#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 18, 2018

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 18, 2018
Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

Dear reader, 

3 priests have already been shot dead in a span of 6 months under President Rodrigo Duterte. Rappler’s editorial this week tackles what the assassinations mean for freedom and accountability in the country.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III asked online news site Inquirer.net to take down articles tagging him in the controversial rape case of sexy actress Pepsi Paloma in 1982. 

Economics PhD student JC Punongbayan takes apart why the peso is unusually weak over time and why it is also the weakest in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN

Not everything’s looking up for China, despite forging a much-sought “friendship” with the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Malaysia, once a loyal partner in its globe-spanning infrastructure drive, has a new government which vows to review Beijing-backed projects. 

A strong quake rocked Osaka City of Japan during Monday’s morning rush hour.

Yesterday was Father’s Day, and Kris Aquino, daughter of the late former president Cory Aquino and former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr, paid tribute to her parents in a live broadcast over social media.  

And here’s the perfect feature for pride month, meet Police Senior Inspector Rene Balmaceda, the first transgender policewoman in the Philippine National Police. 

Below are the big stories we think you shouldn’t miss. 

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: Drenched in God’s blood

President Duterte’s persistent attacks against the Catholic Church, even after these killings, leave us with only one thought: that beyond his insensitivity, he is out to silence an institution that has now become his fierce critic

Sotto asks Inquirer to remove articles on Pepsi Paloma

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines denounces Sotto’s request, saying it is a ‘brazen attempt to suppress freedom of the press and of expression’

[OPINION] Why is the Philippine peso the weakest in ASEAN?

A weakening peso is symptomatic of other things happening in the economy. Most importantly, it suggests we are increasingly becoming a net borrower from the rest of the world, owing to our colossal import bill boosted by Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build’.

Malaysia power shift hits China infrastructure drive

‘We will be friendly with China, but we do not want to be indebted to China,’ says Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

One dead after strong earthquake shakes Japan’s Osaka

Local police say a girl, aged 9, had died in the city of Takatsuki, north of Osaka city. Media reports say she had been trapped when a wall collapsed on her at school following the 5.3-magnitude quake.

On Father’s Day, Kris Aquino pays tribute to Cory, Ninoy

She also reminds detractors, particularly those on social media, that the Aquinos ‘are no cowards’

Salute to Madame, the first transgender cop in PNP

TRANSGENDER IN PNP. PSI Rene Balmaceda works at the criminal investigation and detection unit of the Quezon City Police District. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Police Senior Inspector Rene Balmaceda – or ‘Madame’ – is the first openly transgender cop in the Philippine National Police. She handles criminal probes at the Quezon City Police District.

– Rappler.com

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