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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 25, 2017

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:58 AM

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

13-year-old boy shot dead in Pasay

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Jayross Brondial just came out of their house to sit outside when he was shot dead in broad daylight

SHOT DEAD. Jayross Grepal was shot dead in a Pasay neighborhood. Photo from Grepal's Facebook page

'Buwan at Baril' returns onstage at PETA Theater Center

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The Freedom from Debt Coalition and Sugid Productions announce a rerun of the play by Chris Millado

Meralco Bolts down San Miguel to clinch Govs' Cup top spot

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:34 PM

Meralco overturns a 16-point deficit to finish the eliminations at 9-3

BOLTED. The Meralco Bolts stamped themselves as the top seed heading into the quarterfinals. Photo by PBA Images

Marawi mayor gets emotional seeing houses inside battle area

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra asks the national government to help residents rebuild their 'completely devastated' homes

INSIDE THE MARAWI BATTLE AREA. Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra enters the war zone to begin assessment of the work to be done when the fighting stops. Photo courtesy of the Marawi City municipal government

PH hoops legend Loreto Carbonell dies at age 84

Sep 24, 2017 - 9:11 PM

Loreto Carbonell, the flashy forward for the 1956 basketball team which placed seventh in the Melbourne Olympics, has died.

LEGEND DIES. Loreto Carbonell, shown at the far right in the 1978 San Bed Red Lions team photo, was an important figure in the hoops scene as a player and coach. Photo from Wikipedia

WATCH: What are millennials fighting for?

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Millennials share why they joined the protest on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law

YOUTH POWER. In an evident show of force, millennials troop to Luneta Park on Thursday, September 21, to join the multi-sectoral protest marking the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. Photo by Rappler

Star pushes NLEX out of top 4 race

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The Star Hotshots overcome an early 15-point deficit to close out the elimination round with a victory.

STAR PERFORMANCE. Five players from Star scored in double figures, including Paul Lee with 15 points. Photo by PBA Images

CHR urges gov't to reconsider, accept UN call to probe killings

Sep 24, 2017 - 6:55 PM

The Commission on Human Rights calls on the Duterte administration to show it is 'serious in making progress for human rights'

2 Vietnamese fishermen killed in West PH Sea incident

Sep 24, 2017 - 5:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 5 other Vietnamese fishermen are arrested off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan

ILLEGAL FISHING? Two Vietnamese fisherman were killed while 5 others were arrested on Saturday, September 23, some 60 nautical miles off the coast of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

PH welcomes Saudi Arabia's extended amnesty program

Sep 24, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the extension will benefit at least 6,000 undocumented Filipinos

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 19-24, 2017

Sep 24, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Must-watch videos from this week


Filipino boxer Romero Duno defeats crafty Juan Sanchez by decision in LA

Sep 24, 2017 - 11:54 AM

Juan Pablo Sanchez didn't come to lay down but Romero Duno gets the win by unanimous decision.

TOUGH WIN. Romero Duno had to work to a decision win against a fighter not keen on being bulldozed. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Donaire, with new promoter and trainer, returns with decision win over Hernandez

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Nonito Donaire wins a unanimous decision against unheralded Mexican boxer Ruben Garcia Hernandez in San Antonio.

BACK WITH A WIN. Nonito Donaire Jr returned to the featherweight division with a new promoter and new head trainer. Photo from Ringstar Sports

Migrant life in Qatar: Ladies in waiting

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The women’s resource shelter offers skills training so the OFWs will have a fall back when they go back home

Photo by OM

Citizen advocates raise issues in FOI rollout

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:50 AM

The Right to Know Right Now Coalition also reiterates its call for the passage of a Freedom of Information Law

FOI PRACTICE. The Right to Know Right Now Coalition presents its findings on the implementation of the executive order on the FOI on Friday, September 22, in Quezon City. Photo by Michael Bueza/Rappler

WATCH: Philippine Underwater Hockey team aims for AUHC championship

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:28 AM

The Philippines is relying on a mix of strong veterans and young players to bring home a medal in this obscure sport.

MEDAL PROMISE. The Philippines Underwater hockey team is confident to bring home a medal from the 7th Asian Underwater Hockey Championships. Photo from Instagram @polopuckpirates

Cayetano calls Duterte drug war 'rule of law campaign'

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:20 AM

'We refuse to just watch and do nothing as the Philippines becomes a narco-state and as we lose a whole generation to narcotics,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano in a speech in New York

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter, in his speech during an event at the Asia Society on New York City on September 21, 2017, enumerates the various problems that have hounded the country during the past administration citing that development has been mostly centered in Metro Manila, while issuing authorities of government have the so-called 'incentive attitude' where they fulfill their functions when they receive incentives. He also pointed out that there have been lapses in planning which have led to poor decision-making. The Foreign Affairs Secretary then stated that the main objective of the Duterte administration. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

How UP's Rob Ricafort won twice in one game

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:46 AM

Behind a standing ovation from the packed lower boxes, Rob Ricafort entered a UAAP court for the first time.

MAGIC. “When I step on the court, I just try to bring the energy, I try to motivate everybody, especially when we’re going down. I have to tell everybody that we still got this.” Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake hits Lanao del Sur

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:10 AM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected, but there are aftershocks

La Salle's Luistro: 'Matutulog pa ba uli kayo ngayong gabi?'

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:25 PM

'Ang bayang akala nila'y nahihimbing ay nagising na,' says De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law

NATION'S SLEEP. De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro speaks at the Manlaban para sa Karapatan concert rally at the Commission on Human Rights on September 21. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima slams Duterte in two September 21 protests

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Despite her detention, Senator Leila de Lima participates in the biggest opposition gatherings so far under President Rodrigo Duterte

TNT KaTropa dominates Ginebra to secure twice-to-beat

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The TNT Katropa secured their spot in the top 4 and surged to their fourth straight win after toppling the top seed Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

TWICE TO BEAT. Jayson Castro showed why he is one of the best guards in the league by dropping 28 points and 7 assists. Photo by PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Thailand - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:47 PM

Follow Rappler for live updates on Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA ACC match-up vs Thailand's Mono Vampire Basketball Club on Sunday, 2:30 pm

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters manhandle Blackwater Elite

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:42 PM

Rain or Shine gets the win but falls short of a top 4 spot after TNT defeated Ginebra.

PAINT JOB. Gabe Norwood added 15 points in the win over Blackwater. Photo by PBA Images

UPrising: #UPFight tops PH trends as netizens celebrate win over DLSU in UAAP

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Paul Desiderio, WowUP, and DLSU Green Archers also among top 10 trends shortly after the game

Rainshowers due to Nando in parts of Luzon on Sunday

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:13 PM

Tropical Depression Nando will bring moderate to occasional heavy rain to Zambales and Bataan on Sunday, September 24

Surface map analysis as of September 19, 4 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

UP Fighting Maroons pull off shocking win over the Green Archers

Sep 23, 2017 - 6:39 PM

The Fighting Maroons sink 16 triples, the most a team had made since 2010.

STUNNER. The UP Fighting Maroons give the defending champions their first loss. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

The week in photos: September 16-22, 2017

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:12 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BULLSEYE. Children play around a protest banner during an anti-government rally in Luneta on September 21, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

NBI raids house of Bacolod cop, seizes firearms, drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:55 PM

SPO1 Joshua Barile claims the confiscated firearms were evidence from police raids, while the packets of suspected shabu were allegedly planted

Locator map of Bacolod City, Philippines

Thousands flock UPLB for 'promised cash' from Marcos wealth

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:08 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mabuhay si Apo!' thousands chant at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, as organizers promise them 'blessings'

LATE STRONGMAN. Booklets detailing the achievements of former President Ferdinand Marcos were given during an event in UP Los Banos. Photo by Jan Jacob Jansalin/Rappler

WATCH: Songs of protest to remember horrors of Martial Law

Sep 23, 2017 - 2:50 PM

On Thursday, September 21, Filipinos stand up for their rights in various ways – including through art and music

BELL TOWER. UP Carillon plays 'Bayan Ko' and 'UP Naming Mahal' on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law. Screenshot from the UP Diliman USC post

How an army captain died saving his soldier's life in Marawi

Sep 23, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Company Commander Rommel Sandoval could not bear seeing any of his men wounded. For this, he paid the ultimate sacrifice.

'DAREDEVIL.' Caprain Rommel Sandoval's courage was 'above and beyond the call of duty,' said his superiors. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Malacañang defends Cabinet 'right to privacy' in SALN

Sep 23, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says that 'those working in the government, such as members of the Cabinet, still have the right to privacy'

Servania drops Valdez, but loses world title bid by decision

Sep 23, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Genesis Servania scores a knockdown in round 4 but Oscar Valdez boxes his way to a unanimous decision win.

VALOR IN DEFEAT. Genesis Servania dropped Oscar Valdez but lost a unanimous decision in his first fight in the United States. Photo by Top Rank

Philmar Alipayo wins first title in 19th Siargao National Surfing Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Alipayo bested his hometown's bemedalled surfer Piso Alcala in the 25-minute man-on-man finals duel despite suffering from a lower back injury.

HISTORY. Philmar Alipayo nabs his first championship in the 19th Siargao Surfing Cup. Photo by Gaps Sabuero/ 2017 PSCT Media

Filipino minorities showcase culture in 'Hugpungan'

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:33 AM

Hugpungan coordinator Rey Paulin says that to understand the plight of the Moros and the indigenous people, 'we must understand each and every culture'

UNITY The Moros of Mindanao perform a theater production that demonstrates the plight of the Bangsamoro for self-determination and the cry for just and lasting peace in southern Philippines. All photos by Mark Saludes

Thanks to Duterte gov't confusion, the Left regains influence

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The national democrats know a break with President Duterte's administration will be inevitable. For now, it will milk the relationship for all its strategic and tactical worth.

DUTERTE AND THE LEFT. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with National Democratic Front (NDF) Peace Panel Members Fidel Agcaoili, Chit Agcaoili, Benito Tiamzon, and Wilma Tiamzon over dinner at Bondi and Bourke Restaurant at Legaspi Suites, Davao City, on December 2, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Duterte takes swipe at leftists: 'I don't get them'

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:48 AM

'You are not a leftist or a socialist if you do not go against government by force of arms. That's what I don't like about them,' says the President

MEDIA NIGHT. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte talks casually to journalists during a dinner he hosts for them on November 15, 2016. Photo by Ace Moradante/Presidential Photo

Marawi bishop urges Catholics to adopt communities for rehabilitation

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:45 AM

Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña presents 'Duyog Marawi,' a rehabilitation program that focuses on healing and peace-building efforts in his city

DUYOG MARAWI. Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña (right) and Father Edwin Gariguez (left) present the 'Duyog Marawi' rehabilitation program in a press conference on September 19, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Danilo Concepcion vows UP students can express ideas 'without fear'

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:30 AM

'Let reason guide us, but not reason alone; let it be reason tempered with respect, responsibility, and collegiality,' says UP president Danilo Concepcion

THE VOW. Danilo Concepcion takes his oath as UP's 21st president during his investiture on September 20. Photo from UP

Marawi battle area shrinks as troops enclose 3rd bridge

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:24 AM

The war marks its 4th month on Saturday, September 23. At least 887 have died including 151 soldiers, 689 enemies, and 47 civilians.

MARAWI BRIDGES. The Agus River separates the safe zone and the battle zone. Screenshot of a drone video by the Provincial Crisis Management Committee

Jack Tepora scores crushing one-punch KO of Lusanda Komanisi in South Africa

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:18 AM

Jack Tepora sends the hometown fighter crashing to the canvas for a second round knockout win in East London, South Africa

BIG WIN. Jack Tepora proves he is a Filipino prospect to take seriously after knocking out Lusanda Komanisi in the second round. File photo from Tepora's Facebook


Supreme Court asked to order probe into all EJK cases

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:36 AM

According to the petitioners – all human rights lawyers – current efforts to investigate a few of the thousands of deaths have not provided justice to the families

JUSTICE FOR ALL. Mourners of the death of Kian Loyd delos Santos demand accountability in drug war killings. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Palestine - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:08 AM

Follow Rappler’s blog for live updates on the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA Asia Champions Cup match-up vs Palestine's Sareyyet Ramallah on Saturday, 4:45 pm

Durham drops triple-double to power Meralco over Globalport

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Globalport trims a big deficit to single digits but can't topple the Meralco Bolts

BIG STATS. Allen Durham dropped 22 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists in the win. Photo by PBA Images

WATCH: #MoveSessions featuring KontraGaPi

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:08 PM

#MoveSessions is an online live jam that showcases the talent of up-and-coming artists from communities and schools. Bookmark this page to watch the live jam at 7pm, Sunday, September 24

After reaching 5K point club, Pingris jokes: 'Aabot ng 10,000 ‘yan'

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Marc Pingris admits he isn't playing at 100 percent after coming back from a hip injury.

HOTSHOT. Marc Pingris entered the 5,000-point club with his 12-point, 9-rebound, 4-assist outing. Photo by PBA Images

4 more Aegis Juris fraternity members placed on immigration lookout list

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:38 PM

This brings to 20 the number of frat men on the lookout list as authorities probe the hazing death of UST student Horacio Castillo III

HAZING VICTIM. Horacio Castillo III died due to injuries allegedly sustained during hazing initiation rites by Aegis Juris fraternity. Photo of Castillo from his Facebook page

EXPLAINER: Senate, House versions of the tax reform bill

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III hopes the new tax reform package can be implemented by January 1, 2018

TWO VERSIONS. Even if the Senate and House differ on how they want to restructure the country's tax system, they are being guided by one principle, which is to make taxes 'simpler, lower, and fairer' for Filipinos. All graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler