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FAST FACTS: The destructive earthquakes that hit Mindanao

Oct 31, 2019 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) Since the 1900s, Mindanao has been hit by at least 35 earthquakes. Here are the 3 earthquakes classified by Phivolcs as ‘destructive.’

Tulunan, Cotabato earthquke. Photo courtesy of the Tulunan MDRRMO

Sibling rivalries weaken Amante, Plaza clans in Agusan provinces

May 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur governors who sought House seats in 2019 win

NEW LAWMAKERS. Agusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza (L) and Agusan del Norte Governor Maria Angelica Amante Matba win as representatives in the May 2019 elections. Photo of Plaza from Facebook, photo of Amante Matba from PIA

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

NPA frees 6 militiamen in Agusan del Sur

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Those released are members of the Citizen Armed Auxiliary who were taken as captives after the rebel attacked a military detachment in December

Army launches New Year's Eve attack, captures NPA camp in Bukidnon

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Two rebels were also killed in the New Year's Eve attack by the Philippine Army

Agusan del Sur residents in need of rescue, relief due to flash floods

Jan 19, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Netizens from the area have been posting photos and updates on the need for evacuation and relief goods in the area before signal went down

HELP NEEDED. Citizens in Barangay in Lapaz town are waiting to be rescued. Photos credit to Jamaica Jumonong/Rappler

1st drug rehab center opens at Army camp in Agusan del Sur

Sep 24, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The Residential Treatment and Rehabilitation Center can accommodate 60 patients at a time and shall be managed by the provincial government of Agusan del Sur

 Photos courtesy of Colonel Cristobal Zaragoza and the 401st IB

Quake rattles east Mindanao

Sep 04, 2016 - 11:18 AM

The quake centered near La Paz Agusan del Sur is felt in Butuan Cagayan de Oro and Kidapawan cities

Image courtesy Phivolcs

Agusan del Sur villagers monitor farm-to-market road projects

Jul 18, 2016 - 4:06 PM

In barangays San Isidro Talacogon and Songkoy of Esperanza town leaders and residents actively track the progress of projects in their villages and make sure that these are up to standards

CITIZEN MONITORING. PRDP personnel, LGU engineer, contractor and local residents actively join the monitoring of the ongoing concreting of Tag-Anahaw-San Isidro farm-to-market road in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. Photo by Gian Enrique

5.2-magnitude earthquake hits Agusan del Sur

Jul 09, 2016 - 8:15 AM

UPDATED Phivolcs says no damage is expected after the earthquake

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

Mayor Otaza laid to rest: 'He wanted a better life for the Lumad'

Oct 28, 2015 - 7:28 PM

In Dario Otaza s short term as mayor of Loreto Agusan del Sur his anti poverty program for fellow indigenous peoples freed 21 villages from the influence of communist guerrillas

RESTING PLACE. National police officers carry the casket of slain Mayor Dario Otaza, while his son Daryl's coffin is carried by relatives, to the Uraya Memorial Garden in Butuan City on October 28,2015. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Army: NPA reasons for Otaza killings 'lies'

Oct 25, 2015 - 6:52 PM

The Philippine Army brands as deceitful and superficial the motives behind the killing of Loreto town Mayor Dario Otaza and his son by the New People s Army

LIES. The Philippine Army said Agusan del Sur mayor Dario Otaza (2nd from right) was killed because he turned his back to the NPA. Photo from Otaza's Facebook account

NPA admits killing Agusan del Sur mayor and son

Oct 24, 2015 - 7:28 PM

Slain mayor Dario Otaza is accused of establishing and building intelligence networks within NPA territories in Agusan del Sur for AFP counter revolutionary operations

ADVOCATE. Malacañang says Agusan del Sur mayor Dario Otaza (2nd from right) was an 'invaluable partner' for peace in the region. Photo from Otaza's Facebook account

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Oct 20, 2015 - 7:13 PM

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Palace, Army: Killing of Agusan del Sur mayor 'cowardly' act

Oct 20, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Malacañang vows intensified operations to bring perpetrators to justice

ADVOCATE. Malacañang says Agusan del Sur mayor Dario Otaza (2nd from right) was an 'invaluable partner' for peace in the region. Photo from Otaza's Facebook account

Abducted Agusan del Sur mayor found dead

Oct 20, 2015 - 9:24 AM

3rd UPDATE The bodies of Mayor Dario Otaza and his son are found early morning in Barangay Bitan agan some 12 kilometers from Butuan City proper Interior Secretary Mel Sarmiento says

Agusan del Sur mayor abducted

Oct 19, 2015 - 9:03 PM

Mayor Dario Otaza of the town of Loreto in Agusan del Sur is abducted by 16 armed men posing as NBI agents at his home in Butuan City police say

Who is running in Caraga | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Caraga

Another Lumad leader killed in Mindanao

Oct 01, 2015 - 10:46 AM

The latest victim is 44 year old Lito Abion of the Lumad organization Tagdumahan He was shot dead by 3 motorcycle riding men in San Luis town Agusan del Sur

STOP THE KILLINGS. A multisectoral group stages a protest against attacks on Lumads outside the House of Representatives, as the defense department's budget is being deliberated. Photo by Vincent Go/Rappler

Lumad from Agusan: NPA, not military, responsible for killings

Sep 30, 2015 - 6:12 PM

The other side of the story: Lumad leaders from Agusan del Sur talk about the alleged abuses by the National People s Army

(L-R) Jesse Acevedo, former NPA rebel Marcial Belandres, and Datu Martin Acevedo talk about the abuses done by NPA rebels to lumads in some parts of Mindanao. Photo by David Lozada/ Rappler

NPA captures soldier, hurts 5 others in twin attacks

Sep 21, 2015 - 9:34 AM

Among the wounded in the Sunday rebel attack is an Army lieutenant

Durian candymaker should face sanctions – Agusan del Sur official

Jul 12, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The maker of Wendy s Durian Candy should be sanctioned for selling products without the approval of the Food and Drug Administration says the Agusan del Sur vice governor

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

How Agusan Marsh residents adapt to a 4-month flood

Jun 28, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The River will take everything it has given

the floating houses of agusan river. all of the houses here have bundles of bamboos to serve as floaters when the 4-month flood comes between december to march. (bobby lagsa)

3 elite soldiers killed, 5 others hurt in Agusan del Sur ambush

Mar 16, 2015 - 10:38 AM

A cop is also wounded in a separate ambush by the NPA in Surigao del Sur

Seniang death toll climbs to 55

Jan 03, 2015 - 11:46 PM

A total of 41 individuals are injured while at least 8 people remain missing in areas affected by the typhoon

WASHED AWAY.  Residents of Brgy.  Santiago, Iligan City pickup amongst debris washed ashore firewood by Tropical Storm Seniang as it hits Northern Mindanao.  Photo by Manman Dejeto / Rappler

4 killed, 7 injured in NPA attack on civilians in Agusan

Dec 02, 2014 - 12:19 AM

The victims were on their way home from a thanksgiving service the military says

ENCOUNTER. Government forces and the NPA clash in Barangays Baracatan and Catigan in Toril District, Davao City, on July 8, 2014. File photo by Karlos Manlupig

18 dead in Agusan del Sur clashes

Jul 15, 2014 - 2:52 PM

New People s Army rebels attack the house of a certain Datu Calpit in Prosperidad town

2 provinces, 24 LGUs in Mindanao under state of calamity

Jan 21, 2014 - 7:27 PM

More than 809 000 people have been affected by the low pressure area which could turn into a tropical depression again

REPAIRS. DPWH personnel install a footbridge at the damaged Baogo bridge in Caraga, Davao Oriental. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Mindanao still on alert for Agaton

Jan 20, 2014 - 9:45 AM

Communities in areas affected by Tropical Depression Agaton continue to brace for the worst as the storm hovers just southeast of Mindanao

FLOODED. Residents gather next to a flooded basketball court at a village in Butuan City on January 17, 2014, as floods inundated villages and towns after heavy rains. Erwin Mascarinas/AFP

NPA declares seized candidates 'prisoners of war'

Oct 26, 2013 - 12:05 PM

The rebel group captures 5 barangay election candidates in Loreto Agusan del Sur

STRONGHOLD. NPA guerrillas in a gathering in Agusan del Sur. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

NPA rebels seize 6 candidates

Oct 25, 2013 - 12:10 PM

The incident proves that the NPA wants to influence the October 28 barangay elections says the military

READY FOR THE POLLS. Workers repaint old ballot boxes in preparation for the Oct. 28 barangay elections. File photo by Rappler/Raffy Taboy

5 soldiers hurt in Agusan ambush

Aug 08, 2013 - 2:54 PM

New People s Army rebels detonate an explosive in Agusan del Sur

Cagayan de Oro is PH's most competitive city – report

Jul 30, 2013 - 8:26 PM

The report data for which was gathered in 2012 ranks cities and municipalities based on 3 indicators: economic dynamism government efficiency infrastructure

Army-NPA clash in Agusan del Sur leaves 7 dead

Jul 20, 2013 - 4:00 PM

Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala says the attack is part of an insurgent strategy of using large scale attacks to capture remote and vulnerable outposts

NPA fighters kill 2 soldiers in Agusan del Sur

Jun 22, 2013 - 9:27 PM

The encounter occurs just days after communist rebels killed 5 workers of Shannalyne Corporation in the same town Esperanza

PNP: 53 cases of election violations in a day

May 14, 2013 - 8:10 AM

There are 53 cases of election violations from May 12 to May 13 2013 alone

Suspected NPA members flag down vice-mayor bet in Agusan

May 02, 2013 - 11:19 PM

Suspected NPA members burned motorcycles that were part of Agusani Ananoria s party

Rebels seize police, militiamen in Caraga

Apr 16, 2013 - 4:16 PM

The personnel were seized in three separate incidents in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur according to police and military reports

How captivity killed Lolong

Mar 29, 2013 - 12:37 PM

Rappler learns how Lolong died due to multiple organ failure due to stress from how he was held in captivity

GARGANTUAN CROC. GARGANTUAN. Lolong still looked healthy in this file picture taken inside his pen at the Bunawan Eco-Park just days after the reptile was captured in September 2011. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Lolong's necropsy results delayed

Feb 19, 2013 - 3:25 PM

The report will be made public after the tissue samples collected from Lolong are fully analyzed by experts at UP Los Baños

GARGANTUAN. In this photo taken on September 21, 2011, Lolong, a one-tonne (6.4-metre) 21-foot crocodile believed to be the biggest to have ever been caught, is seen in a caged pen in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Gone too soon: Crying real tears for Lolong

Feb 17, 2013 - 12:55 PM

I was not sad at all for the ecopark in Agusan de Sur which had made a measly P2 million off Lolong I was sad that Lolong had lost his life because we humans can be so selfish

GARGANTUAN. In this photo taken on September 21, 2011, Lolong, a one-tonne (6.4-metre) 21-foot crocodile believed to be the biggest to have ever been caught, is seen in a caged pen in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Lolong's necropsy results out next week

Feb 13, 2013 - 3:32 PM

Veterinarians are analyzing tissue samples from Lolong to determine his cause of death

GARGANTUAN. In this photo taken on September 21, 2011, Lolong, a one-tonne (6.4-metre) 21-foot crocodile believed to be the biggest to have ever been caught, is seen in a caged pen in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Necropsy performed on Lolong

Feb 12, 2013 - 3:46 PM

The results and the cause of death will not be known until the end of the week a government official says

PACKED IN ICE. Workers put ice blocks on to the remains of Lolong before the necropsy is conducted. AFP PHOTO/Erwin Mascarinas

Did typhoon Pablo kill Lolong?

Feb 12, 2013 - 12:32 PM

The storm created a change in temperature that may have affected the croc s eating habits leading to his death a British specialist says

SO LONG, LOLONG. The lifeless body of the monster croc is packed with ice for the necropsy on February 11 in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem

World's largest croc 'Lolong' dies

Feb 10, 2013 - 9:42 PM

UPDATED Captured in September 2011 the saltwater crocodile measured 20 24 feet and weighed approximately 2 370 pounds

GARGANTUAN. In this photo taken on September 21, 2011, Lolong, a one-tonne (6.4-metre) 21-foot crocodile believed to be the biggest to have ever been caught, is seen in a caged pen in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Construction of Eastern Petroleum plant starts in Q3

Feb 10, 2013 - 11:27 AM

Independent oil company Eastern Petroleum is diversifying its sources of energy through a US 60 M biomass power plant in Agusan del Sur

GREEN ENERGY. Independent oil company Eastern Petroleum Corp. is diversifying its sources of energy through a US$60-M biomass power plant in Agusan del Sur, set to begin construction in Q3 of 2013. Photo courtesy of Eastern Petroleum Corp.

RH and elections: Pols knew there’s no Catholic vote

Dec 29, 2012 - 6:04 PM

How the bishops misread the signs miscalculated their strength misjudged lawmakers’ definition of ‘political survival’

Delaying polls in Pablo-hit areas may affect Senate vote

Dec 26, 2012 - 9:42 PM

Provinces devastated by the super typhoon have 2 13 million voters They can determine who land the last few slots in the so called Magic 12

'Pablo:' 40,000 in evacuation centers

Dec 04, 2012 - 5:18 AM

UPDATED The typhoon with international codename Bopha made landfall over Baganga Davao Oriental early morning Tuesday December 4; Pablo now raking across Mindanao

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 11:00 a.m., 04 December 2012. At 11:00AM 4/DEC/2012, the eye of Typhoon #PabloPH was located in the vicinity of Malaybalay, Bukidnon (8.3°N 125.0°E). Max winds/gust (160/195kph). Moving West Northwest @ 20kph. Image courtesy of PAGASA.