October 14, 2014 Edition

Valerie Castro

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  1. SWS: Binay ratings drop further

    The latest satisfaction ratings of Vice President Jejomar Binay plummeted to an all-time low, reflecting a 15-percentage drop from 67% in June to 52% in September. Polling firm Social Weather Stations said up to 70% are satisfied with Binay’s performance, 12% are undecided, and 17% are dissatisfied. Despite the drop, the ratings are still considered “very good.”

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  2. Vatican shows more tolerance for gays, remarriage

    The Church may be relaxing its rigidity on homosexuality and the sanctity of marriage. A meeting of synod of bishops at the Vatican on issues related to the family in contemporary society called on pastoral leaders to recognize the “positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation.” Prominent Vatican expert John Thavis described a report on the meeting as a “pastoral earthquake”. A final document is expected to be released by the synod next week, ending a two-week gathering.

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    A related story is on the New York Times.

  3. US takes custody of suspect in slay of transgender Filipino

    The United States has taken custody of a US Marine suspected of murdering a transgender Filipino. In a statement issued Tuesday, October 14, the US embassy said the serviceman is “being held on board USS Peleliu while a joint Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Philippine National Police investigation is conducted.” The American, named as Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, has been identified as a possible suspect in the murder of Jeffrey Laude, also known as Jennifer. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the Philippines could ask the US to “waive custody” over the serviceman who broke Philippine law.

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  4. Kim Jong-Un emerges with walking stick

    Not seen in public for close to 6 weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un resurfaced with a walking stick. The official KCNA news agency reported that while “looking over the exterior of the apartment houses and public buildings, decorated with diverse colored tiles, (Kim) expressed great satisfaction, saying they looked very beautiful.” It offered no insight into his physical condition. His prolonged absence fueled speculations that he could be suffering from gout, diabetes, or a broken ankle, or that there had been a leadership coup.

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  5. Police remove barricades in HK protest site

    Police removed metal barricades in the Causeway Bay shopping district before dawn of Tuesday, October 14. They however told demonstrators they could stay put as they cleared one side of the road heading west into the city center. Causeway Bay is lined by luxury stores popular with tourists and commands retail rents at par with Fifth Avenue in New York. It is one of 3 main sites occupied by pro-democracy protesters calling on Beijing to change its position on vetting candidates for the election of Hong Kong’s chief executive.

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  6. Close to 4 of 10 Pinoys feel Aquino strayed from ‘straight path’

    Malacañang Photo Bureau

    36% of Filipinos said President Benigno Aquino III has strayed from his tuwid na daan (straight path) policy, which he used as a tagline when he sought the presidency in 2010. Only 29% said they felt Aquino has fulfilled his promise, while a larger 34% said they were undecided. Among groups that said he had strayed, the biggest chunk came from Luzon (45%), followed by the National Capital Region (36%). Visayas and Mindanao were identical at 26% each. Respondents from Mindanao comprised 43% who said Aquino fulfilled his promise to follow a straight path.

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  7. Pope names Manaoag church minor basilica

    Pope Francis has granted the title of minor basilica to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas announced on Monday, October 13. This comes months before the Pope’s January 2015 visit to the Philippines. Villegas welcomed the move by Pope Francis, saying, “The Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan is immensely blessed.”

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  8. Nobel Economics Prize goes to France’s Jean Tirole

    The Royal Academy of Sciences announced that French economist Jean Tirole won the Nobel Economics Prize on Monday, October 13, for his analysis of big companies, market power and regulation. One of his chief contributions, according to the jury, is the insight that market dominance works differently in different industries. His findings come at at time when Amazon and Google exercise tremendous market power. The jury pointed out “governments can better encourage powerful firms to become more productive and, at the same time, prevent them from harming competitors and customers.”

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  9. 9TV to be rebranded CNN Philippines

    9TV, which used to be Solar News, will soon become “CNN Philippines.” This is after Radio Philippines Network Channel 9 (RPN 9) acquired the brand of CNN. The partnership means 9TV will carry CNN’s international news coverage and current programs on free TV, while 9TV will generate reports on the Philippines for CNN. This is CNN’s latest venture in Southeast Asia after CNN Indonesia.

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  10. Penguins of Madagascar opens on November 26

    Remember Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private? A new animation from Dreamworks, which features the voices of John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch, hits the theaters on November 26. The Penguins of Madagascar shows the 4 penguins known for their fast covert operations fighting Dr Octavius Brine while teaming up with the elite North Wind lend by a wolf known as Agent Classified.

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