#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 16, 2017

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President Rodrigo Duterte has not been seen in public for 4 days, but Malacañang insists he is "definitely" not sick and is just resting. On the 3rd day of oral arguments on petitions to nullify martial law in Mindanao, the justices of the High Court held a closed-door session with top defense and military officials, who gave them confidential information that became the basis for the President's declaration.

The Philippines has lifted its moratorium on sending workers to Qatar, which is at the center of the worst diplomatic crisis in the Middle East. The government has also cut ties with an advertising agency, which produced a tourism advertisement that largely resembled an ad in South Africa.

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss.

PH resumes sending workers to Qatar

The Philippines has lifted the suspension of the deployment of workers to Qatar, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced. The decision was made upon the recommendation of Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Qatar after their assessment of the aftermath of the blockade issued by other Middle East countries against Qatar.

Duterte not sick, says Palace, but won’t resume duties yet

President Rodrigo Duterte’s men on Thursday, June 15, released photos of the Chief Executive at work in his private quarters to refute “wild speculation” and show he is “definitely” not sick. Still, Malacañang could not say when the President would resume his official activities after 4 straight days of rest.

Martial law officials show confidential info to Supreme Court justices

Supreme Court justices had a 6-hour private session with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Eduardo Año – administrator and implementer of martial law in Mindanao, respectively. Solicitor General Jose Calida, who was in the session, said the two presented intelligence information and confidential documents related to the Marawi siege.

Mother of Maute terrorists charged with rebellion

Ominta Romato Maute, also known as Farhana, mother of the founders of the Maute terror group, was charged with rebellion before the Misamis Oriental Regional Trial Court in Cagayan de Oro City. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II will file a motion to have the trial moved from CDO to Taguig City, where the suspect is detained.

Trump critic fires upon congressman, killed in shootout

A rifle-wielding critic of President Donald Trump opened fire on US lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game in Virginia on Wednesday, June 14, seriously wounding a top Republican congressman and 3 others before he was killed by police. He was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois.

Tourism dep’t cuts ties with McCann after ad brouhaha

The Department of Tourism discontinued its partnership with McCann Worldgroup Philippines after the advertising company was accused of plagiarizing a South African tourism commercial. The DOT says it “expects a public apology from McCann,” as it announced it would use again its previous slogan, “It’s more fun in the Philippines.”

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