#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 6, 2017
Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.
The Philippine military receives 3,000 assault rifles from China to celebrate improved relations between the two countries. In the turnover ceremony, however, the Chinese envoy insisted China can fish in waters claimed by the Philippines.
A day after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to impeach the Ombudsman who is investigating his family’s undeclared wealth, he creates a commission that will investigate presidential appointees, including the government’s chief graft buster.
A committee of the House of Representatives, meanwhile, declares it has found sufficient grounds to impeach Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Meanwhile, the Philippine customs bureau suspends some rules governing balikbayan boxes in time for the Christmas season.
Overseas, the Japan-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of the Day, wins the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Here are the big stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.
The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is created days after President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to investigate the Office of the Ombudsman for its supposed "partiality." Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales is lead the probe into the alleged undeclared wealth of the Duterte's family since he was mayor of Davao City.
The House committee on justice is now set to tackle the issue of whether there is probable cause to pursue the impeachment complaint.
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Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua invokes commitment to the Declaration of Conduct, an agreement that China has repeatedly violated in the past.
The World Bank says long-standing armed conflict in Mindanao makes it challenging to unlock the growth potential of the region, which is a major source of agricultural products.
Experts and officials say the jihadist propaganda machine will continue to exist in hidden corners of the dark web, inciting sympathizers to action.
The 62-year-old Japan-born British author, "in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world," the Academy writes in its citation.
The revised rules on balikbayan boxes are suspended until March 21, 2018.