#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 4, 2017

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 4, 2017
Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

Hello Rappler readers,

Armed men attacked a jail in Kidapawan, leading to the escape of more than 100 inmates. The military, meanwhile, is seeking custody of former PDEA agent Ferdinand Marcelino, who’s currently detained for illegal possession of drugs.

In Hollywood news, 50-year-old pop superstar Janet Jackson has given birth to her first child.

Below are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.


Over 100 inmates escape from Kidapawan jail

More than 100 inmates escaped from the North Cotabato District Jail in Kidapawan City after unidentified armed men attacked the facility early Wednesday. A jail officer was killed in the attack.

AFP wants custody of Marcelino

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) wants custody of Marine Lieutenant Colonel Ferdinand Marcelino, a former drug enforcement agent now facing trial for illegal possession of drugs. While waiting for the court to decide on that, the AFP said Marcelino will remain detained at the AFP Custodial Center.

Budget chief proposes pay hike for cops, soldiers

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno submitted a proposal to increase the regular pay of cops and soldiers. Diokno submitted his proposal to the Office of the President but it will also need Congress approval.

Clinton to attend Trump’s inauguration

Defeated US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be present when Donald Trump is sworn in as America’s 45th commander in chief on January 20. Her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, will also be there.

Janet Jackson gives birth at 50

Pop superstar Janet Jackson is now a mom! The 50-year-old Jackson and her husband Wissam Al Mana, a Qatari businessman, just welcomed their son Eissa.

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