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President Rodrigo Duterte pushed for the impeachment of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales after her agency said it was investigating the Duterte family’s wealth. Duterte said “selective justice” and the “use of falsified documents” would form part of the impeachment case against Morales.
During a Senate hearing on fake news, Senator Nancy Binay asked Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson to choose whether she wants to be a government official or a blogger. Uson, who is accused of spreading fake news through her popular blog, insisted that her blog is her own account and not under the government. She also said that the rules of fairness do not apply to her, as she is a blogger and not a journalist.
Meanwhile, the girlfriend of the Las Vegas shooter said she had no idea he was planning the attack, describing her boyfriend as a “quiet, caring man.” In her first public comments over the shooting at a country music concert that left 58 dead and more than 500 injured, Marilou Danley, who is of Filipino ethnicity, said she had hoped for a quiet future with Stephen Paddock.
In Marawi City, the Philippine military rescued over a dozen hostages as troops pushed to corner local terror groups toward Lake Lanao. At least 17 hostages were rescued, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. It’s Day 135 of the conflict.
Other top stories include the confirmation of Roy Cimatu as the new environment secretary; an update from US President Donald Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico; and a planned expressway that would cut Manila-Tagaytay travel time.
All this and more on today’s wRap!
‘We will file an impeachment case against her,’ President Rodrigo Duterte says as the Ombudsman investigates the Duterte family’s wealth
Senator Nancy Binay reminds Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson that all government officials are bound by the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees
‘I knew Stephen Paddock as a kind, caring, quiet man,’ says Paddock’s girlfriend Danley in her first public statement on the deadly shooting
The hostages are believed to have been separated after the terrorists were forced to abandon Bato Mosque when they were overwhelmed by troops
The CA approves Cimatu’s appointment just 4 months after President Rodrigo Duterte chose him to replace Gina Lopez, who was rejected by the powerful body in May
The low pressure area is affecting Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, and Aurora, while the rest of the country will have isolated thunderstorms
Trump will request a package that includes $12.77 billion in disaster relief and a $16 billion bailout to keep a critical flood insurance program running
Construction of the proposed 49-kilometer Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway (CTBEX) is expected to start by the 1st half of 2019