#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 17, 2018

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stance against corruption as he convenes with various rice traders during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to totally lift the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait. This comes after the Philippines and Kuwait signed on May 11 a memorandum of agreement (MOA) providing additional protection for OFWs in the Gulf state.

Meanwhile, the President said he is ruling out politicians – and most especially women – as the Philippines' next Ombudsman. He did not explain why he was against having a woman in the position.

In Boracay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) disputed reports that a mountain on the island is being flattened during the island's 6-month closure. The DENR said that a "subdivision" was indeed being constructed in the area, but just before the closure was in effect.

All these and more are in today's wRap!

Duterte orders lifting of Kuwait OFW deployment ban

(UPDATED) The President gives the instruction to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, 'upon recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o'

Duterte on next Ombudsman: Not politician, 'lalo na hindi babae'

Asked about Ombudsman applicant Silvestre Bello III, President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'I will assign him as labor attaché in Kuwait'

Opposition senators ask SC to stop PH from leaving Int'l Criminal Court

In a petition filed before the Supreme Court, 6 senators argue that the withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court needs Senate concurrence

Duterte: 'Remain meek, humble' to get 'mercy' of China's Xi

President Rodrigo Duterte says China's Xi Jinping is proposing a 'bigger share' for the Philippines in a joint development of the West Philippine Sea

Viral posts on mountain flattened in Boracay false – DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the flattening was done before Boracay's closure

COA defies 3 admins: Contractors should pay P146B Malampaya tax

Shell, Chevron and Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC), or collectively known as the Malampaya Consortium, were allowed not to pay P146.7 billion in income taxes by Presidents Arroyo, Aquino and Duterte

Saudi Arabia announces start of Ramadan

Traditionally, many Muslim-majority countries have followed the dates set by Saudi religious authorities, but in recent years many have used their own astronomical calculations

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