#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 4, 2017

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The Senate has begun its inquiry into the spread of fake news. During the hearing, Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson – herself accused of spreading fake news – claimed she's a victim.

President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, has signed the law postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

In the United States, authorities are still at a loss as to why the Las Vegas gunman launched his deadly assault. His supposed girlfriend has also left the Philippines.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Mocha Uson: 'Ako po ay biktima ng fake news'

Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, one of the prominent personalities accused of spreading false information, told senators that she herself is a victim of fake news. She again pinned the blame on mainstream media.

Sotto vows to go after #SilentNoMorePH blog

Also in the hearing on fake news, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III vowed to "hunt down" the people behind the #SilentNoMorePH blog. The blog had tagged Sotto and 6 other senators as Malacañang's lapdogs.

Employee testifies on 'tara' for Customs intel officers

A contractual employee of the Bureau of Customs testified before the Senate blue ribbon committee, saying she collected "tara" or grease money for the bureau's intelligence officers. But the officers claimed the employee transacted with fixer Mark Taguba on her own.

Barangay, SK polls postponed to May 2018

It's official: the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections will be held on the second Monday of May 2018 instead of October 23 this year. President Rodrigo Duterte already signed the law postponing the polls.

Metro Manila minimum wage hike takes effect October 5

The P21 minimum wage increase in Metro Manila begins on October 5. Non-agricultural workers will now receive P512 per day while agriculture and service workers will get P475 per day.

Vegas shooter's motive sought; girlfriend leaves PH

US authorities are still determining why 64-year-old gambler and retired accountant Stephen Paddock went on a deadly shooting rampage in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Philippine officials said Paddock's girlfriend, Marilou Danley, has left Manila.

Trump tells Puerto Rico to be 'proud' of low storm toll

US President Donald Trump told Puerto Rico to be "proud" the island did not lose more lives to Hurricane Maria, as his administration faces criticism over its response to the disaster. Trump visited Puerto Rico with his wife, US First Lady Melania Trump.

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