#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 18, 2018

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa prior to his series of engagements at the Malacañan Palace on April 17, 2018. Also in the photo is Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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The United States gave an assurance that the Philippines would have full control of military facilities to be built under the two countries' Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

The Philippine National Police (PNP), meanwhile, is investigating the Special Action Force (SAF) allowances controversy – and the return of millions of pesos won't stop the probe, according to outgoing PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa.

There's also confusion over whether or not the planned casino in Boracay has been scrapped. A Department of Tourism official and the local company behind the project contradicted each other.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

US: PH to have full control of EDCA facilities

US Ambassador Sung Kim said the Philippines would have full control of facilities to be built under the EDCA. Work has begun on the first EDCA site at the Basa Air Base in Pampanga.

Returning money won't stop probes into SAF

The PNP launched its own probe into the SAF allowances controversy. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa said returning the money won't mean an end to the investigation.

Is Boracay casino scrapped or not?

Contrary to the statement of the Department of Tourism, Leisure & Resorts World Corporation said it hasn't abandoned its plan to build a Boracay casino with China's Galaxy Entertainment.

Boracay workers need to get IDs

People who will be working in Boracay during the looming 6-month shutdown need to get IDs to be able to enter the world-famous island. There will only be two entry and exit points.

DOLE Usec Dominador Say resigns

Labor Undersecretary for Employment and Policy Support Dominador Say stepped down amid the ongoing talks to end contractualization.

Ex-US first lady Barbara Bush dies

Former US first lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92. US President Donald Trump hailed her as an "advocate of the American family."

Palaro 2018: Cagayan Valley champ aims to break own record

Algin Gomez of Aparri, Cagayan Valley wants to highlight his Palarong Pambansa 2018 campaign with two gold medals, and new personal records. Check out Rappler's full coverage of this year's Palaro here.

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