#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 8, 2018

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday, May 8, said President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen his adviser, Abdullah Mamao, as special envoy to Kuwait.

The announcement comes weeks after the Gulf country expelled Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa over the alleged illegal rescues of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) there. Villa returned to the Philippines last May 2.

Roque also confirmed on Tuesday that the President had a long private conversation with Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, who is embroiled in the controversy involving some P60 million paid by the Department of Tourism to People's Television Network for ad placements in the show of her brothers Ben and Erwin Tulfo.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is set to announce his decision on the Iran nuclear deal. Officials and diplomats expect Trump to ignore last-ditch European pleas, and move to withdraw the United States from a 2015 agreement.

Here are today's top stories.

Duterte names Abdullah Mamao as special envoy to Kuwait

Mamao is the presidential adviser on OFWs, who has flown to the Middle East for special assignments in the past. Like Duterte, he is a 1972 law graduate of San Beda College.

Roque confirms private conversation of Duterte, Teo

According to Roque, Duterte and Teo had a private exchange after a Cabinet meeting on Monday, May 7.

Photos compare developed China, Vietnam reefs to bare Philippine islands

Close-up aerial photos of the Philppine island occupied by about a hundred Filipinos – Pag-asa (Thitu) Island – showed a settlement studded with trees but sparse in facilities.

Rappler hits BIR for 'selective justice' in tax evasion case

Rappler Holdings Corporation and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa filed a joint counter-affidavit at the Department of Justice in relation to the P133-million tax evasion complaint filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Slain Cagayan priest Mark Ventura laid to rest

Family members, over a hundred priests of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao, friends, relatives, supporters, and parishioners paid their last respect to Ventura during the funeral mass held in St. Peter Metropolitan Cathedral in Tuguegarao.

Trump to give verdict on Iran nuclear deal

Months of intensive talks between the United States and European allies now appear deadlocked, with Berlin, London and Paris refusing to rewrite the agreement.

'PAP moves?' Mom of teen demands apology from Ellen Adarna

Myra Abo Santos, who identified herself as the mother of 17-year-old Eleila A. Santos, said Ellen "posted a one sided narrative and insisted on erroneous and unfounded accusations" despite Eleila's efforts to reach out and explain her side of the story.

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