#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 21, 2018

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 120th Anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at the DFA Office in Pasay City on June 18, 2018, reiterates his stance of improving the peace and order situation in the country so that it would become more conducive for progress. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO










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Good news! President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the landmark Mental Health Law, which would provide affordable and accessible mental health services for Filipinos. Senator Risa Hontiveros on lauded Duterte, saying the signing of Republic Act 11036 would "set the path for the government's policy in integrating mental healthcare in the country's public healthcare system."

Meanwhile, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales found probable cause to charge former president Benigno Aquino III with usurpation of legislative powers in the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) case. Usurpation of legislative powers is a lesser charge than graft, penalized by prison time of 6 months to 6 years and a fine not exceeding P1,000 as stated by Article 239 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).

Some 246 priests and ministers asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to allow them to carry firearms outside their homes. The clergymen have possessed firearms before, and are now just requesting the PNP to allow them to bring their guns outside their homes. The request follows the series of killings of priests in the country.

All this and more are on today's wRap!

Duterte signs Philippine Mental Health law

'Help is finally here,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros, author and principal author of the landmark measure that provides affordable and accessible mental health services

Before she retires, Morales indicts Aquino in DAP case

(3rd UPDATE) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales indicts former president Benigno Aquino III for usurpation of legislative powers over the Disbursement Acceleration Program, not for graft which was sought by complainant Bayan Muna

Communist rebels OK 3-month postponement of peace talks

The National Democratic Front says in a statement on Thursday, June 21, that it agrees 'to continue peace negotiations and to overcome obstacles and impediments'

246 priests, ministers want to carry firearms outside their homes – PNP

This announcement from the Philippine National Police follows the series of killings of priests in the country

Duterte says no fight with priests: 'I respect the Church'

Yet President Rodrigo Duterte has described the Catholic Church as 'full of shit' and has continued verbal attacks against it amid the recent killings of priests

Trump orders halt to family separations

'What we have done today is we are keeping families together,' Donald Trump says as he signs the executive order. 'I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.'

Roque to opposition: Bill vs officials spreading 'fake news' would be used against you

'Ito po magagamit sa oposisyon. Kayo po nasa oposiyon, kami hindi. So 'yun po ang iniiwasan natin, lalong-lalo na walang depenisyon, magagamit sa panunupil,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

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