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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

Unlike Philippines, Vietnam condemns Chinese bombers

May 22, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Vietnam 'demands that China stop these activities' and 'cease militarization' of the South China Sea, even as Manila won't publicly condemn Beijing

VIETNAMESE DIPLOMACY. Vietnam's foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang takes questions during a press conference in Hanoi on August 3, 2017. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Door failure ends MRT's 28-day no-glitch streak

May 22, 2018 - 11:32 AM

After 28 straight days of no glitches for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3, a door failure on Tuesday, May 22, forces the railway system to unload passengers

UNLOADING. Passengers of MRT3 from North Ave. Station stops at Cubao Station on February 20, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LeBron James leads Cavs past Celtics to tie East Finals series

May 22, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The Boston Celtics fail to redeem themselves from their previous 30-point beatdown

Higher electricity bills for Filipino consumers starting June

May 22, 2018 - 10:55 AM

The Energy Regulatory Commission approves a higher feed-in-tariff allowance (FIT-All) rate, which appears as a separate line item in electricity bills

POCKET BRUISING. Higher FIT-All rate is billed to all on-grid electricity consumers, appearing as a separate line item in electricity bills. Rappler file photo

SAF ex-budget officer admits: I kept the missing P37M

May 22, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Senior Superintendent Andre Dizon claims that the money came from allowances delayed of release from 2016 to 2017

WHERE'S THE MONEY? Police SSupt Andre Dizon during the senate hearing on SAF funds on May 22, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Tugade suspends 2 officials over corruption allegations

May 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade issues a 90-day suspension order against Cordillera Administrative Region Director Jesus Eduardo Natividad and Assistant Regional Director Datu Mohammad Abbas

CHIEF. In this file photo, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade speaks at a conference on January 18, 2017. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Barack and Michelle Obama sign Netflix production deal

May 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM

The former first couple have launched Higher Ground Productions to produce a variety of content for the video streamer, possibly including scripted series, documentaries, and features

NETFLIX. The former first couple is set to produce a variety of content for Netflix. File photos by Saul Loeb/AFP, Jewel Samad

[OPINION] One hour at a time

May 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM

I had 30 minutes left with her. Taking the place of the sweeping vistas of the countryside we used to visit was the gray horizon of concrete pavement where we saw airplanes flying in and out. She would leave soon, along with the rest, to a life where they are needed – indispensable yet invisible at the same time.

Italy legend Andrea Pirlo receives star-studded farewell

May 22, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Pirlo could have a future role int he federation and is considering coaching

LEGEND. Former Italy's football player Andrea Pirlo celebrates with teammates at the end of the "Notte del Maestro" (master's night), a football match celebrating the end of his career as a football player. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

One of Cuba's 3 air crash survivors dies

May 22, 2018 - 9:45 AM

The Cuban government is investigating the cause of the crash and has so far identified 33 of the dead, some of whom have already been buried

HALF-MAST. The Cuban national flag is raised at half-mast in tribute to the victims of a plane that crashed shortly after taking off from Jose Marti airport and killed hundreds of people, in Havana, on May 19, 2018. File photo by Yamil Lage/AFP

LIVE: Senate hearing on SAF allowances issue

May 22, 2018 - 9:18 AM

Watch the hearing on Rappler

An egg a day may keep the doctor away, study claims

May 22, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Studying half-a-million healthy adults aged 30-79 over almost 9 years, researchers conclude that 'compared with non-consumers, daily egg consumption was associated with lower risk of CVD'

Texas school gunman 'confused,' his lawyers say

May 22, 2018 - 8:56 AM

'I think that there is definitely something going on in terms of mental health history,' says lawyer Nicholas Poehl

REMEMBER. Greg Zanis lines up crosses he built in front of Santa Fe High School on May 21, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. The crosses are a memorial to the victims of last Friday's shooting when 17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis entered the school with a shotgun and a pistol and opened fire, killing 10 people. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

P18-M Intramuros brand campaign has nothing to show – COA

May 22, 2018 - 8:31 AM

By the end of 2017, only P450,000 has been spent to buy memo pads and bond papers

Students personate significant characters in the Bible parade along the cobble stones for a traditional Santa Cruzan from the Manila Cathedral to the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila on May 20, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CHEAT SHEET: The SAF allowances issue

May 22, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Here's what you need to know about the controversy over the P59.8-million Special Action Force allowances

ROBBED? PNP Special Action Force commandos haven't been receiving their subsistence allowances for months. Rappler file photo

Duterte accepts Cesar Montano's resignation

May 22, 2018 - 7:01 AM

The Tourism Promotions Board chief's resignation comes after President Duterte announced he is about to fire 5 government officials

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 51st Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City on May 5, 2018, recognizes the vital role of ADB in the growth and development of the Philippines. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Ebola death toll hits 26 in DR Congo as vaccinations start

May 21, 2018 - 11:47 PM

Since the outbreak was announced on May 8, there have been 49 cases, comprising 22 confirmed by laboratory tests, 21 probable and six suspected, says the Congo health ministry

Harry and Meghan thank royal wedding guests

May 21, 2018 - 11:16 PM

'The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday,' says the palace in a statement

RECEPTION. A black and white photo shows Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in an E-Type Jaguar after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. Photo by  Steve Parsons/POOL/AFP

Dead candidate wins as barangay chief in Samar

May 21, 2018 - 10:36 PM

After he was ambushed by alleged private armed groups on April 26, Christopher Branzuela's name was still listed as a candidate in Barangay Catabunan in Calbayog City

WHAT TO DO? The Comelec office in Calbayog City says it is awaiting a resolution from the central office in Manila on what to do with Barangay Catabunan, where the dead candidate won as barangay chairperson during the May 14 elections. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

La Union, Agoo police chiefs sacked amid Eriguel slay probe

May 21, 2018 - 10:34 PM

The two police chiefs were sacked to see whether they had lapses in preventing the high-profile killing

LOOK: Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding portraits

May 21, 2018 - 10:26 PM

Here are pictures of the happy couple with their families and wedding entourage

ROYAL WEDDING. The couple is surrounded by the British Royal family and Meghan Markle's mother. Photo by Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace

Beijing denies 'militarization' of South China Sea

May 21, 2018 - 10:05 PM

'The South China Sea islands are Chinese territories,' says China foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang, adding this is 'part of the normal training for the Chinese military'

CHINA BOMBERS. This handout photograph taken and released on May 11, 2018 by Taiwan's Defense Ministry shows a Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft (left) flying alongside a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6K bomber that reportedly flew over the Bashi Channel, south of Taiwan, and over the Miyako Strait, near Japan's Okinawa Island, in a drill.  AFP/Taiwan   Defense Ministry/ Handout

Congress needs more time for BBL, won't meet June 2 target

May 21, 2018 - 10:04 PM

The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law has yet to hurdle 3rd and final readings in the Senate and the House of Representatives

PRAYER PROTEST. Members of the party-list group Anak Mindanao holds a prayer rally outside the House of Representatives compound in Quezon City on April 16, 2018, to ask Congress to pass the original version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ancajas not thinking of KO win in world title clash vs compatriot Sultan

May 21, 2018 - 9:24 PM

In his 16-fight winning streak starting in 2012, Ancajas has not gone the distance in all but one bout

GEARING UP. IBF super flyweight champion is still trying to lose weight for his May 27 bout against compatriot Jonas Sultan. Photo by Alvin S. Go

AFP won't comment on China bombers, but says 'we are doing our mandate'

May 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'We can assure our people that your armed forces will never renege in its constitutional obligation to help secure and defend the territorial integrity of our nation,' says the AFP

SILENCE. AFP Spokesperson Colonel Edgard Arevalo says they have conducted patrols for the China bombers but declines to reveal their findings. Rappler file photo

Netizens hit Sotto's past blunders as he takes over Senate

May 21, 2018 - 8:55 PM

After Vicente Sotto III's election as Senate president, some Filipinos remind the public about the controversies he got involved in before. But others say Sotto, as the most senior member of the Senate, deserves the post.

DOT sets cruise, drive tourism circuits to lure visitors to Western Visayas

May 21, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Western Visayas tourism officials says they must attract some 1 million tourists to recover from the slump brought by the closure of Boracay Island

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May 21, 2018 - 8:03 PM

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Emperador bullish on international business

May 21, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Its scotch whiskey business Whyte & Mackay is now in the growth phase, while its recently-acquired brandy business in Mexico is expected to follow suit in 2019

ON A PAUSE. Andrew Tan's liquor business unit Emperador is taking a pause from its acquisition binge. In the meantime, it is letting its newly-acquired brands to grow. File photo from Emperador

Philippines misses most of 2017 labor targets

May 21, 2018 - 7:56 PM

While the current unemployment rate has improved compared to previous decades, this is still behind the 5.1-5.4% target set in 2017

PH missed most of 2017 labor targetsQC Job Fair on Labor Day 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cesar Montano resigns as tourism board chief

May 21, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(UPDATED) His resignation comes amid the controversy over an P80-million sponsorship deal for the food tourism project Buhay Carinderia

'Deadpool 2' review: Irreverent love and joy

May 21, 2018 - 7:39 PM

'Deadpool 2' is truly fun and endlessly funny

Marawi rehabilitation won't repeat Typhoon Yolanda mistakes – NEDA

May 21, 2018 - 7:21 PM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia promises the P73 billion for rebuilding Marawi will be used wisely, unlike what has happened with the Yolanda rehabilitation program since 2013

Key sites during the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

At least 7 groups vie for 25-year deal to operate, maintain Clark airport

May 21, 2018 - 7:05 PM

With the auction for the operations and maintenance of the Clark International Airport about to start, several prospective bidders question some of the requirements

Strengthened HIV-AIDS policy nears becoming a law

May 21, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The Senate and House approve the bill seeking to strengthen government policy on the prevention and control of HIV-AIDS

File photo by George Moya/Rappler

Alvarez dares Floirendo to file case over Siargao properties

May 21, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes his friend turned political enemy is responsible for reports alleging his properties in Siargao are worth P500 million

FRIENDS NO MORE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez does not mince words against his political enemy, Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DepEd to hold 'special' Brigada Eskwela in Marawi on May 22

May 21, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the Department of Education has 'special concerns and interests' in the rebuilding of Marawi as the Islamic city marks one year since the start of the siege

RUINS. Months-long clashes between government troops and homegrown terrorists in 2017  left much of Marawi City in ruins. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINION] On the South China Sea: Let us help our President

May 21, 2018 - 5:09 PM

'As we had previously said, we are opposed to war – as we should be. But if threatened by the use of force, we should be ready to inflict, at the very least, a bloody nose on any attacker who is out to harm us.'

Mar Roxas in 2019? ‘Let’s cross the bridge when we get there’

May 21, 2018 - 4:45 PM

'Malayo pa naman. Let’s cross that bridge 'pag andiyan na,' Mar Roxas, who has led a primarily private life since after the 2016 elections, tells Rappler

PRIVATE LIFE FOR NOW? Mar Roxas attends a gathering urging the Supreme Court to rule against the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani back in 2016. The High Court eventually allowed it. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Recap: 'Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids' season 2, week 3

May 21, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Here's what the kids did from May 19-20

Con-Com wants to strip Congress of sole power to impeach

May 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

In the federal constitution it is proposing, the Consultative Committee wants Congress and the judiciary to share the power to impeach officials

Dangerous 'laze' forms as Hawaii volcano lava reaches ocean

May 21, 2018 - 4:27 PM

When the hot lava flow hits the water it produces acid fumes known as 'laze' – lava and haze

DANGER. A steam plume rises as lava enters the Pacific Ocean, after flowing to the water from a Kilauea volcano fissure, on Hawaii's Big Island on May 20, 2018 near Pahoa, Hawaii. Photo Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

#BabaeAko campaign: Filipino women fight back against Duterte's misogyny

May 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Using the hashtag #BabaeAko, Filipino women are taking to social media to fight the President Rodrigo Duterte's sexist and misogynistic behavior

No more 'Eat Bulaga!' for Senate President Tito Sotto for now

May 21, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Sotto says he will take a break from the country's longest-running noontime television show, given his new role at the Senate

Tito Sotto takes oath as Senate President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New Nokia X6 adopts the notch like many Android phones this year

May 21, 2018 - 4:04 PM

It’s Nokia's first phone to sport the display cutout popularized by the iPhone X

X6. Currently a China-exclusive, rumors abound of its eventual international release. Photo from HMD Global/Nokia


Robredo camp says Iloilo City should not be part of VP recount

May 21, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Iloilo City is independent from Iloilo province and has a separate certificate of canvass during elections

INDEPENDENT CITY. Lawyer Emil Marañon III (3rd from right), legal consultant of Vice President Leni Robredo, says ballot boxes from Iloilo City should not be included in the VP ballot recount. Photo from Robredo's legal team

Malaysia sets up task force to probe 1MDB scandal

May 21, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The special task force will be charged with seizing back assets and pursuing legal action against those suspected of breaking the law in relation to the fund

1MDB TASK FORCE. This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with AFP at his office in Putrajaya. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/ AFP

Tito Sotto elected as Senate president

May 21, 2018 - 3:41 PM

(UPDATED) Vicente Sotto III, who takes over from Aquilino Pimentel III, says he is 'deeply humbled and sincerely grateful' for the opportunity to lead the Senate 'at this critical and challenging time'

Senate: Sen. Sotto & Sen. Pimentel. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After recruiting Ricci Rivero to UP, Juan GDL is pumped for Maroons’ future

May 21, 2018 - 3:36 PM

'I feel really excited that Ricci joined our program. He could spread the floor. He can play multiple positions. I enjoy playing with him a lot,' says teammate and friend Juan Gomez de Liaño

BACKCOURT DUO. From Gilas, Juan Gomez de Liaño and Ricci Rivero team up for the UP Fighting Maroons. Gomez de Liaño photo from his Facebook Page and Rivero photo from his Twitter account