Good morning Rapplers!
In Kuwait, 4 Filipino drivers arrested after the controversial rescues of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were freed by the Kuwaiti government. On the 3 Filipino diplomats who have arrest warrants in Kuwait, the Philippine government is expecting good news in the next few days according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
And in neighbouring Malaysia, a surprise victory for veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, who toppled the country's scandal-plagued premier and ousted a regime that had ruled for over 6 decades.
All this and more are on today's wRap.
Philippine GDP grows by 6.8% in Q1 2018
Strong consumer spending and household consumption, among others, drive the increase in gross domestic product growth for the Philippines
Kuwait frees 4 Filipino drivers in OFW rescues
(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says that by May 11, the Philippines hopes to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Kuwait for the better treatment of OFWs there
Albayalde reassigns Facebook bashers to Mindanao
The policemen will join the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office
Malaysia's Mahathir wins shock election victory
Mahathir Mohamad's opposition alliance ends the long hold on power of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been in power in Malaysia since its birth as an independent country in 1957
Balikatan 2018: PH, U.S. hold drill amid China militarization of South China Sea
The amphibious landing exercise is held in a naval base in San Antonio, Zambales, which faces the South China Sea and is over 200 kilometers from Scarborough Shoal
Duterte names Isko Moreno as DSWD undersecretary
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte also appoints Tony Lambino as assistant secretary of the Department of Finance
Jollibee to buy master franchise holder of Tim Ho Wan
Jollibee Foods Corporation is acquiring the master franchise holder of the Michelin-star dim sum restaurant chain through a private equity fund investment