Hello Rappler readers,
Crazy Thursday ended with the surrender of Senator Leila de Lima Friday morning. The media was caught in a frenzy when her arrest was expected Thursday evening – until her office announced the arrest warrant would instead be served before 10 am the following day, Friday, February 24. It was served at about 8 am.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II meanwhile was not too happy with De Lima’s pronouncements in relation to her arrest. He pointed out that when there was no warrant, she dared say, “Arrest me now!” And now that there’s a warrant, she didn’t want to be arrested.
Elsewhere, Motorola’s got a new midrange smartphone that may be more affordable for some.
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Opposition Senator Leila de Lima voluntarily yielded to an arresting team from the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Friday morning over drug charges filed before a court in Muntinlupa. They were headed at past 8 am to Camp Crame, where she is expected to be detained.
Reacting to Senator Leila de Lima’s shifting declarations about her arrest on drug charges, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said that coming from the same college of law, they should give each other the “presumption of good faith.” He said in Filipino: “We know the execution of a warrant of arrest is very simple. If there’s a warrant of arrest, we follow it. That’s what you say. As a matter of fact, when there wasn’t a warrant of arrest, you kept saying, “Arrest me now!” Now that there’s a warrant of arrest, you don’t want to be arrested.”
There will be no “mass deportations” or use of military force to expel immigrants, US officials promised. This, after President Donald Trump vowed to crack down on “bad dudes” illegally residing in his country.
South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo was killed to shut him up. This was supposedly in relation to what he knew about police extortion of Koreans in Angeles City, according to police Senior Superintendent Glenn Dumlao. He also said no Korean mafia was involved in the killing.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue failed to meet its P1.62-trillion target for 2016, collecting only P1.57 trillion in taxes last year, BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay said on Thursday, February 23. At a Palace news briefing, Dulay said the collected amount, was only 97% of the target in 2016. The BIR is aiming to hit P1.83 billion in revenue collections in 2017, a 16% increase from last year’s collection performance.
Moto M, a 5.5-inch smartphone, is Motorola’s ticket to the midrange market. Reasonably priced at P15,000, it’s got all of these: a 2.2 GHz octa-core chip from Helio, 4GB of RAM, 32 GB of onboard storage (upgradeable to 128GB through a microSD card), and a 3,050 mAh battery.