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The International Criminal Court (ICC) formally swore in Philippine Daily Inquirer Publisher Raul Pangalangan as one of its judges.
The ICC is an intergovermental organization and international tribunal located in the Hague, Netherlands that has jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Pangalangan is the former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Law. He was elected to fill the seat vacated by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago who stepped down in June 2014 because of a sickness.
Pangalangan is to serve 9 years on the international court along with 17 other judges. He received 59 votes in his favor, while Jordan’s Ibrahim Aljazy received 25 votes, according to a Rappler report.
Alejandro Lim took home nine medals at the International History Olympiad (IHO) in July. Lim is a dual citizen of the Philippines and the U.S. but represented the Philippines during the Olympiad, putting the country in 13th place among the other competitors from other countries and states.
He won two gold medals in two categories, two silver medals in another two categories and one bronze medal. Lim competed in the categories of Ancient History, Historical Geography, History of Science and The Great Trading Game, a simulation event which transported the individual players back to 17th century.
Lim graduated from 8th grade River Trail Middle School (RTMS) in Johns Creek, Virginia. He has been an Atlanta Regional History Bee Champion, National Geographic Bee school champion as well as co-captain of the RTMS Academic Bowl Team, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer news report.
Former “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer Cheryl Burke stepped down from co-hosting the Miss USA Pageant July 11 due to Donald Trump’s remarks against Mexicans and his ongoing involvement with the Miss USA Pageant, which he co-owns.
She was to co-host with MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts, who also refused to host.
On the issue of Mexican illegals, Trump stated, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” he said.
Cheryl’s mother, Sherri Burke a native of Nueva Ecija, posted on Facebook that she was proud of her daughter’s decision.
Miss Wisconsin Alex Wehrley and television host Todd Newton replaced Cheryl and Thomas as the hosts.
A park due to open in the summer of 2017 will be named after a Filipino American retired police officer in Ocean View Hills near Otay Mesa in San Francisco.
Retired assistant police chief Cesar Solis is the highest-ranking Filipino American to serve in the San Diego Police Department, serving 32 years, according to an Inquirer News report.
An open space consisting of 20-acres will be used to build the park where there will be picnic shelters, playgrounds, lighted softball fields, comfort station and more, the report said.
The park idea was the brainchild of Councilmember David Alvarez.
Solis was quoted as saying to NBCSandiego.com that he was “honored for such an important project that will benefit a very deserving community.”