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'We can do better': Bangsamoro gov't asks Duterte to veto anti-terrorism bill

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'While we agree that a policy framework needs to be enacted to fight the menace of terrorism, we feel that the fundamental guarantees of liberty and the institutions of democracy must be protected,' says Interim Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim

CAPTION | COMMITMENT. BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim promises to ensure transition of 40,000 fighters to civilian life. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:51 PM

The rare action against military members comes as Myanmar faces charges of genocide at the United Nations' top court over a brutal 2017 crackdown against the Rohingya

FLEEING CONFLICT. In this file photo, members of Myanmar's Red Cross help people, who is fleeing a conflict area, upon arriving in Sittwe jetty, in Rakhine State on August 30, 2017. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

China forcibly sterilizes Uighurs to control population – report

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:50 PM

A report by German researcher Adrian Zenz says Uighur women and other ethnic minorities are being threatened with confinement in re-education camps for refusing to abort pregnancies that exceed birth quotas

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U.S., China clash anew as top officials meet on tensions

Jun 18, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets at a Honolulu military base with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi, in the two countries' highest-level meeting since the coronavirus pandemic sent tensions skyrocketing

MIKE POMPEO. In this file photo US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint news conference on the International Criminal Court at the State Department in Washington, DC, on June 11, 2020. Photo by Yuri Gripas/AFP

[OPINION] Ramadan on lockdown: The habits we break, the values we relearn

May 24, 2020 - 1:00 PM

'For a fasting person [under quarantine], it was a different level of hardship altogether'

Eid'l Fitr 2020: 'The bigger the test, the greater our faith'

May 24, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'Our burdens are only as heavy as our belief in the mercy and compassion of Allah,' says Bangsamoro parliament member Zia Alonto Adiong

PRAYERS. A Muslims prays in an empty mosque in Cotabato City on May 22, 2020, ahead of the feast of Eid'l Fitr. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

Why Muslims celebrate Eid’l Fitr, the end of monthlong fasting

May 23, 2020 - 9:00 PM

Here’s what Muslims and non-Muslims can learn from the feast of Eid’l Fitr, especially as the world battles COVID-19

Eid'l Fitr set on May 24 after rain blocks sighting of new moon

May 22, 2020 - 9:06 PM

The sighting of the new moon would have moved the Muslim feast a day earlier in the Philippines

File photo from Shutterstock

Eid shopping rush across Asia despite virus risk

May 22, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The celebration, the most important in the Muslim calendar marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, is preceded by a rush to buy new clothes, gifts and sweet treats for loved ones

SHOPPING. Motorists are seen in a traffic jam as people arrive at the Raja Bazar for shopping ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival in Rawalpindi on May 20, 2020. File photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

Bangsamoro region now has COVID-19 testing hub

May 20, 2020 - 7:05 PM

'The current capacity for testing is maximum of 72 specimens per day. Presently, we have 1,134 test kits,' the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center says

Photo from the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center Facebook page

BARMM reports 86% distribution of coronavirus cash aid

May 19, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Government social workers brave conflict-ridden areas to carry bags of cash to low-income households with no access to banks, say BARMM officials

Credit: BARMM Ministry of Social Services and Development

Bangsamoro region eyes local coronavirus testing within May

May 06, 2020 - 6:21 PM

'Pinapanalangin natin na within this month of May ay operational na po 'yung COVID-19 subnational laboratory center natin dito sa CRMC,' says BARMM Health Minister Saffrullah Dipatuan

CORONAVIRUS TESTING. BARMM chief minister Ahod Ebrahim turns over P14.1 million to CRMC Chief of Hospital Helen Yambao on Monday, April 13, 2020. Photo courtesy of BARMM PIO

Ramadan on collision course with virus for Asia's Muslims

Apr 21, 2020 - 4:02 PM

Asia is home to some of the world's largest Muslim populations stretching from the Indonesian archipelago to the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan, and close to a billion Muslims live in the region

An Indonesian soldier from the Raider 112 infantry battalion puts a face mask on a woman during a distribution amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Darul Imarah, Aceh province on April 19, 2020. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

Ramadan under a quarantine: Finding meaning even with distancing

Apr 16, 2020 - 5:45 PM

This year’s Ramadan will be very different for Muslims around the world. This also offers an opportunity for them to step back and deepen their reflections.

Haron Menang at the Al Borhan Mosque. Photo by McMorrie Bidara

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

[OPINION] Islamic lessons on quarantine during coronavirus crisis

Apr 13, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Quarantine is ordained in Islam. History shows that it is a crucial prevention method in a pandemic that crosses international boundaries.

Fishing boat takes 202 Rohingya migrants to Malaysia

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Authorities are investigating an information that 3 people, who escaped to sea after bringing the boat into Malaysian waters, were operatives of a human smuggling ring

[OPINION] 365 days later: The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

Mar 29, 2020 - 10:30 AM

'At the end of the day, we will be the ones who will collectively redefine what it means to be Bangsamoro and redirect its future towards progress, development, and most importantly, self-determination'

PH gives Muslim coronavirus victims religious exemption from cremation

Mar 26, 2020 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) Cremation is not an option for Muslims but there are strict procedures to be followed to prevent the virus from spreading

Bangsamoro region orders LGUs to track attendees of Malaysia gathering

Mar 22, 2020 - 5:00 PM

There were 215 Filipinos who joined the Itjima congregation at the recent 4-day tabligh gathering in Kuala Lumpur, says the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos

Background file photo of Tablighi Jamaat in Malaysia from Wikipedia

PH in race to trace Filipinos at Malaysian gathering linked to coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020 - 5:37 PM

At least one attendee from Lanao Del Sur tests positive for coronavirus and is seeking treatment in a hospital in Cotabato City

PRECAUTIONS. The prayer room in Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City where patient positive of coronavirus is a regular visitor. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/ RAPPLER

Health workers in hazmat suits give coronavirus victim proper Muslim burial

Mar 18, 2020 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) The burial ceremony is modified in accordance with regulations from the Department of Health

Rappler Talk: Bangsamoro region turns one

Mar 13, 2020 - 7:42 AM

Rappler talks to Zia Alonto Adiong, a member of the Bangsamoro Parliament, on controversies, challenges, and milestones of the fledgling Bangsamoro region in its first year

Arroyo, De Venecia reunite as Lakas-CMD vow to ‘win’ members back

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:33 PM

The once formidable Lakas-CMD is slowly increasing its numbers in the House, where its party president Martin Romualdez is the influential Majority Leader

GOING STRONG. Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (center), former House speaker Jose de Venecia Jr (3rd from L, front row) pose for a photo with other Lakas-CMD members in the House on March 9, 2020. Photo from the Office of House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

'No fear': Pilgrims in Saudi defy coronavirus risks

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:19 AM

Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest sites, suspends entry by foreigners for the year-round 'umrah' pilgrimage, an unprecedented move that has left tens of thousands in limbo

GOD'S HANDS. Muslim worshippers wearing protective face masks walk in the sahn (mosque courtyard) surrounding the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on February 27, 2020. Photo by Haitham El-Tabei/AFP

Metro Manila police ‘profile’ Muslim students for anti-extremism campaign

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:49 AM

Metro Manila cops gather information on Muslim students in high school and college

IN PRAYER. Muslims pray outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila during Eid al-Fitr celebration, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, on June 5, 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

PDP-Laban loses another member as Biliran congressman joins Lakas-CMD

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:20 PM

Though not a major party in the House with just 30 allies, Lakas-CMD remains influential given its ties to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

OATH-TAKING. Biliran Representative Gerardo Espina Jr (3rd from R) takes his oath as Lakas-CMD member before party president and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on February 19, 2020. Photo from Romualdez's staff

Kazakh violence makes Chinese Muslim minority ponder future

Feb 15, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Violence breaks out among local Kazakhs and a group of ethnic Chinese Muslims called Dungans, who number more than 150,000 across Central Asia

[OPINION] The future of women's leadership in the Bangsamoro

Feb 03, 2020 - 1:32 PM

'If we truly want the Bangsamoro women to be equal partners in development, then all policies and decisions affecting us should be made with us'

Xinjiang’s TikTok wipes away evidence of Uyghur persecution

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:06 AM

Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, appears to have been wiped of the most compromising information about Xinjiang

Rappler Talk: Paul Reichler on seeking justice for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

On Monday, January 27, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to internationally-renowned lawyer Paul Reichler to discuss the first international court ruling against Myanmar, how it is going to be enforced, and what led him to take on the case

Over 8,000 MILF fighters decommissioned in 2019 – OPAPP

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Assistant Secretary Wilven Mayor says a total of 12,000 Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters will be decommissioned by 'early 2020'

DECOMMISSIONING. Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels stand guard at the entry of Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat on September 7, 2019 ahead of a weapons decommissioning ceremony. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera/AFP

China and Myanmar 'stand together' despite Rohingya backlash

Jan 18, 2020 - 4:47 PM

The elaborate signing ceremony came between sit-down meetings with Suu Kyi and powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing, who stands accused of masterminding the Rohingya crackdown

STATE VISIT. Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Myanmar's capital, January 17, 2019, on a state visit aimed at buttressing the embattled government of Aung San Suu Kyi and driving through multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals. Photo by Thet Aung/AFP

[PODCAST] Making Space: Married at 14

Jan 15, 2020 - 5:52 PM

In some parts of the Philippines, children as young as 12 years old can get married. Listen as Rappler's Vernise Tantuco and Mara Cepeda explore the topic in this episode of 'Making Space.'

Myanmar sends nearly 200 Rohingya captured at sea to Rakhine camps

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:18 PM

The nearly 200 arrested Rohingya Muslims are taken to either Thechaung camp or transported further north to Ngakhuya camp in Maungdaw township

ROHINGYA. Rohingya people who were arrested at sea in December walk on a beach after being transported by Myanmar authorities to Thalchaung near Sittwe in Rakhine state on January 13, 2020. Photo by AFP

Sex, Hitler, and IKEA: Protesting Indians get creative

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:49 PM

India protesters bear placards borrowing famous lines from the TV series 'Game of Thrones' and the Lindsay Lohan movie 'Mean Girls'

MODI LIKENED TO HITLER. In this file photo taken on December 18, 2019, protesters hold a poster comparing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to German chancellor and Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler at a demonstration against India's new citizenship law in Siliguri. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Thousands protest in rival demonstrations over new India law

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:05 PM

At least 27 people have died in two weeks of violent demonstrations after Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government made it easier for non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to be naturalized

Protesters hold placards and Indian flags during a rally in support of India's new citizenship law in Mumbai on December 27, 2019. - Mobile internet was cut on December 27 in parts of India's most populous state and thousands of riot police were deployed as authorities readied for fresh protests over a citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP)

Modi seeks to soothe India's Muslims as deadly protests swell

Dec 22, 2019 - 8:06 PM

At least 25 people have died in 10 days of demonstrations and violence after Narendra Modi's government passed the law criticized as anti-Muslim. More protests took place on Sunday.

'NO NEED TO WORRY.' India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech to the nation during a ceremony to celebrate country's 73rd Independence Day. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

India protests rage against citizenship law, but Modi defiant

Dec 18, 2019 - 7:25 AM

In a major challenge to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tens of thousands of people take to the streets for the 6th day against a new citizenship law critics say is anti-Muslim

Advocates at the Allahabad High Court take part in a protest against India's new citizenship law in Allahabad on December 17, 2019. Fresh protests against India's new citizenship law erupted December 17 as alleged police brutality fuelled fury against the legislation which critics say is anti-Muslim. SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP

Bangsamoro intergovernmental body finally meets

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal lead the critical coordinating body, which was formed 9 months after the inauguration of the Bangsamoro region

Voters in thia interior town of Salvador, Lanao del Norte have an easier time casting their vote for the BOL plebiscite in Lanao del Norte. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler)

Suu Kyi slammed for 'silence' over Myanmar genocide claims

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Lawyers for Gambia say her arguments that Myanmar's 2017 military crackdown was a 'clearance operation' targeting militants ignored widespread allegations of mass murder, rape and forced deportation

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in a car on the last day of hearing on the Rohingya genocide case before the UN International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace in The Hague, on December 12, 2019. Photo by Sem Van Der Wal/ANP/AFP

Myanmar's Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims in U.N. court

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Myanmar's civilian leader rejects the 'misleading and incomplete' allegations by The Gambia that Myanmar's 2017 military operation amounted to an attempt to exterminate the Rohingya

SUU KYI. A handout photo released on December 10, 2019 by the International Court of Justice shows Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attending the start of a 3-day hearing on the Rohingya genocide case before the UN International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace of The Hague. Photo by Frank Van Beek/UN Photo/ICJ/AFP

Bangladesh starts fencing Rohingya camps

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Bangladesh's refugee commissioner Mahhbub Alam Talukder confirms that construction has begun but declines to comment further

FENCES. Rohingyas laborers carry a concrete pillar as authorities prepare erecting pillars for barbed-wire fences around Balukhali refugee in Ukhia on December 10, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Gov't to help 200 indigent Filipino Muslims perform 2020 hajj

Dec 06, 2019 - 3:29 PM

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos says their agency would finance the pilgrimage to Mecca of eligible but impoverished pilgrims

SACRED PLACE. Muslim pilgrims prepare to circumambulate the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 27, 2017, prior to the start of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

SEA Games 2019 organizers ignored NCMF offer on halal food

Nov 26, 2019 - 8:41 AM

'I had warned them about this scenario re: halal food during the interagency meeting for the SEA Games back in September and offered the assistance of the NCMF. We were ignored,' says NCMF

150 more MILF soldiers join Bangsamoro security team

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The former rebel fighters join members of the police and military in a security force tasked with protecting certain areas of the Bangsamoro region until an elected government is established in 2022

FORMER REBELS. Among members of the latest batch of the Joint Peace and Security Team of the Bangsamoro region are former rebel combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, who completed their training on November 22, 2019. Photo from OPAPP

U.S. funds P1 billion in programs to help BARMM transition, fight terrorism

Nov 22, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Suicide bombings in Mindanao are a ‘major concern,’ says a top US counterterrorism official visiting Manila to boost cooperation in tactical response, border security, and cutting terrorist funding

FIGHTING TERRORISM. The siege of Marawi City in 2017 is a grim reminder of the insidious threat of terrorism in the Philippines. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

ICC authorizes probe into alleged Myanmar Rohingya abuse

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The probe will look at allegations of 'systematic acts of violence,' deportation as a crime against humanity, and persecution on the grounds of ethnicity or religion against the Rohingyas

ROHINGYA. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the 2nd anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Delays, anomalies in Lanao infra projects haunt Bangsamoro region

Nov 14, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Lack of contracts, delays of over one year mar public works projects in Lanao del Sur's 2nd District, pressuring the new Bangsamoro government to act

[OPINION] Building social capital with the Bangsamoro is a must

Nov 03, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Civil society must do its part by offering much-needed support, because we all know that criticizing from a distance can only do so much