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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

25 suspects face criminal charges for Sultan Kudarat bombing

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Suspects are said to be members of a breakaway faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

BLAST. A police investigator (L) gathers evidence at the site of a bomb blast in Isulan town on the southern island of Mindanao on August 29, 2018. File photo by AFP

Troops clash with BIFF in Maguindanao town center

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The military says it foiled an attempt of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters to occupy the town hall of Datu Paglas town after a 9-hour operation that included air strikes on Tuesday, July 3

CLASH. Troops clash with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in a Maguindanao town center. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army 33rd Infantry Battalion

Military probes pregnant woman's death in Maguindanao mortar strike

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:12 AM

While waiting for the result of the probe, the military sends representatives to provide financial support and condole with the families of the victims

DISPLACED. File photo of Pagalungan town residents who fled their homes last week due to military air strikes in Maguindanao. Photo from the DSWD-ARMM's Facebook page

Military says 15 BIFF fighters killed in Maguindanao offensive

Jun 10, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The military adds that the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front are working for the quick return of residents displaced by the offensive

P6.3-M reward for tipster in BIFF bombmaker Basit Usman's death

May 31, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The informant against Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters bombmaker Basit Usman is one of several recipients of reward money totaling P27.6 million in a ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo

REWARD MONEY. The Philippine military hands out reward money to 10 informants in a ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo on May 31, 2018. Rappler photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018 - 12:21 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a gesture of respect as he takes center stage during the San Beda University (SBU) Commencement Exercises at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on May 29, 2018. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

BIFF firearms factory dismantled in Maguindanao

May 30, 2018 - 10:40 AM

But suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are able to flee the area before police commandos can apprehend them

8 BIFF members killed in Mindanao – PH military

Mar 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Armored vehicles and artillery were used against about 50 gunmen from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Mindanao island on Thursday, March 8, local military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Gerry Bisana says in a report

BIFF FIGHTERS. Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters members, some of them minors, are seen inside their camp in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town Maguindanao in this picture taken on September 2012. File photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Rappler

Presence of foreign terrorists remains a challenge in PH

Jan 10, 2018 - 10:19 AM

At least one faction of the Maguindanao-based Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) is coddling foreign terrorists

BLACK FLAGS. A number of local armed groups in the Philippines have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State

Duterte names obscure terrorist to justify extended martial law

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:16 PM

If President Rodrigo Duterte is to be believed, a BIFF sub-leader may succeed Isnilon Hapilon as the top leader of the Islamic State in the entire Southeast Asia

BIFF. This file photo shows members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in their camp in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao in September 2012. File photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Rappler

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

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

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

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

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

50 recaptured, over 100 still on the run in PH's biggest jailbreak

Jan 05, 2017 - 1:39 PM

UPDATED The BJMP says 13 high value targets – 7 Muslim rebels and 6 organized crime gang members – were not among the 158 inmates who bolted a North Cotabato jail

RECAPTURED. A photo of some of the recaptured inmates from the North Cotabato District Jail jailbreak. Photo from Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Defense chief suspects Maute-BIFF alliance in Leyte blast

Dec 31, 2016 - 10:37 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says initial reports suggest that the two groups have entered into a tactical alliance to divert the miiltary from its focused operations in the southern Philippines

NOT INFORMED. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he was not informed of the exact date of the planned burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

ISIS-inspired militants on offensive in southern Philippines

Mar 03, 2016 - 3:23 PM

The influence of ISIS in the Philippines is growing stronger and expanding say analysts

ISIS SUPPORTERS. ISIS-inspired Philippine militants show their support for the group.

3 dead in Maguindanao bomb blast as troops, BIFF clash

Feb 17, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Authorities say Muslim rebels booby trapped a highway to target military convoys but it detonated when a van with 6 civilians drove through it late Tuesday

3 soldiers wounded, 3 Muslim rebels dead in Maguindanao fighting

Feb 07, 2016 - 11:40 AM

The fierce gun battle occurred simultaneously in the villages of Butilen Andabit and Tee the military says

3 BIFF killed in Maguindanao clashes over bridge project

Feb 06, 2016 - 5:52 PM

Intense fighting resumes early Saturday hours after a dozen BIFF members attack the site of a bridge construction project in Barangay Butilen

CLASH.Army troops take cover as tanks open fire in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/Rappler

DOJ resolution on Mamasapano clash out 'in 3 to 4 weeks'

Jan 28, 2016 - 7:04 PM

The justice department asks the public to give the prosecutors more time to come up with a resolution considering the number of respondents involved in the very sensitive case

FALLEN. Philippine police commandoes load body bags containing the remains of their comrades killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, onto a truck in the town of Mamasapano, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on January 26, 2015. Photo by Mark Navales/AFP

WATCH: Senate joint public hearing on Mamasapano

Jan 27, 2016 - 9:55 AM

Watch the livestream of the Senate probe here

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.

IN PHOTOS: Red God Defenders

Jan 20, 2016 - 3:04 PM

Members of a newly formed armed Christian group in Mindanao have come out in public to show their strong opposition against attacks by ISIS inspired organizations in their communities

Members of armed Christian group calling themselves Red God Defenders set on fire a replica of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria flag during a gathering Tuesday, January 19, 2016 somewhere in the mountains of Central Mindanao in the southern Philippines to show their strong opposition over attacks against civilians as well plans of Islamic terror Organization of putting up their own province in the restive south.

Civilians take up arms vs ISIS and BIFF in Mindanao

Jan 19, 2016 - 9:07 PM

In a gathering somewhere in the mountains of Central Mindanao Brother Asiong spokesman for Red God s Soldiers leads over 300 men in burning the ISIS flag

RED GOD'S SOLDIERS. Members of armed Christian group Red God’s Solders set on fire a flag of ISIS during a gathering Tuesday, January 19, 2016 somewhere in Central Mindanao mountains. Photo by Jef Maitem.

Philippines concerned over 'emerging' terror threat

Jan 14, 2016 - 5:52 PM

Our security forces are well aware of the emerging threat and have been conducting operations to prevent terror acts anywhere in the country says a joint Philippine military and police statement after the Jakarta attacks

BOMB EXPLOSION. A general view shows a police cordon sealing off the scene of a bomb blast in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 14, 2016. Photo by Roni Bintang/EPA

Thousands in parts of Mindanao welcome 2016 in evacuation sites

Jan 02, 2016 - 3:43 PM

As people flee their homes in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat due to attacks by the BIFF Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu urges the MILF to help the government run after the members of its breakaway group

DISPLACED. Families spend the Christmas holidays at an evacuation center in Maguindanao following the attacks of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in some communities.

BIFF launches New Year attacks on Army detachments

Jan 01, 2016 - 5:07 PM

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters BIFF maintains an offensive as it targets the Philippine Army

SOLDIERS. Filipino soldiers stand guard inside a provincial capital building turned into a military camp in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao Province, Southern Philippines, 31 March 2015. File Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

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Dec 29, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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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

Pope hits Christmas Eve attacks by BIFF

Dec 29, 2015 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED Pope Francis ‘asks all believers to reject violence in the name of God as the BIFF claims the attacks as part of a holy war

CHRISTMAS SEASON. Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus near the central altar inside Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, on December 27, 2015, before presiding over a Mass for families. Photo by Claudio Peri/EPA

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Dec 24, 2015 - 7:19 PM

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BIFF kills 11 in Maguindanao, S. Kudarat on Christmas eve

Dec 24, 2015 - 4:58 PM

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters a breakaway group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front owns up to the attacks as part of their Jihad or holy war

CHRISTMAS ATTACKS. Troops of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters,claiming allegiance to the Islamic State of Isis and Iraq (ISIS) killed 11 people in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat after it launched attacks on Christmas Eve.

DOJ summons MILF, BIFF leaders over SAF deaths

Oct 28, 2015 - 8:44 PM

At least 13 commanders of the MILF and the BIFF are required to appear during the first preliminary investigation hearing on November 11

Explosions in N. Cotabato cause 3-hour power outage in Maguindanao

Oct 10, 2015 - 3:43 PM

Improvised explosive devices bring down two transmission towers of the National Grid Corporation in Pikit North Cotabato

DOJ: No charges vs killers of 9 SAF troopers in Mamasapano clash

Oct 08, 2015 - 12:06 PM

The justice department also says charges cannot be filed against lone survivor PO2 Christopher Robert Lalan who allegedly killed several civilians in a mosque a day after the encounter for lack of evidence

FALLEN COMRADES. Police carry a body bag during a retrieval operation on January 26, 2015 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao Province.

Presidentiables meet, Mamasapano case, jailed for sedition | 6PM wRap

Sep 22, 2015 - 6:34 PM

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Criminal raps filed vs 90 individuals over Mamasapano clash

Sep 22, 2015 - 2:50 PM

Almost 8 months since the January 25 clash in Mamasapano 90 individuals from the MILF BIFF and private armed groups face criminal complaints over the bloody firefight

MAMASAPANO CASES. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima gestures to the files on the criminal cases filed against 90 people in relation to the Mamasapano incident, on September 22, 2015. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rapper

'Majority' of 'Oplan Exodus' survivors leave SAF 6 months later

Jul 18, 2015 - 10:15 AM

SAF chief Director Moro Lazo says those who opted to leave SAF have since been replenished

A PNP-SAF member during necrological service for the 42 slain SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on January 30, 2015. File photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Mamasapano tragedy: NBI files charges vs MILF, BIFF, armed groups

Jul 15, 2015 - 8:21 PM

More than 100 members of Muslim rebel groups and private armed groups face charges of direct assault with murder and theft over the death of police commandos

Rappler Talk: Leonardo Espina on leading the PNP post-Mamasapano

Jun 25, 2015 - 10:11 PM

PNP officer in charge Leonardo Espina saw through what is arguably the most gruesome encounter in police history – the bloody clash between 44 Special Action Force troops and Muslim rebels in Mamasapano Maguindanao

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May 04, 2015 - 7:55 PM

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'DOJ Mamasapano report should provide closure'

Apr 25, 2015 - 9:17 PM

We need the BBL so we can establish the necessary mechanism on the ground to reduce and eliminate violence such as what happened in Mamasapano says National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Secretary Yasmin Busran Lao