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Duterte pays tribute to patriots during Independence Day rites in Lanao del Sur

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'Today, let us pay tribute to our patriots – both from the past and the present – by safeguarding the democratic institutions that were built from the rubble of the wars that gave rise to our heroes,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

SALUTE. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the honor guards as he leads the wreath-laying ceremony at the bust of Dr. Jose Rizal as part of the 121st Philippine Independence Day celebration at the 6th Infantry Battalion Grounds in Malabang, Lanao del Sur on June 12, 2019. Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Comelec calls for sobriety amid video of alleged Lanao fraud

May 16, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The Commission on Elections says it is not ready to dismiss as 'fake' the viral video of the alleged pre-shading of ballots in Lanao del Sur

VIDEO OF FRAUD. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesman James Jimenez in a press conference on May 16, 2019, addresses the video of alleged fraud in Lanao del Sur. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BFAR invests P50 million for coastal management in Northern Mindanao

May 03, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The amount is for the coastal resource management program of Macajalar Bay in Cagayan de Oro, Gingoog Bay in Gingoog City, Iligan Bay in Iligan City, and Panguil Bay in Ozamiz-Lanao del Norte

fishermen from Barangay Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro City harvest Sardines. the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in region 10 says it is investing 50 million pesos this year for its Coastal Resource Management that covers the Northern Mindanao's 4 bays. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

PNP keeping close watch over Lanao del Norte for poll-related violence

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Police say past elections in Lanao del Norte were marked by 'intense political rivalry' exacerbated by the rido culture in the province

POLL WATCH. Police Colonel Surki Sereñas (2nd, left) said Lanao de Norte is Northern Mindanao's closely-watched province in the May 2019 elections. With him are Chubasco Cenen Caina (2nd, right) and Colonel Edgardo de Leon, Commanding Officer of the 403rd Infantry Brigade on April 16,2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Sandiganbayan clears Dimaporo of graft in fertilizer fund scam

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Sandiganbayan says prosecutors failed to present enough evidence that Abdullah Dimaporo, formerly Lanao del Norte governor and now congressman, falsified documents in 2004

4 killed in Lanao del Sur clash

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Army troops clash with the group under the command of Owayda Benito Marohomsar alias Abu Dar

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

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Feb 07, 2019 - 9:15 PM

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Lanao del Norte rejects inclusion of towns in Bangsamoro region

Feb 07, 2019 - 3:47 PM

All 6 towns that vied for inclusion in the BARMM vote 'yes' but all other towns in the province vote against it

'NO' WINS. Residents line up at the Maranding Central Elementary School in Lanao del Norte to vote in the second Bangsamoro plebiscite. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

Dimaporos expect 'landslide victory' to keep Lanao del Norte towns out of BARMM

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:58 AM

Lanao del Norte 2nd District Representative Abdullah Dimaporo is banking on the majority Christian population to troop to the polls, convinced they will vote in favor of exclusion

Why the second Bangsamoro plebiscite matters

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:06 PM

The February 6 plebiscite in areas in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato is more than just the final hurdle for advocates of the new Bangsamoro region. Here's why.

Ballot boxes for the Bangsamoro plebiscite in Marawi City being prepared by the city treasurer’s office 2 days ahead of the historic vote. The city's voters are spread over 210 precincts. Most of the 24 barangays from the Most Affected Area will vote in temporary shelter sites.

Lanao del Norte mayor detained after gun check

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:13 PM

Authorities are still checking for proper Comelec gun ban exemption certificates the guns of Pantar Mayor Jabar Tago and 8 other people

3 explosions hit Lanao del Norte on eve of BOL plebiscite

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:12 PM

(UPDATED) No casualties have been reported so far

EXPLOSIONS. Amy and police operators secure the explosion site along the national highway in Maranding, Lala, Lanao del Norte. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

WATCH: Groups engage in standoff on eve of BOL plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

Feb 05, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Residents who are for the exclusion of Lanao del Norte territories from the proposed Bangsamoro region confront observers from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and United Bangsamoro Justice Party

No credible threat to BOL plebiscite, says Lanao del Norte police chief

Feb 05, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Provincial police chief Leopoldo Cabanag says some 2,500 cops have been deployed throughout Lanao del Norte to secure voting sites on February 6

ASSURANCE. Lanao del Norte Police Chief Leopoldo Cabanag (left) assures Lanao del Norte voters of a peaceful plebiscite on the eve of the electoral exercise on February 5, 2019. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

More than 2,000 soldiers, cops to secure Bangsamoro plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Government forces won't leave anything to chance as this Northern Mindanao province votes on whether to allow 6 municipalities to join the new Bangsamoro region

ON DUTY. Policemen from the Central Visayas Regional Police Command board the truck at the Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, on February 4, 2019, to be brought to their areas they will secure during the February 6 Bangsamoro plebiscite. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

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

Moro youth might rebel if Lanao del Norte votes ‘no’ – MILF lawyer

Feb 01, 2019 - 9:40 PM

In the February 6 plebiscite, should the votes of the 6 municipalities and their mother province differ, the municipalities will not become part of the new Bangsamoro region

FIGHTING DISENFRANCHISEMENT. Salahoden Benhamza, legal officer for the MILF's Northwestern Mindanao Command, said a 'No' vote during the Lanao del Norte BOL plebiscite could disenfranchise Moro youth during a press briefing on February 1, 2019, in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/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

Army overruns Maute camp in Lanao del Sur, kills 3 terrorists

Jan 25, 2019 - 3:03 PM

3 soldiers are wounded in the clash in Sultan Dumalondong town, the military said

Bangsamoro plebiscite: Where did most voters show up to vote?

Jan 22, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Here is the voter turnout in provinces and cities which took part in the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro Organic Law

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Ballot boxes for the Bangsamoro plebiscite in Marawi City being prepared by the city treasurer'€™s office two days ahead of the historic vote. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

AFP, PNP hold lockdown drill in Lanao del Norte ahead of Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Military officials say the unannounced joint exercise is part of preparations to ensure a peaceful, orderly plebiscite

'LOCKDOWN'. Police and soldiers man a checkpoint in Matungao town, Lanao del Norte, during a simulated exercise on January 16, 2019, ahead of the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Dimaporo to Commander Bravo: Let Lanao del Norte people vote freely

Jan 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

The Dimaporos of Lanao del Norte are campaigning to stop the inclusion of 6 towns in the expanded Muslim region, while the MILF commander is campaigning for a 'yes' vote

NOT AGAINST BOL, BUT… Lanao del Norte congressman Abdullah Dimaporo, in an interview with Rappler on January 16, 2019, says he supports the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao but not the inclusion of 6 municipalities of his province. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Allies break up, enemies team up for Cagayan de Oro 2019 elections

Oct 12, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Here are also the politicians who have so far filed their certificates of candidacy in other parts of Northern Mindnao: Bukidnon, Camiguin, and Lanao del Sur

NBI to probe killing of 5 PDEA agents in Lanao del Sur

Oct 07, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra condemns the killing as an 'act of cowardice'

INVESTIGATION SET. The National Bureau of Investigation is set to investigate the killing of 5 Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents in Lanao del Sur. Photo by Angie de Silva

Lanao del Sur governor wants 'swift' probe into attack on PDEA agents

Oct 06, 2018 - 9:36 AM

Lanao del Sur Governor Bedjoria Soraya Alonto Adiong says the provincial government 'fully condemns this criminal act and we ask the authorities that the perpetrators immediately face the consequences of their action'

Lanao del Sur Governor Bedjoria Soraya Alonto Adiong condemns the killing of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents in Kapai town, Lanao del Sur. File photo from PIA Lanao del Sur Facebook page

5 PDEA agents killed in Lanao del Sur ambush

Oct 05, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Police say the PDEA agents went to an anti-drug symposium in Tagoloan II town and were attacked on their way to Marawi City

DEADLY ATTACK. Several gents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency are attacked in Kalai town, Lanao del Sur, leaving 5 dead, on October 5, 2018. Image from Shutterstock.com

LOOK: Armed MILF allowed to register for 2019 polls in Lanao del Norte

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:59 PM

MILF combatants are not allowed to enter Lanao del Norte if they are armed and in uniform, says governor-turned-lawmaker Khalid Dimaporo

Marawi City votes in special barangay, SK elections

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) Election watchdogs report irregularities and a few poll-related incidents in some areas in the conduct of the village and youth council polls

MARAWI POLLS. Election watchdog Namfrel monitors the conduct of the special barangay and SK elections in Marawi City on September 22, 2018. Photo from Namfrel's Facebook page

Duterte ends BBL impasse: Mother LGUs' vote needed for inclusion in Bangsamoro

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:19 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The 6 towns of Lanao del Norte and 39 North Cotabato barangays will have to get the support of their province and municipalities, respectively, before they can join, contrary to what the Bangsamoro Transition Commission wants

HOUSE VERSION ADOPTED. President Rodrigo Duterte tells the bicameral conference committee on July 11, 2018, to adopt the House version’s provision on the coverage of the Bangsamoro region. In this file photo, Mindanao lawmakers celebrate the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

Bangsamoro territory in Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato still up for debate

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers anticipate difficult discussions on how these areas would be included in the Bangsamoro region

TERRITORY TALKS. Members of the bicameral conference committee on the BBL meet on July 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of OPAPP. Photo courtesy of P Camero/CMB Engracia

Lanao mayor Tago surrenders to police

Jun 19, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Pantar town Mayor Jabar Tago surrenders to police weeks after a Lanao del Note court issued an arrest warrant against him

TOWN CHIEF. Pantar town Mayor Jabar Tago is accused of murder. Photo from the Facebook page of the Municipality of Pantar

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Jun 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM

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Airstrikes, clashes between military, ISIS-Maute group in Lanao del Sur towns

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) According to Colonel Romeo Brawner, current reports indicate 5 members of the Maute-ISIS group led by Abu Dar, have been killed. The military is still verifying these reports.

Ex-Lanao mayor indicted for non-disclosure of assets in SALNs

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:24 AM

The Office of the Ombudsman says former mayor Mohammadali Abboh Abinal of Marantao, Lanao del Sur, did not declare firearms and a vehicle in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth from 2007 to 2012

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Court orders arrest of Lanao mayor under Duterte adviser's custody

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:28 PM

A Lanao del Norte court issues an arrest warrant against Pantar town Mayor Jabar Tago over a murder charge

TOWN CHIEF. Pantar town Mayor Jabar Tago talks to a guest in his office. Photo from the Facebook page of the Municipality of Pantar

'Longing': Images of Marawi evacuees

May 26, 2018 - 8:07 AM

An International Committee of the Red Cross delegate visits the Saguiaran evacuation center and the Sagonsongan transitional site, and captures in photographs the longing for family and home of those displaced by the conflict

Mayor survives, 4 others killed in Lanao del Norte ambush

May 20, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Unidentified men open fire at the vehicle of Pantao Ragat Mayor Lacson Lantud, who escapes unharmed

Duterte adviser prevails upon military to release arrested Lanao mayor

May 19, 2018 - 9:41 AM

The military releases arrested Pantar Mayor Jabar Tago to the custody of a politician – Presidential Adviser Abdullah Daba Mama-o – despite evidence that he possessed high-powered firearms

MAMAO'S LETTER. Secretary Abdullah Daba Mama-o asks the military to release a mayor arrested for possession of high-powered firearms

Lanao del Norte town mayor, 6 others arrested after firefight

May 14, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Mayor Jabar Tago is arrested for alleged violation of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act

No date set for Marawi residents to rebuild their homes

Apr 05, 2018 - 12:09 AM

Based on the timetable of Task Force Bangon Marawi, clearing of debris is yet to happen on May 10, 2018

Task Force Bangon Marawi Field Office Manager Assistant Secretary Felix Castro gestures as he explains that residents of Most Affected Areas will be allowed to reconstruct, rebuild their homes. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lanao del Norte bats for province-wide plebiscite for BBL inclusion of 6 towns

Mar 16, 2018 - 7:46 PM

A province-wide plebiscite election would determine whether 6 towns – Tagoloan, Balo-I, Pantar, Munai, Tangcal, and Nunungan – will be included or excluded from Bangsamoro Basic Law territories

PLEBISCITE? BBL hearing in Lanao de Norte. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Young Maranao advocate says empathy key to promoting peace, dev't

Feb 27, 2018 - 10:52 AM

After leaving his hometown to study in Cebu, 21-year-old peace advocate Jamil Faisal Adiong says he realized the potential of Mindanao to prosper if only peace reigns in the region

Maute doctor, 53 others charged for kidnapping, beheading sawmill workers

Jan 30, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Dr Russel Langi Salic, along with his co-accused, are charged with kidnapping, serious illegal detention, and murder before the court in Malabang, Lanao del Sur

EXTRADITION. Filipino doctor Russell Salic (in orange) is escorted by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents following a court hearing in Manila on November 7, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Ex-Lanao del Sur mayor on Duterte’s drug list indicted for non-filing of SALN

Jan 22, 2018 - 6:27 PM

Rasmia Macabago, former mayor of Saguiaran town in Lanao del Sur, says she didn't file her SALNs from 2007 to 2010 because she didn't know of any local official who did

INDICTED. The Ombudsman charges Rasmia Macabago for failing to file her assets list during the 3 years she was mayor of Siguran, Lanao del Sur. In this file photo from August 2016, she surrenders to the CIDG Major Crime Investigation Unit at Camp Crame after President Rodrigo Duterte includes her name on the drug list. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Fighting erupts between troops, Maute group in Lanao del Sur

Jan 20, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The military says this is the first encounter of government troops with the Maute Group remnants since Marawi City was liberated from terrorist influence on October 17, 2017