#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 28, 2018

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KIM'S FIRST TRIP ABROAD. This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) on March 28, 2018 shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands during their meeting in Beijing on March 27, 2018. AFP PHOTO / CCTV

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The Philippine National Police said beatings at the PNP Academy violate the anti-hazing law and shouldn't be tolerated. The PNP spokesman was shown a video of an alleged 2017 incident that was exclusively obtained by Rappler.

It's also President Rodrigo Duterte's 73rd birthday. Malacañang officials and Vice President Leni Robredo have given their birthday messages for the President.

Overseas, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un went on a secretive trip to Beijing, where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In sports news, the Philippine Azkals are off to the 2019 Asian Cup!

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

PNP: Academy beatings violate anti-hazing law

The Philippine National Police acknowledged that beatings at the PNP Academy are illegal. But the PNP also said it won't initiate a criminal probe into a beating that supposedly happened in 2017, adding that the Philippine Public Safety College should be the one to do so.

Malacañang officials' birthday wish for Duterte: Long, healthy life

It's President Rodrigo Duterte's 73rd birthday, and he's spending it at home in Davao City. Malacañang officials wished the President a long, healthy life.

Robredo wishes a 'successful administration' for Duterte

As for Vice President Leni Robredo, her birthday wish for President Rodrigo Duterte is success for his administration. Robredo said Filipinos would ultimately benefit if the government succeeds.

North Korea's Kim meets China's Xi

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un visited Beijing, his first foreign trip as leader. Kim also invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to go to Pyongyang, and Xi accepted.

PH privacy watchdog summons Grab

With Grab becoming the biggest ride-sharing platform in the Philippines after the exit of Uber, the National Privacy Commission wants to ensure that the company is properly protecting users' data.

MRT3 begins general maintenance

The Department of Transportation targets 15 working trains for the commuting public, up from the current 13, once maintenance work on the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 is completed this Holy Week.

Philippine Azkals clinch historic Asian Cup berth

Phil Younghusband's 50th international goal for the Philippines catapulted the Azkals to the 2019 UAE Asian Cup. The Philippines defeated Tajikistan, 2-1, in the qualifiers.

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