Hello, Rappler readers!
For America – and the world – the reality of Donald Trump as the next leader of the free world has started to sink in. Breakdown of poll numbers reveal that almost half of eligible voters didn’t participate in the polls, and that it is the white females and the wealthy who got the real estate magnate-turned-reality-TV-star elected in an exercise that could have put the first woman president in the White House. Protests have spread across the United States, even online, as numbers show Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won in the popular vote, but the Electoral College delivered the votes to Trump. Sectors and interest groups begin to assess the prospects of their campaigns and advocacies under a Trump presidency: there’s the climate, business, defense, even sports. What does Trump’s presidency even mean to Filipinos in the US – the Fili-Am democrats, especially – to investments in the Philippines, and to the country’s relationship with its oldest ally?
Meanwhile, here are the other big stories you shouldn't miss:
Filipinos in Sabah to be repatriated gradually
President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak have agreed to have the thousands of Filipinos – mostly Tausugs from Mindanao – “sent back to their home in stages.” The two leaders also discussed the possibility of a Philippine consular office in Sabah, a territory being claimed by the Philippines, though the claim itself is not taken up during their bilateral meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
Duterte sides with cops in mayor’s killing
President Rodrigo Duterte said he believed in the account of Eastern Visayas policemen that Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr of Albuera, Leyte, and a fellow inmate were killed recently in a shootout with the authorities. “I believe the police’s version of the story. Until it is proven otherwise,” he said. Why is he siding with the police in operations like this? President Duterte says: “Kasi utos ko ito (Because this is my order). This war against drugs is mine. Nobody else ordered it.”
Preps for Marcos’ burial begin, but petitioners say not too fast
Construction workers have returned to the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City to finish the gravesite of former president Ferdinand Marcos, according to the Army, but petitioners who opposed the hero’s burial for the dictator want that to be on hold yet again. They said they have yet to receive a full copy of the Supreme Court decision that gave the preparations the go signal, thus they are prevented from filing their motion for reconsideration. They are requesting the SC to issue yet another status quo ante order.
Two presidents meet: Obama hosts Trump at the White House
Barack Obama and Donald Trump on November 10, put past animosity aside during a 90-minute White House meeting designed to quell fears about the health of the world's pre-eminent democracy. The outgoing Democratic president and his successor huddled one-on-one in the Oval Office, for what Obama characterized as an “excellent conversation” and then put on a remarkably civil joint public appearance. “It is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face,” Obama said.
What is the world doing to its children?
Sixty percent of the 5.9 million children under 5 who died in 2015 were in just 10 countries in Africa and Asia, an evaluation of global infant health revealed. Pneumonia was the leading killer in 5 of them, all in Africa: Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. In Bangladesh, Indonesia, India and Pakistan, the main cause of death was preterm birth complications – also the global leader – while in China birth defects claimed most of the children who never made their 5th birthday.Meanwhile, in China, government census shows a total of 9.02 million children are “left behind” to the care of grandparents (nearly 90%), other relatives (3%), or are entirely alone (4%).
NTC to auction off San Miguel’s surrendered frequencies
The National Telecommunications Commissionwill auction off the surrendered spectrum frequencies from San Miguel Corporation in the middle of 2017, in a bid to lure a 3rd major player into the country's telecommunications sector. NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said the agency is in talks with the Department of Information and Communications Technologyregarding the planned auction of the bundled 700 megahertz (MHz), 2500-2700 MHz, 800 MHz, and 3400-3500 MHz, which were returned by PLDT Incorporated and Globe Telecom Incorporated when they bought San Miguel's telco assets last May.
Viber now allows businesses to engage clients in ‘personal’ way
Viber has launched “Public Accounts,” which will allow businesses, brands, and public figures to engage with the messaging app’s more than 800 million registered users worldwide in a way that is “personal, intuitive, and seamless.” In the Philippines, Viber has 26 million registered users. “Public Accounts” is available worldwide, with partners like The Huffington Post, Yandex, and The Weather Channel which will introduce their solutions soon, Viber said.