Today on Rappler:
Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says President Rodrigo Duterte spent his confidential and intelligence funds 'better than the past administrations.' Opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives slam the removal of their budgets for 2018, calling it an assault to democracy. Data from the Philippine National Police claims the volume of crimes in the Philippines dropped in 2017 by 21.8%. Navigation app Waze says December 22, a Friday, may be the worst day to drive this Christmas season. The Low Pressure Area east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur intensifies into Tropical Depression Vinta.