#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 22, 2017

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Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr again denied he was ever a US citizen, as he appeared before the Commission on Appointments. Meanwhile, the Senate will again investigate the Davao Death Squad and President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged involvement in it when he was still Davao City mayor.

There are also pleas for justice – for the 15 people killed in the Tanay bus crash, and for slain environmental lawyer Mia Mascariñas-Green.

In the US, the government is going after illegal immigrants with tough new orders.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Yasay: I'll prove I was never a U.S. citizen

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr said he's ready to prove he was never an American citizen. Yasay told the Commission on Appointments that he has documents showing this, contrary to media reports. Rappler has been reporting on Yasay's previous US citizenship.

Senate to reinvestigate Davao Death Squad

The Senate will reopen its probe into the Davao Death Squad, after the revelations of a retired Davao City policeman who was reportedly close to President Rodrigo Duterte. Two senators confirmed this to Rappler but declined to say how the voting on the matter went.

Relatives of Tanay bus crash victims seek justice

Police and soldiers stand guard next to a tourist bus which hit an electric post in Tanay town, Rizal province, east of Manila on February 20, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Police and soldiers stand guard next to a tourist bus which hit an electric post in Tanay town, Rizal province, east of Manila on February 20, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Relatives are seeking justice for the 15 people who died in the Tanay bus accident, most of whom were students on a field trip. In a dialogue organized by a lawmaker, representatives from the school and the bus company were no-shows.

The Department of Education, meanwhile, is reminding schools to check the condition of buses to be used by their students.

Groups demand justice for slain environmental lawyer

Justice is also being sought for the murder of environmental lawyer Mia Mascariñas-Green. Law groups held an "indignation gathering" for Mascariñas-Green, who's said to be among 112 environmental campaigners killed in the Philippines over the past 15 years.

Millions targeted in U.S. deportation plan

The Trump administration ordered a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants, saying "the surge of illegal immigration... has created a significant national security vulnerability." Rights groups, however, labeled the move a "witch hunt."

PBA: Ginebra advances to PH Cup Finals

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is back in the PBA Finals just 4 months since it won its first title in 8 years. The Gin Kings defeated the Star Hotshots in Game 7 of their semis series, setting up an all-San Miguel Corporation showdown with the San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Cup Finals.

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