#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 27, 2017

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

'HEAL OUR LAND.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas returns to EDSA on November 5, 2017, for a Mass and procession against drug war killings. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler










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Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano denied claims from media reports in Israel saying the Philippines was planning to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the need for negotiations regarding North Korea's nuclear projects.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Philippines denies plan to transfer embassy to Jerusalem

Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano makes the clarification in response to a news report that the Philippines is among the countries contemplating the move

DOH set to form independent panel for Dengvaxia review

The Department of Health will also submit documents to the National Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday, December 27, for the probe into the dengue immunization program

Police arrest co-owner of travel agency that left OFWs stranded in HK – reports

Rhea Donna Boyce, who is from the Philippines, is arrested on Christmas Day 'for conspiracy to defraud'

Colombian paramilitary chief deported from U.S. to face charges

Fifty-year- old Hebert Veloza, alias "HH," faces charges in his homeland of murder, forced recruitment of minors and criminal association

Lavrov, Tillerson discuss need for urgent North Korea negotiations

'The sides were united in the opinion that nuclear missile projects in North Korea violate the demands of the UN Security Council,' says the Russian foreign ministry after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by telephone

'Forgive me,' ex-Peru leader Fujimori says after pardon protests

The 79-year-old has been serving a 25-year sentence for corruption and human rights abuses committed during his time in office from 1990 to 2000

IN PHOTOS: When the Church rose up vs killings in 2017

Rappler compiles 12 best images of the Philippine Catholic Church that prayed, marched, and fought for the value of life this year

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