#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 19, 2018

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

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The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) leads various organizations in holding a rally Friday night, January 19, to protest the Duterte government’s series of attacks on press freedom, the latest being the order to close down Rappler, which the online news outfit is appealing.

The #BlackFridayForPressFreedom rally will be held at the Boy Scout Circle at the Tomas Morato-Timog Avenue rotunda in Quezon City, starting at 6 pm.

The activity is organized as the New York-based Human Rights Watch issues its world report that says, "President Rodrigo Duterte has plunged the Philippines into its worst human rights crisis since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s.”

Those who cannot come to the rally can show their support by wearing black wherever they are, take selfies, and post them on social media. Use the event hashtag #BlackFridayForPressFreedom, as well as #DefendPressFreedom and #StandWithRappler.

Here are the stories you shouldn’t miss.

Fight for press freedom: Join the NUJP Black Friday protest on January 19

Wear black wherever you are or join the rally at the Boy Scout Circle, the roundabout at Timog and Tomas Morato intersection in Quezon City, on Friday at 6 pm.

Alvarez threatens 'zero budget' for provinces of anti-federalism lawmakers

"Alangan namang pantay?" says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, as he vowed not to give equal treatment, budget-wise, to areas of lawmakers opposed to the shift to federalism.

Senate to probe P15.5-B PH warships project

It remains unclear to date if Special Assistant to the President Bong Go would be invited to the Senate hearing.

Duterte 'plunged' PH into worst human rights crisis post-Martial Law – HRW

"The administration [of President Rodrigo Duterte] has widened its war on drugs to include critics and political foes," the New York-based human rights organization says.

Australian lifesaving drone makes first rescue

The drone drops a safety device to distressed teens caught in rough seas.

NBI summons Rappler CEO Ressa, reporter over cybercrime complaint

The complaint is filed by Wilfredo Keng, a businessman Rappler reported on in 2012 for alleged favors given to impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Facebook agrees to widen probe of Brexit vote fake news

The company now searches for "clusters engaged in coordinated activity around the Brexit referendum" that appeared to have originated in Russia.

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