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PH military conducts air strikes vs MILF breakaway group

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:43 PM

Ground troops are conducting clearing operations after targeting a Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters encampment in Maguindanao

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

FEU Tech students to make learning app for youth in Mindanao conflict

Oct 25, 2017 - 2:45 PM

The app may be an alternative learning tool for children who currently don't have access to traditional schools in conflict-hit areas

DIGITAL EDUCATION. Multiple partners team up with university students to build an app for students in conflict areas in Mindanao. Photo from Smart.


House leadership files Bangsamoro commission's BBL version

Oct 03, 2017 - 11:41 AM

The original timeline of the bill targets its passage in the House on third and final reading by December 2017

BBL PUSH. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the officials of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) at the Malacañan Palace on September 14, 2017. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

AMIN congresswoman Hataman steps down from House post

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:13 PM

The Mindanaoan lawmaker calls on her colleagues to pass the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law 'not a gift as a token of benevolence, but a gift we so truly deserve'

BACK HOME. AMIN Representative Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman steps down from the House of Representatives. Screenshot from the House livestream

3 explosions hit Maguindanao in a week

Sep 30, 2017 - 1:24 PM

Troops in Maguindanao are fighting the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, another ISIS-linked local terror group

House to file Bangsamoro commission version of BBL next week

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:54 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to certify as urgent the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

LEDAC MEETING. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with the  with the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) at the Malacañang Palace on September 20, 2017. Photo by Robinson Niñal Jr/Presidential Photo

Duterte wants BBL 'game plan' before certifying it as urgent

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The President gathers MILF leaders BTC members Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez in a meeting in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Duterte (left) shares a conversation with OPAPP Secretary Jesus Dureza (right) during the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) at the Malacanang Palace on Thursday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Dela Rosa, Supreme Court, Bangsamoro Basic Law | Evening wRap

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:00 PM

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Duterte to MILF: BBL still a priority

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells MILF leaders that he will talk to Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez about the passage of the BBL

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Moro Islamic Liberation Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2017. Also joining Murad are Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chair Ghazali Jaafar, and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace implementing panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Lumad groups propose ‘peace sanctuaries’ in Mindanao

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:48 PM

Indigenous peoples fear getting caught in conflict after the ceasefire between government forces and communist rebels has been lifted

SAFE ZONES. Hundreds of leaders representing Mindanao's indigenous tribes gather in Davao City on August 30, to propose provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law that will ensure rights of lumads are recognized. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

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

Arroyo files own bill creating Bangsamoro Autonomous Region

Aug 13, 2017 - 9:29 AM

Arroyo files a bill as the House of Representatives awaits formal submission of the revised Bangsamoro Basic Law drafted by a body created by Malacañang

Marawi crisis, Alvarez, Scaramucci | Midday wRap

Jul 24, 2017 - 1:54 PM

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FULL TEXT: Let us legislate for the future generation – Alvarez

Jul 24, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admits that the previous House session was marked with unprecedented challenges

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez delivers his speech as he opened the 2nd regular session of the 17th Congress. Photo by Rappler

House prioritizes BBL, bills on same-sex civil unions, gov’t reorganization

Jul 24, 2017 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Speaker Alvarez presents this year s House agenda

HOUSE PRIORITIES. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOCUMENT: Revised draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

Jul 18, 2017 - 2:22 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte commits to push for the legislation that will complete the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

Grab and Uber, BBL, White House | Midday wRap

Jul 18, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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Gov’t, MILF call on public, lawmakers to support new Bangsamoro law

Jul 18, 2017 - 8:21 AM

The Duterte government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front launch a joint communications roadmap to pass the revised Bangsamoro Basic Law

COMMUNICATION ROADMAP. Government's Irene Santiago and MILF's Mohagher Iqbal ink Implementing Panels for Bangsamoro Peace Accords Joint Communication Plans in Manila, Philippines on Juky 17, 2017. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Duterte to meet lawmakers before martial law expires

Jul 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The agenda is expected to include martial law in Mindanao and the newly drafted Bangsamoro Basic Law

MEETING LAWMAKERS. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with lawmakers on July 17, 2017, days before martial law in Mindanao expires. Malacañang file photo

Hague ruling, BBL, Roach | Evening wRap

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:55 PM

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Dureza hopes no more Palace 'tinkering' of BBL draft

Jul 12, 2017 - 12:15 PM

The completed BBL draft created by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte on July 17

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza during the Eid'L Fitr Celebration at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MILF commits to implement fatwa vs radical extremism

Jul 05, 2017 - 4:05 PM

They extremists are creating intrigues and are sowing terror They are also thriving on the sufferings and hardships of people says MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim

Gov't, MILF sign cooperation agreement vs illegal drugs

Jul 01, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The protocol of cooperation provides guidelines and operational procedures for joint anti illegal drug operations in MILF areas and communities

  Atty. Abdul Dataya (2nd from L), Chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) - Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG), and PCSupt. Pierre Bucsit (3rd from R), Chairman of the GPH-AHJAG, exchange copies of the final "Protocol of Cooperation on Anti-Illegal Drugs Operations and Related Activities in MILF Areas/Communities" on Friday, 30 June 2017 in Hotel Elena, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Palace, military downplay BIFF threats vs Duterte

Jun 23, 2017 - 5:31 PM

The military says the BIFF was driven to make threats against President Rodrigo Duterte out of embarrassment as its attack on a North Cotabato village failed to inflict substantial damage on government forces

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31 BIFF hostages rescued in North Cotabato – military

Jun 21, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Military spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla says all the hostages including 12 children are safe

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Jun 21, 2017 - 12:35 PM

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BIFF attacks North Cotabato village, holds civilians hostage

Jun 21, 2017 - 10:26 AM

4TH UPDATE Members of the BIFF have occupied a primary school in Pigcawayan town and have taken hostages says the military

'Peace-loving' Muslims included in Calida terror list – expert

Jun 20, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Balik Islam Group in the Philippines is very peaceful very democratic and very tolerant and linking them with ISIS is in fact providing them an injustice says terror expert Rommel Banlaoi

Solicitor General Jose Calida, in a press briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on May 26, 2017, announces that the state of Marital Law and the suspension of the privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in Mindanao should not be a cause for alarm to all law-abiding citizens. He also confirmed that foreign jihadists are now trying to establish a caliphate Mindanao. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

20 ISIS cell groups operate in Mindanao – Calida

Jun 19, 2017 - 8:25 PM

UPDATED Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says however that these cell groups have been degraded to almost an insignificant number

REBELLION? Solicitor General Jose Calida takes the ISIS flag to the Supreme Court (SC) on June 14, 2017 as part of evidence to say that ISIS links to local terror groups is proof that the Marawi City siege is a case of rebellion. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Towards the abyss

Jun 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Duterte may yet preside over the collapse of the democratic republic and along with it the dismemberment of the Philippine nation state

IN DEFENSE OF MARTIAL LAW. President Rodrigo Duterte says he declared martial law in Mindanao to quell the ISIS threat Presidential Photo

Alvarez, Aguirre, Comey | Evening wRap

Jun 08, 2017 - 8:00 PM

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Commission finalizes Bangsamoro Basic Law draft

Jun 08, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Government peace panel chairperson Irene Santiago hopes President Rodrigo Duterte will certify the bill as urgent in his second State of the Nation Address on July 24

Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Implementing Panel Chairperson Irene Santiago, during the Mindanao Hour at Malacañang on June 2, 2017, provides the details on the peace corridor set up by both the GPH and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Marawi City. She added that the peace corridor, which serves as a safe refuge for displaced Marawi residents and a venue for humanitarian assistance to pass through, is a testament to how far the peace process between the GPH and the MILF has prospered. Malacañan Photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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Bangsamoro member resigns over Duterte rape joke, martial law

May 31, 2017 - 10:10 AM

Bangsamoro Transition Commission member Samira Gutoc Tomawis quits after President Rodrigo Duterte s controversial remarks about soldiers raping women and his martial law declaration

Rappler Talk: Rohan Gunaratna on ISIS in the Philippines

May 25, 2017 - 3:25 PM

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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

Duterte 'a bit pessimistic' about Mindanao peace talks

May 05, 2017 - 8:26 PM

I m not nervous but I’m a little bit worried that nothing will come of it says Duterte about government talks with the MILF and MNLF

OUTLOOK FOR PEACE. President Rodrigo Duterte introduces MNLF chairman Nur Misuari to his Secretaries during a Cabinet meeting in Malacañang. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential photo

2 children among killed in Maguindanao drug raid

May 03, 2017 - 3:07 PM

Two other minors are wounded including a 12 month old boy after men of suspected drug lord and BIFF member Willie Akil Utto fired upon the raiding team

Rappler Talk: Women's Peace Table

Mar 27, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Female peace advocates from Asia and Europe gather in the Philippines for an international conference on women s public leadership in peace efforts

Duterte, Nur Misuari to talk peace over dinner in Davao City

Mar 24, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The President says he and MNLF leader Nur Misuari also talked on the phone about a preparatory document for a proposed federal structure

EMBRACING NUR. President Duterte embraces MNLF leader Nur Misuari in Malacañang in November 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

New Malaysian facilitator for Bangsamoro talks

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Dato Kamarudin bin Mustafa replaces the late Tengku Dato Ab Ghafar bin Tengku Mohamed who died of heart failure last year

KUALA LUMPUR MEETING. Representatives of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front held a special meeting in Kuala Lumpur on March 21. OPAPP photo

Military attacks BIFF in Maguindanao

Mar 19, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The military s spokesman cites intelligence sources as saying 21 extremists were killed and 26 wounded although no bodies were recovered

ENCOUNTER. Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters members in their camp in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao in September 2012. File photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Rappler

BTC gets to work, holds 1st meeting to draft Bangsamoro law

Mar 06, 2017 - 4:30 PM

MILF leaders sit down with rival group MNLF and other Mindanao stakeholders to begin work on drafting a revised Bangsamoro Basic Law

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

Duterte: I'll ask every Filipino to support Bangsamoro law

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte urges the Bangsamoro Transition Commission to navigate the hindrances and draft an acceptable Bangsamoro law

BANGSAMORO. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will see to it that the Bangsamoro law will pass during his term. Photo by Robinson Ninal/Presidential Photo

Duterte appeals to Muslims in Mindanao: Resist extremism

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:29 PM

The President asks Mindanaoans to avoid extremism because it will destroy all of us

MINDANAO'S MAN. President Rodrigo Duterte believes extremism could tear the country apart. File photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/PPD

Duterte urged to create Bangsamoro transitional justice commission

Feb 22, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The commission is expected to help address deep rooted grievances of the Bangsamoro people which President Rodrigo Duterte often talks about

PEACE FOR MINDANAO. President Rodrigo Duterte frequently mentions historical injustices committed against Muslims in Mindanao. File photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

Duterte finally names members of body to draft Bangsamoro law

Feb 10, 2017 - 5:24 PM

At least 3 MNLF members are now part of the body that will draft a law that will implement a peace deal between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front

 FORMAL WORK BEGINS. The Bangsamoro Transition Commission will revise a proposed bill creating the new Bangsamoro region. OPAPP photo