Good morning Rapplers!
Today is World Press Freedom Day. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) partnered with Rappler and other major global news organizations to commemorate the occasion. This worldwide campaign aims to bring together media groups from different countries and regions to support free and independent media.
In today's top news, Filipino diplomats face kidnapping charges in Kuwait after conducting allegedly illegal rescues of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Gulf state. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the diplomats were accused of taking OFWs from their homes in the course of rescue operations. This, as the expelled Philippine ambassador to Kuwait arrived in Manila.
Meanwhile, the special fact-finding panel of the Office of the Ombudsman has cleared at this early level of investigation resigned Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio in the P6.4-billion shabu shipment case, but recommended further investigation against resigned Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.
All this and more are on today's wRap.
Filipino diplomats face kidnapping charges in Kuwait
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano stresses that the diplomats violated no international convention and committed no crime
Robredo's trust rating declines but stays 'good' – SWS
Vice President Leni Robredo's net trust rating declines in all 4 major geographical areas nationwide, based on a new Social Weather Stations survey
Ombudsman clears Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio in P6.4-B shabu case
A preliminary investigation will proceed against resigned Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other BOC officials
Expelled Philippine ambassador to Kuwait arrives in Manila
(UPDATED) Ambassador Renato Villa is received by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano a week after he was expelled from Kuwait
Cambridge Analytica to close after Facebook data scandal
'Despite Cambridge Analytica's unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfully... the siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the company's customers and suppliers,' says the company
44 reported missing in Sao Paulo blaze building collapse
There was no indication whether the large number of missing were considered likely to have been killed and buried under the rubble, or whether they simply were not there at the time
Rappler partners with Unesco, global news groups for World Press Freedom Day 2018
This worldwide campaign aims to bring together media groups from different countries and regions to support free and independent media