Kristine Hermosa to make TV comeback + more things you might have missed today

Baste Duterte reacts to Ellen Adarna dating rumors, Sen. Miriam Santiago in ICU, and more.

Kristine Hermosa

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

 

1. Kristine Hermosa set to make TV comeback

Kristine Hermosa is returning to television! After a long hiatus from showbiz, the actress will be starring in a new GMA Network sitcom alongside her real-life husband, Oyo Sotto. The show, set to air on June 19, will also star Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai delas Alas, Jose Manalo, and Wally Bayola. Her last teleserye was ABS-CBN's 2010 fantasy drama, Noah.

 

2. Baste Duterte reacts to Ellen Adarna dating rumors

After sexy actress Ellen Adarna posted photos with Rodrigo Duterte's youngest son, Baste Duterte, the two were immediately subjected to dating rumors. The latter issued a statement to Boy Abunda on Tuesday, May 31, insisting that he and Adarna are just friends. "Ganoon lang ka-simple. Pero expected ko na rin na iintrigahin kami," he said.

 

3. A sequel to Mary Poppins is confirmed

Walt Disney Pictures has confirmed that a sequel to the 1964 classic Mary Poppins is happening, and it will star Emily Blunt in the titular role. She will be joined by Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will reportedly play a new character. Directed by Rob Marshall, the sequel will feature new, original songs and hit theaters December 25, 2018.

 

4. Australia plans to install traffic lights on the ground

Apparently, Australian pedestrians are so glued to their phones that the local government of New South Wales is looking to install traffic lights on the ground. The government will implement a six-month trial at major crossings in Sydney starting December 2016. "The lights are aimed at pedestrians using mobile phones who are not looking where they are walking," said Center for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon.

 

5. Chinese boy destroys life-size LEGO sculpture

Kids can be destructive sometimes...or most of the time. On the first day of the LEGO Expo in Ningbo, China on May 29, a young Chinese boy pushed over a LEGO sculpture of Nick from Zootopia. The figurine took three days and nights to be completed and costs more than 100,000 yuan (U.S. $15,170). Zhao, the artist, declined compensation and insisted that it was an accident.

 

6. Palace points out duty to protect journalists against violence

“It is the duty of government to arrest, prosecute, and punish those responsible for violence against members of the media,” said Communications Sec. Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. on Wednesday, June 1. “Hence, we deplore the proposition that some journalists may have been assaulted or killed in view of their alleged involvement in media corruption,” he added. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte earlier made a comment that journalists deserve to be assasinated if they're engaged in corrupt activities.

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7. Miriam Santiago now in ICU

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago was transferred from her private room to the intensive care unit in the Makati Medical Center on Tuesday night, May 31, her office confirmed. She officially wrote to Senate President Franklin Drilon last week, May 24, that she will continue to be on medical leave until June 30 because of the side effects of her medications for stage 4 lung cancer.

 

8. New DSWD chief disagrees with hero's burial for Marcos

Incoming Department of Social Welfare and Development Sec. Judy Taguiwalo said that she can never agree with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's decision to allow the burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Endorsed by the leftist National Democratic Front, Taguiwalo was a human rights victim during Martial Law. Their different views, however, doesn't mean she can't work with the new president of the Republic, she said.

 

9. 10 Very Pinoy Internet Problems

We have the slowest yet most expensive Internet access in the ASEAN region. On a global scale, we're second to war-stricken Afghanistan. Our Internet problems are getting out of hand and we rounded them up just because the connection's down again.

 

10. Top 10 Carrot Cakes (2016 Edition)

While there are plenty of variants of this classic treat, you need to look a little harder to find the real gems. We picked out your best bets to satisfy that carrot cake craving.

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