#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 22, 2017

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: President Donald Trump takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP










How has your weekend been, Rappler readers?

It's been a packed weekend for news, with the inauguration of Donald Trump topping headlines around the world. "The Donald" became the 45th US president on Friday, January 20, using his inaugural speech to tell everyone that America will be great again, echoing his campaign rhetoric. The following day, crowds amassed in the US capital again – this time to protest against Trump.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the country is revving up for another day in the global spotlight as the Miss Universe pageant nears; and Philippine police are in hot water due to a kidnap-murder incident that allegedly happened, in all places, inside the national police headquarters.

These stories, and more, are in this Sunday's wrap. Read and catch up on the news before you start another week!

Mister President: Trump is now U.S. leader

It's official: Donald Trump is now the President of the United States. Trump succeeded Barack Obama on Friday, January 20, becoming the 45th President of the world's most powerful nation, ushering in a new political era that has been met with delight and dread in equal measure. "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land," Trump said in his inaugural address, pronouncing an end to business as usual in Washington.

Massive anti-Trump protests across U.S., world

Led by women in pink "pussyhats," hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Washington and cities across the United States Saturday, January 21, in a massive outpouring of defiant opposition to President Donald Trump. It comes a day after the Republican hardliner took office with a vow to roll back the legacy of his predecessor Barack Obama. Saturday's rallying cry was heard far beyond America's shores, with organizers saying over 2.5 million people signed up to take part in one of more than 600 marches being held worldwide.

Heads will roll over 'tokhang-for-ransom,' says DILG chief

Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno on Saturday, January 21, warned heads will roll in the Philippine National Police (PNP) as a result of the death of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, who was killed right inside the police headquarters Camp Crame. Meanwhile, Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson gifted Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa with some words of wisdom that may help the top cop ride out this rough patch as he celebrated his 55th birthday.

Tax exemption for annual income below P250,000 eyed

House Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo said on Thursday, January 19, that the Department of Finance (DOF) is pushing for tax exemption for individuals earning a gross income of P250,000 and below a year. The DOF proposal Quimbo cited is part of the tax reform package that the executive branch presented to the House ways and means committee on Wednesday, January 18.

Gambia political crisis ends as Jammeh steps down

Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh flew out Saturday, January 21, from the country he ruled for 22 years to cede power to President Adama Barrow and end a political crisis. The longtime leader boarded a small, unmarked plane at Banjul airport accompanied by Guinea's President Alpha Conde after two days of talks aimed at hammering out a deal for his departure. Jammeh refused to step down after a December 1 election in which Barrow was declared the winner, triggering weeks of uncertainty that almost ended in a military intervention involving 5 other west African nations.

Drug rehab program run by a Bulacan church has helped hundreds in 27 years

For nearly 27 years, the Diocese of Malolos has been running a drug rehabilitation program in Galilee Home, Doña Remedios Trinidad. Father Joshua Panganiban, the priest in charge of Galilee Home, said they have helped reform hundreds of former drug addicts and people with other vices and behavioral problems. Read more about this place of hope, which has helped countless people who have lost their way.

Miss Universe: Three Filipina queens on one stage

It isn't often that all the Miss Universe winners from one country share the same stage, but on Saturday, January 21, all from the Philippines did. Okada Manila hosted a dinner that paid tribute to the 3 Miss Universe queens from the Philippines, bringing together Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1973 Margarita "Margie" Moran, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. "It's truly an honor to be standing next to these two iconic ladies who I just used to watch on TV, and now I'm standing beside them, so thank you," said the reigning Miss Universe.

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