UP Law Center discredits meme claiming it believes Grace Poe is unqualified + more things you might have missed today

Gringo says no to being VP Binay's running mate, fatal selfies, and more.


(SPOT.ph) Busy day, Spotters? We quickly recap 10 things you might have missed while you were off the radar.


1. UP Law Center discredits meme claiming it believes Grace Poe is unqualified

The UP Law Center has denied a circulating meme (above) that says the institution issued a "legal opinion" on Sen. Grace Poe's citizenship. According to the meme, the organization said that Poe did not meet the citizenship and residency requirements and thus, she is guilty of perjury for "false declaration in her sworn certificate of candidacy."


In a statement posted on Facebook by Atty. Katrina Legarda, the UP Law Center expressed concern over the unauthorized use of their name for "direct or indirect electoral campaigning in social media." The institution called for netizens to be more discerning.


2. GMA Network files new NTC complaint vs. SkyCable

GMA 7 has filed another complaint with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against SkyCable. In a letter dated September 17, the network cited "similar" reports of signal loss "confined" to GMA 7's channel, and that there is basis to believe that signal loss was done to "reduce the viewership of Eat Bulaga" and its KalyeSerye segment.


The network presented complaints sent to them via e-mail, GMA's phone hotline, and messages posted on their official Facebook page. They also submitted a copy of a recorded video from a viewer that showed GMA's signal loss during Eat Bulaga, while It's Showtime signal remained unaffected.


3. John Arcilla "overwhelmed" by Heneral Luna's success


In an interview Tuesday, actor John Arcilla (who topbills Heneral Luna) admitted that he still feels overwhelmed at the reception towards his movie. "Tao na 'yong nagpo-promote, hindi na kami. 'Yong Facebook ko punong-puno [ng messages]," he shared. "May mga nagsasabi na na-touch daw sila and naiyak daw sila and for the first time daw naramdaman 'yong pagka-Pilipino. Nakakatuwa."


The film is the country's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the upcoming Academy Awards. He stressed, however, that the movie still needs more support in order to make the cut. "Mahaba pa talaga [ang proseso] kasi may lobbying pa. Entry pa lang natin ito. Pagdating doon, ilang daang entry pa ang pipiliin ng manonood," he explained.

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4, Snoop Dogg launches marijuana lifestyle media platform

Snoop Dogg really puts his passions—cannabis and pop culture—to the next level.


With his co-founder Ted Chung, Snoop Dogg has launched a website which he describes as a lifestyle and information hub for anything marijuana. Can you guess what it’s called? Merry Jane. The rapper hopes that the website will give people “an opportunity to come out of the closet and just admit they like to smoke.” It will feature original content, like cooking shows and weed pairings. There will also be celebrity guests like Seth Rogen. The website is set to launch on October. Wait, not in April 20?!


5. Woman starts abortion hashtag on social media

Amelia Bonow, 30, did not shy away from the fact that she had an abortion in 2014 at a Seattle Planned Parenthood clinic. On Saturday, September 19, she shared her experience through a Facebook post, expressing rage after members of the U.S. Congress voted to cut funding for Planned Parenthood. Using the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion to fight what she calls a “war on women’s physical autonomy,” she invites other women to share their own experiences on abortion, and has so far gotten plenty of support.



6. Selfies killed more people than sharks this year

It is now acceptable to say that selfies can be fatal. A new study says that in 2015, more deaths happened as a result of taking selfies than from shark attacks. Due to a recent incident in India where 66-year-old tourist named Hideto Ueda fell while trying to take a selfie with the Taj Mahal’s Royal Gate, there has been a total of 12 selfie-related deaths and eight shark attack deaths. Major event producers are now taking selfies seriously and have started banning seflie sticks.


7. Gringo says no to being VP Binay’s running mate

On Tuesday, Sen. Gringo Honasan denied reports that said he would be Vice President Jejomar Binay's running mate in 2016. "I have not considered it, seriously," he told reporters. "It is outside my consciousness, my present activities." The senator said he is currently busy helping the United Nationalist Alliance with Binay's campaign next year, adding that he prefers to work behind the scenes.


8. Chiz says Robredo welcome to run for VP

Sen. Francis Escudero doesn’t have a problem with his fellow Bicolano, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, running for vice president in 2016. Robredo has yet to make her final decision after Liberal Party presidential candidate Mar Roxas asked her to be his running mate. ''I believe all of those who will file and run for whatever position in the coming elections are qualified and capable enough. But at the end of the day, our people would have to decide who their choices will be,'' said Escudero. When asked if he is threatened that this will result in splitting votes from Bicol, Chiz answered that he is worried about everything, and that he has learned that one should always be scared.



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