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Is your Marawi property gone? Check this aerial video

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra says many residents have given consent to demolish their homes

NO CONSENT. Residents put up banners to oppose forced demolition of their homes. Photos by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Former commander honors Marawi siege dead

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:45 PM

In solemn commemoration, former Marawi commander Carlito Galvez Jr runs his fingers over the names of soldiers killed in a siege

COMMEMORATION. Former Marawi Commander Carlito Galvez Jr leads a ceremony to remember soldiers killed in Marawi. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Marawi reconstruction poised to begin – finally

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Two years after the liberation of Marawi, the National Housing Authority declares its clearing operations complete and gives departments and local government units the go-signal to award construction projects inside the battle area

ONGOING WORK. Demolition and debris clearing inside Marawi’s former battle area. All photos by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

'Marawi recovering from scars of fierce battle,' says Mayor Gandamra

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'I would like to thank each and every Marawi citizen and everyone who believes in Marawi...for being strong and resilient, for their courage and determination that someday, life will get better,' says Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra

MARAWI CHARTER DAY. Marawi Mayor Majul Gandamra addresses the 79th Marawi City Charter Day celebration on August 19, 2019. Photo from the City Government of Marawi Facebook Page

Mindanao lawmakers file bill to compensate Marawi siege victims

Aug 13, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Basilan Representative Mujiv Hataman says if passed into law, the House bill would grant P1,500 worth of compensation per square meter of a place of residence destroyed during the Marawi siege

RUINS. The main battle area of the Marawi siege remains in ruins two years later. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Robredo prays for Marawi refugees on Eid’l Adha

Aug 11, 2019 - 11:32 AM

'Yakapin natin sila at patuloy na ipanalangin sa kanilang pagharap sa mga hamon ng buhay,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on residents displaced by the Marawi siege

ANGAT BUHAY BENEFICIARY. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the turnover of classroom buildings to 3 schools in Marawi City on June 28, 2019. File photo by OVP

AFP confirms report: Indonesian couple behind Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:26 PM

ISIS terrorists looking to carve out a territory in Southeast Asia present a challenge to the region's security forces, especially in the Philippines

JOLO ATTACK. Policemen and soldiers stand outside bomb-hit church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. - At least 18 people were killed when two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said on January 27, days after voters backed the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region. (Photo by NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP)

Dismay, questions as Duterte SONA reduces Marawi terror siege to a drug issue

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:32 PM

President Duterte's framing of the Marawi siege as rooted in illegal drugs distracts from the real causes of terrorism, which are extremist ideology and social injustice

STILL DISPLACED. A Maranao woman walks by tents at the Sarimanok Tent City in Marawi City on the eve of Eid'l Fitr, June 4, 2019. (Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

COA flags missing docs for Marawi cooperatives' P64-million seed capital

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'The non-submission of the necessary documentation cast doubt on the propriety and validity of the transactions,' says the Commission on Audit

U.S. adds $4.5 million aid for Marawi war evacuees

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Some 50,000 people remain displaced two years since the battle between government troops and terrorists of the Maute group

MORE AID. The US government is adding P234 million ($4.5 million) in aid to thousands of people who have been displaced by the Marawi conflict since 2017. Photo from Tiffany Tsang, Catholic Relief Services, via the US Embassy in Manila

Expect little talk on security issues in Duterte’s SONA – analysts

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Security threats like terrorism and Chinese incursions in the West Philippine Sea won't figure much in Duterte's yearly address but most Filipinos won't mind it, analysts say

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes an officer as he prepares to board a plane bound for the People's Republic of China at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on April 24, 2019. Malacañang photo

AFP says Marawi aid audit report 'not quite accurate'

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

The Armed Forces denies irregularities in its handling of aid money, after state auditors flagged the disparity in amounts given to wounded soldiers

MARAWI SIEGE. Government troops take position against enemy snipers as they escort rescued workers and trapped residents near the town center of Marawi on June 1, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

COA: Wounded Marawi soldiers received crumbs from P274-million aid

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:15 PM

The Commission on Audit says there were 'no clear guidelines' that served as basis for the distribution of cash assistance to wounded soldiers

RUINS. Marawi, as photographed in May 2019, has yet to recover from the destruction brought about by the terrorist siege two years earlier. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Robredo turns over school buildings, houses in Marawi

Jun 28, 2019 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo says her Angat Buhay program also seeks to build 100 housing units for residents displaced by the Marawi siege, within the year

Vice President Leni Robredo led the turnover of classroom buildings to three schools in Marawi City during her visit here on Friday, June 28, 2019. The classrooms were constructed for Harat Medina Central Elementary School, Mapandi Elementary School, and Bae Inomba Blo Bacarat Central Elementary School, through the generosity of Angat Buhay Partners including PhilAm Foundation, LBC Foundation, Double Dragon Properties Corp.,  Team Energy Foundation, and Jollibee Group Foundation. (Photo by OVP)

IN PHOTOS: ICRC President visits Marawi, notes 'the work is not yet done'

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:44 PM

International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer stresses the organization’s commitment to support the Philippine Red Cross’ capacity to respond to emergencies and armed conflict situations

WELCOME. ICRC President Peter Maurer with ICRC Regional Director Boris Michel, ICRC Head of Delegation Martin Thalmann, and ICRC Sub-delegation Head Roberto Petronio are welcomed by PRC staff and volunteers at the Bualan Spring Project in Lanao Del Sur on June 3, 2019. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/ICRC

Philippines, Japan sign $202-million loan deal for Mindanao roads

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Among the roads to be reconstructed and improved are those damaged in war-torn Marawi City, where delays have plagued the rehabilitation

SIGNED. Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Japan International Cooperation Agency senior vice president Yasushi Tanaka after signing the $202.04-million loan deal in Mindanao. Photo from Department of Finance

Former ‘Darna’ Nanette Medved-Po donates classrooms to Marawi children

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:15 PM

She puts the super in superhero!

Robredo: Wrong to use Marawi rehab funds for Hajj

Jun 09, 2019 - 9:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says that while Hajj is a pillar of Islam, the government must be strict about using funds only for what they were authorized for

a Maranao woman walks passed by tents at the Sarimanok Tent City in Marawi City on the eve of Eid'l Fitr, June 4,2019. (bobby lagsa/Rappler)

Duterte to COA: Don't seek refund of Marawi rehab money spent on Hajj

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims the P5 million used for Hajj was well-spent because Marawi City evacuees would prefer making the pilgrimage over receiving government housing

Marawi siege marks 2nd year. Photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

On Eid'l Fitr, Marawi IDPs pray for fortitude and a home to go back to

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Maranaos living in a tent city in Marawi are still unsure of what lies in the future for them

EID'L FITR. Maranao women await for the Eid'l Fitr prayer to start inside the Sarimanok tent city on June 5, 2019. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Prayer of Marawi women: 'Take us back home'

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:11 PM

In observance of Eid'l Fitr, Muslim women leaders solemnly pray for the restoration of peace and identity in Marawi City

Dr. Potre D. Diampuan, trustee of the Global COuncil, United Religious Initiative, shares her view on the Marawi siege and the present life of the survivors/evacuees. June 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Marawi residents to gov't: Unreleased donations deprive us of basic needs

Jun 03, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'It is so frustrating to learn that two years after the Marawi siege...internally displaced persons are still struggling for their everyday survival,' says Moro Consensus Group chairperson Drieza Lininding

LONG WAIT. Displaced Marawi residents continue to lack access to basic needs and donations intended for them. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Donations to Marawi evacuees: Only P10,000 released in 2018 – COA

May 30, 2019 - 8:23 PM

State auditors also find that most of the P135.39 million cash donations for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda, which happened in 2013, remain with the OCD

RUINS. Marawi, as photographed in May 2019, has yet to recover from the destruction brought about by the terrorist siege two years earlier. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Red Cross: Two years after Marawi siege, thousands of evacuees still homeless

May 26, 2019 - 12:15 AM

'We can only do so much. The authorities still have the primary responsibility of providing sustainable solutions to help the people of Marawi,' says the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross

TWO YEARS SINCE. Affected residents of Marawi City mark the 2nd anniversary of the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

ISIS threat on Marawi now low, but military keeps eye on remnants

May 23, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Abu Dar, the last remaining leader of the Islamic State-linked group Maute Group, was killed in military operation in Lanao del Sur in March

SURRENDERED. In this file photo from May 11, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte leads the inspection of the firearms surrendered by the ISIS-Maute Group at the Capitol Gymnasium in Sacayo, Marawi City. Malacañang photo

Frustrated Marawi evacuees still can’t go home 2 years after siege

May 23, 2019 - 8:42 AM

It is two years ago since the siege that killed more than a thousand. At least 50,000 remain displaced, and the once-bustling center of trade and commerce is still buried in rubble.

Samira Gutoc tops senatorial polls in Marawi City

May 15, 2019 - 3:45 PM

The senatorial candidate from Marawi is the overwhelming first placer, getting 84% of all votes cast on May 13 in her home turf

LANDSLIDE WIN. Fellow Maranaos give Samira Gutoc wide lead against her rivals in the senatorial race. Photo by Leanne Jazul

FALSE: Mainstream media 'did not report' about Marawi temporary shelters

May 01, 2019 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) A quick search shows that various news groups in the Philippines wrote about Marawi's temporary shelters

DNA test confirms death of Abu Dar, last surviving Maute leader

Apr 14, 2019 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) Marawi commander Colonel Romeo Brawner says Abu Dar's death is a major victory in the fight against terrorism

Marawi file photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte skips PDP-Laban campaign rally in Marawi

Apr 12, 2019 - 6:55 PM

PDP-Laban senatorial candidate Francis Tolentino says the Chief Executive's absence from the rally is 'nothing to worry about'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte applauds while witnessing the program proper during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at One Pinagtipunan Circle in Malabon City on April 2, 2019. Joining the President on stage are former Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald dela Rosa, former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, and Kathryna Yu-Pimentel who represents her husband Senator Aquilino Pimentel III. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gutoc, Tañada listen to issues of Marawi City residents

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:48 PM

Her fellow Maranaos ask Otso Diretso Senate candidate Samira Gutoc what's delaying the rehabilitation of Marawi

Photo from Otso Diretso Media

Marawi residents to get livelihood assistance

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Residents from Marawi City's most affected area will also receive additional cash aid of P53,000 instead of relief goods

MARAWI'S PLIGHT. A woman and child living in Sarmanok tent wait for their transfer to Bogabong relocation site also in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi residents say Del Rosario should resign if rehab target not met

Mar 21, 2019 - 8:30 AM

During a dialogue in Lanao del Sur, Task Force Bangon Marawi head Eduardo del Rosario in turn asks residents to stop portraying the city as a ghost town as if the government has not done anything

EFFORTS TO REBUILD. Task Force Bangon Marawi chief Eduardo Del Rosario pictured at the groundbreaking ceremony on October 30, 2018. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

The week in photos: March 9-15, 2019

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:45 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CARNIVAL. Costumed revelers perform in a carnival procession on the streets of Strumica, Macedonia, during the great evening carnival on March 9, 2019. Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Maute terrorist convicted in Taguig court over Marawi siege

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Junaid Macauyag Awal is found guilty of rebellion and violating the law on crimes against humanity

SIEGE. Marawi City was razed by a siege that lasted for 148 days. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

DOJ frees Marawi Vice Mayor, arrest based on invalid list

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:51 PM

The justice department instead accepts the complaint and sets it for an ordinary preliminary investigation

Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic (in blue shirt) is released after the DOJ ruled his case uninquestable on March 15, 2019. Salic was arrested on March 13 on charges rebellion after he was included in the Office of the Martial Law Administrator arrest order dated September 4, 2017. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Marawi Vice Mayor Arafat Salic arrested for rebellion

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Cops and soldiers from the 82nd Infantry Battalion arrest Salic at the Marawi City Hall around 10 am on Wednesday, March 13

ARRESTED. Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic is arrested by cops and soldiers inside the Marawi City Hall. Philippine Army photo

Marawi rehabilitation is urgent issue for Bangsamoro gov't – Murad

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Residents from Marawi City hope the ratification of the Bangsamoro law will help speed up the rebuilding of the war-ravaged city

a marawi displaced woman and child lving in Sarmanok tent city wating for their transfer to Bogabong relcoation site also in Marawi CIty. Many displaced Maranao, vicitms of the Marawi Siege n 2017 are hopeful that the Bangsamoro Organic Law will bring in more stability in their province who are plague with clan feud, political and armed problems for decades. The core Bangsamoro Region will vote on Monday, January 21, to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

DSWD gives livelihood assistance to over 35,000 Marawi families

Jan 23, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development provides P10,000 to P20,000 each to families affected by the Marawi siege who are now seeking to put up small businesses

ASSISTANCE. Families displaced by the Marawi siege are among the priority beneficiaries for livelihood assistance of the DSWD. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bangsamoro vote: Disenfranchisement of Marawi evacuees feared

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra expects the Bangsamoro Organic Law to win ‘overwhelmingly’ in Marawi City, but civic leader Samira Gutoc says it’s still important for the evacuees to participate in the process

DISPLACED. An elderly Maranao woman stays in a dilapidated classroom that serves as evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. Rappler file photo by Bobby Lagsa

3 PH firms tapped for Marawi debris clearing

Jan 15, 2019 - 4:14 PM

The government expects Marawi City's most affected area to be cleared of unexploded bombs by August this year, a critical step in beginning reconstruction

Took this heartbreaking video , photos while passing ground zero of Marawi. As you can see, the houses are crumbling, dilapidated, and filled with bullet holes. Imagine, the ground zero is composed of 24 baranggays. Mayor Majul Gandamra is doing all his best to help the idps. The mayor even offered their lots to be the venue for a temporary shelter. The question then is: for how long must this shelter last? Our thoughts and prayers for the IDPs. Photo by Ayunan G. Gunting-Al Hadj

Marawi rehab task force to seek exemption from election spending ban

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The task force wants to conduct procurement and begin building structures in Marawi City even during the March 29 to May 12 period when public spending and construction of public works is prohibited

A ‘time capsule’ was laid on Marawi City’s Rizal Park to formally signal the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the war-torn city.

A new jihad: Helping Marawi

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:00 PM

With the crucial rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City moving slowly, experts warn that sentiments of the Moros may be shifting

The sight of a ruined city of Marawi can be used by extremists for their recruitment propaganda. "The narrative is slowly morphing, slowly morphing into something like a monster", warns Acram Latiph, an expert on Peace and Development at the Mindanao State University.

Seeds of insurgency: The youth of Marawi

Jan 13, 2019 - 2:00 PM

As grievances persist from generation to generation, so do challenges in protecting young Filipino Muslims from radicalization

Residents of Marawi come home to almost nothing five months after the city's liberation, April 7, Saturday. Evacuees from the city are given a schedule of 3 days to retrieve whatever they can from their homes. Residents found their life's work either destroyed, burnt, or looted.

2 Christmases later, Marawi hostages wait in vain for Duterte's promises

Dec 25, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Mahirap ang buhay. Wala nga kami maihanda kagabi,' says Merlinda Obedencio. Her two children are among dozens of surviving Christian hostages from Marawi siege who regularly meet to draw strength from each other.

REHABILITATION. The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushes through on October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Future Bangsamoro gov’t urged to give Marawi a special focus

Dec 20, 2018 - 4:13 PM

In his last address as ARMM governor, Mujiv Hataman says the Bangsamoro government – if and when ratified – will have the power that the region doesn’t have to help Marawi residents significantly

FOCUS. Governor Mujiv Hataman says the Bangsamoro government should give Marawi City a special focus and help its war-devastated people to recover. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

LIVE: Congress joint session on martial law extension in Mindanao for 2019

Dec 12, 2018 - 9:15 AM

Watch live on Rappler as the Senate and the House of Representatives convene in a joint session to decide on President Duterte's request to extend martial law

Former Xavier University instructor found dead in Marawi

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:53 PM

Northern Mindanao Police spokesperson Superintendent Surki Sereñas says the family of Gexie Ray Ungab won't file a case 'because they are apparently under threat'

Gexie Ray Ungab

WATCH: Katarina Rodriguez features Marawi in Miss World 2018 video

Nov 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Katarina is one of the members of Project Become, a program for children

MISLEADING: P800,000 Yolanda vs P200,000 Marawi shelters

Nov 22, 2018 - 9:53 PM

The temporary shelters for typhoon Yolanda victims are divided into 12 units making it cheaper than the shelter for the displaced Marawi residents