Hello, Rappler readers!
The week started off with the Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissing drug trade and conspiracy charges against Cebu businessman Peter Lim. Also cleared were Kerwin Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, and alleged supplier Lovely Impal.
On Tuesday morning, Rappler learned that Aiza Seguerra has resigned as chairperson of the National Youth Commission. The resignation will be effective in April.
Meanwhile, a Republican-dominated House panel “found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy” between Russians and the presidential campaign of United States President Donald Trump.
Here are today’s top stories.
DOJ clears Cebu businessman Peter Lim of drug trade charges
The DOJ panel of prosecutors said inconsistencies and contradictions in testimonies of big-time drug runner Marcelo Adorco make them “unworthy of consideration.”
China defends Duterte from U.N. rights chief's tirades
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said "anyone without bias can see" that President Rodrigo Duterte has made "achievements" in matters such as fighting illegal drugs and improving people's jobs.
Aiza Seguerra resigns as National Youth Commission chief
A Malacañang source said the President has yet to accept Seguerra's resignation.
Senate: 'Physically impossible' to OK barangay polls postponement
Congress has only 5 session days left, as it is set to go on break from March 24 to May 13. The elections are scheduled on May 14.
LIVE: Senate hearing on Dengvaxia
The Senate continues its investigation into the controversy surrounding the purchase of P3.5 billion worth of dengue vaccine doses for public school students in the country.
House panel finds 'no evidence' of Trump-Russia election collusion
The panel also rejected the notion that Moscow had specifically attempted to boost Trump's White House effort, a conclusion reached by the country's top intelligence officials in a January 2017 report.
Space bases could preserve civilization in World War III – Elon Musk
"We want to make sure that there's enough of a seed of human civilization somewhere else to bring civilization back, and perhaps shorten the length of the Dark Ages," said Elon Musk.