#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 10, 2018

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Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno speaks a forum during 'Laban ng Kababaihan, Laban ng Bayan', at St. Scholastica College in Manila for celebration of International Women's day on March 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler










Hello, Rappler readers!

For the first time in Philippine history, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will face the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, April 10, to personally defend herself and convince her rivals not to remove her from her position.

President Rodrigo Duterte claimed he knew nothing about plans of a Chinese company to build a casino-resort in Boracay, but Malacañang photos show he met with officials of the company only 4 months ago. Filipino officials present at the meeting also said the casino was discussed.

Meanwhile, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has ordered all federal government departments to re-evaluate bilateral cooperation with the United States – a review that Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said was a direct response to recent tension over Donald Trump's decision to deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border.

Here are today's top stories.

Sereno faces probing colleagues in a historic first

The SC stands to decide on a quo warranto petition to remove Sereno from office, a procedure that she said was unconstitutional, and something that Duterte must explain.

FACT CHECK: Clueless about Boracay casino? Duterte discussed it with owners

Duterte held a meeting with Lui Che-woo, chairman of Galaxy Entertainment – a Macau-based casino company – on December 6, 2017 in the Palace.

Filipino couple amasses at least P900M in alleged Bitcoin scam

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said the couple has scammed more than 50 unknowing investors, amassing wealth worth P900 million in "raw capital."

Guevarra: DOJ should be 'cornerstone' of PH justice system

New Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra takes over a justice department still reeling from back-to-back controversies under his predecessor, Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Mexico reviews cooperation with U.S. over 'blatant' tension

Videgaray said the areas under review would include the vital issues of trade and security, among them the two countries' extensive cooperation to fight international drug trafficking.

FBI raids offices of Trump's personal lawyer

Agents seized files relating to Michael Cohen's work, which included making a $130,000 payment before the 2016 election to an adult film actress who says she had a tryst with the Trump a decade earlier.

Zuckerberg acknowledges they 'didn't do enough' in written testimony

In prepared remarks released by a congressional panel, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg admitted he was too idealistic and failed to grasp how the platform – used by two billion people – could be abused and manipulated.

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