#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 18, 2017

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The continued strife in Marawi has prompted President Duterte to ask for a 60-day extension of martial law in Mindanao, and Congress is set to discuss the matter during a special session later this week. Will this bode well in the government's continued fight to flush out terrorists in the city?

Meanwhile, peace in Mindanao continues to be elusive, but the administration will soon make a big step forward after Duterte said the new Bangsamoro law will be certified urgent. Both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are urging the public to support this new bill as it moves to Congress.

Also in the news is the talks between Ramon Ang and the Prieto family over the majority stake in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which promises a major shakeup in the media industry.

These, plus the long-awaited return of television darling Game of Thrones, are in today's wRap.

Duterte asks for 60-day Mindanao martial law extension

During his meeting with lawmakers on Monday, July 17, President Rodrigo Duterte asked for a 60-day extension of martial law still covering the entire Mindanao. He also requested that the Senate and the House of Representatives hold a special session to discuss this request.

Duterte to certify new Bangsamoro law as urgent

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, July 17, promised to certify as urgent the new draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that will create a new Bangsamoro region in Mindanao. "Yes, certify and I have requested both the Senate President and the Speaker to consider it immediately," said Duterte during a media interview on Monday in Malacañang.

Ramon Ang in talks with Prietos for majority stake in Inquirer

Ramon Ang, the chief of the country's most diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation, is in talks with the owners of the Philippine Daily Inquirer for an acquisition of a majority stake in the daily newspaper.

Venezuela opposition hails poll as blow to Maduro

Venezuela's opposition hailed an unofficial "plebiscite" held Sunday, July 16, as a blow against President Nicolas Maduro and his plan to rewrite the constitution, though deadly violence reared its head again with a deadly attack on voters in Caracas.

'Game of Thrones' back for season 7

Game of Thrones returned for its season 7 premiere on Sunday, July 16, ending a longer-than-usual wait for fans craving its unique weekly offer of sex, violence and dragons.

Top photo: Relatives attend the unveiling of the National Monument for the MH17 victims in Vijfhuizen on July 17, 2017. Remko de Waal/ANP/AFP

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