Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Sept 20, 2016

Commuters at the bus stop before the Kranji Expressway at Bukit Panjang.
Commuters at the bus stop before the Kranji Expressway at Bukit Panjang.ST PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Tuesday, Sept 20, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Findings on pollution while commuting

About two-thirds of Singapore's population commute to work by bus every day.

The question is: How much pollution do they face while waiting for the bus? Two local researchers took measurements at various bus stops across the island to find out. 

Dr Erik Velasco, an air pollution expert from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, will be elaborating on the research on Tuesday (Sept 19).

Hearings against Philippine senator 

Senator Leila de Lima is alleged to have coddled drug kingpins at the national penitentiary. PHOTO: EPA

The Philippines House of Representatives will on Tuesday (Sept 20) begin hearings on allegations that Senator Leila de Lima, who led investigations into President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-crime war, coddled drug kingpins at the national penitentiary.

Justice Minister Vitaliano Aguirre said last week a dozen high-profile inmates and a ranking government official will testify against Ms De Lima. Ms De Lima has called the House inquiry a “sham”, and said she will not attend the hearings.

UK Financial Secretary in Singapore

Ms Jane Ellison, Britain’s Financial Secretary to the Treasury, is here to launch the International Anti-Corruption Week organised by the British High Commission.

During her visit, Ms Ellison will call on Singapore leaders and meet British and Singapore business leaders. She is expected to talk about Brexit and how the outcome of the referendum would not change London’s position as a key financial centre.