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Ilocos Sur policewoman who mishandled molestation complaint relieved from duty

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Staff Sergeant Merly Joy Pascua reportedly didn't process the complaint filed by the 15-year-old girl from Cabugao town. The teenager was ambushed on her way home.

CABUGAO Police Station, Ilocos Sur. Screenshot from Google Maps

OFW mom of slain 15-year-old girl seeks help to attend daughter's burial

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The mother, who is based in Kuwait, was allowed to go home for her daughter's burial in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, but she doesn't have enough money for a plane ticket

Children's rights groups demand justice for 15-year-old killed in Ilocos Sur

Jul 08, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The Child Rights Network says using quarantine rules to commit sexual violence and other crimes 'reflects impunity among the deviants in our law enforcement'

2 cops tagged in murder of 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur

Jul 05, 2020 - 5:40 PM

The 15-year-old girl was slain by riding-in-tandem killers on Thursday night, July 2, after accusing one of the cops of molesting her

ACCUSED. A Philippine policeman stands guard as people queue up to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan. File photo by Ted Aljibe/Rappler

Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:20 PM

(4th UPDATE) The teen was attacked on her way home from a police station where she had just filed a molestation complaint against cops from a neighboring town

Vigan records first coronavirus case

Jun 10, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Vigan's first COVID-19 patient is a 30-year-old OFW from Taiwan who returned to the country on April 15, and was quarantined at a designated hotel in Pasay City until May 25

CITY HALL. A decontamination tent has been placed at the entrance of the Vigan City Hall as a precaution to the spread of the coronavirus disease. The city recorded its first case on June 9, 2020. Photo from the Vigan City PH Facebook page

'We need to be bold': Provinces make difficult decisions on 1st day of GCQ

May 02, 2020 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) 'We need to be bold and act on this health emergency in our locality especially if we still have active cases of COVID-19,' says Bangsamoro Parliament member Zia Alonto Adiong, spokesperson of the Lanao Del Sur IATF

EXTENDED. Aurora Governor Gerardo Noveras meets with provincial government and police officials to discuss matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo from Province of Aurora Facebook page

Ilocos Norte buys P18M oxygen machines, looks to build own soon

Apr 11, 2020 - 10:42 PM

P18 million is spent on buying medical oxygen machines, and P1.5 million for building a warehouse to be 'able to produce our own medical oxygen'

MEDICAL SUPPLIES. Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc watches over the preparation of medical supplies in the province. Photo from Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte Media Office

Ilocos Norte hospital closed to outpatients amid coronavirus risk

Apr 02, 2020 - 1:39 PM

Four doctors and 8 hospital staff are undergoing self-quarantine

Ilocos Norte lists first coronavirus cases

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:06 PM

Former Ilocos Norte governor Ferdinand Marcos Jr and 2 others are the first cases of COVID-19 in the province

2 CASES. File photo of the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center. From DOH website

Ilocos Sur confirms 1st case of coronavirus

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis Singson says the woman is 55 years old, and comes from the municipality of Tagudin

TAGUDIN TOWN HALL. Photo from Wikipedia

Ilocos Norte offers temporary work to wage earners displaced by lockdown

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The province is also preparing 3 of its largest hospitals for when the number of people infected by the coronavirus will possibly rise

WORK-FOR-CASH beneficiaries help in environmental cleanup. Photo from Ilocos Norte Media Office

Ilocos Sur, La Union under community quarantine

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:38 PM

Both provinces have no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as of Monday, March 16

Ilocos Norte under community quarantine

Mar 15, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc says this is to 'avert the spreading of the disease and maintain the status of Ilocos Norte as COVID-free'

Photo courtesy of Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte Media Office

Heart center for the north coming to Candon

Feb 16, 2020 - 3:02 PM

(UPDATED) Ilocos Sur Second District Representative Kristine Singson Meehan says the hospital in Candon, a satellite of the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, will specialize in coronary diseases

SOON TO RISE. A new hospital in Candon is coming. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The movable feast of Ilocos Sur

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:40 PM

Crab cake, beef ribs, and lechon baka pasta make up this year's feast

KANNADIWAN. Ilocos Sur holds its yearly Kannadiwan Festival or movable feast. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

'Nakilaban': Drug suspect killed in Laoag in alleged shootout

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The Laoag police say Andrew Ventura was Number 3 in their most wanted list for another offense – running away with a motorcycle

Man dies in Ilocos Norte after being dragged under a car

Dec 29, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Cesar Mindana, 44, is said to have been dragged under a car driven by Roger Nartatez from Barangay Baay in Batac, Ilocos Norte till the next town of San Nicolas

[OPINION] Who keeps the Solid North solid?

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Many Filipinos point a finger at Ilocanos for supporting a dictator who plundered the country. However, they are not the only ones who are accountable – politicians are, too.

[OPINION] Reconstructing memories of Apo Lakay

Dec 06, 2019 - 5:11 PM

Being Ilocano and criticizing the Marcoses are not contradictory

Ilocos Sur judge killed in ambush in La Union

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:27 PM

(3rd UPDATE) In September, Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez acquitted a Cordillera health worker, whom the army accused of being a communist rebel

Surprised? Fariñas siblings file bill declaring Marcos holiday in Ilocos Norte

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Former Ilocos Norte congressman Rudy Fariñas, the family patriarch who once clashed with the dictator's daughter Imee, had also authored the same bill in the previous 17th Congress

THE DICTATOR. To this day, the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos still counts Ilocos Norte as their bailiwick. File photo from AFP

At least 2 dead in Ilocos Norte due to Ineng

Aug 24, 2019 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) A man was swept by raging floodwaters, while a 17-year-old girl was killed in a landslide, say local officials

FLOODED. Heavy flooding at Barangay 43-Cavite, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, on August 24, 2019. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Santos

IN PHOTOS: Floods hit Ilocos Norte, Metro Manila due to Ineng, monsoon

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Residents in Ilocos Norte, especially Laoag City, experience massive flooding

FLOOD. Pedestrians and commuters wade through flooded streets of Estrada and Arellano in Malate, Manila on August 24, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Ilocos Norte under state of calamity due to Ineng

Aug 24, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(6th UPDATE) Over 18,000 people are affected by heavy rains and massive flooding caused by Severe Tropical Storm Ineng

RESCUE. Police evacuate a woman and her newborn in the heavily flooded Barangay 7B in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, on August 24, 2019. Photo by Edison Deus

2 dead in northern Luzon due to incessant rains, winds

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:12 PM

(UPDATED) The separate incidents happen in Sta Cruz, Ilocos Sur, and in Tuba, Benguet

The missing Spanish-period watchtowers of Ilocos Norte

Aug 01, 2019 - 8:30 AM

These missing or hidden watchtowers stand as testaments to a bygone age and illustrate how important some Philippine locales were for regional trade

STILL STANDING. The watchtower in Sitio Torre, Gabut Sur in Laoag City. Photo provided by Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero

Restored Cariño House reopens in Candon, Ilocos Sur

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Before there was the Philippine Republic, there was the Republic of Candon and we now have a museum for it

HISTORICAL HOUSE. The Cariño House in the heart of Candon City was recently restored and turned into a museum. Photo by Frank Cimatu

Grenades, gun found abandoned in Ilocos Norte

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:24 PM

A goat herder finds the gun and grenades inside a sack at Laoa Bridge in Barangay Laoa, Paoay

Parents charged for kids' death in motorcycle crash

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The police chief of Batac City in Ilocos Norte says a case is being filed against the parents of one of the two kids as they knowingly let the minors use the motorcycle

Remains of dead Ilocos Sur councilor desecrated

Jun 03, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Seven other tombs at the Narvacan Cemetery are also destroyed and ransacked

Image via Shutterstock

3 die in road crashes in Ilocos provinces

May 29, 2019 - 2:17 PM

But a motorcycle rider in La Union narrowly escaped from being crushed by beer delivery truck. Watch it here.

'My mother is my hero': Female cadet from Ilocos Sur tops PMA Class 2019

May 21, 2019 - 5:36 PM

Cadet First Class Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla will graduate as number one among her 262 classmates or mistahs of the Philippine Military Academy's Mabalasik Class of 2019

CLASS VALEDICTORIAN. Cadet 1CL Dionne Mae Apolog Umalla from Barangay Alilem Daya, Alilem, Ilocos Sur is present at the Philippine Military Academy's Longayban Hall in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

In Ilocos Sur, this ant egg dish is definitely worth the pain

May 18, 2019 - 4:09 PM

The pupae of the red weaver ants is a popular delicacy in the North

Photos by Angelo Aurelio

Chavit Singson wins as mayor, ends Zaragoza reign in Narvacan

May 14, 2019 - 10:03 PM

The Ilocos Sur political kingpin dominates Edgardo Zaragoza with a margin of close to 10,000 votes

KINGPIN. Despite having his eligibility to run as Narvacan mayor questioned, Chavit Singson triumphs. Photo by Rappler

2 killed, 1 injured in funeral gambling incidents

May 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Gambling in funerals could be fatal

After dropping bid for governor, Fariñas backs Imee Marcos' Senate candidacy

May 06, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Ilocos Norte congressman Rudy Fariñas says it would 'bring honor' to their province if his former rival Imee Marcos wins in the 2019 senatorial race

RIVALS TURNED ALLIES? Ilocos Norte 1st DIstrict Representative Rudy Fariñas says Governor Imee Marcos' victory in the Senate race would bring honor to their province. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA: Ilocos Norte gov't illegally hired private lawyers as consultants

May 05, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The Ilocos Norte government says it hired private lawyers to assist the provincial legal officer, but the Commission on Audit says it could not find a valid reason for this move

AUDIT REPORT. The 2017 audit report of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Government is peppered with irregularities.

Rudy Fariñas withdraws from Ilocos Norte race for governor

May 02, 2019 - 9:41 AM

This leaves the son of outgoing governor Imee Marcos unopposed

CANDIDATE NO MORE. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rudy Fariñas withdraws from the gubernatorial race. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2 barangay captains in Abra and Ilocos Sur ambushed

Apr 29, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Chairperson Ronnie Bringas of Barangay Angad in Bangued, Abra, and Chairperson Severino Dagdag of Barangay Gusing, Sta Maria, Ilocos Sur, both survive the attacks

Female singer shot dead in front of Ilocos Sur church

Apr 28, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Ruzziel Pagaoa Lomibao is shot while driving her motorcycle along the national highway in front of Our Lady of Piat Shrine in San Juan, Ilocos Sur

3 regions post high rice yields despite El Niño

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Central Luzon, Ilocos, and Cagayan Valley survive the onslaught of El Niño due to proper irrigation, according to their agriculture regional directors

Farmers in North of Manila were looking forward to a good harvest this year . Pangasinan is the country’s third biggest rice producer, next to Nueva Ecija and Isabela provinces. But Farmers here was worried Price of palay.Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Brothers drown in Ilocos Sur reservoir on Good Friday

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:26 PM

The brothers are brought to the hospital but doctors fail to revive them

DROWNING. Two brothers die by drowning in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

Barangay secretary in Ilocos Sur shot dead

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Arthur Aquino Alviar, the barangay secretary of Lapting, is shot 5 times as he was leaving his house to go to the plaza on Saturday evening, April 13

Construction of Vigan Airport runway extension starts

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The P69-million runway extension project will allow the Vigan Airport to cater to bigger aircraft, bringing in more flights and passengers

RUNWAY EXTENSION. Aviation Undersecretary Manuel Antonio Tamayo leads the groundbreaking ceremony of Vigan Airport's runway extension on April 8, 2019. Photo courtesy of CAAP

Ilocos Norte councilor survives 2nd slay try in 4 months

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Twice lucky, Ilocos Norte Councilor Jovencio Pascua blames politics for the attempts on his life

LOOK: Chavit Singson, Ed Zaragoza show who's fit enough to be mayor of Narvacan

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:22 PM

The two candidates for mayor of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, agree to a dare made by a local radio station: who can walk kilometers long and not get exhausted?

‘PEACE WALK.’ Rivals for the mayoral post, Edgardo Zaragoza (left) and Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson, test each other’s stamina during a walk for peace on March 25, 2019. Singson, 77, and Zaragoza, who is turning, 68, both say they are not too old to serve as mayor. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Fisherman rescued in Ilocos Sur after 5 days at sea

Mar 19, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Pedro Tabucol holds on to a floater after his boat capsizes, and is found by his village's fishermen several days later

RESCUED. Fisherman Pedro Tabucol receivs medical treatment after his rescue. Photo courtesy of DWRS Commando Radio

Imee Marcos shuns 'anti-corruption' messaging by opponents

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:13 PM

'Panahon ng eleksyon ngayon, talagang bakbakan at talagang batikusan. Pero huwag na ho nating patulan ang lahat,' the Ilocos Norte governor and senatorial aspirant says

'FOCUS ON TRACK RECORD.' Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson Sara Duterte Carpio, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, and Senator Cynthia Villar during a press briefing in Ilocos Norte on Monday, February 18. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Senate slate courts voters in Marcos bailiwick

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, who is part of the lineup, asks her constituents to support the 13-member slate of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago

ALLIANCE. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (3-L) asks her constituents to support the 13-member Senate slate of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago.