Rappler Newscast | October 21, 2014
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- US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton - suspect in the killing of a transgender Filipino - does not appear in the preliminary hearing of the murder case.
- President Aquino’s allies say no to Vice President Binay’s impeachment.
- South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius gets 5 years in prison.
Story 1: US MARINE SKIPS PRELIMINARY HEARING ON OLONGAPO SLAY
The US Marine suspected of killing transgender Filipino Jennifer Laude is a no-show at the start of the preliminary hearing on the murder case.
US Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton does not appear at the hearing at the Olongapo Hall of Justice.
Present are Laude family members with their lawyer, Harry Roque, as well as Laude's German fiancé, Marc Sueselbeck.
Pemberton’s lawyers say the subpoena did not require the American’s personal appearance.
The lawyers also asked for 10 days to study the murder complaint.
Olongapo city prosecutor tells the lawyers to make sure Pemberton appears before prosecutors on October 27.
Story 2: LAUDE'S FIANCÉ: I CANNOT FORGIVE PEMBERTON
Jennifer Laude’s family may be ready to forgive but her German fiancé isn't.
Marc Sueselbeck says he is not in the position to forgive Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton.
He says, "How can I forgive him? I have more anger in my heart than probably most of the people here."
The German is still figuring out how to handle the situation.
MARC SUESELBECK, JENNIFER LAUDE'S FIANCE: It was the most senseless crime, ever. There’s no reason for that. For me it’s just an endless nightmare. It will take a long time until I realize what really did just happen.
Despite his anger, Sueselbeck says Pemberton should get a fair trial.
He says "Jennifer is for justice. Give Pemberton a fair trial under Philippine rules and that's it."
Story 3: LUY A 'CRIMINAL' FOR EXPOSING PDAF FILES - ESTRADA
Detained Senator Jinggoy Estrada calls state witness Benhur Luy a ‘criminal’ for exposing files owned by alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles.
In a memorandum to the Sandiganbayan, Estrada says Luy is guilty of "hacking" as well as illegally accessing the "computer-generated" files of the Napoles-owned JLN Corporation.
Estrada's memorandum prompts the court to suspend Monday's scheduled hearing.
But Justice Undersecretary JJ Justiniano says public interest outweighs the confidentiality of company files.
He adds, as a state witness, Luy is immune from criminal prosecution.
Story 4: AQUINO ALLIES SAY NO TO BINAY IMPEACHMENT
The Nationalist People's Coalition or NPC, an ally of the ruling Liberal Party, opposes calls to impeach Vice President Jejomar Binay.
The party dismisses calls to impeach Binay as "counter-productive," "untimely," and a "potentially divisive and costly political exercise."
The NPC statement comes even before a formal move to impeach Binay in Congress.
Impeachment calls against Binay were floated by some LP members since the Senate started its investigation into the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall II Parking Building.
LP vice-chairman Senate President Franklin Drilon refused to comment on NPC's statement.
But NPC spokesperson Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian says the party will support Aquino until the end of his term.
Story 5: COMELEC LAUNCHES ONLINE VOTERS' REGISTRATION FOR 2016 POLLS
Filipinos in select areas may now register online for the 2016 national and local elections.
The Commission on Elections or Comelec on Monday formally launched its iRehistro project.
The iRehistro project was rolled out in all Comelec offices in Metro Manila.
Starting November 3, it will be implemented as a pilot project at the Philippine Embassy in Madrid, Spain, for overseas voters there.
Voter applicants may fill out Application for Registration forms at www.irehistro.com.
Story 6: NORWEGIAN RECOVERS FROM EBOLA, MORE VACCINES FOR WHO TESTING
More good news in the fight against Ebola: Medical group Doctors Without Borders says a Norwegian woman who contracted the virus while working in Sierra Leone has been cured.
The World Health Organization or WHO will be testing an experimental Ebola vaccine developed by Canadian scientists.
Canada's Health Minister Rona Ambrose says 800 vials of the vaccine have been delivered to the WHO headquarters in Switzerland.
There is no licensed treatment or vaccine against Ebola.
Story 7: THE wRap
Let’s now look at Rappler’s “wRap” for today - a list of the ten most important events around the world you shouldn’t miss.
At number 5, Argentina’s ambassador to the UN Maria Cristina Perceval says the United Nations or UN is planning a return to the Syrian side of the Golan Heights given the continuing dialogue between Syria and Israel.
She did not provide a timetable.
The UN Disengagement Observer Force was created by the UN Security Council to maintain the ceasefire between the two sides.
And at number 9, 15-year-old Marlisa Punzalan won the X-Factor Australia grand finale on Monday.
She won by a slim margin over Dean Ray who took 2nd place.
During Sunday’s final round, Marlisa sang 3 songs – “Yesterday,” “Never Be The Same” with Jessica Mauboy, and “Stand By You.”
Story 8: MONICA LEWINSKY SAYS SHE WAS CYBER-BULLYING 'PATIENT ZERO'
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky says she was one of the first victims of cyber-bullying.
In an emotional speech Lewinsky says she was cyber bullying’s "Patient Zero..."
being the first person to have her reputation completely destroyed through the Internet.
Lewinsky’s affair with former US president Bill Clinton made headlines back in 1998.
Story 9: PISTORIUS SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS IN PRISON FOR KILLING GIRLFRIEND
South African paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in prison for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
Pistorius claimed he accidentally shot Steenkamp, mistaking her for a burglar.
He was found guilty of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter.
Lawyers said Pistorius will probably not serve the full term and may be out in as little as 10 months.
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|