#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 13, 2018

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Hello!

How's Tuesday, Rappler readers?

On Monday, February 12, the Philippine government put in place a ban on deploying workers to Kuwait. This comes after reports of abuse against Filipino workers in the said country, particularly the news of the death of a domestic worker.

Meanwhile, Cebu Rep Gwen Garcia was ordered dismissed by the Ombudsman over an anomalous land deal back when she was Cebu governor. Garcia said that the case is being used as "leverage" by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who is facing an impeachment case pending at the House.

Also, something to watch out for today: top-level officials from the Philippines and China are set to meet to discuss the South China Sea dispute.

These and more stories, in today's wRap.

Philippines bans workers' deployment to Kuwait

In Administrative Order No. 54 issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday, the Philippine government said the ban is due to a "series of reports involving abuse and death of OFWs in Kuwait." It is effective immediately.

Ombudsman dismisses Cebu Congresswoman Gwen Garcia

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales ordered the dismissal from service of former Cebu governor and now 3rd District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia for grave misconduct in connection with the purchase of a sprawling property for close to P100 million.

Families of victims shed tears as Congress OKs bill banning hazing

In front of victims’ families, the Senate, voting 19-0, passed on third and final reading the bill banning all forms of hazing, making the measure one step closer to becoming a law.

NFA Council activates authority to import 250,000 MT of rice

The importation, to be done through government-to-private method, will be used to replenish the National Food Authority's rice buffer stock for calamities or other emergencies.

Fake news law can be 'dangerous' – former Al Jazeera correspondent

"If the law can be loosely interpreted, at some point it will be loosely interpreted," says former Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste.

Trump budget includes infrastructure plan, steep social cuts, rising deficits

The blueprint for the 2019 fiscal year abandons the long-held Republican goal of balancing the federal budget within a decade.

Obamas reveal unconventional portraits in Washington

These latest additions stand in stark contrast to the more buttoned-down approach of traditional presidential portraiture.

Top photo: Canada's Kevin Boyer takes part in a training session for the men's skeleton event at the Olympic Sliding Centre, during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, on February 11, 2018. Kirill Kudrayvtsev/AFP

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