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US pledges another P182-M help for Marawi

THE UNITED States government has pledged another P182-million ($3.5 million) worth of assistance for the 58,000 internally displaced residents of Marawi City and surrounding...

5-year tax moratorium in Marawi, Lanao del Sur proposed

A HOUSE resolution seeks to impose a five-year income tax moratorium on the salaries of government workers in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur...

Palace assures residents to be consulted on Marawi’s rehabilitation

Malacañang said on Monday, April 2, residents of Marawi City will be given an opportunity to submit their own proposals on how to rehabilitate...

Philippines hails US move to blacklist local IS-linked groups

The Philippines hailed on Wednesday, Feb. 28, Washington's decision to blacklist two local pro-Islamic State groups, including one which occupied the southern city of...

Military: We’re getting ready for next Marawi siege

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is getting ready for another possible “warfare” in Mindanao, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Ranao Colonel...

Analysts take stock of Duterte’s ratings

By Arjay L. Balinbin The 2018 SWS Survey Review showed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s ratings in the previous year in almost all areas “are...

Business looks southward even as reality hits home

By Krista A. M. Montealegre National Correspondent THE RISE to power of President Rodrigo R. Duterte fuelled hopes of finally ending decades of insurgency in Mindanao...

Palace turns over 500-plus shelters to displaced in Marawi

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr. announced on Wednesday, Dec. 27, that the government was set to turn over on...

Terrorists use social media, cash to recruit civilians near Marawi

By Rosemarie A. Zamora TERRORIST groups are using social media and financial incentives to recruit civilians in areas near Marawi even after the government has...

Congress approves 2nd martial law extension

WITH 240 votes in the affirmative and 27 in the negative, the two chambers of Congress approved a second extension of martial law in...

Terrorists, gov’t forces committed abuses during Marawi conflict, Amnesty International report...

By Rosemarie A. Zamora BOTH terrorists and Philippine government forces have been found to commit commit human rights abuses during the five-month long crisis in...

FULL TRANSCRIPT: Speech of Pres. Duterte during ASEAN 2017 opening ceremony

HERE's the full transcript of Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte's during the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on...

Philippines hunts for possible new Islamic State ‘emir’ in Southeast Asia

PHILIPPINE AUTHORITIES were on the lookout on Monday for a Malaysian who could be the new leader of pro-Islamic State (IS) groups in Southeast...

Extradition eyed for Indonesian militant arrested in Marawi

By Rosemarie A. Zamora THE Philippine government is looking at possible extradition of an Indonesian militant who is part of the terrorist Maute group on...

Housing council under Del Rosario takes lead in Marawi rehabilitation task...

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has formally assigned the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) as lead agency for Task Force Bangon Marawi, the...

Indonesian militant arrested

AN INDONESIAN militant who joined gunmen loyal to the Islamic State (IS) group in a five-month battle for a southern Philippine city was arrested...

HUDCC tasked to manage housing program for Marawi rehabilitation

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has tasked the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), chaired by retired Gen. Eduardo D. del Rosario, to manage...

Military kills escaping militant in Marawi

GOVERNMENT TROOPS on Tuesday killed a pro-Islamic State gunman in the southern city of Marawi, a military official said, eight days after the government...

12 public schools in Marawi reopen

AS RESIDENTS in some parts of Marawi City started returning home this week, 12 public schools have reopened Tuesday, Oct. 31, more than four...

Actor Robin Padilla raising funds to rebuild Marawi

ACTOR Robinhood Ferdinand Cariño Padilla (better known as Robin Padilla) has launched a civic movement called Tindig Marawi in order to help get the...

Losses, looting as Marawi war’s fortunate few return home

KHALILUDDIN ISMAIL returned home on Sunday after five months of war in the southern Philippines to find his house ransacked. But he’s still smiling. “At...

Suspected Maute group ‘financier’ nabbed in Novaliches

A SUSPECTED financier of the Maute group that was involved in the recently ended occupation of Marawi City was arrested in Novaliches, Quezon City...

NEDA sees Marawi siege’s end raising confidence

THE NATIONAL Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) expects a further pick-up in business and consumer confidence in Mindanao now that the occupation of Marawi...

Gov’t: Marawi fighting finished

A FIVE-MONTH battle against Islamic State supporters in the southern Philippines that claimed more than 1,000 lives has ended, the nation’s defense secretary said...

Mindanao to remain under martial law

MINDANAO, the Philippines’ second-largest island, will still remain under Martial Law, the Palace announced on Friday, days after President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared the...

War over

Philippine soldiers from Marawi are welcomed home by their relatives at Villamor Airbase in Manila on October 20, 2017. -- AFP

Malaysian militant Mahmud Ahmad killed in Marawi

THE MALACANANG confirmed on Oct. 19, Thursday, that a top Malaysian militant tipped to become Islamic State’s (IS) point man in Southeast Asia has...

Gov’t plans Marawi bond sale in January

THE GOVERNMENT plans to sell 20-year bonds in “early January” to raise up to P30 billion to help rebuild war-torn Marawi City, the state...

Duterte says Marawi liberated but battle continues

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Oct. 17, symbolically declared a southern city “liberated from terrorists’ influence” but the military said the five-month battle...

WB affirms commitment to finance Marawi rehab

THE World Bank has affirmed its commitment to help fund the rehabilitation of Marawi City during a meeting with a Philippine delegation in Washington...

Planting the seeds of hope

HOPE LITERALLY grows in Pantar, Lanao del Norte, as concerned organizations and government agencies have banded together to teach halal organic farming to families...

Chinese donation for Marawi reconstruction

FORTY-SEVEN heavy equipment donated by the Chinese government for the reconstruction of Marawi City arrived on Oct. 10 at the Port of Iligan. The...

Zamboanga siege veteran is military’s new Marawi leader

MAJOR GENERAL Danilo G. Pamonag has been designated as the new commanding general of Joint Task Force Marawi, replacing Maj. Gen. Rolando D. Bautista...

17 hostages rescued but no sign of surrender yet from militants

AS THE gun battle in Marawi entered its 136th day yesterday, officials reported that government forces were able to rescue 17 hostages on Oct....

Martial law in Mindanao to be lifted after Marawi clearing operations,...

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte, on his fifth visit to Marawi last Thursday, said he will lift martial law in Mindanao once clearing operations are...

Maute base captured; hostage priest rescued

THE MILITARY said Sunday, Sept. 17, it had captured the command center of Maute group supporters who have besieged a southern city for nearly...

Duterte says no deal to militants for hostages

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday ruled out the possibility of allowing Islamic State (IS)-linked militants to flee a southern city in exchange for...

Marawi rebuilding to cost $1.1billion — Lorenzana

REBUILDING THE besieged Philippine city of Marawi could cost about P56 billion ($1.1 billion), according to Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana. Months of fighting between...

US extends P730-M assistance for Marawi

THE US government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed about P730 million ($14.3 million) in emergency relief and recovery...

Military says taking fire from women, children in Marawi

GOVERNMENT TROOPS fighting Islamic State-linked rebels in a southern city have encountered armed resistance by women and children, the military said on Monday, Sept....

Congress to be sought for budget on Marawi

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez Senior Reporter THE EXECUTIVE will be asking Congress to pass a supplemental budget once it finalizes rehabilitation plans for Marawi City,...

Father of militant leaders dies in government custody

THE FATHER of the leaders of the pro-Islamic State Maute group that seized control of a southern Philippine town in May died while in...

Water concessionaire goes to Marawi

MAYNILAD WATER Services, Inc. has deployed its mobile water treatment plant to embattled Marawi City, a statement by the concessionaire said. Maynilad said its...

French aid groups flag Philippines ‘humanitarian catastrophe’

FIGHTING IN the troubled southern Philippine region of Mindanao has combined with extreme weather events to create a “humanitarian catastrophe,” French aid groups said...

Military verifying reports Maute ushering ‘elements’ inside Marawi

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral and Kristine Joy V. Patag Reporters THE MILITARY on Monday said it is verifying claims that Islamic State (IS)-affiliated militants who...