Rappler Newscast | May 30, 2014
Today on Rappler.
- China and Japan to clash on visions of a security framework in the Asia-Pacific.
- Ousted Laguna governor ER Ejercito leaves the provincial capitol a week after he was disqualified.
- The Malaysia Airlines' workers' union calls for the air carrier’s top officials to resign.
OUSTED LAGUNA GOVERNOR LEAVES CAPITOL
Ousted Laguna governor ER Ejercito leaves the provincial capitol Friday after a visit from his uncle, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.
Estrada urges his nephew's supporters to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on Ejercito’s appeal.
Estrada tells his nephew if the decision turns against him, Ejercito can return as governor in two years.
Ejercito remained in the capitol more than a week after Comelec ordered him to step down because of campaign overspending.
Comelec found he spent over P6 million on TV ads alone, exceeding his P4.5 million limit for his campaign.
Vice-governor Ramil Hernandez takes over Ejercito’s position.
DEPED WILL NOT IMPLEMENT 3-DAY SCHOOL WEEK PROPOSAL
The Education Department or Dep Ed announces Friday it will not implement the proposed 3-day school week for school year 2014-2015.
Dep Ed Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo says it still needs to assess the proposal.
But Rappler obtained a copy of a memorandum showing the Caloocan division’s plan to implement the 3-day school week for the incoming school year “in public elementary and secondary schools.”
In a statement Thursday, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers or ACT says the 3-day class week is a “scheme to hide the shortage” in public education.
About 20 public schools in Metro Manila remain congested, with 86% set to implement double shifting.
Only almost 14% will have single-shift classes.
Some classes will have triple shifting due to ongoing construction of classrooms.
FOR 3RD TIME, SOLGEN JARDELEZA TRIES TO JOIN SC
With the retirement of Associate Justice Roberto Abad on May 22, the Judicial and Bar Council or JBC interviews nominees to take his position.
Among them are two high-ranking government officials, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza and Commission on Audit or COA chair Grace Pulido-Tan.
This is Jardeleza’s third bid to join the Supreme Court.
Jardeleza first applied in 2011.
He was also a candidate to replace ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona in 2012.
When asked if his current office could still work effectively in his absence he says "There's never a dearth of good people in public service. I'm certain that the President will find a better person to replace me.”
He has a total of 38 years of law practice, spending 14 of those years as general counsel for food and beverage giant San Miguel Corporation.
Tan is said to be a strong contender for the post.
She has a total of 32 years of law practice.
Under her leadership, COA released a special audit report that helped the justice department file charges against lawmakers, agency officials and fake NGO operators in the discretionary fund scandal.C
Prior to heading COA, Tan was undersecretary at the Finance Department.
At the Finance Department, she supervised agencies vulnerable to corruption such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs.
The JBC is conducting the two-day public interview session with the SC justice aspirants.
The other nominees include Court of Appeals Associate Justices Nina Valenzuela, Apolinario Bruselas, Rosmari Carandang, Stephen Cruz, Ramon Paul Hernando, Jose Reyes, Noel Tijam; Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Andres Reyes, Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Maria Cristina Cornejo, Quezon City judge Reynaldo Daway and Former Audit Commissioner Rowena Guanzon.
The council will submit a shortlist of candidates to President Benigno Aquino who will then appoint the new Associate Justice.
MALAYSIA AIRLINES EMPLOYEES TO CEO: RESIGN
The Malaysia Airlines' workers' union calls for top officials to resign.
Nearly 3 months later, it’s still unclear what happened to flight MH370.
The union asks the Malaysian government not to renew the contract of chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya - believed to end in September.
The union asked for two other senior managers to resign to revive the state-controlled national carrier's fortunes.
While the union earlier rallied behind Malaysia Airlines over the missing Beijing-bound jet on March 8, staff morale remains "very low" over the carrier's poor financial performance.
US URGES CHINA TO AVOID TENSIONS IN AIRSPACE
The United States warns China Thursday against tensions in international airspace after Japan accuses Beijing of "dangerous maneuvers" above disputed seas.
In a statement, the US state department says "We do not accept China's declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone over the East China Sea and urge China not to implement it.”
The US urges China to be more cooperative and “work with other countries to establish confidence-building measures.”
Japan cites several instances where Chinese fighter jets flew close to Japanese planes in overlapping airspaces.
But Beijing hits back Thursday, saying two Japanese jets came recklessly close to Chinese aircraft in late 2013.
Relations between Japan and China are strained by a territorial dispute over Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea
known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese.
INTERNATIONAL SECURITY SUMMIT
China and Japan are expected to present rival visions for the future of Asia-Pacific security in a security summit in Singapore this weekend.
The Chinese delegation, headed by People's Liberation Army general Wang Guanzhong says he will "fully elaborate on China's security concept in Asia.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also attends.
He is expected to lay out at the meeting a vision of Tokyo -- which has a security alliance with the US -- as a counterweight to Beijing's growing might.
Japan has already won support from allies such as the US and the Philippines while drawing criticism from China and South Korea.
The three-day Asia Security Summit comes amid heightened territorial tensions between China and its neighbors including recent skirmishes with Vietnam and the Philippines.
US CYBERSECURITY FIRM UNCOVERS IRANIAN HACKING
Internet security firm iSight Partners uncovers a cyberspying campaign against high-ranking officials around the world.
The alleged culprit? Hackers from Iran.
The Wall Street Journal reports the campaign initially targeted US and Israeli officials, but data reveal other targets from the U.K., Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iraq.
The campaign dates back to 2011 and is still ongoing.
Investigators say hackers gather crucial data on economic sanctions, military secrets and anti-nuclear efforts.
The hackers used a fake U.S. news website called News On Air.Org to develop connections via Facebook and LinkedIn, tricking targets into sharing personal data.
Hackers from Iran are notorious for sabotaging the computer networks of the U.S. navy, banks and Middle Eastern energy firms.
They’ve become one of the top security concerns for the US more than hackers from Russia and China.
Iranian officials deny any involvement in past hacking incidents.
Lock on digital screen image by Shutterstock
Portrait of hacker with binary code image by Shutterstock
THE wRap: YOUR WORLD IN ONE READ
wRap #7: STUDY: WORLD ON BRINK OF 6TH EXTINCTION
A new study reveals the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction.
The report, published in the Science journal, says species are disappearing about 10 times faster than biologists believe.
The scientists cite various factors behind this, foremost of which is habitat loss.
Species are running out of places to live in because the landscape is being altered constantly by humans.
Outside experts say this is a landmark study.
wRap #9: DOCTORS ENDORSE E-CIGARETTE AS ALTERNATIVE
Medical experts urge the World Health Organization or WHO to embrace e-cigarette as a life saver on World No Tobacco Day Friday.
Experts say the tar-free, electronic alternative could help prevent illnesses caused by toxins in traditional cigarettes.
E-cigarettes are banned in some countries like Brazil and Singapore and restricted in others because their long-term health effects remain unclear.
wRap #10: EX-MICROSOFT CHIEF OFFERS TO BUY CLIPPERS FOR $1.8B
Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer offers $1.8 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers, with Donald Sterling getting stripped of his ownership.
Forbes magazine reports insiders say Ballmer's offer package "is strong."
Forbes values the basketball club at nearly $600 million, but may go up to $1 billion.
Sterling earlier made headlines with his racial slurs, which the NBA deemed intolerable.
For the full top 10 visit Rappler.com’s ‘the wRap.’
AZKALS FACE PALESTINE IN AFC CHALLENGE CUP FINALS
The Azkals have a chance to take home the AFC Challenge Cup title.
The Philippine National Football team will face Palestine in the finals match of the international football competition.
Palestine is 25 spots lower than Philippines in the world rankings but they have been strong in the Challenge Cup.
The winner of the match earns a spot in the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia.
Follow the game on Rappler’s live blog.
DONAIRE CHALLENGES VETYEKA FOR WBA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
Meanwhile in Macau, Nonito Donaire Jr will face WBA featherweight titleholder Simphiwe Vetyeka Saturday at the Venetian Resort.
Donaire will be challenging the South African for his fourth world title.
Follow the game on Rappler’s live blog.
SOCIAL MEDIA POST OF THE DAY
The most liked Instagram photo since the photo-sharing app started is the wedding photo of socialite Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West.
At almost 1.95 million likes and counting, the photo captures the high-profile couple in the middle of a kiss during their wedding ceremony Saturday.
Kardashian and West started dating in 2012.
Newscast Production Staff
|EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / WRITER||Lilibeth Frondoso|
|ASSOCIATE PRODUCER / PUBLISHER||Rodneil Quiteles|
|HEAD WRITER / PROMPTER||Katerina Francisco|
|MASTER EDITOR / PLAYBACK||Exxon Ruebe|
|TECHNICAL DIRECTOR / CAMERAMAN||Charlie Salazar|
|Raffy de Guzman|