#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 23, 2017

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 23, 2017
Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

Hello Rappler readers,

The Senate will look into the death of 17-year-old student Kian delos Santos, and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said it’ll be an “impartial” probe. At the House, the opposition bloc also wants a probe into extrajudicial killings linked to the drug war.

Overseas, Hong Kong raised the highest warning for Severe Typhoon Hato (known in the Philippines as Severe Tropical Storm Isang).

We also continue to give you the latest updates on the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.

Below are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.

Pimentel vows ‘impartial’ Senate probe into Kian’s death

Even though most senators are allies of President Rodrigo Duterte, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said they would be “impartial” in their inquiry into Kian delos Santos’ death. The 17-year-old Delos Santos was among dozens dead in a recent series of police raids under Duterte’s drug war.

House opposition seeks EJK probe

At the House of Representatives, lawmakers from the opposition bloc filed a resolution calling for a probe into drug-related extrajudicial killings. Will House leaders – allies of President Rodrigo Duterte – act on this?

House resumes probe into Ilocos Norte tobacco funds

The House continues its inquiry into the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte’s tobacco funds. Watch the hearing on Rappler.

Hong Kong raises highest typhoon warning for Hato

Hong Kong is under its maximum Typhoon 10 signal due to Severe Typhoon Hato, meaning hurricane force winds are expected. Hato is known in the Philippines as Severe Tropical Storm Isang.

No more Nickelodeon resort in Coron

Media conglomerate Viacom will no longer build the fiercely opposed Nickelodeon-branded attraction and resort in Coron, Palawan. Viacom said it decided to “mutually agree” with project developer Coral World Park (CWP) “to discontinue the IP licensing agreement.”

John Marvin not worried about facing hometown boxer in SEA Games final

John Marvin is one win away from becoming the first Filipino to win a light heavyweight boxing gold in 26 years. Marvin will face the hometown bet, Malaysia’s Adli Hafidz Mohd Pauzi, in the gold medal match at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

Mark Wahlberg named world’s top paid actor

Forbes magazine named Mark Wahlberg as the world’s highest paid actor. He earned an estimated $68 million before taxes over the past 12 months, thanks to Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddy’s Home 2, due out in November.

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