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Eyewitness to the Marawi siege

Nov 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM

May 23, 2017 starts as a normal day for residents living on Abu Musa al-Ashari Street in Marawi City. Little do they know their street will be the site of the city's biggest crisis.

GROUND ZERO. Residents of Abu Musa Al-ashari Street shared their stories on the day the Marawi siege began. Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Omar Maute's Indonesian wife arrested in Iligan

Nov 05, 2017 - 7:20 PM

(UPDATED) Police also recover blasting caps, detonating cords, and a time fuse from the residence of Minhati Madrais

MAUTE WIFE. Region 10 police director Chief Supt Timoteo Pacleb presents to media Minhati Madrais Maute, the Indonesian wife of Omarkhayam Maute, after she was arrested in Iligan city on November 5, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler MAUTE WIFE. Region 10 police director Chief Supt Timoteo Pacleb presents to media Minhati Madrais Maute, the Indonesian wife of Omarkhayam Maute, after she was arrested in Iligan city on November 5, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Marawi after the war

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:27 AM

What's next for Marawi now that the war is over?

The war in Marawi: 153 days and more

Oct 23, 2017 - 4:23 PM

This page puts together Rappler's reports on the longest and bloodiest Philippine military operation since World War II

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte, Senators in UK, Trump | Midday wRap

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:54 PM

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More than a dozen terrorists killed in Marawi

Oct 19, 2017 - 12:06 PM

(UPDATED) At least 27 terrorists have been killed thus far in heavy fighting. Colonel Brawner says that because they 'don't have all the cadavers yet', they could not confirm if Malaysian militant Dr Mahmud is among them.

Where the Marawi war began: The safe house in Basak Malutlut

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The safe house in Basak Malutlut is a silent witness to the first exchange of gunfire that triggered the war in Marawi City

HAPILON'S SAFE HOUSE. A raid on this safe house in Basak Malutlut on May 23, 2017 triggered the war that has dragged on for nearly 5 months. Rappler photo

IN PHOTOS: 148 days of war in Marawi City

Oct 18, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The Islamic city of Marawi was a beacon of peace and prosperity in Mindanao, untouched by strife until the afternoon of May 23, 2017

Marawi, transport strike, Duterte and Trump | Evening wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:00 AM

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Robredo lauds military for Marawi liberation

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also calls for cooperation and unity to ensure genuine and lasting peace

HEALING STARTS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the liberation of Marawi City marks the start of rehabilitation and healing of the war-torn area. File photo by the Office of the Vice President

FAST FACTS: Who is Mahmud Ahmad?

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:33 PM

The Malaysian terrorist reportedly facilitated the funding for the Marawi attack and recruited fighters for ISIS

MALAYSIAN FIGHTER. Mahmud Ahmad reportedly channeled at least P30 million ($600,000) to finance the attack in Marawi.

U.S. hails AFP for killing Isnilon Hapilon, Omar Maute

Oct 17, 2017 - 5:13 PM

'The U.S. is proud to support the AFP's counterterrorism efforts in Mindanao,' embassy spokesperson Molly Koscina says

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AFP, Duterte and Trump, neutron stars | Midday wRap

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:39 PM

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Malacañang urges remaining terrorists in Marawi to take 'road to peace'

Oct 17, 2017 - 1:19 PM

Malacañang says it is not alone in making the call, as Muslim leaders and groups have aired the same appeal

Hapilon, Omar Maute offered millions of pesos to escape Marawi

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:37 AM

The military believes that the nearly P1-billion loot taken by local terrorists from homes and establishments in Marawi is still somewhere in the main battle area

SLAIN TERRORIST LEADERS. Military chief General Eduardo Ano (2nd, left) and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (2nd,  right) show photos of slain terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute  to the media in Camp Ranao, Marawi City, on October 16, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Hapilon and Maute, war on drugs, Catalonia | Evening wRap

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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Lorenzana: ‘We're not talking about lifting martial law yet’

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The defense secretary says they will assess the lifting of martial law in Mindanao once troops have cleared the Marawi battle area of terrorists

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they have yet to discuss if they can lift martial law in Mindanao. File photo

Lawmakers welcome AFP's killing of Hapilon, Omar Maute

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) With the crisis in Marawi believed to be nearing its end, lawmakers also call for the immediate rehabilitation of the war-torn city

Transport strike, Marawi updates, drug war and EJKs | Midday wRap

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:03 PM

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Top Marawi siege leaders killed in clashes

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:09 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute are killed as troops assault enemy position past midnight on Monday

KILLED. Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute are killed Monday, October 16, as troops assault enemy position.

20 soldiers wounded in Marawi as heavy fighting continues

Oct 15, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Another hostage is rescued as troops push on to meet another deadline to end the war

URBAN WARFARE. The war with local armed groups in Marawi is now on its 5th month. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

3 Maute fighters surrender in Marawi

Sep 29, 2017 - 4:07 PM

'I believe hindi na nila kaya ang intense fighting,' says Westmincom chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez

ISIS-LINKED GROUPS. Marawi City is attacked by ISIS-inspired militants belonging to the Maute Group on May 23, 2017. Photo by Mohammad Manshawi

Bodies, firearms retrieved from former Maute stronghold

Sep 29, 2017 - 9:46 AM

(UPDATED) The military is checking if Omar Maute, one of the key leaders behind the attack on Marawi, is among those killed in Bato Mosque

MARAWI CRISIS. The military continues push to end war in Marawi. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The life of a Maute hostage in Marawi

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:17 PM

Omar Maute tells his hostage Lordvin Acopio: 'Gawin mo na lang itong trabahong ito na parang humanitarian [work]. Dahil kapwa mo sila tao. Huwag mo gawin ito dahil captors mo sila.'

MAUTE HOSTAGE. Dansalan College teacher Lordvin Acopio was held captive for 117 days. Rappler photo

Presence of foreign fighters in Marawi confirmed by former hostage

Sep 26, 2017 - 4:22 PM

The Indonesians were mostly bombers while the Malaysians and the Arab were fighters in the frontline, says a former hostage

FOREIGN FIGHTERS: Former hostage Lordvin Acopio said he saw at least 11 foreign fighters in the battle zone. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Marawi priest Chito Soganub speaks of 'one God' for Christians, Muslims

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:35 PM

On a plane to Manila, Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub shares his views on the similarities between Christians and Muslims

COMMONALITIES. Father Teresito Soganub speaks about his faith. Screenshot of a sourced video

Año, Lorenzana, Manafort | Midday wRap

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:19 PM

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PH military believes 5 other Maute brothers killed

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The deaths of the 5 brothers and Abdullah Maute leave Omar as the only Maute brother fighting in Marawi says the Philippine military

PH military believes Abdullah Maute is dead

Sep 04, 2017 - 11:28 AM

3rd UPDATE Abdullah Maute is already killed Chatter over Telegram indicates he is killed says Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez

DEAD? Omar and Abdullah Maute, the known leaders of the so-called Maute Brothers, are believed to be dead

Palace denies Duterte considered deal with Maute Group

Jul 06, 2017 - 1:41 PM

Malacañang reiterates the government s policy against negotiating with terrorists though the Chief Executive himself had ordered an adviser to reach out to the group in the early days of the Marawi siege

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by 1002nd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Roberto Ancan as he is accorded with military honors upon his arrival at the 1002nd Infantry Brigade headquarters in Malungon, Sarangani Province on July 5, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Talks between Muslim leaders, terrorists 'not sanctioned by gov't'

Jun 27, 2017 - 4:06 PM

Malacañang maintains that the government does not negotiate with terrorists after a supposed hostage swap proposal from the Maute Group

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announces during a press conference in Malacañang on June 6, 2017 that the military has recovered P52.2 million from what used to be a lair of the terrorist in Marawi City in an operation last June 5. He added that this is a testament to honor, integrity and moral high ground that the military adheres to when conducting their duty. Malacañan Photo

Terror in Mindanao: The Mautes of Marawi

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:30 AM

We tell the story of a family behind a homegrown terrorist group that most effectively spread the ISIS ideology in the Philippines

Isnilon Hapilon may have fled Marawi City – army

Jun 24, 2017 - 1:58 PM

2nd UPDATE These people are suicidal Our assessment is that they will really fight to the end says Brigadier General Restituto Padilla

Screenshot of a video showing Isnilon Hapilon pledging allegiance to the Islamic State

Marawi battle zone: Urban warfare challenges PH military

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

It’s a lot like the siege of Zamboanga City in September 2013 – but much worse

Calida: Military knew Marawi terror plot as early as April

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:06 AM

UPDATED Solicitor General Jose Calida reveals the government knew the Maute Group had been planning to attack Marawi to establish an ISIS province in Mindanao

MARAWI SIEGE. Police commando from the 3rd Maneouver company of the Regional Public Safety Battalion -ARMM watches a crucial street where heavy fighting occured an hour earlier. Sniper fire from the Maute group targets government forces as they move forward to reclaim lost territories. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler


Who is Farhana Maute?

Jun 10, 2017 - 10:26 AM

UPDATED According to those familiar with her Farhana is as notorious as her sons Omar and Abdullah

Maute matriarch also arrested

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:08 AM

UPDATED Her two sons – Abdullah and Omar – are the known leaders of the notorious terrorist Maute Group that joined forces with the Abu Sayyaf faction of Isnilon Hapilon to seize Marawi City

Maute patriarch moved to Camp Bagong Diwa

Jun 08, 2017 - 9:29 AM

Cayamora Maute whose sons lead a local terror group is moved to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig past midnight

ARRESTED. Cayamora Maute is interviewed by media following a press conference about his arrest in Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Duterte offers P20M combined bounties for Hapilon, Mautes

Jun 05, 2017 - 7:04 PM

AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año says the President offers P10M for the arrest of Hapilon and P5M each for Abdullah Maute and Omar Maute

ISNILON HAPILON. Screenshot of a video showing Isnilon Hapilon pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).