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Fewer but deadlier conflicts in ARMM in 2017 – report

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:03 PM

A dramatic rise in the use of improvised explosive devices and shift to group-related attacks from individual attacks defined ARMM conflicts last year, according to the Conflict Alert 2018 report

A Marine Fire Support armored vehicle passes through the Mapandi district as it pulls out from the main battle area in Marawi City near Mapandi district. the Mapandi district is crucial to the military campaign to retake Marawi City from the IS-inspired Maute Group as this serves as the main supply route for the military. the military finally allowed the media after several request were turned down to see the Mapandi district. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Rain barrels ease water woes in Marawi relocation site

May 27, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government is stepping in to provide a permanent solution to water problems in Marawi City's temporary shelters

Government gives rain barrels to Marawi families in temporary shelters to help ease water problems. Photo taken by Bobby Lagsa on May 22, 2018

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

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Jan 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

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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

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

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

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

Jetlagged? Dela Rosa forgets PNP-suggested martial law time frame

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:11 PM

'Kararating ko lang. Hindi ko pa alam kung ilang years ba 'yung kwan,' the visibly fazed top cop tells reporters, when asked why he favored an extension of martial rule in Mindanao

HOW MANY YEARS? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa could not recall how long they recommended that martial law in Mindanao be extended. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte asks Congress for 1-year martial law extension

Dec 11, 2017 - 1:10 PM

The extension is needed for the 'total eradication' of ISIS-inspired terror groups and 'communist terrorists,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

Photo by Robinson Niñal/Presidential Photo

Duterte to ask Congress for 1-year martial law extension

Dec 10, 2017 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte once again wants martial law in Mindanao extended

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

Duterte still studying proposed extension of martial law in Mindanao

Dec 10, 2017 - 2:36 PM

Martial law is supposed to expire on December 31 but the military and the police submitted last week separate reports recommending its extension

MARTIAL LAW. File photo of police special forces inspecting vehicles at a checkpoint near the entrance to Marawi. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Minority senators oppose extension of martial law in Mindanao

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:36 PM

'As security forces reign supreme during martial law, would not military rule actually get in the way of a people-centered rebuilding and rehabilitating of the once vibrant city?' they ask

MARAWI CITY. Minority senators oppose the recommendation to extend martial law in Mindanao. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

P1-B livelihood aid allotted for Marawi siege victims – DSWD

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The livelihood assistance may be availed of via the agency’s Sustainable Livelihood Program

MARAWI CRISIS. Displaced residents line up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal Hall, Lanao del Sur. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PNP recommends to Duterte: One more year of martial law in Mindanao

Dec 07, 2017 - 11:29 AM

(UPDATED) The recommendation is based on two things: security and rehabilitation

MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. PNP recommends one more year of martial law in Mindanao

Marawi evacuees who lost homes will get free housing units – HUDCC

Dec 04, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairperson Eduardo del Rosario says there are companies pledging to give housing assistance to residents affected by the Marawi siege

Robredo eyes prosthetics-making course for wounded soldiers

Nov 30, 2017 - 2:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the course can serve as a livelihood opportunity for wounded soldiers who will no longer be able to return to service

HELPING HEROES. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech before wounded soldiers admitted at V Luna Medical Center. Screenshot by Rappler

Eyewitness to the Marawi siege

Nov 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM

May 23, 2017 starts as a normal day for residents living on Abu Musa al-Ashari Street in Marawi City. Little do they know their street will be the site of the city's biggest crisis.

GROUND ZERO. Residents of Abu Musa Al-ashari Street shared their stories on the day the Marawi siege began. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Group warns of revenge killings, rise in clan feuding in Marawi

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:30 AM

According to International Alert Philippines, gender-related violence and clan feuds are the 3rd biggest cause of conflict in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

AFTER MARAWI This screenshot shows the battle area in Marawi City. Screenshot from Rappler

Marawi rehab: 'Build communities resilient to threat of extremism'

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:45 PM

'Are they treating this simply as a matter of building, constructing infrastructure? I hope not,' says International Alert Philippines country manager Francisco Lara Jr

MARAWI CITY. This screenshot shows the battle area inside Marawi City. Screenshot from Rappler

From Yolanda to Marawi: What gov't must consider in rehabilitation

Nov 29, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Environmental planners discuss what went wrong in the post-Yolanda rehabilitation which can be avoided in the rebuilding of war-torn Marawi City

PH military on Amnesty Int'l report: Abusive soldiers will be disciplined

Nov 17, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The military remains committed to upholding international humanitarian law and protection of human rights, says AFP spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Gov't spent over P6 billion for Marawi crisis – DND

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:08 AM

During budget plenary deliberations in the Senate, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the Marawi crisis is a 'wake-up call' for government to improve the capabilities of the military

COST OF MARAWI. The Department of National Defense says the almost 5-month Marawi crisis has cost the government around P6.03 billion. File photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

Robredo visits Marawi, eyes livelihood programs for residents

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay will continue to help Marawi, which was among the beneficiary cities even before the war began

Vice President Leni Robredo visited the main battle area of the siege of Marawi City, to see the extent of the damage brought by the clashes there, on Thursday, November 16, 2017.   VPLR underscored the need for unity and convergence in helping the city in its rehabilitation phase. The OVP, along with partners from the private sector are looking to assist in this regard thru the Angat Buhay Anti Poverty program.   She was accompanied by Mayor Majul Gandamra and BGen. Roseller Murillo, Commander of the 1st Infantry Division of the AFP. (Photo by OVP)

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

Did terrorists escape? Firearms cache found in Lake Lanao

Nov 14, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Up to 30 firearms are recovered from Lake Lanao, and Task Group Ranao deputy commander Colonel Romeo Brawner says there could be more

I LOVE MARAWI. The final battle happened near Lake Lanao. Sourced photo

Trump congratulates PH military for Marawi liberation

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:23 PM

In his bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, US President Donald Trump also vowed assistance in rehabilitating Marawi and in fighting remaining terrorists in the country

FACE TO FACE. US President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

Marawi shows PH 'woefully inadequate' vs terrorism – Lorenzana

Nov 08, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Terrorism is among the top security concerns that ASEAN leaders are expected to discuss in regional meetings in Vietnam and the Philippines this week

URBAN WARFARE. Filipino troops are accustomed to jungle warfare. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

New ISIS emir? Lorenzana dismisses threat from Amin Baco

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The military on Sunday pounded Amin Baco's supposed hide out inside the main battle area in Marawi, where clashes with stragglers continue

MIDDLE LEVEL OPERATIVE. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana dismisses the capability of Malaysian terrorist Amin Baco, the supposed new emir of ISIS in Southeast Asia. File photo

Indonesian 'terrorist' killed his Maute-ISIS 'buddy' to escape – PNP

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:14 PM

'Ang unang ginawa niya, pinatay niya 'yung kan'yang buddy, para makalayas siya, at doon siya sa Lanao lake lumangoy, at nagtago for 3 hours,' says PNP chief Dela Rosa

ARRESTED. Indonesian Muhammad Ilham Syahputra is detained in Camp Crame, Quezon City after his capture in Marawi. PNP Photo

Omar Maute's Indonesian wife arrested in Iligan

Nov 05, 2017 - 7:20 PM

(UPDATED) Police also recover blasting caps, detonating cords, and a time fuse from the residence of Minhati Madrais

MAUTE WIFE. Region 10 police director Chief Supt Timoteo Pacleb presents to media Minhati Madrais Maute, the Indonesian wife of Omarkhayam Maute, after she was arrested in Iligan city on November 5, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler MAUTE WIFE. Region 10 police director Chief Supt Timoteo Pacleb presents to media Minhati Madrais Maute, the Indonesian wife of Omarkhayam Maute, after she was arrested in Iligan city on November 5, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

No timeline yet for capture of remaining Marawi stragglers

Nov 05, 2017 - 2:32 PM

The military is also still determining the actual number of enemy combatant stragglers

CLEARING OPERATIONS. Not all of Marawi is cleared as government troops still sweep the main battle areas for stragglers. Rapple file photo

Marawi still 'dangerous place' due to Maute stragglers

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:12 PM

The Philippine military, however, says the stragglers are only fighting for survival and pose no threat to Marawi's overall security

Marawi battle area. Rappler file photo

Trump's top security aide hails global cooperation in Marawi

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:54 AM

'We saw with the recent campaign in the Philippines in Mindanao and Marawi how important it is to work together,' says US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster

MARAWI WAR. The Philippine military fought urban warfare for 5 months against local armed groups linked with Islamic State. Rappler photo

Indonesian 'terrorist' nabbed in Marawi detained in Camp Crame

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:41 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 22-year-old Indonesian Muhammad Syahputra is detained in Camp Crame in Quezon City for inquest proceedings. Rebellion charges have been recommended.

CAPTURED. Syahputra is arrested by the police. PNP photo

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ATTACK. An investigator takes pictures with his phone near a pickup truck following an incident in New York on October 31, 2017.  Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Indonesian fighter arrested in Marawi

Nov 01, 2017 - 3:49 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine police say the 22-year-old Indonesian fighter told them that his group was involved in a 2016 suicide attack that killed 8 people in Jakarta and was claimed by ISIS

FIGHTER? The civilian Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) arrests an Indonesian national in Marawi. Sourced photo

Duterte brings top Marawi soldiers to Japan to 'unwind'

Nov 01, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The Philippine President brings along top commanders who served in Marawi 'for a respite'

ALCAIN1 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accorded with military honors upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City following a successful two-day visit to Japan on October 31, 2017. Accompanying the Preisdent is Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of Staff Rey Guerrero. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

6 soldiers charged for looting in Marawi

Nov 01, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Task Group Ranao deputy commander Colonel Romeo Brawner maintains the military does not tolerate looting and claims it's an isolated incident

BATTLE AREA. The war displaced almost all of Marawi City's 200,000 residents. Rappler photo

Duterte assigns housing chief Del Rosario as Marawi rehab 'COO'

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:04 AM

The President explains that all Secretaries are to report to HUDCC chief Eduardo Del Rosario in matters concerning Marawi, including financing concerns, but the Defense Department remains the 'overall' entity for rehab

IN RUINS. A mosque inside the main battle area in Marawi, October 2017. Rappler file photo

Undas 2017: PH military remembers Marawi heroes

Oct 31, 2017 - 5:12 PM

'Captain Sandoval left behind a wife who was anxiously waiting for a long overdue vacation abroad with her husband. She will instead stand vigil at the cemetery.'

SPECIAL FORCES. Harold Mark Juan is a member of the Army Special Forces

IN PHOTOS: Heroes’ welcome for PH Navy’s Marawi contingent

Oct 30, 2017 - 5:59 PM

The Marines fought fiercely to clear 3 critical bridges in the Marawi battle area, while the fleet patrolled Lake Lanao to make sure enemies could not escape and reinforcements were not able to go in

Fallen but not forgotten: The 4 SAF troopers killed in Marawi

Oct 30, 2017 - 11:46 AM

They are fathers, brothers, sons, friends, and as their comrades in the PNP know them, heroes

Overkill? Some locals question Marawi shelling

Oct 30, 2017 - 10:43 AM

Some local leaders wonder if its physical destruction – mostly from military aerial bombings – could have been avoided

SHELLED TO DESTRUCTION. This photo taken on October 25, 2017, shows bombed-out buildings inside of what was the main battle area in Marawi City. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Robredo urges Filipinos to remember Marawi heroes during Undas

Oct 29, 2017 - 4:55 PM

'Because of the fight for peace, they sacrificed their lives,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

WAR IS OVER. Soldiers celebrate as President Rodrigo Duterte says Marawi City is liberated from local terror groups. File photo by Bobbby Lagsa/Rappler

72 Marawi jail escapees still on the loose, says BJMP

Oct 29, 2017 - 7:02 AM

'We are urging them to surrender to the Philippine National Police or the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology for continuing detention,' BJMP spokesperson Senior Jail Inspector Xavier Solda says

MARAWI CITY JAIL. The city jail was the first casualty of the Marawi siege. Rappler file photo

PH military probes alleged beating of terrorist by soldiers in Marawi

Oct 27, 2017 - 3:09 PM

AFP spokesman Restituto Padilla says the military is supposed to treat its captives decently and respectfully

Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla announces that the government forces have already taken control of Marawi City during a press briefing at the New Executive Building, Malacañang Complex, Manila on May 29, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Manager of mall bazaar funding Maute Group arrested

Oct 27, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Cops arrested Rasdy Malawani alias 'Rasdi Macabangkit/Makabanket' for illegal possession of firearms

MAUTE FAMILY. Authorities arrest the manager of a mall bazaar which funded the Maute group. Rappler file photo

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Rappler Talk: Marawi after the war

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:27 AM

What's next for Marawi now that the war is over?