#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 11, 2016

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 11, 2016
Hello! Here's a round-up of news you need to know this Tuesday

Dear Rappler reader,

It was a long day for news hounds yesterday as witnesses at the House of Representatives painted a confused picture of the alleged complicity of Senator Leila de Lima. Old favorites die hard with President Rodrigo Duterte as he once again went after priests. Women leaders, meantime, petitioned Miss Universe organizers to stop plans to hold the pageant here pointing to the Duterte administration’s chauvinism, brutal shaming and rape jokes. And then there’s the controversial necklace worn by Kris Aquino that some netizens said was from the seized Imelda jewelry collection. 

Below are the big stories we think you shouldn’t miss. 

Will the real bagman please stand up?

It was a gruelling 13-hour hearing at the House of Representatives, Monday, as it probed Senator Leila de Lima’s role in the proliferation of drugs in the state penitentiary. Convicted kidnapper and carnapper Jaybee Sebastian said he turned over at least P14 million to fund de Lima’s 2016 senatorial campaign. Herbert Colanggo’s talent manager Reynante Diaz and former Bureau of Corrections chief Rafael Ragos also confirm delivering money to alleged de Lima bagman, Ronnie Dayan. De Lima pointed out the conflicts in the statements of Sebastian and her former bodyguard Joenel Sanchez, “Who is my real bagman?” Sebastian said Sanchez was de Lima’s bagman, while Sanchez said it was Dayan. The panel also ordered the arrest of Dayan, for snubbing the hearings. On her “lookout order,” de Lima called it “laughable,” saying only the guilty leave.

Communists on Ramos: He’s an Amboy

The Communist Party of the Philippines said former president Fidel Ramos is out to undermine President Rodrigo Duterte’s plans to flesh out a foreign policy independent of the United States. The CPP said “Amboy top dog is now set to lead the pack” to get the Duterte administration “to backtrack on its promotion of an independent foreign policy.” Ramos earlier said the Philippines is “losing badly in Duterte’s first 100 days in office because of his war on drugs and his tirades against world leaders.”

Duterte on priests: Sham morality

President Rodrigo Duterte is after the priests again. Calling them sons of bitches, nuisance, and hypocrites who ‘pretend to be moral’, the president lambasted the priests for criticizing his war on drugs. To prove his point, he claimed he knows bishops with mistresses.

Profiles of a drug war: An executor and a victim

Patricia Evangelista tells the story of police superintendent Robert Domingo who led operations that killed notorious drug dealer Crocodile. She also tells the story of scholar Jeffrey Bunuan, who happened to be sleeping in the wrong house the night policemen raided a house in Sta Ana. The irony was that Jeffrey was focused on the single dream of becoming a policeman. 

Health dept to Supreme Court: lift restraint on contraceptives

The Department of Health on Monday asked the Supreme Court to lift a temporary restraining order in June restricting the government from “procuring, selling, distributing, dispensing and administering, advertising, and promoting” contraceptive implants. The TRO was issued a year after the SC ruled RH law was constitutional. According to the SC, the FDA certified, acquired, and gave out contraceptive drugs and devices without observing due process. The Commission on Population warned that blocking the program could lead to higher mortality and morbidity rates among women and infants.

Hillary beats Trump in 2nd debate

Hillary Clinton won Sunday’s bitter US presidential debate against Republican rival Donald Trump as he struggled to shake off a wave of criticism over lewd remarks about women. In the aftermath of the debate, critics lambasted Donald Trump for threatening to imprison Hillary Clinton if he wins the White House.

Women to Miss Universe organizers: Don’t do pageant in PH

A new letter signed by women leaders was sent to the Miss Universe Organization, urging it not to hold the international pageant in the Philippines. The letter which is posted on Facebook, pointed to the chauvinism, brutal shaming and rape jokes of the Duterte administration. Among the signatories are businesswoman Loida Nicolas Lewis, professor and columnist Sylvia Claudio and former Ayala Foundation president Vicky Garchitorena. 

Ex President’s sister denies using a Marcos necklace

Former President Benigno Aquino’s sister and daughter of EDSA revolution icons Kris Aquino slammed rumors she allegedly wore a necklace from the seized jewelry collection of the Marcoses. On Instagram, Kris said the necklace she wore to an APEC dinner last year is from Italian luxury brand Bottega Veneta and made of cubic zirconia and silver. She added, “It’s not DIAMONDS.” She told critics, “This is FAIR WARNING – stop lying about me if you don’t want your rotting skeletons unearthed. #IAMBACK.”

Samsung takes another hit

Samsung Electronics reportedly suspended production of the Galaxy Note 7 and told owners to stop using the device immediately. Samsung issue a global recall of 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s in September because of exploding batteries. The recall process was going well until new reports of batteries on the replacement units catching fire.

WATCH: Rappler’s retrospective video on Duterte’s drug war after 100 days

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