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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

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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

Christians have nothing to fear under BARMM, says priest

Jan 20, 2019 - 1:54 PM

Christians 'must engage positively' under the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, says Catholic priest Father Clifford Baira

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Moro women flash the peace sign in Cotabato City on January 18, 2019, during the final rally for a 'yes' vote in the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cotabato City mayor defends opposition to Bangsamoro law

Jan 20, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani Sayadi says her constituents have been harassed by combatants from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

KEY CITY. Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi is firmly opposed to the city joining the BARMM. Photo from City Government of Cotabato Facebook page

Rappler Talk: Ben Bacani on Cotabato City in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Expert Ben Bacani tells us his predictions on whether Cotabato City will vote to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

[OPINION] Yes or No: BOL plebiscite

Jan 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The support of the BOL now should not end with the final vote count of the mid-term elections. The success of the Bangsamoro is our success as a nation.

Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

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?

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

Jan 16, 2019 - 6:13 PM

(3rd UPDATE) What petitioners can hope for are new views from the new justices

Mindanao gives U.S. its lowest trust rating, Russia its highest

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:46 AM

But across the Philippines, the United States remains the most trusted country, says a Pulse Asia survey

VISITING MARAWI. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim makes a trip to the ravaged city of Marawi in October 2018, and visits a Camp Ranao memorial honoring those who died in duty during the Marawi siege. Photo courtesy of US embassy

[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?

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

(UPDATED) 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

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

Learning to play chess

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:14 PM

I am telling this story because this is how I finally understood how I came to truly appreciate identifying as a Bangsamoro

[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?

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

Sulu gets first outside investment with food and beverage company

Dec 14, 2018 - 7:21 PM

In a historic first, Sulu Food and Beverage Corporation is the first outside investment for the archipelagic province to register with the Regional Board of Investments

FIRST OUTSIDE INVESTMENT. The ARMM Regional Board of Investment's approval of the Sulu Food and Beverage's application to register a project with the agency is a first for the province. Graphic by Raffy De Guzman

Military rule in Duterte's homeland

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:50 PM

What has martial law in Mindanao accomplished so far?

'On what grounds?' Netizens question martial law extension in Mindanao

Dec 13, 2018 - 11:44 AM

Restricting 'the freedom of many because of the radical minds of [a] few is too much,' says one Mindanaoan

Congress approves 3rd extension of martial law in Mindanao | Evening wRap

Dec 12, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Watch Rappler's evening wRap with Margie de Leon

CHR warns of danger in 'normalization' of Mindanao martial law

Dec 12, 2018 - 6:25 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the government can 'quell any threats without the need to invoke the extraordinary powers of martial law'

A group of Mindanaoans troop to House of Representatives on Wednesday, Decmeber 12, 2018, to protest amid joint congress session to extend Martial Law in Mindanao. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Maria Ressa is Time 'Person Of The Year' | Midday wRap

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Watch Rappler's midday wRap with Quita Chuatico

Malacañang thanks Congress for 3rd martial law extension

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Extended military rule in Mindanao will allow the government to make 'substantial progress' in quelling 'rebellion' there, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushed through on Tuesday, October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. The ceremony, attended by MAA residents, LGU, Army, and NGOs, formally signal the start of the city's rehabilitation.