#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 31, 2017

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 31, 2017
Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Friday.

Hello Rappler readers,

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte went on attack mode again against the media, singling out the Philippine Daily Inquirer and TV giant ABS-CBN. The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines hit him back, calling him a “petty tyrant who mistakenly believes public office is an entitlement”.

Abroad, the former president of South Korea, Park Geun-Hye, was arrested for corruption and abuse of power. Yes, in some parts of the world, abuse of power doesn’t pay.

And in case you missed it, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano on March 30 went ahead and filed a supplemental impeachment complaint against the President for supposed secret deals over Benham Rise.

Be up to speed with the news. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss.


NUJP hits Duterte’s tirade vs media

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) hit President Rodrigo Duterte for his “absolutely twisted” rant against news outlets ABS-CBN and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Duterte called them rude for allegedly writing unfair stories about him and warned them about karma. NUJP retorted, telling Duterte his curses and threats “cannot and will not prevent” Filipino journalists from going about fulfilling their duty of informing the people of what is happening in the country, regardless of whether or not the President agrees with them.


South Korea’s former president Park Geun-Hye arrested

Park Geun-Hye, South Korea’s ousted president, arrived at a detention center near Seoul on Friday, March 31, after being arrested over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that ousted her from office. She was charged by the Seoul Central District Court on charges of bribery, abuse of authority, coercion, and leaking government secrets, after a marathon court hearing.


Alejano: Impeach Duterte over Benham Rise, West PH Sea ‘secret deals’

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano filed a supplemental impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte on March 30 for allegedly failing to assert the Philippines’ exclusive sovereign rights and territorial claims over Benham Rise and the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), respectively. Alejano filed the supplemental impeachment complaint-affidavit 14 days after he filed the first impeachment complaint against the President.


WHO says global depression on the rise

Depression is plaguing more and more people worldwide as cases have surged by almost 20% in a decade, the World Health Organization said on March 30. The disorder, linked to suicide, is the leading cause globally of disability. By 2015, people living with depression had reached 322 million, up by 18.4% from 2005.


Disney’s ‘Frozen’ could have ended differently

If the producers of Disney’s Frozen stuck to Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale, Queen Anna and Elsa wouldn’t have been sisters or royalty, and Elsa would have been an evil self-proclaimed Snow Queen. On Entertainment Weekly, producer Peter del Vecho revealed that Frozen could have ended with Prince Hans instead having the “frozen heart” and Elsa’s heart being unfrozen too, after she saves the kingdom of Arendelle from an avalanche triggered by Hans.

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