#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 20, 2017

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

People remove debris of a building which collapsed after a quake rattled Mexico City on September 19, 2017.
A powerful earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday, causing panic among the megalopolis' 20 million inhabitants on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. The US Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 7.1 while Mexico's Seismological Institute said it measured 6.8 on its scale. The institute said the quake's epicenter was seven kilometers west of Chiautla de Tapia, in the neighboring state of Puebla.
 / AFP PHOTO / Alfredo ESTRELLA

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Hello Rappler readers,

We're closely following developments in Mexico, which has been struck by a deadly earthquake.

Here in the Philippines, Malacañang called President Rodrigo Duterte's lie about Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s supposed bank account number an "isolated case."

The House justice committee is also holding a hearing on the impeachment complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Scores dead in Mexico earthquake

At least 138 people were killed in the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit Mexico. The disaster occurred exactly 32 years after a 1985 quake in Mexico City that killed 10,000 people.

PH embassy in Mexico damaged by quake

Malacañang said the Philippine embassy in Mexico was among the structures damaged by the powerful earthquake. No Filipino casualties have been reported so far.

Duterte lie on Trillanes bank account an 'isolated case'

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the made-up bank account number that President Rodrigo Duterte previously claimed belonged to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was only an "isolated case." Abella also defended the President's move to share wrong information, saying he was just being "unorthodox."

Duterte wants someone else to appoint barangay OICs

President Rodrigo Duterte said he doesn't want the power to choose officers-in-charge (OICs) if the barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan elections are again postponed. The President said he relayed this to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

LOOK: Malacañang suspends gov't work, classes on Sept 21

Malacañang has officially released the memorandum circular suspending government work and classes in public schools nationwide on Thursday, September 21, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law. The Palace is leaving it up to private schools and companies to decide if they want to follow suit.

LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaint vs Comelec's Bautista

Rappler is live streaming the House hearing on the impeachment complaint against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista. Tune in.

Construction of MRT-LRT Common Station to begin in September

The construction of the MRT-LRT Common Station will finally begin on September 29. Its target completion date is April 2019.

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