#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 8, 2016
Hello! Here's a round-up of news you need to know this Tuesday
Dear Rappler reader,
It's a date with history for Marcos loyalists and Americans alike. Today the Supreme Court allows a hero's burial for former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, as the dictator's son promises to make a political comeback. It's the eve of the most divisive and vitriolic elections in U.S. history to date. Will these events herald sweeping changes in the political landscape of the two countries?
Below are the big stories we think you shouldn't miss.
In a vote of 9-5, the High Court rejected petitions that sought to stop the burial of the late dictator. Duterte took the position early August that Marcos is qualified to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani because he is "a former soldier and former president of the Philippines." It was a campaign promise he made to the Marcos family and the Ilocanos.
A day before the Supreme Court decides on a hero’s burial for his father, the only son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos talks about his political ‘resurgence.’ He said, "This [hiatus] is but temporary. Watch out for the next chapter!" Meantime, his sister, Imee Marcos, said in a rally Monday, "We all make mistakes. No one is perfect except God." She added, her family will respect the decision of the High Court.
Millions of Americans are set to make a historic decision that will reverberate across the world: who will be the next President of the United States of America? The divisive election campaign culminates Tuesday night, November 8. Looking back, some Fil-Ams reeled from the vitriolic campaign that exposed the ugly underbelly of America. Meantime, early voting turnout among African American and Hispanic voters surged which could spell trouble for Donald Trump's White House hopes.
BOOKMARK THIS PAGE for updates, photos, videos, interviews, fast facts, and analyses starting November 8, Monday, Manila time. We will have a marathon coverage from Tuesday night to Wednesday as the results come in. A live broadcast on Wednesday morning (Manila time), in time for the announcement of winners, will be anchored by Maria Ressa.
President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he will now sign the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change, after a near-unanimous approval by his Cabinet. Advocates welcomed the President's decision and urged the Senate to immediately act on the agreement. Watch this video.
Vice President Leni Robredo said the death of detained Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. casts doubts on the integrity of the police force. Meantime, President Dutere clarified he's all for stamping out illegal gambling, but he simply doesn't have enough people to run after this network. Since he was sworn into power, Duterte has led a much-supported but highly-criticized “war on drugs” nationwide. Police have tallied more than 4,700 deaths nationwide. Jerico Camitan is a number in that statistic. His killers tossed a sign on his chest that said he was a drug dealer but his friends ripped the sign away. Drugs, they say, have become an excuse for murder.
President Duterte on Monday signed an executive order expanding the panel that will draft an "improved version" of the Bangsamoro Basic Law that failed to pass Congress in the previous administration. Duterte said, "I am committed to the peace process. If that is the only thing I can do for my motherland, that's okay." Meantime, Presidential Jesus Dureza said another panel will be formed to engage Nur Misuari's faction, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said President Rodrigo Duterte allowed the continuation of the annual Balikatan war games between the Philippine and US militaries, but cancelled two other major exercises that showcase joint training in the West Philippine Sea. Lorenzana also said the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between both countries will also be implemented after he presented in last week's Cabinet meeting the benefits of cooperation activities with the US. The President in October said he wanted to scrap EDCA.
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