#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 23, 2017

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

BJMP Acting Chief Deogracias Tapayan (left), QCPD Chief PCSupt Guillermo Eleazar (right) along with PDEA officials led the destruction of confiscated contrabands from a series of Greyhound Operations as part of the Oplan Linis Piitan in line with the president war on drugs campaign. The event was held at the BJMP NHQ in Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City on on October 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler










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President Rodrigo Duterte said that he has no choice but to bring back the Philippine National Police (PNP) to his drug war. Speaking to soldiers of the Special Operations Command in Nueva Ecija, Duterte said the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) may not have enough capability to implement the anti-drug campaign on its own.

Meanwhile, Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez has tendered his irrevocable resignation due to the ongoing mess surrounding the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3). Chavez is the undersecretary for railways at the Department of Transportation (DOTr). His resignation is effective immediately.

In sports, the Ateneo Blue Eagles defeated the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws, 88-84, via overtime at the Mall of Asia Arena. With the victory, the Blue Eagles secured a UAAP Season 80 men's basketball finals berth against archrivals and defending champions, De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers.

Other updates include Malacañang's response to the UN rapporteur; updates on Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's possible impeachment; and highlights of the Supreme Court's oral arguments on the drug war.

All this and more are on today's wRap.

Duterte to bring police back to drug war

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency may not be able to implement the drug war on its own

Malacañang says UN rapporteur Callamard incompetent, biased

After the UN human rights chief condemns Duterte's threat to slap Agnes Callamard, Malacañang says the President should not be judged for his 'colorful language'

Railways Usec Chavez resigns over MRT3 mess

'I hope the President understands that in the light of recent events involving the MRT3 System, simple sense of delicadeza...gives me no choice but to resign,' says Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Cesar Chavez

House panel: Sereno lawyers can't cross-examine in impeachment hearing

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno had earlier asked that her lawyers be allowed to questions the witnesses against her

HIGHLIGHTS: What was discussed in SC oral arguments on drug war?

Here's a summary of the most important points raised during the petitioners' round in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the war on drugs

Ateneo secures finals berth despite FEU's OT threat

The Blue Eagles are the second finalists of UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament

Ratko Mladic, 'Butcher of Bosnia,' found guilty of genocide

The court finds him guilty on 10 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1992-1995 war that killed 100,000 people and displaced 2.2 million

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