#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 5, 2017

Hello Rappler readers,

President Rodrigo Duterte's trust and performance ratings dipped in the latest Pulse Asia survey, conducted in March. Batangas, meanwhile, has been placed under a state of calamity due to the strong earthquake.

Overseas, North Korea again fired a missile into the Sea of Japan.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Duterte ratings dip in Pulse Asia poll

President Rodrigo Duterte saw a dip in his trust and performance ratings in the latest Pulse Asia survey. His trust rating went down to 76% in March 2017 from 83% in December 2016, while his performance rating became 78% from 83%.

Pimentel wants to know evidence vs Sueno

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, said he will ask why exactly the President fired Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno. Pimentel, who's out of the country now, said he knows Sueno to be a "kind, low-key, and religious person." Meanwhile, will former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr take over Sueno's post?

Batangas under state of calamity due to quake

The province of Batangas is now under a state of calamity following the earthquake that struck Tuesday night, April 4. The assessment of the damage to structures, including schools and the Batangas Provincial Capitol building, is ongoing.

PAL passengers told to be extra early

If you're flying abroad via Philippine Airlines, better go to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 at least 4 to 5 hours before your flight's departure. PAL, in an advisory, warned passengers that the Bureau of Immigration's salary dispute is causing long lines at airport counters.

North Korea fires another missile

North Korea is at it again. The reclusive state fired yet another missile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday morning, according to South Korea and the United States. Japan condemned the missile launch as a violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.