#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 2, 2017

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 2, 2017

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Hello Rappler readers,

The world observed Labor Day, also known as the International Workers’ Day, on Monday, May 1, and President Rodrigo Duterte used the occasion to firm up a pledge to end contractualization and “endo,” or the “end-of-contract” scheme. Despite this, workers’ groups all over the country staged massive rallies to raise their plight about low wages and the disregard of their rights by oppressive employers.

Meanwhile, abroad, US President Donald Trump had something positive to say about his country’s archenemy, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Across the pond, the biggest news, arguably, is the release of a photograph of the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

Read these stories, and more, in today’s wRap.

Filipinos still trust UN and US, distrust Russia and China

Filipinos’ trust in the United Nations (UN) rose despite repeated tirades from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, according to results of a Pulse Asia survey released Tuesday, May 2. In the same survey, Pulse Asia reported that Filipinos still trust the United States, and distrust China and Russia. This comes even as Duterte has repeatedly blasted Washington, and praised Beijing and Moscow.

‘Endo’ to end, Duterte promises

During a Labor Day event attended by thousands of workers, President Rodrigo Duterte promised to sign an executive order (EO) with stricter provisions against the end-of-contract scheme or “endo.” In a closed-door meeting with labor groups before his speech, Duterte asked labor leaders to draft an EO against “endo.” He also promised to review existing policies against the abusive practice.

Trump ‘honored’ to meet Kim Jong-Un, if…

US President Donald Trump said he would be “honored” to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un under the right conditions, dialing back threats of military action against the regime Monday, May 1. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him I would, absolutely. I would be honored to do it,” Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg.

Survey: 10.4M Filipinos jobless

Over 10 million Filipinos were jobless in the first quarter of 2017, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The survey, conducted from March 25 to 28 among 1,200 respondents, also showed that the optimism on job availability declined in the same period. The results showed that 22.9% of respondents were jobless. This is 2.2 percentage points below the 25.1% (11.2 million Filipinos) recorded in the December 2016 poll. The survey also showed lower net optimism on job prospects in the next 12 months.

Blair back in UK political limelight to fight Brexit

Former British prime minister Tony Blair said Monday, May 1, he was plunging back into domestic politics in order to fight against Brexit. Blair, who led the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007, will not be standing in the June 8 general election. But he said he wanted to build a political movement to shape the policy debate as Britain starts its negotiations to leave the European Union.

‘Demon of Delpan’ report sparks Senate, PNP probes

ALVAREZ. Witnesses identify PO3 Ronald Alvarez (pictured in his younger years) as the perpetrator of summary killings under the guise of police operations. Photo from the Manila Police District

Senators Panfilo Lacson and Antonio Trillanes IV are set to file resolutions calling for a Senate investigation into a Manila policeman, who, according to families of slain suspects, is behind the drug-related killings in Tondo. The two were reacting to an exclusive report by Rappler, where at least 7 Tondo residents – families and friends of those slain – named several police officers as involved in these incidents. The PNP will also conduct a probe, Director General Ronald dela Rosa said.

‘Balanced,’ ‘versatile’ Gilas lineup for 2017 SEABA Championships

Adapting to modern basketball, Philippine national team coach Chot Reyes put together a 12-man lineup for the 2017 SEABA Championships that features versatility, balance, and depth. “I think it’s very balanced, it’s very versatile. It has size, and it’s a great combination of rookies and veterans, rookies to the Gilas system, to the PBA, and veterans as well,” explained Reyes. The Gilas 12 lineup was announced on Friday, April 28. 

New photo of UK’s Princess Charlotte released

A new photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, was released to the media on Monday, May 1, a day before her second birthday. According to the photo caption posted on Kensington Palace’s social media accounts, the new photo was taken by Kate herself in April. Charlotte, who was born in 2015, will celebrate her second birthday on May 2.

Top photo: Workers group under the Nagkaisa coalition march to Mendiola on Labor Day, May 1, to call for an End of Contractualization (ENDO). Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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