#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 11, 2018

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the National Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Summit 2018 held at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Convention Center (ACC) in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on July 10, 2018, assures that he will continue to promote ease of doing business to make the country a conducive environment for MSMEs to thrive.










Hello Rappler readers,

The legal adviser of Vice President Leni Robredo fired back at President Rodrigo Duterte, who earlier called Robredo incompetent.

Duterte, meanwhile, apologized to God for his controversial remarks. But the way the President said it was, "If it's the same God, I'm sorry."

In Taiwan, Typhoon Maria – known in the Philippines as Gardo – has weakened, sparing the island from serious damage.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Robredo camp to Duterte: 'Look who's talking'

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo fired back at President Rodrigo Duterte for saying that she's unfit to lead the country. "Incompetent? Nagsalita ang magaling (Look who's talking)."

Duterte says 'sorry God'

President Rodrigo Duterte managed a qualified apology to God during a dinner with religious leaders. "If it's the same God, I'm sorry, that's how it is. Sorry God."

Bicam to seek Duterte help on BBL deadlock

The bicameral conference committee tackling the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law will go to Malacañang, as they cannot agree on how to finalize the plebiscite for the BBL.

DepEd maintains: No drug test for kids

The Department of Education reiterated there will be no drug testing for grade-schoolers.

Trump lashes out at NATO allies

United States President Donald Trump vowed not to be "taken advantage" of by the European Union, which he accuses of freeloading by relying on the US for its defense.

Taiwan spared as Typhoon Maria weakens

Taiwan avoided serious damage as Typhoon Maria – known in the Philippines as Gardo – weakened.

Foreign direct investments dip by 3.2%

Foreign direct investments in the Philippines hit $1.03 billion in April 2018, slightly lower than the $1.06 billion recorded during the same month last year.

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