#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 18, 2017

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President Rodrigo Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi City from local armed groups, whose leaders pledged allegiance to the international terrorist network Islamic State (ISIS). He made the announcement on his 7th visit to Marawi City, on the 148th day of the war since it erupted on May 23.

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, as well as the committee on justice and human rights, are jointly looking into the death of Horacio Castillo III, due to alleged hazing by the Aegis Juris fraternity. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri earlier delivered a privilege speech condemning the "brutal" death of Castillo, a freshman law student of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Civil Law.

Meanwhile, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal died on Wednesday morning, October 18, one week after he was rushed to the hospital for fever and shortness of breath and then collapsed into a coma. He was 86.

Other news include updates on the recent transportation strikes, US President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to Asia, and a strengthening typhoon headed for the Philippines.

All this and more are on today's wRap.

Marawi City liberated – Duterte

AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, however, says the war in Marawi continues. 'It will continue until armed elements are dealt with. But terrorists no longer have complete control.'

LIVE: Senate hearing on death of hazing victim Horacio Castillo III

Watch the ongoing hearing live on Rappler

Cebu's Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal dies

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal dies one week after he was rushed to the hospital

Piston threatens Duterte: Talk to us, or we'll give you monthly strikes

Piston president George San Mateo says they have asked for a dialogue with Duterte at least twice

Trump to meet Duterte on Asia trip dominated by North Korea

Trump's first Asian tour as president will take him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines

Lower QS Asian university rankings for UP, Silliman University

From 8 Philippine universities in 2016, only 6 make it to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds Asia University Rankings

Paolo strengthens into typhoon

Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Bicol, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Aurora, the Visayas, and Mindanao are rainy due to Paolo

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