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

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

At least 206 families, 829 individuals evacuees in Barangay Silangan in Quezon City on Wednesday, 18, 2018 who gather at the Barangay covered court for shelter due to continues downpour enhanced by Tropical Depression Henry that left their houses flooded. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

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Hello!

Hello Rappler readers,

We have another tropical cyclone in the Philippines – Inday. Inday is making the southwest monsoon stronger, too, so expect the rain to continue in Luzon. Stay safe and dry!

On the ties between the Philippines and China, President Rodrigo Duterte said Beijing never asked Manila for "one square of real estate." The Chinese ambassador, meanwhile, denied that the Philippines is being lured into a debt trap.

And, on a lighter note, burger chain Shake Shack is coming to Manila!

Below are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.

LPA now Tropical Depression Inday

The low pressure area inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility is now Tropical Depression Inday, and it is enhancing the southwest monsoon.

Duterte: China never asked PH for land

China has never asked for any piece of real estate in the Philippines in exchange for financial assistance, according to President Rodrigo Duterte.

China denies 'debt trap' for PH

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua denied that Beijing is luring Manila into a debt trap. "I think your economic team is smart enough," said Zhao.

Federalism will 'wreak havoc' on PH economy

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia warned that shifting to federalism would hurt the Philippine economy, as the regions are not yet ready for this system.

DOJ junks appeal to charge Divina

The Department of Justice dismissed the petition filed by the parents of hazing victim Horacio "Atio" Castillo III against University of Santo Tomas law dean Nilo Divina.

Trump says he misspoke on Russia meddling

United States President Donald Trump tried to limit the damage from his summit with Vladimir Putin, claiming he misspoke in appearing to accept the Russian leader's denial of election meddling.

Shake Shack opening in PH

Popular burger chain Shake Shack is coming to the Philippines in 2019!

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