Good morning Rapplers!
Stay dry, folks. A low pressure area (LPA) near Taiwan is enhancing the southwest monsoon in the Philippines, which means more rain today.
President Rodrigo Duterte said he took away a Cabinet member’s powers because he was “too short-sighted” on the issue of rice supply and was engaged in a “turf war” with other officials. Duterte did not name the official involved but he was likely referring to Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr who was stripped of his role as National Food Authority (NFA) Council chairman last April.
Meanwhile, expect some Chinese content on your television screens. The Philippines’ state-run People’s Television Network (PTV) will air Chinese TV series, documentaries, cartoons, and movies dubbed in Tagalog, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said. “From now on, our Filipino friends could, for the first time, watch Chinese TV series, documentaries, cartoons, and movies dubbed in Tagalog on PTV,” Zhao said.
All this and more are on today’s wRap!
Moderate to heavy rain is expected in Metro Manila, the Ilocos Region, the Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Cavite, Batangas, Bataan, and Zambales
President Rodrigo Duterte also says the government will import even more rice as he does not believe the Philippines can ever be rice self-sufficient
The peso closes at P53.23 to $1, its weakest level since June 2006
Senator Richard Gordon, who earlier filed a bill seeking to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government, says he changed his mind after taking a look at the pros and cons of the proposal
‘No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! The hostages are back home with their families. Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!’ tweets Donald Trump
(UPDATED) Peter Gerard Scully is found guilty of human trafficking and rape for using children below 12 years old – including a one-year-old – in his cybersex operations
This is ‘DreamWorks made in China,’ says Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua at the inauguration of China TV Theater on PTV