MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, July 27, 2015

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break today and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Pioneer Generation Ambassadors recognised

The Pioneer Generation cards with an information booklet on the Pioneer Generation Package. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is the guest of honour at an appreciation night for Pioneer Generation Ambassadors at Gardens by the Bay on Monday (July 27). These are the volunteers who go door to door to explain Pioneer Generation Package benefits to recipients.
PM Lee is also launching a commemorative book at the event, which contains the stories and experiences of Singapore’s Pioneer Generation. - CHARISSA YONG

DBS releases second quarter financial results

DBS Asia Hub at Changi Business Park. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

DBS Group Holdings is releasing its second quarter financial results today. Investors will be looking for improving margins and earnings as interest rates are set to rise. - WONG WEI HAN

Raffles Medical Group announces second quarter financial statement

The Raffles Hospital, operated by Raffles Medical Group. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Raffles Medical Group will be announcing its second quarter financial statement this morning. Executive chairman, Dr Loo Choon Yong, will chair a media briefing. - ANNABETH LEOW

Philippine President Aquino to address parliament

Philippine President Benigno Aquino. PHOTO: AFP

Philippine President Benigno Aquino will on Monday address parliament for the last time, in a speech that is expected to be dominated by the slowing economy and worries over a  peace treaty with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group that is now in peril. Mr Aquino's final "State of the Nation Address" takes place as a peace treaty in the war-torn south aimed at ending decades of fighting is under threat as a draft law granting self-rule to the Muslim minority is stalled in parliament. Success in securing a peace deal with the main Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would be one of the most important legacies of his presidency. Meanwhile, the country's economic growth has slowed to a three-year low of 5.2 per cent in the first quarter. A stronger economy is a potential major legacy for Aquino.

US President Obama holds bilateral meetings with Ethiopian government, leaders of African Union

US President Barack Obama speaking at Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi. PHOTO: AFP

United States President Barack Obama will on Monday hold bilateral meetings with the Ethiopian government and the leaders of the African Union as part of his tour of East Africa. Mr Obama, who arrived in neighbouring Kenya on Friday, is the first American president to visit Africa’s second most populous nation, a key but much maligned ally in the fight against terrorism. The two day visit will also see Mr Obama becoming the first American leader to address the African Union, the 54-member continental bloc, at its gleaming Chinese-built headquarters.