#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 12, 2017

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday.










Hello Rappler readers,

The Quezon City court just acquitted army major Harry Baliaga Jr of arbitrary detention in the Jonas Burgos case. An eyewitness' testimony was deemed hearsay.

Weather forecasters, meanwhile, are tracking Tropical Depression Odette, which is heading for Cagayan.

President Rodrigo Duterte has also named officers-in-charge for the Department of Health and the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Army major acquitted in Jonas Burgos case

Army major Harry Baliaga Jr was acquitted in the case of activist Jonas Burgos, who disappeared in April 2007. The Quezon City court rejected an eyewitness' testimony as hearsay.

Tropical Depression Odette heads for Cagayan

Tropical Depression Odette is projected to make landfall in Cagayan on Thursday evening, October 12. It could strengthen into a tropical storm before hitting land.

Project Double Barrel suspended again

The Philippine National Police suspended Project Double Barrel again. This follows President Rodrigo Duterte's order to leave all anti-drug operations to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Russia to give Philippines 5,000 rifles

Russia will donate 5,000 Kalashnikov rifles to the Philippines, plus 20 big army trucks. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the turnover of donated equipment will be on October 25.

Duterte names OICs to DOH, DICT

Undersecretary Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr will serve as officer-in-charge at the Department of Information and Communications Technology, while Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle will serve in the same capacity at the Department of Health.

Bautista's resignation not 'irrevocable'

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said he did not use the word "irrevocable" in his resignation letter to President Rodrigo Duterte out of respect. Just hours after he announced his resignation, however, Bautista was impeached in a vote at the House of Representatives.

More allegations surface vs movie mogul Weinstein

More actresses have come forward with explosive charges against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of being a sexual predator. The Weinstein revelations are just "the tip of the iceberg," comedy actor and director Rob Schneider told TMZ.

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