#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 7, 2018

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

From left to right: LTC. Rodolfo Farinas, JAGS (Res), LTC Emmanuel Paquiao, PA (Res), LTC Lorna Regina Legarda, PAF (Res) and LTC. Pantaleon Alvarez, PN-M (Res), during the deliberation on the ad interim appointments and nominations of Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Senate on March 7, 2018. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB










Hello Rappler readers,

We asked an IT expert about the alleged irregularities in the 2016 automated elections which Senator Vicente Sotto III cited in a privilege speech. Here's what IT expert William Yu said.

President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, said the International Criminal Court "cannot acquire jurisdiction" over him – "not in a million years."

The new Forbes list of the world's billionaires is also out – find out here who from the Philippines made the list, and who's the world's richest person now.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

'Irregularities' in 2016 election server logs?

IT expert William Yu said concerns cited by Senator Vicente Sotto III in a privilege speech do not necessarily mean there were irregularities in the 2016 automated elections. But the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic should still look into those concerns, Yu said.

Duterte insists ICC can't probe him

President Rodrigo Duterte insisted that the International Criminal Court cannot investigate his bloody drug war, saying, "You cannot acquire jurisdiction over me, not in a million years."

Duterte to courts: Don't meddle in Boracay issue

President Rodrigo Duterte said he plans to declare a state of calamity in Boracay due to its environmental woes. He even warned courts not to block his declaration.

SC sets oral arguments on same-sex marriage

Marriage equality advocates will finally get their most-awaited day in court, after the Supreme Court set oral arguments on same-sex marriage. The date: June 19, 2018.

Duterte allies get CA nod as AFP reserve colonels

The Commission on Appointments confirmed the following as reserve colonels of the military: House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Senator Loren Legarda, Senator Manny Pacquiao, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas, Cavite 5th District Representative Roy Loyola, Cebu 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia, and Maguindanao 1st District Representative Bai Sandra Sema.

12 Filipinos on Forbes' 2018 billionaires list

The number of Filipinos on the Forbes list of the world's billionaires dropped from 14 last year to 12 this year, but their combined net worth increased from $45.8 billion to $55.2 billion. Still the richest Filipino – Henry Sy Sr.

NCIP slams ABS-CBN teleserye 'Bagani'

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples slammed ABS-CBN's new teleserye Bagani, saying that it "misleads" viewers. The NCIP called on ABS-CBN to "immediately rectify" the portrayal of the Bagani.

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