#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 27, 2018

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An Indian boy plays in the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi on March 22, 2018.
World Water Day is observed on March 22 and focuses on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA

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With a vote of 7-2, the Supreme Court (SC) en banc has sided with the Philippine Airlines (PAL) in its 20-year-old retrenchment row with the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP). One of the two dissenters in the decision, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, said the vote "erodes the reliability and credibility of this Court."

Malacañang, meanwhile, announced half-day work for government offices under the executive and classes in all public schools on Holy Wednesday, March 28.

In other news, there are speculations that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was in Beijing for a surprise visit. If confirmed, it would mark his first overseas trip since coming to power in 2011.

Here are today's top stories.

SC votes after 20 years: PAL wins in retrenchment case vs FASAP

The SC en banc affirmed a 2006 Court of Appeals decision that said PAL doesn't have to consult FASAP for its criteria for its retrenchment program.

#WalangPasok: Half-day in gov't offices, public schools on Wednesday, March 28

Malacañang said this would allow government workers to prepare for the observance of Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

Tropical Storm Caloy not going to make landfall in PH

Caloy (Jelawat), which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Holy Tuesday, will likely spare the country from rain since it won't approach land.

Duterte eyes dividing Bangsamoro entity

President Rodrigo Duterte wonders if the Bangsamoro entity should be further divided into regions representing tribes. He wants the issue resolved this year, by the time Congress passes the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Speculation rife over surprise Kim Jong-Un visit to Beijing

A possible visit was first reported by Japan's Kyodo news agency, citing unidentified sources as saying that a high-ranking North Korean official had arrived in the Chinese capital on Monday afternoon, March 26.

Trump 'strongly' denies Stormy Daniels affair

In its first response to a primetime interview watched by more than 21 million Americans, the White House questioned Daniels' credibility and challenged her to present proof.

Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

According to scientists, land decay caused by unsustainable farming, mining, pollution, and city expansion is already undermining the well-being of some 3.2 billion people or 40% of the global population.

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