#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 1, 2017

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Hello!

How's Wednesday, Rappler readers?

We hope you're safe and sound, as Tropical Depression Ramil brings heavy rain to large parts of the country on this All Souls' Day holiday.

It was a horror scene, but in real life: a truck plowing pedestrians. Eight people are dead, and a number of others injured, when an attacker drove through a bike path in New York City. Authorities say it is an "act of terror," the deadliest one in the city since 9/11.

In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte arrived home from Japan. At his arrival press conference, he said that he will let independent agencies probe his son in relation to the controversial Customs shabu shipment, and also challenged ASEAN to be a more united group, and be more like the EU.

These, and more stories, in today's wRap.

Suspect kills 8 in New York truck 'act of terror'

A pickup driver killed 8 people in New York on Tuesday, October 31, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians, before striking a school bus in what officials branded a "cowardly act of terror." Eleven others were seriously injured in the broad daylight assault and first deadly terror-related attack in America's financial and entertainment capital since the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda hijackings brought down the Twin Towers.

Undas 2017: Pray for the 'living dead,' bishop says

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticized "the living dead" who either perpetrate or condone extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. David called for prayers for these people with "dead consciences" as Filipinos troop to cemeteries on Wednesday, November 1, for the annual remembrance of the dead, called "Undas" in the Philippines.

Duterte: Let independent agencies probe my son

President Rodrigo Duterte snapped back at detained Senator Leila de Lima who said on October 30 that he should pay attention on the alleged involvement of his son and son-in-law to a multi-billion drug scandal instead of implicating two members of the Liberal Party (LP).

Spain court summons deposed Catalan leader to Madrid

Spain's top criminal court summons Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont and 13 other former members of his government to be put under official investigation over the region's separatist drive.

If EU can do it, why can't we? Duterte challenges ASEAN

As the Philippines hands over its chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to Singapore, President Rodrigo Duterte hopes that member-states of the regional economic bloc could aim for a “cohesive partnership.”

Undas 2017: Mall schedule for All Saints' Day, November 1

Some shopping malls shorten operating hours in observance of All Saints' Day.

Reel to real: K-drama couples who married in real life

From reel to real, these K-drama couples took their romance to the real world.

Top photo: Children have fun in their Halloween costumes in Monterey Park, California on October 31, 2017. Frederick J Brown/AFP

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