Dear Rappler reader,
The week kicked off with President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address – where he, true to form, went off-script. Not only did he harangue his critics, but also stepped out of the halls of Batasang Pambansa to address protesters gathered outside and asked them to be more understanding of the difficulty of his role heading the country.
Hearings on high-profile cases continued shortly after both branches of Congress opened. In the House of Representatives, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, addressing allegations of misusing Ilocos tobacco funds, came face-to-face with her accuser, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas. In the Senate, the hearing on the reinstatement of Police Superintendent Marvin Marcos, the police officer who led the team implicated in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr in his Leyte jail cell last year, continued.
For Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, the show must go on – she will continue to probe erring public officials, and that Duterte should not interfere.
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Watch Rappler’s coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address on July 24, 2017 at Batasang Pambansa as it happened.
“Magrespetuhan tayo. Huwag ‘nyo ako i-ambush,” President Rodrigo Duterte says as he faces protesters outside the Batasan after his State of the Nation Address.
The House committee on good government and public accountability wants Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos to personally explain why the capitol used P66.45 million in tobacco funds to purchase motor vehicles.
The Senate conducts a hearing on the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos, the police officer who led the team implicated in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr in his Leyte jail cell last year.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says she does not need the clearance of anybody – even that of President Rodrigo Duterte – to investigate erring officials.
Citing Sri Lanka and Myanmar, ex-Senate president Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. warns that when indebted countries fail to pay loans, China takes over the sites of their investments.
Weather Philippines Foundation has more than 800 automated weather stations around the country, generating localized data to help with disaster preparedness. ‘What’s The Big Idea?’ anchor Coco Alcuaz talks to the folks at the “premier weather sensing and forecasting system” about “localized weather information.” – Rappler.com