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Tales of hope from survivors of war on eve of Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:44 PM

All three have seen the ugly side of war, but they are hopeful the Bangsamoro Organic Law will finally bring peace and development in Moroland

Rosmina Dali (left) narrates their plight as former Internally Displaced Persons during the 2008-2010 war between government forces and MILF rebels. as as former IDPs, Dali knows the value of peace and development in human condition and dignity. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

After Bangsamoro plebiscite, Duterte wants new agreement with Misuari

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the new deal should 'promote the interest of the MNLF and the rest of the Moro of Mindanao'

Supporters of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) gather at the ORG Compound in Cotabato City to attend the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of the BOL. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Duterte in Cotabato City: Vote 'yes' for Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte calls on the people of ARMM, Cotabato City, and Isabela City to cast their vote on January 21. 'Let us use the plebiscite as a peaceful means to finally correct the historical injustice committed against the Bangsamoro people.'

Screenshot from RTVM

Vote vs BOL 'gains momentum' among youth in Cotabato City, Isabela City

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The two cities are among places to watch as ruling politicians have been vocal against their inclusion in the proposed new region

SPLIT VOTE. A banner against the Bangsamoro Organic Law is seen days ahead of a crucial plebiscite. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Bangsamoro Vote 2019

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:00 PM

News, analyses, and videos on the Bangsamoro plebiscite, January 21, 2019

IN VIDEOS: Thousands of cops, soldiers given send-off for Bangsamoro plebiscite duty

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:13 PM

An elaborate ceremony marks the start of intensified deployments for securing the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite

CONCENTRATED. Cops and police gather in Camp Siongco in Awang, Maguindanao for their send-off to protecting the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

What areas will vote to be part of the Bangsamoro region?

Jan 18, 2019 - 3:00 PM

More than 2.8 million people are expected to take part in the historic plebiscite

Graphic by Raffy de Guzman

More ARMM youth support Bangsamoro Law – survey

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:14 PM

More youth in the region now consider terrorism as the top priority to be addressed by the Bangsamoro Organic Law, according to the survey of International Alert Philippines

LAST PUSH. Supporters the Bangsamoro Law hold a rally pushing for a "yes" vote in Buluan, Maguindanao. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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?

AFP, PNP hold lockdown drill in Lanao del Norte ahead of Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Military officials say the unannounced joint exercise is part of preparations to ensure a peaceful, orderly plebiscite

'LOCKDOWN'. Police and soldiers man a checkpoint in Matungao town, Lanao del Norte, during a simulated exercise on January 16, 2019, ahead of the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

What you need to know about the Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:10 AM

Answers to 5 questions to get you up to speed before voting day on January 21

Photo by Manman Dejeto / Rappler

Dimaporo to Commander Bravo: Let Lanao del Norte people vote freely

Jan 17, 2019 - 7:52 PM

The Dimaporos of Lanao del Norte are campaigning to stop the inclusion of 6 towns in the expanded Muslim region, while the MILF commander is campaigning for a 'yes' vote

NOT AGAINST BOL, BUT… Lanao del Norte congressman Abdullah Dimaporo, in an interview with Rappler on January 16, 2019, says he supports the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao but not the inclusion of 6 municipalities of his province. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

20,000 soldiers, cops to secure Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 17, 2019 - 9:25 AM

They are expected to protect around 2.8 million voters in the plebiscite to ratify the Bangsamoro Organic Law

MORE TROOPS. The police and military will focus on securing the 2.8 million people expected to vote in the Bangsamoro plebiscite. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Martial law 3rd extension: What new arguments will SC discuss?

Jan 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

What petitioners can hope for are new views from the new justices

In Al Barka, MILF members train to keep the peace

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:48 PM

These new members are not trained to fight, but they are trained to understand the Bangsamoro law, says a veteran commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

Former MILF rebels in Basilan. Photo by Richard Falcatan

LOOK: Questions, voting instructions for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 16, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Here are questions and instructions voters should familiarize themselves with before the plebiscite

VOTES. Ballots for the upcoming Bangsamoro plebiscite are being printed at the National Printing Office headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler/Rappler

Bangsamoro vote: Disenfranchisement of Marawi evacuees feared

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:57 PM

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra expects the Bangsamoro Organic Law to win ‘overwhelmingly’ in Marawi City, but civic leader Samira Gutoc says it’s still important for the evacuees to participate in the process

DISPLACED. An elderly Maranao woman stays in a dilapidated classroom that serves as evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. Rappler file photo by Bobby Lagsa

DBM denies Bangsamoro plebiscite funds ‘missing’

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The Department of Budget and Management says P111.8M has been allocated in the 2018 budget for the plebiscite, while P95.8M is proposed in the 2019 budget

PLEBISCITE. Members of the Muslim community rally outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila as they join in the start of the plebiscite and campaign period for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law on December 7, 2018. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte to lend 'powerful voice' to BOL 'yes' campaign

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte will make a pitch for the Bangsamoro Organic Law on January 18 in Cotabato City, a critical city for the upcoming plebiscite

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 25th Annual National Convention of the Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines (VMLP) held at The Bellevue Hotel Resort in Panglao Island, Bohol on June 28, 2018, reiterated his stern warning to the Vice Mayors not to get involved in illegal activities. Malacañang Photo

Andaya seeks probe into ‘missing’ budget for Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 14, 2019 - 7:08 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo previously said the reenacted budget will not affect the BOL as 'the budget for this was already included in the 2018 budget'

BUDGET PROBE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr accuses DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno of "forgetting" to allocate funds for the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Screenshot by Rappler

More than 2.8M voters to take part in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body expects a voter turnout rate of at least 75%

VOTERS. Members of the Muslim community rally outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila as they join the start of campaign period for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Andaya sues Diokno at Supreme Court over non-release of gov’t salary hike

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:15 PM

It is a class suit led by Andaya co-signed by employees from both the executive and legislative branches

SALARY HIKE. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr files on January 14, 2019, a class suit before the Supreme Court seeking to compel the Budget Department to release the 4th tranche of the Salary Standardization Law. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

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

DSWD assures beneficiaries increase in subsidies despite reenacted budget

Jan 10, 2019 - 8:18 PM

10 million households are scheduled to receive raises in cash subsidies to help them cope with the impact of the tax reform law

SUBSIDY. A senior citizen receives P2,400 from the government to help offset the impact of the tax reform law. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The economic fallacies surrounding martial law’s extension

Jan 10, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The greatest danger in the repeated and poorly justified extension of martial law is that it’s a slippery slope to a similar declaration nationwide. Will Congress continue to throw all economic sense out the window?

2 weeks before plebiscite, no TRO yet vs Bangsamoro Law

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:59 PM

'Since there is no TRO, as of the moment, then that plebiscite can proceed,' says Supreme Court Spokesperson Midas Marquez

BANGSAMORO LAW. Supreme Court Spokesperson Midas Marquez announces on January 8, 2019, that no Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) has been issued yet against the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) which is set to undergo plebiscite on January 21. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Moro civic leaders back Bangsamoro Law at Supreme Court

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:36 PM

This is the second comment-in-intervention to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s Bangsamoro Organic Law

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on 2019 martial law extension

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) The hearings are scheduled for January 22 and 23

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

6 scenarios for the Bangsamoro vote

Jan 08, 2019 - 9:00 AM

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

Oil price hike on January 8 not due to Train Law – DOE

Jan 07, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Oil companies will hike diesel prices by P0.70 per liter and gasoline by P0.80 per liter amid price movements in the global market

INCREASES. Global market forces force local players to slightly increase gas prices. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bangsamoro Law case moves at Supreme Court 2 weeks before plebiscite

Jan 07, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Anti-corruption Commissioner Manny Luna files an answer-in-intervention, defending the Bangsamoro Organic Law from a petition filed against it by Governor Abdusakur Tan II of Sulu

BANGSAMORO. The Supreme Court must take up petitions against the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) as the scheduled January 21 plebiscite nears. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Yes to Bangsamoro

Jan 06, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Bangsamoro have traveled a very rough road to gaining this one opportunity for self-rule. This is not the time to squander that chance we’ve more than earned.

Duterte urged to do more to win Bangsamoro vote

Jan 05, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Local officials say a stronger presidential endorsement of the 'yes' vote will be needed in two key battle areas in the region

Members of the Muslim community rally outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila as they join in the start of the plebiscite and campaign period for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law on December 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Opposition lawmakers ask SC to void 3rd Mindanao martial law extension

Jan 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The opposition bloc in the House of Representatives tell the High Court that the extension of martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2019 'mocks' the 1987 Constitution

PETITION VS MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION IN MINDANAO. Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman and other opposition lawmakers have filed a petition against the third extension of martial law in Mindanao before the Supreme ourt. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Comelec approves petitions of 20 LGUs to join Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 04, 2019 - 1:52 PM

In its first batch of decisions, the poll body also thumbs down the petition of 24 other local government units

APPROVED. The Comelec approved the petition of 20 local government units for voluntary inclusion in the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. Graphic by Janina Malinis

DOF turns sour as sugar tax collections miss target

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Taxes collected from sugar-sweetened beverages from January to October 2018 stand at P30 billion, 25% short of the P40-billion target

[ANALYSIS] New year, new fuel taxes: Do we really need them?

Jan 03, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Not only is TRAIN failing to generate enough revenues as expected, it is also demonstrably anti-poor and anti-environment

Bangladesh arrests journalist over election reporting

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:45 PM

If convicted, Mollah could face up to 14 years in jail under a draconian anti-press law that was toughed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina last year

VIOLENT END. Election campaigning in Bangladesh ended on December 28 ahead of the parliamentary election on December 30 with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeking a record fourth term in power. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Vietnam's draconian cybersecurity bill comes into effect

Jan 01, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Human rights groups slam the new cybersecurity law, saying that it is a 'pervasive' and 'totalitarian model of information control'

DOE: 2nd round of fuel tax hikes don’t cover 2018 stocks

Dec 28, 2018 - 1:36 PM

DOE chief Alfonso Cusi warns oil industry players that applying the 2019 tax rates on 2018 oil stocks may lead to company closure and even estafa charges

THE TRAIN EFFECT. Expect fuel prices to go up by January 1, 2019 due to the Train Law. File photo by Rappler

VAT-free starting 2019: Medicines for diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:15 PM

The tax exemption is part of the tax reform law signed in December 2017

TAX-FREE. Medicines prescribed for diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol will be exempt from value-added tax starting 2019. Image from Shutterstock.

#AskTheTaxWhiz: New, updated BIR forms under TRAIN law

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses the Bureau of Internal Revenue forms affected by the tax reform law

[OPINION] Catriona Gray, David Ricardo, and the law of comparative advantage

Dec 25, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Introducing the no-nonsense economics Professor Ben Nojoke...

A month before Bangsamoro plebiscite, gov't entities sign deal on info drive

Dec 22, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Poll watchdog Legal Network of Truthful Elections, however, criticizes the delay in the information and education drive in the Bangsamoro

Photo from OPAPP

[OPINION | Newspoint] Continuing martial law without continuing rebellion

Dec 22, 2018 - 11:00 AM

How can an election conducted under martial law in Duterte's own home region be free or fair at all?

Future Bangsamoro gov’t urged to give Marawi a special focus

Dec 20, 2018 - 4:13 PM

In his last address as ARMM governor, Mujiv Hataman says the Bangsamoro government – if and when ratified – will have the power that the region doesn’t have to help Marawi residents significantly

FOCUS. Governor Mujiv Hataman says the Bangsamoro government should give Marawi City a special focus and help its war-devastated people to recover. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

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Dec 20, 2018 - 2:01 PM

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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

Philconsa asks Supreme Court: Declare BOL unconstitutional

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:02 PM

In a 34-page petition, the Philippine Constitution Association also asks the High Court to issue a temporary restraining order on the implementation of the law

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presents the Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a ceremony at Malacañan Palace on August 6, 2018. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO