice President Jejomar Binay said the Philippine government had no shortcomings in the effort to save the life of Filipino worker Joselito Zapanta, who was recently executed in Saudi Arabia. Binay made this statement as he visited the Zapanta family in Pampanga on Tuesday, January 5.

    Read more about Binay’s visit to the Zapanta family here, and the statement of the Filipino worker’s mother.


  4. Comelec asks SC for earlier hearing date

    The Commission on Elections requested that the Supreme Court reschedule oral arguments on Senator Grace Poe’s case from January 19 to January 14. The Comelec explained it has to finalize the ballot entries and layout by January 20.

     Here’s more on the Comelec’s “very urgent motion” filed before the SC.


  5. DILG chief expresses concerns over ‘higher wages’

    Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento has his apprehensions over the proposal of the Duterte-Cayetano tandem to increase the salaries of policemen to P75,000-P100,000 each within 3 years. Sarmiento said other factors have to be taken into consideration.

    Find out about those other factors here.


  6. PH inflation settles at 1.4% in 2015 

    The Philippines’ inflation – the rate at which prices of goods and services rise – settled at 1.4% in 2015. The National Economic and Development Authority said the generally low inflation environment for the year was expected.

    Take a look at what contributed to that here.


  7. LTFRB outlines final plans for Aquino’s term

    For the last several months of the Aquino administration, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is setting its sights on premium buses and taxis, jeepney modernization, and an upgraded information technology system. LTFRB Chairman Winston Ginez gave an overview of these plans on Tuesday, January 5.

    Get details of the LTFRB projects here.

  8. San Miguel pulls off comeback vs Rain or Shine

    The San Miguel Beermen came back from 20 points down to defeat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game 1 of their best-of-7 semifinals in the PBA Philippine Cup. June Mar Fajardo led the Beermen with 36 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 blocks. 

    Here are more highlights of San Miguel’s victory.

  9. Talents to meet with ABS-CBN representatives

    Former Forevermore talents Rossellyn Domingo and Alvin Campomanes are set to meet with ABS-CBN representatives, following the controversy over director Cathy Garcia-Molina’s alleged behavior on the set of the hit show. Rossellyn said she hopes that justice would be served.

    Read the latest statements of Rossellyn and ABS-CBN here.

  10. Steve Harvey speaks up on Miss Universe gaffe

    Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey said he has tried to apologize to Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez for mistakenly announcing her as winner, but Ariadna has not yet responded. He added his only regret is how his mistake made Ariadna feel.

     Check out what else Steve said about the mix-up.


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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.