Headlines:

Duterte To End Political Career After Presidential Term (Tempo)

Intent on stepping down after his six-year term in 2022, President Duterte is not aspiring to become “a politician forever.” The President said he is unaware if he will survive the three years left in office but vowed anew not to stay beyond his term.

Nuclear Power Is Green Energy (NY Times)

As young people rightly demand real solutions to climate change, the question is not what to do — eliminate fossil fuels by 2050 — but how. Beyond decarbonizing today’s electric grid, we must use clean electricity to replace fossil fuels in transportation, industry and heating. We must provide for the fast-growing energy needs of poorer countries and extend the grid to a billion people who now lack electricity. And still more electricity will be needed to remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by midcentury.

Drug War: 1Q Drug Haul Totals 5.27B (Sunstar)

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) recovered more than P5 billion worth of shabu, or methamphetamine hydrochloride, in the first quarter of 2019. PDEA Director Aaron Aquino said a total of 776.06 kilos of shabu were seized during their operations from January to March 2019. Government estimates put the total drug haul at P5.27 billion.

2020: Democrats Want Their Own Brad Parscale (Politico)

President Donald Trump left many in Washington scratching their heads when he put his 2016 campaign’s digital chief in charge of his entire reelection effort. But now Democrats are embracing that strategy too.

Local News: Lacson slams US senators: We are not your colony (Inquirer): Senator Panfilo Lacson on Sunday slammed five American senators who filed a US resolution seeking the release of Senator Leila de Lima and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as he stressed that the Philippines was not a colony of the United States. Citing the Constitution, Lacson said the Philippines has its own judicial system which follows due process.

NCR police on full alert for Holy Week (Sunstar): STARTING on Palm Sunday, April 14, all police units in the Metro will go on full alert to ensure there would be enough officers on the streets to assist the people and beef up security operations as travel peaks for the Holy Week. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar said on Sunday, April 7, that a total of 11,600 policemen and several K-9 units will be deployed to secure airports, seaports, vital government and private installations as well as other places of convergence, including main highways and churches.

Coal-fired plants taking up slack from Mindanao hydropower during El Niño (Business World PH): Mindanao’s shift in recent years to more power generated by coal-fired plants is for now saving the southern Philippines from energy problems caused by the El Niño dry spell. “Mindanao’s current energy mix and supply status may be able to spare Mindanao from the effects of long dry spell to our power situation,” Romeo M. Montenegro, deputy executive director of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), told BusinessWorld on Wednesday.

Foreign News: China refuses to give up ‘developing country’ status at WTO, despite US demands (SCMP): Beijing calls the special and differential treatment a ‘fundamental right’, says it will not cede to Trump’s demands on World Trade Organisation reform. China says it will team with other developing members, including India, South Africa and Venezuela, to win the battle over future of WTO

South Africa Downgrades Diplomatic Ties With Israel (Sputnik News): The downgrade is reportedly connected with Pretoria’s dissatisfaction with the situation on the Israeli border with Gaza and alleged “violations of the rights of Palestinians” by Tel Aviv. The decision was originally made in December 2017 after the US recognised Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Hillary’s email server a ‘serious’ problem, 74% of Americans say in new poll (The Washington Times): Americans have not yet forgotten about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State almost a decade ago. She served in the role from 2009-13. A new poll finds that nearly three-fourths of Americans still deem that practice a “serious” practice according to new research. Six-out-of-10 also say the use of the server was illegal, says a wide-ranging Economist/You Gov poll released this week.

Sports:

How Kai Sotto’s resilience will help him chase the Filipino NBA dream (ABS CBN): The way people understand the road toward the Filipino NBA dream is rather simplistic. Playing in the country isn’t enough. Going abroad, and chasing better opportunities for training and competition are needed to complete this task. Perfection is expected out of these dreams whenever they are chased, and any sort of struggle would be deemed a failure.

Mondilla wins Philippines Open by two shots over Paez (Philstar):: Clyde Mondilla’s mortal thoughts of winning nearly cost him the biggest victory of his career. But he leaned on his big fighting heart to pull off a two-stroke triumph in the Solaire Philippine Open at The Country Club here yesterday. Mondilla wavered from a solid four-stroke lead and needed to produce two clutch shots to save a 75, foil American Nicolas Paez and clinch the win.

Tech: We Don’t Need Solar And Wind To Save The Climate — And It’s A Good Thing, Too (Forbes): For 30 years, experts have claimed that humankind needs to switch to solar and wind energy to address climate change. But do we really? Consider the fact that, while no nation has created a near-zero carbon electricity supply out of solar and wind, the only successful efforts to create near-zero carbon electricity supplies didn’t require solar or wind whatsoever.

Business: Delayed CTRP-2 causes investment uncertainty (Manila Bulletin): Finance Assistant Secretary Maria Teresa S. Habitan, said that the second tax reform program, once passed into law, would not discourage investors to invest in the country as it does not aim the elimination of tax incentives being provided by the national government. “Let us be clear: Government is not removing tax incentives,” Habitan said in her letter to the editor in response to the Manila Bulletin’s editorial cartoon published last March 21, 2019 entitled “Stop TRAIN 2 before it turns away more foreign investments.”

Crypto: Ripple Moves 85,299,895 XRP As Founder Chris Larsen Sends ‘Groundbreaking’ Crypto Transfer (Daily Hodl): Crypto whale watchers are following large movements of XRP from Ripple. In the last day, the company has moved 85,299,895 XRP worth more than $30 million across five separate transactions.

Entertainment: ‘World of Dance PH’ finals: Luka, Jenalyn wow with OPM number (ABS CBN): Indeed, it takes heart to become a Filipino. During the finals of “World of Dance” Philippines, Upper division champions Luka and Jenalyn pushed themselves to the limit with a show-stopping performance of “Akin Ka Na Lang” by Morissette Amon.

Hollywood: ‘Shazam!’ Review (Free Beacon): Sure, it’s a comic book origin story, hot on the heels of one comic book origin story released four weekends ago and just ahead of another comic book origin story coming next weekend. But Shazam! is fun and funny, anchored by a charismatic actor who brings some childlike joy to a genre that seems unlikely to wear out its welcome anytime soon.

Youtube:

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Food: Fancy date idea: Fine dine like the French in Tagaytay (Rappler): Celebrating an anniversary, a birthday, or any special occasion soon? If an out-of-town getaway, a meal to remember, and romantic ambiance are what your date dreams are made of, check out Anya Resort Tagaytay this weekend – they’re hosting Goût De France, a global culinary festival celebrating the best of French food all over the world.

Culture Unveiling a generation of art (The Manila Times): From retail to the arts, homegrown legacy company Rustan’s continues its commitment as a purveyor of upscale quality and excellence. As such, part of its continuing goal is to support Filipino talent and spur a culture of awareness and appreciation for local artists and their superb design and craftsmanship.