#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 6, 2018

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A person watches northern lights (Aurora borealis) on March 3, 2018 in Unstad, in the arctic circle in northern Norway. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier MORIN

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The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced that Philippine inflation rose to 4.5% in February – the highest in over 3 years – with higher prices of food, drinks, and tobacco as the biggest factors behind the jump.

In the Senate, lawmakers approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to expand the country’s nutrition and health programs for mothers and children during the child’s first 1,000 days.

Meanwhile, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed a possible summit with envoys from South Korea, the latest development in an Olympics-driven rapprochement on the divided peninsula.

Here are today’s top stories.

Philippine inflation hits new 3-year high at 4.5% in February

Rising costs of clothing, transport, furniture, and dining out also spur inflation rate in February to over 3-year high, data from PSA showed.

Con-Com to visit provinces for consultations from April to June

The 20-member committee aims to hit all regions in 6 weeks.

Senate OKs bill ensuring health of mothers, children in first 1,000 days

The bill seeks to fight malnutrition of children during the first 1,000 days, starting from the first day of the mother’s pregnancy. The House version was approved in 2017.

Evading probes? The many times Duterte admin didn't give drug war documents

Requests for documents related to the government's anti-drug campaign by various local bodies were mostly rejected and the reasons cited – if their letters were even given a reply at all – all point towards protecting national security.

Kim Jong Un and Seoul envoys discuss possible inter-Korean summit

Kim's discussions with the South Koreans lasted more than 4 hours, and included dinner at the North's ruling Workers Party headquarters in Pyongyang, according to the Blue House.

Uncertain future for 'Dreamer' immigrants as deadline passes

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shields nearly 700,000 of the so-called Dreamers from deportation was supposed to expire on March 5 – 6 months after Trump announced he was ending it.

Smartphones are ruining social interactions – study

Researchers from the University of British Columbia have found people who used their devices while out for a meal with friends or family enjoyed themselves less than those who didn’t.

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