#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 23, 2018

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Hello Rappler readers,

The Philippine government just announced economic growth of 6.7% for full-year 2017, and 6.6% for the 4th quarter of last year.

We also continue to closely monitor the restive Mayon Volcano in Albay, as well as the House hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Philippine GDP grows by 6.7% in 2017

The country's economy remained strong in 2017 with a full-year gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.7%. For the 4th quarter of 2017 alone, the Philippine economy grew by 6.6%.

Albay expands Mayon danger zone

The Albay provincial government expanded the danger zone around the restive Mayon Volcano to 9 kilometers. This is to prevent locals from going back into the "no man's land" around the volcano.

LIVE: House hearing on Sereno impeachment complaint

Tune in to Rappler as we air the House hearing on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Alvarez slams Constitution framers

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez lashed out at framers of the 1987 Constitution, blaming them for the vague wording of Article XVII. This article spells out how constitutional amendments or revisions are to be made.

Cyberattack hits Vera Files

Media organization Vera Files said it was targeted by a cyberattack shortly after it posted a story on the alleged deposits and investments of President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. The site has since been fixed.

Facebook admits social media threat to democracy

Amid criticism over the spread of fake news on Facebook, the social network admitted that social media poses a potential threat to democracy. "We're working diligently to neutralize these risks now."

U.S. Congress votes to end gov't shutdown

The 3-day US government shutdown finally ended after the US Congress voted 266-150 to extend federal funding. "I am pleased Democrats in Congress have come to their senses," said US President Donald Trump.

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