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Cebu bans pigs, pork products from Mindanao

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has signed an executive order imposing a 90-day ban on live hogs and pork products from all regions in Mindanao beginning February 13

SEIZED. Customs personnel inventory prok products found to be tainted with African swine fever. Photo from Bureau of Customs

[OPINION] The future of women's leadership in the Bangsamoro

Feb 03, 2020 - 1:32 PM

'If we truly want the Bangsamoro women to be equal partners in development, then all policies and decisions affecting us should be made with us'

Private companies aid gov't vs spread of African swine fever in Davao Occidental

Feb 03, 2020 - 8:31 AM

The Mindanao Hog Raisers Association and PILMICO Feeds Corp have sent disinfectants, backpack sprayers, and power sprayers to decontaminate affected areas

Two students from Mindanao’s conflict-affected area win first JICA video blog contest

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:24 AM

Students from Mindanao State University win the contest with their entry about witnessing the effect of the armed conflict in Marawi in 2017 and their wish for peace and solidarity in the city

Over 8,000 MILF fighters decommissioned in 2019 – OPAPP

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Assistant Secretary Wilven Mayor says a total of 12,000 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters will be decommissioned by 'early 2020'

DECOMMISSIONING. Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels stand guard at the entry of Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat on September 7, 2019 ahead of a weapons decommissioning ceremony. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

Martial law lifted in Mindanao, but guns still prohibited in Davao City

Jan 10, 2020 - 5:27 PM

The Davao City government extends ban on carrying firearms until December 31, 2020

Whale sharks return to Camiguin, gov't asks tourists, locals to let them be

Jan 08, 2020 - 8:04 AM

The whale sharks' newfound presence gives high hopes that these gentle marine giants are back to stay and will repopulate

A diver tags a whale shark off the coast Donsol as part of the local population count. 104 new whale shark individuals were identified in Donsol from January until June of 2019. Photograph © Jurgen Freund

'Super coop' to provide water supply to underserved areas in Cagayan de Oro

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:20 PM

The creation of the Mindanao Cooperatives Water Service Federation is in line with efforts to address vital issues affecting Cagayan de Oro City's growing population

Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After 2 and a half years, martial law ends in Mindanao

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:46 PM

(UPDATED) Security officials say Mindanao is stable enough to carry on without martial law, even as they still battle terrorist groups and communist rebels in some areas

STILL IN RUINS. A band of soldiers ride by the ruins of a mosque in Marawi City, where the May 2017 siege by ISIS-linked terrorists prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place all of Mindanao under martial law. Photo by Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse

Majority of Filipinos want martial law in Mindanao to expire by end-2019

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:34 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey reports that 65% of Filipinos agree that martial law should end by December 31

A group of Mindanaoans troop to House of Representatives on Wednesday, Decmeber 12, 2018, to protest amid joint congress session to extend Martial Law in Mindanao. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

‘Mindanao’ review: A betrayal

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Mindanao' is dulled by its attempts at safe neutrality

Pokwang hits cinemas for early pullout of 'Mindanao,' 'Culion': 'Huwag naman tayo puro sa pera lang'

Dec 28, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Films like 'Culion' and 'Mindanao' have apparently been pulled out of some cinemas over low ticket sales

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Award-winning 'Mindanao' director Brillante Mendoza asks more cinemas to screen film

Dec 28, 2019 - 2:39 PM

The day after winning all major MMFF 2019 awards, only 38 cinemas nationwide screened the movie

Judy Ann Santos on MMFF 2019 Best Actress win: 'A wonderful end to my 2019'

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:41 PM

The actress picks up her second award for the film 'Mindanao'

FULL LIST: Winners, MMFF 2019 awards night

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Mindanao' wins Best Picture

Judy Ann Santos on being culturally sensitive in the film 'Mindanao'

Dec 25, 2019 - 6:54 PM

In the film, Judy Ann plays a Muslim mother who cares for a cancer-stricken daughter

'MINDANAO.' Stars Judy Ann Santos and Allen Dizon wave to the crowd from atop the 'Mindanao' float at the MMFF 2019 Parade of Stars on December 22. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Mindanao Pride's loud message in silent protest: 'Human rights for all'

Dec 22, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Veering away from the usual vibrant festivities, the 2019 Mindanao Pride March is a silent protest that highlighted issues involving the LGBTQ+ community

SILENT PROTEST. The 2019 Mindanao Pride March seeks to highlight issues experienced by members of the LGBTQ+ community through a silent protest at the Rodelsa Circle in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, December 22. Photo from SPARK Philippines

Bangsamoro intergovernmental body finally meets

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal lead the critical coordinating body, which was formed 9 months after the inauguration of the Bangsamoro region

Voters in thia interior town of Salvador, Lanao del Norte have an easier time casting their vote for the BOL plebiscite in Lanao del Norte. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

Lifting of martial law will boost Davao City economy – Sara

Dec 11, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The Davao City mayor welcomes the decision not to extend the Mindanao-wide martial rule

APPROVES LIFITNG. File photos from the Japanese Government showing Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, attending the court banquet after the Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan on October 22, 2019.

No extension of martial law in Mindanao, says Malacañang

Dec 10, 2019 - 1:03 PM

(UPDATED) Martial law in Mindanao ends on December 31, 2019

PHILIPPINE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference in Malacanang Palace on December 9, 2019. Photo by Robinson Niaal Jr/Presidential Photo

4 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed in Sulu clash

Dec 08, 2019 - 1:44 PM

A government soldier was also killed in the encounter with members of the ISIS-affiliated faction of the terror group blamed for suicide attacks earlier this year

Police kill suspect accused of cannibalism

Dec 07, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Police reports say Lloyd Bagtong grabbed the service firearm of one of his escorts, forcing the police to shoot him

Año supports end of Mindanao martial law

Dec 05, 2019 - 3:48 PM

'Normalcy has returned to the entire region,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, backing Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's recommendation against another extension of martial law in Mindanao

RECOMMENDATION. DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano during the Rappler Talk Interview at the PNP NHQ In Quezon City. September 18, 2019. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Lorenzana recommends lifting martial law in Mindanao

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:03 PM

‘It’s time to go back to normal,’ the defense chief says, adding that security forces can handle lingering threats without martial law

BACK TO NORMAL. A soldier watches over the former battle ground between government troops and the pro-ISIS Maute terror group in Marawi City. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

EU donates P28-M for victims of Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 25, 2019 - 5:21 PM

The donation is expected to support efforts to deliver emergency shelter, food, clean water, and psychosocial support to victims of the series of strong earthquakes that struck Cotabato in October

HOMES LOST. A man stands over a damaged home in Barangay Ilomavis, Cotabato. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

150 more MILF soldiers join Bangsamoro security team

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The former rebel fighters join members of the police and military in a security force tasked with protecting certain areas of the Bangsamoro region until an elected government is established in 2022

FORMER REBELS. Among members of the latest batch of the Joint Peace and Security Team of the Bangsamoro region are former rebel combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, who completed their training on November 22, 2019. Photo from OPAPP

Camiguin hosts Mindanao state tertiary schools friendship games

Nov 24, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Now on its 30th year, the Mindanao Association of State Tertiary Schools, Inc. (MASTS) celebrates with the theme: "A legacy of leadership, unity, and passion through sports, cultures, and the arts"

U.S. funds P1 billion in programs to help BARMM transition, fight terrorism

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Suicide bombings in Mindanao are a ‘major concern,’ says a top US counterterrorism official visiting Manila to boost cooperation in tactical response, border security, and cutting terrorist funding

FIGHTING TERRORISM. The siege of Marawi City in 2017 is a grim reminder of the insidious threat of terrorism in the Philippines. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

DOH confirms 3 more cases of polio in Mindanao

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:38 PM

The announcement brings the number of cases of poliovirus in Mindanao to 6

Magnitude 5.9 temblor jolts Bukidnon

Nov 19, 2019 - 10:48 AM

(UPDATED) Phivolcs says Kadingilan, Bukidnon was the epicenter of the earthquake which struck Monday night

SAFETY. Patients of Bukidnon provincial hospital in  Kibawe are evacuated Monday following the magnitude 5.9 earthquake. Photo courtesy of Kibawe DRRMO

PH Army gives up 2 meals to build homes for Mindanao quake victims

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Each soldier gives P100 – their allowance for two meals – to buy land and materials for 100 temporary houses

TEMPORARY HOME. Members of the Philippine Army give up two meal allowances to shore up funds to buy a lot and build 'Kobe-type' shelters for earthquake victims in Mindanao. Photo from the Philippine Army

MinDA project to help Mindanao earthquake victims rebuild their lives

Nov 15, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Under the Tienda Project, earthquake victims will form cooperatives that will operate stories selling basic goods at reasonable prices

PROJECT FOR QUAKE VICTIMS. A woman displaced by the recent earthquakes in Mindanao buys her needs at the MinDA-organized Tienda outlet in Bansalan, Davao del Sur on November 15, 2019. Photo from the Mindanao Development Authority

As Martin turns 56, Romualdezes donate P500,000 to Mindanao earthquake victims

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:30 PM

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez throws a big birthday party attended by prominent personalities in Philippine politics and business

DONATION. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and his wife Tingog Sinirangan Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez hand the heque of their donation to Dumper Representative Claudine Bautista and South Cotabato 2nd District Representative Ferdinand Hernandez.  Photo by Mara Cepeda, Rappler

Delays, anomalies in Lanao infra projects haunt Bangsamoro region

Nov 14, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Lack of contracts, delays of over one year mar public works projects in Lanao del Sur's 2nd District, pressuring the new Bangsamoro government to act

Lorenzana not inclined to recommend Mindanao martial law extension

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The defense chief says he is waiting for the military and police to give their input, and President Duterte will still have the final say on the matter

DEFENSE CHIEF Delfin Lorenzana doesn't feel the need to put Mindanao under martial law for another year. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MISLEADING: ‘Photos’ of relief operations in earthquake-hit Mindanao

Nov 07, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Not all of the photos in Samonte's Facebook album were taken after the quakes in Cotabato, and not all are Del Rioz's own

DOLE to provide employment aid to victims of Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 05, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says cash assistance will also be given to families of overseas Filipino workers in affected areas

EARTHQUAKE AFTERMATH. Residents displaced by a series of strong earthquake that struck the province of Cotabato stay int temporary shelters. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

FALSE: Photos of 'whirlwind, tornado' in Cotabato after earthquakes

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The photos are from Mexico, not the Philippines

Don't donate infant formula milk to disaster victims – nutrition council

Nov 04, 2019 - 3:38 PM

This is to avoid diarrhea among evacuees. In cases when it's absolutely necessary to feed babies with formula milk, these must be prepared by health and nutrition workers.

BREAST MILK ONLY. The Department of Health and National Nutrition Council discourage donations of infant formula milk to disaster and crisis victims. Photo by AFP

Foreign leaders send sympathies to Philippines after Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 03, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The United States, European Union, and China condole with victims of the strong earthquakes that struck Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao in the span of 16 days

HOMES LOST.  A man stands over a damaged home lost in Barangay Ilomavis, Cotabato. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINION] Building social capital with the Bangsamoro is a must

Nov 03, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Civil society must do its part by offering much-needed support, because we all know that criticizing from a distance can only do so much

1 arrested in Davao City condo earthquake damage

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte also orders a probe into the city's engineering and city building offices, and Ecoland 4000 Residence's building administration

DAMAGED. Ecoland 4000 Residences in Davao City sustained greater damage among the structures. Photo from Davao City government

NDRRMC: Cotabato earthquakes death toll rises to 21

Nov 02, 2019 - 8:31 PM

At least 16 people were killed in Cotabato

TOTALLY DAMAGED. A man walks on the collapsed wall of a house in Barangay Ilomavis in Cotabato. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Study shows Mindanao residents don't have 'go bags' for disasters

Nov 02, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Money is the biggest barrier to disaster-preparedness for the households in Mindanao, the study shows

QUAKE, Patients and residents rest outside a hospital in Makilala, North Cotabato on October 17, 2019, after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the island. Photo by Geonarri Solmenaro/AFP

'Beyond repair': Dread and anxiety in Kidapawan after strong earthquakes

Nov 02, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Like others in earthquake-struck communities, the people of Barangay Ilomavis in Kidapawan City are still coming to terms with the destruction caused by the strong tremors

EVACUEES. A mother and child in an evacuation center in Barangay Ilomavis, Cotabato. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LGUs send help to earthquake-hit communities in Mindanao

Nov 02, 2019 - 5:20 PM

(6th UPDATE) Here are some of the local governments and officials who have extended a helping hand to Cotabato and other affected areas

EVACUEES. Evacuees in Cotabato. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi local chiefs too dependent on soldiers due to martial law – civic leader

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Moro Consensus Group leader Drieza Lininding cautions Marawi residents from getting too used to the 'abnormal' situation of martial law and suggests alternative security measures

AFTER THE SIEGE. Martial law reigns in Marawi City as government tries to rehabilitate its central hub after a 5-month siege by Muslim extremists. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler  AFTER THE SIEGE. Martial law reigns in Marawi City as government tries to rehabilitate its central hub after a 5-month siege by Muslim extremists. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

At least 17 dead in Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 02, 2019 - 9:53 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says nearly 146,745 people are affected in Soccsksargen and Davao region

COLLAPSED. Eva's Hotel in Kidapawan City, Cotabato, collapses following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on October 31, 2019. Photo by Genghis Manero

Angel Locsin and Neil Arce join relief efforts for Mindanao earthquake victims

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:19 PM

This isn't the first time the actress participated in relief efforts

VOLUNTEERS. Angel Locsin and Neil Arce, seen here at the Sine Sandaan red carpet in September, join relief efforts for the victims of the recent Mindanao earthquakes. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

'Where do we go from here?' Families flee landslide-buried villages in Makilala

Nov 01, 2019 - 7:20 PM

A resident of Barangay Luayon in Makilala, Cotabato, says that after the October 31 earthquake, 'nothing was left of our of village'

EVACUEES. Thousands have evacuated in Makilala, Cotabato, following the strong earthquakes that caused landslides in the area. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler