#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 19, 2017

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 19, 2017
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Good morning Rapplers!

The Senate released the testimony from September of John Paul Solano, recounting the morning Horacio Castillo III was killed. In his effort to clear his name with the confidentiality shared with senators, Solano that time did not hesitate to name his brothers in the Aegis Juris fraternity who were involved in Castillo’s death.

A day after President Rodrigo Duterte announced the liberation of Marawi City from the influence of the Islamic State-linked Maute group and the Abu Sayyaf groups, residents are asking when they will be able to come home. Provincial Crisis Committee Spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong said returning residents will have to be screened before they can return to their homes.

In politics, Duterte’s Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) signed an agreement with the United Russia party backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president, signed a memorandum of understanding with Sergey Zheleznyak, the Russian ruling party’s deputy secretary general, in St Petersburg, Russia.

Other top stories include updates on the drug war, Myanmar’s Rohingyas, and NAIA’s latest standing in airport rankings.

All this and more are on today’s wRap. 

Solano names fratmen he saw the morning Atio Castillo was killed

John Paul Solano identifies 6 Aegis Juris fratmen and one non-member, Romeo Laboga, the family driver of Ralph Trangia

Residents to be screened for safety before return to Marawi

Provincial Crisis Committee Spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong says that while the return of the residents into their homes is on top of mind, there are mechanisms that need to be followed to restore normalcy and allow a safe return for the people

After China, PDP-Laban signs deal with Putin’s United Russia party

‘This is a historic moment, as it brings Russia and the Philippines closer together through relations between their ruling parties, and not just their governments,’ says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, PDP-Laban president

3 dead in Tondo a day after Duterte’s new drug war memo

The killings happen a day after President Rodrigo Duterte issues a memorandum order removing the Philippine National Police from the helm of the drug war operations

Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

The UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, and the special adviser on the responsibility to protect, Ivan Simonovic, add the international response to the crisis was a failure

NAIA no longer among ‘worst airports’ – survey

Meanwhile, 4 regional airports in the Philippines remain among the top 25 best airports in Asia

Everyone is talking about sexual harassment and this is why you should, too

If it hasn’t happened to you, it’s happened to someone you know

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