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- Children’s rights group: No to curfew plan
Bahay Tuluyan, a children’s rights organization, strongly condemned president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to imprison parents of children found on the streets after curfew. The group said that many children go to the streets looking for ways to support their families, and that these kids are in very difficult circumstances. “Jailing parents for this will only cause severe trauma to children and deeply damage already-fragile families,” said Bahay Tuluyan.
Here’s more on the group’s reaction to Duterte’s proposal.
- Gov’t docs being shredded – sources
Malacañang insiders told Rappler that some Palace staffers are disturbed and dismayed by a recent order issued to some departments under the Office of the President (OP). The staffers have been told to shred certain government documents and memoranda signed by outgoing President Benigno Aquino III and Cabinet secretaries. Now, these staffers feel “frustrated, rebellious.”
Get more details about the controversial Palace order.
- Robredo lawyer: Senators’ proclamation ‘negates’ irregularities
For Romulo Macalintal, the lead counsel of Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo, the proclamation of winning senators and party-list groups “negates” the alleged irregularities in the vice presidential tally. Macalintal argued that the election system that recorded and transmitted the votes for senator and party list was the same used for the VP elections, which Robredo leads by a very slim margin.
Read the rest of Macalintal’s statement.
- INC holds huge evangelical event
The Iglesia ni Cristo is holding a massive worldwide evangelical event at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on Sunday, May 22. Dubbed “Reconnect: Worldwide Intensive Propagation”, the event is being officiated by INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo. It is also being “beamed live” to about 2,900 remote sites all over the world. The INC has asked for understanding from commuters and motorists for any inconvenience that may result from the evangelical event.
Check out this story on the INC event.
- Cyclone leaves 23 dead in Bangladesh
At least 23 people were killed after Cyclone Roanu battered the coast of southern Bangladesh. More than 500,000 people were also forced to flee their homes. The head of Bangladesh’s Disaster Management Department said the full picture of the damage would be clear on Sunday, May 22, when officials reach remote areas.
Read more about the impact of Cyclone Roanu.
- Maduro: Venezuela ready for ‘biggest war’
International concerns are mounting as Venezuela’s economic and political crisis deepens. On Saturday, May 21, the country’s military wrapped up two days of war games ordered by embattled President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro congratuled the armed forces on the “great success” of the drills, and said Venezuela is “a country prepared to win the biggest war that could happen.” Opposition leader Henrique Capriles has warned of the risk of a coup d’etat.
Here’s the full story on the crisis in Venezuela.
- G7 expresses concern over global economy
Finance ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) countries expressed concern about the global economy, which they said faced a number of threats, including terrorism, refugee flows, and the possible Brexit. In talks in Japan, the G7 finance ministers also vowed to address tax avoidance and clamp down on terrorist financing.
Check out this wrap of the G7 talks in Japan.
- ABAP: Pacquiao must decide on Rio bid by May 27
The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) has asked Manny Pacquiao to decide by Friday, May 27, if he wants to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 37-year-old boxing legend, who retired from the sport last month to focus on his political career, left the door open to compete in Rio after being offered a wild card entry. May 27 is also the deadline for the submission of entries for the qualifying event, which takes place June 16-25 in Azerbaijan.
Read more about Pacquiao’s possible Olympic bid.
- UAAP names 4 Athletes of the Year
Four collegiate athletes, two each from individual and team sports, were honored as the UAAP Season 78 Athletes of the Year during the league’s closing ceremonies on Saturday, May 21. They include 3-time volleyball MVP Alyssa Valdez (Ateneo), softball co-finals MVP Queeny Sabodo (Adamson), two-time table tennis MVP Ian Lariba (La Salle), and swimming MVP Jessie Lacuna (Ateneo).
Here’s more on the UAAP Season 78 Athletes of the Year.
- Solenn Heussaff, Nico Bolzico tie the knot
TV host and actress Solenn Heussaff married fiancé Nico Bolzico in France on Saturday, May 21. Among Solenn’s family and friends who attended the wedding were her brother Erwan Heussaff and his girlfriend Anne Curtis, newly married Georgina Wilson-Burnand, Isabelle Daza, Liz Uy, Bea Soriano, and Rajo Laurel. Solenn wore a wedding dress by Israeli designer Lihi Hod.