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- IN PHOTOS: Turning over to Duterte admin
It wasn’t just President Rodrigo Duterte who took his oath of office last Thursday, June 30. His Cabinet secretaries were also sworn in. Then on Friday, July 1, Duterte presided over the turnover of officials of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Check out the highlights of some of the turnover ceremonies.
- Dureza promises inclusive peace talks
Chief government negotiator Jesus Dureza said peace talks with communist and Muslim guerrillas will be inclusive and consistent with planned reforms. The government is set to hold talks with communists this month, and is also eyeing talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
Read more about the Duterte administration’s plans for the peace process.
- Over 100 employees support Bautista
More than 100 employees of the Commission on Elections signed a statement of support for Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, whom all 6 Comelec commissioners criticized for his supposedly “failed leadership” of the poll body. The employees added that they would give “all-out cooperation” to ensure the success of the barangay elections.
Here’s the full story on the Comelec employees’ statement.
- CDO Mayor Oscar Moreno faces suspension
The Ombudsman once again suspended Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno for 3 months without pay and ordered the filing of graft charges against him. The charges stemmed from a lease contract agreement that Moreno allegedly entered into in 2013 to house Cagayan de Oro City’s Sports Development Program for boxing. The investigation showed that the city disbursed P175,000 for rental payment without authority from the city council.
Get more details about the allegations against Moreno.
- Floods hit parts of Cebu
Heavy rains again triggered floods in Cebu on Saturday, July 2. Affected areas included AS Fortuna Road in Banilad, Mandaue City, and J Lopez Jaena in Tipolo, Mandaue City. The downpour was still due to the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ).
Take a look at the flooding in Cebu.
- Bangladesh in mourning after bloodbath
Bangladesh began observing two days of national mourning on Sunday, July 3, after extremists killed 20 hostages at a restaurant in Dhaka. Eighteen of the fatalities were foreigners.
Read more about the Bangladesh terror attack.
- Elie Wiesel passes away at 87
Nobel peace laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has died at his home in Manhattan. He was 87 years old. Wiesel, a Romanian-born US citizen, was perhaps best known for his memoir “Night” detailing his experiences in the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Here is the story on Elie Wiesel’s death.
Check out the key works of Elie Wiesel.
- Joey Mead’s husband now a trans woman
Businessman Ian King, husband of TV host and model Joey Mead King, has come out as a trans woman. On Instagram, Ian, now using the name Angelina Mead King, posted a photo of her and Joey together. Angelina said Joey is her “number one supporter.”
Take a look at Angelina and Joey’s posts.
- Novak Djokovic crashes out of Wimbledon
World number one Novak Djokovic crashed out of Wimbledon as big-serving Sam Querrey pulled off a major upset. The loss shattered Djokovic’s dreams of securing the first calendar Grand Slam in 47 years.
Here’s what Djokovic said about his stunning defeat.
- V-League: Air Force earns 1st finals slot
The Philippine Air Force Jet Spikers defeated the Laoag Power Smashers in 5 sets to advance to the finals of the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference. Judy Ann Caballejo exploded with 23 points, while May Ann Pantino and Joy Cases added 17 and 14 markers, respectively.
Get more details about the 5-set thriller.