#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 16, 2018

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday










United States President Donald Trump addresses his countrymen Thursday in the wake of a shooting in a Florida school that left 17 dead. He defies calls to address gun control, and attributes the incident instead to a crisis of mental health.

The 17-year-old gunman – a kickout from the school – is reported to have links with a white supremacist group, and has confessed to the crime.

It was the 8th mass shooting incident in America in the first 7 weeks of 2018.

Here are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

White supremacist-linked teen confesses to Florida shooting

Cruz stated that he was the gunman who entered the school campus armed with a AR-15 and began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on the school grounds,' court documents show

DOLE: Kuwaiti government ready to negotiate OFW protection terms

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says the total deployment ban 'has a good effect' in fast-tracking the signing of the protection agreement

Trillanes pushes Senate probe into AMLC's refusal to cooperate with Ombudsman

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the probe will 'question the legality' of the Anti-Money Laundering Council's refusal to give the Ombudsman 'vital' data on President Rodrigo Duterte's bank accounts

Quiboloy temporarily detained in Hawaii

Hawaii authorities find $350,000 in cash and rifle parts in a Philippines-bound private plane boarded by Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy and 5 others, a media report says

National Artist Napoleon Abueva dies

(UPDATED) The Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture was 88

China confirms first human case of H7N4 bird flu

The strain is identified in a 68-year-old woman from the eastern province of Jiangsu who was admitted to a hospital after falling ill on December 25. She has since recovered.

Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with consumer rules: EU

(UPDATED) The European Commission says social media companies in general need to do more to comply with EU consumer rules

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