Dear Rappler readers,
On Thursday, April 26, the Philippine government shut down the island of Boracay, a globally-renowned tourist hotspot, for at least 6 months. Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s orders just 3 weeks before, the government says the shutdown is necessary. Critics, local residents and business owners say the move is sudden, haphazard, and ill-planned.
On the same day, the Supreme Court (SC) released the results of the 2017 Bar Examinations, which recorded a passing rate of 25.55%. Every year, hopeful barristers and their loved ones await the results at the SC’s courtyard – making it an emotional affair filled with stories of triumphs and failures.
Rappler talked to new leaders in the Philippine National Police (PNP) – police chief Oscar Albayalde and Metro Manila’s top policeman Camilo Cascolan. The two talked about their plans and answered raging issues being faced by the police force.
What happens when two historians come together? History professor Leloy Claudio and the University of the Philippines’ first history summa cum laude Chiqui Agoncillo talked about how history could heal a nation.
In the United Kingdom, Prince William and wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed their third child – Prince Louis. The newborn is 5th in line to the throne.
And in the Korean peninsula, a historic meeting between the North’s Kim Jong-un and the South’s Moon Jae-in officially ended the war between the two and signaled the reunification of Korea.
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This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte ‘verbally’ ordered the island’s closure, saying Boracay has become a ‘cesspool’
Parents wait under the heat at the Supreme Court to deliver the good news to their children
Watch Rappler’s one-on-one interview with Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday, April 24
Watch Rappler’s one-on-one interview with National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Camilo Cascolan on Wednesday, April 25
Leloy Claudio chats with Chiqui Agoncillo, the first female summa cum laude from the University of the Philippines History Department on history’s role in nation building, careers, and spotting bias
The boy, weighing 8 pounds and 7 ounces, was born at 11:01 am with William, the Duke of Cambridge, present for the birth, Kensington Palace announces
(5th UPDATE) Moon Jae-in’s spokesman Yoon Young-chan says the two leaders had a ‘sincere and frank dialogue over the denuclearization of, and the establishment of permanent peace on the Korean peninsula’
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