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P5.6B allotted for Mindanao railway land acquisition

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:11 PM

City governments are signing an agreement with the Department of Transportation, and have been talking to families whose properties will be affected

ARTIST'S perspective of the Mindanao Railway System Project. Image courtesy of the Department of Transportation

Army battalion plays key role in ending 5 clan wars in Mindanao

Nov 11, 2018 - 1:12 PM

It's important to resolve clan wars because these have made areas in Mindanao a magnet for other armed groups, says the battalion commander

RESOLUTION. Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu witnesses the Kanduli ceremony at the 33rd Infantry Battalion headquarters on November 8, 2018, to celebrate the resolution of clan feud between the Pandapatan and Ayup families of Lumabao village. Photo courtesy of the Army 33rd IB

Extend Mindanao martial law? It failed to address human dignity – Gutoc

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Maranao leader and senatorial hopeful Samira Gutoc says peace movements at the grassroots, coupled with help from government, will help bring peace in Mindanao

NO TO MARTIAL LAW. Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc is against another extension of martial law in Mindanao. Screenshot by Rappler

#TheLeaderIWant: Samira Gutoc on Mindanao representation in the Senate

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:45 PM

How will Samira Gutoc show the rest of the country that a Maranao like her can help address their most pressing problems – from high prices of goods to extrajudicial killings?

Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula experience power outage

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines says the 'intentional toppling of vegetation under the Baloi-Agus 2 transmission line resulted in the loss of power over vast areas in Northeastern and Northwestern Mindanao'

POWER OUTAGE. Northern Mindanao and the Zamboanga Peninsula experienced a power outage on November 8, 2018. Photo of power line by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN CHARTS: Udenna Corp-China Telecom's promises

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Provisional 3rd telco winner Mislatel promises to blow away Smart and Globe with super fast internet and wide coverage – at a very hefty price

Mindanao inflation rate remains higher than national average

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:36 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority says the October inflation rate for all items increased to 7.6% in Northern Mindanao from September's 6.9%, while Caraga had 6.9% in October, up from from September's 6.1%

Bangsamoro advocate retires as Cotabato archbishop

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Retired Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, an advocate of the peace process in the southern Philippines, is the first cardinal from Mindanao

RETIRED. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo steps down as he is past retirement age. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Luzon officials to join Duterte in Mindanao martial law meeting

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:32 PM

'Kasi meron din tayong problema sa Luzon eh, meron ding mga affected areas, communist-affected areas sa Luzon,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

CONSENSUS SOUGHT. President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with Mindanao and Luzon officials to hear their security concerns, and according to DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, will ask for their opinion on extending martial law. Malacañang file photo

Año backs another martial law extension in Mindanao

Nov 06, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says he has received feedback from Mindanaoans wanting to prolong military rule in the island region

ONE MORE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte strikes his signature pose with newly-appointed Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año following the oath-taking ceremony at the Malago Clubhouse. Malacañang photo

PNP: One more martial law extension for Mindanao

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:28 PM

The Philippine National Police recommends another extension of martial law in Mindanao

YES TO EXTENSION. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says the extension of military rule in Mindanao will help in their management of safety for the 2019 polls. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Duterte awaits PNP, AFP advice on martial law extension in Mindanao

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says a martial law extension in Mindanao will help secure the May 2019 elections and the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law in January

MORE MARTIAL LAW? President Rodrigo Duterte is waiting for the recommendation of his top military and police officers to decide on martial law extension in Mindanao. Malacañang file photo

Groups slam Uson for red-tagging Lumad rights organizations

Oct 30, 2018 - 9:42 AM

One of the supposed Lumad at Mocha Uson's 'protest' at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus is linked to a paramilitary group, say Lumad rights advocates

Where do 2019 senatorial bets stand on key national issues?

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:15 AM

When the senatorial campaigns kick off, check the candidates' claims against this list of issues that have so far made headlines in 2018

ISSUES. Rappler looks into the stands of senatorial bets on various political and national issues. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Only U.P. makes it to top 100 of QS Asian university rankings for 2019

Oct 24, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Mapúa University and MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology round up the list of 8 Philippine universities in the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds Asia University Rankings

If Mindanao martial law brings peace, extend it – Panelo

Oct 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's martial law is supposed to end on December 31, 2018

A Philippine Marine walks past graffiti during a patrol along a deserted street at the frontline in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao on July 22, 2017. The Philippine Congress on July 22 voted to extend President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in the south until the end of the year to defeat Islamist gunmen. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Islamic scholars calls for unity ahead of Bangsamoro plebiscite

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:52 PM

The National Ulama Conference of the Philippines regards the Bangsamoro Organic Law as a means of achieving peace and development for the people of Mindanao

Allies break up, enemies team up for Cagayan de Oro 2019 elections

Oct 12, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Here are also the politicians who have so far filed their certificates of candidacy in other parts of Northern Mindnao: Bukidnon, Camiguin, and Lanao del Sur

IN PHOTOS: Children of Basilan celebrate healing

Oct 06, 2018 - 11:29 AM

'Ang Basilan ay may pag-asa,' over a thousand childen of the conflict-torn province are told at the 'Festival of Love and Peace'

AS HAPPY AS CHILDREN SHOULD BE. Happy Basilan children run with stuffed toys handed out at the Festival of Love and Peace in Sumisip town on October 4, 2018. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Martial law helped lessen violence in ARMM – report

Oct 02, 2018 - 7:00 PM

But the Conflict Alert 2018 report also points out that the Duterte administration's heavy security approach will not be enough to address violent conflicts in the southern region

Policemen check a car boot of a resident fleeing from Marawi city, where gunmen who had declared allegiance to the Islamic State group rampaged through the city, at a checkpoint in Iligan City on May 24, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Fewer but deadlier conflicts in ARMM in 2017 – report

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:03 PM

A dramatic rise in the use of improvised explosive devices and shift to group-related attacks from individual attacks defined ARMM conflicts last year, according to the Conflict Alert 2018 report

A Marine Fire Support armored vehicle passes through the Mapandi district as it pulls out from the main battle area in Marawi City near Mapandi district. the Mapandi district is crucial to the military campaign to retake Marawi City from the IS-inspired Maute Group as this serves as the main supply route for the military. the military finally allowed the media after several request were turned down to see the Mapandi district. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

ARMM governor: Enrile's hands stained with Moros' blood

Sep 24, 2018 - 12:30 AM

(UPDATED) 'We cannot build peace on lies,' says ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, in response to claims of former senator Juan Ponce Enrile

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

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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

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