Daily News Highlights – April 24, 2016 Edition

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  1. Duterte still top pick for president – ABS-CBN poll

    Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte continues to have a comfortable lead over his rivals in the latest ABS-CBN survey numbers released Sunday, April 24.

    The commissioned survey, conducted by Pulse Asia Research Incorporated from April 12 to 17, showed that Duterte’s voter preference rating was at 34%. Survey second placer Senator Grace Poe got a 22% rating, followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay with 19%, and Manuel Roxas II, at 18%, tying for third. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago remains at the bottom of the survey, at 2%.

    Read more about the survey results on Rappler.

  2. Marcos keeps lead in vice presidential race

    Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos still leads the race for the vice presidency, while Senator Francis Escudero and Camarines Sur 2nd District Representative Leni Robredo switch places, an ABS-CBN survey released Sunday, April 24, showed.

    Meanwhile, in the race for the Senate, incumbent Senator Vicente Sotto III is the top pick of voters. With less than a month before the May 9 polls, only 35% of respondents said they have a full Senate slate already chosen.

    Read more about the survey results on Rappler.

  3. Presidential bets face off in Pangasinan debate

    Rappler will provide the public an extensive, blow-by-blow coverage of the last presidential debate on Sunday, April 24.

    The 3rd and last leg of the presidential debate series will be held at the Phinma University of Pangasinan in Dagupan City from 6 to 9 pm, and will gather all 5 candidates for the last time before election day.

    Follow the debate coverage, and read why Pangasinan matters, on Rappler.

  4. 175 countries sign Paris climate agreement

    A record 175 countries, including the world’s top polluters China and the United States, signed the Paris climate deal Friday, April 22, boosting hopes of quick action on combating global warming. It was the largest ever one-day signing of an international agreement.

    Held on Earth Day, the ceremony comes 4 months after the hard-won deal was clinched in Paris and marks a first step toward binding countries to the promises they made to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

    Read more on Rappler.

  5. Massive voter info data leak an impeachable offense, says lawyers

    For betraying the public’s trust, officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) can be impeached following the online leak of voters’ personal information, some lawyers argued on Saturday, April 23.

    Lawyer Toby Purisima said that under Section 2, Article XI of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust is one of the grounds for impeachment of the chairman and commissioners of constitutional commissions like the Comelec.

    Read more on Rappler.

  6. How will bets’ promises be funded?

    As campaigns reach the homestretch, former national treasurer Leonor Briones tells voters to ask their presidential bets how promised programs are to be funded.

    “The question is, where will financing come from if everyone advocates for low taxes? What do they say about borrowing?” Briones said.

    Read more on Rappler.

  7. Clinton, Trump looks to jump ahead in primaries

    US presidential frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump seek to deliver knockout blows against their rivals in Tuesday’s 5 high-stakes primaries, with pressure mounting to wrap up the nomination races and pivot toward the general election battle – but don’t expect the challengers to buckle just yet.

    Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island host their primaries on April 26.

    Read Agence France-Presse’s report.

  8. Battle of Cebu: Donaire defeats Bedak

    Nonito Donaire | Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

    Nonito Donaire Jr did what was expected of him in the first defense of his WBO junior featherweight championship, knocking Hungarian contender Zsolt Bedak to the canvas 3 times en route to a third round technical knockout victory Saturday, April 23, at Cebu City Sports Center in the Philippines.

    Referee Russell Mora stopped the fight at the 2:44 mark, sparing the bloodied Bedak any further punishment.

    Read more on Rappler.

  9. World celebrates Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

    William Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon led global celebrations on Saturday, April 23, to mark 400 years since the Bard’s death. Stratford, where Shakespeare was born and died, kicked off the day’s merriment with a parade of performers wearing pantaloons, ruffs and codpieces through its historic streets, ending at his grave.

    Although celebrations are held every year at this time to commemorate Shakespeare’s life, organisers this year promised something extra-special.

    Agence France-Presse reports about the global celebrations.

  10. Purple reign ends: Pop icon Prince cremated

    Loved ones cremated pop icon Prince on Saturday with his final resting place to remain a secret, two days after his sudden death stunned the music world.

    The 57-year-old “Purple Rain” creator, one of the most acclaimed and unique artists of his generation, will eventually be honored with a concert whose details will be announced at a later date, his spokeswoman said.

    Agence France-Presse has the details.

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