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Bicol Region's 2 coronavirus testing centers now operational

May 28, 2020 - 10:08 PM

The two coronavirus testing facilities are located in Bicol's major cities of Legazpi and Naga

BICOL TEST CENTER. Combo photos of the Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory (left)in Legazpi City and the lBicol Medical Center in Naga City.

LOOK: Bicolano Spider-Man brings aid to those affected by the lockdown

May 03, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Like his favorite superhero, he too helps homeless people, street sweepers, parking attendants, and Naga City Hospital health workers by raising funds and handing out food packs

HELP FOR THE NEIGHBORS. The locals of Barangay Abella receive food packs from Spiderman. Photo courtesy of Ongen Cañizo Pante-Bočkay.

Bicol records first coronavirus death

Apr 07, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The Department of Health regional office announces the patient was COVID-19 positive 3 days after he passed away

DOH Bicol confirms first 3 coronavirus cases

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:03 AM

Two male patients are now admitted at the Bicol Regional and Training Hospital, while the female case is confined at the Bicol Medical Center

Naga judge grants GCTA to student convicted of rape by sexual assault

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Naga City Regional Trial Court Branch 61 Judge Soliman Santos, who had approved a plea bargain agreement between the convict and the victim, rules that rape by sexual assault is not a heinous crime

Court case saves 15 trees in Naga road-widening project

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:24 AM

Naga City Regional Trial Court Branch 61 Judge Soliman Santos Jr approves a compromise deal and endorses a master plan that would minimize loss of trees in future road-widening projects

Areas under state of calamity due to Typhoon Tisoy

Dec 04, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Here is a list of areas placed under a state of calamity due to Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri) in December 2019

Strong winds and heavy rain toppled electrical posts, trees and debris in Legazpi, Albay, blocking roads in some areas across Bicol after Typhoon Tisoy battered the region for nearly 8 hours. Photos from Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Cebuanos launch campaign to save centuries-old roadside trees from gov't project

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Hundreds of trees in Naga City and Carcar City in Cebu are set to be cut within the month for a government project

TREE CUTTING. Hundreds of centuries-old trees will be cut in southern Cebu for planned road widening. Photo used with permission from Jun Tupas

Duterte cracks landslide jokes before Cebu victims

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Were the President’s jokes misplaced and too soon, considering the landslide was only a year ago? Or is humor just his way of comforting victims of a tragic situation?

LANDSLIDE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte jokes about the 2018 landslides in Naga City, Cebu. Photo from Alfred Frias/ Malacañang photo

SM’s Hans Sy on disaster resilience: ‘Private sector should invest in cities’

Sep 04, 2019 - 5:51 PM

SM and private sector partners ‘adopt’ disaster-prone cities, Naga and Iloilo, for national resilience campaign

Leni Robredo thanks Naga officials for continuing legacy of Jesse

Aug 18, 2019 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'Mas mahusay pa sa kaniya, kaya lalong napalawig iyong kaniyang legacy,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Naga officials following the footsteps of her late husband Jesse

REMEMBERING JESSE. Vice President Leni Robredo sepaks during the commemorative program for the 7th death anniversary of her late husband Jesse Robredo held at the Museo ni Jesse Robredo in Naga City on August 18, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Activist Neptali Morada gunned down in Naga City

Jun 17, 2019 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) The victim is a former regional head of the political party Bayan Muna, and works as a staff member of former Camarines Sur vice governor Ato Peña

NEPTALI MORADA. Activist Neptali Morada is shot and killed on June 17, 2019. Image from PNP regional command in Bicol

LOOK: Leni Robredo votes in Naga City

May 13, 2019 - 11:59 AM

The Vice President is accompanied by daughters Aika and Tricia at the Tabuco Central School

VP IN HOMETOWN. Vice President Leni Robredo casts her vote at the Tabuco Central School in Naga City. Photo by Allan Rey Camata

Naga City barangay councilor dies after Makati ambush

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:32 PM

(UPDATED) Fortune Isaac Imperial dies after motorcycle-riding gunmen shot him several times while aboard his vehicle on Monday night, March 4

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Naga, Cebu, landslide: Did authorities ignore signs of danger?

Sep 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM

(UPDATED) Naga City Mayor Kristine Chiong explains the story behind a Mines and Geosciences Bureau letter that said cracks and fissures 'do not pose an imminent danger' days before the landslide occurred

RESCUED. Rescuers carry a resident rescued from the landslide site in Naga City, on the popular tourist island of Cebu on September 20, 2018. Photo by Alan Tangcawan/AFP

Bicol officials deny 'tanim droga' at Naga checkpoints

Sep 02, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We assure the public that all actions of our law enforcement agencies will be within the bounds of law,' says Naga City official Allen Reondanga

'DISINFORMATION' ALERT. Naga City public information office head Allen Reondanga denies a claim in a 'chain message' saying there will be 'tanim droga' operations (planting of illegal drugs) in checkpoints in Naga City. Screenshot from Reondanga's Facebook account

Naga condemns Duterte 'shabu hotbed' tirade

Aug 19, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Naga City says President Rodrigo Duterte's statement calling them a 'hotbed of shabu' was 'uttered irresponsibly and without factual basis'

REMEMBERING JESSE. Vice President Leni Robredo and Naga City's officials join the commemoration of the 6th death anniversary of her late husband, interior secretary and long-time Naga City mayor Jesse Robredo. Photo by OVP

Naga to equip PUV drivers with first aid skills

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

A new ordinance in this city in the Bicol region will train drivers of jeepneys, trimobiles, padyak, and e-trikes to become first responders during road crashes

Camarines Sur court ruling stalls Naga airport expansion project

May 06, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The court tells the provincial government to stop its expropriation of lands for the Naga Airport

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Diokno on Duterte, Crime rate down, Tropical Depression Vinta | Evening wRap

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:09 PM

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Valdemar Chiong of Naga City, Cebu barred from public service

Aug 04, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales also indicts the former Naga City mayor for graft

Naga City parish priest washes ex-drug users' feet

Apr 14, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Fr Wilmer Joseph Tria of St Jude Thaddeus Parish calls for unconditional service during the Holy Thursday Mass

MERCY. Fr Wilmer Tria washes the feet of a drug surrenderee during the traditional rites of the washing of the feet on Holy Thursday, April 13. Photo by Vic Nierva/Rappler

Smart offers free calls in areas affected by Typhoon Nina

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:41 PM

The telco also sets up charging stations in some of these locations in south Luzon

VP Robredo: Jesse's spirit lives in me

Aug 18, 2016 - 3:52 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo commemorates her husband s death anniversary for the first time as the country s second top official

SPIRIT LIVES ON. Vice President Leni Robredo said she still learns a lot from her late husband and former interior secretary Jesse Robredo's 'tsinelas' leadership even four years after his death. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

UN PH chief: 'Social enterprises means to achieving SDGs'

Jul 18, 2016 - 7:51 PM

Now is the time to move beyond good will and advocacy and show leadership innovation and share resources says UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines Ola Almgren

VLOG: Robredo's long journey

May 10, 2016 - 2:34 PM

The LP candidate is currently leading the tight vice presidential race overtaking Senator Bongbong Marcos

Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Leni Robredo voting delayed as VCM malfunctions

May 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Problems in the vote counting machines affect even administration vice presidential bet Leni Robredo

WAITING. Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo joins other voters in line to vote at the Tabuco Central School in Naga city. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Jesse Robredo had something to say about Duterte's crime-fighting style

May 08, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Leni Robredo acknowledges her and Rodrigo Duterte s positions on certain matters may differ Her husband told Newsbreak that as early as 14 years ago

Robredo, Sumilao farmers reunited in Naga City

Apr 29, 2016 - 6:55 PM

The meeting is reminiscent of the Sumilao march in 2007 when the late interior secretary Jesse Robredo joined by his wife Leni welcomed 55 Sumilao farmers in Naga City

SUMILAO FARMERS IN NAGA. Vice presidential bet Leni Robredo welcomes the Sumilao farmers on their 15th day of marching from Bukidnon to Manila. Photo from Daglenz Dasco SUMILAO FARMERS IN NAGA. Vice presidential bet Leni Robredo welcomes the Sumilao farmers on their 15th day of marching from Bukidnon to Manila. Photo from Daglenz Dasco

Can Naga City produce a VP? Leni Robredo in sentimental kick-off

Feb 12, 2016 - 8:48 AM

Leni Robredo’s 2016 campaign won’t be easy It will also see her in a similar battle as in 2013: against scions of well entrenched political families

SENTIMENTAL KICK-OFF. Mar Roxas and his running mate, Leni Robredo, at a campaign sortie. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

LP's 2016 kick-off: Capiz, Iloilo, NCR, Bicol

Feb 04, 2016 - 10:44 AM

It s going to be a 4 province hop for the ruling Liberal Party next week

AQUINO'S ANOINTED. Liberal Party (LP) chairman President Benigno S. Aquino III, LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas, vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, and the LP-led coalition's Senate slate. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

HIGHLIGHTS: Ang Pagsusuri

Dec 04, 2015 - 8:41 PM

Watch the highlights of Ang Pagsusuri: The Vice Presidential Forum here

Naga better than Davao? I wasn't comparing, Robredo says

Dec 01, 2015 - 10:35 AM

The Liberal Party s VP bet says she was not comparing Naga and Davao when asked about Duterte s leadership style

NOT COMPARING. Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo says a participatory, inclusive style of governance worked well in Naga City. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

WATCH: Ang Pagsusuri

Dec 01, 2015 - 12:03 AM

Watch the livestream of Ang Pagsusuri: The Vice Presidential Forum here on Rappler

VP bet Leni Robredo comes home to Naga

Oct 10, 2015 - 4:16 PM

After she is declared as the vice presidential bet of the Liberal Party she tells her kababayan it might be time to draw attention to the neglected Bicol region

HOME. Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo addresses a crowd at the Naga city hall covered court, two days after she was declared in Manila as the vice presidential bet of the Liberal Party. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Do Bicolanos favor Leni Robredo’s VP bid?

Oct 06, 2015 - 4:39 PM

In 2016 Bicolanos will decide – who among the 4 candidates from their region will they vote for vice president?

RUNNING MATE. Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo accepts the 'challenge' to be Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas' running mate on October 5, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Why Leni Robredo is Mar Roxas' choice

Sep 18, 2015 - 9:00 PM

But Albay Governor Joey Salceda is worried about splitting the Bicol vote since another Bicolano Senator Chiz Escudero is also running for vice president

An ordinary way to be extraordinary

Aug 23, 2015 - 11:36 AM

Good governance transparency accountability and people empowerment can also turn the whole country into a happy place

For politicians, lessons from Jesse Robredo

Aug 18, 2015 - 10:13 PM

Two things should stick says Jesse Robredo s widow: Staying grounded and immersing yourself in the problems of the people you serve

REMINDERS FROM JESSE. Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo is joined by President Benigno Aquino III during 'Jesse Robredo Day' in Naga city on August 18, 2015. Photo by Joseph Vidal/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino, Roxas honor Robredo as LP considers widow for VP

Aug 18, 2015 - 6:30 AM

Good governance should be demanded by the constituents Unless there is convergence of good citizens and good leaders this is difficult the late DILG chief once said

Plunder report, treason charges, Wi-Fi bill | 6PM wRap

May 29, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Watch the full rundown of today s top stories on Rappler s newscast The wRap

Green sea turtle captured in Cebu

May 14, 2015 - 8:35 PM

There has been public pressure on the local government to stop local eateries from serving pawikan soup based on the endangered species

BIGGEST FIND. Two members of the environment office of Naga City, Cebu, carry what they say was the biggest pawikan they have rescued this year. After tagging procedures, they released the green sea turtle, an endangered species, into the fish sanctuary. Photo by the Naga City CENRO

Pope names Bicolano as envoy to Australia

Feb 18, 2015 - 11:52 AM

Born in Naga the new apostolic nuncio to Australia is 67 year old Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana

VATICAN ENVOY. Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, the newly appointed apostolic nuncio to Australia, used to serve as the nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo. File photo courtesy of

Lessons for the academe from Jesse Robredo

Aug 20, 2014 - 2:07 PM

Jesse’s stirring words become more crucial today as we confront the public cynicism amid the never ending tales of corruption issues and deepening social inequality

Palace: No suppression of Aquino heckler's freedom of expression

Jun 14, 2014 - 7:10 PM

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte says the Aquino administration is not stifling critics who speak up against it

INDEPENDENCE. The student who heckled President Aquino during his speech was  released from jail after 32 hours. Photo by Vince Casilihan

Rappler Newscast | June 13, 2014

Jun 13, 2014 - 8:46 PM

Sandiganbayan raffles the plunder and graft cases of Senators Enrile Estrada and Revilla Aquino heckler faces charges Jolie: Warzone rape an int l agenda

Student who heckled Aquino released from jail

Jun 13, 2014 - 6:57 PM

The Naga City police files criminal charges against Ateneo student Pio Mijares only after detaining him for 32 hours

Rappler Newscast | June 12, 2014

Jun 12, 2014 - 8:14 PM

Aquino vows due process in pork scam cases Estrada s lawyer says there s no proof Jinggoy got P183 M Jolie co chairs summit to end sexual violence

Aquino vows due process in pork scam cases

Jun 12, 2014 - 11:18 AM

On Independence Day President Benigno Aquino III also urges Filipinos to vote wisely in the 2016 elections to ensure a more just and prosperous nation that their forefathers had fought and died for