How's your Tuesday, Rappler readers?
It was a busy Monday, November 27 at the two houses of Congress. At the Senate, senators debated over additional taxes on coal and on mining. The lawmakers approved a gradual increase of taxes on coal, from the current P10 to P300, while they debated intensely over the proposal to unilaterally increase mining taxes without any public hearing.
Meanwhile, the House committee on justice continued its hearing on the impeachment case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. The case comes just 5 years after her predecessor, the late Renato Corona, also faced an impeachment complaint that led to his eventual removal from office. Rappler takes a look at the differences and similarities between the two complaints.
Over in the United Kingdom, another member of the royal family will get married soon: Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement, and said their wedding will be scheduled in 2018.
Catch these stories and more, in today's wRap.
From P10 to P300: Senate OKs nearly 3,000% increase in coal tax
Voting 11-1, the Senate on Monday, November 27, approved a nearly 3,000% hike in coal taxes in 3 tranches from 2018 to 2020. This is not yet final, as both chambers of Congress have to thresh out differences between their versions of the proposed tax reform package. This provision is not in the bill approved by the House of Representatives.
Tempers flare as senators double mining taxes without hearings
In an unusual move, the Senate overwhelmingly voted Monday, November 27, to double mining taxes even though there were no committee hearings conducted earlier to discuss the issue.
Duterte promises expanded Bangsamoro region
President Rodrigo Duterte Monday, November 27, vowed he would ensure the passage of the long-stalled Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that would create an expanded Autonomous Region in Mindanao (ARMM), with one condition. "It must be inclusive. No one should be left out," Duterte said.
How similar are the Sereno and Corona impeachment cases?
The impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno comes 5 years after her predecessor, the late Renato Corona, was removed from office. What are the differences – and similarities – in these two cases thus far?
Britain's Prince Harry engaged to Meghan Markle
Britain's Prince Harry is engaged to American actress Meghan Markle, confirmed Clarence House on Monday, November 27. Clarence House announced that the couple became engaged in London earlier this month.
Gilas Pilipinas claims win No. 2 in World Cup Asian Qualifiers
Gilas Pilipinas shrugged off a lethargic start to eke out a 90-83 win over Chinese Taipei and swept the initial window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers at the Araneta Coliseum Monday, November 27.
South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters crowned Miss Universe 2017
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters from South Africa was crowned as the new Miss Universe on Sunday, November 26 (Monday, November 27, Manila time). Laura Gonzalez of Colombia was 1st runner-up, while Davina Benett of Jamaica was 2nd runner-up.
Top photo: Balinese Hindus take part in a ceremony, where they pray near Mount Agung in hope of preventing a volcanic eruption, in Muntig village of the Kubu sub-district in Karangasem Regency on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 26, 2017. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP