Today on Rappler:
President Rodrigo Duterte skips the barangay elections, the first to be held under his administration. The usual election problems mar the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Two Chinese companies poised to win a P17.2-billion contract to rehabilitate Marawi City were once blacklisted by the World Bank over corrupt practices in the Philippines. A North Korean defector says Pyongyang will never completely give up its nuclear weapons. Singer Gary Valenciano is discharged from the hospital Sunday after undergoing heart surgery.