#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 15, 2017

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Hello Rappler readers,

The New People's Army may have declared a ceasefire in areas affected by the February 10 earthquake in Surigao, but the military, in a new report, said the communist rebels fired at an aid convoy.

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, meanwhile, is unfazed even if mining companies are trying to block her confirmation at the Commission on Appointments.

Overseas, Indonesia is holding local elections and the Trump administration is dealing with the fallout from the Flynn-Russia scandal.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

Military: NPA fired at aid convoy in Surigao

The Philippine military said New People's Army rebels fired at an aid convoy in quake-hit Surigao. No one was reported hurt. The NPA, however, earlier declared a unilateral ceasefire in the areas affected by the February 10 quake.

DENR's Lopez vs miners: Battle continues

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez's battle with mining firms is far from over. The mining firms have asked the Commission on Appointments not to confirm Lopez's post, but an unfazed Lopez said she's "not going to stop doing the right thing just to please" the CA.

Local elections underway in Indonesia

Voting is ongoing in the local elections across Indonesia, with the stakes highest in the capital, Jakarta. Rappler Indonesia Bureau Chief Natashya Gutierrez tells us about the key contenders and the issues dominating the Jakarta gubernatorial race.

White House in crisis mode

The White House, just less than a month into the new administration, is already in crisis mode. US President Donald Trump's aides are trying to shield him from the growing scandal over newly resigned national security advisor Michael Flynn's contacts with Russia – which Trump apparently knew about 3 weeks ago.

Caraga, Davao told to watch out for floods

State weather bureau PAGASA warned residents in the Caraga and Davao regions to be on alert for heavy rain which could bring floods and landslides on Wednesday. The rain is due to the tail-end of a cold front.

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