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A Chinese tycoon who donated money to the Philippine government for drug rehabilitation centers is reportedly under investigation for bribery. China, meanwhile, is considered among the worst human trafficking offenders, based on the latest report by the US State Department.
On the social media front, Facebook now has two billion users.
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Huang Rulun, who donated P1.4 billion for drug rehabilitation centers in the Philippines, is being investigated by Chinese authorities for alleged bribery. Huang had also been removed from a high-level advisory body in Fujian province last week.
The US State Department downgraded China in its annual “Trafficking in Persons Report.” China is now considered among the worst human trafficking offenders, alongside the likes of North Korea and Sudan.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front said it is “very cautious” about the proposal to handle talks with the Maute Group to resolve the crisis in Marawi City. “I think that is too much for us. The issue in Marawi, especially in relation to the Maute Group, is so sensitive,” Mohagher Iqbal told Rappler.
Globe Telecom sued a resident of Dasmariñas Village in Makati City for allegedly preventing the construction of cell sites by spreading false and malicious rumors. Globe is seeking P5 million in moral damages from homeowner Betty Aw, exemplary damages of P500,000, and attorneys’ fees.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social network now has two billion users. This milestone comes after Facebook said it is redefining its purpose, with its new mission statement focusing on giving people “the power to build community.”
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