#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 25-October 1, 2017

Must-watch videos from this week

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Dear Rappler readers,

Halfway through the last week of September, a squabble in the Senate caused an uproar. Senator Tito Sotto delivered a privilege speech hitting a blog for calling him and 6 other senators the “Seven Deadly Sens” for supposedly not signing the resolution against the killings of children. Senator Cynthia Villar, one of the 7 mentioned, said she got word that Senators Bam Aquino and Risa Hontiveros were “keen on destroying the Senate majority.”

The word war between President Rodrigo Duterte and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales continues, with the President vowing to probe the Ombudsman’s office for “partiality.” Undaunted, Morales retorted, saying “this office shall not be intimidated.”

Law student Horacio Castillo III was laid to rest, his death prompting a House of Representatives subcommittee to approve a bill banning hazing. Police raided the headquarters of the Aegis Juris fraternity and uncovered evidence – paddles, among others – used by the fraternity for hazing rites. One of the suspects, John Paul Solano, agreed to testify, revealing the identities of other suspects during a Senate executive session.

Also in this week’s headlines: Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from next June, a historic decision that makes the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to permit women behind the wheel. At 91, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died. His legacy — at best hedonistic, at worst exploitative — was greatly polarizing.

Here are the stories we think you should not miss:

Senators bicker over 'exclusion' from resolution vs killing of minors

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III seeks a probe into the 'Silent No More PH' blog, which 'prostituted' 7 senators for not signing the resolution

Duterte vows to probe Ombudsman for 'partiality'

'I will set up a commission to investigate the Ombudsman, the institution itself and all,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Ombudsman hits back: We won't be intimidated

'If the President has nothing to hide, he has nothing to fear,' says the Office of the Ombudsman

Family, friends, supporters bury Horacio Castillo III

'Brotherhood that seeks to harm in order to bond does not come from God, but from the devil,' says the priest during Castillo's funeral mass

Police search 'most probably' site of Horacio Castillo hazing

Among those found in the Aegis Juris Law Resources Center were three paddles, says the Manila Police

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: Ferdinand Marcos’ great ideas, bad executions

Ferdinand Marcos had some great ideas. Where did he falter?

What's The Big Idea? 'Smaller and Smaller Circles': From book to movie

Film producer Ria Limjap and director Raya Martin talk to Coco Alcuaz about the joys and challenges of adapting the novel 'Smaller and Smaller Circles' for the big screen. – Rappler.com

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