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Were 7 killed in Sulu encounter Abu Sayyaf or not?

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) Soldiers say it was an encounter, while a Moro rights group says it was a summary execution

'Inequality to worsen if Bangsamoro literacy, infrastructure not improved'

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy's Amina Rasul Bernardo calls on the government to prioritize illiteracy and the lack of infrastructure in Mindanao

GAP. Literacy and infrastructure woes need to be addressed to make sure Filipinos in Mindanao will not be left behind.

PNP admits 'security lapses' in Sultan Kudarat

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Despite martial law in Mindanao, PNP spokesman Benigno Durana, says 'obviously, there were gaps in the security measures'

PNP'S VOICE. Police Spokesperson Senior Superintendent Benigno Durana at his office in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Roque: Visayas, Mindanao 'more liberal' in defining what is offensive

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is 'mature enough' to know when his jokes are 'too low,' says Malacañang after his joke about rape cases in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the guests during the 49th Charter Day celebration of Mandaue City at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex (MCCSC) in Cebu on August 30, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Arroyo supports possible martial law extension in Mindanao

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:25 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya also says extending martial law is Malacañang's call. 'If the President will ask for it, then it shall be given.'

ALLIES. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo sits beside President Rodrigo Duterte during the 116th Labor Day celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. File phoo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Donate books, help Lumad students finish college

Aug 30, 2018 - 12:40 PM

The Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao targets to complete a 3,000-book requirement by September 20, to get a permit from the Commission on Higher Education

2 deadly bombings in a month demonstrate ISIS tactics

Aug 30, 2018 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) Military chief General Carlito Galvez Jr says ISIS is the biggest security threat in the Philippines

ISULAN BLAST. Scene at the blast site on August 29, 2018. Photo by AFP

Martial law in Mindanao, Xiamen air, Game of Thrones | Evening wRap

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:27 PM

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Lorenzana refuses to back Mindanao martial law extension for now

Aug 29, 2018 - 6:33 PM

(UPDATED) Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says his position may change in the next few months

UNSURE. DND secretary Delfin Lorenzana attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo: No to martial law extension in Mindanao

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:05 PM

'Where's our assurance that if we extend martial law, it would prevent violence in Mindanao?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

NO TO MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION. Vice President says martial law in Mindanao has so far been 'ineffective' in stopping terrorist activities there. File photo by OVP

PNP on martial law extension: 'Why not?'

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:51 PM

'Wala naman kasing masamang dinudulot ang martial law doon,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

'NOTHING BAD'. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says there is no harm in extending martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP on full alert in Mindanao after Sultan Kudarat blast

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:45 AM

'This is the response until martial law ends: We will maintain our full alert status in Mindanao,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

INTENSIFIED. The PNP declares full alert status in Mindanao effective on Wednesday, August 29. Graphic by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler; Photo by Ferdinand Cabre/Rappler

Extending martial law 'an option' after Sultan Kudarat bombing

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(4th UPDATE)Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea says the deadly explosion is a worrisome development given that Mindanao is still under martial law

WATCH: Why Ampatuan was allowed to leave jail

Aug 22, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Ampatuan is captured on video waltzing with his daughter Kristina at her wedding reception on Tuesday, August 21

FATHER AND DAUGHTER. Ampatuan massacre suspect Zaldy Ampatuan dancing with his daughter during her wedding on August 21, 2018. Photo by Tawi-Tawi Rep Ruby Sahali

Robredo to speak at youth leadership event in South Korea

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo is joined by representatives from Youth for Peace Movement-Davao Oriental

ROBREDO SPEAKS. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo addresses Senior High School graduates and Junior High School completers at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna in Calamba during their commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Photo from Office of the Vice President

Duterte opens Chinese-donated Bukidnon drug rehab center

Aug 03, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The P500-million facility is donated by Friends of the Philippines, a group of Chinese businessmen led by Jose Kho, associated with a company behind planned massive reclamation in Manila Bay

ARMM Gov Hataman urges 'prudence, restraint' after Basilan blast

Jul 31, 2018 - 4:22 PM

(UPDATED) ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman says 'rumors and unfounded claims may lead to fearmongering and may further fuel instability at a time when we are working hard to win the peace and pursue justice'

EXPLOSION. The site of an explosion in Barangay Colonia, Lamitan, Basilan, on July 31, 2018. Screenshot from video of Richard Falcatan

After Bangsamoro law, a bright yet bumpy path to peace

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:00 AM

There will be a fight for the hearts and minds of people in the region for them to approve of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in a plebiscite. President Rodrigo Duterte has to convince the political leaders to vote yes.

Muslims of Pikit town in North Cotabato welcomed the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan with a big congregational prayer at their town plaza on June 15, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Customs chief Lapeña suspends 5 BOC officers in Cagayan de Oro

Jul 16, 2018 - 8:37 AM

Using fake papers, over a hundred containers are released from the Mindanao International Container Terminal in the past 6 months

BUSTED. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña (left) and Cagayan de Oro BOC Collector Jamail Marohomsalic show one sack of smuggled white sugar from Thailand. The smuggled goods were seized happened at the Mindanao International Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

BBL compliant with peace deal ‘only course’ to achieving peace – groups

Jul 04, 2018 - 9:44 PM

As Congress is set to decide on a final version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law in July, civil groups from Marawi City and Lanao del Sur urge lawmakers to restore deleted provisions that would create a 'strong' Bangsamoro state

PEACE. Civil groups from Marawi City and Lanao del Sur urge the government to restore previously deleted provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

ARMM assemblyman's aide killed in Davao City ambush

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Davao City police chief Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum says Sidik Salilama Amiril's aides told cops their boss was targeted because of a rido (clan feud) in Maguindanao

Coming out of the shadows: On being LGBT in Mindanao

Jun 30, 2018 - 8:41 PM

The Philippines has been regarded as one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world. Does this hold true for all areas of the country?

Rappler Talk: Getting to know Bisdak and Mindanao Pride

Jun 28, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Hamilcar Chanjueco Jr. from Mindanao Pride and Roxanne O. Doron from Bisdak Pride, Inc. talk about LGBTQIA+ movements in Mindanao and Visayas.

[OPINION] The extra struggles of the LGBTQ+ community in Mindanao

Jun 28, 2018 - 4:12 PM

'We cannot achieve peace and genuine development if gender equality is not upheld especially in Mindanao'

Marawi profs slam government’s skewed rehab priority

Jun 26, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Professors of Mindanao State University question the government's move to prioritize the construction of a military garrison over attending to the needs of evacuees

[OPINION] I do not believe in coming out

Jun 23, 2018 - 3:30 PM

I am living as if I have come out, therefore I do not see the point of sitting down with my family and telling them that I am gay

Albayalde fires Grijaldo, Unsafe streets in Mindanao | Midday wRap

Jun 22, 2018 - 1:55 PM

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Fear of robbery, unsafe streets, drug addicts up in Mindanao – SWS

Jun 21, 2018 - 9:28 PM

The Social Weather Stations' March survey shows a 2-point drop in the nationwide number of people who fear unsafe streets. In Mindanao, however, those who expressed this fear jumps to 48% in March from 35% in December 2017.

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte: Liguasan Marsh 'belongs to the Moro people'

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:19 PM

The marsh in central Mindanao is believed to have oil reserves

LIGUASAN MARSH. President Rodrigo Duterte promises Moros that the Liguasan Marsh in central Mindanao 'belongs to them.' File photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

Final version of BBL holds fate of Mindanao peace process

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:27 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front seeks to restore deleted provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which implements a peace deal with the government

LGBTQ+ community takes pride to Mindanao

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'I believe that it’s about time to rise together against discrimination, exclusion, and violence,' says Mindanao Pride founder, Hamilcar Chanjueco

MINDANAO PRIDE. The logo of Mindanao Pride. Image from Mindanao Pride Facebook page

Court orders arrest of Lanao mayor under Duterte adviser's custody

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:28 PM

A Lanao del Norte court issues an arrest warrant against Pantar town Mayor Jabar Tago over a murder charge

TOWN CHIEF. Pantar town Mayor Jabar Tago talks to a guest in his office. Photo from the Facebook page of the Municipality of Pantar

ARMM Governor says final BBL should comply with peace deal

May 31, 2018 - 8:02 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives versions of the BBL bill water down the powers of the proposed new Bangsamoro region

FAR BETTER. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman stays firm in his belief that the Bangsamoro Basic Law is 'far better' than the current structure of the region. File photo by Mark Cristino

Bangsamoro region ‘lesser than ARMM’ feared

May 31, 2018 - 1:23 PM

The real battle for the powers of the new Bangsamoro region will take place during the bicameral conference committee hearings, when the Senate and the House reconcile their versions of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

HUDDLE. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri with officials of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 29, 2018. Sourced photo

Bicam members: Who will finalize the Bangsamoro law?

May 31, 2018 - 7:00 AM

28 senators and representatives are chosen to reconcile conflicting provisions in the bills separately passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives

APPROVED. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and fellow Mindanao lawmakers celebrate after passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

[OPINION] Through gunshots and fire, I survived

May 29, 2018 - 9:30 AM

It was a day of celebration for us. Or so we thought.

Duterte: Declaring martial law from Russia leaves 'dent' in my record

May 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

A day before the martial law and Marawi siege anniversary, President Rodrigo Duterte says it was 'painful' for him to declare martial law from outside the country

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the inspection of the firearms surrendered by the ISIS-Maute Group at the Capitol Gymnasium in Sacayo, Marawi City on May 11, 2018. Also in the photo are Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Mindanao also beats Gilas in PBA All-Star Game dance showdown

May 23, 2018 - 11:44 PM

Young guards Jio Jalalon and Scottie Thompson provide the same impact from the hardcourt to the dance floor

SMOOTH MOVES. The Mindanao All-Stars strut their stuff on the dance floor to beat Gilas Pilipinas in the pre-game showdown of the All-Star Game. Photo by PBA Images


Hot-shooting Mindanao torches Gilas Pilipinas in PBA All-Star Week kickoff

May 23, 2018 - 10:27 PM

The All-Stars from down south bury 18 triples on a scintillating 57% shooting from the field

DAVID VS GOLIATH. Mark Barroca's all-around performance powers the Mindanao All-Stars past the June Mar Fajardo-led Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by PBA Images


Will Malacañang look into Mark Tolentino's Mindanao railway allegations?

May 22, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The sacked transportation official had accused 'higher-ups' of insisting on a foreign loan to fund the Mindanao railway. Will the Palace at least look into his claim?

DOTr usec: Allegations over Mindanao Railway project 'false, uninformed'

May 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'The Mindanao Railway will not be built with name-calling, rumor mongering, and grandstanding,' says Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan as he disputes the 'misleading' claims of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino

MALICE. Railways Undersecretary Timothy John Bartan (L) refutes allegations on derailing the Mindanao Railway project. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOTr exec accuses 'higher ups' of derailing Mindanao Railway project

May 19, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Another transportation official says the allegations of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino are 'completely untrue'

DELAY? Railways Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino accuse other transportation officials of delaying the Mindanao Railway project. File photo from Tolentino's Facebook page

Duterte adviser prevails upon military to release arrested Lanao mayor

May 19, 2018 - 9:41 AM

The military releases arrested Pantar Mayor Jabar Tago to the custody of a politician – Presidential Adviser Abdullah Daba Mama-o – despite evidence that he possessed high-powered firearms

MAMAO'S LETTER. Secretary Abdullah Daba Mama-o asks the military to release a mayor arrested for possession of high-powered firearms

DPWH Asec Umpa says he’s victim of 'demolition job'

May 16, 2018 - 5:31 PM

'I’m calling the attention of Malacañang to investigate all DPWH officials and all congressmen who are contractors,' says Public Works Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa in a social media post after Malacañang asked for his resignation over alleged corruption

DPWH EXEC. Malacanang alleges that Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa sought commissions from contractors of government infrastructure projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo from DPWH-ARMM

Post-elections, Comelec finds 26 overaged SK bets in Northern Mindanao

May 15, 2018 - 5:36 PM

If any of them turn out to have won in barangays in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Misamis Occidental, the Comelec says it will suspend their proclamation

AFP chief: BBL passage directly linked to peace

May 15, 2018 - 4:10 PM

'The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law has a direct correlation to peace. It has a positive and direct correlation,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Carlito Galvez Jr

BBL WILL BRING PEACE. Muslim women advocate the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). File photo by George P. Moya/Rappler

House joint panels approve proposed BBL without amendments

May 15, 2018 - 3:34 PM

(UPDATED) No amendments are included in the committee report on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law despite 22 hearings held to discuss provisions of the measure

APPROVED. Three committees of the House give their nod to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law on May 15, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte tells 2 DOJ, DPWH assistant secretaries to resign

May 15, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(3RD UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte advises Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr and Public Works Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa to resign 'or face termination for corruption'

RESIGN OR BE SACKED. Malacanang says if Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr would not resign, they would be sacked for alleged corruption. Photo from the Facebook page of Atty Moslemen Macarambon Sr

Lanao del Norte town mayor, 6 others arrested after firefight

May 14, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Mayor Jabar Tago is arrested for alleged violation of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act

2 Scout Rangers killed in Sulu rescue mission

May 14, 2018 - 11:06 AM

10 Abu Sayyaf bandits are believed to have been killed as the military steps up its offensive after the group kidnapped two female cops

KIDNAPPED. Police Officer 2 Benierose Alvares and Police Officer 1 Dinah Gumahad are kidnapped in Sulu. Sourced photo