Things you need to know today: July 24, 2016

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Hello Rappler readers,

We start off Sunday with breaking news: President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an Executive Order (EO) for transparency in all offices under the executive branch. It's a major step for Freedom of Information (FOI). Malacañang's announcement of that EO comes just a day ahead of the President's first State of the Nation Address (SONA), which happens on the same day as a Mass for victims of extrajudicial killings.

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

Duterte signs EO for FOI

It's official: President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an Executive Order on Freedom of Information (FOI). The order covers all offices under the executive branch.

Mass set ahead of Duterte's 1st SONA

As killings of alleged drug suspects are being reported left and right, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Manila have set a Mass for Monday, July 25. The theme? "Huwag kang papatay." (Thou shall not kill.)

Ramos is PH envoy for China talks

The Philippines has a new special envoy for talks with China: former president Fidel V. Ramos. The 88-year-old Ramos said yes to President Rodrigo Duterte's offer even though he has 3 ailments.

Mining: What Duterte, Lopez have said

Since anti-mining advocate Gina Lopez was named environment chief, there's been more buzz about mining in the country. Rappler gives you a look at what Lopez and President Rodrigo Duterte have said, so far, about the issues surrounding the industry.

Most LP members to join PDP-Laban bloc in House

The Liberal Party (LP) leader in the House of Representatives, outgoing Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr, has changed his mind. Most LP members in the House will now join the supermajority bloc of President Rodrigo Duterte's PDP-Laban instead of being part of the opposition.

Clinton running mate wows crowds

Tim Kaine, the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, definitely made a good impression during his speech in Miami. Kaine blasted the foreign policy ideas of Clinton's rival Donald Trump, and even spoke in fluent Spanish.

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