#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 31, 2017

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for a photo prior to a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on October 30, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO










Hello Rappler readers,

The probe into Russia's alleged manipulation of the 2016 US election just deepened, as President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was placed under house arrest.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, is still on an official visit to Japan.

In Manila, the Catholic Church is preparing for an EDSA procession on Sunday, November 5, to condemn drug war killings.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Ex-Trump aides charged in Russia probe

Three aides to US President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, including former chairman Paul Manafort, were charged over Russia's alleged interference in the polls. Manafort pleaded not guilty and was placed under house arrest.

Duterte hails 'golden age' of PH-Japan ties

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hailed what he called the "golden age" of the country's partnership with Japan. During the President's official visit to Tokyo, 20 Japanese companies signed letters of intent to invest in the Philippines.

La Salle backs EDSA procession vs killings

De La Salle Philippines expressed support for the Mass and procession against drug war killings to be held along EDSA on Sunday, November 5. "We act in solidarity with other Filipinos in fight for dignity of human life and democracy," said De La Salle Philippines president Brother Armin Luistro.

Grab allows 'No ID, No Entry' policy

Ride-hailing service Grab announced that its drivers can now request IDs from passengers to verify their identities. This is in response to the death of driver Gerardo Maquidato Jr, who was killed by criminals pretending to be legitimate passengers.

'No work, no pay' on October 31, November 1

The Department of Labor and Employment said "no work, no pay" wage rules cover October 31 and November 1, which are special non-working days in the country. If an employee is on duty, he or she should be given an additional 30% of his or her daily rate on a standard 8-hour schedule.

Netflix cancels 'House of Cards'

The next season of Netflix's award-winning House of Cards will be the last, amid sexual misconduct allegations against its star, Kevin Spacey. But a source told Agence France-Presse that the decision is unrelated to the Spacey controversy.

Samsung posts record $10-B profit in Q3

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics hit a record profit of 11.2 trillion won – $10 billion – in the July to September period. This is despite the company facing the jailing of its de facto leader for bribery and a recall of its flagship device.

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