Dear Rappler reader,
Again, another action-packed week in Congress. The House of Representatives impeached Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista, hours after he tendered his resignation. It also considered plunder charges versus Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos over the tobacco funds issue that put her at odds with erstwhile ally Rudy Fariñas. The Commission on Appointments rejected Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, making her join the ranks of Rafael Mariano, Gina Lopez, and Perfecto Yasay.
President Rodrigo Duterte slammed critics who said the Philippines could be kicked out of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) over the killings in his war on drugs. He also dared the "Yellows" from the Liberal Party and the Reds or the communists to merge to oppose his administration.
Duterte critic Pinoy Ako Blog shed her anonymity after pro-administration bloggers conducted a witchhunt. Law student Jover Laurio, the woman behind the blog, challenged the pro-administation bloggers to see her in court.
Vice President Leni Robredo's poll numbers, on the other hand, remain inconsistent. Social Weather Stations saw a net satisfaction rating rose by 5 points to a "good +41," while Pulse Asia Research showed Robredo's approval and trust ratings dipped slightly in September.
Here are some of the stories we think you should not miss.
House impeaches Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista
The House overturns the resolution of the committee on justice, which earlier junked the impeachment complaint
House panel considers plunder charges vs Imee Marcos
'She is the most responsible person in all these transactions,' says the chairman of a committee investigating alleged anomalies in the use of the province's tobacco funds
CA rejects Paulyn Ubial as health secretary
In her last confirmation hearing, Paulyn Ubial is grilled over how PhilHealth was managed under her chairmanship as health secretary
Kick PH out of UNHRC? 'My God, do it, stupid!' says Duterte
This comes after a Human Rights Watch director said the Philippines can be kicked out of the UNHRC if the drug war killlings continue
Pinoy Ako Blog: 'Mahirap ipikit ang mata mo at magbingi-bingihan'
'Makakakita ka ng batang natamaan ng ligaw na bala, makikita mo sa TV ang ina na umiiyak, parang ang sakit sa dibdib na hindi magsalita,' says Jover Laurio of Pinoy Ako Blog
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The legendary Lolita Carbon of Asin is performing on Rappler Live Jam!
Rappler Talk Entertainment: Xander Ford
Formerly known as Marlou Arizala, Xander Ford talks to Rappler about his transformation, how he's been since surgery, and his plans for the future