Rappler Newscast | October 16, 2014

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MILLIONS IN CASH DEPOSITS? SHOWBIZ EARNINGS, SAYS REVILLA
Detained senator Bong Revilla insists the millions in cash deposits in his bank accounts came from his work as an actor.
Revilla faces corruption charges for allegedly siphoning public funds.
But Justice Undersecretary Jose Justiniano says talent fees are usually paid through checks.
He adds, paying in cash is not common practice in the entertainment industry.

JENNIFER LAUDE DIED FROM DROWNING: AUTOPSY REPORT
An autopsy report shows Olongapo murder victim Jennifer Laude died from “drowning.”
Laude was found dead at Celzone Lodge in Olongapo City Sunday.
Laude, a transgender Filipino woman, was last seen checking in with US Marine 1st Class Joseph Scott Pemberton.
Laude’s family filed murder charges against Pemberton.

 

THE ROAD TO NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT AND STABILITY
Can the threat of global terrorism get any worse?
Australian National University Chancellor and former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans says yes – if terrorists get their hands on nuclear weapons.

 

GARETH EVANS, CHANCELLOR, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY: There's an awful lot of attention these days to climate change, but that's only one of the two big policy issues that could lead to the destruction of life on this planet as we know it. The other one is a nuclear weapon holocaust. And frankly, nuclear weapons can kill us a hell of a lot faster than other weapons here too.

 

Evans says the Philippines should be involved in discussions on the dangers of nuclear weapons because it is vulnerable to local terrorist groups like the Abu Sayyaf and an escalating tension with China over maritime disputes.

 

GARETH EVANS, CHANCELLOR, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY: You've got security risks in your own country with terrorist groups who would only be too delighted to having a gift they can get their hands on – weapons rich in uranium, plutonium, weapons that will explode. You have security risks obviously associated with the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea. You have a very volatile neighborhood... it's a very nuclear-fragile region. We were just a hair’s breadth away to a nuclear holocaust... it’s sheer dumb luck that for the last 69 years we got away with that Hiroshima.

 

HK LEGAL CHIEF SAYS GOV'T 'IMPARTIAL' ON POLICE BRUTALITY
A video that made its way to Hong Kong TV showed plainclothes policemen beating a protester during the violent clashes Wednesday.
The accused officers were removed from their posts after the assault.
Hong Kong's justice chief Rimsky Yuen says the policemen’s prosecution will be handled impartially.
Protesters have been holding rallies against China for weeks to demand their democratic right to vote.

 

PH NOT SENDING HEALTH WORKERS TO EBOLA ZONE
The Philippines will not send health workers to countries struggling to contain an Ebola epidemic – for now.
Health Spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy says the Philippines wants to focus on preparing against the Ebola threat.
He says the Philippines can assist “not only through personnel, but also in kind."
The latest Ebola death toll is at 4,447.
A World Health Organization official earlier warned the Ebola infection rate could reach 10,000 cases a week by December.

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ABU SAYYAF SHOWS GERMAN HOSTAGE DIGGING OWN GRAVE
Local terrorist group Abu Sayyaf posts photos of German hostage Stefan Viktor Okonek sitting in the middle of a freshly dug grave with 4 masked men pointing their rifles at him.
The Abu Sayyaf demands a $5.5-million ransom and Germany's withdrawal from the war against ISIS or Islamic State of Iraq and Syria for the hostages’ release.
If not, the group will kill one of the two German hostages Friday.

 

TOO AMBITIOUS? JAKARTA TO BUILD WALL AGAINST FLOODS
Jakarta launches a multi-billion-dollar plan for  flood control.
A 35-kilometer sea wall will be built across the Bay of Jakarta.
Many doubt the project’s viability after a series of failed infrastructure projects.

 

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PACQUIAO TO MOVE DOWN TO JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT
Champion boxer Manny Pacquiao has always competed at the junior middleweight division but his trainer Freddie Roach says the boxer will move down to junior welterweight to fight American Danny Garcia.
Roach says Pacquiao is more competitive at 140 lbs.
Pacquiao will train for the new division after his fight with Chris Algieri on November 23.

 

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