#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 5, 2018

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Inflation continued to accelerate in June, reaching a fresh high of 5.2%, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said. June inflation is 0.6% percentage points higher than in May, which was at 4.6%. The latest figure exceeded both government and market expectations. 

Following the back-to-back killings of their colleagues, Philippine mayors are seeking a “dialogue” with President Rodrigo Duterte said League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) president Marife Brondial, the mayor of Socorro town in Oriental Mindoro. According to Brondial, mayors are already “nervous” because of the recent killings. The most frightened, she said, are those who were linked by the Duterte administration to illegal drugs. 

Online news site Inquirer.net has taken down contributed articles tagging Senate President Vicente Sotto III in alleged attempt to whitewash the rape case of sexy actress Pepsi Paloma, a minor, in 1982. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said in a statement it was “saddened” by the takedown, referring to the day’s takedown of the articles as “one of the darkest days in the annals of Philippine journalism.” 

All this and more are on today’s wRap!

{source}<headline><a href=”http://rappler.com/business/206518-inflation-rate-philippines-june-2018″>June 2018 inflation soars to 5.2%</a></headline>{/source}

Inflation climbs to another fresh high, exceeding market expectations and government forecasts

{source}<headline><a href=”http://rappler.com/nation/206459-mayors-seek-dialogue-duterte-after-killings”>Mayors seek dialogue with Duterte after Halili, Bote killings</a></headline>{/source}

‘Kung sakali naman po may maling nagawa ang mayor, hindi naman po tama na patayin sila,’ says League of Municipalities of the Philippines president Marife Brondial

{source}<headline><a href=”http://rappler.com/nation/206504-inquirer-pepsi-paloma-articles-unavailable”>Inquirer news site’s Pepsi Paloma articles now inaccessible</a></headline>{/source}

(5th UPDATE) ‘The rape of Pepsi Paloma’ and ‘Was Pepsi Paloma murdered?’ written by United States-based columnist Rodel Rodis are no longer available on Inquirer.net

{source}<headline><a href=”http://rappler.com/nation/206481-boracay-no-longer-cesspool”>Boracay no longer a cesspool – Cimatu</a></headline>{/source}

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the island can be reopened by October 26, as planned

{source}<headline><a href=”http://rappler.com/nation/206472-duque-hits-garin-barangay-health-stations-project-poor-planning”>Duque hits Garin over ‘poor planning’ for Barangay Health Stations project</a></headline>{/source}

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the project’s problems can be traced to ‘very defective’ planning by former health chief Janette Garin and her team

{source}<headline><a href=”http://rappler.com/world/regions/asia-pacific/206451-malaysia-najib-razak-charged-corruption”>Ex-Malaysian PM Najib charged with corruption</a></headline>{/source}

(3rd UPDATE) The first ex-premier in Malaysia to appear before a judge, Najib Razak pleads not guilty to 3 counts of criminal breach of trust and a separate charge that he abused his position to pocket 42 million ringgit

{source}<headline><a href=”http://rappler.com/sports/by-sport/basketball/gilas-pilipinas/206479-sbp-al-panlilio-prepares-for-sanctions-fiba-brawl-philippines-australia”>SBP president braces for suspensions, sanctions for FIBA brawl</a></headline>{/source}

The world basketball federation has previously fined and suspended a player for 3 games for figuring in a brawl