#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 13, 2018

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government shares with Rappler the 8 rules that the national government is considering for locals, foreigners, tourists, and even journalists during the 6-month closure of the island that starts April 26.

Rappler also runs an exclusive inside story on how President Rodrigo Duterte arrived at the decision to order the shutdown of the world-famous tourist destination in the Visayas. It is a classic example of his distinct decision-making style: instinctive, abrupt, and with a penchant for the dramatic.

Here are the major stories you shouldn’t miss.

LIST: New Boracay rules during 6-month closure

DILG Assistant Secretary Densing III releases a rough list of rules that the government considers for residents, tourists, foreigners, and journalists

INSIDE STORY: How Duterte decided on Boracay closure

Rappler traces President Rodrigo Duterte's decision-making on Boracay, from the video presentation that started it up to the Cabinet meetings where a 6-month closure was finalized

Duterte apologizes to Hong Kong for 2010 hostage crisis

'Wala kasing apology coming from the mouth so ako na,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, alluding to his predecessor Benigno Aquino III

Duterte apologizes to Suu Kyi for 'genocide' remark

President Rodrigo Duterte also defends Aung San Suu Kyi from criticism over human rights abuses against the Rohingya

Xi Jinping makes surprise visit to fleet in South China Sea drill

Footage of Xi's visit on state broadcaster CCTV shows the president watching jets taking off from China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and joining sailors for a meal

Trump considers rejoining Pacific trade pact he once spurned

The decision could mark an abrupt about-face for a president who had campaigned against the deal and swiftly withdrew from it after taking office

Facebook partners with Rappler, Vera Files for fact-checking program

'Partnering with third-party fact-checking organizations is one of the ways we hope to better identify and reduce the reach of false news that people share on our platform,' says Clair Deevy, Facebook Director for Community Affairs for Asia Pacific

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