#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 15, 2017

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 15, 2017
Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

Hello Rappler readers,

A woman whose husband and son were shot dead by Caloocan City police supposedly conducting a buy-bust operation came forward 7 months after the killings to file murder charges against the cops. The main suspect – Superintendent Ali Jose Duterte.

Overseas, the White House disclosed how much US President Donald Trump paid in taxes back in 2005, preempting a media leak. Turkey and the Netherlands also remain locked in a bitter diplomatic row.

Below are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.

Widow files murder case vs Supt Duterte over TokHang killings

A woman who lost her husband and son during a police anti-drug operation in Caloocan City last year filed murder charges against the cops involved, who include a namesake of the President – Superintendent Ali Jose Duterte. The widow said she is afraid, but feels it’s her responsibility to come forward.

Trump’s 2005 tax payments revealed

The White House, after an initial refusal, revealed how much US President Donald Trump paid in taxes in 2005. Preempting a media leak, the White House said Trump’s tax payments back then totaled $38 million.

Dominguez warns total mining ban would bring major revenue woes

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III told the Commission on Appointments it would probably take 5 years to recover the tax shortfall if President Rodrigo Duterte declares a total mining ban. He also reiterated that job losses would be difficult to deal with.

Del Rosario urges Duterte to make Manalo permanent DFA chief

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario thinks seasoned diplomat Enrique Manalo, now acting chief of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), should be given the post permanently. Del Rosario pointed out that Manalo has “38 years of training and experience in foreign affairs.”

Turkey-Netherlands row heats up

The diplomatic row between Turkey and the Netherlands just worsened, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s jibe about the Srebrenica massacre. Turkey earlier suspended high-level relations with the Netherlands after the latter blocked expat rallies for the upcoming referendum on expanding Erdogan’s powers.


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