tv Newsday BBC News May 9, 2022 1:00am-1:31am BST
welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore. i'm mariko oi. the headlines: voting gets under way in the philippines as the country decides who it wants to be its next president. and i'm karishma vaswani, live in manila where more than 18,000 posts, from president to town councillor, are upforgrabs. we'll be hearing from an academic who can give us some of the background to this divisive election. our other main headlines: more than 60 people are believed to have been killed after a russian bomb hit a school in eastern ukraine. a new leaderfor hong kong — the man who oversaw the crackdown on protesters becomes the region's chief executive.
and 21st—century time lord — a brand new face for one of science—fiction�*s best known characters. i feel very great to have had the baton handed over and i promise to do my very best. live from our studio in singapore, this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's 8:00 in the morning here in singapore and in the philippines, where the polls have opened in the most divisive presidential election for many years. there are several candidates hoping to replace the current leader — hardliner rodrigo duterte — but just two clear frontrunners.
leading in the polls is ferdinand �*bongbong' marcos, jr. he's the son of the former president, ferdinand marcos. critics say he's used his wealth to whitewash the history of his father's brutal dictatorship. bongbong marcos was also convicted in 1995 for tax evasion while serving as a public official. his running mate is sara duterte — the daughter of the current president. the main challenger to them is leni robredo. she is the current vice—president of the philippines. mrs robredo is a former lawyer and human rights advocate. her supporters include many celebrities and leading figures in philippines life. she's a member of the liberal party, which is traditionally connected with the richest families in the country. polls in the philippines are open and karishma vaswani is at a polling station in manila. karishma, over to you. absolutely, it is a really
exciting day, polls opened a couple of hours ago, we've seen thousands of people streamed through here to cast their votes, more than 18,000. they should make up their minds, setting out to make their decision. we've already seen some of the presidential candidates cast votes. bongbong marcos has already cast his vote. but what we are already hearing, some concerns of counting machines not working. there have been reports of that, in this polling station alone, to incidents reported to us alone. there are concerns with these
irregularities, how that could impact the election results going ahead. for more on that, i am joined by director of political science richard hidarian. i know you are well—known in the philippines. the concerns being raised now. how much of a problem could that be in regards to the integrity of the election. 65 million eligible voters. we are talking — million eligible voters. we are talking about tens of thousands of machines. electro machines. it is _ of machines. electro machines. it is not — of machines. electro machines. it is not totally out of the curve _ it is not totally out of the curve but the prop is we are in a very— curve but the prop is we are in a very polarised political environment. even before the elections _ environment. even before the elections we saw different camps _ elections we saw different camps casting aspersions on the integrity— camps casting aspersions on the integrity of elections. reports about— integrity of elections. reports about valets showing up. the
media — about valets showing up. the media already voted weeks earlien _ media already voted weeks earlier. there were reports that— earlier. there were reports that some of the ballots were missing — that some of the ballots were missing names, etc stop the frontrunner for this race marcos— frontrunner for this race marcos jr said frontrunner for this race marcoer said he was frontrunner for this race marcos jr said he was cheated out of — marcos jr said he was cheated out of the _ marcos jr said he was cheated out of the selection, no—one should — out of the selection, no—one should sleep, not a wink, we're going _ should sleep, not a wink, we're going to — should sleep, not a wink, we're going to watch this. it's not like — going to watch this. it's not like any— going to watch this. it's not like any camp is helping with the escalating situation. in the escalating situation. in the age _ the escalating situation. in the age of social media and algorithms trending, even a few dozen _ algorithms trending, even a few dozen malfunctions, making a mountain— dozen malfunctions, making a mountain out of a mole hill. if it's more _ mountain out of a mole hill. if it's more than that, we have a systemic— it's more than that, we have a systemic oblong. the day is still— systemic oblong. the day is still young and we are hearing some — still young and we are hearing some of— still young and we are hearing some of sorts. let's hope the problem _ some of sorts. let's hope the problem will not compound significantly.— problem will not compound significantly. and 'ust on that issue of social _ significantly. and just on that issue of social media, - significantly. and just on that issue of social media, it's - issue of social media, it's been big in these elections. in terms of misinformation that is being obligated on social
media, how much of a challenge has that been? i media, how much of a challenge has that been?— has that been? i have described it as a cesspool _ has that been? i have described it as a cesspool of _ it as a cesspool of disinformation and itjust gets worse every election cycle. if you look at the philippines, we are a democracy. it you look at the philippines, we are a democracy.— are a democracy. it is a freewheeling _ are a democracy. it is a i freewheeling democracy. are a democracy. it is a - freewheeling democracy. i've spent — freewheeling democracy. i've spent time in taiwan and australia and other mature democracies where they were able — democracies where they were able to— democracies where they were able to strike a balance between making sure the wellspring of democracy is not poisoned _ wellspring of democracy is not poisoned by disinformation and protecting the civil liberties of individuals. in the philippines, no effort of that kind — philippines, no effort of that kind has— philippines, no effort of that kind has been undertaken. there was a _ kind has been undertaken. there was a recent covered by the senate _ was a recent covered by the senate to pass a law whereby a certain — senate to pass a law whereby a certain degree of anonymity would — certain degree of anonymity would be diminished to ensure integrity— would be diminished to ensure integrity of communications. the president struck it down in the joke — the president struck it down in the joke was, of course he benefits _ the joke was, of course he benefits it a lot from what is happening now. and marcos, they also have — happening now. and marcos, they also have no incentive for disinformation to go away. looks _ disinformation to go away. looks look at the potential
victory for ferdinand marcos jr, polls are suggesting he is the front—runner. jr, polls are suggesting he is the front-runner.— jr, polls are suggesting he is the front-runner. can they be trusted? _ the front-runner. can they be trusted? polls _ the front-runner. can they be trusted? polls show - the front-runner. can they be trusted? polls show that - the front-runner. can they be trusted? polls show that he l the front-runner. can they be| trusted? polls show that he is in the — trusted? polls show that he is in the lead. we have some differences in terms of demographic voter patterns. the overall— demographic voter patterns. the overall picture is clear. he was — overall picture is clear. he was the _ overall picture is clear. he was the front—runner in this race — was the front—runner in this race we _ was the front—runner in this race. we can always have an update — race. we can always have an update but this rate, the gap may— update but this rate, the gap may not _ update but this rate, the gap may not be as big as surveys suggest _ may not be as big as surveys suggest. it depends on so many factors — suggest. it depends on so many factors it — suggest. it depends on so many factors. it has to be other candidates from similar ideologies to marcos for lenny to have — ideologies to marcos for lenny to have a — ideologies to marcos for lenny to have a chance.— to have a chance. thank you very much — to have a chance. thank you very much for— to have a chance. thank you very much forjoining - to have a chance. thank you very much forjoining us - to have a chance. thank you| very much forjoining us from manila. that is it from us in the team in miller. see you
soon. thanks in manila. and we have much more on the elections in the philippines on our website. including this guide on all the candidates and whatthey stand for. there are signs russia is stepping up its offensive in the eastern donbas region of ukraine just a few hours before the annual victory day parade is to due to take place in moscow. more than sixty people are now feared dead, after the bombing of a school in eastern ukraine, where civilians had been sheltering. the russian attack was on the village of bilohorivka in the donbas region. 0ur correspondent laura bicker has the story. this was a school in the village of bilohorivka. it was being used as a shelter when it was hit by an airstrike. around 60 people are feared dead under this rubble. russia is stepping up its assault on eastern and southern ukraine. in mariupol, they seek out the last ukrainian fighters
holed up in the vast azovstal steel plant. "keep watching and see how they move," is the command made of this russian drone operator. there are thought to be around 2000 ukrainian soldiers still determined to make one last stand. we don't have high chances of survival while we would be captured, yeah? surrenderfor us is unacceptable because we cannot grant such a big gift to the enemy because every person who is captured is the exchange fund, is the resource. all the women and children who'd used this plant as a refuge for more than two months have been rescued, according to ukrainian officials. but daily shelling has decimated their once thriving city. the mayor claims those still there are being forced to carry permits to move around, and some men are even being held in camps. translation: this means that the russian occupying j
forces are holding captive more than 100,000 people. they are using them to clear rubble and dead bodies. our local population is now forced to work for food in the city that has been turned into a ghetto, in my opinion, established by the russian army. centres have been set up to help the tens of thousands of mariupol families trying to rebuild their shattered lives. 8—year—old vicky loves it here, but her mum is struggling to forget those harrowing last moments in her home town. translation: planes, missiles, then ships. . everything was on fire around you. people in the streets, torn off limbs. it was tough, it was frightening. i don't want to recall any of that. those left behind in mariupol must make what they can of their war—torn lives. and even amid the scattered ruins of their school, some have found
a place to play. laura bicker, bbc news, zaporizhzhia. those who managed to evacuate mariupol with the help of aid agencies and ukrainian forces are being taken to the city of zaporizhzhia. but disagreements on safe passages and broken ceasefires have led to many stalled attempts. but in the last few hours, more than 170 civilians have arrived in zaporizhzhia in a convoy of eight buses. more than 600 people had evacuated mariupol in the past 10 days — among the latest arrivals were a0 people who had been sheltering at the azovstal steel plant. translation: here are children's paintings - that i brought with me as a souvenir. it was a motivation for me to wake up in the morning, to make breakfast, dinner, to entertain children, to make them forget about war. translation: yes, the plant is in ruins.
it was hard to climb over metallic debris. they walked us through some pathways. if there was a workshop before, now it's like a ruin. on monday, there will be military processions in russia to commemorate the soviet victory over nazi germany in 1945. but this year, the sight of tanks and troops on red square in moscow and other russian cities will have an added significance following the invasion of ukraine. the kremlin has been accused of using the memory of world war ii to justify its offensive against its neighbour. from moscow, our russia editor steve rosenberg reports. this time of year, the traffic in moscow gets rather heavy. it's the final practice for the annual military grade. victory day marks the defeat of hitler's germany. but this year, putin's russia is on the
offensive. russia's invasion there is been presented here as another glorious chapter in russia's history. and so, you get this. in the run—up to victory day, across russia, organised displays of the letter z, the symbol of russia's offensive in ukraine, from schools... ..to stallions. at this sports festival outside moscow, we found lots of zs. patriotic pe to support the army. many here believe the kremlin's parallel reality, which portrays russia as a victim, not the aggressor. "nato's pressuring
us," says natalia. "we'll fight to the end." "they have risen from hell to destroy us," natasha says, "the fascists, the americans, everyone who is against russians." but it was president putin who started this by attacking ukraine. more than two months later, he appears far from victory. he will be hoping that memories of world war ii will at least rally russians behind the kremlin. the defeat of nazi germany was a glorious moment in russian history, but today, the kremlin is using that victory, using the past, to try to justify the present. it's mobilising the patriotic fervour of victory day to secure public support for russia's offensive in ukraine. and that continues. kremlin critics warn that what russia is doing now in ukraine, what much of the world calls a war of conquest, casts a shadow over russia's great victory in world war ii.
this victory, it was for our future. and now, we lost our future because of one man, and his name is vladimir putin. he stole our future. he stole this victory. he stole our history. russians can celebrate the past. it's the future that's uncertain. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a trading dispute casts doubt over the future of power sharing in northern ireland after sinn fein becomes the largest party in the assembly. the pope was shot, the pope will live. that was the essence of the appalling news from rome this afternoon, that, as an italian television commentator put it, terrorism
has come to the vatican. the man they called the butcher of lyon, klaus barbie, went on trial today in the french town where he was the gestapo chief in the second world war. winnie mandela never looked like a woman just sentenced to six years in jail. the judge told mrs mandela there was no indication she felt even the slightest remorse. the chinese government has called for an all—out effort to help the victims of a powerful earthquake, the worst to hit the country for 30 years. the computer deep blue has tonight triumphed over the world chess champion, garry kasparov. it is the first time a machine has defeated a reigning world champion in a classical chess match. america's first legal same—sex marriages have been taking place in massachusetts. god bless america! this is newsday on the bbc.
i'm mariko 0i in singapore. 0ur headlines: voting gets underway in the philippines, as the country decides who it wants to be its next president. more than 60 people are believed to have been killed after a russian bomb hit a school in eastern ukraine. the man who oversaw the crackdown on protesters in hong kong during pro—democracy demonstrations has become the territory's new leader. john lee, a staunch beijing supporter, was the sole candidate in the closed voting process, and his appointment is widely being seen as a move by the chinese government to tighten its grip on the city. he replaces carrie lam after she announced she would not be seeking a second term in office. danny vincent reports. i hereby declare that the only candidate, mrjohn lee ka—chiu, is returned in the above—mentioned election. congratulations.
there was only ever one person in the running for this race. the authorities call this a closed circle election. but critics say it was just a selection process. john lee was the sole candidate. he was voted in by overwhelmingly pro—beijing representatives. having restored order from chaos, it is high time that hong kong starts a new chapter of development. the former police officer is seen as a hardliner, a beijing loyalist, who quietly rose up the ranks of the police force before becoming the city's second highest ranking official. he oversaw the implementation of the national security law and cracked down, ending the pro—democracy protest movement. with education, with prevention and with enforcement, we can turn the tide to let people know that protection and national security is everybody�*s responsibility. that advocacy for independence
of hong kong is against the law. power to the people! but today, before voting began, a small group staged a protest calling for universal suffrage. i spoke to one police officer under condition of anonymity. i think the law is always a weapon. i think they're now using it more to achieve their political or financial means. police in hong kong has been the force available to the government to enforce anything. hong kong was promised a certain political freedoms when it was returned to china in 1997. hong kong people were said to rule hong kong. to many, today marks the start of a political era for the territory. danny vincent, bbc news, hong kong. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. the israeli army has shot dead a palestinian man who it says was trying to cross
the security barrier illegally from the occupied west bank into israel. in a separate incident, an israeli police officer has been stabbed injerusalem — his attacker has been shot. there have been a number of attacks by palestinians and israeli arabs in recent weeks. a bridge in northern pakistan has collapsed after a glacial lake had burst and released huge amounts of water into a local stream. this is the moment the bridge fell in the town of hassanabad. local experts say the water volume at the shisper glacier lake had increased by 40% over the past three weeks due to unusually high temperatures in the north of the country. rodrigo chaves has been sworn in as costa rica's new president. but women have taken to the streets to protest his return to politics. he faces controversy over earlier sexual harrassment allegations. politicians in northern ireland are being urged by the uk
government, as well as by the irish and us governments, to agree once again to power sharing in the wake of local election results. for the first time in more than 100 years of northern ireland's history, a nationalist party has emerged with the largest number of seats. that party, sinn fein, now needs to nominate a first minister for northern ireland. here's our ireland correspondent emma vardy. the balance of power between the two different visions for this island has shifted — symbolically, at least. what do you think it means for northern ireland? well, it means maybe stormont will get back together and maybe it won't. i mean, this is what we've been living with for years now, dysfunctional politicians and dysfunctional systems. the immediate challenge for northern ireland is to heal the divisions caused by the brexit arrangements. the anger over a new border down the irish sea, which split the unionist vote.
it places us under the jackboot of the eu, and we have been effectively held hostage in an economic united ireland. goods carried over the irish sea on ferries from britain undergo new checks when they reach these shores, which is perceived by some unionists as severing northern ireland's place in the uk and is disrupting the functions of many businesses. attempts to make the arrangement simpler has put the uk government at loggerheads with the eu. the eu has shown no flexibility and it's very disappointing that what we're hearing is that the eu is already saying it won't show any flexibility, and that's why it is absolutely right that we, as the uk government, are very clear. we want to get a resolution on this with the eu, but we have never taken anything off the table in terms of resolving this issue for the people of northern ireland. while this persists, the dup has said it won't go back into the power—sharing executive, which sinn fein argues holds everyone to ransom. a fundamentalist approach that it is either the executive or the protocol, but you can't have both, that is not helping somebody with the cost of living. i'm a committed devolutionist,
the dup are committed devolutionists, but it can only be on sound, stable footing, which means consent for both unionists and nationalists. hi, guys, can i get- you the watermelon or the coconut today? sinn fein's victory also raises new questions over what it says about the choices voters are making for northern ireland's future. the party strongly believes in holding a border poll, a vote on whether northern ireland should remain part of the uk. there is only one person that can call a border poll, and that is the secretary of state for northern ireland. he's obliged to call a border poll if it appears to him that there is a majority in favour of a united ireland within northern ireland. at the moment, the opinion polls suggest that support for a united ireland is within the 30—a0% range, so we've still got considerable distance to travel before we get to that point. for now, the problem for sinn fein is how to translate their victory into real power, because unless there's agreement between the parties, northern ireland remains in deadlock. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast.
doctor who, the long running tv series about a time travelling time lord, has revealed the new doctor. he's ncuti gatwa, born in rwanda, and best known for starring in netflix's sitcom, sex education. the bbc�*s lizo mzimba caught up with him on the red carpet for the bafta tv awards in london. a new doctor on the bafta red carpet. ncuti gatwa was announced in the role shortly before today's ceremony and he said he was keen to do justice to the part. this role is an institution and it's so iconic and it means a lot to so many people, including myself, and so it makes everyone feel seen as well. it's something that everyone can enjoy, so i feel very grateful to have had the baton handed over and i'm going to try and do my best. sex education, the netflix comedy drama that he's best known for, follows a group of young people exploring areas like sex and sexuality. gatwa plays the
irrepressible eric. he was born in rwanda. his family came to the uk as refugees. he then grew up in scotland and went on to study drama before his big break came in 2019 with sex education. his character being seen as aspirationalfor many viewers who felt that his experiences on screen mirrored many of this. lizo mzimba, bbc news. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. we leave this edition with similar pictures from the where people are voting for the next president of the country, as well as a whole host of other positions. but, of course, there are several candidates hoping to replace the current leader, hardliner rodrigo duterte, there are two front runners leading in the polls is
third in the marcosjunior and challenging him is lenny robredo. stay with bbc news for the latest. hello. the weekend brought plenty of dry and settled late spring weather. one or two showers on saturday for eastern england but sunday was dry pretty much across—the—board. this was the picture in bradfield in sheffield. a bit of air whether cloud on sunday. a change in the forecast through the week ahead. it's looking more unsettled. windier, wetter too, especially for western scotland. could be some rain by the middle of the week further south in england and wales where it's been very dry recently. back to monday morning. dominated by high pressure to the east but far enough away to allow these weather fronts from the north—west. rain spilling across the west of northern ireland, and western scotland from the word go. that's going to edge its way south—east through the day. going to be quite persistent and heavy for a time in western scotland. the wind picking up with gusts of 30—a0 mph. england and wales staying predominantly dry. things turning hazy
as the cloud spills in the head of the weather front. 22 or 23 degrees, feeling point warm towards the south—east. we've still got high levels of pollen, tree pollen at this time of year across england and wales but with the cloud, breeze and rain further north, pollen levels are low and moderate. monday evening and overnight into tuesday, the weather fronts slipping further south—east, tending to fizzle out as they do so. a band of cloud, the odd spot of drizzle for central and southern parts of england and wales first thing on tuesday. clearer skies further north but it's going to be a mild and frost free day. a bit of a breeze on tuesday coming from west or south—westerly direction, just pushing the weather front slowly away towards the south—east. it could stay quite murky for much of the day down towards the likes of kent for instance. for the rest of the uk come a day of sunshine and blustery showers. they'll be most frequent in the far north—west. temperatures somewhere 11—20 on tuesday. a bit above average to the south. towards the middle of the week we are watching this developing area of low pressure. some uncertainty about the exact timing and track of it but it looks like it will bring some rain to some southern parts of england and wales. moving from west to east. further north across the uk, sunny spells and again some blustery showers, especially frequent for the west of
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