#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 9, 2017

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We have been wondering why President Duterte is being a bigger bully than he ever was, seemingly intent on destroying institutions that check abuses and excesses in the executive. Why does he not resort to his usual dare of firing any official over even a whiff of corruption, or of himself resigning if there’s any proof of him or his children being corrupt? 

This week’s #AnimatED zooms in on the possible reason: the President is in panic

The most recent survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed double-digit drops in the net satisfaction and net trust ratings of the President compared to previous ratings in June 2017. President Duterte’s net satisfaction rating declined by 18 points in the September 2017 survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released on Sunday, October 8. His net trust rating also dipped by 15 points in the same survey. 

While the President’s trust rating remain a “very good” +60, critics say this is a sign that Filipinos are now seeing the truth behind President Rodrigo Duterte’s ’empty’ promise of change. 

Will the President rethink his ways or, like an entitled child, will he continue throwing tantrums in the hope that he appears brave and still in control? This remains to be seen. 

Meanwhile, there are other pressing issues that need your attention. 

Today, October 9, the House committee on constitutional amendments will continue hearings over the recommendations of the technical working group on the shift to federalism. You can catch up on proceedings of previous hearings  or watch today’s hearing here

A Filipino orthopedic doctor, Russel Salic, is a suspect in a foiled New York terror plot. The US is accusing him of funding a jihadist plot in New York by sending $423 or about P21,650* for the purchase of bombmaking materials. He was also charged in the Philippines for the kidnapping and beheading of sawmill workers in Lanao del Sur. Salic has denied the allegations and claimed that the money was for charity. US authorities want the doctor extradited

On a more hopeful note, Italian architect Stefano Boeri is charting the roadmap for a greener way to develop cities: through buildings that transform into veritable wildlife parks because they are also Vertical Forests. The architect and his team are now working on a dozen or so Vertical Forest projects around the world, including Lausanne in Switzerland, Utrecht in the Netherlands, Sao Paolo in Brazil, and Tirana in Albania.

The best part of it: Boeri has not patented the vertical forest concept and has even written a book revealing the secrets and techniques behind it. 

‘Honeymoon’ over, opposition says after drop in Duterte ratings

Critics say Filipinos are now seeing the truth behind President Rodrigo Duterte’s ’empty’ promise of change

PH to start extradition process for alleged New York plotter

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the Philippine government will act on the request of US authorities for the extradition of suspect Russell Salic

No extrajudicial killings in PH? World ‘not fooled,’ says HRW

Human Rights Watch says the Philippine government is limiting its definition of extrajudicial killings to avoid responsibility for the thousands of deaths linked to the drug war

Jousting with Trump online, senator calls White House a ‘daycare center’

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Things to know about illegal recruitment in the Philippines

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PNP probes death of man from ‘self-inflicted’ injuries while in cops’ custody

Police say Eduardo Serino Sr banged his head against the wall of the Zamboanga City police station, and sustained ‘fatal injuries’ when an iron flower vase he supposedly pushed towards cops fell on him instead

Italy’s high-rise forests take root around the world

The brainchild of Milanese architect Stefano Boeri, the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) uses more than 20,000 trees and plants to adorn high-rise buildings