#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 27, 2016

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 27, 2016
Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday

Hello Rappler readers,

President Rodrigo Duterte and some members of his Cabinet will be visiting areas in Bicol hit by Typhoon Nina (Nock-ten). The typhoon has just weakened into a severe tropical storm as it moves away from the country.

Communist rebels just celebrated their anniversary. While they’re hopeful the talks with the government will lead to lasting peace, some of them also expressed their concerns.

Below are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.


Rescue, relief operations in wake of Typhoon Nina

Nina (Nock-ten), now a severe tropical storm, continues to make its way out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility. It’s expected to leave on Tuesday night.

In Batangas Bay, 15 crew members were rescued after the RORO ship M/V Starlite Atlantic sank amid the onslaught of Typhoon Nina. However, 19 crew members remain missing.

Get updates on Typhoon Nina on Rappler.

Communist rebels celebrate anniversary

New People’s Army (NPA) fighters had a show of force in a rebel camp in Davao City to celebrate the 48th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). There was also a celebration by NPA fighters in Misamis Oriental, who said they have high hopes for the peace process but have some concerns.

PDAF scam: Ex-Maguindanao lawmaker faces charges

Former Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Simeon Datumanong faces graft charges for allegedly misusing his pork barrel. The Ombudsman said P3.8 million of Datumanong’s pork barrel was illegally coursed through a non-governmental organization.

Obama: Americans still support my vision

US President Barack Obama said Americans still support his vision, even though his anointed candidate Hillary Clinton lost to the Republicans’ Donald Trump. But Trump rejected this in a tweet, saying, “No way!”

MMFF 2016: Top grossing films on Day 1

On Day 1 of this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), the top grossing films – in alphabetical order – are Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnoughDie BeautifulSeklusyonand Vince & Kath & JamesThe MMFF Executive Committee also said they reached their target sales for the first day, but couldn’t give a figure yet since not all box office returns have been submitted.

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