#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 14, 2017

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Hello Rappler readers,

It's Day 2 of oral arguments at the Supreme Court on President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law, and also the 2nd hearing of the House of Representatives on the Resorts World Manila attack.

In the United States, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fiercely denied colluding with Russia to tilt the 2016 elections in favor of President Donald Trump.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

SC's Bersamin: Trust Duterte on martial law

The Supreme Court resumes oral arguments on the martial law declaration in Mindanao for the 2nd straight day on Wednesday. Listen to the live audio of Day 2 here. On Day 1, SC Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin had said he is "willing to presume good faith" on the part of the government. Read the rest of the Day 1 highlights here.

House resumes inquiry into Resorts World attack

The House of Representatives is holding its 2nd hearing on the deadly attack at Resorts World Manila on Wednesday. Among those invited are personnel responsible for monitoring the hotel-casino's CCTV feed and also representatives from the funeral homes where the victims were brought. Watch the hearing here.

US attorney general slams Russia collusion claims

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions vehemently denied he colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 elections, saying this is an "appalling and detestable lie." Sessions, in a Senate hearing, also said, "I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign."

Scores dead in Bangladesh landslides

Heavy rains and landslides have killed at least 134 people in Bangladesh. Police warned the death toll would likely rise as emergency workers reached remote parts of the Chittagong Hills.

DOT, McCann deny plagiarism in tourism ad

The Department of Tourism and McCann Worldgroup Philippines both insisted there was no plagiarism committed for the country's new tourism ad. The "Sights" commercial has been compared to a South African ad, but the DOT and McCann said they stand by their execution.

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