#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 3, 2016

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 3, 2016
Hello! Here's a round-up of news you need to know this Wednesday

Hello Rappler readers,

An early morning shootout that left 6 dead rocked the town of Albuera in Leyte, with the fatalities linked to Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. The mayor was the one President Rodrigo Duterte accused of involvement in illegal drugs. Duterte, meanwhile, turned emotional when he met a blind soldier at a military hospital. The President also reiterated to soldiers that he is their “friend” and will protect them.

Below are the big stories we think you shouldn’t miss.


6 dead in Albuera shootout

In Albuera, Leyte, 6 men linked to Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr were killed in a shootout with police. The armed encounter comes a day after Espinosa surrendered to the PNP. The mayor and his son – whose whereabouts remain unknown – are accused of involvement in illegal drugs.

Duterte emotional as he meets blind soldier

Tough-talking President Rodrigo Duterte was moved to tears when he met Jerome Jacuba, a 28-year-old blind soldier at the AFP Medical Center. Jacuba became blind when shrapnel exploded near his eyes in Maguindanao last March.

DPWH: Traffic can be solved in 2-3 years

While it seems Metro Manila’s traffic problem will haunt us forever, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said it can be solved in 2 to 3 years through road projects. Everyone will definitely want to see Villar’s prediction come true.

North Korea test fires ballistic missile

Another provocative act from North Korea – the reclusive state test fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, August 3, according to Seoul. The missile was reportedly launched from the western city of Unyul.

Global heat, sea levels break records in 2015

Scientists are painting quite a scary picture of the Earth’s health. In 2015, global heat and sea levels rose to record highs, worsened by El Niño. Sea level rise will also speed up in the coming decades – spelling trouble for coastal communities.

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note7

Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy Note7, which will launch in the Philippines on August 20. It’ll come in Onyx Black and Gold Platinum, with a price tag of P39,990.

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