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Teacher arrested over Facebook post in GenSan rushed to hospital

Mar 31, 2020 - 5:06 PM

Her son, who was also arrested the same day for allegedly trying to stop the police from taking the teacher, remains in jail

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Teacher, son arrested without warrant in GenSan over Facebook post

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:31 AM

(UPDATED) Frustrated that people are going hungry amid a lockdown in her city, a public school teacher vents on Facebook. She faces charges of inciting to sedition.

IN PHOTOS: Strong Davao del Sur earthquake causes serious damage

Dec 15, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Several buildings in Davao del Sur are destroyed, including the Southern Trade commercial center and the Magsaysay Municipal Hall

COLLAPSE. Southern Trade in Padada, Davao del Sur collapses after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck the area on Sunday afternoon, December 15. Photo from SaiJay Gascon

For Mama: Child of Ampatuan massacre victim chooses journalism too

Nov 23, 2019 - 9:15 AM

If she pursues her dream profession, 16-year-old Rhully Mae Shula Montaño will also bear the many, many problems of the media that even the killing of her mother could not solve

MASSACRE KIN. 16-year-old Rhully Mae Montaño was 6 years old when her mother Marife was killed in the gruesome 2009 Ampatuan massacre. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Businesses thank responding firefighters with freebies after mall fire

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:08 PM

General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera says the earthquake is a reminder that a lot has to be done to improve the city's disaster preparedness and resiliency against natural and man-made calamities

Son of former boxer Rolando Navarrete killed in GenSan

Sep 25, 2019 - 8:38 AM

He was 23 years old

Members ask Duterte to reconsider closure of Kapa-Community Ministry

Jun 14, 2019 - 1:25 PM

At the Acharon Sports Complex, Joel Apolinario raises the hopes of thousands of members of Kapa-Community Ministry. Meanwhile, at the nearby Lagao Gymnasium, Duterte orders the arrest of Kapa officials.

more that 50 thousand member-donors of Kabos Padatoon Community International Ministry, Inc., joins the rally in General Santos City on June 13, 2019 calling on the government and President Rodrigo Duterte to let KAPA continue its operation. President Duterte who was also in the city at the Lagao Gym orders KAPA's be shutdown as it is a scam. KAPA founder Pastor Joel Apolinario (DSCF5416-1) lied to the crowd when he claimed that Duterte already assured him that KAPA will continue its operation. President Duterte called KAPA a swindling operation. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

Dynasty members, old names capture new districts in 2019

May 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Meanwhile, in two areas where there will be new districts after 2019, political dynasties and prominent politicians grab important local posts

General Santos City gets own congressional district

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The province of South Cotabato now has 3 legislative districts

7 wounded in General Santos blast; PNP slams 'act of terror'

Sep 16, 2018 - 1:59 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The wounded victims include a 6-year-old girl, says the Philippine National Police

Locator map of General Santos City

Senate OKs new districts for General Santos City, Southern Leyte, Isabela

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The bills for these legislative districts, once signed into law, would provide for the election of a congressional representative for each new district

Wife of new ISIS Southeast Asia 'emir' nabbed in General Santos

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:43 PM

Nafisa Pundog, identified by authorities as the wife of Abu Dar, has a standing warrant of arrest for allegedly possessing a blasting cap/incendiary device

NABBED. Nafisa Pundog is arrested in what is believed to be her safehouse in General Santos City. Military photo

Activists slam arrest of 13 church, dev't workers in GenSan

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:32 PM

'These individuals were arrested with no weapon on them but their laptops, pens, and papers,' says Deacon Allan Khen Apus of Iglesia Filipina Independiente and convenor of Movement Against Tyranny-Northern Mindanao

DEFIANT. Development workers arrested in General Santos City. Photo courtesy of Karapatan Northern Mindanao Region

Pacquiao sends Mayweather GenSan hoops invite

May 10, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The Filipino ring icon says Mayweather can swing by General Santos for some pick-up basketball games

BUSY. Manny Pacquiao has been training in General Santos City for his July 15 bout with Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Aguirre tags Singson, Abad in P8.7-B road scam

Nov 24, 2017 - 1:43 PM

'The accusation is baseless and therefore not true. I and the DBM were never part of the negotiations for that transaction,' says former budget chief Florencio Abad

ROAD SCAM PROBE. Former Aquino executives, Florencio Abad and Rogelio Singson, are tagged in an ongoing multi-billion probe into an alleged road right of way scam.

Duterte, Jokowi launch PH-Indonesia shipping route

Apr 30, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Both leaders expect a boost in trade between the two countries with the opening of the new Davao General Santos Bitung route

LAUNCH. Philippines President Rodrigo Roa Duterte welcomes Indonesian President Joko Widodo upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Aiport in Davao City for the launching of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO) shipping service on April 30, 2017. Photo by Presidential Photo

PH-Indonesia RoRo first to sail on new shipping route

Apr 28, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The new route within the BIMP EAGA will open on April 30 and is expected to boost trade and relations between PH and Indonesia

NEW ROUTE. The new shipping route between the Philippines and Indonesia is expected to boost trade and relations between the two countries.

PLDT builds 1st 'Fibr City' in Mindanao

Apr 09, 2017 - 11:10 PM

General Santos is PLDT s first Fibr City in Mindanao allowing the telco to bring ultra fast internet speed there

MINDANAO'S FIRST. This allows the telecommunications giant to provide residents in General Santos upload and download speeds of up to 1 Gbps at subscription fee of P1,899 per month. Rappler file photo

Soon: Shorter shipping route between PH, Indonesia

Jan 15, 2017 - 12:08 PM

The new route promises to cut journey time from the current 3 5 weeks to only 3 days

Image courtesy Department of Transportation

Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off Sulu

Jan 10, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Phivolcs says there is no damage from the tremor but there are aftershocks

Help needed for PH tuna industry workers

Aug 15, 2016 - 5:00 PM

The community sharing of by catch helps each household put food on the table but when will the government help the tuna industry for the long term?

Hazards in labor contracting: What about the PH tuna industry?

Aug 13, 2016 - 9:24 PM

The Department of Labor order covering handline fishing is without teeth absent sweeping inspections across the tuna industry

TUNA. A man carries a freshly caught fish that weighs 30 to 40 kilograms. Photo by Buena Bernal

Putting 'half rice' on the menu

Jul 28, 2016 - 6:52 PM

Why half rice should be offered for rice loving Philippines

World Food Programme, DSWD launch Visayas disaster response center

Apr 29, 2016 - 4:59 PM

Centers in Clark and General Santos City are being considered to ensure immediate response of the government wherever a disaster strikes in the country

INCREASED CAPACITY. The Visayas Disaster Response Center aims to enhance government response capacity. Image courtesy DSWD

Duterte SALNs don't match alleged bank accounts

Apr 29, 2016 - 1:19 PM

UPDATED Details in the alleged hidden bank accounts of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte don t match details in his 2004 to 2015 SALN Who s telling the truth?

SALN. Did Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte commit misdeclaration in his SALN? File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

GenSan boxing prospects invade Manila for free show

Apr 26, 2016 - 7:38 PM

Unbeaten fighters Magic Mike Plania and Lorence Rosas clash in a 10 round bantamweight fight on a show free to the public this Saturday at Makati Square Arena

BRAWL AT THE MALL. 'Magic' Mike Plania (L) and Lorence Rosas (R) clash in a fight between two men who have yet to taste defeat as professionals

WATCH: Chiz and Heart campaign together for the first time

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:48 AM

Mas lalo akong ganado na umikot na kasama siya kasi grabe yong reaction ng mga tao says the actress as she joins her vice presidential candidate husband in General Santos City and Davao del Sur

'SAY CHIZ.' Actress Heart Evangelista takes a selfie with husband and vice presidential candidate Francis 'Chiz' Escudero during a rally in Davao del Sur, on April 19, 2016, the first time they campaigned together. Photo by Arnold Almacen/Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

Pacquiao: I can draw crowds for Binay, UNA

Apr 19, 2016 - 9:50 PM

The boxing champ who is running for senator says his popularity will draw people to Binay s rallies thus make them listen to the Vice President s platform

CROWD FAVORITE. Will the presence of the People's Champ, Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao, get more people to attend UNA sorties? Photo by Mara Cepeda/ Rappler

Roxas finds anti-Binay campaigner in General Santos rally

Apr 01, 2016 - 10:55 PM

I d tell him he s a thief a mother of 8 tells presidential bet Mar Roxas referring to his rival Vice President Jejomar Binay

Presidential candidate Mar Roxasdelivers a message during a campaign rally which also celebrate the last day of the Women's Month at the Brgy. Kalantungan Covered Court in Cotabato City on Thursday. Lito Boras /

Marcos starts courting Mindanao to boost his numbers

Mar 09, 2016 - 9:51 PM

Bongbong Marcos Mindanao sorties start in Soccsksargen where his voter preference rating is at 14 compared to Francis Escudero s 27

GRATEFUL TO THE FATHER. The T'boli community in South Cotabato tells vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr on March 9, 2016, that they are grateful to his father for enacting a law that created a municipality for their tribe. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Moralde, Sabalde make weight in GenSan

Feb 12, 2016 - 4:24 PM

John Vincent Moralde and Anthony Sabalde both weigh 126 pounds for their 10 round fight Saturday at Gaisano Mall in General Santos City

BRAWL AT THE MALL. John Vincent Moralde (L) and Anthony Sabalde (R) both weighed 126 pounds on Friday. All photos by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Boxing: Moralde, Sabalde to collide in GenSan

Feb 05, 2016 - 5:03 PM

John Vincent Moralde will face southpaw Anthony Sabalde in his next test on February 13

PROSPECTS. John Vincent Moralde (L), promoter Jim Claude Manangquil (C) and Romero Duno (R) pose at a press conference in General Santos City. Photo from press release

Typhoon Pablo after 3 years: The scars have not healed

Dec 05, 2015 - 11:30 AM

A memorial is unveiled in General Santos City for the victims of Typhoon Pablo Bopha which left 1 067 dead and more than 800 missing

MEMORIAL. Mother and daughter remember their loss. All photos by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Pacquiao chooses Binay over friend Duterte

Nov 27, 2015 - 11:55 PM

Manny Pacquiao says of Duterte: Talagang magkaibigan kami close kami Hindi iyan maapektuhan dahil ito politics lang ito

'LOYAL FRIEND.' Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao says he wants to show that he is loyal and has 'word of honor' by sticking it out with Vice President Jejomar Binay. File OVP photo

PH eyes bigger shrimp production for export

Nov 12, 2015 - 9:45 PM

As demand from the US and Japan continues to grow the Philippines targets to more than double its total shrimp production in 2014 says Senator Cynthia Villar

POTENTIAL EXPORT. The Philippines is positioning to become the region's leading white shrimp producer. Photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Pacquiao's brother faces legal challenge in congressional bid

Oct 10, 2015 - 2:45 PM

Rogelio Roel Pacquiao wants to run for congressman in Sarangani But he is still barangay chair and councilor in General Santos – in South Cotabato

BROTHER'S HEIR? Rogelio 'Roel' Pacquiao (middle) wants to run for the congressional post that world boxing champ and older brother Manny (left) is vacating in Sarangani. Photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

At least 18 hurt in South Cotabato bus explosion

Oct 01, 2015 - 4:09 PM

Five children including a one week old infant are among those injured

Saturday boxing in Gensan: Basadre falls, fails again

Sep 27, 2015 - 3:02 PM

The stoppage in their first fight came too soon The stoppage in the rematch may have come too late

REPEAT. Kenny Demecillo lands an uppercut on Daryl Basadre in their brutal rematch in General Santos City. Photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Iglesia ni Cristo mobilizes in key cities nationwide

Aug 30, 2015 - 1:03 AM

UPDATED The INC directive to local church members is to mass in the busy portions of Cebu City and Davao City by Sunday night August 30

CROWD. Members of the INC converge at EDSA-Shaw on August 29, 2015. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Local Vote: Mandaue, General Santos, Lanao del Norte

Aug 15, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Rappler s weekly wrap up: Mayor congressman swapping posts in 2016?; No Antoninos in next year’s polls; Dimaporo scion to seek governorship of Lanao del Norte

Frozen tuna imports buoys GenSan’s fish production in H1

Aug 07, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Overall local production drops 33 in H1 due to the prolonged dry season global decline in tuna catch and Indonesian restrictions on foreign fishing vessels

Controversial stoppage mars Gensan boxing match

Jun 08, 2015 - 1:58 AM

A questionable referee decision to stop the fight with only 6 seconds left in the second round sent plenty of boxing fans fuming and disappointed

Daryl Basadre (R) won round one easily before being stopped late in round two. Photo by Edwin Espejo

SOCCSKSARGEN: 10 Things to Do

May 05, 2015 - 4:58 PM

It s not all about the Pacquiaos Or the tuna

Filipino priest to Pope Francis: Help PH tuna workers

May 05, 2015 - 1:51 PM

Reverend Father Rey Carvyn Ondap seeks the aid of the pontiff in stamping out malpractices in the Philippine tuna industry

Pacquiao schooled, silenced

May 03, 2015 - 7:51 PM

No it was not a bad decision It was the right decision to a bad fight that never measured to the hype it was billed to be

Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Manny Pacquiao fight in a welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN

VLOG: Pacquiao inspires young boxers from GenSan

May 02, 2015 - 6:11 PM

A young boxer from General Santos City talks about his boxing idol as thousands of athletes and coaches from across the country get pumped up to cheer for Manny Pacquiao

Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler

Filipino wives appeal for fishermen-husbands detained in Indonesia

May 02, 2015 - 8:00 AM

There’s nothing [here] that’s why they run to Indonesia All I want that somebody helps us We just want our family to come home

GenSan mulls closing down public market

May 01, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Mayor Ronnel Rivera is studying a proposal to build a bigger and modern public market in Barangay Labangal some 3 km away from its present site

CLOSING DOWN? The General Santos city government plans to close down its public market to build a 'bigger and more modern' one in Barangay Labangal, some 3 kilometers away from the present site. Photo by Edwin Espejo, Rappler

Decent jobs? The case of Filipino handline fishermen

May 01, 2015 - 12:52 PM

Handliners are often subjected to hazardous working conditions sleeping in cramped quarters with no clean and adequate water months away from home

From Gensan to Boston: A Lumad's dream for his people

Apr 24, 2015 - 4:00 PM

17 year old Marlito Soriano hopes to be the one to help end the discrimination against the Lumads in General Santos City