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Surigao del Sur under 'preventive community quarantine'

Mar 22, 2020 - 9:33 PM

(UPDATED) A curfew is strictly implemented from 8 pm to 5 am in the entire province

51 injured as earthquake rocks Surigao del Sur

Jul 13, 2019 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) A magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes the northeast coast of Mindanao, sending terrified residents fleeing their homes

Keeping the Enchanted River 'bluer than blue': A lesson on conservation and community

May 20, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Enchanted River's Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited places in Hinatuan

REHABILITATED. The Enchanted River’s Blue Lagoon is now only for sightseeing and picture taking, not swimming.

Agusan del Sur mayoral bet arrested over firearms

May 11, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Police in Caraga Region also arrest 4 others for violating the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act

SEIZED. Authorities confiscate guns from a mayoral bet in Rosario, Agusan del Sur, after serving a search warrant against him on May 11, 2019. Photo from CaragaPulis Pio Facebook page

MAP: Where P2.8-B cocaine ended up in PH over past decade

May 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

In the past 10 years, at least 481 cocaine bricks have ended up in Philippine shores. We map where they were found.

COCAINE FINDS. There are over 30 incidents of Filipinos finding cocaine in Philippine shores and waters.

34 more 'cocaine bricks' wash ashore in Surigao del Sur

Feb 24, 2019 - 10:15 AM

If confirmed to be cocaine, the bricks would have an estimated value of P230 million

FOUND BY FISHERMEN. The cocaine bricks are again wrapped in packaging tape and found floating towards the shore, this time in Surigao del Sur. Caraga police photo

Court orders PCGG probe into sale of sequestered Surigao property

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Sandiganbayan issues the order following reports that hectares of government-sequestered land are being 'distributed and/or sold' by Surigao del Sur politicians

Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente Pimentel Jr dies at 72

Dec 25, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente Pimentel Jr earlier filed for reelection, but withdrew his candidacy due to health reasons

Wife of Bislig City Mayor Librado Navarro shot dead

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Carmencita Navarro, wife of Bislig City Mayor Librado, is gunned down while walking at the city's baywalk

SHOT DEAD. Carmencita Navarro, wife of . Bislig City mayor, is shot dead Saturday. Photo lifted from

Alleged gunman named in killing of broadcaster Christopher Lozada

Mar 12, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The suspect, Rolly Mahilum, is said to be a 'close aide' of the family of Bislig City Mayor Librado Navarro

Mud, debris fill Surigao del Sur streets after Basyang onslaught

Feb 14, 2018 - 8:11 PM

On social media, netizens posted pictures showing the damages caused by Tropical Storm Basyang.

4 dead as Basyang triggers landslide in Surigao del Sur

Feb 13, 2018 - 2:23 PM

The heavy rain triggers landslides that hit mountain villages outside the mining town of Carrascal, Surigao del Sur

3 children killed in grenade explosion in Surigao del Sur

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:08 PM

Based on the initial police investigation, one of the children tinkered with the live ammunition of an M203 grenade launcher

COA junks claim of contractor seeking compensation for burned equipment

Feb 04, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Construction firm CBBI wants the DPWH to pay for equipment allegedly burned by communist rebels, but COA says these equipment should've been insured

NPA fighter-turned-militiaman beheaded in Surigao del Sur – military

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Mar Acevedo Bocales, as member of the New People's Army, surrendered to authorities in December 2016, then joined the Cafgu

House panel cites Imee Marcos' Singaporean boyfriend in contempt

Oct 09, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The House of Representatives committee on good government will order the arrest of Mark Chua should he fail to show up a 3rd time for the hearing on Ilocos Norte funds

WHERE IS MARK CHUA? The House panel cites Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (in picture) boyfriend Mark Chua in contempt for again skipping the House probe. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

News Briefs: February 23, 2017

Feb 23, 2017 - 11:59 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 23

Surigao del Sur gov joins miners vs Gina Lopez

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:31 PM

Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente Pimentel Jr whose province hosts 3 big firms facing closure says the environment chief has shut her eyes and ears to the pleas of the mining industry

'RESPONSIBLE MINING.' Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente Pimentel defends 'responsible' mining operations in his province. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

News Briefs: February 9, 2017

Feb 09, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 9

Surigao Sur mayor dismissed for P18-M 'ghost' pork project

Feb 09, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Investigations establish the mayor s budget for the ghost project was sourced from a congressman s pork barrel

'Inordinate' delay causes dismissal of graft case vs ex-Surigao del Sur rep, son

Feb 05, 2017 - 1:48 PM

The anti graft court s 5th Division says the respondents’ constitutional right to speedy disposition was violated after it took the Office of the Ombudsman 5 years and 8 months to file charges

Surigao del Sur town evacuates over 200 residents due to Auring

Jan 07, 2017 - 11:07 PM

There are at least 976 704 families or 4 883 546 people who are exposed to areas that are highly to very highly susceptible to landslide or flooding the DSWD says

Image courtesy of PAGASA

A test for local climate adaptation

Nov 29, 2016 - 5:00 PM

What does local climate change adaptation look like? Two LGUs in Mindanao will now be able to carry out local adaptation projects funded by the People s Survival Fund

PREPARED FOR CLIMATE CHANGE? Lanuza residents living near the coast, like this fisherman say they have little knowledge of the impacts of climate change except that, when a typhoon is coming, they should heed the instructions of local authorities. Photo credit: VJ Villafranca/Oxfam

[Where I've Been] The Enchanted River of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:04 PM

A look at the river s mesmerizing blue waters and some facts about this beautiful body of water in Surigao del Sur

Photo by Louie Lapat

Duterte appoints Aiza Seguerra as new NYC chairperson

Aug 12, 2016 - 12:06 PM

National Youth Commission Assistant Secretary Earl Saavedra announces the appointment of Aiza Seguerra as new NYC chairperson during the celebration of International Youth Day

NYC CHAIRPERSON. Aiza Seguerra is the incoming Chairperson and CEO of the National Youth Commission.

NDRRMC to LGUs: Don't take low pressure area lightly

Jun 25, 2016 - 7:45 PM

A low pressure area LPA east of Surigao City might bring floods and landslides to parts of the country

Save our Schools to Duterte: Make education accessible to Lumad

Jun 07, 2016 - 9:03 PM

About 1 000 Lumad students in Mindanao will begin classes in evacuation centers because of alleged militarization in indigenous communities

EDUCATION. Will the next president improve the state of Philippine education? File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Manobo leader faces murder raps over Lumad killings

Jun 01, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Datu Calpit and 37 others face murder charges for the deaths of a school head and 2 Lumad leaders in Lianga Surigao del Sur in September 2015

SUSPECT. Datu Calpit in a mugshot taken when he surrendered for robbery charges earlier this year. Sourced photo

Traveling to Rody Duterte’s misunderstood Mindanao

May 19, 2016 - 9:28 PM

I am looking forward to the time when hearing of places such as Kidapawan Tawi Tawi Zamboanga Sulu or Mindanao will not elicit fear but fond beautiful memories

MT APO VIA KIDAPAWAN. The author enjoys her moment on top of Mt. Apo before a saddening fire razed the highest mountain of the country.

110 VCMs malfunction in Caraga; only 25 replacements arrive

May 10, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Commission on Elections regional director Renato Magbutay say they a have a contingency plan for the problem

VOTING MACHINES. The Philippines' vote-counting machines for May 9, 2016 have been manufactured by Smartmatic, which provided the same machines in the Philippines' first two automated elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

7 breathtaking Mindanao destinations you shouldn't miss

Mar 12, 2016 - 5:29 PM

Mindanao is home to many pristine beaches fetching landscapes and beautiful waterfalls that will entice anyone to return

FAMILIAR. Some of Dinagat Islands beaches reminded me of certain places in Palawan. Photo by Joshua Berida

German man in drifting yacht had heart attack – police

Mar 02, 2016 - 1:17 PM

UPDATED Police estimate that the German man had been dead for about a week when his mummified body was found by Philippine fishermen off the coast of Surigao del Sur

FOUND DEAD. A handout picture provided by Philippine police shows a picture of German national Manfred Fritz Bajorat recovered inside his yacht. Handout photo from Barobo police/EPA

Supreme Court ousts Pichay as Surigao del Sur congressman

Feb 01, 2016 - 3:13 PM

The SC reverses the decision of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal and orders Mary Elizabeth Ty Delgado installed as congresswoman immediately

Who is running in Caraga | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Caraga

Guingona takes police, military to task: Lumad's killers roam free

Oct 03, 2015 - 7:44 AM

The PNP and AFP must be able to track [the suspects] down How come other people know where they are and the army and police do not? asks the senator during a hearing in Surigao del Sur

PROBE. Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chair of the Senate subcommittee on justice and human rights, leads the probe on Lumad killings in Tandag, Surigao del Sur, on October 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of Alexis Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Lumad kids tell senator: Military makes Manobos kill each other

Oct 01, 2015 - 7:52 PM

Our area is rich in resource It is virgin forest We believe that is the primary reason why they want to kill us one student tells Senator Teofisto Guingona III

SENATE HEARING. Senator Teofisto Guingona III listens on October 1, 2015, to indigenous families who have been terrorized by a para-military group in Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Voice of a Lumad widow: Our land, our blood

Sep 27, 2015 - 4:06 PM

The widow of slain Lumad leader Dionel Campos talks to Rappler about the killing and the Lumad s quest for justice and protection of ancestral land

A group of ALCADEV students reenact the atrocity happened on September 1 in KM 16, Barangay Diatagon town of Lianga, Surigao del Sur where 3 Lumad leaders were allegedly killed by the paramilitaries formed and organized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Marcventures Mining responds to articles on environmental harm

Sep 23, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Rappler publishes in full a letter sent by the mining company responding to claims of environmental harm in a Rappler article

MINING SITE. This is the mining site of Marcventures Mining and Development Corp. Photo by Gina Lopez

TIMELINE: Attacks on the Lumad of Mindanao

Sep 16, 2015 - 9:00 AM

A form of ethnocide the attacks on the indigenous communities in the last 4 months are concentrated in Bukidnon Davao del Norte and Surigao del Sur

Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Angel Locsin: Katarungan para sa mga pinaslang na Lumad

Sep 15, 2015 - 11:41 PM

Nakikiisa si Angel Locsin sa panawagang StopLumadKillings Binalikan ng aktres ang mga alaala ng Lianga Surigao del Sur kung saan nakilala niya ang mga napaslang na Lumad noong 2009

Photo by Angela Colmenares-Sabino

A rare time a human rights issue captivates PH social media

Sep 09, 2015 - 6:53 PM

If President Aquino’s response was disappointingly predictable the public reaction has been anything but Many Filipinos reacted with visceral anger

School head, 2 lumad leaders killed in Surigao del Sur

Sep 01, 2015 - 9:02 PM

The victims are known for their firm position on ancestral lands and their campaign against human rights violations targeting indigenous peoples

Mining in Surigao del Sur: Soil of life, soil of death

Aug 01, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Siltation from mining activities is harming the livelihoods of fishermen and farmers in the province

TELLTALE COLOR. The banks of a river in Surigao del Sur show evidence of siltation

Durian candymaker's permit suspended over poisoning incident

Jul 12, 2015 - 5:15 PM

The business permit of Wendy s Durian Candy is ordered suspended following food poisoning incidents

'DURIAN CANDY' POISONING. The alleged Durian candy that poisoned hundreds of people in Surigao del Sur towns. Photo by Jude Ramos/Cortes DRRMO

'Sorry,' says durian candymaker over poisoning incident

Jul 11, 2015 - 10:22 PM

We would never do that We have fear in God says the manufacturer of Wendy s Durian Candy

CANDYMAKER. Wendy's Durian Candy manufacturer Janet Aquino holds up the product tag of their durian candy. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Acting Davao mayor orders probe into durian candy poisoning

Jul 11, 2015 - 12:29 AM

Duterte asks the City Health Office to deploy sanitary inspectors to areas in the city that produce durian candies to determine the cause of the poisoning

'DURIAN CANDY' POISONING. The alleged Durian candy that poisoned hundreds of people in Surigao del Sur towns. Photo by Jude Ramos/Cortes DRRMO

‘Durian candy’ poisons hundreds in 6 Surigao del Sur towns

Jul 10, 2015 - 12:45 PM

Victims mostly elementary school students from the towns of Lianga San Agustin Tago and Marihatag and Tandag City suffer from vomiting and dizziness after eating durian candy

People rush their loved ones to the Cagwait rural health unit due to food poisoning caused by durian candy. Photo by Joelito Tidalgo.

NPA seizes 2 jail guards, rescues comrade in Surigao del Sur

Apr 28, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Members of the New People s Army capture Security Officer 2 Juan Salazar and SO2 Feliciano Polan

PRECONDITIONS. Members of the New People's Army join consultations in Surigao del Sur. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

The enchanting blue river of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Apr 22, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Every time the fairies touch the water say the locals it becomes clearer as the ripples disappear

Evacuees in Maguindanao, N. Cotabato almost 100,000

Mar 20, 2015 - 5:45 PM

Clashes between government forces and Muslim rebels also affect more than 130 000 persons in Maguindanao and North Cotabato

DISPLACED FILIPINOS. People displaced by fighting sleep at an evacuation center in the southern Philippines. File photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera