#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 24, 2017

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The Philippines is sending a signal to China after a Chinese survey ship was reported to be in the vicinity of Benham Rise late last year: Stay away. The BRP Alcaraz was sent by the Philippine Navy to the area to keep watch and do patrols.

At about the same time, a United Nations expert on extrajudicial killings took to Twitter to tell the Philippine government it should stop the killings rather than take the media to task.

As his birthday approaches, President Rodrigo Duterte asks for added strength to cope with the demands of governance and the presidency. He is the oldest president to be elected to office.

Meanwhile, if you're a video gamer, check out the added features of Facebook Live if you have the time. You can now stream video from a webpage and broadcast video game play sessions. Check it out!

Be up to speed with the news. Here's what you shouldn't miss.

PH Navy sends warship to Benham Rise

Following reports of Chinese interest in Benham Rise, the Philippine Navy dispatched one of its most capable warships to the area. The BRP Alcaraz was sent to patrol the 13-million-hectare underwater plateau which has been declared part of the country’s extended continental shelf. The vessel is one of 3 hand-me-downs from the US Coast Guard.

UN expert: Stop EJKs

Rather than ask the media to tone down reports on extrajudicial killings (EJKs), Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo should instead ask government and the police to stop the extrajudicial killings, United Nations (UN) expert Agnes Callamard tweeted on March 22. Callamard is UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions connected with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

ISIS claims attack on British parliament

The deadly assault at the British parliament on March 23 was the handiwork of the Islamic State (ISIS) group. The terrorist group said it was responsible for the attack that left 3 people dead and sowed panic in the heart of London. Prime Minister Theresa May said the attacker was a British-born man known to intelligence services.

UN statement of Robredo not impeachable offense – Nene Pimentel

“Since when has appealing or reporting to the UN become an impeachable offense?” asked former Senate president and PDP-Laban founder Nene Pimentel. The impeachment threats have no solid basis, he said, referring to the video message of Robredo aired at a side event of the United Nations, criticizing the fatal war on drugs.

Ouster try suspects are Robredo, De Lima, Trillanes – Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte named 3 suspects in the alleged ouster plot against him: Vice President Leni Robredo, detained senator Leila de Lima, and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Nevertheless Duterte said impeachment complaints should not be filed at this stage because it’s “too early to be ousting people” after elections May last year. Earlier, an impeachment complaint was filed against Duterte by Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano, while a group of Duterte supporters calling themselves the “Impeach VP Leni Team” said they are now working on an impeachment complaint against her.

Duterte’s birthday wish? Strength

When he turns 72 on March 28, President Rodrigo Duterte has only one birthday wish: enough strength for required overtime work in the presidency. “Twenty-four hours is not really enough for the presidency, unless you want to sleep more than just about 4 hours,” Duterte said during a news conference upon arrival from Thailand. The added strength, he said, would help him “mitigate some of the rigors of governance”.

Enjoy more video, games on your computer via Facebook Live

Facebook users can now stream video directly from a webpage via a computer webcam and broadcast video game play sessions from their computers. Thanks to Facebook Live, which now has expanded capabilities.

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