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January 21 non-working day in ARMM, Cotabato City, Isabela City

Jan 17, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Malacañang declares January 21 a special non-working day in the areas to give the people 'the opportunity to actively and fully participate in the plebiscite and exercise their right to vote'

BALLOTS. Ballots for the upcoming Bangsa Moro Organic law plebiscite are being printed at the National Printing Office headquarters in Quezon City in time for the January 21 plebiscite schedule. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Locsin scraps birth certificates for passport renewals | Evening wRap

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:06 PM

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Daraga, Cotabato placed under Comelec control

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The two areas will remain under the control of the Commission on Elections until the end of the election period

Policemen conduct COMELEC check point in Binondo, Manila on January 14, 2019. four months ahead of the midterm polls. Anationwide gun ban also take effect until June 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Suspect in Cotabato City bombing surrenders | Evening wRap

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:43 PM

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Suspect in Cotabato mall bombing surrenders to police

Jan 08, 2019 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATED) Police say Salipudin Pasandalan surrendered to deny his involvement in the December 31 bombing

LOOKOUT? Salipudin Pasandalan surrenders to police after he was tagged as a suspect in the New Year's Eve bombing of South Seas Mall in Cotabato City. PNP photo

Police release photos of suspects in Cotabato mall bombing

Jan 05, 2019 - 12:51 PM

The photos were culled from CCTV footage on the second floor of South Seas Mall

DO YOU KNOW HIM? Police have asked the public for help in identifying this man, believed to be aged 25 to 30, suspected of involvement in the Cotabato City New Year’s Eve blast. Photo from Special Investigation Task Group SouthSeas

Malacañang on 'ISIS-inspired' Cotabato blast: Do not speculate

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr also tells the public to be more 'sober' in dealing with rumors and calls the incident an 'isolated case'

BLAST. Two people died while 34 were injured in an explosion in a mall in Cotabato City on December 31, 2018. Sourced photo

Duterte’s New Year message: Reflect, learn from past lessons | Evening wRap

Jan 01, 2019 - 7:49 PM

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PNP suspects ISIS-inspired local terror group behind Cotabato blast

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:14 PM

The Philippine National Police says bomb experts prevent a second bomb from exploding inside the mall

BOMB SITE. Police scour the area where a bomb exploded outside the South Seas Mall in Cotabato City Cotabato bombing on December  31, 2018. Rappler photo

2 dead, 32 injured in Cotabato City New Year's Eve blast | Evening wRap

Dec 31, 2018 - 8:57 PM

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2 dead, 34 injured in Cotabato City New Year's Eve blast

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(5th UPDATE) PNP Cotabato Spokesperson Senior Inspector Roel Zafra says the explosion occurred outside the South Seas Mall complex after an unidentified male person dropped a wrapped box

5 farmers killed in North Cotabato ambush

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Matalam town police are eyeing a land dispute as the motive for the attack

Bangsamoro advocate retires as Cotabato archbishop

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Retired Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, an advocate of the peace process in the southern Philippines, is the first cardinal from Mindanao

RETIRED. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo steps down as he is past retirement age. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Cop linked to drugs killed in South Cotabato buy-bust operation

Sep 09, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Police say PO1 Rommil Barcellano resisted arrest and fired at those conducting the operation

NANLABAN? Police Officer I Rommil Barcellano is killed after allegedly violently resisting arrest in a buy-bust operation. Photo from the PNP-CITF

Duterte ends BBL impasse: Mother LGUs' vote needed for inclusion in Bangsamoro

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:19 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The 6 towns of Lanao del Norte and 39 North Cotabato barangays will have to get the support of their province and municipalities, respectively, before they can join, contrary to what the Bangsamoro Transition Commission wants

HOUSE VERSION ADOPTED. President Rodrigo Duterte tells the bicameral conference committee on July 11, 2018, to adopt the House version’s provision on the coverage of the Bangsamoro region. In this file photo, Mindanao lawmakers celebrate the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

Bangsamoro territory in Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato still up for debate

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers anticipate difficult discussions on how these areas would be included in the Bangsamoro region

TERRITORY TALKS. Members of the bicameral conference committee on the BBL meet on July 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of OPAPP. Photo courtesy of P Camero/CMB Engracia

IN PHOTOS: Learn about Bangsamoro heritage through this village

Jun 23, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The expo was opened to public on June 18 and will stay open until the end of December 2018

LOCAL COLOR. Bangsamoro culture is on full display at the ARMM villages' expo in Cotabato City. All photos by Amir Mawallil/Rappler

Two explosions rock Koronadal City – reports

Apr 29, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) Reports say IEDs were planted in different public areas: one near Christ the King Cathedral along Rizal Street, another near a convenience store

College president linked to drugs remains at large – PDEA chief Aquino

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Samson Molao, president of the Cotabato Foundation for Science and Technology, is accused of operating a drug den inside the school

AARON AQUINO. PDEA Chief Director General Aaron Aquino insists Cotabato Foundation for Science and Technology Foundation president Samson Molao is wanted for his alleged illegal drug-related activities. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Shabu, firearms found inside college president's staff house

Jan 30, 2018 - 8:23 AM

Anti-illegal drug enforcers retrieve several firearms and substances believed to be shabu inside a staff house of a state-run school president in Cotabato

SC records show Midas, not Sereno, sat on Mamasapano transfer request

Jan 26, 2018 - 5:36 PM

In a statement Thursday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II blamed Chief Justice Sereno for the delay

Witnesses Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta (left), and SC Administrator Jose Midas Marquez attends the house hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on January 15, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC has been sitting on Mamasapano transfer request for a year – DOJ

Jan 25, 2018 - 2:24 PM

The trial of 88 people charged with murder for the bloody Mamasapano operations has yet to start

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

3 NPA fighters, 1 soldier killed in Cotabato town clash

Jan 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

(UPDATED) Makilala Mayor Rody Caoagdan says his office has sent a team to rescue people who may have been injured as they were caught in the crossfire

Legarda seeks justice for 8 Lumad killed in South Cotabato

Dec 23, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Senator Loren Legarda calls for an investigation into Lumad deaths in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, allegedly at the hands of the military

CHAMPION OF IPS. Senator Loren Legarda wants justice for lumads. File photo

ARMM saw 'explosion of violence' in 2016 – report

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:50 PM

According to the latest Conflict Alert, the biggest causes of violent conflict in 2016 are shadow economy issues, while political issues such as rebellion and extremism caused more fatalities

Why Lumad groups are camping outside DepEd

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATE) DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones explains that Lumad schools applying for a permit should go through the process required by the department

CAMP OUT. Lumad groups are calling on the Department of Education to grant their permits t

Koronadal businessman nabbed in anti-illegal drugs raid

Sep 11, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Ruel Balong Espinosa is allegedly a member of El Patron Drug Group in South Cotabato

CONFISCATED. Authorities in South Cotabato seize firearms from Ruel "Balong" Espinosa, a business man alleged to have links in the region's illegal drug ring. Photo from PDEA XII

VIRAL: Filipino bayanihan spirit unfolds in baggage queue

Jul 19, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Responding to the viral post the CEO of AirAsia says it will extend free baggage allowance of up to 40 kilograms to all AFP personnel

Pangilinan, PSG, Trump and Putin | Midday wRap

Jul 19, 2017 - 1:49 PM

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Duterte security aides hurt in clash with communist rebels

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED The encounter is triggered by the discovery of 50 suspected communist rebels posing as soldiers manning a fake military checkpoint

Bongbong vs Leni: 2016 'election fingerprints' in possible recount areas

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:01 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Election results in these provinces may be up for recount if the Presidential Electoral Tribunal grants the petitions of Marcos and Robredo in their respective protests

7 governors, 132 mayors in Mindanao lose power over police

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED Napolcom points to the local executives ‘failure to impose measures to suppress terroristic acts and prevent lawless violence in their territories’

Palace, military downplay BIFF threats vs Duterte

Jun 23, 2017 - 5:31 PM

The military says the BIFF was driven to make threats against President Rodrigo Duterte out of embarrassment as its attack on a North Cotabato village failed to inflict substantial damage on government forces

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31 BIFF hostages rescued in North Cotabato – military

Jun 21, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Military spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla says all the hostages including 12 children are safe

Duterte, BIFF, Brussels attack | Midday wRap

Jun 21, 2017 - 12:35 PM

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BIFF attacks North Cotabato village, holds civilians hostage

Jun 21, 2017 - 10:26 AM

4TH UPDATE Members of the BIFF have occupied a primary school in Pigcawayan town and have taken hostages says the military

WATCH: Marian image in San Mateo crowned by papal mandate

Jun 05, 2017 - 12:05 AM

Here is Rappler s 360 degree video of the canonical coronation held during a Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aranzazu in San Mateo

CANONICAL CORONATION. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo leads the canonical coronation of Our Lady of Aranzazu in San Mateo, Rizal, on May 31, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cardinal Quevedo slams terrorism as 'demonic ideology'

May 31, 2017 - 6:49 PM

The true believers in Islam have condemned this ideology Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo says as clashes continue in Marawi City

SLAMMING TERROR. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo says in a homily on May 31, 2017, that terrorism is a 'demonic ideology' destroying friendships between Christians and Muslims. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Another rural doctor shot dead, this time in Cotabato City

Apr 18, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Dr Shahid Sinolinding the younger brother of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Health Secretary Kadil Sinolinding Jr was killed inside his clinic at 11 am Tuesday

North Cotabato farmers decry killings, harassment over land dispute

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:37 AM

The murder of farmers group leader Wilerme Dorado Agorde in front of his grandchildren in February further fuels suspicion that farmers locked in a land dispute with a state university are being silenced

FALLEN. A photo of Wilerme Dorado Agorde is placed on his front door during his wake. Photo by Edwin Gariguez

South Cotabato lawmaker acquitted over U.S. junket case

Mar 28, 2017 - 11:05 AM

UPDATED South Cotabato 1st District Representative Pedro Acharon Jr was earlier charged for travel authorities he issued to councilors to attend a fiesta in California when he was mayor

Alleged NPA rebels burn bus in North Cotabato

Mar 13, 2017 - 11:29 AM

The incident occurs just days after the communist rebels and the Philippine government announced the resumption of formal peace negotiations

News Briefs: March 2, 2017

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday March 2

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Jan 23, 2017 - 11:56 AM

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Jan 23, 2017 - 8:35 AM

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Soldiers, NPA break ceasefire in Cotabato clash

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:19 AM

A New People s Army rebel is killed in Makilala North Cotabato in the first fatal encounter to disrupt the 5 month old ceasefire

FIRST CLASH? It is believed to be the first armed encounter between the military and the New People's Army since both issued separate ceasefire declarations in August 2016. Photo from the military

Bishop on killings: Filipinos 'quiet like in time of Hitler'

Jan 18, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Let us boldly reject merciless ways of dealing with the most miserable including our drug addicts Bishop Teodoro Bacani says at the Mercy Congress

'HOW CAN THIS BE?' Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani on January 18, 2017, questions the silence of many Filipinos about the recent drug-related killings in the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop hits PNP, says Oplan TokHang 'a bringer of death'

Jan 18, 2017 - 1:58 PM

What kind of police force do we have that cannot catch the killers of 4 000 people? asks Bishop Teodoro Bacani at the Congress on Mercy

HITTING PNP. Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani criticizes the Philippine National Police on January 17, 2017, for failing to catch vigilantes who have killed 4,000 suspected drug pushers and users. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Quevedo on killings: 'We do not practice our faith'

Jan 17, 2017 - 6:45 PM

We are a country where our faith has a dichotomy…We believe but we do not practice it says Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo

LEADING BISHOP. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo says the public's attitude toward extrajudicial killings shows that many Filipinos do not practice their faith. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Church silence on killings 'media-perceived,' cardinal says

Jan 17, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo adds that we should think of the Church as not the bishops only

NOT SILENT. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo denies that the Catholic Church has been silent on recent killings in the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler