#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 15, 2018

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon has called on President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration to review their "policy of appeasement and accommodation on China” because it apparently has not translated to better economic relations with the Asian giant.

The Philippines got a measly $31 million worth of foreign direct investments from China in 2017, he said, in contrast to $2.17 billion Chinese FDIs to Vietnam, which has been aggressively asserting its rights over the South China Sea.

Out in the seas, Filipino fishermen go to Panatag Shoal off Zambales, within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, to make a living – only for their catch to be taken by members of the China Coast Guard.

The “barter” – as what Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua wants to call it – is this: for P3,000 worth of cash, Filipino fishermen are given two bottles of water. This was among the complaints aired by the fishermen in a dialogue with the military and local officials in Zambales on Thursday, June 14.

As far as the Chinese government is concerned, however, it is “out of goodwill” that they are making the Filipinos fish in the Philippines’ own fishing ground, and Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque – who used to lawyer for some of these fishermen – saying that "what matters" now is they are allowed by China to fish.

Here are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.

'2 bottles of water for P3,000 worth of fish in Panatag Shoal'

Filipino fishermen from Zambales province confirm that China Coast Guard habitually takes their catch in Scarborough Shoal

SC applicants agree with U.S ruling favoring baker in gay wedding cake case

‘The right to religious belief in the hierarchy of values should prevail,’ says Court of Appeals Associate Justice Ramon Garcia

DFA launches ePayment for passport applications

The Department of Foreign Affairs says its ePayment portal will significantly reduce no-shows for passport appointments in its consular offices

Trump prepares China tariff target list as confrontation escalates

Imposing the tariffs would escalate the trade confrontation with Beijing, and potentially set off a round of tit-for-tat retaliation, which economists warn would damage the global economy

French guards abused and forcibly returned migrants – Oxfam

The report says children complained about being 'physically and verbally abused, and detained overnight in cells without food, water or blankets and with no access to an official guardian,' all contrary to French and EU law

Prevention key to dealing with spike in suicide rate

Countries torn apart by conflict, such as Sri Lanka, are among the most affected, while South Korea and Japan are on the top of the list of industrialized countries dealing with high suicide rates

Facebook news use declining, WhatsApp growing – study

The Reuters Institute report, which covers 37 countries in five continents, says that the use of social media for news fell by 6 percentage points in the United States compared to last year

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