#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 25, 2017

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends sympathies to the families of the Fallen 44, the Special Action Force troopers who died in an encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January 25, 2015. The President met with the families of the fallen police officers for the first time at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on January 24, 2017, a day before the second death anniversary of the gallant troopers. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo










Hello Rappler readers,

It's been exactly two years since the deadly clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. President Rodrigo Duterte is now planning to form a commission to reinvestigate the tragedy.

Meanwhile, as peace talks continue in Rome, Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año called on the National Democratic Front to restrain its fighters.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Duterte reopening Mamasapano probe

President Rodrigo Duterte will create a commission to reinvestigate the deadly Mamasapano clash. The President said he wants to appoint "men of integrity and honor" to the commission, possibly former Supreme Court justices.

AFP chief to NDF: Restrain NPA fighters

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Eduardo Año urged the National Democratic Front (NDF) to restrain New People's Army (NPA) fighters and prevent them from committing crimes like arson and extortion. Año's appeal comes as the government and the NDF are about to wrap up their 3rd round of talks in Rome.

US envoy: Important to punish Korean's murderers

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim stressed the importance of punishing those behind the killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo. Kim, who was born in South Korea himself, said there should be a "full investigation."

Duterte to ASEAN: Help small businesses

President Rodrigo Duterte said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should help small businesses since they "form the backbone of the ASEAN's collective economy." Duterte also said women should be empowered to take more active roles in their economies.

Panama Papers probe suspended

Panama suspended its probe into the massive Panama Papers leak, after the investigation was challenged on constitutional grounds. It's now up to Panama's Supreme Court to rule on the matter.

'La La Land' ties record for Oscar nods

The movie La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, leads this year's Oscars with 14 nominations. It tied the all-time record set by Titanic and All About Eve!

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