#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 6, 2016

Hello Rappler readers,

It's a victory for 8-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, who faced Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight belt. Pacquiao's fellow Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire Jr, however, was defeated by Jessie Magdaleno.

Meanwhile, the Commission on Human Rights will investigate the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr, who was shot dead in a supposed firefight with police while he was inside his jail cell. Amid suspicions over Espinosa's death, PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa said there won't be a cover-up.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.


Pacquiao defeats Vargas

Manny Pacquiao is the new WBO welterweight champion after a dominant performance in the ring against Jessie Vargas. Pacquiao secured a unanimous decision victory – 118-109, 118-109, and 114-113. Check out Rappler's blow-by-blow updates.

Donaire loses title to Magdaleno

On the Pacquiao-Vargas undercard, Nonito Donaire Jr lost his WBO junior featherweight title to Jessie Magdaleno via unanimous decision. Two judges had it 116-112 while a third had it 118-110.

CHR to investigate Albuera mayor's death

The Commission on Human Rights will look into the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr while in detention. Espinosa's death has raised eyebrows, with Senator Panfilo Lacson saying he "can smell" an extrajudicial killing.

PNP: No cover-up in probe into Espinosa death

Meanwhile, PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa vowed there would be no cover-up in the police probe into the death of Mayor Espinosa. He said the operatives would be held accountable if found that they committed wrongdoing.

PH eyes release of old, sickly political prisoners

The Philippine government is planning to release less than 50 old and sickly political prisoners this month. The release will come before the signing of a bilateral ceasefire agreement between the military and communist rebels.

The math behind the US election

The US presidential election is just two days away, and it could depend on about a dozen swing states, where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck. The mother of all swing states? Florida.