#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 20, 2018

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

NIGHT NO MORE. PNP bans Oplan Tokhang from being conducted at night. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Noting that around 12,000 people have been killed in the Philippines since the start of President Rodrigo Duterte's term, the European Union Parliament has passed a resolution "[calling on] the government of the Philippines to put an immediate end to the extrajudicial killings in the pretext of a 'war on drugs.’"

The Philippine foreign affairs secretary – Duterte's losing running mate in the 2016 elections – slams what he calls an "interference in the affairs of a sovereign state."

Meanwhile, inflation hits its highest quarterly average in 4 years, partly attributed to the effects of the Duterte administration's new tax reform law that has seen the prices of basic commodities rising.

Here are the major stories and analyses you shouldn't miss.

EU Parliament calls for end to EJKs in Philippines

The European Parliament adopts on Thursday evening, April 19 (Manila time), a resolution calling on the Philippines to end extrajudicial killings in its anti-drug campaign, release detained Senator Leila de Lima, and drop human rights defenders from its list of terrorists.

The Party of European Socialists said European lawmakers passed this resolution "by a large majority."

Philippine inflation rate averages 3.8% for Q1 2018

Inflation hits its highest quarterly average since 2014 as the tax reform law, higher oil prices, a weaker peso, and the tightening of US monetary policy take their toll.

A Nielsen study also shows consumers have been drinking less sugary drinks and even taking items out of their grocery baskets, as prices rose with the implementation of the tax reform law.

Grace Poe leads in Pulse Asia poll on 2019 senatorial race

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, ex-top cop Ronald dela Rosa, and Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos are among the probable winners in the senatorial race, if elections were held during the March 23 to 28 polling period.

3 ex-US Army soldiers convicted in murder of Filipina – reports

"This horrifying real-life murder-for-hire case included details usually seen in action movies," US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman says in a statement about the murder of Catherine Lee

[OPINION] The alarming depletion of NFA rice under Duterte’s watch

Now we’ve run out of subsidized rice – the first time this has happened since NFA’s creation in 1972, or in nearly 50 years. Economist JC Punongbayan gives us the numbers to tell us how it happened.

US school shootings rise rapidly in two decades – study

"In less than 18 years, we have already seen more deaths related to school shootings than in the whole 20th century," says lead author Antonis Katsiyannis of Clemson University.

Perks of Sangguniang Kabataan officials

Today is the last day for the filing of certificates of candidacies for the May 2018 youth and village council elections. Aside from knowing what qualifications your candidates should possess to govern your barangay and youth affairs, be aware of what perks they will enjoy – which may partly or wholly determine why they want to get those positions.

Members of the Sangguniang Kabataan, for example, are entitled to free tuition in public tertiary schools, among other privileges given by the law. The barangay officials have more perks to enjoy.

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