How’s the week so far, Rappler readers?
Forty-five years ago, the Philippines entered one of the darkest and most divisive chapters in its history: the declaration of martial law, which put the country under a regime full of corruption and abuse.
Today, people will be back in the streets to condemn dictatorship in all forms, and to remember the victims of abuses at that time. Organizers are expecting thousands of attendees after President Rodrigo Duterte dubbed the day as a “national day of protest.”
But the question remains: will Filipinos finally learn from the lessons of martial rule and dictatorship?
Meanwhile, a Facebook chat could shed light into the death of UST law student Horacio Castillo III; President Duterte defends the war on drugs in a meeting with US ambassador Sung Kim; and the death toll from the strong Mexico earthquake continues to go higher.
This, and more, in today’s wRap.
The bloody drug war and deaths of teenagers supposedly linked to it were among the major topics in a meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and United States Ambassador Sung Kim. Duterte assured Kim that police stay within the bounds of the law and proper police procedures when going on anti-drug operations.
Screenshots of a Facebook Messenger conversation among 7 men could offer investigators some clues to what happened on the night UST law freshman Horacio Tomas Castillo III was killed by hazing. The screenshots were posted in the Facebook group “Hustisya Para kay Horacio” on Wednesday, September 20. Among others, the chat conversations indicated that fraternity members they were doing something dangerous and prohibited.
As it turns out, the budgets of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) will be restored by the House of Representatives by the time it passes the proposed 2018 budget on 3rd reading. This follows a meeting between agency heads and key House leaders on Wednesday, September 20. The CHR is asking for P649.48 million, the ERC, P350.95 million, and the NCIP, P1.13 billion. CHR Chair Chito Gascon thanked the House leadership
If anyone is able to prove that Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte is involved in illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte would order his death and even “protect the police” who would kill his son. The President also said, “I said before if I have a child into drugs, you just kill them so no one can say anything.”
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warned that the “killing of conscience” is far worse than the killing of drug addicts. In a Rappler Talk interview, David said in Filipino, “Once our conscience dies and we begin to accept evil as good, that is terrible. That is hard to correct.” He was referring to Catholic Filipinos who condone the killing of drug addicts in the war on drugs.
Rescuers dug frantically Wednesday, September 20, for survivors of a 7.1- magnitude earthquake that killed more than 200 people in Mexico, as the nation watched anxiously for signs of life at a collapsed school in the capital.
Given the threat of a North Korean nuclear crisis, 51 countries lined up on September 20 to sign a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. That treaty, adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations, has been fiercely opposed by the US and 8 other nuclear powers like Russia, China, India, and Israel.