Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

ARMM saw 'explosion of violence' in 2016 – report

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:50 PM

According to the latest Conflict Alert, the biggest causes of violent conflict in 2016 are shadow economy issues, while political issues such as rebellion and extremism caused more fatalities

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Nov 28, 2017 - 12:55 PM

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Duterte warns of 'trouble' if BBL not passed swiftly

Oct 30, 2017 - 12:35 AM

'If we do not act on it expeditiously, I think that we are headed for trouble,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte emphasizes how Japan has been supporting the country in its pursuit of peace and development in Mindanao during his speech at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on October 29, 2017 prior to his departure for a two-day official visit to Japan. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Transition commission postpones Bangsamoro Assembly

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The Bangsamoro Transition Commission does not specify the reason for the postponement of the event, originally scheduled November 3 to 4

FIRST PLENARY SESSION. The Bangsamoro Transition Council is expected to submit a new draft of the Bangsamoro Law in July. Photo from BTC Facebook page

DTI-ARMM launches social enterprise in poorest of the poor region

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:13 AM

DTI-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang says he wants to promote programs that will be sustainable given the current situation in the region

NEW REVOLUTION. DTI-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang said he wants to start a revolution – not an armed revolution – but an economic one. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Sandiganbayan orders arrest of Nur Misuari

Sep 05, 2017 - 1:39 PM

3RD UPDATE We respect the process but sad because the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front have agreements says Misuari s spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla

GHOST PROJECTS. Nur Misuari is facing graft and malversation charges over multi-million peso educational projects in the ARMM which turned out to have never been delivered.

ARMM ‘drug queen’ arrested in Davao drug operations

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Fatima Daud Baliwan alias Timaw is behind the notorious Baliwan Drug Group in the Autonomous Region in Mindanao according to PDEA

DRUG OPERATIONS. ​Authorities arrest Fatima Daud Baliwan, 44, in a buy-bust operation here on September 3. Baliwan is said to be a leader of a ntorious drug group in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo from PDEA XI

Why the Lumad are asking for another version of BBL

Sep 02, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Teduray leader Timuay Santos Unsad says the current version of the proposed BBL does not include provisions protecting non Islamized indigenous tribes

P156-M allotted to curb malnutrition among Moro kids

Aug 13, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The program intends to improve the nutrition status of around 7 000 children in the Bangsamoro region

BETTER HEALTH. The DSWD aims to curb malnutrition in the ARMM region through a specific nutrition program for children in Madaris schooling. Photo from the DSWD Dream-B's Facebook Page

Little-known fact: Marawi schools outperform others in ARMM

Jul 26, 2017 - 5:00 PM

In the rebuilding of majestic Marawi City inordinate attention and resources are needed to bring children back to their schools and back into their schooling routine

2016 Bongbong vs Leni poll protest: What ARMM 'election fingerprints' say

Jul 11, 2017 - 10:31 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Can election data back up Bongbong Marcos request to annul results in 3 provinces in the ARMM?

ARMM gov, imams hit proposed Muslim-only ID

Jul 08, 2017 - 2:10 PM

The president of the Imam Council of the Philippines says Bakit po ang mga Muslim lang? Ang mga Muslim ba yun lang ang extremist?

INTERFAITH PRAYER. Imam Ebra Moxir (center), chaplain of the Philippine National Police and president of the Imam Council of the Philippines, joins the launch of the Pasa Lord interfaith prayer movement at Amoranto Theater, Quezon City, on July 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Development under Duterte: Why he can't fail Mindanao's youth

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda is an attempt to secure the future of the region Conflict and corruption however are getting in the way

The day Marawi died

Jun 16, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Dear President please do not blame the Meranaos

WATCH: House receives martial law briefing from PH cabinet

May 31, 2017 - 4:22 PM

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House to meet with Cabinet over Mindanao martial law on May 31

May 29, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says the briefing will be open to the public unless the officials request for a closed door session

ALL MEMBERS. The House will be constituting itself into the committee of the whole on May 31 to listen to Cabinet officials' briefing on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DSWD to Marawi residents: 'Don't panic, organize yourselves'

May 24, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Punta sila sa mga nakaupo nating local government officials at sa ating mga DSWD focal persons humingi ng tamang instructions says DSWD Undersecretary Hope Hervilla

DON'T PANIC. Resident fleeing Marawi City cramped on a truck as they traverse a traffic gridlock near a police checkpoint at the entrance of Iligan City on May 24, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

DepEd schools in Marawi to open as scheduled on June 5

May 24, 2017 - 8:58 PM

Department of Education schools will not be used as evacuation centers for those affected by the clashes between the military and the Maute terrorist group

DSWD regional offices on call 24/7 for Marawi City evacuees

May 24, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says 3 evacuation centers are also in place in neighboring Iligan City as families begin fleeing Marawi City

REFUGE. Some residents of Marawi City leave the area amid the ongoing operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines against terrorist groups. Photo from DSWD

Nur Misuari charged for P115M ghost projects in ARMM

May 24, 2017 - 3:02 PM

Nur Misuari is enjoying temporary freedom from rebellion charges related to the 2013 Zamboanga siege courtesy of President Duterte

ARMM governor condemns 'acts of terror' in Marawi

May 24, 2017 - 5:40 AM

Any group who sows terror and then dares to say that they do it in the name of Islam should be ashamed says ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman

PEACE FOR ARMM. Governor Mujiv Hataman says they will "stop at nothing" in bringing justice and peace to the Bangsamoro region. Rappler file photo

Robredo orders relief operations amid Marawi clashes

May 24, 2017 - 4:45 AM

In separate statements lawmakers also condemn the Marawi clashes with some of them questioning the move to put Mindanao under martial law

MARAWI CLASHES. Vice President Leni Robredo orders relief operations for Filipinos affected by the clashes in Marawi City. Photo by OVP

ARMM track and fielders gear to reclaim Palarong Pambansa 2017 glory

Apr 25, 2017 - 7:16 PM

Coach Tato Kamenza hopes to replicate ARMM s feat in the 2009 Palarong Pambansa in Tacloban Leyte where they bagged 3 gold medals

PRIDE AND PRIVILEGE. ARMM track-and-field coach, Tato Kamenza, considers the opportunity of playing in the national spotlight an honor like no other. All photos by Fidel Feria

Calabarzon pummels ARMM in basketball to deliver second blowout win

Apr 25, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Stalwart cager Luke Sese of Southern Tagalog anchors his region down the stretch as he tallis 17 points including 3 of 6 shooting beyond the arc

HOOP IT UP. Jade Talampas (L) takes his free throw shot while Kent Pelipel and Miguel Bonalos position themselves to get an offensive rebound at the San Pedro Covered Court in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique on Tuesday, April 25. Photo by Jonn Aaron Metierre/ Rappler

Another rural doctor shot dead, this time in Cotabato City

Apr 18, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Dr Shahid Sinolinding the younger brother of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Health Secretary Kadil Sinolinding Jr was killed inside his clinic at 11 am Tuesday

Duterte wants to be 'manager' of Mindanao dev't projects

Mar 11, 2017 - 4:09 PM

Interior Secretary Sueno says the President will be the project manager of development funds and development projects in Mindanao

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Feb 10, 2017 - 12:12 PM

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Ayala to build 1st drug rehab facility in ARMM

Jan 24, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Ayala will also provide seed funding for the first year of operations of the Siyapen Center which will be built from January to April this year

1ST IN ARMM. 'The Siyapen drug rehabilitation center is our way of addressing another challlenge Mindanao faces, and of responding to the national government's call for private sector in addressing the drug problem,' Ayala Foundation Co-Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Lacson: DPWH got P9-B hike for 'pork' at Calamity Fund's expense

Jan 04, 2017 - 1:45 PM

What is sad here is the thought of sacrificing the victims of calamities for political favors and alliances says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo from Lacson's official Facebook account

Misuari thanks Duterte for 'freedom,' vows to help

Nov 03, 2016 - 5:28 PM

I am so happy to be free again owing to the initiative of our President says the MNLF leader who came out of hiding 3 years after he was charged with rebellion and crimes against humanity

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Nov 02, 2016 - 7:52 PM

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Duterte set to sign EO on new Bangsamoro Transition Council

Nov 02, 2016 - 1:49 PM

Representatives of the Moro National Liberation Front MNLF are expected to join the body that will draft a revised law creating the new Bangsamoro region

FIRST PRESIDENT FROM MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte wears a conical hat during the launch of the Comprehensive Reform and Development Agenda for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other Conflict-Affected Areas in Regions 9, 10, and 12 at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on October 29. SIMEON CELI JR./Presidential Photo

Rebellion not main cause of violence in ARMM

Oct 27, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Conflict Alert a free online database now covering 15 provinces in ARMM is relaunched It shows that common crimes and shadow economies are the top causes of violence in the region

Why Dela Rosa wants ARMM cops to 'be careful'

Aug 30, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The PNP chief wants cops in Muslim Mindanao to be careful in anti drug operations lest they risk a repeat of the bloody Mamasapano clash

TALK TO THE TROOPS. PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to police in Davao City. File photo by Manman Dejeto

JICA's Bangsamoro dev't plan to create 550,000 jobs by 2022

Jul 04, 2016 - 8:22 PM

The Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA turns over the final Bangsamoro Development Plan that seeks to create jobs and increase the economy in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

'Significant improvement' seen in PH polls – US think tank

Jun 18, 2016 - 7:16 PM

The US based Carter Center however notes persistent problems such as vote buying and election related violence particularly in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

THE VOTERS. Filipinos looks for their names on the voters list inside a public school turned into a polling precinct in Makati City on May 9. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

What Mujiv Hataman’s reelection means for ARMM and PH

May 15, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Hataman can continue the once impossible mission of reforming a failed experiment

Photo of ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman from his Facebook page.

Despite huge margin, Duterte sweeps only 3 regions

May 11, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Administration bet Mar Roxas gets the solid vote of two regions: his own Western Visayas and the Negros Island Region whose creation he supported

#PHVote: Mindanao after May 9

May 06, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Decades of neglect violence and impunity in Mindanao have widened inequality in the country spurring a loathing for imperial Manila

SUFFRAGE. A Filipina votes at Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao. Graphic courtesy Ernest Fiestan / Rappler. Image of voting Filipina courtesy EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

Comelec taps more policemen to assist ARMM election workers

Apr 26, 2016 - 4:34 PM

The regional police have requested the poll body for an additional 200 to 300 cops from Camp Crame to assist as board of election inspectors

ARMM ELECTION PREPARATIONS. The Joint Security Coordinating Council meeting of Comelec, Army, police and PPCRV on election preparations in the ARMM. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/Rappler

Will voting trends in ARMM hold in 2016?

Mar 12, 2016 - 10:00 AM

From 2004 to 2013 candidates from coalitions supporting the administration won in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Will this trend continue in the May 2016 polls despite a different Mindanao favorite?

What's going on? Is the ARMM voters' list padded again?

Mar 01, 2016 - 11:50 AM

Just right after the 2012 general voters list cleanup in ARMM the region reports a high 27 increase in its voting population – higher than the national average – in 2016

IN PHOTOS: Mamasapano a year later

Jan 25, 2016 - 12:14 PM

Seeking peace and justice in Tukanalipao

A man crosses the river in Tukanalipao village in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao on January 18, 2016,the centre of gun battle on January 25 last year where least 67 persons were killed, including 44 members of the police Special Action Force and 17 MILF fighters, during the a clash that nearly triggered the collapse of the peace process.

A year after Mamasapano: 'Time heals all wounds' – ARMM gov

Jan 24, 2016 - 3:27 PM

Time heals all wounds we ve been told It has been a year but it wasn t just the past 12 months that allowed us to recover and rebuild says ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman

Rona Abdul, 49, walks from their house in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 28, 2015 to get relief assistance from local officials.

Forest fire in Lanao del Sur feared volcano-related

Jan 22, 2016 - 3:04 PM

The site of the fire has an active volcano Mount Makaturing

FOREST FIRE. Smoke rises from a orest fire between Mount Latukan and Mount Piagayungan in barangay Sandab, Butig, Lanao del Sur on January 22, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Information Office

Lanao del Sur's 'Sleeping Beauty' mountain range on fire

Jan 22, 2016 - 10:10 AM

UPDATED The mountain range is too far too wide and inaccessible This is a terrible disaster to our environment says ARMM Vice Governor Haroun Alrashid A Lucman Jr

FIRE. The so-called 'Sleeping Beauty' mountain in Lanao del Sur catches fire on January 21, 2016. Photo courtesy of Khan Sharief

MILF camps get farming equipment, support

Jan 06, 2016 - 3:16 PM

Former rebel camps can significantly contribute to ARMM s agricultural sector

Civilians carry guns for defense vs BIFF rebels in Maguindanao

Dec 29, 2015 - 11:22 AM

We have information that they may attack again This time we are ready We cannot let them kill us say villagers still reeling from the Christmas eve attack on their community

INFOGRAPHIC: Food security in ARMM's poorest provinces

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Many residents of Lanao del Sur Maguindanao and Sulu are not eating enough because of reasons like lack of money conflict and weather disturbances

All in the family: ARMM political clans seek posts in 2016

Nov 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Familiar names attached to powerful political clans in ARMM are seen in the official list of those who filed their certificates of candidacy with the Comelec