Things you need to know today: July 22, 2016

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Good day Rappler readers!

It's been a breathless, hectic week, hasn't it? What with former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo finally getting out of hospital detention after the Supreme Court found there wasn't enough proof she plundered the nation's coffers; #ThinkPH's "Back to Disruptive Basics" opening up endless possibilities; and a terrorism expert warning that after the death of Indonesia's most wanted terrorist, his followers could simply cross over to the Philippines.

Here's more you shouldn't miss to be on top of the news.

Who's raising South China Sea issue with ASEAN?

After the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Mongolia, it's going to be ASEAN's turn to hear from Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) issue. Buzzwords include "ASEAN community-building" and "pressing issues of regional concern". Foreign ministers meet from July 23-26 in Vientiane, Laos – Yasay's first ASEAN Ministerial Meeting.

Gloria Arroyo released from hospital arrest

Yes, it's been that long, almost 4 years of hospital detention for former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. By early evening Thursday, the incumbent Pampanga 2nd district Representative was a free woman after the anti-graft court issued her release order. From the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, she was whisked to her La Vista home under gray skies.

Duterte: Stop calling me 'His Excellency'

Stop it. Just call him President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and do away with "His Excellency" in all official communications, events, or materials. It's consistent with the populist image that the new president wants. Let's see how things go on Monday, July 25, when he's introduced to address Congress for his first State of the Nation Address.

From the jungles of Indonesia to the Abu Sayyaf?

Now that it's become hotter in Poso, the jungle lair of the Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT or East Indonesia Mujahideen), the followers of slain terrorist Santoso could join the terrorist Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines. Terrorism expert Al Chaidar says they have things in common. If ever they join forces, that would spell a big headache for regional security.

Futurist Van Geest: Learn to dance with the machine

It's the time of disruption, given rapid technological advancement. Futurist and New York Times bestselling author Yuri Van Geest told his audience at Thursday's #ThinkPH Back to Disruptive Basics event, “You have to learn dance with the machine and if you don’t, you’re in trouble.” How ready are you?

Duterte to soldiers: I'll be there for you

Ending "embarrassing" urban terrorism will need more soldiers and cops. President Rodrigo Duterte told law enforcers at the Western Mindanao Command Headquarters in Zamboanga City on Thursday he may not have all the money needed at this point, but he surely will have their back. "I'll be there for you," he assured them.

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