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Marawi City votes in special barangay, SK elections

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) Election watchdogs report irregularities and a few poll-related incidents in some areas in the conduct of the village and youth council polls

MARAWI POLLS. Election watchdog Namfrel monitors the conduct of the special barangay and SK elections in Marawi City on September 22, 2018. Photo from Namfrel's Facebook page

Mom of Marine killed in Marawi tears up at memorial rites

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:05 PM

John Frederick Savellano, 29, is among the Marines remembered on the first year of the liberation of the now legendary Mapandi Bridge

PROUD PARENTS. The parents of the late Marine 1st Lieutenant John Frederick Savellano were recognized at a ceremony to remember the sacrifices of the Marines in liberating the Mapandi Bridge. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Over 64,000 families return to Marawi – DSWD

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:24 PM

DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo says 64,364 families – from a total of 77,170 – have returned to Marawi City

SHELTER. Government gives rain barrels to Marawi families in temporary shelters to help ease water problems. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

‘Piso para kay Leni’ donations go to Marawi housing project

Jul 18, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo turns over to the Marawi City government 60 homes built under her Angat Buhay program, for families displaced by the Marawi siege

SHELTER.Vice President Leni Robredo with Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra (3rd from left) and other officials at the opening of the Angat Buhay Village. Photo from OVP

Senate honors soldiers for defending, maintaining peace in Marawi

May 28, 2018 - 5:36 PM

'The supreme sacrifice of our fallen soldiers and police officers in order to fulfill their duty to defend and protect the country from terrorists should not be forgotten and deserves the highest commendation'

generals involves in liberating Marawi City, (L-R), Lt. General Arnel de la Vega, commander of Western Mindanao Command, Lt. General Danilo Pamonag, former Special Operations Commander, Lt. General GALILEO GERARD KINTANAR JR Philippine Air Force commanding General, Lt General Rolando Joselito Bautista, Commanding General, Philippine Army. the Generals returned to Marawi City to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers in the liberation for Marawi City on May 24, 2018 inside Camp Ranao, the headquarters of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry Battalion in Marawi City on May 24, 2018. with the generals are their subordinate generals who were also instumental in the liberation of Marawi City. (Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Rain barrels ease water woes in Marawi relocation site

May 27, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government is stepping in to provide a permanent solution to water problems in Marawi City's temporary shelters

Government gives rain barrels to Marawi families in temporary shelters to help ease water problems. Photo taken by Bobby Lagsa on May 22, 2018

Displaced Maranaos in Marawi find healing in gardening

May 26, 2018 - 11:07 AM

'This is like tending to a newborn child,' says Nor-Aine Tantuas, one of the internally displaced persons living in Marawi City's Sagonsongan relocation site

HEALING IN GARDENING. Wafah Tantuas pourS water into the chili plants that she tends to with her mother Nor-Aine. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi generals return to honor men killed in battles last year

May 24, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Huwag mo ako interview-hin. Baka umiyak ako.' The Philippine military unveils a 'Heroes Wall' inside Marawi camp.

HONORING THE DEAD. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads a wreathe-laying ceremony for soldiers killed in Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi Siege anniversary, SWS survey, Roque on Duterte | Midday wRap

May 24, 2018 - 12:19 PM

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War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

May 22, 2018 - 11:25 PM

Marawi was a 'setback' for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon's faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a 'propaganda victory' for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

'Crazy hope' for missing kin in Philippines' Marawi

May 22, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Families of the scores still missing are the overlooked victims of the Philippines' deadliest confrontation with Islamists.

MISSING. In this photo taken on April 2, 2018, (L-R) Alma Tome, Evelyn Powao, and Melgie Powao, whose husbands are still missing one year after the Marawi siege, show photos of their husbands during an interview with AFP in Iligan city on the southern island of Mindanao. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018 - 11:14 AM

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Canvassing at Rosauro Almario Elem. School. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP nabs alleged Maute Group sniper ahead of Marawi siege anniversary

May 08, 2018 - 12:33 PM

(UPDATED) Unday Macadato is arrested in Quezon City after Cubao locals reported him to the police

NABBED. Alleged Maute Group sniper Unday Macadato is presented in Camp Crame. PNP Photo

LIST: Tasks for China consortium in P17.2-B Marawi contract

May 06, 2018 - 8:27 AM

The government is poised to spend P17.2 billion to rehabilitate the former battle area in Marawi City. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled in June.

Screenshot of Task Force Bangon Marawi powerpoint presentation on April 12, 2018

LOOK: Gov't illustrations of Marawi rehabilitation plan

May 04, 2018 - 3:13 PM

The Swiss Challenge may be scheduled next week, where other companies may 'challenge' the project design of a Chinese-led consortium. The P17.2-billion contract will be awarded by May 31, based on the government timeline.

ARTIST'S RENDITION OF MARAWI AFTER REHAB. All illustrations taken from a Task Force Bangon Marawi powerpoint presentation as of April 12, 2018

U.S. pledges P182 million more for displaced Marawi residents

May 03, 2018 - 8:37 PM

This brings to nearly P1.4 billion the total US government contributions to humanitarian aid in Marawi City, says US Ambassador Sung Kim

MARAWI REHABILITATION. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on May 3, 2018, announces an additional pledge of P182 million for Marawi humanitarian response. Photo courtesy of US embassy

Experts push for community-led Marawi rehabilitation

Apr 29, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'The success or failure of rehabilitation will depend on the quality of participation and representation of communities in both planning and implementation,' says a paper published by Asia Foundation

RUINS. The former battle area in Marawi remains a ghost town 6 months after the war. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi family pays P100 for water daily in gov't relocation site

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:56 AM

The contractor at the Sagonsongan relocation site has been drilling for deep wells but so far can't find enough water. Alternatives are now being considered but it may take time.

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

The house that saved Christians in Marawi

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) The house is where dozens of Christians were hidden from the local terrorist groups, protected by their Muslim employers. It was one of Rappler's most memorable stories during the siege.

Bishops visit Marawi church before demolition

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Saint Mary's Cathedral in Marawi was desecrated by local terrorist groups at the height of the siege in 2017

Photos courtesy of DUYOG MARAWI

Lone Palaro athlete from Marawi wants to play for UST tennis someday

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Even if he fled Marawi City during the months-long war, 13-year-old Prince Langitao continued playing the sport he loves. Now, he is eyeing gold at the Palarong Pambansa 2018.

PROUD MARANAO. Tennis player Prince Langitao, 13 years old, is the only Marawi athlete competing at Palarong Pambansa 2018. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Q and A: Marawi rehab chief seeks to ease fears of land grabbing

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Task Force Bangon Marawi chairman Eduardo del Rosario speaks to Rappler about rehabilitation plans for the former Marawi siege battle area

OPTIMISTIC. Task Force Bangon Marawi chief Eduardo Del Rosario is confident government will deliver President Rodrigo Duterte's promise to build a better Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Vietnam donates 200 metric tons of rice to Marawi IDPs

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan hands over the rice donation to Social Welfare Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan in Dalipuga, Iligan City

DONATION. DSWD Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan shakes hands with Vietnamese Ambassador Ly Quoc Tuan after signing the deed of donation. Photo courtesy of DSWD

A painful homecoming for Marawi evacuees

Apr 06, 2018 - 1:02 PM

'We were hoping for something better, but now the reality just hit us. This is really sad, but this is life,' says Muktar Usman Apon as he gathered scrap metal and other items in their destroyed home that they can sell to the junkyard

TEARFUL HOMECOMING. Haj Mohaymen Ampuan can only cry in despair as he sees his home for the first time since the Marawi war broke out on May 23, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

No date set for Marawi residents to rebuild their homes

Apr 05, 2018 - 12:09 AM

Based on the timetable of Task Force Bangon Marawi, clearing of debris is yet to happen on May 10, 2018

Task Force Bangon Marawi Field Office Manager Assistant Secretary Felix Castro gestures as he explains that residents of Most Affected Areas will be allowed to reconstruct, rebuild their homes. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LIST: 9 companies behind China-led consortium picked for Marawi rehab

Apr 02, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Here's a list of the companies that form the Bangon Marawi Consortium, whose rehabilitation proposal was chosen by the government and will be subjected to a Swiss challenge

Marawi evacuees rally to be allowed to return home for good

Mar 30, 2018 - 1:29 PM

(UPDATED) Organizers secure a permit from Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra but he says he didn’t know they planned to enter the ground zero. The military says it was generally peaceful.

PEACE RALLY. Security forces block Muslim residents of Marawi who attempt to hold Friday prayers inside ground zero on March 30, 2018. Photo courtesy of Baishora Ace

Marawi priest Chito Soganub says captivity a ‘test of faith’

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The Catholic priest held hostage by the terrorist Maute Group for 116 days opens up during the launch of an initiative to help rebuild Marawi

TEST OF FAITH. Marawi priest Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub says in a press conference on March 23, 2018, that his life in captivity tested his 'spiritual sanity.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Rohan Gunaratna on global security, threats in Southeast Asia

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Maria Ressa talks to terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna

Alleged Maute subleader, member arrested in Manila

Mar 04, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Suspected Maute Group subleader Nasser Lomondot and member Rizasalam Lomondot are charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition as well as explosives

'Marawi part 2' possible in major Mindanao cities – Dela Rosa

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa calls for calm, saying cops will hold simulation exercises nationwide to prepare for terror attacks

MARAW PART 2? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks at a press conference in Camp Crame. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SC ruling: 'Martial law ad infinitum' and a 'tragic repeat of 1972'

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The SC majority says safeguards remain, and cites legal remedies for human rights like writs of amparo and habeas data

AD INFINITUM? Petitioner-lawyer Edre Olalia says the Supreme Court empowers President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a martial law 'ad infinitum' making his judgment 'absolute.'

SC upholds constitutionality of martial law re-extension to 2018

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:38 PM

(5th UPDATE) The Supreme Court votes 10-5 after oral arguments in January, where petitioners tried to argue that the 1987 Constitution does not provide any legal basis for a re-extension

Supreme Court justices led by SC chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno starts the oral arguments on the 1-year extension of the Martial Law in Mindanao by the Supreme Court in Manila on January 16, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Maranao leader to Duterte: Don't rub salt on our deep wounds

Feb 01, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Former Bangsamoro Transition Commissioner Samira Gutoc-Tomawis: 'Though defense is a power by the President/Commander-in-Chief holding the AFP, the civilian sentiments must be reminded as per the constitution's emphasis on civilian authority over military'

Lumads joining the protest in front of the US Embassy. File photo.

Duterte tells Lumad leaders to prepare for relocation

Feb 01, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The Lumad will be relocated to temporary shelters that will be modeled after those units the government built in Lanao del Sur for the evacuees from the war-torn Marawi City, the President says

Ayala turns over new drug rehab center to Marawi LGU

Jan 31, 2018 - 1:31 PM

The P30-million Siyapen Center is the first community-based drug rehabilitation center in the ARMM

SIYAPEN CENTER. A new drug rehabilitation center in Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 10, 2018

Jan 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

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After more than 22 hours the image of the Black Nazarene returns to Quiapo Church

Gov't death toll in Marawi siege rises to 168

Jan 10, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The latest confirmed fatality is Philippine Marine Private Alejandro Balean, who went missing during the fierce battle over the Mapandi Bridge on June 9, 2017

SECTORS. The Philippine Marines were deployed to clear the area on both sides of Agus River. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Military engineers clear 30% of Marawi areas from IEDs, explosives

Dec 30, 2017 - 4:48 PM

Over 500 AFP engineers are in Marawi to clear the city of explosive devices and pave the way for rehabilitation efforts to commence

PROGRESS. The AFP says 30% of 'most affected areas' in Marawi City are cleared of explosives. File photo

[WATCH] 20 stories in 2017: War, impunity, and disinformation

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The war on drugs, the Marawi siege, the ASEAN Summit, and global disinformation gripped the nation this year. Rappler’s yearender video takes you through 20 of 2017's top stories

UN ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Vinta-hit Mindanao

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Nearly 140,000 Vinta victims are expected to welcome the new year homeless

RAPID ASSESSMENT. Humanitarian workers from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, conduct rapid assessments in Lanao del Sur towns that were hit by Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin).  Photos by J. Pangalian/UNHCR

Gov't turns over 500 houses to Marawi residents

Dec 27, 2017 - 8:06 PM

Officials also report on the ongoing efforts to bring back livelihood and jobs in Marawi City

NHA photo

Robredo asks Filipinos to remember Marawi residents this Christmas

Dec 24, 2017 - 3:54 PM

'Alalahanin natin ang mga kapatid nating nasa Marawi. Nagsisimula pa lamang silang bumangon mula sa gulo ng hidwaang naganap ngayong taon,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE. In her Christmas message, Vice President Leni Robredo asks Filipinos to remember residents who were affected by the months-long siege in Marawi City. Screenshot from VP Leni Robredo's Facebook page

Malacañang defends 'unpopular' martial law

Dec 23, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reiterates the supposed need to extend martial law to allow the military to address the remnants of ISIS-inspired groups

DISPLACED. Many Marawi residents are still unable to go back to their homes as the military continues to limit access to Marawi City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi City, Lanao del Sur under state of calamity due to Vinta

Dec 23, 2017 - 12:27 PM

This will expedite the humanitarian efforts being undertaken by the local government to respond effectively to the crisis that Vinta has created

SUBMERGED. Several houses in Bubong, Lanao del Sur are under floodwaters due to Vinta. Photo provided by ARMM Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong

Duterte: Remember Marawi heroes, displaced residents this Christmas

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:00 AM

'Let us pause and remember our countrymen who have lost their lives fighting for the integrity of our country, and for those who lost their homes and loved ones in the recent war,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in his Christmas message

At Brigada Eskwela, Briones promises Marawi kids that schools will be fixed

Dec 13, 2017 - 5:45 PM

'We should never, never, never make children weep....Our duty and obligation, [as a] government in this world, is to make them happy now, is to give them all the opportunities for learning, whatever backgrounds we have,' says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

Marawi mayor backs extended martial law to 'keep terrorists away'

Dec 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra supports President Rodrigo Duterte's request to Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao for a year

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler