#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 1, 2017

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US President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JIM LO SCALZO










Hello Rappler readers,

We begin March with news that President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Peter Laviña, who used to be his campaign spokesman, as chief of the National Irrigation Administration. Duterte also signed the Paris climate deal, which he initially had misgivings about.

In the United States, President Donald Trump delivered his first speech before Congress.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Duterte fires NIA chief Peter Laviña

President Rodrigo Duterte sacked National Irrigation Administration (NIA) chief Peter Laviña for alleged corruption. But Laviña, in a Facebook post, said he decided to resign to spare the President from "embarrassing stories." Laviña, who had been Duterte's campaign spokesman, also denied that he asked money from NIA contractors.

Duterte signs Paris climate deal

President Rodrigo Duterte already signed the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The signed document will be sent to the Senate for concurrence, which is the last step in the ratification process.

Review of mining closures to take up to 3 months

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the technical review of the mining closures ordered by Environment Secretary Gina Lopez will take up to 3 months. Dominguez said a thorough assessment is needed to make sure there were no "lapses" in Lopez's order.

Ex-lawmaker Simeon Datumanong dies

Former Maguindanao 2nd District Representative Simeon Datumanong passed away on Tuesday, February 28, at the Philippine Heart Center. He will be laid to rest in Shariff Aguak.

Trump delivers 1st address to US Congress

US President Donald Trump, after a rocky first month in office, spoke before the US Congress for the first time. Watch the full video of Trump's speech plus read the full text here.

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