Daily News Highlights – June 30, 2016 Edition

CJ Maglunog

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  1. WATCH: Philippine Presidential and Vice Presidential inaugurations

    On Thursday, June 30, the 16th President of the Philippines and the 14th Vice President of the Philippines will be sworn in. Rodrigo Duterte, who was the mayor of Davao City for more than two decades, clinched a landslide victory in the May polls. He ran on an anti-crime platform, promising to curb drugs and corruption, and rose to power despite the controversies that have hounded him. Leni Robredo, a lawmaker from Camarines Sur, won by a razor-thin margin against her closest rival, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Robredo’s camp has said that she would “hit the ground running” and not just be a spare tire.

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  2. Ruling on PH-China case set for July 12

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) based in The Hague, Netherlands, confirmed that it will issue its ruling on the Philippines’ case against China on July 12. In these arbitration proceedings, the Philippines seeks to nullify China’s expansive claim over practically the whole South China Sea, parts of which the Philippines claims as the West Philippine Sea. “The Tribunal will issue its Award on Tuesday, 12 July 2016, at approximately 11 am CEST, The Hague,” the PCA said in a statement Wednesday evening, June 29. “The Award will first be issued via e-mail to the Parties, along with an accompanying Press Release containing a summary of the Award. The Press Release will be in English and French, with an unofficial Mandarin Chinese translation provided,” the PCA added.

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  3. Obama, Clinton making first joint campaign stop next week

    US President Barack Obama will hit the campaign trail for the first time with presumptive Democratic White House nominee Hillary Clinton next Tuesday in North Carolina, her staff announced. Their debut joint campaign appearance for the 2016 election had been scheduled for June 15 in the state of Wisconsin, but was postponed due to the massacre in Orlando, Florida. Obama came out and endorsed Clinton on June 9 after months of assiduously avoiding tipping the scales of the Democratic presidential primaries.

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  4. Turkey blames ISIS for Istanbul airport attack that kills 41

    Turkey pointed the finger of blame at the Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday, June 29, after suicide bombers armed with automatic rifles attacked Istanbul’s main international airport, killing 41 people, including foreigners. Witnesses described scenes of terror and panic on Tuesday evening as the attackers began shooting indiscriminately and then blew themselves up at the entrance to Ataturk airport, one of Europe’s busiest hubs. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said “the evidence points to Daesh”, using another name for the jihadist group.

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  5. Neutralizing Abu Sayyaf will be Duterte’s ‘first priority’

    Neutralizing the Abu Sayyaf, which recently beheaded two foreign hostages and kidnapped 7 more, is the top military priority of Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, his incoming defense minister said Wednesday, June 29. Delfin Lorenzana, who takes the reins of the defense department on Thursday, said the kidnappings of the extremist group were already affecting the country economically. Lorenzana said that after conferring with military commanders, he would implement a plan “in a couple of days” to defeat the group.

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  6. Race opens to succeed Cameron amid turmoil of Brexit

    The race to choose a successor to Prime Minister David Cameron got under way Wednesday, June 29, after last week’s stunning Brexit vote, with former London mayor and top “Leave” campaigner Boris Johnson tipped as the narrow frontrunner. Also throwing his hat into the ring was work and pensions minister Stephen Crabb, a virtual unknown to the British public. The party will official open nominations at 5.00pm (1600 GMT). The new leader, who will be chosen by a postal ballot of party members currently numbering around 150,000, is expected to be announced on September 9.

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  7. NDRRMC Director Pama to successor: ‘Coordination, teamwork’ is key

    “Coordination and teamwork” summarize what would be the unsolicited advice of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Alexander Pama to his successor, Ricardo Jalad. Pama, who is stepping down on June 30 after more than two years on the job, said he will be leaving behind an institutionalized system and process that will continue to work even without him at the helm.

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  8. Toyota recalls 3.37 million vehicles due to defects

    Toyota said Wednesday, June 29, it is recalling 3.37 million vehicles globally over a pair of defects, in the latest hit for a Japanese auto industry hit by fuel-efficiency scandals and an exploding airbag crisis. The most affected models in Toyota’s recall include its Prius hybrid, Corolla sedan, and luxury Lexus brand, with the vehicles mostly sold in Japan, North America, and Europe. About half of the recalled vehicles, built between 2008 and 2012, have a problem with passenger and driver-side air bags that could see the safety device partially deploy and risk injury, Toyota said.

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  9. Google improves Google Earth’s online mapping

    Google’s free online mapping service is bringing the world into better focus with an updated version of Earth that takes advantage of photos from a US Landsat 8 satellite. On Monday, June 27, the company began rolling out a new version that uses new techniques to process sharper images gathered by the satellite sent into orbit in 2013, as part of a collaboration between NASA and the US Geological Survey. Google Earth creates unobstructed views of the surface of the planet by analyzing millions of images and stitching together the clearest bits.

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  10. ‘Ghostbusters’ backlash reflects Hollywood’s problem with sexism

    An all-female reboot of Ghostbusters hits theaters next month amid a savage backlash by Internet trolls that has thrown the spotlight back onto Hollywood’s gender discrimination problem. The film’s first trailer has become the most reviled in YouTube history, having amassed almost 900,000 dislikes, while director Paul Feig and his cast have been bombarded with death threats and misogyny on social media. Feig, who has made his name directing female stars in hits such as Bridesmaids, was responsible for bringing on board for the new version of the 32-year-old all-male original movie. “I’ve been hit with some of the worst misogynistic stuff you’ve ever seen in your life over the last two years,” he told a recent producers’ conference at Sony Pictures headquarters in southern California.

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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.