Daily News Highlights – April 27, 2016 Edition

Gerard Lim

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  1. Comelec scraps mall voting

    Voting 4-3, the Commission on Elections rejected the proposal to hold voting in malls for the May 9 polls. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon earlier explained that the Omnibus Election Code prohibits the transfer of polling places “within 45 days before a regular election.” Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista previously said that voting in malls would be more convenient for the people.

    Read this story on the Comelec’s decision to scrap mall voting. 

    May 9, election day, has also been officially declared a special non-working holiday.

  2. Pantar, Lanao del Norte ‘under Comelec control’


    The Commission on Elections has placed the town of Pantar in Lanao del Norte “under Comelec control.” This means Pantar is now under the poll body’s “immediate and direct control and supervision” because of violence and “serious armed threats,” among other things. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon told reporters they want to ensure that “voters will not be discouraged from voting because of these armed groups.”

    Here’s more on the Comelec’s declaration. 



  3. Duterte, Joma: Ceasefire if mayor wins

    Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he and exiled communist leader Jose Maria Sison have agreed to observe a ceasefire between the government and the New People’s Army if Duterte gets elected president. The ceasefire will also reportedly cover the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Moro National Liberation Front. Duterte said he talked with Sison, who is in the Netherlands, via Skype last Monday night. 

    Get more details about Duterte’s conversation with Sison. 


  4. Trump, Clinton, Sanders win on Tuesday

    Republican front runner Donald Trump swept all 5 presidential primaries held on Tuesday, April 26, defeating rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton secured 3 solid wins in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, while rival Bernie Sanders claimed victory in Rhode Island. Sanders was also leading narrowly in Connecticut based on early vote counts.

    Check out the latest developments in the White House race. 

  5. Japanese warship visits PH

    Japanese warship Ise docked in Subic Bay on Tuesday, April 26, in another sign of deepening security ties between Tokyo and Manila to counter Beijing. It marked the second time in just over 3 weeks that Japanese naval vessels visited Subic. Ise Captain Masaki Tanada told reporters that Japan wants to “deepen the relationship with the Philippines.”

    Take a look at the Japanese warship docked in Subic Bay.

  6. UN: 60M people affected by El Niño

    The United Nations said 60 million people worldwide need assistance due to the 2015-2016 El Niño – one of the most powerful on record. The climate phenomenon has caused significant damage in 13 countries across Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the Pacific, bringing heavy rains in some areas and drought elsewhere. UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien also warned that aside from the 60 million people, “there will be millions more who are at risk.”

    Read more about the effects of the 2015-2016 El Niño.

  7. Mitsubishi Motors scandal widens

    Mitsubishi Motors admitted on Tuesday, April 26, that it has been using an improper fuel-efficiency testing method since 1991, or for 25 years. The controversy surrounding Mitsubishi Motors, which broke out last week, has raised questions about the automaker’s future. Billions of dollars have already been wiped off the company’s market value. 

    Get details about the Mitsubishi cheating scandal. 

  8. Apple suffers first drop in iPhone sales


    Apple on Tuesday, April 26, reported its first-ever drop in iPhone sales since launching the smartphone in 2007. The tech giant said iPhone sales slipped to 51.19 million in the recently ended quarter compared with 61.17 million in the same period a year ago. Apple’s revenue also fell on a year-to-year basis for the first time since 2003. 

    Check out Apple’s latest sales figures. 


  9. Sister: Prince left no will

    In a court filing, the sister of pop icon Prince said that her brother left behind no will. Tyka Nelson asked the court to appoint wealth management firm Bremer Trust to administer Prince’s estate, saying that the trust’s parent company Bremer Bank provided financial services to Prince for “a number of years.” Nelson is Prince’s only surviving full sibling, but there are 5 surviving half-siblings all listed as heirs.

    Here’s the full story on Tyka Nelson’s court filing.

  10. Finals Game 2: Ateneo vs La Salle

    Will the DLSU Lady Spikers clinch the UAAP women’s volleyball crown this season, or will the Ateneo Lady Eagles keep their title defense bid alive? The two squads face off in Game 2 of the finals at 4 pm on Wednesday, April 27.

    Follow the action through Rappler’s live blog. 


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