#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 23, 2017

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Hello Rappler readers,

While government and communist negotiators are talking peace in Rome, their ceasefire was broken by a fatal clash in Makilala, North Cotabato. President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, is keeping the country's top cop Ronald dela Rosa in his post, even though a murder actually happened inside the Philippine National Police headquarters.

Also, while the Philippines has "creative imagination," the United States has "alternative facts." What should the people believe nowadays?

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Soldiers, NPA break ceasefire

Soldiers and New People's Army rebels exchanged gunfire in Makilala, North Cotabato over the weekend, leaving one NPA rebel dead. It's the first fatal encounter to disrupt the two sides' ceasefire, and comes as negotiators are talking peace in Rome.

Duterte: Dela Rosa staying as PNP chief

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa isn't going anywhere. Though there are calls for him to resign over the killing of a South Korean businessman right inside Camp Crame, Dela Rosa still enjoys the "complete trust" of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Trump aide defends 'alternative facts'

US President Donald Trump's senior aide Kellyanne Conway defended Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who was criticized for lying about the crowd turnout during Trump's inauguration. Conway said Spicer merely gave "alternative facts."

Oil output cut on track

Oil producing countries said their plan to cut output by 1.8 million barrels per day is on track. Saudi's oil minister described compliance as "really fantastic," adding that he expects global oil supply to normalize by mid-year.

2017 Gilas Pilipinas pool complete

The 24-man Gilas Pilipinas pool for 2017 is finally complete. Among those on the roster is Asia's best point guard Jayson Castro, who initially said last year that he was retiring from the national team.

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