Dear Rappler readers,
Even after the declaration of Marawi “free” from terrorists, President Rodrigo Duterte told Filipinos to prepare for “any eventuality,” to be alert for any possible incident or situation. Soldiers and policemen who fought in Marawi were hailed as heroes, with Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa promoting all Marawi-assigned elite cops one rank higher.
Unlike Marawi, all is not quiet on the political front. The woes of Comelec chairman Andres Bautista continue, with Malacañang calling his resignation effective “immediately.” Duterte’s daughter Sara launched a coalition called “Tapang at Malasakit,” calling for an end to “destructive politicking.”
The case of slain law student Horacio Castillo III continues, with a twist in the testimony of witness John Paul Solano, who claimed Castillo died from a pre-existing heart condition. Castillo’s parents deny any pre-existing condition.
Now, on to some good, inspiring news – Hollywood actors Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth were thrilled to receive action figures made of tsinelas. Get to know Elmer Padilla, the Filipino who made the Hulk and Thor action figures.
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Duterte tells public to prepare for 'any eventuality' amid terrorism
'I'm not trying to scare you, but let's just be prepared for any eventuality,' says President Rodrigo Duterte
All Marawi-assigned SAF troopers promoted one rank
It will be done by virtue of 'meritorious promotion,' says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa
Documentary | Marawi: 153 days of war
See the terror, get to know the heroes, and learn the lessons of the war that dragged on for 5 months
Comelec Chair Bautista's resignation effective immediately – Malacañang
Impeached Comelec chief Andres Bautista says he has been notified by the Palace through a letter from the Executive Secretary
WATCH: Sara Duterte leads launch of Tapang at Malasakit Alliance
The coalition is composed of politicians and groups who support President Rodrigo Duterte to unite Filipinos and put an end to 'destructive politicking'
Atio Castillo died of pre-existing heart condition – Solano
Horacio's parents criticize the use of Solano's expert opinion as medical technologist, saying a cardiologist should have been cited instead
Boy Tsinelas: Crafting action figures out of flip-flops
'Boy Tsinelas' Elmer Padilla gives The Hulk movie star Mark Ruffalo an action figure he made out of scrap materials