Hello Rappler readers,
We have breaking news on a Wednesday morning as Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista just resigned.
At the Senate, the draft committee report on Customs corruption is out. The recommendations include charges against fixer Mark Taguba plus a lifestyle check on presidential son Paolo Duterte and son-in-law Manases Carpio.
Below are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.
Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista announced that he is resigning effective end-2017. He said his children need him now more than ever, amid his legal battle with his estranged wife, Patricia.
Senator Richard Gordon said charges should be filed against fixer Mark Taguba over the alleged corruption in the Bureau of Customs. Gordon called Taguba the “central figure” in the corruption scheme.
Senator Richard Gordon cleared Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio of smuggling allegations, saying there is no evidence against them. What Gordon recommended instead was a lifestyle check on the two.
Senator Leila de Lima will appeal the Supreme Court ruling that upheld her arrest over drug charges. De Lima said she is “deeply saddened and pained” by the ruling.
Outgoing Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said she is now waiting for Malacañang’s instructions after being rejected by the Commission on Appointments. She is also considering becoming a rural doctor once again.
The House of Representatives approved on 2nd reading a bill that makes it illegal for people with mental health conditions to be placed in solitary confinement. The bill also covers drug dependents who surrender and turn out to be mentally ill.
In July 2017, the net inflow of FDIs into the country reached $307 million – the country’s lowest monthly level since June 2016. But President Rodrigo Duterte’s economic team said investors remain confident to do business in the Philippines.