#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 25, 2017

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Japan Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera who is among the dialogue partners who joined the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark, Pampanga on October 24, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO










Hello Rappler readers,

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is heading for Japan at the end of the month, according to the Japanese government.

Sources, meanwhile, said Duterte is considering tapping Kabayan Representative Harry Roque as his spokesman. Will Roque replace Ernesto Abella?

Alibaba founder Jack Ma is also in Manila.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Duterte to visit Japan

President Rodrigo Duterte will be visiting Japan from October 29 to 31. Malacañang has yet to announce the trip, but the Japanese government said Duterte is heading there for a visit.

Harry Roque as Duterte spokesman?

Sources said Kabayan Representative Harry Roque might be tapped to be President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman, possibly replacing Ernesto Abella. The President and Roque will discuss the offer further during a dinner scheduled this week.

Is the Duterte gov't attacking PH constitutional bodies?

Heads of constitutional bodies and commissions have been hounded by impeachment complaints and threats under the Duterte administration. Rappler takes a look at how these moves have been carried out.

PH has most ISIS-claimed attacks outside Iraq, Syria – report

Of 222 Islamic State-claimed terror attacks all over the world in the last 5 months, 99 happened in the Philippines, according to a report from the Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium.

U.S. to resume partial refugee admissions

The United States will resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban. Arrivals from 11 "high-risk" countries, however, remain blocked.

LIVE: Memorial for Washington SyCip

The Asian Institute of Management is set to hold a memorial service for the late business icon Washington SyCip. Watch the memorial service live on Rappler on Wednesday, October 25.

LIVE: Jack Ma in Manila

Chinese business magnate Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, is in Manila. Watch his press conference on Rappler.

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