#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 12, 2018

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WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) sought to quell the suspicion of the Supreme Court (SC) that drug campaign deaths may have been carried out by the government itself. Despite allegations of irregularities that hound them, the PNP insisted: "The presumption of regularity remains with the law enforcers and unless proven otherwise in the court of law." The High Court's suspicion arose from the Duterte administration's listing of deaths in anti-drug operations as "accomplishments" in their 2017 yearend report.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping have given the "go signal" for their countries to craft a framework for joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea. The West Philippine Sea is the part of the South China Sea that belongs to the Philippines but is claimed by China.

Meanwhile, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) gave the order to lower Grab fares during peak hours, telling the ride-hailing service to lower its surge pricing cap during peak hours from 2.0 to only 1.5 times the normal fare.

All this and more are on today's wRap.

PNP to SC: Presumption of regularity is on our side

'The presumption of regularity remains with the law enforcers and unless proven otherwise in the court of law,' says the PNP in a statement relating to alleged extrajudicial killings

Duterte, Xi give 'go signal' to craft joint exploration framework

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano is bent on fast-tracking the proposed joint exploration between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea

Aquino 'ready' to face more complaints amid Gordon Dengvaxia report

(UPDATED) '[He] has always demonstrated his readiness to answer questions about his decisions as president,' says the camp of former president Benigno Aquino III

LTFRB lowers Grab surge pricing cap amid illegal fare allegation

Effective immediately, the 1.5x surge pricing cap applies to all ride-hailing services offered by Grab

Quo warranto vs Sereno impairs integrity of SC – Justice Caguioa

Caguioa says ousting Sereno via a quo warranto will pave the way for future solicitors general to remove sitting justices on the basis of any 'integrity issue' they could find

Philippines in 'golden age' of growth – ADB

The Asian Development Bank projects the Philippine economy to grow by 6.8% in 2018 and 6.9% in 2019

Facebook CEO's personal data part of Cambridge Analytica leak

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo asks, 'Was your data included in the data sold to malicious third parties? Your personal data?' Mark Zuckerberg says, 'Yes.'

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