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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 erupts 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

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

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


Nullify martial law? Your guide to the SC oral arguments

Jun 12, 2017 - 10:20 PM

The High Court hears arguments June 13 15 on consolidated petitions to nullify martial law in Mindanao Here are the main arguments and counter arguments

Maute matriarch also arrested

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:08 AM

UPDATED Her two sons – Abdullah and Omar – are the known leaders of the notorious terrorist Maute Group that joined forces with the Abu Sayyaf faction of Isnilon Hapilon to seize Marawi City

Hapilon is still in Marawi – military

Jun 09, 2017 - 9:42 PM

Tunnels underneath houses and buildings are also found during clearing operations They yield caches of arms and ammunition

'EMIR' OF ISIS? Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon in an old video where he pledged allegiance to the ISIS

AFP chief Año details aborted Maute-ISIS 'grand plan' in Marawi

Jun 09, 2017 - 10:56 AM

Local terrorists planned to kill as many non Muslims as they can so they will prove to the world that they are able to establish an Islamic state here in Asia says Philippine military chief Eduardo Año

ABORTING ISIS ATTACK. Armed Forces chief General Año details the 'grand plan' of the Maute-ISIS group in Marawi City. Rappler photo

Video shows terrorists planning Marawi attack – report

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The Associated Press has confirmed with the military that some of the men in the video are Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon and Abdullah Maute

MAUTE GROUP. Residents take photos of suspected members of the Maute Group from their house windows. Photo by Mohammad Manshawi

Duterte offers P20M combined bounties for Hapilon, Mautes

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:04 PM

AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año says the President offers P10M for the arrest of Hapilon and P5M each for Abdullah Maute and Omar Maute

ISNILON HAPILON. Screenshot of a video showing Isnilon Hapilon pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).

8 killed foreign fighters likely from ISIS – Lorenzana

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The defense chief also says Isnilon Hapilon the supposed emir of ISIS in Southeast Asia received millions in funds from ISIS in the Middle East

Soldiers walk past Islamic State (IS) group graffiti in Marawi on on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

What ISIS follower Isnilon Hapilon's transcripts reveal about his childhood

May 31, 2017 - 10:17 PM

UPDATED The so called emir of Islamic State in Southeast Asia consistently had good grades in Character Education

Duterte says Nobleza, Abu Sayyaf sympathizer, got money from ISIS

May 31, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The President says a police superintendent who was arrested for trying to rescue Abu Sayyaf members was also getting money from an alleged ISIS linked woman

DETAINED. Superintendent Maria Cristina Nobleza is accused of coddling the Abu Sayyaf. Photo from Maria Cristina Nobleza's Facebook page

Bodies sprawled on the street where the clashes began

May 28, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Nakakatakot din yun kapag nakikita mo yung nakita namin doon na wala nang ulo sa Malutlut Yung unang bakbakan doon Christian siguro yun says a Marawi resident as he recalls the horrific scenes in some parts of the city

FIRST TIME BAKWIT. Abdul Moheming, 26, thought he was used to the clashes in his neighborhood. He Rappler photo

Marawi crisis over in a week or less, says Lorenzana

May 26, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Isnilon Hapilon is still inside Marawi City Hopefully we will be able to get him he adds

ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is the implementor of Martial Law

78 'hostages' rescued in Marawi hospital – military

May 24, 2017 - 11:52 PM

The military declares facilities previously occupied by local terror groups – including the Amai Pakpak Medical Center – cleared of Maute presence

TERROR ATTACKS. Marawi City attacked by suspected ISIS inspired militants belonging to the Maute group on May 23, 2017. Photo by Chico Dimaro Usman

Isnilon Hapilon is target of military operation in Marawi

May 24, 2017 - 1:17 AM

The Abu Sayyaf senior leader – believed to have been heavily wounded in Butig Lanao del Sur in January – resurfaces in Marawi City on Tuesday May 23

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

Abu Sayyaf top man Sahiron sends surrender feelers – military

Apr 18, 2017 - 2:00 PM

If Sahiron does surrender the military says he could influence more Abu Sayyaf leaders and members to follow suit

Screenshot of FBI's terrorist list as of April 18, 2017

Duterte, Dela Rosa, Barbers | Evening wRap

Apr 03, 2017 - 8:56 PM

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Duterte hopeful top Abu Sayyaf leader dead after serious injury

Apr 03, 2017 - 5:16 PM

The President says he has reason to hope Isnilon Hapilon who has pledged allegiance to ISIS is dead after getting wounded during military airstrikes

LOYALTY TO THE ISLAMIC STATE. Senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon swears allegiance to ISIS

5 Filipinos arrested in Sabah over alleged ISIS links

Mar 13, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Three of the arrested Filipinos are permanent residents of Sabah

PH military deploys new fighter jets vs local terrorists

Jan 29, 2017 - 3:27 PM

The South Korean FA 50s were among those deployed to drop bombs in Butig Lanao Del Sur They are believed to have killed over a dozen terrorists and seriously wounded Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon

File photo of FA-50s acquired from South Korea

Top Abu Sayyaf leader hurt in airstrike – defense chief

Jan 28, 2017 - 3:26 PM

Isnilon Hapilon who has pledged allegiance to ISIS is seriously wounded in a military operation in Butig Lanao del Sur says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

LOYALTY TO THE ISLAMIC STATE. Senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon swears allegiance to ISIS

Filipino millennial joins ISIS in Syria

Jan 27, 2017 - 6:13 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Classified documents obtained by Rappler identify the Filipino millennial who beheaded a Caucasian in an ISIS video released in June 2016