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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

Mom of Marine killed in Marawi tears up at memorial rites

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:05 PM

John Frederick Savellano, 29, is among the Marines remembered on the first year of the liberation of the now legendary Mapandi Bridge

PROUD PARENTS. The parents of the late Marine 1st Lieutenant John Frederick Savellano were recognized at a ceremony to remember the sacrifices of the Marines in liberating the Mapandi Bridge. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Chinese-led Bangon Marawi Consortium disqualified due to fund shortage

Jun 27, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Negotiations will commence with another Chinese group – Power Construction Corporation of China or PowerChina

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Jun 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

PH contests index showing it's 2nd least peaceful nation in region

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:15 AM

The index shows the Philippines as the second least peaceful country in Asia Pacific, next only to North Korea

HONORING THE DEAD. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads a wreathe-laying ceremony for soldiers killed in Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Newsbreak Chats: Calida contracts and other top stories for May 2018

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: One year since the Marawi siege and corruption scandals hounding Solicitor General Jose Calida, former Tourism Promotions Board chief Cesar Montano, and former PhilHealth Interim President Celestina De la Serna

Drug war, Marawi pull down PH in Global Peace Index

Jun 07, 2018 - 2:14 PM

The Philippines slides one place to 137th out of 163 countries in the 2018 Global Peace Index, and remains second to the last in the Asia Pacific, besting only North Korea

LESS PEACEFUL. The Global Peace Index recorded a drop in peacefulness in the Philippines in 2017 due to President Duterte's drug war and the Marawi siege.

‘Ang Misyon: A Marawi Siege Story’ review: Mixed meanings

Jun 01, 2018 - 8:26 PM

'Ang Misyon' is a jarring mess. It is a magnanimously motivated mistake

[OPINION] Through gunshots and fire, I survived

May 29, 2018 - 9:30 AM

It was a day of celebration for us. Or so we thought.

Remember the Marawi evacuees who tied the knot? They're pregnant!

May 26, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Jomar Saumay and wife Norinsha are among 40 Marawi families who continue to live in tents in Pantar town a year after the siege. They are making plans to find a better home after the baby comes out in June.

PREGNANT! Marawi tent dwellers Jomar Saumay and wife Norinsha are 8 months pregnant and expecting in June. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Residents to gov't planners: Build better Marawi for us

May 24, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'If they could improve our water system, sewerage system, and electricity – where our lights are not blinking – we would welcome that. But road expansions? We don’t need that. Our land is not for sale,' says Dr Potre Dirampatan-Diampuan

LIFE AFTER MARAWI. Faisa Riga gets emotional as she listens to fellow Maranao's experiences in the Marawi seige. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Marawi Siege anniversary, SWS survey, Roque on Duterte | Midday wRap

May 24, 2018 - 12:19 PM

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May 24, 2018 - 10:05 AM

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WEAVING HOPE. It's in the Sinagtala weaving center where women are able to escape and eventually, heal from the scars of the war. Photo courtesy of Sinagtala

Battle-scarred: Marawi structures that remind us of the war

May 23, 2018 - 2:34 PM

The siege of Marawi was triggered by a raid in a safe house in barangay Malutlut. The fighting moved towards Lake Lanao and, after 5 months, ended with the deaths of leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

Key sites during the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

ARMM Governor Hataman: We cannot afford another war in Marawi

May 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

'Marawi will rise again. It will rise with the renewed strength and courage of our people,' says ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman a year after the battle between government troops and terrorists reduced Marawi City to rubble

GRAND MOSQUE. Marawi's Grand Mosque  after the 5-month Marawi siege.  Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

May 22, 2018 - 11:25 PM

Marawi was a 'setback' for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon's faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a 'propaganda victory' for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Senate on BBL, Malacanang on Marawi rehab, Carpio and Del Rosario on Chinese bombers | Evening wRap

May 22, 2018 - 6:57 PM

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'Crazy hope' for missing kin in Philippines' Marawi

May 22, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Families of the scores still missing are the overlooked victims of the Philippines' deadliest confrontation with Islamists.

MISSING. In this photo taken on April 2, 2018, (L-R) Alma Tome, Evelyn Powao, and Melgie Powao, whose husbands are still missing one year after the Marawi siege, show photos of their husbands during an interview with AFP in Iligan city on the southern island of Mindanao. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Soldiers who fought in Marawi promoted one rank higher

May 22, 2018 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 641 soldiers earn the promotion nearly a year after war erupted in Marawi City

PROMOTED. Soldiers who fought in the war in Marawi are promoted one rank higher. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Rappler stories on Marawi, incest are finalists in prestigious SOPA Awards

May 16, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Rappler is a finalist in two categories of the Society of Publishers in Asia Awards: 'Excellence in Reporting on Women's Issues' and 'Excellence in Journalistic Innovation'

FINALIST. The Marawi team that worked on the VR/360 video, which earned a SOPA finalist nod. Photo from Rappler

PNP nabs alleged Maute Group sniper ahead of Marawi siege anniversary

May 08, 2018 - 12:33 PM

(UPDATED) Unday Macadato is arrested in Quezon City after Cubao locals reported him to the police

NABBED. Alleged Maute Group sniper Unday Macadato is presented in Camp Crame. PNP Photo

The house that saved Christians in Marawi

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) The house is where dozens of Christians were hidden from the local terrorist groups, protected by their Muslim employers. It was one of Rappler's most memorable stories during the siege.

Bishops visit Marawi church before demolition

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Saint Mary's Cathedral in Marawi was desecrated by local terrorist groups at the height of the siege in 2017

Photos courtesy of DUYOG MARAWI

Lone Palaro athlete from Marawi wants to play for UST tennis someday

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Even if he fled Marawi City during the months-long war, 13-year-old Prince Langitao continued playing the sport he loves. Now, he is eyeing gold at the Palarong Pambansa 2018.

PROUD MARANAO. Tennis player Prince Langitao, 13 years old, is the only Marawi athlete competing at Palarong Pambansa 2018. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ex-Marawi cop's new battle: Winning Miss PNP pageant

Apr 15, 2018 - 1:04 PM

'I want to promote my advocacy: counterterrorism,' says Police Officer 1 Cris Pastores, a policewoman once assigned to terror-stricken Marawi City

GANDA PULIS. Cris Pastores introduces herself to the media. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

A painful homecoming for Marawi evacuees

Apr 06, 2018 - 1:02 PM

'We were hoping for something better, but now the reality just hit us. This is really sad, but this is life,' says Muktar Usman Apon as he gathered scrap metal and other items in their destroyed home that they can sell to the junkyard

TEARFUL HOMECOMING. Haj Mohaymen Ampuan can only cry in despair as he sees his home for the first time since the Marawi war broke out on May 23, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Philippine Army celebrates 121st anniversary

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:37 AM

Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito Bautista, the ground commander during the Marawi siege, celebrates the heroism of his men during the 5-month battle with terrorists

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes a tour inside the Philippine Army (PA) Museum where artifacts and photos taken from the Marawi City seige were on exhibit on the sidelines of his attendance to the 121st Founding Anniversary of PA at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on March 20, 2018. Joining the President is PA Commander Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista. Malacañang Photo

Marawi priest Chito Soganub says captivity a ‘test of faith’

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The Catholic priest held hostage by the terrorist Maute Group for 116 days opens up during the launch of an initiative to help rebuild Marawi

TEST OF FAITH. Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub says in a press conference on March 23, 2018, that his life in captivity tested his 'spiritual sanity.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Governments crawling, ISIS sprinting on social media' – expert

Mar 18, 2018 - 2:29 PM

'The Islamic State has shrunk in the physical space, but in the cyberspace, it is still very capable,' says terrorism analyst Rohan Gunaratna on Rappler Talk

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.

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

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Feb 28, 2018 - 9:51 PM

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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

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

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:47 PM

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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

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

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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

[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

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

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

Kids, parents learn how to recognize Marawi bombs that didn't explode

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:30 PM

As Marawi residents head back home, they are taught how to recognize improvised explosive devices that the armed conflict left behind

Photo by Ana Santos/Rappler

Why security in the Middle East matters to Southeast Asia

Dec 10, 2017 - 9:54 AM

Southeast Asia must brace for the effects of Donald Trump's declaration on Jerusalem and the loss of territory of ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa – both of which may have dire consequences for the region

JERUSALEM CRISIS. A Palestinian Red Crescent member aids a protester injured during clashes between demonstrators and Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint, between Ramallah and Jerusalem on July 21, 2017. Photo by Abbas Momani/AFP

[OPINION] Respect for national proceedings?

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

If what Harry Roque means about 'national proceeding' is such national criminal proceeding against Duterte, the question is to be asked: is there or has there been such national criminal investigation against Duterte in the first place?

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

86 Marawi residents died in evacuation centers – DOH

Dec 08, 2017 - 12:02 PM

The Department of Health says among the common causes for the deaths from May to December are pneumonia, sepsis, cardiovascular diseases, and acute gastroenteritis

EVACUEES. An elderly Maranao woman sits on a corner in a dilapidated classroom that serves as their evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler