Soccsksargen - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Soccsksargen


Soccsksargen region border lockdown extends until July 31

May 17, 2020 - 2:50 PM

General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera says that the decision was based on the rising COVID-19 cases in other areas, specifically the Davao region

BUS TRIP. North Cotabato's Task Force Sagip Stranded project was able to bring home more than a hundred North Cotabateños on May 16, 2020 after being stranded in Davao City. Photo from North Cotabato Facebook page

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

Western Visayas, Calabarzon battle for 2nd spot as NCR pulls away in Palaro medal race

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Powerhouse Metro Manila virtually seals No. 1 with 42 gold medals heading into the final stretch

Powerhouse NCR tightens grip of top spot in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Traditional favorite NCR stays on top with a 25-gold, 16-silver, 12-bronze medal haul

Vigan manages logistical nightmare that is Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Vigan Mayor Juan Carlo Medina said that his city has only 47 hotels with 1,015 rooms or a maximum capacity of 4,738. There are 17,000 athletes in Palaro 2018.

Arnis prodigies propel Soccsksargen to early lead in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Arnis players Princess Sheryl Valdez and Andrei Alcarioto from Tacurong City shine on the second day of this year's Palarong Pambansa

CHAMPION. Princess Sheryl Valdez takes home 4 gold medals after shining the brightest in her arnis tournaments. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Family inspires Palarong Pambansa 2018 arnis gold medalists from Tacurong City

Apr 17, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Both Princes Sheryl Valdez and Andrei Fritz Justine Alcarioto dedicate their multi-gold medal feats to their ailing fathers

Elementary grade school Princes Sherly Valdez of region XII show his action and grab 4 gold medals in Arnis Sports at the 2018 palarong pambansa 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 3, 2017

Nov 03, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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‘Key players’ in ISIS-linked group arrested in Sarangani drug raid

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:59 PM

Brothers Faroon Honjeras Lumatao and Alhotaibby Honjeras Lumatao – arrested in Sarangani province – are said to be key players of Ansar al-Khilafa

ARREST. Brothers Faroon Lumatao and Alhotaibby Lumatao are arrested late night of November 1. Authorities say they are alleged members of Al-Khilafa Philippines, a group that reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS. Photo courtesy of PDEA Region XII

Negros Island, Soccsksargen climb to top 5 as Palarong Pambansa 2017 closes

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Negros Island Region ends this year’s Palarong Pambansa with 26 gold medals 27 silvers and 36 bronze medals improving all of their medal haul from last year’s 21 28 39

NCR clobbers host region WWestern Visayas (Region VI), 3-1, to win the gold in the secondary boys football at the Binirayan Sports Complex on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

Despite huge margin, Duterte sweeps only 3 regions

May 11, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Administration bet Mar Roxas gets the solid vote of two regions: his own Western Visayas and the Negros Island Region whose creation he supported

Soccsksargen: Defective VCMs, erroneous ballots mar voting

May 09, 2016 - 1:00 PM

A number of precincts encountered technical glitches with the VCMs but they were mostly manageable says Comelec regional director Francisco Pobe

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

10 municipalities in Region 12 declared 'areas of concern'

May 07, 2016 - 7:00 AM

This is mainly for precautionary purposes because of the confirmed presence of armed groups and the intense political rivalries in these areas a Comelec official says

Soccsksargen gold medalist to young athletes: ‘Make family your inspiration’

Apr 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM

A 16 year old runner wants nothing more than to bring honor to his family s name

ALL ABOUT FAMILY. Marjun Sulleza from South Cotabao uses his family as inspiration in running. Photo by Danielle Nakpil/Rappler

Who is running in Soccsksargen | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Soccsksargen

IN PHOTOS: Badminton finals (Palaro 2015)

May 09, 2015 - 10:16 AM

The Badminton finals of Palarong Pambansa 2015 in photos

Team Soccsksargen soars to deliver a powerful smash towards the opposing team. Photo by Elaine Majistrado/Rappler

SOCCSKSARGEN: 10 Things to Do

May 05, 2015 - 4:58 PM

It s not all about the Pacquiaos Or the tuna

Soccsksargen tennis aims strong finish in Palaro 2015

May 04, 2015 - 1:15 PM

After seeing their dominant run in tennis come to a halt in 2014 Soccsksargen tennis players want nothing but gold in this year s tournament

BACK TO THE TOP. Soccsksargen tennis players, after failing to place in last year's Palaro, want nothing but gold this year. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

NCR football slaughters Soccsksargen, keeps up with rival region

May 03, 2015 - 4:57 PM

The Big City boys capitalizes on key defensive errors by the SOCCSKSARGEN Warriors’ backline leading to numerous goal scoring opportunities for NCR

WEAK DEFENSE. Mark Joseph Arranguez of NCR maneuvers his way through the backline of SOCCSKSARGEN. Photo by Ferdin Sanchez/ Rappler

The mysterious sinkhole of GenSan

Feb 20, 2015 - 5:46 PM

If the hole keeps growing bigger it could affect more than 1 000 families living in the area

SINKING. The quay faces threat of disappearance if the underwater hole continues to eat into the shores. Aerial photo by Ronald Velasquez

In GenSan, a tearful last reunion for slain SAF officer

Feb 03, 2015 - 8:19 AM

The widow of Sr Insp Ryan Pabalinas Erica – the brave woman who demanded justice in front of President Benigno Aquino III in Camp Crame – expresses her disappointment with the commander in chief

GenSan takes the spotlight in September

Aug 24, 2014 - 1:48 PM

All road leads to this city next month as General Santos plays host to 4 big business and tourism events

GENSAN'S PRIDE. Yellowfin tuna up at the General Santos fish port. File photo by Edwin Espejo

American nabbed in PH for alleged abuse of 2 girls

Aug 13, 2014 - 7:47 AM

Officials say the US citizen also faces statutory rape and cybercrime charges

Soccsksargen elementary tennis aces aspire of capturing grand slam

May 07, 2014 - 8:54 AM

After a historic win Tuesday the tennis boys of Region 12 set their eyes on a grand slam

GRAND SLAM DREAMS. The Soccsksargen Elementary Tennis boys, gunning for a grand slam, pose with Koronadal City Mayor, Peter B. Miguel. Photo by Lance Aquino/Rappler

Soccsksargen books historic gold in elem boys team tennis

May 06, 2014 - 10:21 PM

Region 12 scores a historic win in elementary boys tennis against the Cotabato region

Photo by Lance Aquino/Rappler

Bulls Eye: Faciolan targets archery gold at Palaro

May 04, 2014 - 4:54 PM

A budding archer from South Cotabato is banking on international experience and her family s support as she seeks a gold medal at the 2014 Palarong Pambansa

SHARP EYE. Johanna Marie Faciolan sharpens her skills in preparation for Tuesday's event. Photo by Jerome Monta/Rappler

Blackout hits Mindanao

Feb 27, 2014 - 6:57 AM

The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said the power disturbance started at around 3:53 in the morning

File photo by John Javellana/Rappler

NPA rebels torch construction equipment in Sarangani

Jan 15, 2014 - 9:06 AM

The rebels burned a backhoe a grader and a road roller truck in Sitio Datal Bub in Barangay Daan Suyan Malapatan town

GenSan's missing fishermen, a year after Pablo

Dec 05, 2013 - 12:15 PM

A year into the tragic agony and death of 328 fishermen who went missing when Super Typhoon Pablo hit no one seems to remember them anymore

FOR THE MISSING. Flowers float at sea in honor of the fishermen who went missing after Super Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) hit a year ago, during commemoration ceremonies in General Santos City 4 December 2013. Photo by Edwin Espejo

Toppled tower causes power outages in GenSan

Oct 01, 2013 - 12:57 PM

Half the power supply in General Santos was cut off after armed men toppled a transmission tower in Kabacan Cotabato

SOLE BLACKOUT SURVIVOR. Sydney Hotel in downtown General Santos was the only illuminated building evening of September 30, 2013 after the local electric cooperative imposed a two 3.5-h daily blackout as a result of the toppling of an NGCP tower in Kabacan, Cotabato. Photo by Edwin Espejo

Buoyed by imports, GenSan fish landings up

Jul 10, 2013 - 10:25 AM

A 53 67 hike in frozen foreign tuna imports has increased the total volume of fish landings at the General Santos Fish Port Complex GSFPC for the first six months of this year

BIG CATCH. Fishermen at the General Santos fishport. Photo by Edwin Espejo.

Defeated mayoral candidate padlocks school

Jun 03, 2013 - 11:41 AM

in Barangay Ilaya in Glan Sarangani the Esther Yap Elementary School has been locked out blame it on a defeated mayoralty candidate

Koronadal archer goes for back-to-back titles

Apr 20, 2013 - 7:07 AM

Taking up archery may be expensive but Koronadal s Kathy Vilbar doesn t allow it to be a hindrance

Why small crowds don't worry UNA in Region 12

Mar 23, 2013 - 1:49 AM

UNA stalwart Joseph Estrada topped the polls in Soccsksargen provinces in both 1998 and 2010

UNA TERRITORY? The candidates, like Jack Enrile (in photo), are not worried about small crowds. Region 12 has always gone for opposition senatorial slates. Photo by Boyette de la Cerna

Caught in the perfect storm

Jan 23, 2013 - 4:27 PM

General Santos City lost hundreds of its fishermen to Typhoon Pablo Could they have been saved?

Families of fishermen lost at sea during typhoon Pablo (Bopha) prepare to release white balloons in honor of the victims, aboard a ship in waters off General Santos City, January 19, 2013. Photo by Francis Canlas.

3 dead in Mindanao floods

Jan 22, 2013 - 9:45 AM

The NDRRMC said the continuous heavy downpour has caused flooding in Davao del Norte Davao City Compostela Valley North Cotabato Sultan Kudarat and Misamis Oriental

Hundreds of families in in Davao City were stranded for hours when a river overflowed submerging their homes. Authorities said that river overflowed after continuos downpour since Saturday evening. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

'Ofel' leaves 24 people dead

Oct 27, 2012 - 12:11 PM

Typhoon Ofel leaves 24 dead P36 64 M in damages to infrastructure and agriculture