#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 27, 2018
Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday
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He crossed the Military Demarcation Line over to the South side. Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s supreme leader, made the symbolic gesture after shaking hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday, to signal the start of their summit, where the North's atomic arsenal high on the agenda.
"I am happy to meet you," a smiling Moon told Kim before the visitor stepped over the concrete blocks, making him the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the Korean War ended in an armistice 65 years ago.
In Kuwait, the government has issued arrest warrants against 3 Philippine diplomats who conducted rescue operations for distressed overseas Filipino workers without coordinating with Kuwait authorities.
At home, President Rodrigo Duterte sees a 10-point drop in his net trust rating in the first quarter of 2018, with the decrease most notable in the national capital region.
Here are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.
"I came here determined to send a starting signal at the threshold of a new history," North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un tells South's President Moon Jae-in as the meeting begins, promising a "frank, serious and honest mindset." (IN PHOTOS: North Korea's Kim flooded with emotion as he enters South)
The Philippines confirms that aside from 3 diplomatic personnel facing arrest, 4 of the embassy's Filipino hires remain detained in Kuwait.
The First Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey (SWS) shows a 10-point drop in the net trust rating of President Rodrigo Duterte. The survey, held from March 23 to 27, showed a 10-point drop in net trust in Duterte – downgraded to a "very good" +65 from an "excellent" + 75 in December 2017.
The SWS said that 76% of Filipinos have much trust in the President, 10% have little trust in him, while 14% are undecided, for a net rating of +65.
Interior Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III says that at least 10 local government officials are responsible for the neglect of the island, located in the municipality of Malay.
"The dynamism of the media [in the Philippines] has also been checked by the emergence of a leader who wants to show he is all powerful," says media watchdog Reporters Without Borders.
The board of the National Economic and Development Authority, led by President Rodrigo Duterte, gives the go signal for the Bulacan International Airport and other projects.
Actor Bill Cosby sits emotionless in the packed courtroom in Norristown as the verdict is read out to stifled sobs in the gallery. Cosby's attorney vows to appeal.