#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 13, 2017

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APPROVED BUDGET. Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday jubilantly pose and flash the famous clenched fist sign of President Rodrigo Duterte after the lawmakers approved on second reading House Bill 6215 or the 2018 General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Photo from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau










Hello Rappler readers,

There's outrage now over the measly P1,000 budget granted by the House of Representatives to the Commission on Human Rights. The CHR is hoping "rational minds" at the Senate will prevail, while several senators have vowed to restore the CHR's budget for 2018. As for President Rodrigo Duterte, he thinks CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon "had it coming."

Duterte, meanwhile, refuses to sign a bank secrecy waiver – a challenge that came from Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Duterte on CHR budget: Gascon 'had it coming'

President Rodrigo Duterte slammed Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairperson Chito Gascon, saying he's to blame for the P1,000 budget given by the House of Representatives. Duterte claimed Gascon "knows nothing" about his job.

CHR hopes for 'rational minds' at Senate

Despite the appalling treatment the CHR got from the House, Chairperson Gascon said the constitutional body will continue to fulfill its mandate. He also appealed to "rational minds" in the Senate not to pull off what their House counterparts did.

Senators vow to restore CHR budget

Several senators vowed to convince their House counterparts to restore the proposed P678-million budget of the CHR. Senator Panfilo Lacson, sponsor of the CHR budget, said he would stand his ground on the matter.

House gives NCIP P1,000 budget too

The House also gave the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) P1,000 for 2018. Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate moved for the measly budget, citing the supposed failure of the NCIP to fulfill its mandate.

Duterte refuses to sign bank secrecy waiver

President Rodrigo Duterte rejected Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's challenge for him to sign a bank secrecy waiver. The President also claimed Trillanes has "perfected the art of crime."

NEDA Board approves Metro Manila Subway

The Metro Manila Subway Project got the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board. This subway – the country's first – will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.

Apple unveils 3 new iPhones

Apple just unveiled its new batch of iPhones – the X, the 8, and the 8 Plus. The premium iPhone X – pronounced 10 – is the "biggest leap forward," according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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