#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 27, 2017

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) has a new weapon against police scalawags. Police chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said he and newly retired Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año will focus on conducting "internal cleansing" in the organization. President Rodrigo Duterte said he will appoint Año as Special Assistant to the President or Undersecretary – "whichever is legally tenable" – to "supervise the police" pending the one-year ban on Año's appointment to a civilian office.

One name stands out in the hazing of Horacio Castillo III. Aegis Juris fraternity master initiator Axel Munro Hipe was allegedly the one who called the shots and led the almost 4-hour hazing rites which killed the UST first year law student, according to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II. Aguirre was narrating some of the details in the testimony of Aegis Juris fratman Mark Ventura, who turned state witness on Wednesday.

In politics, the Liberal Party slammed the drug allegations against its stalwarts, former LP presidential bet Manuel Roxas II and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, as part of the Duterte administration's plan to "demonize" its key members and to "divert" attention from the issues hounding the government.

Other news include the scheduled return of families to Marawi, presidential son Paolo Duterte's plans to retire from politics in 2019, and the response of telcos to Jack Ma's slow internet claim. And don't miss Rappler's special Virtual Reality/360 coverage of the Marawi conflict.

All this and more on today's wRap.

Año, Dela Rosa to focus on eliminating police scalawags

Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says he 'very much welcomes' the appointment of newly retired Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año to supervise the police

'Axel Hipe was leader of 4-hour hazing of Horacio Castillo III'

'It was the decision of the initiator, kung okay na, puputok na, tama na, it was the call of the master initiator,' Justice Undersecretary Erickson Balmes says quoting state witness Mark Ventura

Drug claims vs Roxas, Drilon part of admin's diversionary tactic – LP

'This latest drug allegation against prominent members of Partido Liberal clearly proves that this administration is going all-out to demonize the party in the eyes of the public,' the party says

Families can return to Marawi starting October 29

The Department of Social Welfare and Development calls for close coordination among the evacuees, barangays, and social welfare offices

Paolo Duterte says he's 'retiring' from politics in 2019

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte also hints at a possible Mans Carpio-Baste Duterte tandem in the 2019 local elections in Davao City

PH internet 'no good'? Telcos, PCC react to Jack Ma

PLDT and Globe say they're working to improve services, while the Philippine Competition Commission describes Jack Ma's disappointing experience as a 'wake-up call' for the telcos

Marawi in 360: The Cost of War

Part 2: Experience firsthand the living conditions of the evacuees. Listen to their pain and their worries. Witness the cost of the war through the first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary on the city and surrounding towns.

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