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Ex-MILF camp to become banana plantation – Piñol

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the 7,000-hectare Camp Abubakar will be transformed into a production area for Cavendish bananas

Photo from Piñol's Facebook page

Ex-Maguindanao mayor Talib Abo, brother killed in Cotabato drug operations

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:02 AM

(UPDATED) Police say former Parang town mayor Talib Abo – long tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as a 'narco-politician' – and brother Bobby fired at raiding teams first

Student journalists call for justice on 9th year of Maguindanao massacre

Nov 27, 2018 - 3:14 PM

'It’s frustrating to know that the justice system in the Philippines is clogged and the people behind the killings are not yet convicted,' says journalism student Frances Acorda

‘Wheels of justice completely stopped’ 9 years after Maguindanao massacre

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:54 PM

Opposition members condemn the slow pace of justice for the victims of what remains to be the deadliest attack on journalists in the world

ELUSIVE JUSTICE. The families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre seek justice for their loved ones. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Mother of Maguindanao massacre victim will not back down

Nov 23, 2018 - 7:16 PM

Even if the wheels of justice grind exceedingly slow, Katheryn Nuñez is willing to wait for the sake of her son who was among the 58 persons killed during the Maguindanao Massacre of 2009

Mrs katheryn nunez, mother of Ampatuan Masacre victim victor nunez, senior reporter of UNTV. Nunez shared the hardship they have to go through in seeking justice for the 58 victims. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

Faster justice? Let judges actively investigate facts of case, says Roque

Nov 23, 2018 - 4:28 PM

The senatorial bet and former Duterte spokesman bares part of his eyed legislative agenda on the 9th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the kin of the Maguindanao Massacre victims at the Malacañan Palace on November 23, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOJ confident in case vs Andal Ampatuan Jr as trial nears ‘endgame’

Nov 23, 2018 - 3:32 PM

‘I am confident that the prosecution has presented more than sufficient evidence, at least as against the principal accused, to secure a just decision next year,’ says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

MASSACRE. Relatives and supporters of victims of the infamous massacre visit the site where 58 people were killed in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, in Mindanao. Photo by Mark Navales/AFP

Army battalion plays key role in ending 5 clan wars in Mindanao

Nov 11, 2018 - 1:12 PM

It's important to resolve clan wars because these have made areas in Mindanao a magnet for other armed groups, says the battalion commander

RESOLUTION. Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu witnesses the Kanduli ceremony at the 33rd Infantry Battalion headquarters on November 8, 2018, to celebrate the resolution of clan feud between the Pandapatan and Ayup families of Lumabao village. Photo courtesy of the Army 33rd IB

Sandiganbayan: Enough evidence vs Andal Ampatuan Jr in graft case

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:21 PM

The anti-graft court shoots down Ampatuan's argument that prosecutors failed to prove there was conspiracy between him and his brother, former Maguindanao governor Datu Sajid Ampatuan

Civilian dead as troops clash with ISIS-inspired group in Maguindanao

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:17 PM

Two suspected members of the Abu Turaifie Group are captured in the operation

Mangudadatu clan in ‘deep pain’ after Zaldy Ampatuan allowed to leave jail

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:53 PM

'The Ampatuans have taken so much from the families of the 58 victims, we will not let them keep taking from us every time they are out from prison,' says Maguindanao Representative Dong Mangudadatu

'DEEP PAIN.' The pregnant wife of then-vice mayor Toto Mangudadatu, the brother of Maguindanao Representative Dong Mangudadatu, was among the Maguindanao massacre victims. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Federalism, Duterte on Ampatuan, Boracay opening | Evening wRap

Aug 23, 2018 - 9:19 PM

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Time in Manila bar, Ampatuan, Crazy Rich Asians | Evening wRap

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:09 PM

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WATCH: Why Ampatuan was allowed to leave jail

Aug 22, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Ampatuan is captured on video waltzing with his daughter Kristina at her wedding reception on Tuesday, August 21

FATHER AND DAUGHTER. Ampatuan massacre suspect Zaldy Ampatuan dancing with his daughter during her wedding on August 21, 2018. Photo by Tawi-Tawi Rep Ruby Sahali

Zaldy Ampatuan allowed to leave jail for daughter's wedding

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:37 PM

(UPDATED) Zaldy Ampatuan is one of the suspected masterminds of the Maguindanao massacre in 2009

ZALDY AMPATUAN. This file photo taken on December 5, 2010 shows Zaldy Ampatuan (red shirt), the ARRM governor, is escorted by military and police officials to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) office in General Santos City. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

CA: 3 accused in Maguindanao massacre can't be state witnesses

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The Court of Appeals denies the motion seeking to turn Police Inspector Rex Ariel Diongon, Police Office 1 Rainier Ebus, and Mohammad Sangki into state witnesses

NEVER FORGET. A memoir lists the names of the 58 victims of the Ampatuan massacre. Photo by Rappler

Fresh corruption charges vs Sajid Ampatuan over P500-M road projects

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The former Maguindanao governor is already facing 197 counts of corruption charges before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan

CORRUPTION CHARGES. The Office of the Ombudsman indicts anew former Maguindanao governor Datu Sjid Islam Ampatuan over anomalous P500 million worth farm-to-market projects. File photo by Jef Maitem

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

Duterte wants partial judgment for accused in Maguindanao massacre in 2018

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:18 AM

A court decision on Akmad 'Tato' Ampatuan Sr and Anwar Ampatuan Sr is expected to be handed down this year

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, during a meeting with the kin of the Maguindanao Massacre victims at the Malacañan Palace on November 23, 2017, urges the Department of Justice to push for a speedy trial so that justice will be served to the families of the victims. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Frightened residents flee military air strikes vs BIFF

Jun 10, 2018 - 11:37 AM

(UPDATED) The military is conducting operations against a faction of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State

Court of Appeals denies bail plea of Zaldy Ampatuan

May 09, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Zaldy Ampatuan loses another battle to be provisionally freed from jail over the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre

ACCUSED. Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Zaldy Ampatuan walks along a jail corridor on his way to a trial court arraignment proceeding on the Maguindanao Massacre in Taguig City, east of Manila, Philippines, 12 December 2012. File photo by EPA/Rolex dela Pena

Battalion commander settles land dispute in Central Mindanao

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc, commander of the Army 33rd Infantry Battalion, says it's important to understand the root causes of conflict and address them properly

FORGING PEACE. Captain Bryan Baumol of barangay Baumol in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat and Captain Jerry Kautin of barangay Pidtiguian in GSKP, Maguindanao settle their land dispute. Photos courtesy of 33rd IB

CA affirms bail for 16 cops linked to Maguindanao massacre

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Court of Appeals says prosecutors failed to present evidence that would link the cops to the massacre

AFFIRMED. The CA affirms the Quezon City RTC decision allowing bail for 16 cops linked to the Maguindanao massacre. File photo from the CA website

7 marines, 1 cop wounded in back-to-back attacks in Maguindanao

Dec 09, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Military spokesperson Captain Arvin Encinas says the first attack wounded a policeman while the second hurt soldiers

ARMM saw 'explosion of violence' in 2016 – report

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:50 PM

According to the latest Conflict Alert, the biggest causes of violent conflict in 2016 are shadow economy issues, while political issues such as rebellion and extremism caused more fatalities

MILF to be transformed into NGO once Bangsamoro Basic Law passed

Nov 28, 2017 - 11:02 AM

MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim reveals the plan when asked about the future of the group after the passage and implementation of the Bangsamoro Basic Law

MILF CHAIRMAN. Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, MILF chairman, is upbeat about the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law under the Duterte administration. Rappler file photo

Duterte promises expanded Bangsamoro region

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) The President proposes a Congress session where leaders of various groups, including MILF and MNLF, can present their versions of the Bangsamoro basic law

PRIORITY. President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates to MILF leaders on Monday, November 27, 2017, the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law remains a priority of his administration. Presidential file photo

Student journalists on Maguindanao massacre: ‘We will never forget’

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:19 PM

The best way, they say, to engage people and remind them about the deadliest attack on media practitioners is through social media

Duterte meets with families of Maguindanao massacre victims

Nov 24, 2017 - 11:07 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte promises financial assistance and scholarships to the victims' families

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, during a meeting with the kin of the Maguindanao Massacre victims at the Malacañan Palace on November 23, 2017, urges the Department of Justice to push for a speedy trial so that justice will be served to the families of the victims. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

After 8 years, what's next in the Maguindanao massacre trial?

Nov 23, 2017 - 6:21 PM

Almost a decade has passed since the death of 58 in the Maguindanao massacre – will justice be served soon?

REMEMBERED. Candles are lit in remembrance of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre. Photo by Rappler

What has happened to the Maguindanao massacre trial 8 years later?

Nov 23, 2017 - 12:24 PM

8 years and 3 administrations later, no convictions have been made

NEVER FORGET. Justice remains elusive for the 58 victims of the Ampatuan massacre 5 years since the gruesome crime. Photo by Rappler

INFOGRAPHIC: The Maguindanao massacre, 8 years later

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:52 AM

Here's the status of the Maguindanao massacre trial in numbers

TIMELINE: The long road to justice for Maguindanao massacre victims

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) It's been 9 years since 58 people – including 32 media workers – were killed in Maguindanao. What has happened since?

Rappler Talk: Duterte's media security chief on Maguindanao massacre

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:58 PM

Watch the interview with Joel Egco on Rappler.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 22, 2017

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterete examines the photos of the slain soldiers as he passes through the made-shift ‘Mapandi Bridge’ during the tribute program dubbed, ‘Ang Huling Tikas Pahinga: Isang Pagpupugay sa mga Bayani ng Marawi,’ at the Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21, 2017. The program is a tribute to the heroism of the fallen soldiers and police officers who took part in the operations to liberate Marawi City from the clutches of the terrorists. Malacañan Photo

Convictions for 2 Maguindanao massacre suspects expected in 2018

Nov 22, 2017 - 10:47 AM

The prosecution will ask the court this month to render judgment on Akmad Ampatuan Sr and Anwar Ampatuan Sr, says Presidential Task Force on Media Security chief Joel Egco

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 16, 2017

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:39 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

President of the United States of America and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte during the 31st ASEAN GALA Dinner  Photo by Russell Palma Pool Photo

Freedom House report, Maguindanao airstrike, Trump on U.S.-PH ties | Evening wRap

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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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

Moropreneur: Weaving a brighter future for Maguindanao

Sep 07, 2017 - 4:13 PM

By carefully weaving together the natural gifts of the people and the region’s rich culture interventions anchored on empowering communities and the common aspiration to uplift lives a better Maguindanao is possible

Ampatuan brothers plead not guilty to corruption charges

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Do you know how much the government is spending for his escorts? Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Rafael Lagos says in reference to Andal Ampatuan Jr as he denies the motion to postpone the arraignment

CORRUPTION CHARGES. Ampatuan brothers Sajid (left) and Andal Jr (right) face multiple counts of corruption for ghost projects in Maguindanao in 2009.

CA affirms Zaldy Ampatuan's wealth dishonesty charge

Jul 20, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The court s affirmation can later be used as basis for a forfeiture case against the jailed former governor

Aquino's Mamasapano indictment 'bad precedent' – Trillanes

Jul 16, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano another former military man says the top commander can t possibly usurp a lower commander s powers

MAMASAPANO'S GHOSTS. Then-president Benigno Aquino III attends the necrological services for the slain SAF troopers on January 30, 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

2016 Bongbong vs Leni poll protest: What ARMM 'election fingerprints' say

Jul 11, 2017 - 10:31 AM

EXCLUSIVE: Can election data back up Bongbong Marcos request to annul results in 3 provinces in the ARMM?

Mamasapano town earns COA praise for women-friendly programs

Jul 09, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The Commission on Audit says the local government managed to make the most out of its meager funds by implementing projects that made a big impact

7 governors, 132 mayors in Mindanao lose power over police

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED Napolcom points to the local executives ‘failure to impose measures to suppress terroristic acts and prevent lawless violence in their territories’

Morales, Alvarez, Ampatuan | Evening wRap

May 16, 2017 - 7:28 PM

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2nd arrest order issued vs Sajid Ampatuan

May 16, 2017 - 4:08 PM

UPDATED Sajid Ampatuan has to pay a P 4 million bail covering two sets of corruption charges; another is pending with the anti graft court

CORRUPTION CHARGES. After securing temporary freedom from massacre charges, Sajid Ampatuan is ordered arrested for multiple counts of corruption over millions of pesos worth of ghost projects in Maguindanao in 2009 when he was governor. Photo by Jef Maitem