#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 16, 2018

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UNDER ATTACK. This photo illustration shows a woman reading the website of online news portal Rappler in Manila on January 15, 2018. Ted Aljibe/AFP










How's Tuesday so far, Rappler readers?

On Monday, January 15, a news outlet became the news. Rappler – yes, this website – found its license revoked over what the government claims is a violation of the 1987 Constitution. The company is accused of violating foreign ownership restrictions.

Rappler, however, denies the charges, and maintains that it is fully owned and controlled by Filipinos. The company sees this as harassment by the government over critical reporting, and says will continue to operate as normal. (READ Rappler's statement: Stand with Rappler, defend press freedom)

The company has received support from various groups, individuals, and institutions, and promises to be at the forefront of defending press freedom in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the House hearings on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno resumed; Health Secretary Francisco Duque challenged critics to file charges against officials in the alleged "DOH mafia"; and the lead singer of The Cranberries dies.

These, and more, are in today's wRap.

SEC revokes Rappler's registration

The Securities and Exchange Commission accuses Rappler of violating nationality restrictions on ownership and control of mass media entities.

Duque dares accusers to file cases vs officials in alleged 'DOH mafia'

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says he will order a review of the contracts entered into by the previous administration.

House wants more justices, psychiatrist to testify in Sereno impeachment

The House committee on justice, which is hearing an impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, will be inviting even more associate justices of the Supreme Court (SC), as well as the psychiatrist who allegedly gave Sereno "failing marks."

Philippine remittances for November 2017 grow by only 2%

The slowdown in growth could be traced to base effects, as the Philippines recorded an 'unusually high' growth in remittances in November 2016.

Pope voices nuclear war concerns as he begins Latin America trip

Pope Francis admitted Monday, January 15, he was frightened by the prospect of an accidental nuclear apocalypse, as he began a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru to bolster a local Catholic Church riven by sex abuse scandals.

Floor at Indonesia's stock exchange collapses, at least 75 injured

At least 75 people were injured on Monday, January 15, when a mezzanine floor at Indonesia's stock exchange building collapsed into the lobby, police said, with victims carried out of the debris-filled building on stretchers.

The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies, aged 46

Irish singer-songwriter Dolores O'Riordan, frontwoman of the multi-million selling rock band The Cranberries, died suddenly in London on Monday, January 15, aged 46, her publicist said.

Top photo: This photo illustration shows a woman reading the website of online news portal Rappler in Manila on January 15, 2018. Ted Aljibe/AFP

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