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Ship crew use hot water to foil pirate attack off Basilan

Feb 17, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The Western Mindanao Command says it received distress calls from the Presidential Management Staff and other government agencies seeking assistance for a cargo vessel that was under pirate attack in Basilan waters

SEAJACKING ATTEMPT. The MV Kudos survives a seajacking attempt on February 16, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom)

BBL should ensure wise fiscal spending in Bangsamoro – Dominguez

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:05 PM

'A lot of this you have to understand needs the acceptance of the public outside of the area. Because taxes from Luzon, Visayas will be provided here and if the people do not agree that this money is being spent correctly, then we will have a problem.'

Senate Hearing BBL 11th Session February 13 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hundreds of passengers stranded in Visayas and Mindanao due to Basyang

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Ports in Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Northern Mindanao, and Caraga are affected

SC martial law ruling 'enables rise of an emboldened authoritarian' – Leonen

Feb 10, 2018 - 6:10 PM

'The majority’s decision in this case aligns us towards the same dangerous path. It erodes this Court’s role as our society’s legal conscience,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

MARCOS REINCARNATION. Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said the Supreme Court's majority ruling on the martial law re-extension is a reincarnation of the past rulings which were 'complicit in the suffering of our people' during the Marcos era.

NPA conflict may be used as ground for 'perpetual martial law'

Feb 10, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'This precedent dangerously suggests a perpetual violation of people's constitutional rights,' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa in his dissenting opinion on the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao

DISSENTING OPINION. Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa says his colleagues' decision set a dangerous precedent towarda a perpetual martial law.

Another Lumad leader 'shot to death' in Surigao del Norte

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:34 AM

Dakula Guillermo Tiambong, who had met with President Rodrigo Duterte in a Lumad summit, was killed by suspected members of the NPA, says the military

Ata leaders warn NPA of tribal war

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Datu Roel Arthur Ali, chairman of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development (STCPD), says Lumad leaders are clamoring for a pangayaw – a local term for tribal war, after the death of Datu Banandjao Mampaundag and his son

DATU ROEL ALI. President Rodrigo Duterte greets Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development Chair Datu Roel Ali and Mindanao IP Council for Peace and Development Chair Datu Joel Unad at the Indigenous Peoples Leaders' Summit in Davao City. Malacañang file photo

Top political family of Sulu wary of BBL, wants opt-out provision

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and some senators are lukewarm to the 'difficult' and complicated idea

Senate BBL Hearing in Jolo on February 8, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

HRW calls for end to 'government abuses' in indigenous communities

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:35 PM

'Government plans to improve the lives of the Lumad are unlikely to succeed so long as indigenous communities live in fear of violence, exploitation, and abuse,' says Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde

JUSTICE SOUGHT. Indigenous people and religious leaders join a rally to call for justice for the murdered Lumad leaders in Mindanao. File photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Hundreds of ex-rebels in Mindanao flown to Manila

Feb 06, 2018 - 8:18 PM

On board a Philippine C-130, some 217 ex-members of the New People’s Army depart Davao City for Manila, where they will be toured around Intramuros, Malacañang, and other historic spots in the Northern Philippines

AWAKEN NATIONALISM. The military says these former NPA fighters will take an educational tour in the capital of Manila, to show them that Communism no longer holds relevance in post-revolution Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Eastern Mindanao Command

Lagman on martial law re-extension: 'SC justices can be supreme even in error'

Feb 06, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The lawmaker says the SC's decision could 'embolden' Duterte in 'flaunting the rule of law because he can seek refuge behind the robes of majority of the Supreme Court justices'

ANTI-ML EXTENSION. Edcel Lagman, a member of the House opposition, insists the re-extension of martial law in Mindanao is not justified. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

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

Quality of PH democracy 'adversely affected' under Duterte – report

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index 2017 also says President Rodrigo Duterte's continued attacks on media have worsened the press freedom situation in the Philippines

Comelec suspends barangay, SK polls in Marawi

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in the rest of Mindanao 'will push through as scheduled,' says Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez

EXPLAINER: Not all projects are eligible for a Swiss challenge

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The Philippine president prefers a Swiss challenge for government projects, but the law says not all deals are eligible for that mode of implementation

SWISS CHALLENGE. Swiss challenge is when the government invites private groups to make competing offers, while giving the original proponent the right to match them. File photo

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, January 22-28, 2018

Jan 28, 2018 - 12:55 PM

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RED HOT. A lava fountain at the crater of Mayon Volcano in the early hours of January 23, 2018. Photo courtesy Phivolcs

Duterte to probe mining, banana firms: Paying NPA taxes is money laundering

Jan 27, 2018 - 10:11 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to close down companies that have continued paying revolutionary taxes to communist guerillas even after his warning

PEACE? Banana exports have previously asked the government to continue peace negotiations with the communists to protect businesses from extortionist activities. File photo of a plantation in Tagum, Davao del Norte, by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Duterte to Moro people: Give government a chance

Jan 27, 2018 - 1:43 AM

The President is wary the Moro people will take up arms again if Congress does not approve the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), a piece of a legislative proposal that would expand the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

DUTERTE AND THE BBL. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Davao International Airport in Davao City after participating in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India Commemorative Summit and India’s Republic Day in New Delhi on January 26, 2018. Screen shot from Faceboook livestream.

UP marine scientists cite benefits of research with China

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) Amid concerns raised by some sectors over Benham Rise, the UP Marine Science Institute clarifies the collaboration with China is part of a long-running international undertaking

Calida: Nothing can stop Duterte, Congress from further extending martial law

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:09 PM

‘The issue is a political question that judicial review cannot delve into,’ says Solicitor General Jose Calida

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Proposed BBL under Duterte is constitutional – transition commission

Jan 23, 2018 - 6:40 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr fears the conflict in Mindanao would worsen if the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is not passed

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with officials of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) at the Malacañan Palace on September 14, 2017. Present in the meeting are BTC officials including Chair Ghazali Jaafar, Haron Abas, Ibrahim Ali, Hussin Amin, Susana Anayatin, Maisara Damdamun-Latiph, Hatimil Hassan, Raissa Jajurie Gafur Kanain, Jose Lorena, Mussolini Lidasan, Abdulraof Macaua, Hussein Muñoz, Romeo Saliga, Omar Sema Said Shiek Ammal Solaiman and Timuay Ulama. Joining the BTC are the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Implementing Panel led by Mohaqher Iqbal and composed of Abhoud Syed Lingga, Abdulla Camlian, Marjanie Macasalong, Hadji Estino, Jun Mantawil, Mohajirin Ali and Eddie Alih. Accompanying the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Government of the Philippines (GPH) Peace Panel Chair Nabil Tan, GPH Peace Panel members Diosita Andot, Dickson Hermoso and Ronald Asuncion; Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Davao City First District Representative Karlo Nograles, House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

3 NPA fighters, 1 soldier killed in Cotabato town clash

Jan 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) Makilala Mayor Rody Caoagdan says his office has sent a team to rescue people who may have been injured as they were caught in the crossfire

Duterte meets with NDF regional spokesperson who surrendered

Jan 22, 2018 - 12:20 AM

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza says Noel Legaspi and his wife received assistance to 'start a new life'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with the two rebel returnees from the New People's Army who were presented to the President at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on January 20, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MinDA to ask BSP to craft Islamic finance policy

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:17 PM

The policy team of Mindanao Development Authority is studying what existing polices are available in the banking system to 'enable' Islamic finance

Graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

AFP lists 5 people who could be next ISIS emir in SE Asia

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Defense and security officials appear before Supreme Court justices to defend the second extension of martial law in Mindanao

'THIS FLAG IS NOTHING.' The Philippine Marines recover Islamic State black flags and high-powered firearms from the Maute Group in Marawi City. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

SC’s Bersamin pushes for broader criteria to declare martial law

Jan 16, 2018 - 7:44 PM

Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin tells Christian Monsod, a drafter of the 1987 Constitution, that current version of the constitution has been ‘emasculated’

MARTIAL LAW. Supreme Court Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin says the 1987 Constitution is not enough to address present-day threats to the safety of Filipinos. Photo from the Supreme Court

Leonen: Why no intel given to Congress during martial law deliberations?

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Hearing oral arguments on martial law's extension, the Supreme Court associate justice says Malacañang cited threats from a minor operative of a terrorist group

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman along with other petitioners attend 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

SC sets new round of oral arguments on martial law

Jan 16, 2018 - 4:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The oral arguments will be held on January 16 and 17

Justices of the Supreme Court led by chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the first oral argument on the petition to lift the martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court in Manila on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC orders DND, AFP, PNP chiefs to attend martial law oral arguments

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Military chief General Rey Leonardo Guerrero attends the first day of the oral arguments on petitions against the extension of martial law in Mindanao

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

2018 best time to pass Bangsamoro Basic Law – MILF

Jan 14, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front also cautions against making changes in the proposed measure that are not consistent with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro

Calida to SC: Martial law extension has 'factual basis'

Jan 14, 2018 - 12:44 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida says the liberation of Marawi did not signal the end of rebellion in Mindanao

FACT. Solicitor General Jose Calida argued the extension of Martial Law has factual basis as rebellion in Mindanao still exists. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘Do you wish Gigi Reyes to be freed?’ and other questions for Enrile

Jan 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Not seen as often in public, reporters at the Sandiganbayan ask former senator Juan Ponce Enrile about martial law in Mindanao, his secret to staying strong at 93, and whether he wants freedom for former aide Gigi Reyes

DUO. Marcos-time executives Juan Ponce Enrile and Estelito Mendoza attend a hearing at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on January 12, 2018, where the former is facing plunder charges over the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Comelec eyes postponing barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

Jan 12, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Election is considering another postponement in Mindanao after Congress extended martial law in the island group to the end of 2018

Rosales, Hilbay join petitions vs martial law extension

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Etta Rosales and former solicitor general Florin Hilbay also file a motion for consolidation to join other petitions already scheduled for oral arguments next week

PETITION VS MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO. Former CHR chief Etta Rosales (left) and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay hold up the petition they filed against martial law in Mindanao on on January 12, 2018. Photo from the Twitter page of Florin Hilbay

$380-million ADB loan to finance 11 infra projects in Mindanao

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The loan will finance the construction of roads in the Zamboanga Peninsula and bridges in Tawi-Tawi

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

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

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Calida: SC has no power to review martial law extension

Jan 10, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Though the Supreme Court has retained its power to review martial law proclamations, Solicitor General Jose Calida says a proclamation is different from an extension

Solicitor General Jose Calida attends the first oral argument on the petition to lift the martial law in Mindanao at the Supreme Court in Manila on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

Duterte suspends logging operations in Zamboanga Peninsula

Jan 09, 2018 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) On orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, the DENR suspends the operations of Sodaco Agricultural Company and Sirawai Plywood and Lumber Corporation

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

AFP won’t tolerate warring clans under martial rule in Mindanao

Jan 06, 2018 - 3:30 PM

ARMM Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong says clan disputes must be resolved to maintain peace and stability under martial law in Mindanao

WARRING FAMILIES. The military recovers 4 rifles after the Amanodin and Dipatuan clans exchanged gunfire on January 5, 2017. Photo from AFP

‘Pilipino’ receives Indonesian passport

Jan 03, 2018 - 9:36 PM

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi leads the symbolic conferrment of passport to some 20 persons of Indonesian descent living in Mindanao

PASSPORT, FINALLY. Pilipino Mahare Lahindo opens a new chapter in his life, this time as a bonafide Indonesian citizen who is now able to cross legal borders. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Agnes Callamard backs two Filipino UN experts hit by Malacañang

Dec 31, 2017 - 10:41 PM

United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard defends fellow experts Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary

UN EXPERT. In this photo dated October 20, 2016, UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard addresses an event on the death penalty and terrorism-related offenses. File photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

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

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SC orders government to answer petition vs martial law

Dec 29, 2017 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) The court en banc declares the petition sufficient in form and substance

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

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Malacañang: ’Perpetual’ martial law will never happen

Dec 28, 2017 - 3:48 PM

'Martial law in perpetuity is a scenario that neither the President, Congress or the Supreme Court will allow as it is patently unconstitutional,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO