#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2017

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Last week, Senator Cynthia Villar was clobbered online for suggesting to ban unlimited rice. But instead earning scorn, her remarks at a Senate food committee hearing should have sparked much-needed conversations about nutrition and food security at a time when we’re hooked on the war on drugs.

The sad truth is, our national staple – polished and milled to perfection – gives us a false sense of nourishment. Most Filipinos spend on rice more than on any other food, and that is primarily because it is what is readily accessible and affordable, especially among poor communities. Wealthier countries have more diverse diets.

The unli rice controversy, this week's #AnimatED points out, shouldn’t just stop in the hashtags that trended because of it. It should open up discourse, conversations, and policy debates on related issues.

Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozens

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$544M of hot money flows out of PH in first 5 months of 2017

A net total of $543.79 million in foreign portfolio investments flows out, in contrast to the $178 million in net inflows for the January-Ma

Is there hope for Pasig River rehab? Microorganisms can help

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Macron marches to clear majority in French parliament

The party Macron founded just 16 months ago has re-drawn the French political map, giving him one of France's biggest post-war majorities.

House warns Imee Marcos: Attend probe or face arrest

The Ilocos Norte governor would be cited in contempt if she skips the House hearing set for July 25, says Representative Johnny Pimentel

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