#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 2, 2018

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday

Screengrab of a June 26 radio-bbc.com post claiming Pope Francis defended President Rodrigo Duterte's "God is stupid" remark.

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Hello!

Dear Rappler reader,

President Rodrigo Duterte entered his third year in office this weekend. You may want to check out our series of stories which look back at his first 2 years in office.

Following the President's recent tirades against God and the Catholic church, the past week has seen a barrage of hoax content about the Pope and other church leaders.

If you notice any suspicious content in your news feed, do let us know by emailing factcheck@rappler.com or by sending a direct message to facebook.com/newsbreak.ph.

Meanwhile, we are monitoring this developing story: Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili was shot dead Monday morning, July 2, during the weekly flag raising ceremony in front of city hall.

For more updates on these and other top news of the day, please visit www.rappler.com.

Tanauan City mayor Halili in critical condition after flag ceremony shooting

(UPDATED) Antonio Halili is shot during Tanaun City's weekly flag raising ceremony

Guam lawmakers cancel meeting with Dela Rosa

Guam Senator Telena Nelson says the planned visit would send 'the wrong message,' given former top cop Ronald dela Rosa's role in the Philippines' bloody anti-drug campaign

War on plastic leaves manufacturers grasping at straws

Activists continue to pressure countries and businesses to deserting plastic straws. It's working.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Diyos ni Digong ang diyos ng hidwaan

Hindi hinubog sa imahe ng kanyang ‘sensible God’ si Rodrigo Duterte

Politics, love, and BTS: Kris Aquino tells all in Instagram Q and A

The Queen of all Media fields questions on her BTS bias, rumored relationships, political plans, and more

All aboard! Hello Kitty bullet train debuts in Japan

The bullet train will run for the next 3 months between the western cities of Osaka and Fukuoka

Thousands march against U.S. immigration policy

Directly across from the White House, demonstrators filled Lafayette Square park in an atmosphere of both indignation and sadness, before marching toward the Capitol

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