Daily News Highlights – April 10, 2016 Edition

CJ Maglunog

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  1. Military, Abu Sayyaf clash in Basilan; 18 soldiers dead

    At least 18 soldiers and 5 terrorists were killed Saturday, April 9, in an encounter between the military and Abu Sayyaf militants, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Sunday, April 10.

    The government forces recorded at least 53 wounded soldiers at the encounter in the town of Tipo-Tipo, Basilan, while the rebels also suffered at least and 20 injuries, including Abu Sayyaf leader Radzmil Janatul, aka Kubayb, the military said.

    More details in this report.


  2. Pacquiao ends career with win over Bradley

    Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao ends his legendary boxing career with a win, beating Timothy Bradley in their third encounter in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 9 (Sunday, April 10 in Manila).

    The 37-year-old Pacquiao hasn’t fought since losing a decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr in May of 2015 while the 32-year-old Bradley is coming off a knockout victory over Brandon Rios in November.

    More details on Rappler.


  3. Vice presidential bets square off in UST debate

    All 6 candidates for vice president – Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis Escudero, Gregorio Honasan II, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, Leni Robredo, and Antonio Trillanes IV – will face off in the only vice presidential debate of the 2016 election season organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

    Organizers earlier said they expect the candidates to go head-to-head during the two-and-a-half-hour debate at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

    Learn more about the venue, and check out Rappler’s coverage of the debate.


  4. Albay gears up for grand #Palaro2016 opening

    Albay is ready for the grand opening of the 2016 Palarong Pambansa on Sunday, April 10, the 59th edition of the annual youth sports meet. Strict security measures are being enforced for the safety of more than 20,000 student-athletes from all of the country’s 18 regions.

    Watch a walk-through of the main venue, the Albay Sports and Tourism Complex, and learn more about the Department of Education’s aim to have more new records.

  5. Sanders wins Wyoming democratic primary

    White House hopeful Bernie Sanders extended his winning streak in his bid to pull off a shock and defeat Hillary Clinton, grabbing victory in the Wyoming Democratic caucuses Saturday, April 9, US media said.

    The Vermont senator won 56% of the vote to 44% for Clinton in Wyoming, CNN projected, with most ballots counted. However, the state only awards 14 14 delegates, meaning he barely puts a dent in Clinton’s more than 200-delegate lead.

    Read more in this report from Agence France-Presse.

  6. Vertical landing: SpaceX lands rocket on ocean platform

    After 4 failed bids SpaceX finally stuck the landing Friday, powering the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket onto an ocean platform where it touched down upright after launching cargo to space.

    Images of the tall, narrow rocket gliding down serenely onto a platform that SpaceX calls a droneship sparked applause and screams of joy at SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California.

    Read more on Rappler.


  7. Who are the overseas absentee voters?

    A month before elections in the Philippines, Filipinos abroad can already cast their votes and choose who they want as leader for the next 6 years. Overseas absentee voting (OAV) began on Saturday, April 9, and will run until May 9.

    What are the other things you need to know about the OAV? Rappler profiles the overseas vote in this story.

  8. Will Manila soon have its own SMART Tunnel?

    AlloyMTD Group of Malaysia, through its local unit MTD Philippines, Incorporated, wants to build a P40-billion road tunnel that can turn into a storm drainage under the state-run Philippine National Railways (PNR) tracks.

    “We are interested to add value to MPIC’s (Metro Pacific Investments Corporation) NLEX (North Luzon Expressway)-SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) Connector Road project. We want a below-ground tunnel, so it will have 3 levels,” MTD Philippines president Isaac David told Rappler on the sidelines of an event in Makati City on Friday, April 8.

    Read more on Rappler.

  9. Filipino voters put ‘at risk’ by Comelec data leak

    An investigation by Internet security software company Trend Micro revealed that a huge amount of sensitive personal information was in the files leaked by hackers of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website.

    According to Trend Micro, “massive records of PII (personal identifiable information)” were in the files accessed by hacker group LulzSec Pilipinas and posted online on Sunday, March 27. This makes Filipino voters “susceptible to fraud and other risks.”

    Read more on Rappler.

  10. Sneak peek: Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ in Manila

    There was a lot of speculation and reports about Anthony Bourdain’s trip to Manila last December, but now we know that the first season of Anthony’s show, Parts Unknown, will feature Manila.

    In the Manila episode, Anthony will be trying out fast-food chain Jollibee and delicacies like halo-halo, kare-kare, adobo, and sizzling pork sisig. Rappler has photos from the Manila episode, courtesy of CNN, here.

    See the photos here.

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CJ Maglunog

CJ Maglunog has been a content strategist for Rappler since 2015. Her work includes optimizing stories for various platforms. She’s a journalism graduate from Centro Escolar University.