How's Tuesday so far, Rappler readers?
The Las Vegas strip – usually associated with glamor, gambling, and excess – became the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in US history, after a gunman sprayed bullets on thousands of concertgoers late Sunday, October 1. The massacre left at least 59 dead and hundreds injured, and has again raised the issue of gun control in America.
Meanwhile, in the Philippines, President Duterte and his allies continue their 'war' against his perceived 'enemies' – in particular, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Supreme Court Chief Justice. Duterte hits back at Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and her deputy Arthur Carandang, defending himself from allegations of having millions in the bank. Meanwhile, lawyer Larry Gadon challenges Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to sign bank waivers to reveal her wealth.
The war on drugs also takes another turn, with the Interior Department ordering local governments to set up 'drop boxes' for people to give tips on drugs and crimes – which could have serious implications on people's security and privacy.
These, and more stories, in today's wRap.
At least 59 killed at Las Vegas concert in deadliest U.S. shooting
At least 59 people were killed and 527 injured when a gunman opened fire on concert-goers Sunday night, October 1, in Las Vegas. The toll could yet rise but the Las Vegas Strip shooting is already the deadliest ever in the United States, exceeding the toll of 49 killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June 2016.
DILG orders LGUs to set up drop boxes for drug, crime reporting
A Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) memorandum circular dated August 29set up the guidelines for the DILG's community-based program in battling criminality and drugs: Masa Masid. This includes ordering local governments to establish "modes of reporting," including the drop box.
Deputy Ombudsman Carandang: I maintained confidentiality
Overall Deputy Ombudsman Arthur Carandang said on Monday, October 2, that he “observed confidentiality” in the ongoing investigation into the wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family. Carandang maintained that “a request was made to the Anti Money Laundering Council (AMLC) as part of the investigative process.”
Gadon challenges Sereno to sign waiver for bank accounts
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was served another challenge anew: sign a waiver for "all banks to fully disclose" all her transactions, including current balances. The challenger? Lawyer Larry Gadon, the complainant in an impeachment case filed against Sereno before the House of Representatives.
Hontiveros, Aguirre face off in Senate hearing over alleged wiretapping
Senator Risa Hontiveros and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II faced off during a Senate investigation into the killings of minors on Monday, October 2. During the hearing, Aguirre claimed he was “targeted” by Hontiveros, following a photo that caught him texting former Negros Occidental Representative Jing Paras urging the latter to “expedite” the cases against the senator.
Police seek Catholic Church protection to testify on EJKs
Police have sought the protection of the Catholic Church to testify on extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said Monday, October 2.
Spain in crisis after police violence in Catalan vote
Spain came under international pressure Monday, October 2, to resolve a spiraling crisis with its Catalan region after a banned independence referendum was marred by shocking scenes of police violence.
Top photo: Crime scene tape surrounds the Mandalay Hotel (background with shooters window damage top right) after a gunman killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 others when he opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 2, 2017. Mark Ralston/AFP