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Rappler's latest stories on Cotabato


IN PHOTOS: Mindanao earthquake's trail of damage

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Local officials in affected areas are still assessing the total cost of the damage inflicted by the magnitude 6.3 earthquake

A resident walks past debris from a partially damaged building on October 17, 2019, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Digos, Davao del Sur on October 16. Photo by Manman Dejeto/AFP

1 dead as magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits Cotabato

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:06 PM

(4th UPDATE) Local officials say a child died in a house collapse in the town of Datu Paglas, Maguindanao

EVACUATION. A number of people were rushed to the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital in Digos City due to various injuries from fallen objects. Others also suffered hypertension, or panicked and fainted. Contributed photo from Nilo Cobrado

SC to Comelec: Proclaim Shirlyn Nograles as South Cotabato representative

Sep 22, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The Supreme Court nullifies the Commission on Elections' order to suspend the election for representative of South Cotabato's 1st District

NEW CONGRESSWOMAN. The Supreme Court orders Comelec to proclaim ex-General Santos City vice mayor Shirlyn Bañas Nograles as the representative of the 1st district of South Cotabato after winning in the 2019 polls. Photo from Nograles' Facebook page

20 dead as truck plunges down ravine in South Cotabato

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:18 PM

The South Cotabato Provincial Police offices says 15 victims died on the spot, while 5 others died in hospitals

ROAD TRAGEDY. A truck falls plunges into a ravine in a mountain highway, leading to the death of over a dozen in T'boli, South Cotabato. South Cotabato Police photo

3 dead, 2 missing in Cotabato City sea collision

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Two motor bancas collide at Rio Grande de Mindanao in Cotabato City

RETRIEVAL. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard response team carry the body of one of passengers who died in the sea collision at Rio Grande de Mindanao on August 25, 2019, a day after the accident. Photo from PCG FB

At least 16 dead from dengue in Cotabato

Jul 29, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The province has recorded 3,788 dengue cases from January 1 to July 19, much higher than the 1,253 cases recorded in the same period in 2018

Elderly woman killed, 2 others wounded in North Cotabato air strike

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The military says the air and ground assault at dawn was in an area controlled by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

Comelec to hold elections in Southern Leyte, South Cotabato on October 26

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Commission on Elections says polls in the areas were suspended to a later date due to 'operational and logistical constraints' as the new districts were created only months before the May 13 polls

ELECTION PREPS. Teachers serving as Board of Election Inspectors test Vote Counting Machine in Araullo High School, Manila for the 2019 Philippine elections. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

2 soldiers killed in North Cotabato clash with NPA

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Police say the soldiers were conducting a community support program in Arakan town when they were attacked by communist rebels

Court junks drug charges vs North Cotabato state college president

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Kidapawan City Regional Trial Court Judge Henelinda Diaz says the search warrants used to conduct the raid on the home of then CFCST president Samson Molao are invalid

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits North Cotabato

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:45 AM

(UPDATED) The earthquake is strongly felt in Makilala town in North Cotabato, Kidapawan City, Koronadal City, and Santa Cruz in Davao del Sur

Image from Phivolcs

Members ask Duterte to reconsider closure of Kapa-Community Ministry

Jun 14, 2019 - 1:25 PM

At the Acharon Sports Complex, Joel Apolinario raises the hopes of thousands of members of Kapa-Community Ministry. Meanwhile, at the nearby Lagao Gymnasium, Duterte orders the arrest of Kapa officials.

more that 50 thousand member-donors of Kabos Padatoon Community International Ministry, Inc., joins the rally in General Santos City on June 13, 2019 calling on the government and President Rodrigo Duterte to let KAPA continue its operation. President Duterte who was also in the city at the Lagao Gym orders KAPA's be shutdown as it is a scam. KAPA founder Pastor Joel Apolinario (DSCF5416-1) lied to the crowd when he claimed that Duterte already assured him that KAPA will continue its operation. President Duterte called KAPA a swindling operation. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

Piñol's brother, daughter win posts in Cotabato province

May 17, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Piñol has three other brothers who lost their election bids

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol's daughter Krista Piñol Solis wins a seat at the Provincial Board of Cotobato's 2nd District while M'lang Vice Mayor Joselito Piñol continues to hold his position. Photo of Krista Piñol and Joselito Piñol from Facebook.

Dynasty members, old names capture new districts in 2019

May 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Meanwhile, in two areas where there will be new districts after 2019, political dynasties and prominent politicians grab important local posts

BARMM human rights worker shot dead in Cotabato City

May 02, 2019 - 8:10 AM

BARMM human rights investigator Archad Ayao is killed by a suspect riding a motorcycle

KILLED. BARMM human rights worker Archad Ayao. Photo from Ayao's Facebook page

Sara Duterte, Cotabato City’s Cynthia Guiani forge alliance for 2019 elections

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Two female mayors from Mindanao known for their strong personalities band together to ensure victory for their 2019 candidates

General Santos City gets own congressional district

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The province of South Cotabato now has 3 legislative districts

Bangsamoro region gains additional territories in Cotabato province

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:27 PM

But the vote to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao loses in Lanao del Norte

DECIDE. Voters in the interior town of Salvador, Lanao del Norte cast their votes during the second Bangsamoro plebiscite on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

63 out of 67 barangays in Cotabato to join Bangsamoro region

Feb 08, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The results in Cotabato are a big win for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front after losing the plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. The new Bangsamoro region wins additional barangays in several towns in Cotabato, the MILF’s political party says. File photo from Comelec

Polls close in second Bangsamoro plebiscite

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Despite fears, voting day in Lanao del Norte and parts of North Cotabato went without major problems

Voters at the Maranding Central elem school line up tp vote for the BOL. Maranding is Lanao del Norte's biggest barangay, business hub of the province. ( bobby lagsa/rappler)

FAST FACTS: How many are voting in 2nd Bangsamoro plebiscite?

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The towns and barangays that want to be in the new Bangsamoro entity should also get the approval of their parent local government units, following the 'double majority' rule

Despite explosions, voters troop to polls in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Voters in 22 towns in Lanao del Norte and 7 towns in North Cotabato will decide whether 6 Lanao towns and 67 Cotabato villages should be part of the Bangsamoro region

Elieen Amin in the town of Lala, Lanao del Norte, on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

BOL plebiscite: 'Easier win' seen in North Cotabato than Lanao del Norte

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:20 AM

'In North Cotabato, the political leaders are not against inclusion of the barangays.... The people are free to vote,' says Naguib Sinarimbo of the MILF's United Bangsamoro Justice Party

BOL PLEBISCITE. A woman looks for her name in the voters' list at the Midsayap Pilot Elementary School, Midsayap, North Cotabato, on February 6, 2019. Photo from Comelec

South Cotabato, Koronadal win first Batang Pinoy 2019 golds

Feb 04, 2019 - 8:55 PM

South Cotabato's Grace Signacio and Rhyniyll Yvis Endaya, along with Koronadal City's Romee Jonathan Rioja and Justin Matthew Basadre rule the archery tournament

Photo from Shutterstock

Most youth in Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato favor BARMM inclusion – survey

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Surveyed youth in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato consider terrorism as the top priority the new Bangsamoro region should address

LAST VOTE. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has campaigned hard for the inclusion of more territories in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Commander Bravo urges Lanao voters: Vote 'yes' for peace

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The alternative is continued violence, warns the MILF commander as Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato gear up for the February 6 Bangsamoro plebiscite

Commander Bravo and his troops on January 31, 2019

Bomb scares hit Davao City, Mindanao towns

Jan 31, 2019 - 11:04 AM

An unverified text message warning of a bomb planted at the Mlang Pilot Elementary School prompts parents to fetch their children. The bomb threat turns out to be a hoax.

To divide people of Mindanao aim of explosions, says North Cotabato Gov

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:30 PM

North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza says 'as we have done before, in the face of dangers and threats, we will look out for one another and we will stand together'

North Cotabato Governor Lala Taliño-Mendoza. Photo from

A tale of two cities: Why Catholics took opposing sides in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Catholic priests in Isabela City in Basilan used the pulpit to urge their flock to reject the new Bangsamoro region. It’s the opposite in Cotabato City, where the church played a critical role in the 'yes' victory.

Blast-ambush kills cop, injures 11 others in North Cotabato

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:12 AM

(UPDATED) Police suspect the communist New People's Army as being behind the attack

Bangsamoro plebiscite: How Cotabato City was won

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:34 PM

A well-organized grassroots campaign, coupled with support from Catholics and the national government, made the big win possible

Comelec settles 'discrepancies' in Cotabato City COC

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:08 PM

The Commission on Elections completes the canvass of the Bangsamoro plebiscite results in Cotabato City after ironing out 'discrepancies'

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas and 3 elections commissioner confer with each other during the canvassing of Bangsamoro plebiscite results on January 24, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cities of Isabela, Cotabato: What you need to know about Bangsamoro's coveted areas

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:57 PM

(UPDATED) Isabela City's decision to reject joining the BARMM prevails over the result in Basilan as inclusion will need the yes vote to win in both the city and the province

Supporters of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) gather at the ORG Compound in Cotabato City to attend the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of the BOL. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Children of Moro struggle come full circle in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'Alhamdullilah, the city is back,' says Mariam Mastura-Linsangan as Cotabato City voted to join the Bangsamoro region

VICTORY. BOL supporters in Cotabato City sit  in a peace really for the approval of the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Why Cotabato City ‘yes’ vote matters

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:00 PM

It's a hard-won victory, and it reclaims 'lost territory'

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Jan 23, 2019 - 12:35 PM

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Cotabato City Mayor Guiani to protest unofficial plebiscite results

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:13 AM

'It did not reflect the true will of the people,' says Mayor Cynthia Guiani Sayadi, adding that she will file a manifestation on the Certificate of Canvass discrepancies

COTABATO VOTE. Three hours before the January 21, 2019, plebiscite closes, voters continue to flock to the Cotabato City Central Pilot School, where there are 15,732 registered voters from 5 villages. Photo by Johanie Mae Kusain

Discrepancies in Cotabato City Bangsamoro plebiscite mere 'clerical errors'

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:38 AM

Discrepancies in the Bangsamoro plebiscite documents from Cotabato City will be remedied by the board of canvassers, say Comelec officials

In astounding twist, Cotabato City votes to join BARMM

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:48 PM

This means that the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be one city larger, if the Bangsamoro Organic Law is ratified

6,000 Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces keep watch of plebiscite in Cotabato

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:18 PM

AFP 6th Infantry Division commander Major General Cirilito Sobejana says the presence of MILF soldiers was not a threat to the Bangsamoro vote

MILF SOLDIERS. Troops from the MILF's armed wing, the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, are briefed at Camp Darapanan on January 20, 2019, the day before the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Bangsamoro plebiscite: Confrontation breaks out after polls close in Cotabato City

Jan 21, 2019 - 5:06 PM

These confrontations underline how high-strung Cotabato City is because of the plebiscite

Teachers fail to show up at 24 Cotabato precincts, delaying voting

Jan 21, 2019 - 1:36 PM

(3rd UPDATE) ARMM Comelec asks Comelec headquarters in Manila if voting time can be extended in Cotabato City

Board of Election Inspectors in Marawi receiving and inspecting ballot boxes. Photos by Martin San Diego

Grenade attack vs Cotabato City judge ‘personal’

Jan 21, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says the attack had 'nothing to do' with the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law

INSPECTION. Cops scan the Cotabato City house of Judge Angelito Rasalan after the grenade attack. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Police find, defuse grenade near Cotabato City high school

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:50 AM

Cotabato City cops are able to controllably detonate the bomb after clearing the area

Hand grenade thrown at judge's house in Cotabato City

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Police say two men are considered as suspects. They were seen riding a motorcycle to Maguindanao Municipal Trial Court Judge Angelito Rasalan's house.

INSPECTION. Police inspect the compound of Judge Rasalan's house in Mother Rosario Heights, Cotabato City, after two men threw a grenade on January 20, 2019. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Fake news spreads in Cotabato City as Bangsamoro plebiscite nears

Jan 20, 2019 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) It is not true that Bangsamoro Organic Law proponents in Cotabato City were rushed to the hospital due to food poisoning

FAKE NEWS. Social media posts spreading wrong information are widespread ahead of the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Screenshots from Facebook

WATCH: On eve of Bangsamoro plebiscite, Cotabato City lies quiet

Jan 20, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Cotabato City is envisioned as the 'crown jewel' of the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Despite martial law, military to follow Comelec in Cotabato City

Jan 20, 2019 - 4:23 PM

In Cotabato City, now under the control of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), 'there's a new chain of command,' and soldiers 'take orders from the Comelec'

HISTORIC VOTE. Supporters of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) gather at the ORG Compound in Cotabato City to attend the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of the BOL. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Cotabato City mayor defends opposition to Bangsamoro law

Jan 20, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani Sayadi says her constituents have been harassed by combatants from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

KEY CITY. Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi is firmly opposed to the city joining the BARMM. Photo from City Government of Cotabato Facebook page

As Bangsamoro vote nears, tensions rise in Cotabato City

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:35 AM

'Whatever the outcome is, Cotabato is a divided city,' says expert Benedict Bacani

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler