#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 13, 2017

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How's Tuesday so far, Rappler readers?

Emotions ran high on Independence Day, with the country fighting terrorists in Marawi, and people across the archipelago reflecting on the societal divisions still keeping the Philippines away from being truly united.

Meanwhile, today, June 13, the controversial declaration on martial law in Mindanao will be tackled at the Supreme Court. What should we expect? Rappler has compiled the main arguments from both sides in this guide.

Overseas, Donald Trump's travel ban again gets a major setback; Theresa May says sorry to her fellow Tories; and the theater world celebrates their industry's best work at this year's Tony Awards.

These stories and more in today's wRap.

Emotional 119th Independence Day as fighting rages in Marawi

It was an emotional Independence Day commemoration in Marawi City, at the center of the ongoing battle against the terrorist Maute Group, as well as in Manila, where bodies of the slain "heroes of Marawi" were brought. The names and photos of 58 fallen soldiers and police were also flashed on television and read out on radio at noon, broadcast nationwide. Here is a look at how Filipinos celebrated the country's 119th Independence Day.

Guard our independence, officials tell fellow Filipinos

As the country faces various threats, various top officials vowed to be vigilant to protect our nation's sovereignty, and also asking fellow Filipinos to do the same. Vice President Leni Robredo – who led the Independence Day rites in Luneta – urged people to defend "weakening" institutions, while Chief Justice Maria Lourde Sereno said the judiciary is committed to defend citizens' freedoms.

Theresa May to partymates: Sorry for UK election mess

British Prime Minister Theresa May took the blame for the ruling Conservatives' disastrous performance at last week's elections, as she faced her party's angry MPs on Monday, June 12. May's Conservatives unexpectedly lost their majority in parliament in Thursday's (June 8) snap general election, causing political chaos ahead of Brexit talks.

Trump travel ban takes another hit

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit kept in place a lower court decision to block President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban targeting citizens from 6 Muslim majority nations, arguing the president had overstepped his authority and his executive order discriminated against travelers based on their nationality. The issue is now headed to the Supreme Court.

NBA Finals 2017: Cavs, Golden State in do-or-die showdown

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants to see a tougher tone from the defending champions in their do-or-die showdown Monday, June 12 (Tuesday in Manila) with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Warriors lead the best-of-7 series 3-1 but missed a chance to clinch with a 137-116 loss Friday, June 9, at Cleveland.

Department of Tourism to the world: 'Experience the Philippines'

The Department of Tourism released on Monday, June 12, a new TV commercial and a new tagline: "Experience the Philippines." Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said that beyond featuring the Philippines, the new commercial encourages tourists to experience what the country has to offer. However, the ad is being accused by some people to have been plagiarized from a South African tourism spot.

Dear Evan Hansen leads Broadway's top awards

Dear Evan Hansen won big in this year's Tony Awards, held Sunday, June 11 in New York at the Radio City Music Hall. The musical took home 6 awards, including Best Actor in a Musical for Ben Platt and Best Musical. Theater's big night was hosted by two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and celebrity presenters included Sara Bareilles, Orlando Bloom, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Philippines' own Lea Salonga, and many more.

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