Rappler Talk: Rohan Gunaratna on global security, threats in Southeast Asia

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Maria Ressa talks to terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna

Her advocacy: Make no mom feel alone

Mar 12, 2018 - 7:09 AM

Nadine Gadia Casiño, founder of Modern Nanays of Mindanao, advocates for natural child care and supporting other mothers

MODERN NANAY. Breastfeeding advocate Nadine Gadia Casiño says a woman is neither defined by how well she cooks nor by how clean their home is – but by how she is different. Photo by Nadine Gadia Casiño.

WATCH: Christopher de Leon and daughter Mariel spearhead an outreach program in Marawi

Mar 08, 2018 - 5:32 PM

The father and daughter lead the distribution of basic goods in Bito Bua Bi Itoa

Robredo’s anti-poverty program to build shelters for Marawi residents

Mar 06, 2018 - 8:21 PM

The construction will be funded using the P7.4 million the Vice President's supporters previously raised to help pay for her fees in the electoral protest filed against her, which the SC did not allow

NEW VILLAGE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the Angat Buhay Village in Marawi City on March 6, 2018. All photos by OVP

IN PHOTOS: Australia, PH armies grow closer after Marawi

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:05 PM

The two armies hold the 3rd iteration of the Philippines-Australia Army to Army Exercise at the 10th Infantry Division headquarters in Compostela Valley

Australian Army trains with Philippine troopers March 5 2018. Photos courtesy of the Philippine Army 10ID

Alleged Maute subleader, member arrested in Manila

Mar 04, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Suspected Maute Group subleader Nasser Lomondot and member Rizasalam Lomondot are charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition as well as explosives

Cha-Cha proposal, Omidyar donates PDRs, DOLE eyes Middle East deployment ban | Evening wRap

Feb 28, 2018 - 9:51 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

U.S. tags 'ISIS-Philippines' as foreign terrorist group

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) The US State Department cites videos showing the late Abu Sayyaf Group leader Isnilon Hapilon and the leaders of the Maute Group pledging allegiance to ISIS

This file photo shows Filipino extremists who are allegedly linked to ISIS. File/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

China’s illegal entry in Benham Rise, Roque on People Power, Pimentel on Duterte-Carpio | Evening wRap

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:47 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

'Marawi part 2' possible in major Mindanao cities – Dela Rosa

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa calls for calm, saying cops will hold simulation exercises nationwide to prepare for terror attacks

MARAW PART 2? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks at a press conference in Camp Crame. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Another Marawi possible, MILF chief warns

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:23 PM

'This ISIS group continues to penetrate us because they are being displaced in the Middle East and they want to have another place,' Murad Ebrahim says. 'The chances of having another Marawi cannot be overruled.'

ANOTHER MARAWI? Murad Ebrahim, chairman of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), gestures as he speaks during a Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) forum in Manila on February 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

SC ruling: 'Martial law ad infinitum' and a 'tragic repeat of 1972'

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The SC majority says safeguards remain, and cites legal remedies for human rights like writs of amparo and habeas data

AD INFINITUM? Petitioner-lawyer Edre Olalia says the Supreme Court empowers President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a martial law 'ad infinitum' making his judgment 'absolute.'

SC upholds constitutionality of martial law re-extension to 2018

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:38 PM

(5th UPDATE) The Supreme Court votes 10-5 after oral arguments in January, where petitioners tried to argue that the 1987 Constitution does not provide any legal basis for a re-extension

Supreme Court justices led by SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Maranao leader to Duterte: Don't rub salt on our deep wounds

Feb 01, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Former Bangsamoro Transition Commissioner Samira Gutoc-Tomawis: 'Though defense is a power by the President/Commander-in-Chief holding the AFP, the civilian sentiments must be reminded as per the constitution's emphasis on civilian authority over military'

Lumads joining the protest in front of the US Embassy. File photo.

Duterte tells Lumad leaders to prepare for relocation

Feb 01, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The Lumad will be relocated to temporary shelters that will be modeled after those units the government built in Lanao del Sur for the evacuees from the war-torn Marawi City, the President says

Ayala turns over new drug rehab center to Marawi LGU

Jan 31, 2018 - 1:31 PM

The P30-million Siyapen Center is the first community-based drug rehabilitation center in the ARMM

SIYAPEN CENTER. A new drug rehabilitation center in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Gov't to compensate Marawi residents booted out of military land

Jan 31, 2018 - 12:07 PM

This comes as President Rodrigo Duterte leads the groundbreaking of a new military camp in Marawi City

IN MARAWI. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the site inspection of the Bahay Pag-asa Phase 2 at Brgy. Mipaga in Marawi City, January 30, 2018. Malacanang photo

LOOK: Piolo Pascual visits Marawi

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Piolo is joined by director Joyce Bernal

PIOLO PASCUAL. The actor visits the war-torn city. Screengrab from

WATCH: Marawi soldier takes battle footage with GoPro from Anne Curtis

Jan 17, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The camera was part of a care package the actress sent to him after she met him while training for 'Buy Bust'

SALUTE. Anne Curtis salutes First Lieutenant Bala Tamayo, who borrowed her GoPro to take footage of the Marawi Battle. Screengrab from

LOOK: Marawi bishop visits destroyed cathedral for 1st time

Jan 14, 2018 - 7:36 AM

'It was heartbreaking,' Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña says

HEARTBREAKING VISIT. Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña visits the destroyed Marawi Cathedral for the first time since the Marawi siege. All photos courtesy of ACN

Marawi rehab: The work ahead

Jan 12, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Task Force Bangon Marawi Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario says it may take 4 years to completely rehabilitate the war-torn city

GHOST TOWN. A once busy street littered with war debris. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Malacañang says liberation of Marawi boosted Duterte’s trust rating

Jan 12, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Malacañang also cites the 'growing' economy as another factor in President Rodrigo Duterte's 'excellent' trust rating

HEROES' WELCOME. PNP-SAF members get a heroes' welcome in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 25, 2017, more than a week after Marawi is declared liberated from terrorist influence. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 10, 2018

Jan 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

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

After more than 22 hours the image of the Black Nazarene returns to Quiapo Church

Gov't death toll in Marawi siege rises to 168

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The latest confirmed fatality is Philippine Marine Private Alejandro Balean, who went missing during the fierce battle over the Mapandi Bridge on June 9, 2017

SECTORS. The Philippine Marines were deployed to clear the area on both sides of Agus River. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

U.S. aid for Marawi rehab reaches more than P1B

Jan 09, 2018 - 7:38 PM

The additional P330 million will be used to provide livelihood trainings and opportunities for young people

LIFE IN AN EVACUATION CENTER. A Maranao child cuts open an icepop with a knife inside a dilapidated classroom that serves as their evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, neighbouring province of Marawi. The lack of water and sanitation facilities adds to their burden as they try to cope with life in crowded evacuation centers. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

End martial law? Lorenzana warns vs another Marawi

Jan 08, 2018 - 4:58 PM

(UPDATED) 'There is rebellion in Mindanao. Until the rebellion is quelled, there is reason to extend Martial Law and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus,' Solicitor General Jose Calida tells the Supreme Court

CONTINUING REBELLION. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the government is preparing to defend the extension of martial law before the Supreme Court

Military engineers clear 30% of Marawi areas from IEDs, explosives

Dec 30, 2017 - 4:48 PM

Over 500 AFP engineers are in Marawi to clear the city of explosive devices and pave the way for rehabilitation efforts to commence

PROGRESS. The AFP says 30% of 'most affected areas' in Marawi City are cleared of explosives. File photo

[WATCH] 20 stories in 2017: War, impunity, and disinformation

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The war on drugs, the Marawi siege, the ASEAN Summit, and global disinformation gripped the nation this year. Rappler’s yearender video takes you through 20 of 2017's top stories

UN ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Vinta-hit Mindanao

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 140,000 Vinta victims are expected to welcome the new year homeless

RAPID ASSESSMENT. Humanitarian workers from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, conduct rapid assessments in Lanao del Sur towns that were hit by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin).  Photos by J. Pangalian/UNHCR

Duterte 'from one sorrow to another' as 2017 comes to a close

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:30 PM

'Subukan lang ho namin to fast track everything. You can be very sure of that,' Duterte tells all those affected by tragedies and calamities

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte consoles the relatives of one of the victims who were trapped inside the NCCC Mall Davao upon hearing the news that their loved ones may have zero chance of survival as the fire inside the mall continues to rage as of dawn of December 24, 2017. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gov't turns over 500 houses to Marawi residents

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:06 PM

Officials also report on the ongoing efforts to bring back livelihood and jobs in Marawi City

NHA photo

Watch: Coke Studio Artists and teens unite to bring music back to Marawi

Dec 26, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Marawi’s streets have always been filled with vibrant music, but since the war, the city has been silent. Volunteers sought to change that

First a war, then a storm: Marawi evacuees' tents ravaged by Vinta

Dec 24, 2017 - 7:17 PM

Typhoon Vinta damages tents of some Marawi evacuees, forcing them to take shelter in other structures

Robredo asks Filipinos to remember Marawi residents this Christmas

Dec 24, 2017 - 3:54 PM

'Alalahanin natin ang mga kapatid nating nasa Marawi. Nagsisimula pa lamang silang bumangon mula sa gulo ng hidwaang naganap ngayong taon,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. In her Christmas message, Vice President Leni Robredo asks Filipinos to remember residents who were affected by the months-long siege in Marawi City. Screenshot from VP Leni Robredo's Facebook page

Malacañang defends 'unpopular' martial law

Dec 23, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reiterates the supposed need to extend martial law to allow the military to address the remnants of ISIS-inspired groups

DISPLACED. Many Marawi residents are still unable to go back to their homes as the military continues to limit access to Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte to turn over 600 temporary shelters on December 27

Dec 23, 2017 - 5:24 PM

'The President wants every temporary shelter equipped with light and water for the families to live comfortably even if it is just a temporary shelter,' says NHA general manager Marcelino Escalada Jr

Marawi City, Lanao del Sur under state of calamity due to Vinta

Dec 23, 2017 - 12:27 PM

This will expedite the humanitarian efforts being undertaken by the local government to respond effectively to the crisis that Vinta has created

SUBMERGED. Several houses in Bubong, Lanao del Sur are under floodwaters due to Vinta. Photo provided by ARMM Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong

How a peaceful community in Marawi thrives

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:15 AM

Marawi residents directly affected by the war continue to thrive

LOOK: A time to give hope as Marawi City gets back on its feet

Dec 22, 2017 - 8:20 PM

UNHCR advocate Atom Araullo joins the UN Refugee Agency in a visit to a community that was affected by the Marawi crisis. Here are some photos from their humanitarian mission.

RESILIENCE. UNHCR Advocate and broadcast journalist Atom Araullo shares a light moment with Moreg Sarakan, a 100-year-old Maranao woman who fled Marawi when fighting erupted in May 2017. Araullo first met the grandmother at the Buru-un Evacuation Center in July. He returned to the camp this December to visit her. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/UNHCR   RESILIENCE. UNHCR Advocate and broadcast journalist Atom Araullo shares a light moment with Moreg Sarakan, a 100-year-old Maranao woman who fled Marawi when fighting erupted last May. Araullo first met the grandmother at the Buru-un Evacuation Center last July. He returned to the camp this December to visit her. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/UNHCR

Napocor asked to open Agus 1 gates, ease flooding in Lanao del Sur

Dec 22, 2017 - 1:14 PM

The Agus 1 hydroelectric power plant controls the flow of water from Lake Lanao to Agus River, which flows through provinces in Lanao Del Sur and Lanao Del Norte

MASSIVE FLOODING. Parts of Bubong town in Lanao Del Sur are submerged in floodwaters. Photo courtesy of ARMM Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong

WATCH: The Marawi war hero who received a Medal of Valor

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:09 AM

The Philippine Medal of Valor is the country’s highest military honor for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty

Duterte: Remember Marawi heroes, displaced residents this Christmas

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:00 AM

'Let us pause and remember our countrymen who have lost their lives fighting for the integrity of our country, and for those who lost their homes and loved ones in the recent war,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his Christmas message

FAST FACTS: List of Medal of Valor awardees and their privileges

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Marawi hero Army Captain Rommel Sandoval is the latest recipient of Medal of Valor. He is only the 41st to receive the award since 1935.

Most coveted Medal of Valor goes to Scout Ranger slain in Marawi

Dec 20, 2017 - 12:19 PM

(UPDATED) The late Captain Rommel Sandoval, 38, died to save one of his soldiers in the Marawi siege

LOVE FOR COUNTRY. Captain Sandoval was a member of the PMA Class 2005. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler    LOVE FOR COUNTRY. Captain Sandoval was a member of the PMA Class 2005. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Tagle leads Simbang Gabi, hits discrimination vs Muslims

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:06 AM

'Walang magandang nadudulot ang pagsisiraan na nauuwi sa pagkakahati-hati,' Cardinal Tagle says on the first Simbang Gabi this year

SIMBANG GABI. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the homily on the first Simbang Gabi on December 16, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CHR: Address human rights violations under martial law in Mindanao

Dec 15, 2017 - 1:16 PM

The Commission on Human Rights still believes that there is no need for martial law to address threats of terrorism and lawless violence

Marawi residents crying for justice fear extended martial law

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:28 PM

The absence of cases of human rights violations does not vouch for the military’s good record in Marawi. It speaks of people’s fear to come forward, says resident Samira Gutoc.

At Brigada Eskwela, Briones promises Marawi kids that schools will be fixed

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:45 PM

'We should never, never, never make children weep....Our duty and obligation, [as a] government in this world, is to make them happy now, is to give them all the opportunities for learning, whatever backgrounds we have,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones