#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 21, 2016

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Hello, Rappler readers!

The Philippines remembers today President Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law 44 years ago. Rappler has a playlist of videos featuring 12 interviewees, among them an international journalist, former legislators, human right victims and the Marcoses calling for unity.

Here are the other big stories you shouldn’t miss:

Duterte mulls revival of Martial Law-era police force

Citing the need for more law enforcers to fight urban terrorism, Philippine President Rodrigo said in a speech at a military camp that he wants to revive the Philippine Constabulary – the police force that became notorious for human rights abuses under the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. The PC was the national police force that began under the American regime in 1901. Read on Newsbreak how the PC was under Marcos.

Witnesses: Senator got bribes from drug lords

Several witnesses – including convicts and former justice and prison officials – testified before the House of Representatives on Tuesday that neophyte Senator Leila de Lima got bribes from drug lords during her time as secretary of the Department of Justice. Citing figures of up to P5 million per delivery to her house, they claimed the monies were received by her driver and alleged boyfriend, and were supposedly used to fund her campaign.

Read De Lima’s response, decrying how the administration has victimized her after she launched an investigation into extrajudicial killings.

Tune in to the Rappler live blog and stream of the second day of hearing Wednesday on the proliferation of drugs at the national penitentiary.

False hijacking alarm causes panic at Manila airport

A Saudia plane – SVA 872 from Jeddah – was isolated at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Tuesday afternoon after airport authorities received advice that the plane was “under threat,” but police and the military sources around two hours later ruled out hijacking. The pilot supposedly mistakenly pushed the distress button, but authorities said they would still investigate the case further, since a distress call cannot be made by mistake twice.

Afghan-born man charged over NY, NJ blasts

The United States charged an Afghan-born US suspect on multiple terror counts in connection with bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey and other planted devices. US prosecutors said Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, carried out the September 17 bombings in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and along the route of a US Marine Corps run in New Jersey, which aborted the race. A total of 31 people were wounded in the Chelsea attack.

Brangelina no more: Angelina Jolie files for divorce

After being together for 12 years, in two of them married, Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are divorcing. Jolie cited irreconcilable differences for seeking a dissolution of their marriage, and wants custody of their 6 children. Read Jolie’s and Pitt’s separate statements on Rappler Entertainment.

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