#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 22, 2017

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 22, 2017
Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

Hello Rappler readers,

November 23, 2017 would mark 8 years since the Maguindanao massacre. Convictions for two suspects – Akmad “Tato” Ampatuan Sr and Anwar Ampatuan Sr – could come in 2018, according to Undersecretary Joel Egco.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives resumed its review of the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Watch the hearing on Rappler.

Overseas, Zimbabweans celebrate the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, who was in power for 37 years.

Below are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.

Convictions for 2 Maguindanao massacre suspects expected in 2018

Prosecutors will ask the court to render judgment on two Maguindanao massacre suspects this month – Akmad Ampatuan Sr and Anwar Ampatuan Sr – 8 years after the gruesome killings. Undersecretary Joel Egco, head of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, said the two could be convicted in 2018.

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaints vs Sereno

Watch the House justice committee’s hearing on the impeachment complaints against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Rappler is airing the hearing live.

SC’s Leonen: Drug list violates rights

Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said during oral arguments on the drug war that being included in a drug list is already a violation of a person’s fundamental rights. He also pointed out that there is no way for someone to get himself or herself off a list.

UN rights chief slams Duterte

United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, in a message relayed by his spokesperson, condemned “in the strongest terms” the threats made by President Rodrigo Duterte against UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard. Duterte most recently threatened to slap Callamard, who has been vocal against his drug war.

Cayetano downplays Hague ruling

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano downplayed the Hague ruling that favored the Philippines over China, saying that simply mentioning the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is enough. 

Zimbabweans celebrate Mugabe resignation

Zimbabweans cheered in the capital of Harare after news broke that President Robert Mugabe had finally resigned after 37 years in power. The announcement came after days of mounting pressure on the 93-year-old leader.

Top U.S. broadcaster Charlie Rose fired

Award-winning US news anchor Charlie Rose was fired by several networks after he was accused of sexual misconduct. The alleged harassment took place from the 1990s to 2011.

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