Hello Rappler readers,
We’re still closely monitoring developments in the case of slain teenager Kian delos Santos. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said it’s the Department of Justice that must handle the case, not the Ombudsman.
Overseas, US President Donald Trump visited disaster-hit Texas.
Uber also has a new CEO.
Below are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said his department, not the Office of the Ombudsman, is authorized to handle the case of slain 17-year-old Kian delos Santos. He also sees no reason for the investigating prosecutors to let go of the case.
Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido said his transfer to Iloilo does not automatically mean Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is in danger of being killed. Espenido added that he is “pro-life.”
Malacañang failed to invite Vice President Leni Robredo to the 2nd Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (Ledac) meeting. By law, the Vice President is supposed to be there.
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs promised to help 20 Filipino seafarers detained in Libya. The Filipinos’ vessel, a Liberian-flagged tanker, was caught for allegedly smuggling oil.
US President Donald Trump visited disaster-hit Texas, which has been battered by Hurricane Harvey. Rescue operations are still ongoing for stranded residents, and immediate relief is the priority.
North Korea confirmed it launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile over Japan. The launch was supervised by leader Kim Jong-Un, according to Pyongyang’s state media.
Ride-hailing company Uber appointed Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi as its new CEO. Khosrowshahi is credited with turning Expedia into a global travel services behemoth.
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