#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 12, 2017

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

President Rodrigo Duterte is given a tour by His Royal Majesty King Salman Bin Abdulazziz Al Saud, Custodian of Two Holy Mosques at His Majesty’s private residence in Rawdhat Khuraim on April 11, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL/Presidential Photo










Hello Rappler readers,

Residents of several provinces in Mindanao were jolted early Wednesday, morning, April 12, by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake. No casualties have been reported, but some houses have been damaged.

Meanwhile, the Philippine military just confirmed that Abu Sayyaf subleader and spokesman Muaamar Askali was among those killed in the clashes in Inabanga, Bohol.

We're also continuing our coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte's 3-country Middle East tour. The Philippine leader has already met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Abu Sayyaf subleader killed in Bohol clashes

Muaamar Askali aka Abu Rami, subleader and spokesman of the Abu Sayyaf, was among those killed in the clashes in Bohol. Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez said Askali's death is a big blow to the local terror group.

Strong earthquake rocks Mindanao

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolted Mindanao early Wednesday morning, April 12. It was centered near Kalilangan, Bukidnon, where Intensity VII was recorded. The Lanao del Sur provincial government also said there's been damage to property and power outages.

SC orders payment for Marcos-Robredo case to proceed

The Supreme Court ordered a cash payment so the election case of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo can proceed. Marcos will have to pay P66.02 million, while Vice President Leni Robredo will have to settle P15.43 million. But Marcos' lawyer said they will question the amount since it's based on the number of established precincts, instead of clustered precincts.

Duterte meets Saudi King Salman

President Rodrigo Duterte, who is on a state visit to Saudi Arabia, met with King Salman in Riyadh. The Saudi Press Agency said Duterte and King Salman witnessed the signing of several agreements, including one on "recruiting public laborers."

United Airlines finally apologizes

After sparking outrage for dragging a passenger off an overbooked plane, United Airlines has finally apologized. "I want you to know that we take full responsibility and we will work to make it right," said CEO Oscar Munoz, in stark contrast to United's initial response.

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