#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 18, 2017

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 18, 2017

Ben Nabong

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

Good morning Rapplers!

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has formalized his order to investigate Rappler for “possible violation of the Constitution and laws.” Rappler has slammed the order, calling it a “fishing expedition.”

At the House of Representatives, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Congress will convene itself into a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) even without the presence of senators. This, after senators stood pat on their decision against a joint voting on Charter change.

Meanwhile, Malacañang came to the defense of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go in response to allegations he intervened in a government project for the construction of two Navy frigates.

All this and more are on today’s wRap.

Aguirre orders NBI to probe Rappler

Solicitor General Jose Calida has said the criminal investigation into Rappler will center around possible violation of the Anti-Dummy Law

Con-Ass pushing through with or without Senate – Alvarez

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez insists on his interpretation of the Constitution, even if it differs from that of his colleagues in the Senate and the framers of the 1987 Charter

Malacañang claims no chance Bong Go intervened in frigate deal

But the allegations focus not on the contract for the frigates as a whole, but on the selection of a secondary supplier for the Combat Management Systems of the ships

Bidding issues hound Sereno in impeachment hearing

Lawmakers raise possible violations of the anti-graft law

AFP lists 5 people who could be next ISIS emir in SE Asia

Defense and security officials appear before Supreme Court justices to defend the second extension of martial law in Mindanao

Public satisfaction with Duterte administration at record high – SWS

Filipinos are most satisfied with the Duterte government’s fight against terrorism, and least satisfied with its effort to address inflation and traffic, according to the results of the latest Social Weather Stations survey

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

North Korea also says it will send a 550-member delegation to the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in the South

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