#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 4, 2018

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FUTURE REPRESENTATIVE? Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio delivers a speech during the launch of the Tapang at Malasakit Alliance for the Philippines. Screenshot by Rappler

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Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is among the top contenders in the May 2019 senatorial elections, based on two surveys obtained by Rappler. She joined the Magic 12 in surveys conducted by polling firms Social Weather Stations (SWS) in December 2017 and Laylo Research Strategies in November 2017.

This, as Malacañang assures the public that President Rodrigo Duterte is not interested in a term extension.

In the United States, President Donald Trump unleashed a spectacular denunciation of one of his closest political allies, describing former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon as insane and irrelevant.

All this and more are in today's wRap!

Sara Duterte joins Magic 12 in 2019 Senate race surveys

Presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio joins the list dominated by reelectionist and returning senators

Malacañang says Duterte doesn't want term extension

'He wants to cut short his term rather than lengthen it,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque about the Chief Executive

Pimentel hits Alvarez: Senate not slow, it's Congress' 'critical chamber'

'The Senate is the nag-aaral na kapulungan... Again I say, change mindset: quality over quantity,' Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III says in response to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's criticism

Marcos camp denies hand in Lozano draft compromise deal

The Lozano draft aside, a compromise deal with the Marcoses is not remote with President Rodrigo Duterte announcing it himself in 2017

Civil union for same-sex couples, ugly, rich people – Speaker Alvarez

The Speaker says, 'Ngayon kasi kapag absolute community of property…karamihan ngayon, kung hindi babae or lalaki, kahit na medyo pangit, kapag maraming pera pakakasalan mo'

Trump slams Bannon, says ex-aide has 'lost his mind'

Donald Trump: 'Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.'

Most Filipinos prefer socially responsible brands

Research shows Filipinos are most likely to believe businesses have a responsibility to ensure their supply chain doesn’t harm the environment

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