#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 26, 2018

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday










Good morning, Rappler readers!

As the two chambers of Congress decide to stop bickering, for the moment, over their manner of voting on proposed amendments to the Constitution, President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday fills 19 of the 25 seats in the consultative committee that he created a year ago. The body will be chaired by former Supreme Court chief justice Reynato Puno.

Meanwhile, government regulators has ordered Black Cell Technology Incorporated, Black Sand Capital Incorporated, and Black Cell Technolgy Limited – firms led by beleaguered businessman Joseph Calata – to stop selling unregistered securities to the public.

In the United States, the Trump administration unveils plan to eventually grant citizenship to 1.8 million young unauthorized immigrants or "Dreamers" – almost triple the number of initially targeted beneficiaries.

Here are the big stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

Duterte appoints 19 members of Charter Change consultative committee

The committee is chaired by Reynato Puno and includes former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr and former Supreme Court justice Bienvenido Reyes.

Court orders arrest of cops for murder of Carl Arnaiz

The charges of murder, torture and planting of evidence are non-bailable.

Dengvaxia safety trial unfinished when vaccination program launched – Duque

"So if they (DOH leadership under Janette Garin) had waited [for] 2017, then they would have known they can’t give these Dengvaxia [vaccine vials] to children who never had dengue in the past," says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The Ombudsman has ordered the DOH to submit documents related to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine's Dengvaxia clinical trial.

SEC orders Calata to stop selling Krops tokens, coins

The SEC issued an order saying there is substantial evidence that Black Cell Technology Incorporated, Black Sand Capital Incorporated, and Black Cell Technolgy Limited are offering securities to the public without SEC license.

33 dead in South Korea hospital blaze – firefighters

Police say around 200 people were in the Sejong Hospital building when the fire broke out.

Trump proposes U.S. citizenship plan for 1.8M undocumented immigrants

US President Donald Trump's comprehensive plan will also require Congress to budget $25 billion for a "trust fund" for constructing a wall on the US-Mexico border – a major plank of Trump's White House campaign

UN experts slam moves to shut down Rappler

UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard and two other experts say: "We are gravely concerned that the government is moving to revoke Rappler's license. As a matter of human rights law, there is no basis to block it from operating. Rappler and other independent outlets need particular protection because of the essential role they play in ensuring robust public debate."

The statement comes as President Duterte's ambassador to the US protests the New York Times' editorial condemning the Philippine government's order to close down Rappler.

Major groups of literary writers have also issued statements of support for Rappler.

(Image of Congress during the 2016 State of the Nation Address by Alberto Alcain, Malacañang photo)

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