Dear Rappler readers,
Rife with contradictions, despair and hope were the dominant emotions this week. Despair, as the nation mourned 17-year-old Kian delos Santos, who was laid to rest Saturday as the Senate launched a probe on his death.
The saga of the smuggling issue in the Bureau of Customs continues. On Tuesday, outgoing Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon dropped the bomb on Senator Panfilo Lacson – his son Panfilo Jr. was allegedly involved in several smuggling opperations. Faeldon asked, could the senator be privy to the activities his son is accused of?
In a time where post-truth reigns, veteran journalists Tina Monzon-Palma, Cheche Lazaro, and Vergel Santos mull over the role of journalism in times of crises, offering advice to peers and neophytes alike. Transparency and accountability, they said, are values that journalists must uphold in trying times.
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17-year-old Kian delos Santos is laid to rest amid calls for justice for victims of extrajudicial killings
The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs conducts a hearing on the death of Kian delos Santos, the 17-year-old whom Caloocan police are accused of executing in an anti-drug raid.
Outgoing Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon questions the motive of Senator Panfilo Lacson for ‘destroying’ his reputation, as well as several other former military officers at the Bureau of Customs
The Philippine national men’s basketball team beats Indonesia in lopsided fashion to cap off another gold medal victory
Veteran journalists Tina Monzon-Palma, Cheche Lazaro, and Vergel Santos talk about the challenges of journalism in trying times
Leloy Claudio talks about the often overlooked advantages of a depreciating Philippine peso
Coco Alcuaz speaks with AIM President and Dean Jikyeong Kang and her first recruit, Erika Legara about the school’s bid for leadership in data science