#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 16, 2017

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon denounced Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia for saying that criticism of the Duterte administration would lead to "disunity" and economic risks.

President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, held a closed-door meeting with former defense chief Gilbert Teodoro Jr.

In sports, Gilas Pilipinas takes on South Korea late Wednesday evening for a semifinals slot in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Drilon hits Pernia for saying criticism vs Duterte a risk to economy

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon slammed Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia for saying "political noise" is a "risk" to the country's economy. Drilon said Pernia should "be careful" with his language as he is part of the Duterte Cabinet.

Duterte, Teodoro meet in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Duterte met privately with former defense chief Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro Jr in Malacañang. No details or photos of the meeting have been released, but Duterte previously wooed Teodoro to be part of his Cabinet.

Duterte's target: Inquirer

President Rodrigo Duterte started with subtle hits but has since ramped up tirades against the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Rappler takes a look at the controversy in this Newsbreak piece.

DSWD chief Taguiwalo faces CA anew

Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo faces the Commission on Appointments again. Watch the CA hearing on Rappler.

PH Eagle Foundation sets up measures vs bird flu

The Philippine Eagle Foundation is setting up emergency measures to protect the birds of the Philippine Eagle Center against the bird flu outbreak. The center will be closed until Wednesday.

How to grow a business, according to Dennis Uy

Dennis Uy, a businessman from Davao City and a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, is one of the most aggressive dealmakers in the country. Here's how he's growing his business empire.

LIVE: Philippines vs South Korea – FIBA Asia Cup 2017

Gilas Pilipinas will aim for a semifinals slot when it faces South Korea on Wednesday at 11:30 pm. Follow Rappler for live updates!

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