Daily News Highlights – March 2, 2016 Edition

Gerard Lim

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  1. Clinton, Trump score wins

    Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump scored a string of early wins on Super Tuesday, a pivotal day in the 2016 White House race. Clinton is the projected winner in the vital battleground state of Virginia, as well as in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. Trump, meanwhile, took the Republican contests in Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. 

    Read this story for the latest updates on Super Tuesday.

    Take a look at the state-by-state breakdown of projected winners.


  2. Poe’s name stays on ballot

    Senator Grace Poe’s name will remain on the ballot for the May elections even if the Supreme Court eventually decides to disqualify her from the presidential race. Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista explained that the poll body has already printed 10.5 million ballots as of Monday, February 29. That’s nearly 20% of the 56.77 million ballots needed for the polls.

     Get more details about the ballot printing.



  3. ‘Possible’ to block airing of Pacquiao fight

    The Commission on Elections said it is possible to block the Philippine telecast of Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Timothy Bradley Jr in April, amid concerns that it could give him “undue advantage” in the senatorial race. The poll body has asked Pacquiao, a senatorial candidate under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance, to comment on position papers filed against him.

    Read the full story on the issue over the timing of Pacquiao’s fight.


  4. Aquino stars in ad for Roxas, Robredo

    President Benigno Aquino III takes the lead role in the newest political ad for Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Manuel Roxas II and Roxas’ running mate Leni Robredo. In the ad, the President says in Filipino that Roxas and Robredo are the ones who “truly love the people.” Aquino, as LP chairman, has been actively campaigning for his anointed candidates.

    Here’s more on the new political ad for the Roxas-Robredo tandem.


  5. Andre Palacios is new PPP Center head

    President Benigno Aquino III appointed Andre Palacios as executive director of the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines (PPP Center), to replace Cosette Canilao, who resigned due to family concerns. Palacios has been technical adviser to the PPP Center since January 2015. He officially takes the helm next Tuesday, March 8.

    Read more about Palacios’ appointment.

  6. License plates could be out in March

    Long-overdue license plates might be released to motorists this month, but only if the Land Transportation Office resolves its issue with the Commission on Audit, and if the private importer will pay duties and taxes to the Bureau of Customs. The license plates are part of the standardization program of the Department of Transportation and Communications, which has drawn flak for the delay.

    Check out our latest story on the license plates.

  7. UP BGC opening this year

    The University of the Philippines (UP) is set to open its newest campus at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) for school year 2016-2017. UP BGC, which has a total floor area of 12,000 square meters, was formally turned over by donor SM Investments Corporation (SMIC) on Tuesday, March 1. It has 29 classrooms, 3 computer laboratories, an auditorium, conference rooms, and other facilities.

    Find out which graduate level courses will be offered at UP BGC.


  8. Saudi preacher, diplomat wounded

    Saudi Arabian preacher Sheikh Aaidh al-Qarni and embassy official Sheikh Turki Assaegh were injured in a shooting incident at Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga City on Tuesday, March 1. Police said Qarni does not have life-threatening injuries, contrary to earlier reports. The gunman was killed by security forces.

    Here’s more on the shooting in Zamboanga City.

  9. Bin Laden left millions of dollars for jihad


    A newly released will shows that Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had about $29 million stashed in Sudan, and wanted most of it to be used for jihad. The late 1990s document, written in Arabic, is among the letters and files seized by US Navy SEALs on May 2, 2011 when they killed Bin Laden in Pakistan.

    Read this story on the contents of Bin Laden’s will.

  10. Rolling Stones heading to Cuba

    The Rolling Stones will have their first-ever concert in Cuba on March 25. The concert, to be staged for free, will be held at Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva sports complex. In recent years, Western musicians have been flocking to Cuba, where rock and roll was previously banned in 1961.

    Get more details about The Rolling Stones’ Cuba concert.

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