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Starbucks to hire refugees, PH crime rate goes down + more divisive news

But will the death penalty be back soon?
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Major US companies oppose Trump ban.

The backlash against President Donald Trump’s most controversial executive order to date continues as major U.S. corporations have started to announce their opposition to the ban on Muslims and refugees entering the country. Uber was the first corporation to face intense scrutiny, based on Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s seemingly accommodating stance and membership in a group of businessmen advising Trump. Tech companies such as Microsoft and Amazon employ thousands of highly skilled immigrants, and have been the most outspoken, while Starbucks voiced its support by promising to hire 10,000 refugees.

Student charged in terrorist attack on Quebec City mosque.

While initial reports stated that there were two arrests, only one person was charged in the deadly attack: 27-year-old university student Alexandre Bissonnette. The young man is charged with six counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder, and terrorism charges may still be added. Friends and neighbors of the shooter described him as an introvert who only recently became radicalized after attending an event by far-right politician Marine Le Pen, the French National Front’s leader.

Debate on death penalty begins in Congress.

Congress has officially begun the discussion on whether the death penalty is to be re-instated in the Philippines. The bill calling for the capital punishment for 21 heinous crimes has the support of President Rodrigo Duterte as well as House Speaker Alvarez, who both believe that the bill would be an effective deterrent in the war against drugs and crime. The process starts with the sponsorship of the bill, followed by plenary debates. A group of up to fifty congressmen opposes the bill, and has asked the Speaker to be allowed to vote their conscience.

Survey shows decrease in crime rate.

The Social Weather Stations’ latest survey on the state of crime in the country reveals a complex picture. Crime rates, which were previously on the rise leading up to President Duterte’s election victory, have declined sharply since his inauguration, most likely due to his tough policies against drug crime and corruption. However, while crime rates are down, Filipinos feel less safe than before as crime continues to be a nationwide problem, drug crime remains a particular concern, and the war on drugs continues to spill out onto the streets.

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