#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 2, 2018

Good morning Rapplers!

On the first working day of the new year, we hope you are all still in high spirits. Here are some of the stories which we think are important to you at the start of 2018. 

Tropical Depression Agaton is making its way over the Visayas. Agaton is the third weather disturbance to hit the Philippines in the past two weeks.  Keep checking Rappler for updates as we have volunteers on the ground monitoring #AgatonPH.

The year started with good news after Health Secretary Francisco Duque II reported that as of January 1, 2018, there were only 191 firecracker-related injuries nationwide.  This was 77% lower than the 5-year average, he said. 

Other events which we deem important to you are:  Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said there is no compromise deal between the Marcos family and the government; the application starting this January of the new excise tax rates on petroleum products; and schedule of the first big religious activity – the feast of the Black Nazarene of of Quiapo Church in Manila.

Lastly, on a somber note, we invite you to remember the teenagers who were killed in 2017 in the ongoing drug war. 

Stay safe everyone and keep posted with Rappler.


Tropical Depression Agaton moves over Negros Oriental

There are no more areas in Mindanao under a warning signal. Signal no. 1 is still up in parts of the Visayas as well as Palawan, including Cuyo Island.

77% drop in firecracker-related injuries vs 5-year average

(4th UPDATE) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says there were only 191 cases of firecracker-related injuries as of January 1, a big drop from last year

No compromise deal with Marcoses yet, Malacañang says

Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo says the response to lawyer Oliver Lozano regarding a draft document on the matter is only a matter of courtesy

Over 3,000 stranded passengers at ports due to Agaton

The biggest number of stranded outbound passengers is in Northern Mindanao, with 1,519 passengers in 5 different ports

Schedule of 2018 activities of Feast of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo

The official Facebook Page of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene releases the list of activities for the upcoming Traslacion

Half-empty homes: The teenagers killed in 2017

Rappler revisits the homes of some of the slain teens and reconnects with the people they left behind

New tax rates don't apply to old petroleum stocks, DOE warns

New excise tax rates on petroleum products are levied upon importation, not at the point of sale to the consumers