Daily News Highlights – June 12, 2016 Edition

Aika Rey

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  1. Losing VP bet Marcos to file electoral protest

    The camp of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr is set to file an electoral protest on June 28, alleging electoral fraud. He said he lost because of undervoting is “in the magnitude of 3 million votes.”

    Reacting to his statement, Robredo said she is concerned about the weekly statements coming from the Marcos camp which, she said, are meant to “condition” the people. Robredo said Marcos’ statements “continue to divide our country”.

    Read more on Rappler.

  2. San Miguel telco buyout not approved yet, says PCC

    The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) rejected Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company’s (PLDT) and Globe Telecom, Incorporated’s initial transaction report on their P69.1-billion deal to buy out San Miguel Corporation’s (SMC) telecommunication businesses.

    “We returned their submission because of incomplete information. We asked the parties to the transaction to refile their notification to PCC. The deal is not deemed approved,” PCC Chairman Arsenio Balisacan told Rappler in a mobile phone reply on Friday, June 10.

    More details on Rappler.

  3. Thousands say farewell to Muhammad Ali

    Thousands of people lined the streets of Muhammad Ali’s hometown Louisville on Friday, June 10, to say goodbye to the boxing legend and civil rights hero, who mesmerized the world with his dazzling skills in the ring.

    A funeral procession through town, a private burial and a public memorial service wrapped up two days of tributes to the 3-time heavyweight world champion, who died last week at 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

    Agence France-Presse reports from Louisville.

  4. Chinese envoy appeals for ‘new chapter’ in bilateral ties

    Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua made an appeal for “a new chapter of bilateral relations” to the incoming Duterte administration on Thursday evening, June 9, as the Philippines and China marked the 41st anniversary of their diplomatic ties.

    Zhao explained that China “pursues a neighborhood diplomacy that treats neighbors as friends and partners.” “A good neighbor is better than a far-off relative,” he said.

    Read more on Rappler.

  5. Overfishing threatens dozens of fish species in PH seas

    Dozens of fish species have disappeared or are on the verge of being lost from marine biodiversity hotspot the Philippines, an environmental group said Friday, June 10, citing a new study.

    Fishermen reported that 59 coral reef species had gone missing from catches since the 1950s, according to the study conducted by Haribon, one of the Philippines’ oldest conservation groups, and Britain’s Newcastle University.

    Read more in this report.

  6. UK’s Nobel winners: Let’s stay in the European Union

    Thirteen of Britain’s top scientists signed a letter backing the campaign to remain in the EU Saturday, June 11 after a dramatic new poll boosted the Brexit campaign.

    Nobel Prize winners including Peter Higgs – after whom the Higgs Boson, believed to explain how matter acquires mass, is named –and geneticist Paul Nurse said the loss of research funding would be one consequence of leaving the bloc.

    Agence France-Presse reports from London.

  7. Goodbye, old Yahoo! Messenger

    Yahoo announced on Friday, June 10, that the legacy version of the Yahoo Messenger client will be retiring on August 5. “While today we provide basic interoperation between the legacy product and the new Messenger,” the company wrote on the Yahoo blog, “we encourage all of our users to complete their transition to the new Yahoo Messenger as we will no longer support the legacy platform as of August 5, 2016.”

    The company will, instead, continue to focus its efforts on the new version of Messenger, “with a goal of delivering the best experience to our users.”

    More details on Rappler.

  8. ‘The Voice’s’ Christina Grimmie killed

    Former The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie died on Friday, June 10 in Orlando, Florida, after a shooting incident at an autograph-signing event. Christina was signing autographs with the band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando when a male suspect shot her.

    “We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning,” her representative said in a statement. Christina became a popular singer on YouTube before she joined The Voice in 2014, finishing in 3rd place.

    Read more about the incident, as well as the reactions to her death, on Rappler.

  9. First look at ‘Encantadia’ reboot

    After a decade off the air, Encantadia is back and is gearing up to be more epic and stunning than it ever has been, with its trailer screened at the 2016 ToyCon. There’s no dialogue in the trailer, but it does provide stunning glimpses into the kingdom of Lireo, where dragons fly over its towering spires and more.

    Watch the trailer on Rappler.

  10. New Miss Philippines Earth crowned

    Imelda Schweighart was crowned as the new Miss Philippines Earth on Saturday, June 11, at the UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.

    Imelda succeeds Miss Philippines Earth 2015 and reigning Miss Earth Angelia Ong. She will represent the country in the 2016 Miss Earth pageant and will be getting another shot at winning the country’s 4th Miss Earth crown.

    Read more on Rappler. You can also check out the full list of winners and the highlights of the night.

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at aika.rey@rappler.com.