#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 26, 2017

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Hello Rappler readers,

In response to what President Rodrigo Duterte said in his SONA, the United States has vowed to help resolve the issue of the historic Balangiga bells.

China, meanwhile, is offering itself as a "good brother" of the Philippines. But former Philippine Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr advises the Duterte administration to be careful in dealing with the Asian giant.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

US vows to help resolve Balangiga bells issue

The United States vowed to help resolve the issue of the historic Balangiga bells, which Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte demanded from America during his second State of the Nation Address. "We will continue to work with our Filipino partners to find a resolution," said the US embassy in Manila.

Nene Pimentel: PH must 'be careful' with China deals

Former Senate president Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr advised the Philippine government to be careful in its dealings with China. He noted that China has a history of pressuring its borrowers if they're unable to pay.

Duterte tells Joma Sison to kill himself

In typical Duterte fashion, the President told Communist Party of the Philippines founder Joma Sison to just kill himself. He said Sison should spare the Norwegian government – the third-party facilitator of the peace talks – additional expenses.

Senate probes Supt Marcos' reinstatement

The Senate is looking into the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos, the cop who led the team implicated in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. Watch the hearing on Rappler.

Trump hails 'big step' toward repealing Obamacare

US President Donald Trump's drive to get rid of his predecessor Barack Obama's health care program got a boost after the US Senate voted to proceed with a debate on the matter. Trump described the vote as a "big step."

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