#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 15, 2018

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'IGNORE' UN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police to 'not respond' to UN rapporteurs if they investigate human rights abuses in his 'war on drugs.' Malacañang file photo

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President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the Philippines will withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) "effective immediately." Duterte made the declaration over a month after the ICC started its "preliminary examination" of the complaint filed against the Philippine leader in connection with the high number of killings under his violent war on drugs. This, as majority of senators filed a resolution declaring that the Senate has a say in the termination of any treaty or international agreement.

Aristotle Reyes, one of the two Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors who dismissed the drug charges against Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, and their accomplices, is now a regional trial court (RTC) judge. Reyes, who earlier also cleared customs officials of liabilities in the smuggling of P6.4-billion worth of shabu from China, was appointed to the RTC by no less than the President.

And some bad news on mobile networks speeds: industry monitor OpenSignal recently published the March 2018 iteration of its State of Mobile Networks report for the Philippines, which compares mobile network speeds and availability in the country to the rest of the world. Sadly, OpenSignal says not a lot has changed since their last report 6 months ago.

All this and more are in today's wRap!

Duterte: PH to withdraw from International Criminal Court 'immediately'

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ignore the one-year period for the effectivity of the withdrawal, claiming the Philippines was deceived when it signed the Rome Statute

Duterte promotes DOJ prosecutor who cleared suspects in big drug cases

Between the time DOJ prosecutor Aristotle Reyes is appointed Lucena City regional trial court judge and finally takes his oath, he has dismissed drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and the customs officials in the shabu smuggling case

Con-Com finalizes wording of anti-dynasty provision

The vote of the Consultative Committee is a step toward regulating political dynasties but will Congress, full of scions of such dynasties, adopt the body's recommendation?

It's final: PH Navy chief says Korean system to be installed in warships

Philippine Navy chief Robert Empedrad tells the Commission on Appointments that the selection of Hanwha is a 'done deal'

CIDG to DOJ: Stop witness protection for 'uncooperative' Kerwin Espinosa

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has appealed to the justice department as early as September 2017. As of March 2018, Espinosa remains under witness protection.

Ice Seguerra resigns as National Youth Commission chief

Ice Seguerra's work as NYC chairperson will formally end on April 5, or over a year and a half after he joined the Duterte administration

PH remains next to last in 4G speeds, availability in ASEAN – OpenSignal

OpenSignal says not a lot has changed in terms of mobile network speed and availability from its previous study in the Philippines 6 months ago

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