#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 31, 2017

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MESSAGING. President Rodrigo Duterte defends his threats to kill, saying on August 30, 2017, that they can be defended even in front of Jesus Christ. Malacañang photo










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On the 100th day of the Marawi siege, President Rodrigo Duterte said he won't stop the Philippine military from bombing the remaining strongholds of terrorists in the city, including mosques where hostages are also likely being kept. He said it was hard for him to come to the decision since bombing mosques and madrasas could generate more hatred between Christians and Muslims.

In the Senate, lawmakers demanded that the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos return everything that they stole from the government. This came after Duterte said the family has plans to return some of their wealth.

Speaking of ill-gotten wealth, the President ordered a lifestyle check on Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog after receiving reports that the local chief executive protected drug lords. Mabilog welcomed the check saying he has nothing to hide.

Elsewhere, the commemoration of the death of Princess Diana two decades on is led by her sons William and Prince Harry.

Other updates include the results of the latest Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council meeting; the endorsement of an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno; and an Inside Track piece on the text messages sent by a Customs fixer who said he paid grease money to the presidential son's "handler."

All these are on today's wRap.

Duterte: Military can bomb Marawi mosques with terrorists, hostages

After earlier asking the military to 'wait it out,' President Rodrigo Duterte now says they have the option to bomb the remaining hideouts of terrorists, even if these also hold hostages

Senators to Marcoses: Return all ill-gotten wealth, not just 'crumbs'

'Kung ano ang kabuuan na ninakaw, ibalik. 'Di naman 'yung pinaambunan ka lang, ayos na,' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III

Ledac agrees to pass federalism, national ID bills by December

The two bills, along with 12 others, are classified as 'urgent' by the Ledac Executive Committee

25 lawmakers endorse impeachment complaint vs Sereno

Lawyer Larry Gadon cites the Chief Justice's alleged misdeclaration of assets and taxes, and her unauthorized expenses

Duterte says lifestyle check shows Jed Mabilog lives in 'palace'

President Rodrigo Duterte says Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog wants to meet with him

Here's what else was in Taguba's text messages on Customs

President Rodrigo Duterte's son Paolo and son-in-law Mans Carpio are mentioned in text messages of Customs fixer Mark Taguba to Tita Nanie

William, Harry lead tributes to Diana, 20 years after her death

Two decades on, her sons William and Prince Harry only now feel able to talk publicly about her death, a seismic event which continues to resonate in the monarchy and British society

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