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Duterte, Murad agree to form intergovernmental relations body

Jul 12, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim says the BTA is ready to name its members for the body

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Interim Chief Minister Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on the sidelines of the inauguration of BARMM at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City on March 29, 2019. Also in the photo is Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Carlito Galvez Jr. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Murad agrees with Piñol designation as Duterte's BARMM 'point man'

Jul 11, 2019 - 6:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Bangsamoro Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim expressed his agreement with Manny Piñol's designation duing a meeting in Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chairman Murad Ebrahim during the Eid'L Fitr Celebration at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on June 27, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Piñol not popular among Bangsamoro people – BTA chief Murad

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:35 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol is seen as 'very anti-Bangsamoro struggle for self-determination' by many people in the new region, says BTA Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

Secreatary Manny Pinol during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Agriculture and its attached agency on October 4, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte at midterm gets high grades for keeping Mindanao promise

Jul 06, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Thanks to President Rodrigo Duterte, the new Bangsamoro region is in place and the Mindanao promise is on track. His challenge in the next 3 years is to make sure that BARMM delivers on its promises.

CELEBRATION. Hundreds of Marawi City residents gather at the Mindanao State University’s Marawi campus to celebrate Eid'l Fitr on June 5, 2019, despite the delayed rehabilitation of the conflict-ravaged city. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Italy keen on supporting Bangsamoro farm sector

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:05 PM

The Italian government is interested in funding development programs for farming and fisheries in the Bangsamoro region, as well as the construction of rural roads and even river dredging

NEW INVESTOR. A delegation composed of the Italian government and private financing firms told Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol their intention to help develop the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo by Larry Nuestro/DA-AFID)

ICC prosecutor seeks full Myanmar atrocities probe

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Fatou Bensouda will now 'submit a request for an authorization to open an investigation into this situation,' the Hague-based International Criminal Court says in a statement

FULL PROBE. Young Rohingya refugees girls peep out from a makeshift shelter at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

[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

U.S. unhappy about U.N. counterterror envoy's Xinjiang visit

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:21 AM

'Such a visit is highly inappropriate in view of the unprecedented repression campaign underway in Xinjiang against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims,' the United States says

MUSLIM CHINA. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Wrecked mosques, police watch: A tense Ramadan in Xinjiang

Jun 09, 2019 - 12:52 AM

While Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with prayers and festivities this week, the recent destruction of dozens of mosques in Xinjiang highlights the increasing pressure Uighurs and other ethnic minorities face

TIGHT WATCH. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

VIRAL: Muslim graduates from Catholic school, shares inspiring view on faith

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:31 AM

'To be of a certain faith, may it be Christianity or Islam, is to be human,' says 21-year-old Jomana Lomangco

[OPINION] On Muslims, Filipino and national(ist) consciousness

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:00 AM

More than just a medium, language is an annal of history

On Eid'l Fitr, Marawi IDPs pray for fortitude and a home to go back to

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Maranaos living in a tent city in Marawi are still unsure of what lies in the future for them

EID'L FITR. Maranao women await for the Eid'l Fitr prayer to start inside the Sarimanok tent city on June 5, 2019. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

On Eid 2019, Filipino Muslims recall Ramadan teachings to attain peace

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:33 PM

As they break their fast, Muslims reflect on how Ramadan taught them patience and devotion to their faith

PEACE. Muslims pray outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila during Eid'l-Fitr celebration, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, on Wednesday, June 5. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Imam hits vote buying as Muslims mark Eid'l Fitr

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'Even though the elections were conducted in the month of Ramadan, people still engaged in vote buying,' says Islamic Studies expert Jamel Cayamodin

EID'L FITR. Islamic Studies expert Jamel Cayamodin delivers the sermon during the Eid'l Fitr celebration at Quezon Memorial Circle on June 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Prayer of Marawi women: 'Take us back home'

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:11 PM

In observance of Eid'l Fitr, Muslim women leaders solemnly pray for the restoration of peace and identity in Marawi City

Dr. Potre D. Diampuan, trustee of the Global COuncil, United Religious Initiative, shares her view on the Marawi siege and the present life of the survivors/evacuees. June 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: What is Eid'l Fitr? Islam expert explains

Jun 05, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Watch Dr Jamel Cayamodin, an Islamic Studies professor, as he explains the feast that ends the fasting month of Ramadan

EID'L FITR. Muslims gather at the Quezom Memorial Circle as they celebrate Eid'l Fitr, signaling the end of the holy month of Ramadan on June 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Eid'l Fitr: The challenge after Ramadan

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:01 PM

Muslims celebrate the Eid'l Fitr while challenged to put the lessons of Ramadan into everyday practice

EID'L FITR. Muslims gather at the Quezon Memorial Circle as they celebrate the Eid'l Fitr, signaling the end of the holy month of Ramadan on June 5, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Filipino Muslims break fast at start of Eid'l Fitr

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Filipino Muslims celebrate Eid’l Fitr at the conclusion of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan

FENCED. Muslims in Baguio City pray inside a fence, during Eid' Fitr celebration. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Filipinos must be instruments of love, respect, says Duterte on Eid'l Fitr

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:39 AM

In a message to mark the end of Ramadan, the Philippine leader also hopes Filipinos can help promote peace and understanding

Muslim women prays as they celebrate Eid’l Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, at the Blue Mosque in Taguig City on June 5, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

After no sighting of new moon, Eid'l Fitr set on June 5

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:40 PM

If moonsighting committees spotted the new moon in the evening of June 3, the feast of Eid'l Fitr would have been celebrated as early as June 4

EID'L FITR. Muslims of Pikit town in North Cotabato welcome the end of Ramadan with a big congregational prayer at their town plaza on June 15, 2018. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Myanmar frees soldiers jailed for Rohingya massacre

May 28, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Prisons department director general Myint Soe tells journalists the soldiers were 'no longer in detention,' declining to give any further information.

Rohingya refugees, who landed on an isolated northern shore near the Malaysia-Thai border, huddle in a group in Kangar on March 1, 2019, following their detention by Malaysian immigration authorities. Photo by Ismael Kamaldin/AFP

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

Don't give up on radicalized Muslim youths, say Cannes directors

May 21, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne say that their movie 'Young Ahmed' is a call not to give up on the 'lost' Muslim youth

Belgian director Luc Dardenne (L) and Belgian director Jean-Pierre Dardenne pose during a photocall for the film "Young Ahmed (Le Jeune Ahmed)" at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 21, 2019. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

Sri Lanka Muslims pray at vandalized mosques

May 17, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Police say security will remain tight over the weekend for a major Buddhist festival as well as the 10th anniversary of the ending of the country's decades-long Tamil separatist war

AFTERMATH. A Muslim man stands in front of the Jumha mosque after a mob attack in Minuwangoda on May 14, 2019. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Ramadan 2019 to start May 6

May 05, 2019 - 8:47 AM

This comes after Muslim moon-sighting committees fail to sight the new moon

RAMADAN 2019. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is set to start on May 6, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

More Sri Lanka attacks feared as Muslims condemn Easter bombs

May 03, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe hopes normality will return by Monday, May 6, when public schools reopen after an extended Easter vacation

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

'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

Jailed Reuters reporters wait for Myanmar Supreme Court decision

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Rights groups have heaped pressure on Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to use her influence to secure a pardon, but she has so far refused to intervene

WA LONE. Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) speaks to journalists outside the northern district court in Yangon on January 23, 2018. File photo by Aung Kyaw Htet / AFP

French Muslim group sues internet giants over New Zealand massacre video

Mar 25, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The French Council of the Muslim Faith is suing Facebook and YouTube for 'broadcasting a message with violent content abetting terrorism, or of a nature likely to seriously violate human dignity and liable to be seen by a minor'

CHRISTCHURCH REMEMBRANCE. Young students attend a vigil on March 18, 2019, four days after 50 worshippers were killed in two mosques attacks, the worst on Muslims in a Western country. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

New Zealand Muslims will be 'safe' after mosque attack – foreign minister

Mar 22, 2019 - 4:17 PM

'Ensuring Muslim communities in New Zealand feel safe and secure is a particular focus,' New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters tells an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul

KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters speak to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by Dave Lintott/AFP

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.

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

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

PH pilgrims almost barred from 2019 hajj over NCMF debt to Saudi firm

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Even as it investigates the P11-million debt, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos settles the amount to ensure that Filipinos can go to Mecca in August

HAJJ. In this file photo, a general view shows Muslim pilgrims circling the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca. File Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

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

'No proof' Myanmar military persecuted Rohingya – army chief

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Min Aung Hlaing doubles down on previous claims, arguing 'there is no certain proof that the national army was involved in the persecution' of Rohingya

ROHINGYA CRISIS. In this file photo, Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects a major bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung dam on August 29, 2018. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

U.N. council hails Central Africa peace deal as important step

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:13 AM

In a unanimous statement, the United Nations Security Council welcomes the deal and urges all sides to implement it 'in good faith and without delay'

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

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

Bangladesh protests to Myanmar over new arrivals from troubled state

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Bangladesh's foreign ministry summons Myanmar's ambassador late Tuesday, February 5, to protest over the arrivals from Rakhine

PLAY. A young Rohingya refugee plays at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP