#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 15, 2017

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This Monday, the House committee on justice begins reviewing the first impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte by Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano. The odds are against Alejano. At least 267 out of the 293 lawmakers in the House are allied with the President.

As the administration's first year anniversary draws near, however, the need to show results with respect to promises made during the elections becomes more pressing. The president resorts to an age-old tactic employed by previous presidents: hiring soldiers to get things done.

This week's #AnimatED reminds us of the president's promise when he was wooing our vote: change.

Joma: Chinese loans might trap PH to give up West PH Sea

Communist leader Jose Maria Sison is concerned that President Rodrigo Duterte's plans to heavily borrow from China to finance his ambitious infrastructure-building could turn the Philippines into a "debt slave" of the Asian economic power. Sison asked how "reliable" the Filipino-Chinese and Chinese businessmen close to Duterte are, wondering if in the long term China would force the Philippines to give up its claim on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

PH to buy equipment from top Chinese arms exporter

The Philippine government is set to sign a letter of intent to purchase defense assets from Poly Technologies Incorporated, one of China's top state-owned defense manufacturing and exporting firms. To help the Philippines buy the defense assets, the Chinese government has offered a $500-million loan.

Palace: Duterte to focus on 3 gut issues

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Sunday, May 14, said President Rodrigo Duterte will keep his focus on the 3 gut issues he promised he will address back when he was a candidate. Abella made these remarks after the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Friday, May 12, released a poll showing that up to 52% or majority of Filipinos expect Duterte "to fulfill most, if not all, of his promises."

#AnimatED: Duterte recycles the old

President Duterte is not the first Philippine president to name soldiers to civilian posts. But this week's #AnimatED reminds him of his promise when he was wooing our vote: change.

Microsoft: cyberattack a wake up call for governments

Microsoft warned governments on Sunday, May 14 (May 15, Manila time) against storing computer vulnerabilities like the leaked one at the heart of the cyberattack that has crippled computers in more than 150 countries. The latest global ransomware cyberattack has hit more than 200,000 victims in more than 150 countries.

Iran hardliners turn to social media

After a series of bruising electoral defeats, Iranian conservatives campaigning in this week's presidential poll have belatedly embraced social media – a space long dominated by their reformist rivals. Across Iran's political spectrum, posting on social media has increasingly replaced street campaigning as the crucial way to rally supporters and attack opponents – even if some of the most popular sites such as Twitter remain officially banned.

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