Today on Rappler.
- A new survey shows President Aquino gets the approval of 7 out of 10 Filipinos but loses the confidence of the upper and middle classes.
- Manny Pacquiao avenges his loss to Timothy Bradley and regains the WBO welterweight title.
- Are journalists accomplices or heroes? Will The Guardian or Washington Post win the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the spying expose of Edward Snowden?
Story 1: DISCONTENT WITH AQUINO AMONG THE WELL-OFF – SWS
A new survey shows 7 out of 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the performance of President Benigno Aquino, but his approval ratings drop among the upper and middle classes.
The Social Weather Stations or SWS survey says 66% are satisfied with Aquino’s performance, while 21% say they are dissatisfied
for a net rating of +45 or “good.”
Aquino’s March net satisfaction rating is 4 points lower than in December 2013, when he scored a +49.
The most significant drop in his approval rating was among Class ABC.
In March 2014, Aquino gets a “good” +39 rating, down 29 points compared to his “very good” +68 rating in December 2013.
The survey results also show Aquino gets higher approval ratings in rural areas than in urban areas,
although the latest net figures were lower compared to December last year.
Story 2: PAC IS BACK, REGAINS WBO TITLE FROM BRADLEY
Manny Pacquiao regains the WBO welterweight title by unanimous decision in a convincing win over boxer Timothy Bradley.
Pacquiao brings back his old form, attacking Bradley aggressively.
He hands the American boxer his first ever defeat.
Two judges scored the fight 116-112, while the third scored it 118-110, redeeming Pacquiao after his lackluster performance in their first match June 2012.
Pacquiao did not end his five-year knockout drought, but his performance showed his killer instinct is back.
Bradley came in with an offensive approach, landing a straight right hand stunning Pacquiao.
But his aggression left him vulnerable to Pacquiao’s straight punch.
MANNY PACQUIAO, WBO WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Tonight the fight is good…My opponent is trying to knock me out, I’m trying to knock him out also but there were a couple of times that he hit me also a good right hook and left hook but… I also managed to land punches.
Bradley was gracious in defeat.
He says –quote– “Pacquiao was a better man tonight he showed what he’s made of.
The reason why I love Pacquiao so much is he never ducks an opponent, he’s always willing to face the best.
The victory re-ignites calls for Pacquiao to face Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiao says he’s ready anytime.
MANNY PACQUIAO, WBO WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Like what I said, the line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. If he wants to fight, the fight will be on.
Story 3: INCOMPLETE BANGSAMORO DRAFT LAW SENT TO AQUINO
The Bangsamoro Transition Commission submits a partial draft of the basic law to Malacanang.
The basic law provides the legal framework for the Bangsamoro political entity, which will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.
The law is based on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in March, which aims to end decades of armed conflict in the Southern Philippines.
Malacañang has 3 weeks to review the proposed law before Congress resumes session May 5.
Under the final peace pact, the Bangsamoro political entity enjoys greater political and fiscal powers than the ARMM.
Story 4: LAWMAKERS THREATEN TO BRING NEW PH, US MILITARY DEAL TO SC
Militant lawmakers threaten to go to the Supreme Court to block the new deal the Philippines is negotiating with the United States.
Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares says the Enhanced Defense Cooperation agreement will -quote- “bring back US military bases in the Philippines without a treaty, without rent, and without limits.”
The deal will allow increased presence of American troops in the Philippines and give them more access to Philippine military bases.
The Philippine panel says it’s ready to submit to Malacañang the draft of the deal after the 8th round of talks ended.
The panel also says the deal doesn’t need Senate ratification because it’s only an implementation of existing treaties with the US: the Mutual Defense Treaty and the Visiting Forces Agreement.
Talks for the Enhanced Defense Cooperation began in August 2012 upon the request of the Philippines, which is counting on US help to respond to the growing tension in the South China Sea.
Story 5: BLUEFIN-21 MINI-SUB TO DEPLOY IN MH370 SEARCH
The search for the missing Malaysian plane enters a new phase.
Joint Agency Coordination Center head Angus Houston says it will deploy the autonomous underwater vehicle Bluefin-21 to search for the black box and the plane’s wreckage.
Houston says the last signal from the plane’s black box was recorded 6 days ago in the southern Indian Ocean.
It’s been more than a month since the plane vanished with 239 people on board, and the black box batteries are operational for only about 30 days.
The US-made Bluefin-21 will now scour the seabed.
It can operate at a depth of up to 4,500 meters – roughly the depth of the ocean floor where the pings were detected.
Story 6: DAUGHTER OF FOOTBALL-MAD MH370 STEWARD GETS LIVERPOOL JERSEY
The daughter of the chief steward of MH 370 receives a gift from people who learned her father was a football fan.
Maria Elizabeth Nari gets a jersey signed by Liverpool players and manager in honor of her father Andrew.
She says 3 Malaysian Liverpool fans found a way to get the shirt signed after a recent game in England.
Nari says she will frame the red jersey, which bears her father’s name.
Although officials say the plane likely crashed in the Indian Ocean, Nari continues to hope her father’s still alive.
Her optimism captured the hearts of many Malaysians.
In March, Liverpool said it was “touched” by a tweet from Nari, appealing for her dad to “come home” to watch the club’s game on TV.
Despite a massive international search for the aircraft, nothing has been found.
Story 7: MORE MALAYSIANS DISTRUST GOVT ON MH370: SURVEY
A survey says more than half of Malaysians believe their government is hiding information about the missing flight MH 370.
The Malaysian Insider reports 54% of more than a thousand people surveyed say the government is not being transparent about the plane’s disappearance.
Only 26% say they believe the government is being truthful about the plane, while 20% were unsure.
The Malaysian government received international criticism for a chaotic response to MH370 and contradictory statements by its officials.
But Malaysian authorities insist they are not hiding anything.
Angry relatives of the Chinese passengers onboard the flight earlier accused Malaysia of covering up the truth.
Story 8: SOCIAL MEDIA POST OF THE DAY
For our social media post of the day:
A photo of three young girls from Oklahoma goes viral.
Taken by photographer Lora Scantling, little girls Rylie, Ainsley, and Rheann are all fighting cancer.
3 year-old Rylie just beat stage 5 kidney cancer; 4 year-old Ainsley is in remission from leukemia; and 6 year-old Rheann is still fighting brain cancer.
The cause is important to Scantling, whose own father is fighting lung cancer.
Story 9: THE wRap: YOUR WORLD IN ONE READ
At number 7, the United Nations warns 50,000 children could die in South Sudan because of famine, made worse by the ongoing conflict.
The African country experienced high levels of malnutrition since gaining independence in 2011.
Ethnic conflict continues between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and supporters of his former deputy Riek Machar.
The UNICEF estimates 3.7 million people in South Sudan are at risk of “food insecurity.”
At number 8, Pope Francis condemns the sexual abuse cases involving Catholic priests.
Vatican Radio reports the Pope says he feels -quote- “compelled… to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children.”
Francis adds, “It is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and the sanctions that must be imposed.”
CNN says this is the Pope’s strongest condemnation of sexual abuse cases involving Catholic priests.
And at number 9, Bloomberg reports the US National Security Agency or NSA knew about the Heartbleed bug, a security flaw in many websites, for at least two years.
Citing two people familiar with the issue, Bloomberg says that instead of alerting Americans, the agency used it to gather intelligence.
Last week, computer security specialists warned about the bug in online data-scrambling software.
Heartbleed lets attackers retrieve passwords and other information from the working memory on computer servers.
The NSA denies it had prior knowledge of Heartbleed.
Story 10: SNOWDEN THE ‘TRAITOR’ LOOMS OVER PULITZERS
Will America’s top journalism prize go to the newspapers that reported on intelligence leaker Edward Snowden?
In arguably the most influential story of the decade, The Guardian and The Washington Post exposed the spying activities of NSA.
The leaks embarrassed the US government and sparked debate on the merits and morality of mass surveillance.
Public opinion remains divided on whether Snowden is a hero for exposing the spying activities, or a traitor who needs to be prosecuted.
Media analysts predict tension between journalists and members of the Pulitzer jury.
The jury will announce the prize Monday afternoon in New York — Tuesday in Manila.
In January, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggested journalists reporting on the leaks acted as Snowden’s “accomplices.”
But media experts say there is no evidence that any of the reporting endangered national security.
Newscast Production Staff
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