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Cotabato City mayor's top aide shot dead

May 25, 2020 - 12:46 PM

Police are investigating the motive behind the killing of Aniceto 'Boy' Rasalan, the executive secretary and spokesperson of Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi

Cotabato City hospital gets BARMM funding for coronavirus testing

Apr 14, 2020 - 1:13 PM

'We are dealing with an enemy that we cannot see with our naked eyes. Through our cooperation, understanding, and strong faith in Allah, we are confident that we will surpass this challenge,' says BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim

Cotabato City on lockdown

Mar 18, 2020 - 8:22 AM

Kidapawan City is also placed under community quarantine

LOCKDOWN. Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi discusses the city's lockdown with local officials. Photo from Cotabato City's Facebook page

At least 12 injured in Cotabato City grenade attack

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 8 are soldiers and 4 are civilians, says Western Mindanao Command spokesman Major Arvin Encinas

IN PHOTOS: Damaged gov't facilities in Cotabato need rehab aid

Nov 16, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Mayors of the affected local government units are asking for assistance to restore public facilities


Building back better: QC helps Cotabato assess damage after earthquakes

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Instead of extending financial aid and relief goods, the Quezon City government conducts consultations and damage assessment in affected LGUs

BUILD BACK BETTER. Quezon City engineers assessed government facilities and private establishments in local government units that were affected by the earthquakes in Cotabato. Photo from QC DRRMC

3 dead, 2 missing in Cotabato City sea collision

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Two motor bancas collide at Rio Grande de Mindanao in Cotabato City

RETRIEVAL. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard response team carry the body of one of passengers who died in the sea collision at Rio Grande de Mindanao on August 25, 2019, a day after the accident. Photo from PCG FB

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

Sara Duterte, Cotabato City’s Cynthia Guiani forge alliance for 2019 elections

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Two female mayors from Mindanao known for their strong personalities band together to ensure victory for their 2019 candidates

South Cotabato, Koronadal win first Batang Pinoy 2019 golds

Feb 04, 2019 - 8:55 PM

South Cotabato's Grace Signacio and Rhyniyll Yvis Endaya, along with Koronadal City's Romee Jonathan Rioja and Justin Matthew Basadre rule the archery tournament

Photo from Shutterstock

A tale of two cities: Why Catholics took opposing sides in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Catholic priests in Isabela City in Basilan used the pulpit to urge their flock to reject the new Bangsamoro region. It’s the opposite in Cotabato City, where the church played a critical role in the 'yes' victory.

Bangsamoro plebiscite: How Cotabato City was won

Jan 25, 2019 - 8:34 PM

A well-organized grassroots campaign, coupled with support from Catholics and the national government, made the big win possible

Comelec settles 'discrepancies' in Cotabato City COC

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:08 PM

The Commission on Elections completes the canvass of the Bangsamoro plebiscite results in Cotabato City after ironing out 'discrepancies'

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas and 3 elections commissioner confer with each other during the canvassing of Bangsamoro plebiscite results on January 24, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cities of Isabela, Cotabato: What you need to know about Bangsamoro's coveted areas

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:57 PM

(UPDATED) Isabela City's decision to reject joining the BARMM prevails over the result in Basilan as inclusion will need the yes vote to win in both the city and the province

Supporters of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) gather at the ORG Compound in Cotabato City to attend the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of the BOL. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Children of Moro struggle come full circle in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'Alhamdullilah, the city is back,' says Mariam Mastura-Linsangan as Cotabato City voted to join the Bangsamoro region

VICTORY. BOL supporters in Cotabato City sit  in a peace really for the approval of the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Why Cotabato City ‘yes’ vote matters

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:00 PM

It's a hard-won victory, and it reclaims 'lost territory'

Cotabato City votes to join BARMM | Midday wRap

Jan 23, 2019 - 12:35 PM

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Cotabato City Mayor Guiani to protest unofficial plebiscite results

Jan 23, 2019 - 11:13 AM

'It did not reflect the true will of the people,' says Mayor Cynthia Guiani Sayadi, adding that she will file a manifestation on the Certificate of Canvass discrepancies

COTABATO VOTE. Three hours before the January 21, 2019, plebiscite closes, voters continue to flock to the Cotabato City Central Pilot School, where there are 15,732 registered voters from 5 villages. Photo by Johanie Mae Kusain

Discrepancies in Cotabato City Bangsamoro plebiscite mere 'clerical errors'

Jan 23, 2019 - 9:38 AM

Discrepancies in the Bangsamoro plebiscite documents from Cotabato City will be remedied by the board of canvassers, say Comelec officials

In astounding twist, Cotabato City votes to join BARMM

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:48 PM

This means that the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be one city larger, if the Bangsamoro Organic Law is ratified

6,000 Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces keep watch of plebiscite in Cotabato

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:18 PM

AFP 6th Infantry Division commander Major General Cirilito Sobejana says the presence of MILF soldiers was not a threat to the Bangsamoro vote

MILF SOLDIERS. Troops from the MILF's armed wing, the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, are briefed at Camp Darapanan on January 20, 2019, the day before the Bangsamoro plebiscite. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Bangsamoro plebiscite: Confrontation breaks out after polls close in Cotabato City

Jan 21, 2019 - 5:06 PM

These confrontations underline how high-strung Cotabato City is because of the plebiscite

Teachers fail to show up at 24 Cotabato precincts, delaying voting

Jan 21, 2019 - 1:36 PM

(3rd UPDATE) ARMM Comelec asks Comelec headquarters in Manila if voting time can be extended in Cotabato City

Board of Election Inspectors in Marawi receiving and inspecting ballot boxes. Photos by Martin San Diego

Grenade attack vs Cotabato City judge ‘personal’

Jan 21, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says the attack had 'nothing to do' with the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law

INSPECTION. Cops scan the Cotabato City house of Judge Angelito Rasalan after the grenade attack. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Police find, defuse grenade near Cotabato City high school

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:50 AM

Cotabato City cops are able to controllably detonate the bomb after clearing the area

Hand grenade thrown at judge's house in Cotabato City

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Police say two men are considered as suspects. They were seen riding a motorcycle to Maguindanao Municipal Trial Court Judge Angelito Rasalan's house.

INSPECTION. Police inspect the compound of Judge Rasalan's house in Mother Rosario Heights, Cotabato City, after two men threw a grenade on January 20, 2019. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Fake news spreads in Cotabato City as Bangsamoro plebiscite nears

Jan 20, 2019 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) It is not true that Bangsamoro Organic Law proponents in Cotabato City were rushed to the hospital due to food poisoning

FAKE NEWS. Social media posts spreading wrong information are widespread ahead of the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Organic Law. Screenshots from Facebook

WATCH: On eve of Bangsamoro plebiscite, Cotabato City lies quiet

Jan 20, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Cotabato City is envisioned as the 'crown jewel' of the proposed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Despite martial law, military to follow Comelec in Cotabato City

Jan 20, 2019 - 4:23 PM

In Cotabato City, now under the control of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), 'there's a new chain of command,' and soldiers 'take orders from the Comelec'

HISTORIC VOTE. Supporters of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) gather at the ORG Compound in Cotabato City to attend the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of the BOL. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

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

As Bangsamoro vote nears, tensions rise in Cotabato City

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:35 AM

'Whatever the outcome is, Cotabato is a divided city,' says expert Benedict Bacani

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

If high vote turnout, Cotabato City may reject Bangsamoro Law

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Academic says some Cotabateños think President Duterte merely called for the Bangsamoro Organic Law's ratification, not categorically for Cotabato City to join the envisioned BARMM

Teachers who will be manning polling precincts go over a checklist of the election paraphernalias they will use for the for the January 21 Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite at the Cotabato City Treasurer's office on January 19, 2019 where the plebiscite materials are being held for safekeeping. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Daraga, Cotabato placed under Comelec control

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The two areas will remain under the control of the Commission on Elections until the end of the election period

Policemen conduct COMELEC check point in Binondo, Manila on January 14, 2019. four months ahead of the midterm polls. Anationwide gun ban also take effect until June 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Suspect in Cotabato City bombing surrenders | Evening wRap

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:43 PM

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Police release photos of suspects in Cotabato mall bombing

Jan 05, 2019 - 12:51 PM

The photos were culled from CCTV footage on the second floor of South Seas Mall

DO YOU KNOW HIM? Police have asked the public for help in identifying this man, believed to be aged 25 to 30, suspected of involvement in the Cotabato City New Year’s Eve blast. Photo from Special Investigation Task Group SouthSeas

Malacañang on 'ISIS-inspired' Cotabato blast: Do not speculate

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Chief Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr also tells the public to be more 'sober' in dealing with rumors and calls the incident an 'isolated case'

BLAST. Two people died while 34 were injured in an explosion in a mall in Cotabato City on December 31, 2018. Sourced photo

2 dead, 32 injured in Cotabato City New Year's Eve blast | Evening wRap

Dec 31, 2018 - 8:57 PM

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2 dead, 34 injured in Cotabato City New Year's Eve blast

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(5th UPDATE) PNP Cotabato Spokesperson Senior Inspector Roel Zafra says the explosion occurred outside the South Seas Mall complex after an unidentified male person dropped a wrapped box

IN PHOTOS: Learn about Bangsamoro heritage through this village

Jun 23, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The expo was opened to public on June 18 and will stay open until the end of December 2018

LOCAL COLOR. Bangsamoro culture is on full display at the ARMM villages' expo in Cotabato City. All photos by Amir Mawallil/Rappler

SC records show Midas, not Sereno, sat on Mamasapano transfer request

Jan 26, 2018 - 5:36 PM

In a statement Thursday, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II blamed Chief Justice Sereno for the delay

Witnesses Supreme Court Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta (left), and SC Administrator Jose Midas Marquez attends the house hearing on Determination of probable cause in relation to the verified complaint for impeachment against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on January 15, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC has been sitting on Mamasapano transfer request for a year – DOJ

Jan 25, 2018 - 2:24 PM

The trial of 88 people charged with murder for the bloody Mamasapano operations has yet to start

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

ARMM saw 'explosion of violence' in 2016 – report

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:50 PM

According to the latest Conflict Alert, the biggest causes of violent conflict in 2016 are shadow economy issues, while political issues such as rebellion and extremism caused more fatalities

7 governors, 132 mayors in Mindanao lose power over police

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED Napolcom points to the local executives ‘failure to impose measures to suppress terroristic acts and prevent lawless violence in their territories’

Another rural doctor shot dead, this time in Cotabato City

Apr 18, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Dr Shahid Sinolinding the younger brother of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Health Secretary Kadil Sinolinding Jr was killed inside his clinic at 11 am Tuesday

News Briefs: March 2, 2017

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday March 2

Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani Jr dies

Sep 22, 2016 - 10:46 AM

It is with deepest sadness that we inform our fellow Cotabateños that our beloved Mayor Japal J Guiani Jr has passed away this morning the Cotabato City government announces

Japal Guiani Jr

Ramadan: We carry what we cannot let go

Jul 06, 2016 - 8:07 AM

Life like Ramadan is also about movements toward the right direction: to continuously change for survival

Allahu Akbar: A young Moro's open letter to Duterte

Jun 06, 2016 - 9:02 PM

Among the presidential candidates it was only you Mr Duterte who publicly showed ‘affection’ to us Muslims

Image by Nico Villarete / Rappler

In Cotabato, Roxas asked to explain ‘Muslim na mananakop’ line

Apr 01, 2016 - 9:22 AM

I did not realize that it created quite a stir It was not intended Maybe the correct adjective would have been MNLF says the administration presidential bet

Photo by Lito Boras/

3 soldiers wounded, 3 Muslim rebels dead in Maguindanao fighting

Feb 07, 2016 - 11:40 AM

The fierce gun battle occurred simultaneously in the villages of Butilen Andabit and Tee the military says