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Families displaced by Maguindanao clashes cry for help

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Traumatized by the sound of bombs and guns, at least 2,000 families caught in the battle between terrorists and the military are staying in makeshift booths in open spaces, a Moro community leader tells Rappler

DRIVEN OUT. Skirmishes between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters including the pro-ISIS Abu Torayfie Group in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, over the past week have driven some 800 families to flee their homes and stay in makeshift booths. Photo sourced by Rappler

Supreme Court allows live coverage of Ampatuan massacre judgment

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) The judgment is expected on December 19

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. Groups stage a protest on November 23, 2019, the 10th year anniversary of the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre where 58 people were killed, 32 of them journalists. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Media orgs unite, ask SC for live coverage of Ampatuan judgment

Dec 03, 2019 - 7:40 PM

'Allowing live coverage would allow families unable to travel to Manila to immediately hear the decision of the 58 counts of murder of Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes,' says the petition signed by media organizations

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. PCP Chairperson Jun Sepe pictured beside the images of the victims of Maguindanao Massacre on November 23, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Ampatuan massacre verdict out December 19

Dec 02, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes will hand down the judgment 9 am at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig

#FIGHTFOR58. Groups and members of the media march towards Mendiola to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Maguindanao Massacre on November 23, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Sandiganbayan affirms 90-day suspension of Mayor Sajid Ampatuan over graft case

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Shariff Saydona Mustapha town mayor and ex-Maguindanao governor has been suspended since October

SAJID AMPATUAN. Sandiganbayan photo by Darren Langit/Rappler. Ampatuan photo by Jef Maitem.

Fearing escape as verdict nears, DOJ wants Zaldy Ampatuan back in jail

Nov 25, 2019 - 3:44 PM

(UPDATED) 'In deference to this Honorable Court, it should now stop extending so much grace, sympathy, or concern to accused Zaldy Ampatuan,' says the prosecution

MASSACRE DEFENDANT. Zaldy Ampatuan is confined at the Makati Medical Center weeks before the verdict is read on him, his 2 brothers and 98 others in the Ampatuan massacre case.

WATCH: Media groups demand 'justice now, convict Ampatuans'

Nov 24, 2019 - 8:29 AM

NUJP, AlterMidya, and other media groups commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre with a mural painting and march

Groups and members of the media commemorate the 10th anniversary of Maguindanao Massacre at the Mehan Garden, Manila on November 23. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Groups slam ‘delayed justice’ for victims of Ampatuan massacre

Nov 23, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Ten years after the gruesome killing of 58 people, 32 from the media, press freedom continues to be under attack

Fearful wait for justice a decade after Ampatuan massacre

Nov 23, 2019 - 6:26 PM

A relative of victims say they are 'afraid for the life of the prosecutor or even the judge'

LOOK: Baguio journalists and artists commemorated the 10th anniversary of the ampatuan massacre at Peoples Park. Thirtytwo Mindanao journalists were killed by the men of Ampatuan after joining the supposed filing of candidacy of Mangudadatu. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Malacañang: We will put an end to attacks on journalists

Nov 23, 2019 - 6:12 PM

In the first 3 years of the Duterte administration, at least 128 threats and attacks against members of the press are recorded

PRESS FREEDOM. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar vows to put an end to attacks on journalists. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CMFR calls out Duterte gov't on attacks vs press

Nov 23, 2019 - 3:00 PM

CMFR Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus says it is necessary to 'clear the air' in order for plans on the safety of journalists to be properly implemented

Photo courtesy of Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication

Local artists unite in a benefit concert for families of Ampatuan massacre victims

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:25 AM

Dubbed '#FightFor58: A concert for justice,' the event aims to raise funds to allow the families of the Ampatuan massacre victims to witness the promulgation of the case against the suspects

BENEFIT CONCERT. Pasada joins the team of local artists in a benefit concert at Mow's Bar in Quezon City on Friday, November 22 for the families of the victims of the Ampatuan Massacre 10 years since the gruesome massacre killed 58 people – including 32 journalists. Photo by Lisa Marie David

Bacolod journos call for vigilance as verdict on Maguindanao massacre nears

Nov 23, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Officials and members of the Negros Press Club and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Bacolod chapter light candles to mark the death anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

COMMEMORATION. Andrea Jayme, her daughter Hina Sofia Danielle Bianca Tugot, and Dennis Rubica of Bombo Radyo Bacolod light candles at the Marker of the Fallen Journalists at the Bacolod City public plaza on November 22, 2019. Photo courtesy of NUJP-Bacolod

[WATCH] Trial of the decade: Highlights of Ampatuan massacre case

Nov 23, 2019 - 12:00 AM

The Ampatuan massacre is considered both the worst case of election-related violence in the Philippines and the single deadliest attack against the media

NUJP chair ‘confident’ Ampatuans will be convicted

Nov 22, 2019 - 7:34 PM

An acquittal, says National Union of Journalists of the Philippines' Nonoy Espina, would have grave implications not just on press freedom but on the electoral process

Rappler Talk: NUJP's Nonoy Espina on the 10th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:32 AM

What has happened in the 10 years since the Maguindanao massacre?

As judgment nears, Zaldy Ampatuan still in hospital

Nov 21, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Zaldy Ampatuan, one of the principal accused in the Maguindanao massacre case, has been confined at the Makati Medical Center since he suffered a stroke on October 22

AMPATUAN. This file photo taken on December 5, 2010 shows Zaldy Ampatuan (red shirt), the ARRM governor, is escorted by military and police officials to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) office in General Santos City. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Do we need to die to do our jobs well?

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

I sure hope not

#FightFor58: Activities commemorating 10th anniversary of Ampatuan Massacre

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:54 PM

Here's a running list of activities you can join to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre

Juan Miguel Severo, BLKD x Calix and more perform at gig for Ampatuan Massacre victims’ families

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:15 PM

’Fightfor58: A Concert for Justice’ raises funds for the families of those slain in the 2009 massacre

FIGHT FOR 58. A concert featuring artists such as Juan Miguel Severo and BLKD x Calix raises funds for the families of those slain in the Ampatuan massacre in 2009. Photo from the event's Facebook page

In cold blood: This week's outlook

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:45 AM

It's been 10 years since the gruesome Maguindanao massacre. What makes warlords like the Ampatuans survive the ravages of time?

Children bear the brunt 10 years since Ampatuan massacre

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Many of the widows of the journalists choose to go abroad, leaving behind their children who have to lose another parent. Financial assistance is also running out.

Supreme Court extends Ampatuan massacre judgment to December

Nov 08, 2019 - 12:51 PM

'We have waited for ten years, the 30 days is a short time to wait,' private prosecutor Nena Santos says of the 30-day extension to promulgate the decision

JUSTICE NOW. Signs calling for justice and conviction of the Ampatuans posted at the Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani. Photo by Jaira Krishelle Balboa/Rappler

'Press freedom is dead' if Ampatuans not convicted for massacre – lawyer

Nov 05, 2019 - 2:32 PM

After a decade, a court is scheduled to render a judgment on the Ampatuan massacre. Lawyer Nena Santos expects a guilty verdict for the principal accused.

Private prosecutor Nena Santos. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

DOH confirms 3rd case of polio since outbreak

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:48 PM

The Department of Health says the girl did not receive any dose of oral polio vaccine

POLIO VACCINATION. Health workers conduct door to door anti-polio mass vaccination at the Baseco Compound in Manila on October 14, 2019 following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Robredo on 15,000 more votes over Marcos: ‘This proves who was lying’

Oct 18, 2019 - 9:58 PM

(UPDATED) 'This proves who was telling the truth and who was lying,' tweets Vice President Leni Robredo

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo gets additional 15,000 votes over her poll fraud accuser Bongbong Marcos. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Mayor Sajid Ampatuan suspended for 90 days

Oct 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan orders the suspension to prevent the mayor 'from committing further acts of malfeasance while in office'

SAJID AMPATUAN. Sandiganbayan photo by Darren Langit/Rappler. Ampatuan photo by Jef Maitem.

Funny that accusation of stealing would come from Bongbong Marcos – Robredo

Oct 15, 2019 - 5:32 PM

'Between the two us, lahat ng na-achieve ko, pinagpaguran ko. Wala akong fake diplomas. Wala akong fake anything,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

SHOTS FIRED. Vice President Leni Robredo slams her rival and ex-senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr on October 15, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo to Marcos: How many times do I have to win for you to accept defeat?

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Defeated vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos, while frustrated with the latest PET ruling, says, 'The case goes on and we will go from strength to strength'

THE VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo faces the media on October 15, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

7 MILF members killed in clash with ISIS-linked terrorists

Oct 05, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) Tension remains high in Shariff Saydona town in Maguindanao, with the MILF expected to send reinforcements after the clash

KILLED. Several MILF members are killed in a clash with ISIS-linked terrorists in Maguindanao. Photo from Angela Kalanduyan

Maguindanao IDPs struggle with flooding in evacuation sites

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:25 AM

People displaced by armed conflict in Maguindanao are also vulnerable to typhoons, flash floods, and landslides

12 terrorists killed in Maguindanao clash – military

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says the suspects were plotting bomb attacks in populous and urban areas

TERROR THREAT. The 5-month siege of Marawi City in 2017 exemplifies the existing threat of terrorism in the Philippines. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

AFP reports 7 'foreign terrorists' in Sulu, Basilan, Maguindanao

Jul 23, 2019 - 4:18 PM

The commander of the Armed Forces in Western Mindanao says the 7 suspects are grooming suicide bombers among local extremist groups

AT LARGE. This image from the main battle area of the 2017 siege of Marawi City is a grim reminder of the lingering terrorist presence in the Philippines. Rappler photo

[OPINION] Maguindanao is a forgotten crisis

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:11 AM

'Evacuation should not be a way of life. We need to put displaced people at the front and center of our legislative action,' says humanitarian manager Rhoda Avila

Comelec denies alleged poll fraud amid photo of floating ballot box in Maguindanao

Jun 17, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The Comelec says it is investigating the incident of a ballot box supposedly stolen and found floating in a submerged area behind the Datu Salibo, Maguindanao municipal office

NO FRAUD. The Commission on Elections denies allegations of poll fraud in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao during the 2019 midtem elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Election-related violence disrupts voting in various provinces

May 13, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Shootings and explosions are reported in polling centers and precincts across the country

Malacañang task force asks CMFR, NUJP, media groups about Maguindanao massacre aid

Apr 26, 2019 - 5:46 PM

A media watchdog decries this as a fishing expedition meant to 'demonize independent and non-profit media organizations'

Daily tradition to high fashion: Weaving the old and new with Maguindanao’s colorful inaul

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:00 PM

From a necessary skill to feed families and from early traditional patterns to modern ones in gowns in fashion shows, Maguindanao’s inaul remains rich and vibrant

Photo by Claire Madarang

‘It’s like a hero’s burial’: Thousands attend MILF leader’s funeral

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:33 PM

Ghazali Jaafar, the key MILF leader who brought the peace process to the finish line, dies at 75. The crowd at his funeral in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, was nothing locals had seen in recent history.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Ghazali Jaafar died on March 13, 2019, more than two weeks after members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority took their oath of office in Malacañang. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2 foreign fighters believed to be among 20 killed in Maguindanao clashes

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:34 PM

The military is retrieving body parts to identify all of the fatalities in clashes between troops and suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

Ex-MILF camp to become banana plantation – Piñol

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the 7,000-hectare Camp Abubakar will be transformed into a production area for Cavendish bananas

Photo from Piñol's Facebook page

Ex-Maguindanao mayor Talib Abo, brother killed in Cotabato drug operations

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:02 AM

(UPDATED) Police say former Parang town mayor Talib Abo – long tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as a 'narco-politician' – and brother Bobby fired at raiding teams first

Student journalists call for justice on 9th year of Maguindanao massacre

Nov 27, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'It’s frustrating to know that the justice system in the Philippines is clogged and the people behind the killings are not yet convicted,' says journalism student Frances Acorda

‘Wheels of justice completely stopped’ 9 years after Maguindanao massacre

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:54 PM

Opposition members condemn the slow pace of justice for the victims of what remains to be the deadliest attack on journalists in the world

ELUSIVE JUSTICE. The families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre seek justice for their loved ones. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Mother of Maguindanao massacre victim will not back down

Nov 23, 2018 - 7:16 PM

Even if the wheels of justice grind exceedingly slow, Katheryn Nuñez is willing to wait for the sake of her son who was among the 58 persons killed during the Maguindanao Massacre of 2009

Mrs katheryn nunez, mother of Ampatuan Masacre victim victor nunez, senior reporter of UNTV. Nunez shared the hardship they have to go through in seeking justice for the 58 victims. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

Faster justice? Let judges actively investigate facts of case, says Roque

Nov 23, 2018 - 4:28 PM

The senatorial bet and former Duterte spokesman bares part of his eyed legislative agenda on the 9th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the kin of the Maguindanao Massacre victims at the Malacañan Palace on November 23, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOJ confident in case vs Andal Ampatuan Jr as trial nears ‘endgame’

Nov 23, 2018 - 3:32 PM

‘I am confident that the prosecution has presented more than sufficient evidence, at least as against the principal accused, to secure a just decision next year,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

MASSACRE. Relatives and supporters of victims of the infamous massacre visit the site where 58 people were killed in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, in Mindanao. Photo by Mark Navales/AFP

Army battalion plays key role in ending 5 clan wars in Mindanao

Nov 11, 2018 - 1:12 PM

It's important to resolve clan wars because these have made areas in Mindanao a magnet for other armed groups, says the battalion commander

RESOLUTION. Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu witnesses the Kanduli ceremony at the 33rd Infantry Battalion headquarters on November 8, 2018, to celebrate the resolution of clan feud between the Pandapatan and Ayup families of Lumabao village. Photo courtesy of the Army 33rd IB

Sandiganbayan: Enough evidence vs Andal Ampatuan Jr in graft case

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:21 PM

The anti-graft court shoots down Ampatuan's argument that prosecutors failed to prove there was conspiracy between him and his brother, former Maguindanao governor Datu Sajid Ampatuan

Civilian dead as troops clash with ISIS-inspired group in Maguindanao

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:17 PM

Two suspected members of the Abu Turaifie Group are captured in the operation