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UP Mindanao’s 1st summa cum laude: 'Mindanao is home for excellence'

Jun 25, 2019 - 9:48 AM

For 22-year-old Pete Maverick Nicole Estudillo, her achievement serves as a testament that students in Mindanao can also reach greater heights, given equal opportunities

'HONOR AND EXCELLENCE'. Pete Maverick Nicole Estudillo is the first summa cum laude of the University of the Philippines Mindanao

Sara Duterte wants martial law lifted in Davao City

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:06 AM

The Davao City mayor will first get recommendations from the military and police before sending a City Council resolution to her father, President Rodrigo Duterte

DAVAO CITY CHIEF. Mayor Sara Duterte wants her city exempted from martial rule in Mindanao. Photo from the City Government of Davao Facebook page

[OPINION] Maguindanao is a forgotten crisis

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:11 AM

'Evacuation should not be a way of life. We need to put displaced people at the front and center of our legislative action,' says humanitarian manager Rhoda Avila

12,000 former MILF troops to be decommissioned in 2019

Jun 18, 2019 - 7:48 PM

Decommissioning of the troops comes after the ratification of the Bangsamoro Law and is part of the Philippine government's agreement with the MILF

PEACE DEAL. In this photo taken on October 15, 2012 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) stand in formation inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat. File photo by Karlos Manlupig/AFP

Globe services in Visayas and Mindanao interrupted due to cut submarine cables

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:15 PM

There is no advisory yet on when services will be fully restored

144 election-related incidents reported in Mindanao – group

May 23, 2019 - 9:06 PM

International Alert reports that most of the violent incidents in Mindanao during the 2019 midterm elections involved explosives and brawls, not guns

Photo courtesy of International Alert

Ghazali Jaafar's son takes his place in Bangsamoro Transition Authority

May 23, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Other new appointments include Fernando Borja as special envoy to Japan and Grepor Belgica as Presidential Adviser for Religious Affairs

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with some of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority during the inauguration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Mujiv Hataman, wife Sitti defeat Akbars in Basilan

May 14, 2019 - 12:09 PM

The Hatamans consolidate power in the Western Mindanao province

VICTORIOUS. Former ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman wins his congressional bid in Isabela. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Pulse Asia on voter interest: 'Mindanao is hot'

May 13, 2019 - 10:11 AM

A survey of Pulse Asia shows 91% of likely voters in Mindanao are ‘truly interested’ in the 2019 elections

CARAVAN. Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial candidates gather for one last campaign rally before the 2019 elections. Rappler photo

Mindanao Development Authority chief Alonto dies at 73

May 10, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Alonto was the first Muslim to head the Mindanao Development Authority

MINDA HEAD. File photo of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairman and secretary Datu Abul Khayr Dangcal Alonto. Photo from Wikipedia

BARMM human rights worker shot dead in Cotabato City

May 02, 2019 - 8:10 AM

BARMM human rights investigator Archad Ayao is killed by a suspect riding a motorcycle

KILLED. BARMM human rights worker Archad Ayao. Photo from Ayao's Facebook page

Duterte orders gov't agencies to implement Bangsamoro normalization process

Apr 30, 2019 - 1:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte directs national government agencies to 'prioritize, intensify, and accelerate' programs to help former MILF combatants and their families

Scenes at the Simuay Juncton Central Elementary School in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. it is at this school that MILF chairman Murad Ebrahim voted for the first time.

CHED taps top universities to assist BARMM colleges

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Campuses of Mindanao State University and University of the Philippines are among those that will provide 'technical assistance' in subject areas ranging from engineering to development

PARTNERSHIP. The Commission on Higher Education says the country's top universities, including the University of the Philippines will help colleges in the Bangsamoro region improve courses. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Lumad Bakwit School's moving-up ceremony

Apr 06, 2019 - 3:00 PM

With pride and gratitude, 30 Lumad students graduated from junior high school last March 29

Northern Mindanao 'peaceful' as local campaign kicks off

Mar 30, 2019 - 3:24 PM

In Cagayan de Oro, former SSS commissioner Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Viña kicks off his bid to replace Mayor Oscar Moreno

PEACEFUL KICK OFF Cagayan de Oro mayor candidate Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Vina kicks off his campaign at Cogon Market on Friday, March 29. Photo from La Vina's Facebook page

'New dawn' for Mindanao as Bangsamoro region inaugurated

Mar 29, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim leads Bangsamoro officials in taking an 'oath of moral governance,' promising to reject corruption and promote inclusive empowerment in the new region

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures to the hundreds of attendees after sounding the agung to signal the inauguration of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. Joining the President is BARMM Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Who's who in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority

Mar 29, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Let's take a look at the composition of the BTA: How many women and men? Which provinces do the members come from, and what are their areas of expertise?

Ex-House deputy speaker Balindong named Bangsamoro Parliament Speaker

Mar 29, 2019 - 12:23 PM

Hatimil Hassan of the Moro National Liberation Front is deputy speaker while lawyer Lanang Ali Jr and former ARMM executive secretary Laisa Alamia are majority leader and minority leader, respectively

Bangsamoro gov't inauguration repeatedly delayed to ensure Duterte presence

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim says President Rodrigo Duterte's attendance at the ceremonies is for the benefit of the Bangsamoro government

NOT YET IN SESSION. In this file photo, President Duterte is with Interim Bangsamoro chair Murad Ebrahim (2nd from right), members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority and senators last month. Photo courtesy of Malacañang.

No rebellion charges filed in 2018 martial law, yet SC allows 3rd extension

Mar 21, 2019 - 2:08 PM

In his dissent, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza calls this accommodation of President Rodrigo Duterte ‘the Court’s seeming abdication of its duty’

DISSENTERS. Four justices dissent to the Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd extension of martial law in Mindanao.

Zarate: Why declare entire Mindanao as election hot spot?

Mar 21, 2019 - 1:26 PM

'It is unbelievable that every province and city in the whole island had enough basis to be declared a hot spot,' says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate

QUESTIONS. Bayan Muna Representative Carloz Zarate questions the Comelec decision to declare Mindanao as an election hot spot. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Northern Mindanao suffers agriculture damage due to El Niño

Mar 13, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Local agriculture officials will meet with provincial agriculturists in the region to assess the impact of El Niño in the coming months

EL NIÑO. This photo shows rice fields near Musuan Peak in Valencia, Bukidnon. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Mahathir sees Bangsamoro region boosting PH-Malaysia economic ties

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tells Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that he expects the new Bangsamoro region to spur growth and development

DepEd employees in N. Mindanao to access better health care services

Mar 07, 2019 - 1:59 PM

PhilHealth's Tamang Serbisyong Kalusugang Pamilya (Tsekap) will now benefit all DepEd employees in Northern Mindanao

Cagayan de oro city mayor Oscar Moreno (center) leads the signing og Memorandum of Understanding between Philhealtg and the Department of Education in ensuring that DepEd teachers and workers can have ready access to health care services. The MoU signing wa done on March 6,2019 at the city hall of Cagayan de Oro. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

Bangsamoro gov't success 'most important goal' vs terrorism in PH – report

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:03 PM

The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict urges close cooperation between officials of the Bangsamoro region, the national government, and the military as 'consequences of failure could be devastating'

PROMISES OF PEACE. Supporters of the new Bangsamoro region gathered in Cotabato City for a peace gathering before the January 21, 2019 plebiscite. Photo by Rappler

[OPINION] Letting go, moving forward

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:45 PM

My coworkers and I in the ARMM bid our goodbyes, both to the work we spent years doing and to the people with whom we did those jobs. This is, at its root, more of a shift in gears than a goodbye.

Duterte names Bangsamoro Transition Authority members

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Malacañang releases the appointment papers of 76 Bangsamoro Transition Authority members

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Hataman declines position in Bangsamoro Transition Authority

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:42 AM

During the turnover ceremony, the outgoing ARMM governor tells BARMM Interim Chief Minister Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim he wants to focus on Basilan, where he is running for congressman

TURNOVER. Mujiv Hataman (right) hands ARMM transition documents to Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim during a turnover ceremony in Cotabato on February 26, 2019. Photo courtesy of Omar Mangorsi

Halfway into term, Duterte delivers on Bangsamoro promise

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:00 AM

By naming the Bangsamoro Transition Authority members, President Rodrigo Duterte kickstarts the governance of the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

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Murad named Bangsamoro region's interim chief minister

Feb 22, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Murad Ebrahim, who led the Moro Islamic Liberation Front through peace talks with 3 administrations, now faces the daunting task of governing the autonomous region whose creation he fought for

Ebrahim Murad. Rappler

Violence reports justifying martial law need not be correct – Bersamin

Feb 21, 2019 - 1:35 PM

‘Accuracy is not the question here,’ says Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, one of the 9 justices who outvoted original member in charge Justice Caguioa

MARTIAL LAW. Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin says the en banc found that there is sufficient factual basis for the 3rd extension of martial law despite inconsistent military reports. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Bangsamoro region's first officials to take oath on February 22

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:13 AM

The ceremony heralds the creation of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, the interim government of the newly-created Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Moro Islamic Liberation Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 4, 2017. Also joining Murad are Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Chair Ghazali Jaafar, and MILF peace implementing panel Chair Mohagher Iqbal, BTC Commissioner Abdulraof Macacau and BTC Executive Director Esmael Pasigan. Joining the President, meanwhile, are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. and Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Supreme Court upholds 3rd extension of Mindanao martial law

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The en banc votes 9-4 to dismiss 4 petitions that questioned the third extension of martial law in Mindanao

3RD EXTENSION. The Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of  the 3rd extension of martial law over Mindanao in a majority vote on February 19, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Japan's top diplomat visits Duterte in Davao City

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan is ready to 'expand' support for the Mindanao peace process

IN PHOTOS: ARMM opens first Bangsamoro Museum

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The museum opens as the second round of voting for the Bangsamoro takes place

Photo by Johanie Mae Kusain/Rappler

5 gov’t troops killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Feb 02, 2019 - 3:09 PM

(UPDATED) Troops engage in an 'intense firefight' with Abu Sayyaf members under Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, believed to be involved in the Jolo cathedral bombing

Moro youth might rebel if Lanao del Norte votes ‘no’ – MILF lawyer

Feb 01, 2019 - 9:40 PM

In the February 6 plebiscite, should the votes of the 6 municipalities and their mother province differ, the municipalities will not become part of the new Bangsamoro region

FIGHTING DISENFRANCHISEMENT. Salahoden Benhamza, legal officer for the MILF's Northwestern Mindanao Command, said a 'No' vote during the Lanao del Norte BOL plebiscite could disenfranchise Moro youth during a press briefing on February 1, 2019, in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PH reiterates ISIS threat in Supreme Court oral arguments

Jan 29, 2019 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Solicitor General Jose Calida insists 23 factions of Moro rebel groups have pledged allegiance to ISIS

ISIS. Solicitor General Jose Calida reiterated on January 29, 2019, the threat of ISIS to the Philippines. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Military to recommend ending martial law if enemy strength down to 30%

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:11 PM

But with baselines and deadlines unclear, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen says it could mean that martial law can last until the end of Duterte’s term

MARTIAL LAW. AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal tells the Supreme Court that they will be "glad to recommend the lifting of martial law" if enemies are "degraded" to only 30%. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] To our future leaders in the Bangsamoro: Prove us right

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Here are our collective aspirations: what we need, what we want, and what we could get rid of

'Prove this is rebellion,' Caguioa says of military martial law report

Jan 29, 2019 - 4:41 PM

(UPDATED) Some incidents ‘seem to be for motives other than rebellion,’ says Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge

ORAL ARGUMENTS. Supreme Court Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa interpellates the military's deputy chief of staff for intelligence during oral arguments on the 3rd extension of martial law on January 29, 2019. Screenshot from SC PIO

European investors wary over Jolo bombing, martial law

Jan 29, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines points out that safety is a top concern of companies eyeing investments in the country

IN CHARTS: Mislatel's rollout plan

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player plans to start its commercial rollout by late 2020

Jolo bombing 'more reason' to retain martial law – Malacañang

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The two recent major bombings in Mindanao are 'too little' to prove martial law has been ineffective, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Philippine security personnel carry a body bag containing the remains of a blast victim after two bombs exploded at a church in Jolo, Sulu province on the southern island of Mindanao, on January 27, 2019. - At least 18 people were killed when two bombs hit a church on a southern Philippine island that is a stronghold of Islamist militants, the military said on January 27, days after voters backed the creation of a new Muslim autonomous region. (Photo by NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP)

Galvez says ratified BOL brings 'new dawn' to Mindanao

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:25 AM

The new autonomous region will be in place after President Rodrigo Duterte forms the 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority

CORRECTING HISTORICAL INJUSTICE. The new Bangsamoro region is expected to help bring peace in Mindanao. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Bangsamoro region: 'We have a new government – and another journey'

Jan 25, 2019 - 9:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) '1.5 million said yes to peace, yes to Bangsamoro,' says lawyer Maisara Dandamun Latiph of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission

BANGSAMORO CANVASSING. The ballot boxes containing election returns from Isabela City, Basilan are processed during the canvassing for the Bangsamoro plebiscite at the Comelec main office in Intramuros, Manila on January 25, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Comelec: Bangsamoro Organic Law 'deemed ratified'

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:18 PM

The historic vote creates the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, a more powerful political entity that allows the Bangsamoro people a chance at genuine self-governance

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. The ballot boxes containing election results from Isabela City, Basilan, are processed during the canvassing of Bangsamoro plebiscite results in Intramuros, Manila on January 25, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Supreme Court compels DND to submit confidential 2018 martial law report

Jan 23, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Justices want to assess whether the report can be tackled in the upcoming oral arguments, or if it warrants an executive session

MARTIAL LAW. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and other members of the Cabinet and the PNP and AFP leaderships attend the joint session that deliberated the 3rd extension of martial law. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

76% of Filipino Muslims say MILF capable of governing BARMM – SWS

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:23 AM

The same SWS survey shows 79% of Muslims nationwide wanted the Bangsamoro Organic Law approved in the plebiscite

SUPPORTING BANGSAMORO. MILF fighter Abdul Mero narrates why he and other MILF fighters became rebels and how they are now supporting the Bangsamoro Organic Law which is seen to bring lasting peace and development in the Bangsamoro Region which will undergo a plebescite on January 21, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Patahimikin ang mga baril sa Mindanao

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Wala nang lalayas sa sariling tahanan upang umiwas sa bala, wala nang baryong maglalagablab sa apoy, wala nang barilang pupunit sa katahimikan