Good morning Rapplers!
Six patients with leptospirosis, including a minor, have died this week at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City. Compared to last year, there is a spike in the number of those infected with leptospirosis. The whole of 2017 had approximately 40 patients admitted with the disease. This week alone there were 52.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales snapped back at defense lawyer Edna Batacan who told the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) that the Office of the Ombudsman has become a “graft-ridden” office, and that she had been a "victim" of corruption there. “You say [the Office of the Ombudsman] is corrupt, come up with evidence," Morales said in a Rappler Talk interview, addressing the allegations of Batacan. "If you are party to corruption, you are corrupt yourself," she added.
In the US, the Democratic Party was rocked to its core as establishment congressman Joe Crowley – seen as a potential standard-bearer – was ousted by 28-year-old far-left political novice Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Crowley, a 10-term incumbent representing New York's diverse 14th district and the number 4 Democrat in the House of Representatives, had been considered a possible successor to Nancy Pelosi as party leader and even speaker, should Democrats reclaim the majority in November's midterm elections.
All this and more are on today's wRap!
6 dead, 52 admitted in a week due to leptospirosis
The National Kidney and Transplant Institute has converted its covered basketball gym into a leptospirosis ward.
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