#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 4, 2018

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the ceremonial distribution of the Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries at the Sultan Kudarat Sports and Cultural Center in the Municipality of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on April 2, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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President Rodrigo Duterte himself will meet with big rice traders amid the NFA rice shortage. Malacañang said the meeting will take place on Thursday, April 5.

Meanwhile, in response to Duterte's remarks on peace talks, Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison said they're also willing to resume negotiations.

In business news, Uber drivers continue their move to Grab even as the Philippine Competition Commission launched a review of the deal between the ride-sharing firms. Spotify also soared in its much-awaited stock debut.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Duterte to meet big rice traders

Amid the shortage of NFA rice, President Rodrigo Duterte himself will meet with big rice traders. Malacañang is requesting rice traders to help "rather than take advantage of the situation to make money at the expense of the consuming public."

Joma Sison: We're ready to resume peace talks

Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison said they're ready to resume peace talks with the government. Sison made this statement in response to President Rodrigo Duterte, who earlier expressed openness to reviving the negotiations.

Año: No-tattoo rule protects cops' image

Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año maintained it's best for uniformed personnel not to have tattoos. A lawmaker earlier urged the police and the military to scrap a rule that prohibits tattoos.

Suspect dead, 3 hurt in YouTube shooting

Gunfire erupted at YouTube's offices in California, leaving 3 people wounded. The suspected shooter – a woman – apparently committed suicide.

Uber drivers' transition to Grab pushes through

Uber drivers continue their transition to Grab amid the review being conducted by the Philippine Competition Commission. Grab also said it will "prepare the necessary documents and share information required" by the PCC.

Spotify soars in $26-billion stock debut

Spotify made its much-awaited stock debut, one of the largest public offerings ever in the tech sector. It opened on the New York Stock Exchange at $165.90 a share, giving it a value of $29.5 billion.

LIST: Proposed NAIA terminal reassignments for airlines

There are new terminal assignments being planned for airlines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which could take effect by September this year.

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