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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:50 AM

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

ANTI-HAZING LAW. Senators watching the slides of the executive session with John Paul Solano. Photo by Angie de Silva

IN PHOTOS: When Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi

Oct 17, 2017 - 8:44 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes his 7th visit to Marawi City to declare the liberation of the city from terrorists. Here are photos from Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa.

Photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

Destabilization, revolutionary govt threats sow fear – Robredo

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:48 PM

‘Iyong baseless accusations lalo tayong nagiging divisive, nagiging polarized ang mga tao,’ says Vice President Leni Robredo

NO DESTABILIZATION. Vice President Leni Robredo reiterates that the Liberal Party is not behind any plots agains President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Piston threatens Duterte: Talk to us, or we'll give you monthly strikes

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:13 PM

Piston president George San Mateo says they have asked for a dialogue with Duterte at least twice

After Negros Island Region abolition, Duterte hopes 2 provinces remain united

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:30 AM

'May this dislocation foster solidarity and camaraderie,' President Rodrigo Duterte says at the opening rites of the Buglasan Festival at Dumaguete City

UNITY. President Rodrigo Duterte hopes the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental remain united even after he dissolved the Negros Island Region. Photo by Marcelino Pascua/Malacañang

Mahathir stresses need for rule of law amid EJKs in PH

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, 92, also says the police 'should not be too free with using lethal weapons'

RULE OF LAW. Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad says investors don't care about politics, but look for rule of law. Screenshot from Rappler video

Law groups denounce Duterte's 'brazen assaults' vs democratic institutions

Oct 14, 2017 - 6:18 PM

According to the Alternative Law Groups, 'These acts deliberately undermine the independence of the institutions whose duties primarily consist in upholding public trust...and maintaining checks and balances so that tyranny would not arise from any branch of the government again'

TRANSCRIPT: Did Rappler 'misrepresent' Malacañang statement?

Oct 13, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella accuses Rappler of 'misrepresenting' Malacañang's statement on the wrong information fed to President Duterte about the EU. Here is the relevant portion of the transcript provided by Malacañang.

Duterte warns of revolutionary gov't amid 'destabilization'

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says that this possible revolutionary government will last until the end of his term

REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte warns that he will declare a revolutionary government in the face of destabilization plots. Screenshot from PTV show 'Sa Totoo Lang'

Malacañang admits Duterte 'being fed wrong info' on EU

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:40 PM

While stressing the need 'for correct reportage,' Malacañang fails to acknowledge its responsibility to relay correct information to President Rodrigo Duterte

WRONG INFORMATION. Malacañang admits that President Rodrigo Duterte 'was being fed the wrong information' on the EU. Malacañang file photo

Taking PNP out of drug war won't stop international pressure – HRW

Oct 13, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Human Rights Watch says the fight will not end 'until there is justice and accountability for the thousands of victims' of President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs

Nanette Castillo looks at the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Philippines police officers who want to speak out about "extrajudicial killings and summary executions" in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war have been offered sanctuary and legal help by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church, which counts 80 percent of Filipinos as followers, has been one of the leading critics of the drug war and its offer to police on Monday was another step in its efforts to stop the killings. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Drug war reason for satisfaction, dissatisfaction on Duterte – SWS

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Social Weather Stations revealed the finding during its Opinion on Drug War study presentation. They say the numbers have yet to be released.

SAME REASON. The SWS says the satisfaction and dissatisfaction for President Rodrigo Duterte's performance is the war on drugs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul

Duterte appoints party's federalism research chief to DILG

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Jonathan Malaya, executive director of the PDP-Laban Federalism Institute, is named assistant secretary of the DILG

FEDERALISM CHIEF. Malaya currently heads the PNP-Laban Federalism institute. Rappler screengrab

PH can be kicked out of UN council if killings continue – HRW

Oct 09, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Human Rights Watch Geneva director John Fisher says the Philippine delegation 'dug themselves deeper into the hole' with their response to the recommendations by member-states in the United Nations Human Rights Council

#AnimatED: When Duterte is backed into a corner

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:43 AM

Now we understand why President Duterte is being a bigger bully than he ever was, seemingly intent on destroying institutions that check abuses and excesses in the executive. He is in panic.

TRANSCRIPT: Al Jazeera host grills Cayetano on drug war

Oct 07, 2017 - 4:26 PM

In this Al Jazeera interview, Secretary Cayetano falsely claims that the 3,800 Filipinos killed in the Duterte administration's war on drugs were all drug dealers

DRUG WAR. Journalist Mehdi Hasan grills Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on the war on drugs. Screengrab from Al Jazeera's youtube page

All 3,800 killed by PNP were drug dealers – Cayetano

Oct 07, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Al Jazeera host Mehdi Hasan grills Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on the killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

WAR ON DRUGS. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano defends the Duterte administration's war on drugs during an Al Jazeera interview. Screen grab from Al Jazeera's YouTube video

Duterte fires 2 Malacañang employees 'for using influence'

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says that 'it is premature to release any names until concerned parties are properly informed'

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the Agrilink/Foodlink/Aqualink 2017 opening ceremonies at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on October 5, 2017. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] Investigating Duterte: Pinochet and Nuremberg as precedents

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Perpetrators of horrendous crimes are considered enemies of humanity, and can be tried and punished anywhere in the world by virtue of the principle of universal jurisdiction

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] Why Duterte can’t get rid of Trillanes

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:22 PM

Walden Bello tries ESP and gets to President Rodrigo Duterte’s unexpurgated ruminations on Senator Sonny Trillanes

Barangays welcome postponement of polls

Oct 04, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The Liga ng mga Barangay thanks President Duterte for rescheduling the elections, and vows to cooperate in the campaign against drugs and criminality

From 'Gang of Five' member to VACC lawyer: Who is Jacinto 'Jing' Paras?

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Former Negros Oriental representative Jacinto 'Jing' Paras has been tagged as a member of the 'Gang of Five' which reportedly received bribes from major cellular networks in 2001

Calida threatens Ombudsman with lawsuit, impeachment

Oct 04, 2017 - 2:17 PM

'They are destabilizing the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte, and we will not let that happen,' says Solicitor General Calida

LAWSUITS. Solicitor General Jose Calida threatens Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang of lawsuits falling under the Anti-Money Laundering Act. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte postpones barangay, SK polls to May 2018

Oct 04, 2017 - 10:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The barangay and SK elections will be held on the second Monday of May 2018 instead of October 23 this year

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. President Rodrigo Duterte postpones the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataaan elections to May 2018. Malacañang file photo

Ombudsman has the power to probe President Duterte for mass murders

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The President does not have real immunity from criminal prosecution for genocide, war crimes, and other crimes against humanity penalized under Republic Act 9851

I will not be baited into abandoning my duties – Ombudsman Morales

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:33 PM

The investigation into President Rodrigo Duterte's wealth continues

FIRM. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is firm that her Office of the Ombudsman will do its duty to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte in a wealth complaint filed by opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Deputy Ombudsman Carandang: I maintained confidentiality

Oct 02, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Carandang issues the statement in the face of threats of cases to be filed against him for breaching confidentiality in investigating the wealth of the President and his family

Uphold the Constitution, stand with the 'impartial' Ombudsman – Robredo

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:46 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says constitutional offices like the Ombudsman were created to stop from happening again abuses under the Marcos regime

DEFEND DEMOCRACY. Vice President Leni Robredo rallies support for the Office of the Ombudsman amid recent attacks against the agency. Photo from the OVP

Remove PH as member, group urges UN rights council

Sep 30, 2017 - 5:47 PM

'The Philippines has exhibited a total mockery of international human rights mechanisms,' the group Philippine Universal Periodic Review Watch says

REMOVE PH. The Philippine UPR Watch is calling on the United Nations to remove the Philippines as a member of the UN Human Rights Council. Photo from Philippine UPR Watch

Duterte says 9,000 cops into drugs amid bloody drug war

Sep 29, 2017 - 11:34 PM

This means that 4 in every 100 Filipino policemen use or sell illegal drugs

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte gives words of encouragement to Special Action Force (SAF) commandos during a send-off ceremony on the sidelines of the 116th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on August 9, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Duterte links Trillanes 'accounts' to 'destabilization'

Sep 29, 2017 - 7:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says an anonymous country is providing him information about Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's supposed bank accounts

PTV INTERVIEW. President Rodrigo Duterte faces Erwin Tulfo in an interview for the PTV show 'Sa Totoo Lang.' Malacañang file photo

Rappler Talk: Dr. Wataru Kusaka on why the poor support Duterte

Sep 29, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Watch Rappler Talk with Dr. Wataru Kusaka at 6 pm on Friday, September 29

Ombudsman hits back: We won't be intimidated

Sep 29, 2017 - 5:08 PM

'If the President has nothing to hide, he has nothing to fear,' says the Office of the Ombudsman

'WE WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED.' Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang (left) and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales are on the spotlight as the Office probes the President's wealth.

Duterte on America: I'd rather be friendly with them now

Sep 28, 2017 - 11:03 PM

'Overall, I think the Americans also redeemed themselves a lot,' President Rodrigo Duterte says during the 116th Balangiga Encounter Day in Eastern Samar

BALANGIGA DAY. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the wreath-laying ceremony during the 116th Balangiga Encounter Day in Eastern Samar on September 28, 2017. Malacañang photo

Sara Duterte welcomes Ombudsman probe into family's wealth

Sep 28, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The Ombudsman says it has found basis to start an investigation into the assets of the President's family based on the complaint of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

PROPER FORUM. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, says an Ombudsman investigation gives the family the proper forum to respond to allegations of accumulating wealth illegally. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

SC sacks for immorality judge in Duterte's narcolist

Sep 27, 2017 - 8:44 AM

To pave the way for its investigation, the SC rejects an attempt by Judge Exequil Dagala to resign in 2016

SACKED. The Supreme Court (SC) sacks a trial court judge over immorality and gross misconduct charges. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte's new matrix links Maute Group to drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 6:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this could explain how the ISIS-inspired Maute Group sustains its operations in Marawi City

NEW MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte presents a new matrix that links the terrorist Maute Group to illegal drugs.

Duterte to reveal Trillanes bank account 'partners'

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:48 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also accuses Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of having multiple bank accounts

WARNING TO TRILLANES. President Rodrigo Duterte address members of the media during a gathering at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on September 22. Photo by Joey Dalumpines/Presidential Photo

Churches show force in biggest rally under Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:47 PM

From Catholics to Aglipayans to Born Again Christians, church members say the killings in the war on drugs contradict the commandments of God

PRAYER POWER. A Filipino prays inside San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, during a Mass for a day of massive protests against drug-related killings and other forms of tyranny. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Rody's cube: Duterte's many faces burn on Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:35 PM

The effigy depicts the 'different faces' of President Rodrigo Duterte whom the militant protesters now describe as an authoritarian leader in the mold of Marcos

MULTI-FACETED. An effigy showing the face of President Rodrigo Duterte called "Rudy's cube" was being burned at Mendiola on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What to expect on September 21

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:53 PM

All activities share the common goals of recalling the 45th anniversary of martial law and condemning dictatorship in all forms

Ombudsman chief prosecutor downplays politics in Jinggoy’s bail grant

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval is a former Sandiganbayan justice who once voted to approve the grant of bail to plunder defendant Carlos Garcia

NO POLITICS? Chief Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval says he trusts that his former fellow justices of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan cannot be controlled by politics. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David: Shepherd of his slaughtered sheep

Sep 17, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The Jesuit-trained bishop is an intellectual heavyweight who puts his boots on – sometimes literally – to defend the rights of the poor

PROTECTING WITNESSES. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a press conference on September 14, 2017, shows a document executed by the father of one of the witnesses to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos' death. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Jinggoy Estrada bail shows Duterte 'dictatorship' – De Lima

Sep 16, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says the 'trademark impunity' of the executive branch under President Duterte 'appears to have found its way into the judiciary'

JUSTICE? Senator Leila de Lima was the DOJ chief who oversaw the filing of plunder and graft charges against former senator Jinggoy Estrada. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Drug war, Maute terrorists 'rising' risks for Philippines – Moody's

Sep 16, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Moody's also cited "continued uncertainties" over Duterte's proposed comprehensive tax reform law that Congress had yet to pass

DRUG WAR. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cayetano hits UN rights chief for 'deliberate misinformation' on PH

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:01 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano wants the UN rights chief to use a Philippine report in May when the UN official was citing Kian delos Santos death in August

HUMAN RIGHTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hits the UN human rights chief for using not only facts from the Philippine government. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Christian churches on drug war: 'Stop the slaughter!'

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:40 PM

While we reiterate our support [for] the campaign against illegal drug use we are appalled at the way such war on drugs is being conducted says the National Council of Churches in the Philippines

'STOP KILLINGS.' Protesters light candles outside Camp Crame to oppose drug-related killings under the Duterte administration. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Marcos' 100th birthday 'no reason to celebrate' – lawmakers

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Legislators from the House point out that President Rodrigo Duterte s proclamation counters Philippine law which recognizes the atrocities during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos

'NO HERO.' About a thousand Moro, Lumad Cordillerans and other natinal minorities join the rest of the Filipino people rally at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in protest against President Rodrigo Duterte decision to declare former President Ferdinand Marcos Birthday Sept 11 as a local holiday im Ilocos Norte . Photo by Maria Tan

Martial Law victims remembered on Marcos' 100th birth anniversary

Sep 11, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Protesters go to the Libingan ng mga Bayani as the family of Ferdinand Marcos celebrates the centenary of the birth of the deposed dictator

IN MEMORY. Activists holds photos of Martial Law martyrs as they protest the celebration of the late President Ferdinand Marcos' 100th birthday. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Duterte now asks Maute Group to surrender

Sep 09, 2017 - 9:46 PM

UPDATED We will try them give them due process and provide them with a lawyer President Rodrigo Duterte says as he makes another U turn on his policy regarding the war in Marawi City