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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

Negros Occidental honors Marawi soldiers

Nov 04, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Some 81 soldiers of the 31st Division Reconnaissance Company of the 3rd Infantry Division based in Capiz are honored at the provincial capitol grounds

HEROES' PARTY. Some soldiers based in Negros Island are honored on November 3, 2017, in rites held at the Provincial Capitol grounds in Bacolod City. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

WATCH: First batch of Marawi soldiers come home

Oct 20, 2017 - 6:24 PM

They were the first in when clashes broke out in May

Displaced 95-year-old person with disabilities sells potatoes to support family

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:13 PM

People who have met Datu Mangontra Sultan do not see him as a person with disabilities and an internally displaced person, but as a strong and committed individual who wants to continue providing for his family

CAPABLE. Datu Mangontra Sultan, 95 years old, works hard despite his old age and disabilities. Photo by Jamilia Taha

U.S. hails AFP for killing Isnilon Hapilon, Omar Maute

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:13 PM

'The U.S. is proud to support the AFP's counterterrorism efforts in Mindanao,' embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina says

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

AFP, Duterte and Trump, neutron stars | Midday wRap

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:39 PM

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WATCH: Troops show Duterte how to build Marawi shelter in 10 minutes

Oct 03, 2017 - 7:39 PM

On President Duterte's sixth visit in Marawi, the troops show him how to build a house in 10 minutes

MARAWI SHELTER. Troops will build this temporary shelter for 50 families displaced by the war. Rappler photo

Cuy on Duterte, Maute, Hurricane Irma | Evening wRap

Sep 08, 2017 - 7:57 PM

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Troops retake 2nd bridge in Marawi, 3 soldiers killed

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED Three soldiers are killed and 52 others are wounded as troops push forward against local terrorists to end the war that has dragged on for over 3 months

MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Military opens Mapandi bridge to media amid heavy fighting in Marawi

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The Mapandi Bridge is one of 3 bridges that separate the so called safe zone and the battle area It is the military’s main supply route

PASSING THROUGH. A military ambulance speeds past the Mapandi Bridge which is covered with laminated sacks to prevent the IS-inspired Maute Group from getting visual intelligence on the movement of troops. the Mapandi bridge is witness to some of the bloodiest battles at the on-going Marawi siege which started on May 22, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte: Military can bomb Marawi mosques with terrorists, hostages

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:35 PM

After earlier asking the military to wait it out President Rodrigo Duterte now says they have the option to bomb the remaining hideouts of terrorists even if these also hold hostages

Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

All-women military, police contingent deployed to assist in Marawi

Aug 29, 2017 - 4:03 PM

The 102 women in uniform – 62 from the army and 40 from the police – will provide psychosocial support to internally displaced persons across Lanao del Norte and and Lanao del Sur

WOMEN POWER.  Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, chief of the AFP Western Mindanao Command, talks to the all-women team on their important mission upon their arrival at the Laguindingan Airport on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The week in photos: August 19-25, 2017

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:22 AM

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

GOOD FOR 3RD. Kaitlin de Guzman scored 12.3 to clinch the bronze medal in beam event of women's artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th SEA Games on August 22, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by PSC-POC Media

Duterte returns to Marawi as clashes enter 4th month

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte makes his 3rd visit to Marawi City after troops regained a key terrorist stronghold – one of the mosques inside the battle zone

Accompanying the President are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. Malacañan Photo

There will be a valor awardee from Marawi – Duterte

Aug 07, 2017 - 8:00 AM

President Duterte promises to give the awardee one of his most special guns – a model used by the US Marines – that may be used even under water

VALOR. The Medal for Valor was last awarded in 2013, posthumously, to the late Private First Class Ian Pacquit. Rappler file photo

Duterte on Aquino 'belittling' drug war: Masakit naman 'yan

Aug 05, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Hindi maganda yang sabihin niya walang nangyari At the cost of so many lives walang nangyari? President Rodrigo Duterte says during his second visit to a military camp in Marawi City

Duterte in Marawi: Never allow terrorists' ideology to spread

Aug 05, 2017 - 9:42 AM

With the war entering the critical stage Duterte hopes for less heartaches and that the government troops can clean up Marawi City and get rid of the terrorists

PH military chief Año visits Marawi's main battle zone

Aug 02, 2017 - 6:25 PM

UPDATED General Eduardo Año visits troops stationed only 300 meters away from the most forward position of the military in the conflict hit area

MAIN BATTLE AREA. AFP chief General Eduardo Año visits the main battle area in Marawi City. All photos from JTF Marawi

Death toll among local terrorists in Marawi passes 500 – military

Aug 01, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The war continues to rage in the city s commercial district Banggolo and adjacent barangays Raya Madaya and Marinaut

MARAWI SIEGE. Marawi City attacked by suspected ISIS inspired militants belonging to the Maute group on May 23, 2017. Photo from @RickoDima

Opium of the people in Marawi

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM

In this day and age extremism religious or otherwise has become the new opium of the people an addiction to the promise of paradise and its ultimate high is the assurance of going to heaven as a reward for martyrdom

PH Air Force gets weapons from U.S.

Jul 29, 2017 - 10:39 AM

The munitions and weapons will enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities and directly support AFP members actively engaged in counterterrorism operations in the southern Philippines including Marawi the US embassy says

US SUPPORT. Members the US and Philippine armies unload and inspect a delivery of  rockets from the US to the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Clark Air Base, Pampanga. Photo from the US Embassy

Gov't to build 1,000 temporary homes for Marawi evacuees

Jul 27, 2017 - 2:01 PM

UPDATED Housing chief Eduardo del Rosario says the primary objective is to decongest evacuation centers

9 soldiers killed, 41 wounded in bloodbath in Marawi

Jul 23, 2017 - 10:39 PM

UPDATED The casualties are recorded on Saturday July 22 from several incidents in the battle zone

MARAWI CLASHES. File photo of Army soldiers stand watch as they hold their position near the shoreline of Lake Lanao in Marawi City on Thursday, June 22,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler MARAWI CLASHES. File photo of Army soldiers stand watch as they hold their position near the shoreline of Lake Lanao in Marawi City on Thursday, June 22,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Robredo wants gov’t attention on martial law abuse claims

Jul 23, 2017 - 11:39 AM

With the 5 month extension of martial law in Mindanao safeguards should be put in place to deter human rights violations says Vice President Leni Robredo

VISIT. Bangsamoro women visits Vice President Leni Robredo to raise their concerns on the crisis in Marawi City. Photo by Office of the Vice President

Soldier's death in Marawi prompts family to leave Mindanao

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:56 PM

Sergeant Antonio Pareja who was killed in a military airstrike in Marawi is buried in his wife s home province the new home of his family

HERO'S WELCOME. Army Sergeant Antonio Pareja is given a hero's welcome in Legazpi City, Albay on July 20, 2017. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Duterte finally visits Marawi

Jul 20, 2017 - 5:24 PM

3RD UPDATE President Rodrigo Duterte visits the war torn city on the 9th week of clashes between government troops and local terrorists

MARAWI VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the headquarters of the 103rd Brigade in Marawi City on July 20, 2017. Photo from Malacañang Photo

P30 million allocated for emergency jobs for Marawi victims

Jul 19, 2017 - 4:16 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment provides work for those displaced by the Marawi conflict For 30 days they will receive a daily minimum wage of P300

DISPLACED. Internally displaced persons in an evacuation center in Lanao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

AFP chief: 5-month martial law extension 'enough'

Jul 18, 2017 - 5:41 PM

General Eduardo Año supports President Rodrigo Duterte s recommendation for a 5 month extension of martial law

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Opposition lawmakers hit Duterte's 'whimsical' martial law request

Jul 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

But Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says Congress will probably grant the President s request to extend martial law citing a survey that says majority of Filipinos support the original proclamation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauds the men and women of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) who have continued to serve the country in his speech during the PAF's 70th Anniversary celebration at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on July 4, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants martial law extended till December

Jul 18, 2017 - 12:24 PM

UPDATED The President wants martial law over the entire Mindanao extended for 5 more months

Duterte asks lawmakers for 60-day martial law extension

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED The President also asks the Senate and the House to hold a special session to tackle his request This session will be on Saturday July 22

DUTERTE ALLIES. Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III (left) and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (right) look at President Rodrigo Duterte during a press conference on March 13. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Marawi women's tale: We want to go home, but our homes are destroyed

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Two young mothers from Marawi recall the moment they fled the fighting and how they are coping with life in evacuation centers

Lawmakers to OK martial law extension if Duterte asks – House leaders

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Deputy Speakers Fredenil Castro and Gwen Garcia make the statement ahead of the meeting of administration allied legislators with the President on Monday evening July 17

DUTERTE ALLIES. Representatives Dakila Cua, Gwen Garcia, and Fredenil Castro hold a press conference on July 17. Photo from the House of Representatives

PNP asks Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao

Jul 17, 2017 - 11:15 AM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says the police want an extension of martial law because they ve yet to capture all alleged narco politicians with ties to the Maute Group

Lorenzana submits martial law recommendation to Duterte

Jul 16, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declines to disclose his recommendation so as not to preempt President Rodrigo Duterte

MARTIAL LAW. Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana says he has submitted his martial law recommendation to the Office of the President. Rappler file photo

MSU Marawi students graduate away from home

Jul 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The graduates of Mindanao State University Main Campus receive their hard earned diplomas away from their own campus as fighting rages in Marawi

HISTORIC. There are at least 2,000 graduates of the Mindanao State Univeristy - Main Campus for 2017. Photo courtesy of Junaina Sharief

Aklan town mourns death of Marine sniper in Marawi siege

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Marine Sergeant Brian Tamboon s family will receive financial assistance from the municipal government of Malay the hero soldier s hometown

PNP, AFP mull reducing scope of martial law

Jul 13, 2017 - 2:31 PM

The AFP and PNP are set to submit their position paper asking for an extension of martial law

MARAWI SEIGE. Philippine Marines pass through Barangay Saduc, Marawi City on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Troops retrieve remains of civilians allegedly executed in Marawi

Jul 13, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The discovery of the remains puts the total number of slain civilians at 45 as of Thursday July 13

EXECUTED. The military retrieves skeletal remains of civilians believed to be executed by homegrown terrorists groups in Marawi. Photo from the military

Military air strike kills more soldiers in Marawi

Jul 12, 2017 - 8:08 PM

UPDATED Two soldiers are killed and 11 wounded as another military air strike goes wrong in Marawi City where the crisis is now on its 8th week

Marines from the 7th Marine Company as they operates against extremist Maute Group on Friday, June 9, 2017. The marines are pushing forward across Mapandi Bridge when a heavy encounter caused the lives of 13 Marines friday night. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

WATCH: Soldier composes song for conflict-torn Marawi

Jul 12, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Sergeant Ronie Halasan calls on Marawi City and the rest of the country to unite and work towards peace

Majority back Mindanao martial law, but reject expansion – SWS poll

Jul 11, 2017 - 8:45 PM

UPDATED While 57 of Filipinos support martial law in Mindanao majority also oppose expanding the declaration to the Visayas and Luzon

DUTERTE. A new survey says most Filipinos support the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, but not its nationwide expansion. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Marawi death toll tops 500

Jul 10, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The AFP says 379 terrorists 89 soldiers and policemen and 39 civilians have been killed as of Sunday July 9 bringing the death toll to 507

CLASHES CONTINUE. An army soldiers checks on his fellow soldiers over radio as he holds his post inside Marawi City on Thursday, June 22, 2017. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Lawmakers slam Alvarez's proposal to extend martial law to 2022

Jul 10, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman says any extension shall be upon the initiative of the President

ANTI-MARTIAL LAW. Representatives Antonio Tinio, Edcel Lagman, and Carlos Zarate all filed petitions against the Mindanao martial law, but they were thumbed down by the SC. File photos by Rappler

Top defense officials briefed, assess battle in Marawi

Jul 09, 2017 - 7:40 PM

The officials and ground commanders assess enemy strengths and weaknesses and how the military can adjust to these observations

TACTICAL OPERATIONS BRIEFING. AFP chief General Eduardo Año (center) visits Marawi alongside other top defense officials to discuss the situation with ground commanders. Photo courtesy of PAO AFP

Alvarez wants martial law in Mindanao until 2022

Jul 09, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Five months or one year or two years is too short according to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

DUTERTE ALLY. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez thinks martial law in Mindanao should last until 2022. Rappler file photo

Martial law narrative out of context, far-fetched – Leonen

Jul 09, 2017 - 4:00 PM

There is no rebellion that justifies martial law There is terrorism that requires more thoughtful action says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, June 3- July 9, 2017

Jul 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

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Soldiers in Bicol raise funds for Marawi evacuees

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:04 AM

Members of the military in Bicol who spearheaded the donation drive thank Bicolanos for helping Marawi City

AID FOR MARAWI. Bicolano soldiers led by Capt Ronnie Madrinan of the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division stand in front of the trucks containing relief goods for Marawi evacuees. Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Air strikes target high-rise snipers in Marawi

Jul 08, 2017 - 6:23 PM

Snipers in high rise buildings are the main problem facing Philippine forces battling to crush pro Islamic State fighters in Marawi

Soldiers walk past Islamic State (IS) group graffiti in Marawi on on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP