Daily News Highlights – February 25, 2016 Edition

CJ Maglunog

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  1. As Manila celebrates #EDSA30, presidential bets campaign in provinces

    As the Philippines marks the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution on February 25, candidates in the upcoming May polls will continue their campaigns outside Manila. On February 25, 1986, Filipinos massed around the historic thoroughfare EDSA to overthrow dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Thirty years later, several politicians tied to that historic uprising will be facing off in the presidential and vice presidential race.

    Read the full story on Rappler #PHvote.

    Read the other Rappler #EDSA30 stories here.

  2. 5 hurt as Davao dorm for evacuees is torched

    Unidentified men reportedly torched a dormitory for Lumad evacuees in Davao City, southern Philippines, hurting 5 people, including two children. The incident happened at around 2 am February 24. Jong Monzon, secretary general of Pasaka in Southern Mindanao, alleged that the pre-dawn fire was premeditated and intentional. The dormitory at the Haran compound was used as an evacuation center for Lumad evacuees who had fled their homes from Talaingod, Davao del Norte, and Bukidnon. Owned by the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, the compound has been off limits to everyone except the nongovernmental groups supervising them. Politicians and progressive groups condemned the attack.

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  3. Comelec might issue vote receipts to OFWs, but not to local voters

    The Commission on Elections is considering the issuance of voting receipts to overseas Filipino workers who will participate in the upcoming national elections – something it refuses to do for voters based in the Philippines. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said the poll body recently discussed the possibility of printing receipts from vote-counting machines – so voters have proof that who they voted for were actually recorded. He said it is easier to issue receipts to OFW voters because “they’re given 30 days to vote” overseas, from April 9 to May 9. He said they are not as many as the 54.36 million local voters, a number that could take up much of the time at polling precincts. Comelec records show 1.37 million overseas Filipinos registered to vote in the upcoming elections.

    Read the full story on Rappler #PHVote.

  4. Endangered Philippine eagle wounded after being shot

    An endangered Philippine eagle, which was released into the wild under a conservation program, is now fighting for survival after being shot, a Philippine conservation group said. The meter-long (3.3-foot) monkey-eating eagle, which preys on macaques and other small animals sharing its forest habitat, was shot over the weekend. One man surrendered to the Philippine Eagle Foundation in Davao City on Mindanao island on February 21, and also handed over the injured bird, the Philippine Eagle Foundation said in a statement. He, along with a second man, was turned over to the police. Both are under arrest.

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  5. Nepal plane crash kills all 23 on board

    Rescuers have found the burnt-out wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed into a mountainside in Nepal on February 24, killing all 23 people on board, officials said. The Twin Otter turboprop aircraft lost contact with air traffic control 8 minutes after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara early on Wednesday. Chief district officer Sagar Mani Pathak said there was “no possibility of survivors from the crash,” the latest in a series of fatal aviation accidents in the impoverished Himalayan nation.

    Read the fulll story on Rappler World.

  6. Indonesia to clear up brothel areas by 2019

    prostitution in Indonesia | Photo from Newsbreak

    Indonesia plans to close all red-light districts in the country by 2019, stepping up a campaign against prostitution after a controversial push to clear up a brothel area of Jakarta. The government will instruct local authorities to shut down an estimated 100 red-light districts across the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, said Sonny Manalu, a senior official at the social affairs ministry. “We believe that red-light districts will affect children who live nearby negatively,” he said. “Prostitution can never be erased from the Earth but we must try to stop it corrupting our youth.” Prostitution is illegal in Indonesia but is rampant in major cities.

    Read the full story on Rappler Indonesia.

  7. Egypt acknowledges Sinai plane crash caused by terrorists

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi acknowledged for the first time on February 24 that “terrorism” caused a Russian plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula in October that killed 224 people. “Has terrorism ended? No… Whoever downed that plane, what did he want? Just to hit tourism? No. To hit relations. To hit relations with Russia,” Sisi said in a speech. He had previously dismissed as “propaganda” a claim by the Islamic State jihadist group that it downed the airliner on October 31. The group said it smuggled a bomb on board the plane in the airport of Sharm el-Sheikh, a Sinai resort popular with Russian holidaymakers. The attack dealt a major setback to Sisi, who had been at pains to revive the country’s tourism industry and impose control over the restive Sinai Peninsula.

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  8. Apple fighting phone hacking orders in multiple US cases

    It is not only in the case of the San Bernardino shooter in California that a court is asking Apple to hack the iPhone of a crime suspect. The tech company is contesting the judge’s order. Court documents show that Apple is battling the United States government over unlocking devices in at least 10 other cases.

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  9. Indonesia, Kuwait still barred from FIFA voting

    FIFA, the Zurich-based governing body of soccer, has confirmed that suspended members Indonesia and Kuwait remain barred from voting in the body’s presidential election on February 26, in what could be a blow to leading candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa. A royal from Bahrain, Sheik Salman heads the Asian Football Confederation, which includes the two countries. The sheikh was eyeing block vote support from the continent in the closely fought race against his main challenger Gianni Infantino, the acting head of European football. With the two suspensions, 207 FIFA members are cleared to cast ballots at the congress in Zurich.

    Read the full story on Rappler Sports.

  10. PH mounts museum where you experience martial law

    It has been 30 years since the EDSA Revolution, and there is now the danger of forgetting the stories of those put behind bars for their ideas, words, and deeds – and especially those who died for these. An experiential museum hopes to help Filipinos not to forget. It will be open to the public at the Camp Aguinaldo Grandstand and Parade Grounds from February 25 to 26. It will take visitors through various “halls,” each depicting a different facet of the saga leading up to the EDSA People Power Revolution that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

    Read the full story on Rappler.

    Read the other Rappler #EDSA30 stories here.

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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.