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- Roxas finally submits SOCE
Defeated presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II finally submitted his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) on Wednesday, June 22, two weeks after the original June 8 deadline. The Commission on Elections had extended the deadline to June 30 after a request from Roxas’ Liberal Party, which also submitted its SOCE late.
Read more about Roxas’ SOCE filing.
- Duterte: Abu Sayyaf will face consequences
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte warned that the Abu Sayyaf will soon have to face the consequences of their actions. “There will be a time, there will be a reckoning,” he said on Tuesday, June 21, at a business forum held in Davao City. Duterte also laid out two demands for the terrorist group – that they surrender unconditionally, and release all of their hostages.
Here’s the full story on Duterte’s comments about the Abu Sayyaf.
- Duterte to US: Are you with us?
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte revealed that he asked US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg if the US would help the Philippines protect its territory. “I told Goldberg, ‘Are you with us or are you not with us?'” said Duterte. The president-elect’s remarks come as Manila awaits an international tribunal’s ruling on its maritime row with Beijing.
Check out this story on Duterte’s statements to the US.
- Gina Lopez to head DENR
ABS-CBN Foundation chairperson and anti-mining advocate Gina Lopez accepted the offer of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to head the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Lopez said she sees her future role as more than a “regulator” of environmentally-sensitive projects, explaining that she also wants to address poverty.
Here’s more on her decision to accept Duterte’s offer.
- Maceda’s sons: ‘He died a happy man’
The sons of former Senate President Ernesto Maceda believe their father died a happy man. “I’d like to think he died a happy man because he saw all of us 5 were taken care of and we have our own careers,” said Edward Maceda, who won as representative of the 4th District of Manila during the May polls. The former Senate President had been a public servant for more than 50 years.
Find out about Ernesto Maceda’s last conversation with his family.
- Filipinos join #Pagyanig & #MMShakeDrill
Filipinos across the country joined #Pagyanig, a nationwide earthquake drill, on Wednesday, June 22. In Metro Manila, various cities participated in the 2nd #MMShakeDrill, which involved emergency simulations. The drills were in preparation for a powerful earthquake that could hit the country in our lifetime.
Check out this page on the #MMShakeDrill.
- Rivals clash in Brexit showdown
The “Leave” and “Remain” camps in Britain’s upcoming referendum clashed in a passionate debate on Tuesday, June 21. It was a final chance for the two camps to win over voters, as the British are set to decide whether or not they want to leave the European Union. So far, polls show a neck-and-neck race.
Get the highlights of the Brexit debate.
Take a look at 5 potential consequences if Britain leaves the EU.
- Pyongyang carries out new missile tests
North Korea conducted back-to-back tests of a medium-range missile on Wednesday, June 22, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry. The first test reportedly failed, while the status of the second launch is unclear. Both tests were believed to be of a much-hyped missile capable of reaching US bases as far away as Guam.
Read this story on North Korea’s latest missile tests.
- WWE suspends Roman Reigns
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) suspended Roman Reigns for violating the company’s talent wellness policy. The specifics of his violation, however, have yet to be disclosed. Reigns will be out of action for 30 days, as is customary for first-time violators.
Here’s more on Reigns’ suspension.
- Sunshine Dizon to sue husband
Actress Sunshine Dizon plans to pursue a legal battle against her husband, Timothy Tan. In a statement, Sunshine said it isn’t right for her to just keep quiet, “as a wife and mother who uncovered lies.” Sunshine and Timothy have two children.
Check out the rest of Sunshine’s statement.