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Albayalde fires Grijaldo, Unsafe streets in Mindanao | Midday wRap

Jun 22, 2018 - 1:55 PM

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Fear of robbery, unsafe streets, drug addicts up in Mindanao – SWS

Jun 21, 2018 - 9:28 PM

The Social Weather Stations' March survey shows a 2-point drop in the nationwide number of people who fear unsafe streets. In Mindanao, however, those who expressed this fear jumps to 48% in March from 35% in December 2017.

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte: Liguasan Marsh 'belongs to the Moro people'

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:19 PM

The marsh in central Mindanao is believed to have oil reserves

LIGUASAN MARSH. President Rodrigo Duterte promises Moros that the Liguasan Marsh in central Mindanao 'belongs to them.' File photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

Final version of BBL holds fate of Mindanao peace process

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front seeks to restore deleted provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which implements a peace deal with the government

LGBTQ+ community takes pride to Mindanao

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'I believe that it’s about time to rise together against discrimination, exclusion, and violence,' says Mindanao Pride founder, Hamilcar Chanjueco

MINDANAO PRIDE. The logo of Mindanao Pride. Image from Mindanao Pride Facebook page

Court orders arrest of Lanao mayor under Duterte adviser's custody

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:28 PM

A Lanao del Norte court issues an arrest warrant against Pantar town Mayor Jabar Tago over a murder charge

TOWN CHIEF. Pantar town Mayor Jabar Tago talks to a guest in his office. Photo from the Facebook page of the Municipality of Pantar

ARMM Governor says final BBL should comply with peace deal

May 31, 2018 - 8:02 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives versions of the BBL bill water down the powers of the proposed new Bangsamoro region

FAR BETTER. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman stays firm in his belief that the Bangsamoro Basic Law is 'far better' than the current structure of the region. File photo by Mark Cristino

Bangsamoro region ‘lesser than ARMM’ feared

May 31, 2018 - 1:23 PM

The real battle for the powers of the new Bangsamoro region will take place during the bicameral conference committee hearings, when the Senate and the House reconcile their versions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

HUDDLE. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri with officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 29, 2018. Sourced photo

Bicam members: Who will finalize the Bangsamoro law?

May 31, 2018 - 7:00 AM

28 senators and representatives are chosen to reconcile conflicting provisions in the bills separately passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives

APPROVED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and fellow Mindanao lawmakers celebrate after passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

[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.

Duterte: Declaring martial law from Russia leaves 'dent' in my record

May 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

A day before the martial law and Marawi siege anniversary, President Rodrigo Duterte says it was 'painful' for him to declare martial law from outside the country

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the inspection of the firearms surrendered by the ISIS-Maute Group at the Capitol Gymnasium in Sacayo, Marawi City on May 11, 2018. Also in the photo are Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Mindanao also beats Gilas in PBA All-Star Game dance showdown

May 23, 2018 - 11:44 PM

Young guards Jio Jalalon and Scottie Thompson provide the same impact from the hardcourt to the dance floor

SMOOTH MOVES. The Mindanao All-Stars strut their stuff on the dance floor to beat Gilas Pilipinas in the pre-game showdown of the All-Star Game. Photo by PBA Images


Hot-shooting Mindanao torches Gilas Pilipinas in PBA All-Star Week kickoff

May 23, 2018 - 10:27 PM

The All-Stars from down south bury 18 triples on a scintillating 57% shooting from the field

DAVID VS GOLIATH. Mark Barroca's all-around performance powers the Mindanao All-Stars past the June Mar Fajardo-led Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by PBA Images


Will Malacañang look into Mark Tolentino's Mindanao railway allegations?

May 22, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The sacked transportation official had accused 'higher-ups' of insisting on a foreign loan to fund the Mindanao railway. Will the Palace at least look into his claim?

DOTr usec: Allegations over Mindanao Railway project 'false, uninformed'

May 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'The Mindanao Railway will not be built with name-calling, rumor mongering, and grandstanding,' says Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan as he disputes the 'misleading' claims of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino

MALICE. Railways Undersecretary Timothy John Bartan (L) refutes allegations on derailing the Mindanao Railway project. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr exec accuses 'higher ups' of derailing Mindanao Railway project

May 19, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Another transportation official says the allegations of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino are 'completely untrue'

DELAY? Railways Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino accuse other transportation officials of delaying the Mindanao Railway project. File photo from Tolentino's Facebook page

Duterte adviser prevails upon military to release arrested Lanao mayor

May 19, 2018 - 9:41 AM

The military releases arrested Pantar Mayor Jabar Tago to the custody of a politician – Presidential Adviser Abdullah Daba Mama-o – despite evidence that he possessed high-powered firearms

MAMAO'S LETTER. Secretary Abdullah Daba Mama-o asks the military to release a mayor arrested for possession of high-powered firearms

DPWH Asec Umpa says he’s victim of 'demolition job'

May 16, 2018 - 5:31 PM

'I’m calling the attention of Malacañang to investigate all DPWH officials and all congressmen who are contractors,' says Public Works Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa in a social media post after Malacañang asked for his resignation over alleged corruption

DPWH EXEC. Malacanang alleges that Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa sought commissions from contractors of government infrastructure projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo from DPWH-ARMM

Post-elections, Comelec finds 26 overaged SK bets in Northern Mindanao

May 15, 2018 - 5:36 PM

If any of them turn out to have won in barangays in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Misamis Occidental, the Comelec says it will suspend their proclamation

AFP chief: BBL passage directly linked to peace

May 15, 2018 - 4:10 PM

'The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law has a direct correlation to peace. It has a positive and direct correlation,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

BBL WILL BRING PEACE. Muslim women advocate the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). File photo by George P. Moya/Rappler

House joint panels approve proposed BBL without amendments

May 15, 2018 - 3:34 PM

(UPDATED) No amendments are included in the committee report on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law despite 22 hearings held to discuss provisions of the measure

APPROVED. Three committees of the House give their nod to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 15, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte tells 2 DOJ, DPWH assistant secretaries to resign

May 15, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(3RD UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte advises Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr and Public Works Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa to resign 'or face termination for corruption'

RESIGN OR BE SACKED. Malacanang says if Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr would not resign, they would be sacked for alleged corruption. Photo from the Facebook page of Atty Moslemen Macarambon Sr

Lanao del Norte town mayor, 6 others arrested after firefight

May 14, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Mayor Jabar Tago is arrested for alleged violation of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act

2 Scout Rangers killed in Sulu rescue mission

May 14, 2018 - 11:06 AM

10 Abu Sayyaf bandits are believed to have been killed as the military steps up its offensive after the group kidnapped two female cops

KIDNAPPED. Police Officer 2 Benierose Alvares and Police Officer 1 Dinah Gumahad are kidnapped in Sulu. Sourced photo

NPA leader rearrested in Bukidnon – military

May 13, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Elizalde Cañete is allegedly the successor of the late Leonicio Pitao, known as Commander Parago of the New People's Army

PH military declares support for Duterte in wake of Sereno ouster

May 11, 2018 - 1:17 PM

The statement comes in the wake of a controversial Supreme Court vote to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, an appointee of former President Benigno Aquino III whom Duterte called his 'enemy'

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. President Duterte has made it a practice to visit military camps around the country. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Sereno on SC, Duterte on Forbes list, Vietnam on China | Evening wRap

May 09, 2018 - 7:26 PM

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Gov't building P700-M state media hub in Davao City

May 04, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The Mindanao Media Hub – aimed for operation by January 2019 – is envisioned to boost the government’s broadcast signal in Mindanao 'while tailoring content specific to the people in the region'

MINDANAO MEDIA HUB. The 4-story facility will be operational by January 2019. Screengrab from PTV4

ADB vows to fund more Mindanao projects

May 03, 2018 - 8:40 PM

As the Asian Development Bank holds its annual meeting, protesters outside demand an end to 'anti-poor and anti-development strategies'

ADB vows to fund more Mindanao projects

Tim Cone’s All-Star Mindanao crew takes a shot at Gilas

May 03, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The Ginebra coach hopes to pick up a win with a new PBA All-Star team in the May 23 game in Davao del Sur

REVENGE. After absorbing a loss with the Visayas selection last year, Tim Cone looks to steer the Mindanao squad to an upset over Gilas Pilipinas. File photo/Rappler

After 18 years, Tagum soldier killed in Erap's all-out war gets hero's burial

Apr 30, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Technical Sergeant Claudio Forrosuelo died fighting the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Maguindanao in 2000

HERO. The remains of valour awardee Technical Sergeant Claudio Forrosuelo are exhumed from Tagum City in April 2018, and will be brought to Taguig City for interment at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo from the Facebook account of Joemar Rey Escaro Yanga, the late soldier’s nephew

'My son is not an NPA,' says mother of teenager killed in Davao clash

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Eastmincom admits it erred in the spelling of the name of the boy, but insists he was indeed an NPA child soldier

Jhun Mark from Karapatan

Japan recommends $684-M railway system for Davao City

Apr 24, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The JICA-backed plan will traverse 15 kilometers across the city, with another 6.6 kilometers extension

DepEd vows to help improve ARMM Palarong Pambansa athletes

Apr 24, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Following another dismal performance in Palarong Pambansa 2018, DepEd promises to bring trainers to help boost the region's future showing

WE'LL INTERVENE. DepEd undersecretary vowed to help boost ARMM's Palarong Pambansa performance. Rappler file photo

NPA child soldier among killed in Davao military encounter

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) The military says the 15-year-old young guerrilla fighter was wearing the black NPA uniform and holding a rifle when killed in the Davao del Sur clash

ENCOUNTER. The military yielded several NPA paraphernalia and weapons after an encounter on April 21, 2018 in Davao del Sur. Photo courtesy of the Eastern Mindanao Command. Photo by Mick Basa/ Rappler

SWS survey, Albayalde on Facebook bashers, Kuwait arrests 2 Filipinos | Midday wRap

Apr 23, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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5 challenges for new PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Here are obstacles that outlasted Ronald dela Rosa. Now, it's Oscar Albayalde's turn to face them.

Mindanao shows growing dissatisfaction with gov't – SWS

Apr 22, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Mindanao pulls down the national ratings of the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and even President Duterte's Cabinet

Dozens of Filipinos repatriated from Indonesia

Apr 20, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The Filipinos were nabbed for either illegal fishing, overstaying, or illegal entry, say Philippine authorities

FULL TEXT: AFP chief Carlito Galvez Jr's speech at turnover rites

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:51 AM

'While we give primacy to peace, we will never hesitate to use our might when innocent civilians are threatened and attacked,' says Armed Forces chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hands over the command saber from outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Rey Guerrero to newly-installed AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez Jr. during the AFP Change of Command Ceremony at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 18, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

4 kids among 6 killed in Zamboanga del Norte town

Apr 15, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The bodies are separately found in an abandoned house and a nearby quarry area

Boracay closure to benefit Mindanao – airlines

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:59 PM

As the government rehabilitates Boracay, airlines that have canceled flights to the island are expected to entice travelers to consider other destinations, including those in Mindanao

IDYLLIC. The white sand beach of Siargao Island. Photo by Mclovin'tosh/Wikimedia Commons

Battalion commander settles land dispute in Central Mindanao

Apr 11, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc, commander of the Army 33rd Infantry Battalion, says it's important to understand the root causes of conflict and address them properly

FORGING PEACE. Captain Bryan Baumol of barangay Baumol in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat and Captain Jerry Kautin of barangay Pidtiguian in GSKP, Maguindanao settle their land dispute. Photos courtesy of 33rd IB

World Bank recommends free trade zone in Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi area

Apr 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'With zero tariff and few non-tariff barriers, Basulta could return to a version of the barter trade that made it prosperous in the past,' says the World Bank

UNLIKE ANY OTHER. Magnificent sunrise in Tandu Banak, Sibutu. Photo by Glen Santillan/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

Palaro record-breaker Sylvian Abunda aims for back-to-back gold in javelin

Apr 06, 2018 - 12:31 PM

Sylvian Faith Abunda, a Grade 11 student at Lantapan Stand-Alone Senior High School in Lantapan, Bukidnon, is banking on her experience, perseverance, and discipline to achieve her Palaro dreams

Sylvian Faith Abunda from Region X, Gold medal winner and new record holder for Javelin Throw.

Lorenzana sets conditions for joint ceasefire with communist rebels

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the communist rebels should show sincerity first before peace talks can resume

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 16th founding anniversary of the Supreme Tribal Council for Peace and Development, Inc. (STCPD) at the 3rd Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Calinan, Davao City on March 23, 2018. Also in the photo are Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) Commander Lieutenant General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Malacañang Photo

Zubiri wants Bangsamoro bill passed on Marawi siege anniversary

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri works out a timeline to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte's wish to sign the law creating the new Bangsamoro region in June

BBL HEARING. Marawi residents attend a public hearing conducted by senators on the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the MSU gym in Marawi City on January 26,2018. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

'Payag Habagatan' calls for literary writings from Visayas and Mindanao

Mar 30, 2018 - 10:43 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The literary journal now welcomes literary works written in Binisaya, Chavacano, English, Hiligaynon, Meranao, and Surigaonon