Daily News Highlights – June 27, 2016 Edition

CJ Maglunog

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  1. Ambo weakens after landfall in Aurora

    Tropical Depression Ambo made landfall in Dinalungan, Aurora early Monday, June 27, then immediately weakened into a low pressure area (LPA). There are no more areas under storm warning signals. Previously, several provinces were placed under signal number 1.

    Read more: Ambo makes landfall in Aurora, weakens into LPA


  2. Robredo urges Filipinos to unite behind Duterte administration

    Vice President-elect Leni Robredo on Sunday, June 26, urged Filipinos to set aside their political differences and unite behind the new Philippine leadership that would assume office on June 30. Robredo made the call at the National Day Celebration for the Filipino community in Tokyo, Japan, where she was invited by outgoing Philippine Ambassador Manuel Lopez. In her speech at the Philippine embassy event, Robredo said Filipinos again have to “aspire as a people, as a nation.”

    Read more: Robredo urges Filipinos: Unite behind Duterte administration

  3. Europe to push for quick British divorce, Kerry to join discussions

    Germany’s powerful Chancellor Angela Merkel will host the leaders of France, Italy and the European Union in Berlin on Monday amid fears Britain’s vote to leave will create a domino effect in eurosceptic member states. In what promises to be one of the bitterest summits in the EU’s history, British Prime Minister David Cameron will then face huge pressure in Brussels on Tuesday to immediately trigger the two-year exit process. With a dismayed Washington fearing key ally Britain’s decision to leave the EU will harm Western unity, Kerry flies in to Brussels and London on Monday, June 27, to join the discussions.

    Read more: Europe to push for quickie British divorce as Kerry flies in


  4. British politics in turmoil, Scottish independence vote ‘highly likely’

    Britain’s political crisis deepened Sunday, June 26, amid party infighting in London and new polls showing bolstered support for Scottish independence, even as EU leaders seek a quick divorce after a seismic vote to leave the bloc. The historic vote, fought on the battlefronts of the economy and immigration, exposed deep divisions in the country, which were particularly keenly felt in Scotland. Scotland voted by 62% to stay in the EU, and the prospect of being pulled out against their will has renewed support for a second independence referendum, less than two years after they chose to stay in the United Kingdom in a referendum in September 2014.

    Read more: British politics in turmoil as Brexit talks loom



  5. Wanted: smarter, sustainable dietary choices

    Boosting food production to ensure food security is crucial, but not enough. Experts who spoke at a recent forum on food security stressed that it is important to “eat right.” Eating right means food provided for the population should be nutritious. It also involves addressing sustainability issues as massive food production can harm the environment. So how do you address these concerns? Experts suggested transitioning to more plant-based diets in order to reduce food related greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time looting important health benefits from the less consumption of red meat. And practice backyard farming. By growing vegetables themselves, families would have a healthy diet and could earn more by selling their produce, experts said.

    Read more: Are we eating right?’ Experts tackle food production and nutrition



  6. Panama canal now open to newer, bigger ships

    Panama on Sunday, June 26, declared its century-old canal open to a new generation of supersized cargo ships after years of massive expansion works aimed at boosting its cut from burgeoning US-Asia trade. During the inaugural ceremony, a giant Chinese-chartered freighter made its way along the 80-kilometer (50-mile) waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Its passage was to show off the third, wide shipping lane and gargantuan locks built into the canal accommodate vessels of its class, known as Neopanamax, or New Panamax, ships.

    Read more: Panama opens expanded canal to newer, bigger ships


  7. Gov’t arsenal still relies on decades-old machines to make ammo – COA

    Due to an unresolved dispute with its foreign suppliers, the Government Arsenal (GA) has yet to receive machinery meant to improve its production of ammunition. As a result, GA is still using 268 ammunition-producing machines aged between 12 and 39 years old, according to the Commission on Audit (COA). In 2012, the GA ordered P336-million worth of machinery from Waterbury Farrel, a division of Magnum Integrated Technologies Incorporated of Canada. The machinery in the initial delivery were found to be non-compliant with contract specifications, forcing the GA to stop paying the supplier. Because of this, the supplier withheld delivery of remaining equipment.

    Read more: Gov’t arsenal still using decades-old machines to make ammo – COA


  8. Indonesian fighter jets intercept Malaysian plane

    Two days after President Joko Widodo visited Natuna islands, Indonesian jet fighters flying a regular route over Indonesia’s Natuna Islands intercepted a Malaysian military transport plane. A ranking Indonesian defense official played down the incident, saying Malaysia and Indonesia enjoy close relations. Widodo’s recent visit to the area was an apparent show of force after clashes with Chinese fishing vessels. Beijing’s claims in the disputed waters overlap Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone – waters where a state has the right to exploit resources – around the Natunas.

    Read more: Malaysian plane intercepted by Indonesian fighter jets – official


  9. La Trinidad houses turn into gigantic, colorful mural

    With splashes of color – plenty of it – a clump of concrete houses in Barangay Balili in La Trinidad, Benguet turned into a huge, vibrant work of art. Houses in the sitios of Stonehill, Botiwtiw and Sadjap (STOBOSA) in Barangay Balili in La Trinidad were painted in various colors and patterns, as somehow inspired by the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Helmed by the Department of Tourism (DOT) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the artwork is part of its “RevBloom” (revitalize and bloom) campaign. It was unveiled last June 23.

    Read more: La Trinidad houses turn into gigantic, colorful mural


  10. Turkey: Pope Francis statement on WWI genocide stamp of ‘Crusades’ mentality

    Turkey has condemned as “very unfortunate” Pope Francis’s declaration that the mass killings of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman forces amounted to a genocide, saying it bore traces of “the mentality of the Crusades.” The Pope on Friday denounced the World War I killing of Armenians as a genocide, prompting Turkey’s anger. On Saturday, he visited the Armenian genocide memorial in Yerevan but sought to strike a conciliatory tone during evening prayers. When Francis last used the term in the Vatican in 2015, on the centenary of the killings, Ankara angrily recalled its envoy from the Holy See for nearly a year.

    Read more: Turkey: Pope’s genocide declaration bears stamp of ‘Crusades’ mentality’


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CJ Maglunog

CJ Maglunog has been a content strategist for Rappler since 2015. Her work includes optimizing stories for various platforms. She’s a journalism graduate from Centro Escolar University.