#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 11, 2018

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday

NEEDS PROTECTION. Native dipterocarp trees are vital to sustaining biodiversity in Philippine forests

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After President Rodrigo Duterte suspended two logging concessions on the Zamboanga Peninsula, the environment secretary will look into the 104 other foreign management agreements that the department has with private companies nationwide. Half of them are in Duterte’s Mindanao.

In the President’s home city, Davao gets a new vice mayor, replacing Duterte’s son Paolo, who resigned last Christmas after figuring in controversies.

In the north, several young men have come forward to accuse a pastor and sports coach of sexually assaulting them when they were in high school in Baguio City. Leo Arnaiz, the alleged perpetrator, is still active in "character formation” work.

From Pangasinan, a Filipina was lured by a province mate to come to the United States for gainful employment, but ended up being forced to serve in the province mate’s household and business without pay for 3 years while also suffering verbal abuse.

Here are the stories you shouldn’t miss.

Cimatu orders review of forest management licenses in PH

Fifty-one of the companies with Integrated Forest Management Agreements are in Mindanao, while 40 are in Luzon and 13 are in the Visayas

'Trafficked' OFW sues for forced labor and abuse in U.S.

The Velonzas allegedly confiscated Bergado's passport and forced her to work '14 hours a day and 7 days a week, for virtually no pay, for almost 3 years'

Duterte’s party mate is new Davao City vice mayor

Councilor Bernard Echavez Al-ag takes his oath as the new vice mayor before Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

Steve Bannon steps down from Breitbart News in post-book storm

The announcement comes just days after the 64-year-old news executive at the provocative right-wing site publicly split with Trump over explosive comments he made about the president's fitness for office and members of his family

Somaliland MPs adopt first ever rape law

After 7 years of debate, the law is finally adopted on Monday, January 8, in Hargeisa, the capital of the semi-autonomous region which declared independence from troubled Somalia in 1991

Baguio high school basketball coach accused of sexual harassment

Fil-Am Josiah Weihman shares a painful secret he has kept for 14 years involving his former high school coach, and hopes others would come forward

24 of the coolest new gadgets showcased at CES 2018

A phone case that's also a drone, a Nokia 'smart mattress,' and Razer's phone-powered laptop – these are just some of the awesome new gadgets shown at CES 2018

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