#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 22, 2017

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It's been over a month since the clashes in Marawi erupted and they're not over yet. But the military has begun to coordinate with local government leaders initiating the rehabilitation of the Islamic city torn apart by the brutal fighting.

Elsewhere, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines issued a historic pastoral letter on fake news Wednesday night. The first of its kind, the pastoral letter tells Catholics to stop spreading fake news.

Outside the Philippines, Queen Elizabeth II raised several eyebrows when she appeared in a royal blue dress and what was seen by some as an "anti-Brexit hat" that carried the colors of the European Union's flag. Were her watchers reading too much into her outfit or was the Queen being a naughty rebel?

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CBCP urges Catholics to stop fake news

It’s a first for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). On Wednesday evening, June 21, bishops issued a historic pastoral letter asking Catholics to stop spreading fake news because it is “a sin against charity.” CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates said fake news offends “against the orientation of the human intellect to truth." Among others, the CBCP asked Catholics to “rebut and refute falsehood whenever they are in possession of facts and of data.”

Gov’t troops start to clear Marawi for rehab

Plans for tent cities and other rehabilitation efforts for internally displaced residents of Marawi City are afoot. Brigadier General Ramiro Manuel Rey, commander of Task Force Ranao, said they are now coordinating with local government officials for the recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi City. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced that government has set aside a P20-billion rehabilitation fund for the reconstruction of the city.

Sereno, CA ask House to observe ‘judicial independence’

In an apparent effort to stave off a head-on collision with its co-equal branch, the House of Representatives, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Court of Appeals (CA) Presiding Justice Andres Reyes asked the lower chamber to “reconsider” its show cause order issued to CA justices on Tuesday, June 20. In their joint statement, Sereno and Reyes said the show cause order has “implications on separation of power and judicial independence.” Three CA justices are being asked to explain why they should not be held in contempt for ordering the release of 6 Ilocos Norte employees in relation to a House probe into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds, also being linked to Governor Imee Marcos.

Año says downplaying ISIS threat all part of psy-ops

Downplay the presence of the terrorist ISIS. This was the directive of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief General Eduardo Año to AFP personnel “so as not to give them recognition and fan the flames of rebellion.” Solicitor General Jose Calida disclosed these details in his memorandum submitted to the Supreme Court on June 19 to strengthen his argument for government’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao following the siege in Marawi City.

Marawi student is UP valedictorian

On Sunday, June 25, Arman Ali Ghodsinia, BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology summa cum laude graduate, will deliver the valedictory speech in the 106th commencement exercises of the University of the Philippines Diliman. He obtained a General Weighted Average (GWA) of 1.176. His mother is from Marawi City while his father is Iranian.

Did the Queen just troll Brexiteers?

Queen Elizabeth II raised several eyebrows when she donned a hat for a speech outlining how government would implement Brexit. The similarity of colors to the European Union’s flag was not lost on the Queen’s watchers. One Twitter user said, "Queen trolls Brexiteers," while another wrote: "The award for 'Best Trolling Using a Hat' goes to the #QueensSpeech".

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