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Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The safe house in Basak Malutlut is a silent witness to the first exchange of gunfire that triggered the war in Marawi City

HAPILON'S SAFE HOUSE. A raid on this safe house in Basak Malutlut on May 23, 2017 triggered the war that has dragged on for nearly 5 months. Rappler photo

IN PHOTOS: 148 days of war in Marawi City

Oct 18, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The Islamic city of Marawi was a beacon of peace and prosperity in Mindanao, untouched by strife until the afternoon of May 23, 2017

Marawi, transport strike, Duterte and Trump | Evening wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Maria Ressa

Robredo lauds military for Marawi liberation

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also calls for cooperation and unity to ensure genuine and lasting peace

HEALING STARTS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the liberation of Marawi City marks the start of rehabilitation and healing of the war-torn area. File photo by the Office of the Vice President

FAST FACTS: Who is Mahmud Ahmad?

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:33 PM

The Malaysian terrorist reportedly facilitated the funding for the Marawi attack and recruited fighters for ISIS

MALAYSIAN FIGHTER. Mahmud Ahmad reportedly channeled at least P30 million ($600,000) to finance the attack in Marawi.

U.S. hails AFP for killing Isnilon Hapilon, Omar Maute

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:13 PM

'The U.S. is proud to support the AFP's counterterrorism efforts in Mindanao,' embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina says

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP, Duterte and Trump, neutron stars | Midday wRap

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:39 PM

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Marawi City liberated – Duterte

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla, however, says the war in Marawi continues. 'It will continue until armed elements are dealt with. But terrorists no longer have complete control.'

MARAWI DESTRUCTION. President Duterte announces the liberation of Marawi City but the war continues. Rappler photo

Malacañang urges remaining terrorists in Marawi to take 'road to peace'

Oct 17, 2017 - 1:19 PM

Malacañang says it is not alone in making the call, as Muslim leaders and groups have aired the same appeal

Hapilon, Omar Maute offered millions of pesos to escape Marawi

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:37 AM

The military believes that the nearly P1-billion loot taken by local terrorists from homes and establishments in Marawi is still somewhere in the main battle area

SLAIN TERRORIST LEADERS. Military chief General Eduardo Ano (2nd, left) and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (2nd,  right) show photos of slain terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute  to the media in Camp Ranao, Marawi City, on October 16, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Hapilon and Maute, war on drugs, Catalonia | Evening wRap

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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Lorenzana: ‘We're not talking about lifting martial law yet’

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The defense secretary says they will assess the lifting of martial law in Mindanao once troops have cleared the Marawi battle area of terrorists

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they have yet to discuss if they can lift martial law in Mindanao. File photo

Lawmakers welcome AFP's killing of Hapilon, Omar Maute

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) With the crisis in Marawi believed to be nearing its end, lawmakers also call for the immediate rehabilitation of the war-torn city

Transport strike, Marawi updates, drug war and EJKs | Midday wRap

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:03 PM

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Top Marawi siege leaders killed in clashes

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:09 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute are killed as troops assault enemy position past midnight on Monday

KILLED. Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute are killed Monday, October 16, as troops assault enemy position.

20 soldiers wounded in Marawi as heavy fighting continues

Oct 15, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Another hostage is rescued as troops push on to meet another deadline to end the war

URBAN WARFARE. The war with local armed groups in Marawi is now on its 5th month. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi death toll breaches 1,000

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Troops recover 22 bodies in a former enemy stronghold. DNA tests are conducted to see if leaders of the attack are among the cadavers.

URBAN WARFARE. File photo of government troops fighting members of the Maute group in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bodies, firearms retrieved from former Maute stronghold

Sep 29, 2017 - 9:46 AM

(UPDATED) The military is checking if Omar Maute, one of the key leaders behind the attack on Marawi, is among those killed in Bato Mosque

MARAWI CRISIS. The military continues push to end war in Marawi. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The life of a Maute hostage in Marawi

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:17 PM

Omar Maute tells his hostage Lordvin Acopio: 'Gawin mo na lang itong trabahong ito na parang humanitarian [work]. Dahil kapwa mo sila tao. Huwag mo gawin ito dahil captors mo sila.'

MAUTE HOSTAGE. Dansalan College teacher Lordvin Acopio was held captive for 117 days. Rappler photo

Duterte, Supreme Court, Illegal Drugs | Midday wRap

Sep 27, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Watch the midday newscast Marguerite de Leon

Duterte claims Marawi war sparked by warrant vs drug lord

Sep 26, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The facts on the ground, however, contradict Duterte's claim, as the Marawi war erupted after a botched raid to get terrorist leader Isnilon Hapilon

MARAWI WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte claims the Marawi war was sparked by an arrest warrant against a drug lord in the southern Philippine city. Malacañang file photo

12 terrorists, 1 Marine killed in intense gun battle in Marawi

Sep 26, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Marine is killed by an enemy sniper while 13 of his comrades are wounded by shrapnel from improvised explosive devices

MARAWI CRISIS. File photo of Philippine Marines fighting in Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Presence of foreign fighters in Marawi confirmed by former hostage

Sep 26, 2017 - 4:22 PM

The Indonesians were mostly bombers while the Malaysians and the Arab were fighters in the frontline, says a former hostage

FOREIGN FIGHTERS: Former hostage Lordvin Acopio said he saw at least 11 foreign fighters in the battle zone. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Rescued Marawi priest Father Chito wants to hold mass

Sep 22, 2017 - 4:28 PM

Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub asked for a Bible and a rosary, among his first requests, according to the military that is still keeping custody of the priest

FROM MARAWI TO MANILA. Father Teresito Soganub is flow to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo courtesy of Zia Alonto Adiong

Año, Lorenzana, Manafort | Midday wRap

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:19 PM

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The final push: Inside the Marawi battle area

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:55 PM

Rappler Carmela Fonbuena joins the first group of journalists allowed to enter the heart of the battle area. Watch her report.

WAR ZONE. Clashes with local terror groups linked with Islamic State nears 4 months. Screenshot of military handout video

Maute ratholes, trenches revealed as troops gain ground in Marawi

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:23 PM

In one area ratholes that can fit 5 people cut through adjacent buildings says the military

RAT HOLES. Networks of rat holes are found in former strongholds of the Maute Group. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Troops retake 2nd bridge in Marawi, 3 soldiers killed

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED Three soldiers are killed and 52 others are wounded as troops push forward against local terrorists to end the war that has dragged on for over 3 months

MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Groundwork begins for Marawi relocation site

Jul 31, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The military says construction can go full throttle as soon as the model houses are approved

More dangerous union: Abu Sayyaf Sulu and ISIS East Asia finally align

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:13 PM

Why is this significant?

Claims for the 25 May 2017 Sulu attack. Image courtesy TRAC

Martial law extension won't lead to abuses – Lorenzana

Jul 11, 2017 - 10:26 AM

UPDATED In response to calls in Congress to extend martial rule in Mindanao until 2022 Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says martial law is an extraordinary power of the Commander in Chief that must be resorted to only when warranted by our national security circumstances

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a battle dress attire during a visit to Marawi. Rappler file photo

Lorenzana, Marcos, Pacquiao vs Horn | Evening wRap

Jul 03, 2017 - 9:45 PM

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Isnilon Hapilon still inside Marawi – Lorenzana

Jul 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the terrorist leader may still be hiding in a mosque in Marawi City

Duterte, Soganub, Harry Potter | Evening wRap

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Gencatan senjata berakhir, perang kembali meletus di Marawi

Jun 26, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Buronan yang dicari militer Isnilon Hapilon diduga sudah tidak berada di Marawi

GENCATAN SENJATA. Usai dilakukan gencatan senjata selama delapan jam, peperangan kembali berkobar di kota Marawi pada Minggu, 25 Juni pukul 14:00. Foto oleh Rappler

FOTO: Warga Marawi rayakan Lebaran di tengah konflik perang

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Bagi warga di Marawi ini menjadi Lebaran yang paling menyedihkan yang mereka kenang

SALAT IDUL FITRI. Warga Marawi menunaikan salat Idul Fitri pada Minggu, 25 Juni dengan pengawasan ketat dari personel militer. Foto oleh Ted Aljibe/AFP

Terror in Mindanao: The Mautes of Marawi

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:30 AM

We tell the story of a family behind a homegrown terrorist group that most effectively spread the ISIS ideology in the Philippines

Isnilon Hapilon may have fled Marawi City – army

Jun 24, 2017 - 1:58 PM

2nd UPDATE These people are suicidal Our assessment is that they will really fight to the end says Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

Screenshot of a video showing Isnilon Hapilon pledging allegiance to the Islamic State

'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

Marawi battle zone: Urban warfare challenges PH military

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

It’s a lot like the siege of Zamboanga City in September 2013 – but much worse

Hapilon's close aide arrested in Zamboanga City

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Hamsi Amajad Marani of the Abu Sayyaf Group is a bomber trained by an Indonesian Jemaah Islamiyah bomb expert says the military

ARRESTED. Abu Sayyaf Group member Hamsi Amajad Marani is arrested in Zamboanga City by military and the police on June 17, 2017. Photo from Western Mindanao Command PIO

SUMMARY: SC oral arguments on martial law in Mindanao

Jun 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Rappler compiles the main issues tackled during the oral arguments of the Supreme Court SC on martial law in Mindanao

LIVE AUDIO: SC oral arguments on Mindanao martial law, day 3

Jun 15, 2017 - 6:08 AM

Listen to the arguments heard by the Supreme Court on consolidated petitions to nullify martial law in Mindanao

VLOG: Petitioners get SC to compel Lorenzana, Año to appear in court

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:53 PM

After tomorrow petitioners and Solicitor General Calida are required to submit their memoranda

LIVE AUDIO: SC oral arguments on Mindanao martial law, day 2

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:34 AM

Listen to the arguments heard by the Supreme Court on consolidated petitions to nullify martial law in Mindanao

VLOG: Burden of proof tackled in Day 1 of SC oral arguments on martial law

Jun 14, 2017 - 3:35 AM

For the good part of the afternoon Associate Justices Lucas Bersamin and Presbitero Velasco Jr pounded on one issue: who should produce the contradictory evidence that there s no sufficient basis to declare the martial law?

Calida, Duterte, NBA Finals | Evening wRap

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:02 PM

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LISTEN: SC oral arguments on Mindanao martial law, day 1

Jun 13, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Listen to the arguments heard by the Supreme Court on consolidated petitions to nullify martial law in Mindanao

Calida: Military knew Marawi terror plot as early as April

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:06 AM

UPDATED Solicitor General Jose Calida reveals the government knew the Maute Group had been planning to attack Marawi to establish an ISIS province in Mindanao

MARAWI SIEGE. Police commando from the 3rd Maneouver company of the Regional Public Safety Battalion -ARMM watches a crucial street where heavy fighting occured an hour earlier. Sniper fire from the Maute group targets government forces as they move forward to reclaim lost territories. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler