#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 13, 2017

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte addresses the members of the Malacañang Press Corps during the Christmas Party at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO










Hello Rappler readers,

The Senate and the House of Representatives are holding a joint session to decide on President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao. Watch the proceedings live on Rappler.

Meanwhile, it's confirmed – PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa will become Bureau of Corrections chief when he retires in January 2018.

We're also monitoring Tropical Depression Urduja, which is slowly making its way to the country.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Drilon: Martial law extension 'prelude' to PH-wide declaration?

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon warned that extending martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2018 could be a "prelude" to a nationwide declaration. For Drilon, President Rodrigo Duterte's request is unconstitutional.

Medialdea: Not 'unlimited martial law' but 'unlimited peace'

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea told Congress that Malacañang is after "unlimited peace," not "unlimited martial law." He said extending martial law in Mindanao would address "ongoing security concerns and continuing acts of rebellion" there.

Dela Rosa to be next BuCor chief

President Rodrigo Duterte himself said Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa will be appointed to the Bureau of Corrections after his retirement in January 2018. Duterte said it would be "a waste" not to give Dela Rosa a government post.

Duterte narco list now has 6,000 names

President Rodrigo Duterte's list of alleged drug suspects now has 6,000 names and counting, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. The list contains both government officials and civilians.

North Korea aims to be 'strongest nuclear power'

Kim Jong-Un vowed to make North Korea the "world's strongest nuclear power." This provocative statement comes as global powers scramble to address the threats posed by Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Tropical Depression Urduja heading for PH

Tropical Depression Urduja has a speed of just 7 kilometers per hour as it heads for the Philippines. There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals yet.

Rappler Talk Sports: Ateneo Blue Eagles

The Ateneo Blue Eagles will drop by the Rappler office to talk about their UAAP Season 80 men's basketball crown. Tune in!

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