#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 24, 2017

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BOMBSHELL. Senator Panfilo Lacson exposes the extent of corruption at the Bureau of Customs on August 23, 2017. Photo from Senate PRIB










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In a privilege speech by Senator Panfilo Lacson, he named officials who allegedly received bribes, led by its outgoing chief, Nicanor Faeldon. Faeldon vehemently denied the accusations.

The case of Kian delos Santos – the 17-year-old shot dead by police in the government's controversial drug war – continues to captivate the Filipino audience. Delos Santos tested negative for gunpowder, in a paraffin test at the Philippine National Police crime lab. It contradicts claims of the cops who killed him that the teen shot at them first.

Meanwhile, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista faces an impeachment complaint filed by 3 legislators, lawyer Ferdinand Topacio and former Negros Occidental Representative Jacinto Paras. Bautista has been accused by no less than his wife, Patricia, of allegedly failing to declare certain properties and assets in his State of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).

Other updates include the latest medal haul by Filipino athletes in the Southeast Asian Games, the deadly Hong Kong typhoon, and more.

Here's a roundup of the top stories.

Lacson names 'corrupt' Customs officials led by Faeldon

Senator Panfilo Lacson alleges that outgoing Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon received a P100-million 'welcome pasalubong' when he assumed office.

Kian delos Santos tests negative for gunpowder

This contradicts the narrative of the police, who claim slain 17-year-old Kian delos Santos fired at them during their raid.

Valid impeachment complaint filed vs Comelec chair

The complaint, by known administration allies, is endorsed by representatives Harry Roque (Kabayan), Gwen Garcia (Cebu), and Abraham Tolentino (Cavite).

Auction for new Clark airport terminal starts

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority names 7 prospective bidders, including two Chinese firms once banned by the World Bank as well as the concessionaire of the award-winning Mactan-Cebu International Airport.

6 dead as typhoon smashes into Macau and Hong Kong

Local media shows severe flooding had left cars underwater and people swimming in Macau's city streets, with the territory's mega-casinos running on back-up generators.

Trenten Beram prevails in 200m dash to give PH 10th SEA Games gold

Beram blows past the field with a time of 20.84 seconds.

'We deserve better': #FireMocha tops local Twitter trends

Netizens call for the ouster of PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

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