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Don't give up on radicalized Muslim youths, say Cannes directors

May 21, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne say that their movie 'Young Ahmed' is a call not to give up on the 'lost' Muslim youth

Belgian director Luc Dardenne (L) and Belgian director Jean-Pierre Dardenne pose during a photocall for the film "Young Ahmed (Le Jeune Ahmed)" at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 21, 2019. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

Sri Lanka Muslims pray at vandalized mosques

May 17, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Police say security will remain tight over the weekend for a major Buddhist festival as well as the 10th anniversary of the ending of the country's decades-long Tamil separatist war

AFTERMATH. A Muslim man stands in front of the Jumha mosque after a mob attack in Minuwangoda on May 14, 2019. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Ramadan 2019 to start May 6

May 05, 2019 - 8:47 AM

This comes after Muslim moon-sighting committees fail to sight the new moon

RAMADAN 2019. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is set to start on May 6, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

More Sri Lanka attacks feared as Muslims condemn Easter bombs

May 03, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe hopes normality will return by Monday, May 6, when public schools reopen after an extended Easter vacation

BARMM human rights worker shot dead in Cotabato City

May 02, 2019 - 8:10 AM

BARMM human rights investigator Archad Ayao is killed by a suspect riding a motorcycle

KILLED. BARMM human rights worker Archad Ayao. Photo from Ayao's Facebook page

Duterte orders gov't agencies to implement Bangsamoro normalization process

Apr 30, 2019 - 1:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte directs national government agencies to 'prioritize, intensify, and accelerate' programs to help former MILF combatants and their families

Scenes at the Simuay Juncton Central Elementary School in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. it is at this school that MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim voted for the first time.

CHED taps top universities to assist BARMM colleges

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Campuses of Mindanao State University and University of the Philippines are among those that will provide 'technical assistance' in subject areas ranging from engineering to development

PARTNERSHIP. The Commission on Higher Education says the country's top universities, including the University of the Philippines will help colleges in the Bangsamoro region improve courses. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'New dawn' for Mindanao as Bangsamoro region inaugurated

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim leads Bangsamoro officials in taking an 'oath of moral governance,' promising to reject corruption and promote inclusive empowerment in the new region

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures to the hundreds of attendees after sounding the agung to signal the inauguration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. Joining the President is BARMM Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Who's who in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority

Mar 29, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Let's take a look at the composition of the BTA: How many women and men? Which provinces do the members come from, and what are their areas of expertise?

Ex-House deputy speaker Balindong named Bangsamoro Parliament Speaker

Mar 29, 2019 - 12:23 PM

Hatimil Hassan of the Moro National Liberation Front is deputy speaker while lawyer Lanang Ali Jr and former ARMM executive secretary Laisa Alamia are majority leader and minority leader, respectively

Jailed Reuters reporters wait for Myanmar Supreme Court decision

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Rights groups have heaped pressure on Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to use her influence to secure a pardon, but she has so far refused to intervene

WA LONE. Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) speaks to journalists outside the northern district court in Yangon on January 23, 2018. File photo by Aung Kyaw Htet / AFP

French Muslim group sues internet giants over New Zealand massacre video

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The French Council of the Muslim Faith is suing Facebook and YouTube for 'broadcasting a message with violent content abetting terrorism, or of a nature likely to seriously violate human dignity and liable to be seen by a minor'

CHRISTCHURCH REMEMBRANCE. Young students attend a vigil on March 18, 2019, four days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosques attacks, the worst on Muslims in a Western country. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

New Zealand Muslims will be 'safe' after mosque attack – foreign minister

Mar 22, 2019 - 4:17 PM

'Ensuring Muslim communities in New Zealand feel safe and secure is a particular focus,' New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters tells an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul

KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters speak to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by Dave Lintott/AFP

Bangsamoro gov't inauguration repeatedly delayed to ensure Duterte presence

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim says President Rodrigo Duterte's attendance at the ceremonies is for the benefit of the Bangsamoro government

NOT YET IN SESSION. In this file photo, President Duterte is with Interim Bangsamoro chair Murad Ebrahim (2nd from right), members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority and senators last month. Photo courtesy of Malacañang.

Mahathir sees Bangsamoro region boosting PH-Malaysia economic ties

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tells Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that he expects the new Bangsamoro region to spur growth and development

Bangsamoro gov't success 'most important goal' vs terrorism in PH – report

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:03 PM

The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict urges close cooperation between officials of the Bangsamoro region, the national government, and the military as 'consequences of failure could be devastating'

PROMISES OF PEACE. Supporters of the new Bangsamoro region gathered in Cotabato City for a peace gathering before the January 21, 2019 plebiscite. Photo by Rappler

[OPINION] Letting go, moving forward

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:45 PM

My coworkers and I in the ARMM bid our goodbyes, both to the work we spent years doing and to the people with whom we did those jobs. This is, at its root, more of a shift in gears than a goodbye.

Duterte names Bangsamoro Transition Authority members

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Malacañang releases the appointment papers of 76 Bangsamoro Transition Authority members

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Hataman declines position in Bangsamoro Transition Authority

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:42 AM

During the turnover ceremony, the outgoing ARMM governor tells BARMM Interim Chief Minister Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim he wants to focus on Basilan, where he is running for congressman

TURNOVER. Mujiv Hataman (right) hands ARMM transition documents to Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim during a turnover ceremony in Cotabato on February 26, 2019. Photo courtesy of Omar Mangorsi

Halfway into term, Duterte delivers on Bangsamoro promise

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:00 AM

By naming the Bangsamoro Transition Authority members, President Rodrigo Duterte kickstarts the governance of the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

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Murad named Bangsamoro region's interim chief minister

Feb 22, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Murad Ebrahim, who led the Moro Islamic Liberation Front through peace talks with 3 administrations, now faces the daunting task of governing the autonomous region whose creation he fought for

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PH pilgrims almost barred from 2019 hajj over NCMF debt to Saudi firm

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Even as it investigates the P11-million debt, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos settles the amount to ensure that Filipinos can go to Mecca in August

HAJJ. In this file photo, a general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. File Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Bangsamoro region's first officials to take oath on February 22

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:13 AM

The ceremony heralds the creation of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, the interim government of the newly-created Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Moro Islamic Liberation Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2017. Also joining Murad are Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Ghazali Jaafar, and MILF peace implementing panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, BTC Commissioner Abdulraof Macacau and BTC Executive Director Esmael Pasigan. Joining the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. and Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'No proof' Myanmar military persecuted Rohingya – army chief

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Min Aung Hlaing doubles down on previous claims, arguing 'there is no certain proof that the national army was involved in the persecution' of Rohingya

ROHINGYA CRISIS. In this file photo, Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects a major bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung dam on August 29, 2018. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

U.N. council hails Central Africa peace deal as important step

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:13 AM

In a unanimous statement, the United Nations Security Council welcomes the deal and urges all sides to implement it 'in good faith and without delay'

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

IN PHOTOS: ARMM opens first Bangsamoro Museum

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The museum opens as the second round of voting for the Bangsamoro takes place

Photo by Johanie Mae Kusain/Rappler

Bangladesh protests to Myanmar over new arrivals from troubled state

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Bangladesh's foreign ministry summons Myanmar's ambassador late Tuesday, February 5, to protest over the arrivals from Rakhine

PLAY. A young Rohingya refugee plays at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Muslims, Christians join forces vs terrorism in PH

Feb 03, 2019 - 2:27 PM

'We are showing the world that we Filipino Muslims and Christians are one,' says Imam Council of the Philippines Chairman Aleem Said Basher

PRAYER RALLY. Muslims and Christians hold a symbolic exchange of the Muslim Koran and the Christian Bible in a prayer rally at the Quezon Memorial Circle on Febuary 3, 2019. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

[OPINION] To our future leaders in the Bangsamoro: Prove us right

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Here are our collective aspirations: what we need, what we want, and what we could get rid of

Galvez says ratified BOL brings 'new dawn' to Mindanao

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The new autonomous region will be in place after President Rodrigo Duterte forms the 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority

CORRECTING HISTORICAL INJUSTICE. The new Bangsamoro region is expected to help bring peace in Mindanao. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bangsamoro region: 'We have a new government – and another journey'

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) '1.5 million said yes to peace, yes to Bangsamoro,' says lawyer Maisara Dandamun Latiph of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

BANGSAMORO CANVASSING. The ballot boxes containing election returns from Isabela City, Basilan are processed during the canvassing for the Bangsamoro plebiscite at the Comelec main office in Intramuros, Manila on January 25, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Comelec: Bangsamoro Organic Law 'deemed ratified'

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:18 PM

The historic vote creates the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, a more powerful political entity that allows the Bangsamoro people a chance at genuine self-governance

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. The ballot boxes containing election results from Isabela City, Basilan, are processed during the canvassing of Bangsamoro plebiscite results in Intramuros, Manila on January 25, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

U.N. expert visits Bangladesh Rohingya 'relocation' island

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Bangladesh is spending $280 million transforming Bhashan Char, a muddy silt islet that only emerged from the sea two decades ago, into a camp for some of the refugees

ROHINGYA. United Nations Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee looks on at a press conference after addressing her report before the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 12, 2018.File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Jakarta ex-governor freed from prison after blasphemy sentence

Jan 24, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama – the Indonesian capital's first non-Muslim governor in half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader – leaves a prison outside the capital after dawn nearly two years after his conviction for blasphemy

Jakarta's Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (C), popularly known as Ahok, speaks to his lawyers after judges delivered their sentence during the verdict in his blasphemy trial in Jakarta on May 9, 2017. - Jakarta's Christian governor was jailed for two years on May 9 after being found guilty of committing blasphemy, capping a saga seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. (Photo by BAY ISMOYO / POOL / AFP)

4 arrested in plot to target Muslims in New York state

Jan 24, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Police identify 3 young men arrested for allegedly planning a 'potentially lethal, attack on a Muslim community. A fourth unidentified suspect, aged 16, was also detained.

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on January 23, 2019 shows booking photos courtesy of the Greece Police Department, of three of four suspects (L-R)Vincent Vetromile 19,of Greece, NY, Brian Colaneri, 20, of Gates,NY and Andrew Crysel, 18 of East Rochester,NY. - Four young people between the ages of 16 and 20 have been arrested in northern New York State and accused of preparing a "potentially lethal" attack on a Muslim community regularly targeted by extremist sites, police said Wednesday. Police in the small town of Greece, near the Canadian border, recovered three explosive devices and 23 weapons - mostly shotguns - from the homes of arrested youth, according to spokeswoman Jared Rene. (Photos by HO / The Greece Police Department / AFP)

76% of Filipino Muslims say MILF capable of governing BARMM – SWS

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:23 AM

The same SWS survey shows 79% of Muslims nationwide wanted the Bangsamoro Organic Law approved in the plebiscite

SUPPORTING BANGSAMORO. MILF fighter Abdul Mero narrates why he and other MILF fighters became rebels and how they are now supporting the Bangsamoro Organic Law which is seen to bring lasting peace and development in the Bangsamoro Region which will undergo a plebescite on January 21, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Christians have nothing to fear under BARMM, says priest

Jan 20, 2019 - 1:54 PM

Christians 'must engage positively' under the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, says Catholic priest Father Clifford Baira

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Moro women flash the peace sign in Cotabato City on January 18, 2019, during the final rally for a 'yes' vote in the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cotabato City mayor defends opposition to Bangsamoro law

Jan 20, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani Sayadi says her constituents have been harassed by combatants from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

KEY CITY. Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi is firmly opposed to the city joining the BARMM. Photo from City Government of Cotabato Facebook page

Rappler Talk: Ben Bacani on Cotabato City in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Expert Ben Bacani tells us his predictions on whether Cotabato City will vote to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Power brokers in the Bangsamoro region

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Rappler identifies the key groups and clans that have shaped and influenced the region over the years. What's in store for them in the future Bangsamoro autonomous region?

Facing persecution at home, Ahmadiyya Muslims find refuge in Manila

Jan 15, 2019 - 4:46 PM

The Philippines is home to hundreds of refugees who identify as Ahmadiyya Muslims, a sect of Islam that's constantly under attack in Muslim-majority countries. Less than 30 of them struggle to make a living in Metro Manila.

LESSONS. Refugee children participate in a history trivia lesson organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of the Philippines at their center in Paranaque City in Eid al-fitr, an Islamic festival that marks the end of the month of fasting in 2018. Photo by Talha Ali

A new jihad: Helping Marawi

Jan 14, 2019 - 2:00 PM

With the crucial rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City moving slowly, experts warn that sentiments of the Moros may be shifting

The sight of a ruined city of Marawi can be used by extremists for their recruitment propaganda. "The narrative is slowly morphing, slowly morphing into something like a monster", warns Acram Latiph, an expert on Peace and Development at the Mindanao State University.

Seeds of insurgency: The youth of Marawi

Jan 13, 2019 - 2:00 PM

As grievances persist from generation to generation, so do challenges in protecting young Filipino Muslims from radicalization

Residents of Marawi come home to almost nothing five months after the city's liberation, April 7, Saturday. Evacuees from the city are given a schedule of 3 days to retrieve whatever they can from their homes. Residents found their life's work either destroyed, burnt, or looted.

6 scenarios for the Bangsamoro vote

Jan 08, 2019 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) The new Bangsamoro government is within grasp. Will there be last-minute hitches?

PEACE SIGN. MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim was ad the last address of Mujiv Hataman as ARMM Governor at the Office of the Regional Center in Cotabato City on December 19, 2018. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Why is the world silent on China’s Uyghur Muslims?

Jan 04, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Protesting against China over the treatment of its minority is, in the eyes of Muslim leaders, presumably not worth the loss of economic privilege and security alliance

Learning to play chess

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:14 PM

I am telling this story because this is how I finally understood how I came to truly appreciate identifying as a Bangsamoro

Bangladesh to seal off Rohingya camps during election

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The Election Commission ordered authorities to prevent refugees being exploited during election campaigning

Yemeni mother to see dying son after U.S. waives visa ban

Dec 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

The wish of a mother from Yemen to see her dying toddler one last time is granted, when the US issues her a waiver from its ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries

This photo courtesy of the Council on American-Islamic relations in Sacramento shows the young Abdullah Hassan on life support at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland on December 16, 2018 with his father, Ali. Two-year-old Abdullah Hassan, a US citizen like his father, suffers from a rare genetic brain condition. His mother from Yemen was granted a visa on December 18, 2018 to see her dying toddler after US officials issued a waiver from its ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, supporters said. Council on American-Islamic Relations / AFP

Hataman calls for 'yes' Bangsamoro vote in last address as ARMM governor

Dec 19, 2018 - 4:25 PM

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman recalls the long road to peace, thanking both former President Benigno Aquino III and President Rodrigo Duterte for their commitment to the Bangsamoro peace process

ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman with former military chief Carlito Galvez Jr. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler