#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 4, 2018

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the Fallen Airman Monument after laying a wreath to honor the memory of the fallen airmen of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) during the 71st founding anniversary of PAF at the Multi-Purpose Gymnasium in Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base (CJVAB), Pasay City on July 3, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Mayor Ferdinand Bote, the mayor of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija who was shot dead, has no links to illegal drugs. That's according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

With the killing of Bote and also Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili in just two days, Vice President Leni Robredo called on Filipinos to unite against the "culture of violence" in the country.

Over in Malaysia, former prime minister Najib Razak was charged with corruption.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Nueva Ecija's Bote 'not linked to drugs'

The Department of the Interior and Local Government said General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote, who was gunned down, is not in the infamous narco-list.

Robredo asks Filipinos to unite vs killings

After two mayors were killed in two days, Vice President Leni Robredo made this appeal to Filipinos: "Huwag nating hayaang humantong sa sukdulan ng kaguluhan ang kalagayan ng ating bayan."

Rappler reporters on their biggest stories

Rappler reporters present the highlights of President Rodrigo Duterte's second year in office.

Najib charged with corruption

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was charged with corruption for allegedly accepting millions of dollars in bribe money.

Filipino poet Rogelio Mangahas dies

Prize-winning poet Rogelio G. Mangahas died early Wednesday morning, July 4. He was 79.

Rappler Talk: Bulls, bears, and other beasts of the stock market

Regina Capital managing director Luis Limlingan will break down the basics of the stock market in an interview with Rappler. Tune in at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, July 4.

Australia coach blames Chot Reyes 'more than anybody'

Former NBA player and Australia deputy Luc Longley said Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes incited his players to "come out and thug" their team.

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