#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 27, 2017

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The Palace, which previously rescinded an invitation to Vice-President Leni Robredo and asked her to stay away from cabinet meetings, confirmed on Saturday that President Rodrigo Duterte has indeed invited her and her family to dinner.

Should she accept? Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Duterte's arch-critic, warns against it. 'It is a trap to disarm and politically neutralize her at this time that Duterte is facing the biggest political storm yet of his term as president,' Trillanes says.

This week's #AnimatED advises the Vice President to fasten her seatbelt, and take President Duterte’s call for his allies to stop the impeachment move against her with a grain of salt.

Now that Senator Leila de Lima is in jail, Robredo is next in line. She is the new problem. And she needs to show grit every step of the way – not for her sake but for Filipinos who deserve no less from their vice president.

London Attack: UK investigators target WhatsApp encryption

Should security forces be given access to encrypted messaging applications such as WhatsApp? This became an issue as it is revealed that the service was used by the man behind the parliament attack moments before the assault. Home Secretary Amber Rudd told Sky News it was "completely unacceptable" that police and security services had not been able to crack the heavily encrypted service. WhatsApp said it was working with British authorities investigating the Westminster attack, but did not specify whether it would change its policy on encrypted messaging.

Trump to roll back Obama's Clean Power Plan

What climate activists once feared will happen is expected to happen very soon. On Tuesday, March 28, US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will undo his predecessor Barack Obama's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fueled power plants, according to the new environmental chief. The reason given: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said rolling back Obama's 2015 Clean Power Plan would bring back coal jobs.

Cyclone Debbie threatens Australia

Thousands of people including tourists were being evacuated Monday, March 27, as northern Australia braced for a powerful cyclone packing destructive winds with warnings of major structural damage and surging tides. Currently a category 3 cyclone on a scale of 5, Cyclone Debbie is expected to build to a 4 by the time it crosses land somewhere between Townsville and Proserpine. Expect wind gusts of up 280 kmh near the center, according to the meteorology bureau.

South Korea Power scandal: prosecutors to seek arrest of ex-president Park

Prosecutors in South Korea will seek an arrest warrant for ousted president Park Geun-Hye, days after questioning her over the corruption and abuse of power scandal that brought her down. The former president, whose removal from office was confirmed by the country's top court earlier this month, is accused of multiple offenses including bribery, leaking government information, and abuse of power in the scandal.

The new De Lima

Senator Antonio Trillanes warns Vice-President Leni Robredo that the dinner invitation extended to her and her family by President Duterte is a trap. Our #AnimatED says she needs to buckle-up and take the president's call for his allies to stop the impeachment move against her with a grain of salt.

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It' not just about free public wifi. The national broadband plan covers key issues that affect the country’s current issues on Internet connectivity. Here's what you need to know.

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