#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 25, 2018

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As expected, after the outrage of many over President Rodrigo Duterte calling God "stupid", Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the remark ought to be seen as an expression of a personal belief.

The President's remarks against God earlier drew negative reactions from various personalities, including Senator Panfilo Lacson, who has supported some of Duterte's advocacies.

Meanwhile, this week's #AnimatED takes on the new target of the President's ire: the tambays, people who stand idle in the street.

It advises the president to take the long view regarding this complex issue, address the problem comprehensively, and not wipe it off like some dust.

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Roque on Duterte's 'stupid God' remark: It's his personal belief

President Rodrigo Duterte has a right to express his thoughts on religion, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

'Parking' fee? Fault lies in Ombudsman setup

It's possible graft investigators are being paid to 'park' cases, says Special Prosecutor Edilberto Sandoval, who also points out that there's a problem with how the office is set up

[EDITORIAL] #Animated: Getting rid of the tambays

Leave this task to the mayors, Mr President. You have bigger problems on your big plate.

Brian Cu: Grab driver cancellations down by 50%

Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu says they have addressed the 'root causes' of unwanted driver behavior

EU leaders tackle political flare-up over migrants

The talks involving 16 of the 28 European Union leaders aim to mend rifts over the migrant crisis

Bong Go's pre-campaign 'proxy' in Albay

Where he cannot be physically present to give money or shoes to fire victims, the apparent senatorial aspirant has a proxy sure to place him at the back of people's minds in Albay, whether they like it or not

'We want the children free!': A cry from inside migrant detention center

'Shame,' 'Abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement),' and 'You're not alone,' are being shouted by estimated 500 protesters rallied by religious leaders

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