Davao Del Norte - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Davao Del Norte


Stuck at home? This mom sets up a sari-sari store for her kids to learn saving

Mar 24, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Aside from saving, kids also learn the importance of personal hygiene and physical distancing, as they follow a set of rules to buy from Mama's home quarantine store

Photos from Hycinth Clor de Arta

Davao Region to seal its borders for 14 days starting March 19

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:46 PM

People are allowed to exit the region anytime, but they cannot come back within the 14-day period, says Davao Region task force chair and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte

Davao-based journalist arrested for interviewing protesters

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Radyo ni Juan's Glenn Jester Hitgano is arrested after following up on a tip that the protesters were harassed by uniformed men

Death toll in Davao del Sur earthquake rises to 9

Dec 18, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says over a hundred people were injured by the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck Davao del Sur on December 15

DAVAO EARTHQUAKE. Soldiers walk among debris in Padada town, Davao del Sur on December 16, 2019, a day after the 6.9 magnitude earthquake. Photo by Manman Dejeto/AFP

Davao del Norte governor sacks controversial information officer

Nov 27, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Nearly a month after he survived an ambush, Davao del Norte's PIO is fired by his boss

Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib

Equipping San Isidro farmers through agro-enterprise

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Farmers in San Isidro, Davao del Norte, hope for a brighter future for their families as they apply what they've learned from agro-enterprise trainings

FRUITS OF LABOR. Narciso Lara is one of 10 farmers part of the demo farm project of the Peace and Equity Foundation to link enablers across the value chain of San Isidro, Davao del Norte. Photo from PEF

Davao del Norte information officer hurt in ambush

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Pat Pacquiao, who hosts a daily radio program at a station in Tagum City, is attacked by motorcycle-riding men outside his house

ATTACKED. Davao del Norte information officer Pat Pacquiao. Photo from Pat Pacquiao's Facebook page

Alvarez wins, Floirendo-Del Rosario rule ends in Davao del Norte

May 15, 2019 - 5:07 PM

Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario fails to block the reelection of Pantaleon Alvarez as the province's 1st District representative

WARM WELCOME: Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez receives a warm and enthusiastic welcome from his constituents as he arrives at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Tagum City, 6 April 2018, Friday, for the mass oath-taking of an estimated 30,000 new members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP).

Pilot dies after plane hit live wire in Davao del Norte

Apr 27, 2019 - 12:17 PM

The pilot was conducting an aerial spraying activity when his agricultural plane got entangled in a high-tension wire in a banana plantation, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Del Rosario, Floirendo blast Alvarez in Davao del Norte HNP rally

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Governor Anthony del Rosario and congressman Tonyboy Floirendo join forces to host the senatorial bets of Sara Duterte's Hugpong ng Pagbabago in Tagum City

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Groups denounce killing of lawyer in Davao del Norte

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:12 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Lawyers, prosecutors, and judges are being targeted with surging frequency and impunity,' says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines following the killing of lawyer Rex Jasper Lopoz in Tagum City, Davao del Norte

DEADLY PROFESSION. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says 38 members of the legal profession in the country have been killed under the Duterte administration as of March 13, 2019. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

LOOK: Oil spill in Davao del Norte river

Mar 08, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says it will conduct an investigation to determine the liability of the company responsible for the oil spill

OIL SPILL. Half of the Ising River is tainted by the oil spill. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

Davao retains Batang Pinoy Mindanao crown

Feb 10, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Dominant in various fronts, Davao picks up a total of 56 gold medals to capture the overall championship

CHAMPS AGAIN. Davao rules the Mindanao leg of the nationwide sporting event featuring athletes 15 years old and below. Photo from PSC

Batang Pinoy: Archer Loreno completes golden sweep

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Koronadal's John Carlo Loreno nails his seventh archery gold in the 2019 Batang Pinoy Mindanao leg

ON TARGET. John Carlo Loreno leads Koronadal’s dominant showing in the archery competition. Photo from PSC

Batang Pinoy: Amoguis sisters make waves in Mindanao leg

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Swimming sisters Liaa Margarette and Lora Micah Amoguis boost Davao City’s medal haul

GOLDEN HAUL. Davao City eyes swimming as a medal source as the Amoguis sisters vie for more mints in other events. Photo from PSC

GenSan jin sweeps poomsae golds in Batang Pinoy Mindanao leg

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Thirteen-year-old Paul Anthony Rodriguez rules the individual, pair, and team events of the taekwondo poomsae competition

YOUNG STAR. Paul Anthony Rodriguez of General Santos continues to prove why he deserves a slot in the national team. Photo from PSC release

Rebranded PFL steps in ‘difficult time’ as Davao Aguilas FC folds

Dec 16, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'It was either witness the decline of Philippine pro football as a distant observer, or start working and do something about it. I chose to do something about it,' says new league commissioner Bernie Sumayao

CRUCIAL. Davao Aguilas FC leaves the Philippines Football League with only 5 teams. Photo from Davao Aguilas

Lumad kids 'rescued' in Talaingod back with parents – DSWD

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it has returned 12 of the 14 children in its custody to their parents after the Davao Regional Trial Court Branch 8 ordered it

FIRST NIGHT. Students and teachers pictured inside a police station in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, on November 28, 2018. Photo by Jose Hernani/The Breakaway Media Group

DepEd says no closure order vs Lumad school

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:46 PM

DepEd says the decision to close down the Salugpongan community learning center in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, was made by the community council

CLOSED. DepEd says the Salugpongan learning center was closed by its community after a community council resolution was passed supporting its closure. Photo from Facebook profile of Salugpongan Ta’Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center

Satur Ocampo, France Castro say nothing illegal in 'humanitarian' mission

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:15 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro challenges Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde to visit Lumad schools, following his allegations these are being used for communist teachings

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Ka Satur Ocampo (right) and ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro (center) at a press conference in Quezon City on Sunday, December 02, 2018, after their arrest at a checkpoint in Talaingod town in Davao del Norte, on Thursday, November 29. Satur Ocampo, France Castro was charged for child abuse and was released after posted bail. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Satur Ocampo, 17 others released from Davao jail

Dec 01, 2018 - 9:42 PM

(UPDATED) Davao del Norte police wanted to defy the release order, prompting Tagum City Executive Judge Arlene Palabrica to issue a supplemental order

BAIL.Satur Ocampo, France Castro et al posts bail for child abuse charges. Photo courtesy of Kilab Multimedia

Lumad students 'rescued' in Talaingod to remain with DSWD

Nov 30, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Police say, because the group of Satur Ocampo and Party-list Representative France Castro could not show proof of the consent of the parents, they were, in effect, 'trafficking' the 14 Lumad minors

DSWD CUSTODY. STTICLC students and teachers inside a police station in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, on November 28, 2018. Photo by Jose Hernani/The Breakaway Media Group

Satur Ocampo, France Castro face kidnapping, human trafficking charges

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(5th UPDATE) Police base the charges on the presence of 14 minors in the vehicles of the National Solidarity Mission, which had among its delegates former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro

ARRESTED. Mugshots of former Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro at the Talaingod Police Station. Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office 11

Satur Ocampo, ACT Teachers Rep Castro arrested in Davao del Norte

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Satur Ocampo, France Castro, and over 70 others face kidnapping and human trafficking charges over the transport of minors from Talaingod town, say police

DETAINED. Former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo (right) is detained at the Talaingod Police Station in Davao del Norte with ACT Representative France Castro and over 70 others. Photo by Jose Hernani/The Breakaway Media Group

Mindanao journos, Reporters Without Borders condemn killing of Denora

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:34 PM

RSF says Dennis Denora is the 6th journalist murdered during the term of President Rodrigo Duterte

Journalist shot dead by riding-in-tandem gunmen in Davao del Norte town

Jun 07, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Fellow journalists in Davao del Norte mourn and condemn the killing of newspaper publisher Dennis Denora

13 Japanese students rescued from suspected traffickers in Davao

May 09, 2018 - 10:59 PM

Father and son Japanese nationals hold children from their country against their will and force them to work in a construction site in Samal

Speaker Alvarez’s waves of interest in Siargao

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

If Davao del Norte is getting too crowded politically, is it time for Alvarez to look elsewhere and start planning for his future?

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

Davao governors bolt parties to join Sara Duterte’s Hugpong

Feb 23, 2018 - 2:43 PM

All except one governor of Region 11, have jumped into the new political party

LAUNCHED. Region 11 governors attend the launching of Hugpong Ng Pagbabago, led by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Photo by Mick Basa / Rappler

Lumad father and son 'shot to death' in Davao del Norte

Feb 04, 2018 - 1:16 PM

A Lumad father and his son were 'shot to death' inside their house in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, the military says

Davao del Norte district budget cut is Alvarez's ‘political vendetta’ – Floirendo

Dec 21, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Floirendo criticizes House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of making 'sacrificial lambs' out of his district's people just to pursue a 'political vendetta' against him

Suspected NPA members murder Lumad leader in Davao del Norte

Dec 20, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Datu Benandao Maugan, 59, has reportedly refused the communist fighters' demands over the years in his sitio in Kapalong, Davao del Norte

LOOK: Japan Coast Guard vessel joins maritime drill in Davao

Jun 02, 2017 - 7:09 PM

The exercise in the waters off Talicud Island Davao del Norte on Saturday June 3 aims to enhance the capacity of both PH and Japan coast guard personnel

Farmers finally occupy parts of Lapanday-managed farm

May 18, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano asks police and military to provide round the clock security for the 159 farmers lin Tagum City for two days

LAND, FINALLY. Agrarian reform authorities, on 3rd attempt, are able to place 159 farmers in the 0.79-hectare property within the Lapanday-managed farm in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, on May 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas

Duterte invites Tagum farmers to Manila Hotel dinner

May 10, 2017 - 12:48 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks the farmers from Davao del Norte to give him more time to resolve their land issue with Lapanday Foods Corporation

LOOK: Duterte meets picketing Davao del Norte farmers

May 09, 2017 - 8:18 PM

The farmers from Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Incorporated are agrarian reform beneficiaries who were forcibly evicted from a 145 hectare banana plantation in Tagum City

DIALOGUE. President Rodrigo Duterte goes to the picket line at the foot of Mendiola Bridge near Malacañang to talk to the farmers from Tagum City, Davao del Norte. All photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Catbalogan builds PH’s 2nd floating pool to empower athletes

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The floating Olympic size pool is inspired by a similar project unveiled in Panabo City in Davao del Norte during the 2015 Palarong Pambansa

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT. Kids from nearby communities practice their strokes in the newly-created floating swimming pool. Photo by Rupert Ambil/ Rappler

DAR issues cease and desist order vs Lapanday Foods

Dec 15, 2016 - 10:25 PM

The order comes after a series of reported assaults against farmer beneficiaries in a 145 hectare banana plantation

FARMER PROTECTION. Agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano issues a cease and desist order against Lapanda Food Corporation after a series of reported assaults against DAR farmer beneficiaries. Photo from DAR

Batang Pinoy Nationals kick off in Tagum City on Sunday

Nov 26, 2016 - 5:33 PM

Young athletes representing about 300 LGUs converge on Davao del Norte for the Batang Pinoy National Finals

NEXT GENERATION. Approximately 14,000 athletes will compete at this year's Batang Pinoy competition, which takes place primarily in Davao del Norte. Photo by Mars Alison/Rappler

Duterte visits wake of slain CAFGU man as kin call for justice

Jul 30, 2016 - 12:24 AM

CAFGU member Panggong Kamonad was killed in an ambush by the New People s Army last Wednesday July 27

AMBUSH. Members of the government militia were ambushed by the New People's Army on Wednesday, July 27. Photo courtesy of 101D

3 provincial canvassers explain questionable COCs

May 26, 2016 - 7:35 PM

The COCs of Ilocos Sur Davao del Norte and Laguna are accepted for canvassing after discrepancies are explained

Lawyers from different candidates gather around the representative from Laguna during the second day of canvassing for President and Vice President at the House of Representatives in Quezon City on Thursday, May 26, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ilocos Sur, Laguna, Davao del Norte canvassers ordered to face Congress

May 25, 2016 - 11:12 PM

UPDATED The number of votes in the electronically and physically transmitted certificates of canvass from the 3 provinces do not match

CANVASSING. Opening of the first ballot box during the start of the congressional canvassing of votes for president and vice president. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Next Speaker? Pantaleon Alvarez and the ghost of NAIA 3

May 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The newly elected Davao del Norte representative is being eyed by PDP Laban Duterte s party as next House Speaker

PDP-Laban endorses Bebot Alvarez as House speaker

May 11, 2016 - 4:18 PM

The newly elected Davao del Norte representative says he has mixed feelings about the endorsement

NEXT HOUSE SPEAKER? Davao del Norte First District Representative Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez confirms PDP-Laban has endorsed him as next speaker of the House. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Davao del Norte politicians unite behind Duterte

Feb 14, 2016 - 9:00 PM

In Rodrigo Duterte s first Mindanao proclamation rally politicians of all stripes throw their support behind him

Davao del Norte politicians at the stage with presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte at a rally in Tagum City, February 13, 2016. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

After falling ill, Duterte back on campaign trail

Feb 14, 2016 - 5:07 PM

Duterte: I m fine I m ready for all my schedules Tell my supporters not to worry about me

Presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte speaks to reporters in Davao City, February 13, 2016. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

More Lumad flee homes amid 'harassment'

Jan 31, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Lumad from Davao del Norte claim that military and paramilitary forces still threaten their community

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Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in the Davao Region

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Samal resort owners urged: Boost security, let police in

Sep 24, 2015 - 11:49 AM

The resistance of resort owners to give access to police remains a problem but this time authorities will do what needs to be done says PNP Region 11 director Chief Superintendent Wendy Rosario

ABDUCTION SITE. Yachts are seen at the marina of the Holiday Oceanview resort in Samal island on September 23 2015. Two days earlier, armed men abducted 4 people from the site. Photo from EPA