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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 27, 2017

Jul 27, 2017 - 10:04 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 27, 2017

Duterte gov't to abolish agency hunting Marcos plunder

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:06 PM

'They don't do anything. What do they do?' Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says as he tells reporters the government plans to scrap the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG)

Duterte gov't to abolish agency hunting Marcos plunder

Comelec reviewing 6 tech options for 2019 elections

Jul 26, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Among their options are refurbishing the PCOS machines used in 2013, purchasing the VCMs leased in 2016, renting new machines, or using a new system

Comelec reviewing 6 tech options for 2019 elections

Marcos, Duterte, Trump | Midday wRap

Jul 25, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Camille Elemia

Marcos, Duterte, Trump | Midday wRap

Trump renews attacks on own attorney general

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:36 AM

(UPDATED) Trump has expressed increasing anger with Attorney General Jeff Sessions as his Justice Department's investigations into possible Trump-Russia collusion quickens

Trump renews attacks on own attorney general

Kushner denies collusion, insists 'all actions were proper'

Jul 24, 2017 - 6:43 PM

(UPDATED) Jared Kushner: 'Let me be very clear – I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so'

Kushner denies collusion, insists 'all actions were proper'

White House on edge as Mueller quietly pursues Russia probe

Jul 23, 2017 - 9:46 AM

Since May, Robert Mueller's team has been quietly interviewing witnesses and collecting documents for the probe on Russia's interference in the 2016 elections

White House on edge as Mueller quietly pursues Russia probe

Slippery slope of martial law

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:15 AM

We come to the core of the Lagman vs Medialdea martial law decision – how the Court applies the 'sufficiency of the factual basis' test

Slippery slope of martial law

Martial law extension and the Supreme Court

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:45 AM

We analyze the recent Supreme Court decision which upheld President Duterte’s Proclamation No. 216, to discern how the Court might answer anticipated petitions in the event of an extension of martial law in Mindanao

Martial law extension and the Supreme Court

DPR akhirnya sahkan UU Pemilu

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Sebanyak 322 anggota DPR menyetujui paket A yang mengandung ambang batas presiden sebesar 20-25 persen

DPR akhirnya sahkan UU Pemilu

Trump lashes out as presidency hits 6-month mark

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Trump's expansive remarks to The New York Times painted a picture of a president preoccupied by allegations against him

Trump lashes out as presidency hits 6-month mark

Rapat paripurna RUU Pemilu berlangsung alot

Jul 20, 2017 - 9:50 PM

Waktu lobi-lobi di dalam parlemen diperpanjang untuk diambil satu keputusan

Rapat paripurna RUU Pemilu berlangsung alot

Mark Villar is richest Duterte Cabinet member

Jul 20, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is the 'poorest' Cabinet member, based on the 2016 SALNs of President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet officials

Mark Villar is richest Duterte Cabinet member

Trump says regrets hiring Sessions as attorney general

Jul 20, 2017 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) The president also criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent testimony before a Senate panel which is investigating possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign

Trump says regrets hiring Sessions as attorney general

Trump son to testify before U.S. Senate panel

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:37 AM

It put Trump's son and son-in-law at the center of a burgeoning scandal involving multiple US investigations into whether Trump associates colluded with Moscow in its efforts to tilt the 2016 election

Trump son to testify before U.S. Senate panel

Pangilinan, PSG, Trump and Putin | Midday wRap

Jul 19, 2017 - 1:49 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Pangilinan, PSG, Trump and Putin | Midday wRap

Duterte security aides hurt in clash with communist rebels

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM

(UPDATED) The encounter is triggered by the discovery of 50 suspected communist rebels posing as soldiers manning a fake military checkpoint

Duterte security aides hurt in clash with communist rebels

White House accuses Democrats, Ukraine of 'collusion'

Jul 18, 2017 - 7:29 AM

White House spokesman Sean Spicer repeats allegations that a Democratic operative had met with Ukrainian embassy officials during the campaign

White House accuses Democrats, Ukraine of 'collusion'

India votes for next president from lowest Dalit caste

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Indian lawmakers vote to pick the country's president, who is certain to come from the lowest Dalit caste

India votes for next president from lowest Dalit caste

Venezuela opposition hails poll as blow to Maduro

Jul 17, 2017 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, a 61-year-old woman is killed and 3 other people wounded when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on people lined up to vote in Caracas

Venezuela opposition hails poll as blow to Maduro

Trump back on offensive after brief respite in Paris

Jul 17, 2017 - 6:54 AM

The concerted pushback comes as a Washington Post-ABC News poll near the 6-month point in Trump's administration shows him facing significantly declining approval ratings

Trump back on offensive after brief respite in Paris

COA hits PCOO for unliquidated cash advances for Duterte trips

Jul 14, 2017 - 3:02 PM

The PCOO explains that the delay in liquidation is due to the frequent and consecutive trips of President Rodrigo Duterte in his first 6 months in office

COA hits PCOO for unliquidated cash advances for Duterte trips

Ex-2GO chief decries attack over accounting scandal

Jul 14, 2017 - 1:51 PM

'The only explanation for this fiasco is that the new external auditor might have found an opportunity to get back at us,' says Sulficio Tagud Jr

Ex-2GO chief decries attack over accounting scandal

Doubts hound KPMG following 2GO accounting scandal

Jul 13, 2017 - 5:30 PM

But KPMG RG Manabat says that its audit was based on the 'judgment and estimates' made by 2GO management during that period

Doubts hound KPMG following 2GO accounting scandal

COA: OP has P155.7-M unliquidated fund transfers under Aquino

Jul 13, 2017 - 3:16 PM

The amount includes P138 million in unliquidated fund transfers for former president Benigno Aquino III's foreign travels from 2011 to 2015

COA: OP has P155.7-M unliquidated fund transfers under Aquino

Trump says Putin would have preferred Clinton win

Jul 13, 2017 - 9:03 AM

In an interview with Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network, the billionaire president claims his Russian counterpart would have preferred a win by the Democrat Clinton in 2016

Trump says Putin would have preferred Clinton win

COA: Duterte has over P6 billion in discretionary funds

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The Office of the President's discretionary funds include a P1.4-billion donation of the Lopez-owned Benpres Corporation to the government dating back to 1990, which remains untouched

COA: Duterte has over P6 billion in discretionary funds

Marcos' questions on election system integrity will prolong case – Macalintal

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's lawyer Romulo Macalintal says the Presidential Electoral Tribunal must first resolve the issue on the integrity of the election system before proceeding with the recount

Marcos' questions on election system integrity will prolong case – Macalintal

Is Estelito Mendoza joining Marcos' legal team for his election case?

Jul 12, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The solicitor general of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos appears during the Supreme Court's preliminary conference for Bongbong Marcos' electoral protest

Is Estelito Mendoza joining Marcos' legal team for his election case?

AFP yet to recover P105M paid to dead pensioners – COA

Jul 12, 2017 - 1:33 PM

'These funds should have been utilized for other valid and urgent claims from the national government,' COA says

AFP yet to recover P105M paid to dead pensioners – COA

Did Donald Trump Jr break U.S. law?

Jul 12, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Could the 39-year-old real estate scion be charged with treason? This is what legal experts say about what is known so far of the June 2016 meeting in New York between Don Jr and Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Did Donald Trump Jr break U.S. law?

SWS survey, Hague ruling, Trump Jr | Midday wRap

Jul 12, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

SWS survey, Hague ruling, Trump Jr | Midday wRap

Trump son said he would 'love' Russian dirt on Clinton – emails

Jul 11, 2017 - 11:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Trump junior was told by an interlocutor that he could get 'very high level and sensitive information' that was 'part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump'

Trump son said he would 'love' Russian dirt on Clinton – emails

2GO management, auditors may face over P1-M fine

Jul 11, 2017 - 11:30 PM

An investigation is underway into the restated financial statements of 2GO, with the Securities and Exchange Commission looking into possible misrepresentation

2GO management, auditors may face over P1-M fine

DOH's P1.6B projects are delayed, broken or unused – COA

Jul 11, 2017 - 9:50 PM

COA says the deficiencies deprived the public of the benefits of public health programs

DOH's P1.6B projects are delayed, broken or unused – COA

Marcos hopes ballot recount will start by September

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:11 PM

In the preliminary conference for his electoral protest, Marcos says the recount should be initially held in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental

Marcos hopes ballot recount will start by September

Deadline for 2nd tranche payment of Robredo’s protest fee extended

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo was earlier required to settle payment of the balance of the protest fee on July 14

Deadline for 2nd tranche payment of Robredo’s protest fee extended

Bongbong vs Leni: 2016 'election fingerprints' in possible recount areas

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:01 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Election results in these provinces may be up for recount, if the Presidential Electoral Tribunal grants the petitions of Marcos and Robredo in their respective protests

Bongbong vs Leni: 2016 'election fingerprints' in possible recount areas

Marcos completes payment of P66.2-M electoral protest fee

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr pays the remaining balance of his fee prior to the conduct of the preliminary hearing on his electoral protest and Vice President Leni Robredo's counter-protest

Marcos completes payment of P66.2-M electoral protest fee

2016 Bongbong vs Leni poll protest: What ARMM 'election fingerprints' say

Jul 11, 2017 - 10:31 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Can election data back up Bongbong Marcos' request to annul results in 3 provinces in the ARMM?

2016 Bongbong vs Leni poll protest: What ARMM 'election fingerprints' say

Trump son met Russian to get dirt on Clinton

Jul 10, 2017 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump's eldest son admits meeting a Russian lawyer to get dirt on his father's 2016 rival Hillary Clinton, thrusting the White House deep into another Russia-related scandal

Trump son met Russian to get dirt on Clinton

P100,000 incentive ready for relatives of deceased centenarians

Jul 10, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Relatives of deceased centenarians as well as centenarians abandoned by their families must submit documents to their local social welfare office to claim the money

P100,000 incentive ready for relatives of deceased centenarians

2GO appoints new CFO, reports lower 2015, 2016 profits

Jul 10, 2017 - 12:15 AM

Dennis Uy, the newly-appointed 2GO chief, says the restatement was made 'to ensure fair presentation of financial statements and establish accountabilities'

2GO appoints new CFO, reports lower 2015, 2016 profits

Putin says Trump 'very different' in real life

Jul 09, 2017 - 12:19 AM

On allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, Putin says Trump had accepted the denials

Putin says Trump 'very different' in real life

Malacañang, Google offer virtual tour of Presidential Museum

Jul 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Anyone with internet access can now tour the Presidential Museum and Library and see its precious memorabilia on Philippine presidents

Malacañang, Google offer virtual tour of Presidential Museum

Should Duterte worry about 12-point ratings drop in Mindanao?

Jul 07, 2017 - 5:43 PM

President Duterte's Senate allies say his high ratings in Luzon and the Visayas show staunch support for his martial law declaration in Mindanao

Should Duterte worry about 12-point ratings drop in Mindanao?

Trump backs NATO as he warns future of the West at stake

Jul 06, 2017 - 6:48 PM

(3rd UPDATE) On the eve of what is likely to be a prickly G20 summit, with Trump facing animosity from traditional US allies, he uses his keynote address in Warsaw to warn that a lack of collective resolve could doom an alliance that endured through the Cold War

Trump backs NATO as he warns future of the West at stake

Far from Olympic glory, refugee judoka fights humble battle

Jul 06, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Eleven months after the Rio Olympics, Popole Misenga is still poor, living in two tiny rooms with his partner and children, thousands of miles from his African homeland

Far from Olympic glory, refugee judoka fights humble battle

Robredo lawyer: Marcos ‘fishing for evidence’

Jul 05, 2017 - 5:58 PM

In a motion for reconsideration filed with the High Court, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal argues that former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr himself is 'not sure of his election protest' against Vice President Leni Robredo

Robredo lawyer: Marcos ‘fishing for evidence’

PSG adjusts number of guard dogs for ‘active’ Duterte

Jul 05, 2017 - 4:13 PM

The PSG revises its target number of dogs to 30 from 25 because of President Rodrigo Duterte's frequent travels all over the country

PSG adjusts number of guard dogs for ‘active’ Duterte