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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

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

FAST FACTS: The destructive earthquakes that hit Mindanao

Oct 31, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Since the 1900s, Mindanao has been hit by at least 35 earthquakes. Here are the 3 earthquakes classified by Phivolcs as ‘destructive.’

Tulunan, Cotabato earthquke. Photo courtesy of the Tulunan MDRRMO

7 MILF members killed in clash with ISIS-linked terrorists

Oct 05, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) Tension remains high in Shariff Saydona town in Maguindanao, with the MILF expected to send reinforcements after the clash

KILLED. Several MILF members are killed in a clash with ISIS-linked terrorists in Maguindanao. Photo from Angela Kalanduyan

Duterte tells disarmed MILF soldiers: Do not be disheartened

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:36 PM

Having been at war for much of their lives, the former Moro rebels face insecurity and uncertainty as they return to civilian life

NOT SURRENDER. 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

'We are not surrendering': Tears, prayers as MILF begins large-scale disarming of forces

Sep 07, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'If it is in our power to make peace happen and Allah grants it to us, we do not want our families to go through what we’ve suffered,' says an MILF combatant

READY FOR CHANGE. MILF Combatant Mokada Alia Abas Salipada wears the uniform made for the Joint Peace and Security Team, a newly established unit in the Bangsamoro region that mixes MILF combatants, soldiers, and cops. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Government wants MILF to give up more weapons

Sep 07, 2019 - 9:41 AM

The MILF says it has 40,000 fighters but only about 7,000 weapons. OPAPP Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr wants the combatants to give up their own guns, too.

PEACE IN MINDANAO. OPAPP Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr and BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim lead a media forum on the decommissioning process on September 6, 2019. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

'There is another life coming,’ Murad tells MILF fighters before disarming

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Over a thousand MILF combatants will disarm in a ceremony to be led by President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, September 7

COMMITMENT. BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim promises to ensure transition of 40,000 fighters to civilian life. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Mindanao closer to peace as MILF decommissions 12,000 fighters – gov't

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:43 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will lead a ceremony in Maguindanao on Saturday, September 7, as former rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front begin their transition to civilian life

DECOMMISSIONING. More than 1,000 soldiers of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will begin their transition to civilian life on September 7. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte orders creation of MNLF, gov't coordinating committee

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:59 AM

The committee will convene in the second week of September in Davao City, says Malacañang

DUTERTE AND MISUARI. President Rodrigo Duterte and Moro National Liberation Front Founding Chairman Nur Misuari in Malacanang on February 25, 2019. Malacanang Photo

AFP to train 255 ex-MILF fighters to help secure Bangsamoro region

Aug 01, 2019 - 12:31 PM

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces will work alongside soldiers and cops in the Joint Peace and Security Team, says Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr

WAR AND PEACE. Former MILF rebels join a training on capability building in Al Barka, Basilan. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

FALSE: MILF surrendered arms to gov't 'for the first time in 2019'

Jul 05, 2019 - 7:16 PM

The decommissioning process first starts in 2015 as part of the agreement between the MILF and the Philippine government

Thousands protest in Brazil in support of justice minister

Jul 01, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Justice Minister Sergio Moro faces resignation calls over leaked chats purportedly showing he worked with prosecutors in the so-called Car Wash probe to keep Lula, a popular leftist, out of the 2018 presidential race

SAO PAOLO RALLY. Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrate along Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 30 2019, in support of Justice Minister Sergio Moro. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

12,000 former MILF troops to be decommissioned in 2019

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Decommissioning of the troops comes after the ratification of the Bangsamoro Law and is part of the Philippine government's agreement with the MILF

PEACE DEAL. In this photo taken on October 15, 2012 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) stand in formation inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat. File photo by Karlos Manlupig/AFP

Duterte: Misuari threatened war if federalism doesn't happen

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:09 PM

President Duterte says negotiations with Misuari about the federalism that the MNLF wants should be done in public, through a panel to be formed by the Palace

TALKING FEDERALISM. President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Moro National Liberation Front leader Nur Misuari in Malacañang on March 19, 2019. Malacañang photo by Toto Lozano

‘It’s like a hero’s burial’: Thousands attend MILF leader’s funeral

Mar 13, 2019 - 9:33 PM

Ghazali Jaafar, the key MILF leader who brought the peace process to the finish line, dies at 75. The crowd at his funeral in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, was nothing locals had seen in recent history.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Ghazali Jaafar died on March 13, 2019, more than two weeks after members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority took their oath of office in Malacañang. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ghazali Jaafar, Bangsamoro Transition Commission chairman, dies

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:15 AM

(5th UPDATE) Jaafar's passing comes just over two weeks after the new members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority members took their oath of office in Malacañang

NEW CHAPTER. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with new members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority after their oath-taking ceremony in Malacañang. RTVM Screenshot

Drug surrenderers, IPs, MILF members to get TESDA training March 2019

Mar 06, 2019 - 2:20 PM

TESDA Director General Isidro Lapeña says training will start with a 'core group' of some 2,000 MILF rebel returnees, 1,000 Higaonon IPs, and 1,800 drug surrenderers

TRAINING. Thousands of drug surrenderers, IPs, former rebels will start skills training unde the TESDA's special clients program. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

Duterte 'not involved' on court order allowing Misuari overseas travel – Panelo

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte is confident that Nur Misuari 'will come back'

'BELOVED FRIEND'. President Rodrigo Duterte greets his 'beloved friend' MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari in Malacañang in November 2016. File photo from Malacañang Photo

Sandiganbayan allows Nur Misuari to travel abroad

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor is attending two events of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in the UAE and Morocco this March

MISUARI TRAVELS ABROAD. The Sandiganbayan grants Nur Misuari's request to travel to Abu Dhabi and Morocco this March.

Duterte apologizes to Misuari, thanks him for 'patience'

Feb 26, 2019 - 4:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari have a brief meeting days after the Chief Executive forms the MILF-dominated Bangsamoro Transition Authority

NOTHING WRONG. President Rodrigo Duterte says there is nothing wrong with 'embracing' Moro National Liberation Front leader Nur Misuari. Photo by Presidential Photo

Fighter to minister: Philippine Muslim rebel's new 'struggle'

Feb 24, 2019 - 2:16 PM

After decades as a rebel, Murad Ebrahim will need to become a bureaucrat

BANGSAMORO VOTE. Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chairman Murad Ebrahim votes for the first time in his life on January 21, 2019, for the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Photo by Manman Dejeto

Tiny T. rex sheds light on prime dino predators

Feb 21, 2019 - 10:43 PM

The Moros intrepidus, standing just 3 feet high at the hip and weighing as much as an adult human, roamed the plains of modern-day Utah around 96 million years ago

MOROS INTREPIDUS. This handout document released on February 20, 2019 by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences shows the Moros intrepidus, the tiny cousin of T. rex discovered in North America which could provide a key missing link in understanding how the apex predators evolved to top the food chain, scientists who unearthed the dinky dinosaur said on February 21. AFP PHOTO / NC Museum of Natural Sciences / JORGE GONZALEZ

Moro food basics: Pastil

Feb 10, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'When a pastil has been sealed, it’s been sealed with our love for one another'

Images courtesy of McMorrie Bidara

Moro youth might rebel if Lanao del Norte votes ‘no’ – MILF lawyer

Feb 01, 2019 - 9:40 PM

In the February 6 plebiscite, should the votes of the 6 municipalities and their mother province differ, the municipalities will not become part of the new Bangsamoro region

FIGHTING DISENFRANCHISEMENT. Salahoden Benhamza, legal officer for the MILF's Northwestern Mindanao Command, said a 'No' vote during the Lanao del Norte BOL plebiscite could disenfranchise Moro youth during a press briefing on February 1, 2019, in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Commander Bravo urges Lanao voters: Vote 'yes' for peace

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The alternative is continued violence, warns the MILF commander as Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato gear up for the February 6 Bangsamoro plebiscite

Commander Bravo and his troops on January 31, 2019

Crackdown on firearms, private armies a priority for Bangsamoro gov't – Murad

Jan 28, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The MILF chairman is also confident that the interim Bangsamoro government can combat ISIS influence in Muslim Mindanao

Ebrahim Murad. Rappler

AFP, PNP on heightened alert after Jolo Cathedral explosions

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:46 PM

'We will use the full force of the law to bring to justice the perpetrators behind this incident,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

THE WOUNDED. Hospital staff attend to the wounds of the Jolo cathedral bombing victims. Photo courtesy of PTV

MILF submits list of nominees for members of Bangsamoro government

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:28 PM

The list of 41 names, submitted the week before the Bangsamoro plebiscite, includes at least 3 women, one Christian, and one member of an ethnic group

Milf chairman Al Hadh Ebrahim Murad votes for the first time in his life during the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebescite on January 21,2019 in Simuay Junction Elementary school in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

After plebiscite, MILF chief says hardest struggle ‘will be the struggle against ourselves’

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:30 AM

'We will see this as a really huge challenge,' says the MILF chief hours after he voted yes in the January 21 plebiscite

MILF chief Ebrahim Murad. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

MILF member caught with loaded gun at Lanao del Sur polling center

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Police identify 62-year-old Ibrahim Sampiano as a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's 'inner guard 2nd Brigade'

‘Our day is here’: MILF member casts vote in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 21, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Former rebel Muhammad Ali, 74, says, 'Pantay-pantay na ang lahat ng tao. Kristyano, babae, mga IP, at pati rin kaming mga Muslim'

LONG ROAD TO PEACE. Muhammad Ali, 74, casts his vote at the Lugay-Lugay Central School in Cotabato City on January 21, 2019 – an act he waited for decades to do. Rappler photo

MILF chairman Murad casts vote in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Murad Ebrahim says he wants the Bangsamoro Organic Law to be an 'instrument of peace'

FIRST TIME VOTER. MILF chairmam Murad Ebrahim arrives at the Simuay Junction Central Elementary School in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, a province expected to vote overwhelmingly for ratification of Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

WATCH: Without guns, Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces prepare to help protect BOL vote

Jan 20, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Some 1,200 individuals, a mix of unarmed members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces and volunteers, will be deployed to Cotabato City precincts on Monday, January 21, to help ensure peace

WATCH: MILF, government push for Cotabato City in final campaign rally

Jan 19, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Votes for and against what is considered the 'crown jewel' of the Bangsamoro region remain split days ahead of the plebiscite

FINAL PUSH. The final campaign event for the Bangsamoro plebiscite is spent convincing residents of Cotabato City to support the law. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

[OPINION] Yes or No: BOL plebiscite

Jan 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The support of the BOL now should not end with the final vote count of the mid-term elections. The success of the Bangsamoro is our success as a nation.

Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Bangsamoro plebiscite a 'golden opportunity to decide what is good for us'

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:12 PM

'I am very happy because at least I spent my precious life to have this Bangsamoro Organic Law for the benefit of our people, for the benefit of our children and grandchildren, and from generation to generation,' says the MILF's Jannati Mimbantas

JANNATI MIMBATAS. "There is no reason for us to trigger our arms because we now have the meaningful government," said the Front Commander of the Northeastern Mindnao Front of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces.

MNLF faction reiterates support for Bangsamoro law as plebiscite nears

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:49 PM

MNLF central committee Yusop Jikiri says the group is '100% behind President Duterte’s aspiration to bring lasting peace and progress in Mindanao'

COMMITTED. Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez and MNLF central committee Chair Yusop Jikiri. Photo from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

MILF questions 'efforts to block residents' from Bangsamoro event

Dec 11, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Residents were supposedly asked to present identification to attend a campaign event in Cotabato City for the Bangsamoro Organic Law

CAMPAIGN. Residents gather for a campaign rally in support of the Bangsamoro law. Photo from Bangsamoro Transition Commission Facebook

Over 150,000 ex-MILF fighters to vote in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:20 PM

The Commission on Elections also says a total of 2.8 million voters registered for the plebiscite, exceeding the target

VOTE. Over 150,000 former MILF fighters registered to vote in the Bangsamoro plebiscite. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Gov't, MILF kick off campaign for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:47 AM

MILF peace panel head Mohagher Iqbal says the landmark law is a 'formula for peace' that will benefit Muslims and non-Muslims

CAMPAIGN. Officials from the MILF and government call on the public to particiapte in the Bangsamoro plebiscite as its campaign period kicks off on December 7, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Nur Misuari arraignment for corruption set in 2019

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Nur Misuari still enjoys extended freedom courtesy of President Rodrigo Duterte, who ordered him released despite rebellion charges so he could participate in the Bangsamoro peace process

GRAFT CHARGES. MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari posts bail on September 19, 2017 before the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 16 for graft charges involving ghost education projects in the ARMM.. Photo courtesy of Secretary Jesus Dureza

Military, MILF prepare to secure Bangsamoro vote vs violence

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:24 AM

Military officials and Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders discuss security preparations for the January 2019 plebiscite during the historic Camp Aguinaldo visit of MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim

END OF WAR. Philippine military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr and MILF Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces chief Sammy Al Mansour at a news briefing in Camp Aguinaldo on November 19, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Military rolls out red carpet for Murad before crucial plebiscite

Nov 19, 2018 - 1:25 PM

In a historic first, the military welcomes MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim to Camp Aguinaldo two months before the January 21 Bangsamoro plebiscite

HISTORIC FIRST. Armed Forces chief General Carlito Galvez Jr welcomes MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim in Camp Aguinaldo on Monday, November 19. This is a return visit after MILF welcomed Galvez in Camp Darapanan in October. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena / Rappler

MNLF faction reiterates support for Bangsamoro Organic Law

Nov 03, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Moro National Liberation Front faction of former Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri assures the government of its support for the landmark law amid efforts to block its implementation

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza discusses the support of an MNLF faction, led by former Sulu governor Yusop Jikiri (on Dureza's right), to the BOL in Davao City on November 2, 2018. Photo from OPAPP

MILF ready to contest petition vs Bangsamoro law

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:24 AM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front challenges the motivation of Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II in questioning the Bangsamoro Organic Law before the Supreme Court

AFP chief Galvez makes 'historic' visit to MILF's Camp Darapanan

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Philippine military chief Carlito Galvez Jr goes to Camp Darapanan a few months after Moro Islamic Liberation Front leaders visited Camp Aguinaldo

PEACE PROCESS. AFP Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr visited the MILF's Camp Darapanan.

LOOK: Armed MILF allowed to register for 2019 polls in Lanao del Norte

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:59 PM

MILF combatants are not allowed to enter Lanao del Norte if they are armed and in uniform, says governor-turned-lawmaker Khalid Dimaporo

IN PHOTOS: Davao City's rich culture, as told through the Kadayawan Village

Aug 18, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The village showcases the history of Davao's tribes

Kadayawan Village - Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Bangsamoro law to be 'vaccine' vs terrorism

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte formally presents the signed Bangsamoro Organic Law to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front