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WATCH: Marawi generals spend time with evacuees, inspire the youth

Sep 25, 2017 - 10:37 PM

The generals take time out of the battle area to spend time with Marawi residents affected by the war

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday.

LES MISERABLES. Protesters at the Luneta Park sing the Filipino version of '€œDo You Hear the People Sing?'€ from 'Les Miserables' during the rally on September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Only a moron would say I 'surrendered' to Marcoses – Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Anti-martial law groups launch protests on Thursday comparing President Rodrigo Duterte to Marcos, who is also notorious for human rights violations under his regime

5TH VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte along with top military officials visits Camp Ranao, Headquarters of the 103rd Brigade on Marawi city on Thursday, Sept. 21,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Martial law will be lifted after clearing operations in Marawi – Duterte

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'It will lifted anytime after things are all ready. There’s a clean up,' says Duterte on Thursday afternoon, September 21

DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte along with top military officials visits Camp Ranao, Headquarters of the 103rd Brigade on Marawi city on Thursday, Sept. 21,2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Senate panel OKs additional P1.68 B in 2018 CHED budget

Sep 21, 2017 - 4:53 PM

The Senate finance committee increases the CHED's proposed budget for 2017 from P12.41 billion to P14.1 billion, but this excludes funds for the free tuition law

BUDGET APPROVED. CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan smiles during the Senate finance committee hearing on their proposed 2018 budget. Screenshot from Senate Youtube account

DTI-ARMM launches social enterprise in poorest of the poor region

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:13 AM

DTI-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang says he wants to promote programs that will be sustainable given the current situation in the region

NEW REVOLUTION. DTI-ARMM Secretary Anwar Malang said he wants to start a revolution – not an armed revolution – but an economic one. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Drug war, Maute terrorists 'rising' risks for Philippines – Moody's

Sep 16, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Moody's also cited "continued uncertainties" over Duterte's proposed comprehensive tax reform law that Congress had yet to pass

DRUG WAR. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Military files rebellion complaint vs suspected Abu Sayyaf member

Sep 12, 2017 - 1:28 PM

24 year old Millham Saham is also facing a complaint for illegal possession of explosives

The Department of Justice on Padre Faura, Manila

IN PHOTOS: Activists ‘celebrate’ Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary

Sep 10, 2017 - 8:33 AM

September 11 is the 100th birth anniversary of the late President Ferdinand Marcos

Artist groups Molotov, RESBAK, The Temperamental Brats and KADAMAY hold Blow Out!, a mock birthday party for the 100th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos’ birth on September 9, 2017 in Quezon City.

IN PHOTOS: Lumad rally vs killings in Mindanao

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:19 PM

The protest comes after the killing of 19 year old Grade 6 student Obillao Bay ao in Talaingod Davao del Norte

"STOP THE KILLINGS." Lumads and activists staged a protest in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cebu Landmasters invests more in Cagayan de Oro

Sep 08, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Cagayan de Oro is one of the key sites identified by Cebu Landmasters for its expansion in the Visayas and Mindanao

2ND PROJECT. This will be the 2nd project of Cebu Landmasters in Cagayan de Oro after MesaVerte, a 3-tower condominium that has already sold 95% of its inventory of 798 units. File photo

PH military believes 5 other Maute brothers killed

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The deaths of the 5 brothers and Abdullah Maute leave Omar as the only Maute brother fighting in Marawi says the Philippine military

Moropreneur: Weaving a brighter future for Maguindanao

Sep 07, 2017 - 4:13 PM

By carefully weaving together the natural gifts of the people and the region’s rich culture interventions anchored on empowering communities and the common aspiration to uplift lives a better Maguindanao is possible

Stray bullet kills gov't employee in Marawi

Sep 07, 2017 - 11:33 AM

UPDATED A stray 50 caliber bullet hits two civilians in the vicinity of Mindanao State University prompting the military to reimpose restrictions in the city

STRAY BULLET. A Caliber 50 stray bullet hits a regional government employee at the vicinity of the Mindanao State University

What the Lumad are fighting for

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Know more about the plight of the Philippines largest indigenous group through these stories images and videos

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 6, 2017

Sep 06, 2017 - 11:05 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

Mindanao construction boom to pull migrants back from Manila

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:38 PM

There is a shortage of manpower given the demands of the growing number of construction and development projects on the island

Dela Rosa, Supreme Court, Bangsamoro Basic Law | Evening wRap

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

Comelec postpones barangay, SK polls in Mindanao

Sep 05, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The poll body cites threats to the safety of voters in Mindanao which President Rodrigo Duterte placed under martial law due to clashes in Marawi City

POLL BODY. Members of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) attend a budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

ERC approves Visayas-Mindanao grid interconnection deal

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:05 PM

The goal is to have a single national grid which is expected to help improve the overall security of power supply as sharing of reserves would become possible

INTERCONNECTION SOON. The project is envisioned to be finished by 2020, assuming all regulatory approvals are secured on time. Rappler file image

Sandiganbayan orders arrest of Nur Misuari

Sep 05, 2017 - 1:39 PM

3RD UPDATE We respect the process but sad because the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front have agreements says Misuari s spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla

GHOST PROJECTS. Nur Misuari is facing graft and malversation charges over multi-million peso educational projects in the ARMM which turned out to have never been delivered.

ARMM ‘drug queen’ arrested in Davao drug operations

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Fatima Daud Baliwan alias Timaw is behind the notorious Baliwan Drug Group in the Autonomous Region in Mindanao according to PDEA

DRUG OPERATIONS. ​Authorities arrest Fatima Daud Baliwan, 44, in a buy-bust operation here on September 3. Baliwan is said to be a leader of a ntorious drug group in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo from PDEA XI

Why the Lumad are asking for another version of BBL

Sep 02, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Teduray leader Timuay Santos Unsad says the current version of the proposed BBL does not include provisions protecting non Islamized indigenous tribes

Troops retake 2nd bridge in Marawi, 3 soldiers killed

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED Three soldiers are killed and 52 others are wounded as troops push forward against local terrorists to end the war that has dragged on for over 3 months

MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler MORE THAN 100 DAYS. Troops cross the Mapandi Bridge in Marawi City to mark a significant win against local terrorist groups as the crisis reached its 100th Day on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Military opens Mapandi bridge to media amid heavy fighting in Marawi

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:05 PM

The Mapandi Bridge is one of 3 bridges that separate the so called safe zone and the battle area It is the military’s main supply route

PASSING THROUGH. A military ambulance speeds past the Mapandi Bridge which is covered with laminated sacks to prevent the IS-inspired Maute Group from getting visual intelligence on the movement of troops. the Mapandi bridge is witness to some of the bloodiest battles at the on-going Marawi siege which started on May 22, 2017. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte: Military can bomb Marawi mosques with terrorists, hostages

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:35 PM

After earlier asking the military to wait it out President Rodrigo Duterte now says they have the option to bomb the remaining hideouts of terrorists even if these also hold hostages

Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

Lumad groups propose ‘peace sanctuaries’ in Mindanao

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:48 PM

Indigenous peoples fear getting caught in conflict after the ceasefire between government forces and communist rebels has been lifted

SAFE ZONES. Hundreds of leaders representing Mindanao's indigenous tribes gather in Davao City on August 30, to propose provisions in the Bangsamoro Basic Law that will ensure rights of lumads are recognized. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Discrimination a hurdle for job-seeking Mindanao youth

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:00 AM

A conflict monitoring group launches a set of guidelines that seeks to end discrimination on the basis of ethnic and religious belief

MARAWI CRISIS. Internally displaced lined up for the distribution of food packs at the Saguiran Municipal hall, Lanao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Federalism gets strong support in Mindanao, survey shows

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:53 AM

Based on the Pahayag survey Mindanao appears to be ready for federalism says Publicus Asia founder Malou Tiquia

Military kills armed men trying to enter Marawi battle zone

Aug 28, 2017 - 5:55 PM

Joint Task Force Marawi says 10 armed men attempted to sneak into the city through Lake Lanao on Monday August 28

LANAO LAKE. The military says it killed 10 armed men who attempted to enter the battle area on Monday, August 28. JTF Marawi photo

The week in photos: August 19-25, 2017

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:22 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

GOOD FOR 3RD. Kaitlin de Guzman scored 12.3 to clinch the bronze medal in beam event of women's artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th SEA Games on August 22, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by PSC-POC Media

Duterte returns to Marawi as clashes enter 4th month

Aug 24, 2017 - 8:55 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte makes his 3rd visit to Marawi City after troops regained a key terrorist stronghold – one of the mosques inside the battle zone

Accompanying the President are National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. Malacañan Photo

'Humanitarian catastrophe' in Philippines – aid groups

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:05 AM

Fighting in Mindanao and extreme weather events combine to make a huge humanitarian crisis in the Philippines says Thibault Henry of the charity Acted

WADING INTO THE FRONT LINES. This photo taken on August 22, 2017 shows a government police officer along with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF-back) wading through a flooded farm on their way to the frontline in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao province, in Mindanao. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/ AFP

Bus passengers carrying firearms arrested at Davao City checkpoint

Aug 21, 2017 - 7:45 PM

They are intercepted at a checkpoint in Barangay Lasang Bunawan District – one of several checkpoints set up in Mindanao following the declaration of martial law

PH Navy rescues Vietnamese hostage of Abu Sayyaf in Basilan

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Vietnamese Do Trung Huiqe is a crew member of MV Royal 16 that the bandits attacked in November 2016

WATCH IN 360º: The Marawi humanitarian crisis

Aug 20, 2017 - 1:32 PM

MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz and multimedia producer Adrian Portugal take you to the front lines of the Marawi humanitarian crisis in this 360 degree video

MARAWI HUMANITARIAN SITUATION. This immersive 360-degree video first takes you to Bubong, a remote town in Lanao del Sur which has been isolated due to the clashes between government forces and local terrorists in Marawi City

Mindanao State University reopens on August 22

Aug 18, 2017 - 1:34 PM

Government troops will remain stationed near the campus to provide security

Father dead as cement truck crushes family car

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:50 PM

UDPATED The cement mixer falls onto a Honda Brio with a family of 5 in tow The father Ulysses Ramos is declared dead at 7:32 pm

CRUSHED. A truck topples over a Honda Brio along Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City. MMDA file photo

Mindanaoan youth: 'We want just and lasting peace'

Aug 13, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The youth leaders from Mindanao want to be part of the process in making just and lasting peace in Mindanao a reality

PEACE SYMBOL. Young Mindanaoans form a human peace symbol, sending a message that despite the conflict they experience in their region, they continue to stand for peace in their homeland. All photos from the National Youth Commission

P156-M allotted to curb malnutrition among Moro kids

Aug 13, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The program intends to improve the nutrition status of around 7 000 children in the Bangsamoro region

BETTER HEALTH. The DSWD aims to curb malnutrition in the ARMM region through a specific nutrition program for children in Madaris schooling. Photo from the DSWD Dream-B's Facebook Page

What's next after SUCs' non-collection of tuition in the 1st semester?

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:57 AM

‘Just because [President Duterte] signed this into law doesn’t mean things will be miraculously okay tomorrow ’ says the UP vice president for public affairs

ROAD TO FREE TUITION. The President signing RA 10391 is just the first step towards the full implementation of the free tuition law. Illustration by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

Rappler Talk: The love-hate relationship between Duterte and the Lumad

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:08 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the interview on Wednesday August 9 as MovePH talks to an indigenous community elder and a student

Marawi fights to open MSU as war drags on

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:45 PM

UPDATED Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr says they want to make sure that the crisis does not force students and professors to leave the Mindanao State University for other schools

INFOGRAPHIC: Who are the Lumad?

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:04 PM

On International Day of the World s Indigenous Peoples know more about the Lumad and their plight in this infographic

Senate creates special committee on Marawi rehabilitation

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:47 PM

The ad hoc committee will have jurisdiction over all matters directly and principally relating to the reconstruction of the capital city of Lanao del Sur

REHABILITATION. Nearly 3 months of fighting has left Marawi City in ruins

WATCH: Extraordinary 'mani' in Pagadian City

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:39 AM

What makes ordinary mani extraordinary?

PRIDE OF PAGADIAN. A new specialty of Pagadian is now starting to make its name within the locals and tourists.

De Lima asks DFA to invite UN expert to probe Marawi humanitarian crisis

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The opposition senator says the government has the duty to pursue an impartial investigation by an independent commission

An elderly Maranao woman is flanked by her grandchildren in Al-Qayriya Madrasa, an evacuation center in Balo-i, Lanao del Norte. 60 days after the Marawi siege started, the Internally Displaced are still not sure if they have a home to return to. Government forces are still fighting the IS-linked Maute group in Marawi city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte: AFP needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats

Aug 06, 2017 - 6:53 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the President wants more troops deployed in Marawi and other areas in Mindanao

STRENGTHENING AFP. President Rodrigo Duterte talks to soldiers deployed in Marawi City on August 4. Photo by Alber Alcain/Presidential Photo

LOOK: Davao's new SWAT members

Aug 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Davao City gets 48 more Special Weapons and Tactics SWAT members with advanced training

48 graduates of advance SWAT training stand in formation on Thursday, 3 August 2017, at the Davao City Police Office Parade Grounds inside Camp Leonor Domingo. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Maranao in Melbourne helps bring MSU students back to school

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:02 AM

A PhD student at the University of Melbourne starts BalikMSU to encourage students displaced by conflict to finish their education

TRUE MARANAO. PhD student Elin Anisha Guro started BalikMSU to bring normalcy back to the lives of students in Marawi City. Photo by David Lozada/Rappler