Daily News Highlights – July 4, 2016 Edition

CJ Maglunog

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  1. Resolution filed at Senate for Con-con to review 1987 Constitution

    After almost 3 decades, will the move to amend the 1987 Constitution finally make it through the legislative gridlock? Senate President Franklin Drilon filed a resolution calling for a constitutional convention (Con-Con) to review the 1987 Constitution. This, after incoming House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez filed on Friday, July 1, House Concurrent Resolution Number 1, calling for a Con-Con to pave the way for federalism. Drilon’s resolution bars incumbent lawmakers and candidates in the May 2016 polls from qualifying as a convention delegate.

    Read more: Drilon files Con-Con reso to ‘review’ 1987 Chart


  2. EO on Freedom of Information out soon – Palace

    FOI bill

    Malacañang announced on Sunday, July 3, that they are expecting to release an executive order (EO) on the much-awaited Freedom of Information (FOI) – which President Rodrigo Duterte promised during his campaign – “this week or next week.” In a radio interview on dzRB, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said they are now rushing the EO so that they can have it released immediately. 

    Read more: Executive Order on FOI out soon – Palace

  3. Expect huge infra spending, tax reform in Duterte admin – Dominguez


    Expect huge infrastructure spending through an improved public-private partnership (PPP) thrust and comprehensive tax reform. This is the message Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III addressed to almost 200 countries’ leaders in a recent business forum. In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s 10-point socioeconomic agenda, which aims to make all Filipinos benefit from the country’s growth streak, Dominguez said that the new government will carry out initiatives ranging from infrastructure buildup and tax reform to easing traffic congestion.

    Read more: Expect huge infra spending, tax reform – Dominguez

  4. NASA spaceship barrels toward Jupiter

    On July 4 and 5, Juno – an unmanned NASA spacecraft about the size of a professional basketball court – is expected to plunge into the poisonous and turbulent atmosphere of Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system. Enshrouded in the strongest magnetic field in the solar system and packed with so much radiation that it would be more than 1,000 times the lethal level for a human, getting close, and surviving in Jupiter, is no easy feat. Even though the spacecraft is entirely robotic, scientists working behind the project admitted this week to being nervous about its entry into orbit of the spacecraft.

    Read more: NASA spaceship barrels toward Jupiter, ‘planet on steroids’

  5. ISIS-claimed Baghdad blast leaves 119 dead, 180 wounded

    A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) group ripped through a busy Baghdad shopping district Sunday, July 3, killing at least 119 people in the deadliest single attack this year in Iraq’s capital. The blast hit the Karrada district early in the day as the area was packed with shoppers ahead of this week’s holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

    Read more: ISIS-claimed Baghdad blast kills at least 119

  6. British PM frontrunner vows to limit immigration

    The favorite to become Britain’s next prime minister on Sunday, July 3, vowed to push for an EU trade deal that limits immigration, as a law firm warned Brexit needed parliament’s backing to begin. Though she campaigned for the “Remain” side, interior minister and Conservative leadership frontrunner Theresa May has said she will honor the result of the referendum and has ruled out holding a general election before 2020. The shock June 23 vote caused upheaval in British politics and financial markets, leaving lawmakers at odds over what negotiating position to take and when to begin the official exit procedure from the European Union.

    Read more: British PM frontrunner vows to limit immigration






  7. China to hold drills in disputed waters ahead of international court ruling

    Paracel Islands

    As an international tribunal in The Hague prepares to rule on a case brought by the Philippines challenging China’s claims in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea), the Chinese government announced that it hold military drills in the disputed waters. The drills will be held in waters around the Paracel Islands from July 5 to 11, with other ships prohibited from entering the waters during that time, a short statement by the maritime safety administration said.

    Read more: China to hold drills in disputed waters ahead of court ruling

  8. Clinton ‘pleased’ to speak with FBI in email investigation

    Hillary Clinton says she was “pleased” to speak with the FBI about her use of personal email while serving as secretary of state, but refused to discuss reports that she will not face charges. In an interview aired Sunday, July 3, Clinton acknowledged it was unwise for her husband to meet with America’s top law enforcement officer, with the encounter coming in the midst of the FBI investigation that has dogged her campaign to become the first female president of the United States. “Hindsight is 20/20,” Clinton told NBC’s Meet the Press program, noting that both Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have said they would not do it again.

    Read more: Clinton ‘pleased’ to speak with FBI in email probe

  9. Google adds real-time earthquake alerts to search results

    Google announced late Thursday, June 30, that had it teamed up with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to provide up-to-date information on earthquakes to its search results. Users can perform a Google search for “earthquake” or “earthquakes near me” to yield an information card with an updated list of earthquakes that have recently occurred.

    Read more: Google adds real-time earthquake details to search results

  10. Planning your Palawan vacation

    There are many stunning places to see in Palawan, and El Nido and Coron are two of the most popular destinations. Writer Potpot Pinili presents the differences between the two and lists down the major attractions of each location.

    Read more: Planning your Palawan vacation: El Nido or Coron?

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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.