#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 9, 2018

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

ALL EYES ON THE CHIEF. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faces another tough challenge in impeachment proceedings as her fellow justices force her to take an indefinite leave.










Good morning, Rappler readers!

After months of hearing an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno – with a few of her fellow Supreme Court justices testifying against her – the House committee on justice votes that it has found probable cause to recommend her impeachment. The committee report will be subject to a vote by the plenary after the Holy Week break.

Overseas, United States President Donald Trump announces he has agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in May to discuss the rogue country’s denuclearization.

On the business front, car service Uber is selling parts of its Southeast Asia operations to its Singapore-based rival Grab, according to US media reports.

Here are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.

House panel votes: Impeach Sereno

After months of deliberations, the House justice committee votes 38-2 that there's probable cause to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The two dissenters were Quezon City 6th District Representative Jose Christopher "Kit" Belmonte and Dinagat Representative Arlene "Kaka" Bag-ao.

PH seeks terrorist tag for Joma Sison, 648 others

The Department of Justice has drawn up a list of 461 names and 188 aliases that the government sought to declare as "terrorists" under the Human Security Act, according to a petition filed in a local court.

The list includes alleged leaders and members of groups behind Asia's longest running communist insurgency, the Communist Party of the Philippines, and its armed wing, the New People's Army.

The long list includes exiled CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison and United Nations rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who issued a statement to denounce it.

DOJ indicts 10 fratmen for hazing in Atio Castillo slay

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is pursuing hazing charges against 10 Aegis Juris fraternity members over the death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) freshman law student Horacio "Atio" Castillo III.

The 10 fratmen were the people who carried out the spatula or padding round, which proved to be fatal, according to a witness.

The maximum penalty for violation of the anti-hazing law is life imprisonment. No bail was recommended for the 10 fratmen.

The DOJ drops all charges against UST law dean Nilo Divina.

BIR files tax evasion complaint vs Rappler Holdings

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed a P133-million tax evasion complaint against Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC).

The complaint, filed with the Department of Justice, alleges that RHC, together with its president Maria Ressa and treasurer James Bitanga, wilfully attempted to evade tax payments, as well as failed to provide accurate information in its income tax and value-added tax returns for 2015.

Ressa called the complaint "ludicrous," and urged the BIR to "check its own records." Rappler has been paying its taxes accurately, promptly, and diligently, with no less than the BIR commending Rappler Incorporated as one of Revenue Region 7's top 500 corporate taxpayers.

Trump and Kim to hold historic meeting

United States President Donald Trump has agreed to a historic first meeting with Kim Jong-Un in a stunning development in America's high-stakes nuclear standoff with North Korea.

"Meeting being planned!" Trump tweeted. "Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time."

"Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached.”

Uber selling Southeast Asia operations to Grab – report

Uber is selling parts of its Southeast Asia operations to local rival Grab, getting a piece of the action in the process, according to US media reports.

The size of the stake could be around 20% or more than 30%, according to the reports, which cited unnamed sources.

The US ride share titan faces fierce competition in Asia, not only from Singapore-based Grab but from Ola in India, and Chinese rival Didi Chuxing.

Falsehoods 70% more likely to be retweeted than the truth – study

False information on the internet travels faster than the truth, researchers say, But contrary to popular belief, it is largely people who spread the misinformation, not robots.

The report in the journal Science is the largest of its kind to date, and studied some 126,000 cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017.

These contested news stories were tweeted by 3 million people over 4.5 million times.

"Falsehoods were 70% more likely to be retweeted than the truth," said the report, led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.

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