#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 20, 2018

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Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler










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Following the Supreme Court's (SC) final decision to remove former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petition, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said he would decline any nomination for chief justice on account of his dissenting vote.

Meanwhile, during the historic SC oral arguments on Tuesday, June 19, justices pointed out the procedural flaws in the petition seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in the Philippines.

Also on Tuesday, the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council, condemning the "hypocrisy" of its members and its alleged "unrelenting bias" against Israel.

Here are today's top stories.

Carpio to decline chief justice nomination

"I have to be consistent with my position that the quo warranto is not the proper way to remove a sitting member of the Court. So I don't want to benefit from the decision to which I disagreed," Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said.

U.S. withdraws from 'cesspool' UN rights body

Officials insisted the United States will remain a leading champion of human rights but, for many, the decision will reflect President Donald Trump's general hostility to the world body and to multilateral diplomacy in general.

Japan makes history with World Cup win over 10-man Colombia

Yuya Osako's header completed Japan's revenge on the 2014 World Cup quarterfinalist.

Trump urges Republicans to fix family separation crisis

A handful of House Democrats yelled out at Donald Trump in a rare face-to-face demonstration against a president by sitting members of Congress.

‘Mistakes’ of young lawyer overshadow historic marriage equality hearing

Jesus Falcis III made an impassioned plea at the end and told the Court, "I made mistakes, but LGBT couples will be harmed if their rights are not recognized."

Kris Aquino teases Herbert Bautista: 'This is what you're missing'

"May pinapatunayan ako. Meron akong gusto makanood nito at magsisi," Kris Aquino said.

2018 NBA Draft: Teams switch to the tall and lean

Players listed between 6-foot-11 and 7-foot-1 are expected to be picked early in this year's draft.

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