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

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CLOSURE. Workers work on the drainage system in the business centre in Malay town on Boracay island, Aklan province on April 6, 2018, ahead of the closure order on the island. AFP Photo










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As the Philippines commemorates Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor), President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, April 9, called on Filipinos to "defend the honor of our motherland" as the freedoms that their heroes fought for "are once again imperiled."

U.S. takes aim at Russia while other world leaders, including Pope Francis, condemn alleged Syria chemical attacks

Meanwhile, we continue to monitor government preparations in the aftermath of the President's order to close Boracay island.

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Zuckerberg to face angry lawmakers as Facebook firestorm rages

The 33-year-old chief executive is expected to face a grilling before a Senate panel on Tuesday, April 10, and follow up with an appearance in the House of Representatives the following day

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Kahibangan ang pagsasara ng Boracay

Paano sasaluhin ng gobyerno ang mahihirap at informal workers na tatamaan ng pagsasara ng Boracay?

Pope Francis condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria

'There is not a good war and a bad one, and nothing, nothing can justify the use of such devices of extermination against defenceless people and populations,' Pope Francis says

Duterte on Araw ng Kagitingan: PH freedoms 'imperiled'

'Forces who wish to see a weak and submissive Philippines continue in their unbridled disrespect for the institutions and laws that embody our aspirations as a people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on the 76th Day of Valor

[OPINION] ‘Missing’ audit logs, wet ballots, and other Marcos lies

This is not just about the vice presidency. Every lie, fact-twisting, and misinformation systematically and relentlessly sowed by the Marcos camp is corrosive to the people’s faith in our electoral process.

Tech sector frets as U.S.-China trade tensions simmer

Some industry leaders fear the technology sector would be dragged into the dispute between the United States and China

WATCH: New 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' trailer is out

Are you looking forward to this summer movie?

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