#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, May 15-21, 2017
Must-watch videos from this week
Dear Rappler reader,
Of slaves and royals. This week's most explosive stories feel like a time warp – of modern-day slavery and royals whose heritage date back thousands of years.
There's Rappler's search for relatives of Lola Eudocia Pulido, whose life of suffering as a slave revealed in a searing account by one of her wards, award-winning Fil-Am journalist Alex Tizon.
The royal watchers among us must have sighed to know Japan's Princess Mako, the sister of a future Emperor no less, will lose her royal status when she marries a commoner just because she's a woman.
Must watch is the interview on the Anti-Distracted Driving Act which answers your practical questions on whether you can still surreptitiously text and drive.
Below are the big stories we think you shouldn't miss.
"We feel sorry for her because she spent a long time in America ... but had nothing to show for her time abroad." Rappler looked for the relatives of Eudocia Pulido in Tarlac and found out how they felt about her tragic story. Eudocia is the slave of a migrant Filipino family in The Atlantic story "My Family's Slave" by Fil-Am journalist Alex Tizon.
"We have to be patient just a little while. Our sponsor, Ramon Ang, the one who spent for this, was caught in traffic." The Philippine President said as he and the crowd waited for Filipino businessman Ramon Ang on Friday, who was late for a housing project's groundbreaking ceremony in Davao City.
"The line of sight of the driver is eye level ... and includes the side mirrors," Land Transportation Office's Francis Ray Almora expounded on a feature of the new Anti-Distracted Driving Act which prohibits mounting devices on areas that obstruct the driver's line of sight. The Anti-Distracted Driving Act defines 'distracted driving' as using telecommunications or entertainment devices while in motion or temporarily stopped at a red traffic light.
"Gabby Lopez, I paid ABS-CBN P2.8 million ...You accepted my money, you never bothered to show my propaganda... After the elections, you didn't return the money." President Rodrigo Duterte had this to say to ABS-CBN chairman Gabby Lopez in a curse-filled tirade against the TV network.
"I now have the distinction or the privilege of presiding over the shortest confirmation hearing of a Cabinet secretary." CA foreign affairs committee chair Senator Panfilo Lacson said after Senator Alan Peter Cayetano passed the committee level as Foreign Affairs Secretary. His move to the cabinet paved the way for a light-hearted episode with political adversaries Senator Nancy Binay and Senator Grace Poe. Cayetano spearheaded investigations into corruption allegations against Nancy's father, former vice president Jejomar Binay. Cayetano also questioned Poe's eligibility to run for president, raising citizenship issues against her.
"I'm convinced that during his (Roxas') time they dropped the ball." Senator Grace Poe, the chairperson of the Senate public services committee, said of her former 2016 presidential elections rival, former Senator Mar Roxas, on the MRT3 mess.
"If they want to remove me from Congress, then so be it." Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano said after the House justice committee junked his impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte. Alejano also said he will discuss with his party mates the possibility of being co-complainants in the ICC case filed against the President.
"I wasn't expecting people to like it this much, and for people to watch it 3 to 5 times." 'Bliss' director Jerrold Tarog and star Iza Calzado say they were overwhelmed by the response to the film. A Rappler article described 'Bliss' as as a puzzle-like narrative from a nation's infatuation with fame and fantasy.
"The key to acceptance is being visible." Talking about the possibility of joining showbiz, Mr Gay World 2017 John Raspado said he's open to it because it will help foster acceptance of the LGBT.
Emperor Akihito's granddaughter, Princess Mako's upcoming engagement to her college sweetheart, a commoner, will cost the princess her royal status. The engagement highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan's monarchy as it faces a potential succession crisis. By law, females who marry commoners are stripped of their status. The law doesn't apply to male royals.