#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 9, 2016

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 9, 2016
Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Sunday, October 9, 2016

The weekend has been a busy one around the world. Hurricane Matthew continued its rampage in North America, while a US presidential candidate faced the biggest storm in the campaign. In Norway, the peace talks between the Philippine government and communists continued. And back in the Philippines, the country marks 100 days since the Duterte administration took over the reins, and experts and citizens alike assess the government’s initial performance.

Here’s some of the biggest stories that you need to know today, Sunday, October 9, 2016.

Hurricane Matthew finally weakens, leaves behind trail of destruction

A weakened Hurricane Matthew made landfall Saturday, October 8, in South Carolina, nearing the end of a 4-day rampage that left a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean and up the southeastern US coast. At least 336 people have been killed in Haiti alone, according to latest figures.

Negros Island Region to be dissolved?

Malacañang is eyeing the dissolution of the Negros Island Region (NIR) due to “budget constraints,” a Palace official said on Saturday, October 8. “There is a very big chance it (NIR) will be abolished because of the budget constraints,” Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino told reporters after a public hearing of the House committee on transportation in this city.

Could 2005 ‘grope’ comments derail Trump?

A 2005 video, where US presidential nominee Donald Trump can be heard commenting about acts tantamount to sexual harassment and abuse, became the latest controversy in the road to the White House. This could be Trump’s deepest campaign crisis yet, as he tries to catch up with Hillary Clinton and keep support from within the Republican Party.

Peace talks: Early snags but gov’t, communists still committed

The second round of talks between the Philippine government and the communist National Democratic Front (NDF) hit early snags on issues involving the promised general amnesty for “political prisoners” and socio-economic reforms. But both camps, talking in Oslo, Norway, remain committed to the peace process that the government aims to complete by August 2017.

Independent foreign policy? Experts question PH’s latest moves

The Duterte administration is harping the Philippines’ move to an “independent foreign policy,” with threats to cut ties with the US and strengthen alliances with China and Russia instead. However, experts say these moves aren’t moving towards “independent” at all.

Philippine Senate turns 100

“Why has the Senate lasted this long? Because all of us who have served the Senate – and that means all of us here – have served with utmost dedication and devotion to the best interests of the Filipino people.” This was the message of current Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III during the Philippine Senate’s 100th anniversary gala last Wednesday, October 5, attended by around 40 former and incumbent senators. Take a look at the highlights here. 

Maroons defeat Eagles to snap 7-year losing streak

University of the Philippines ended a 7-year losing streak to Ateneo De Manila University with a big 56-52 upset victory in the second round of the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, October 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Attention 90s kids: ‘Power Rangers’ movie trailer out

'POWER RANGERS.' The first trailer for the 2017 reboot of 'Power Rangers' gives a peek at how the team gets their powers. Screengrab from YouTube/Lionsgate Movies

The first Power Rangers teaser trailer is out! The ’90s favorite Power Rangers is set to get a reboot this 2017, with Kimberly (Naomi Scott), Trini (Becky G), Zack (Ludi Lin), Jason (Dacre Montgomery), and Billy (RJ Cyler) from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series and movie (1995) making a comeback to the big screen. Watch it here.

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