Solid North - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Solid North


Imee Marcos blocking Fariñas’ bid to retain House leadership

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:02 PM

His vicious conflict with Ilocos Norte's Governor Imee Marcos could cost Representative Rodolfo Farñas his position as House majority leader

CLASH. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads the probe into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds under Governor Imee Marcos.

Ilocanos show 'unconditional love' for Marcos on his 99th birthday

Sep 12, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Marcos daughter Imee thanks the Ilocanos for their unconditional love

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Three petitions have been filed against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Supreme Court image from

Imee mum on Marcos burial, but wants issue laid to rest

Sep 11, 2016 - 3:00 PM

We are praying that this issue will be put to rest so that finally Filipinos would become united like the hope of our beloved President Rodrigo Duterte says Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos

File photos from Wikimedia Commons

Ilocanos kick off Marcos' 99th birthday celebration

Sep 11, 2016 - 12:17 PM

The Solid North remains steadfast in their support for the late strongman

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Three petitions have been filed against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Supreme Court image from

Criticisms vs Marcos won't stop Ilocanos' love – Imee

Sep 11, 2016 - 12:16 PM

Former first lady and Ilocos Norte Rep Imelda Marcos also says support of Ilocanos kept the family strong since former president Ferdinand Marcos death

SOLID NORTH STILL SOLID. Ilocos Norte Gov Imee Marcos speaks to reporters at the sidelines of the 99th birth anniversary of her father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, in Batac, Ilocos Norte, September 11, 2016. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Despite tourism loss, Batac mayor backs hero’s burial for Marcos

Sep 10, 2016 - 5:59 PM

Batac City Mayor Albert Chua admits the city stands to lose a major tourist attraction if Ferdinand Marcos remains are transferred to the Libingan ng mga Bayani

OK WITH MARCOS' BURIAL. Batac City Mayor Albert Chua wants former President Ferdinand Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Rappler

'Great Ilocano': Province mates ask for hero's burial for Marcos

Sep 09, 2016 - 8:30 PM

As they celebrate the late dictator s 99th birth anniversary supporters say his presidency should be viewed not just from the perspective of Martial Law victims

MARCOS SUPPORTERS. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and members of the Rotary Club of Metro Ilocos Norte demonstrate the late president's trademark V-sign on September 9. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

#AnimatED: Marcos, Duterte and burying our history

May 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM

By burying Ferdinand Marcos in Libingan ng mga Bayani Rodrigo Duterte is telling us to forget part of our history

VLOG: Precincts close in Ilocos Norte

May 10, 2016 - 6:03 AM

Will the solid north vote lead vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos to victory?

epa05294175 Filipinos walk past elections campaign posters in Las Pinas, south of Manila, Philippines, 08 May 2016. According to media reports, at least 15 people have been killed, including a mayor candidate Armando Ceballos, during election violence in Philippines. 54 million eligible Filipinos will vote for 12 of 24 senators on 09 May. The Philippines has a long tradition of political violence. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Robredo: United Bicol can beat the ‘Solid North’

May 06, 2016 - 11:40 AM

Leni Robredo says the vice presidential race is down to 2: A Bicolano vs an Ilocano

Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Imee Marcos: Ilocanos find ‘sentimental attachment’ with Binay

May 02, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Senator Gringo Honasan once again skips the Ilocos sorties of his running mate

COURTESY CALL. Vice President Jejomar Binay pays a courtesy call on Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos. Photo from the United Nationalist Alliance

Poe-Escudero in Pangasinan: ’Solid North’ a myth?

Mar 30, 2016 - 10:54 PM

How does the tandem hurdle the challenge of Ilocanos going for presidential bet Grace Poe but supporting another vice presidential bet the North s own Bongbong Marcos?

Leni Robredo campaigns solo in Marcos stronghold

Mar 19, 2016 - 9:40 AM

Why is Leni Robredo even campaigning in the solid North ?

Roxas, Robredo go solo in rivals' bailiwicks

Mar 18, 2016 - 9:57 AM

LP standard bearer Mar Roxas visited Davao solo while his running mate Leni Robredo takes on Ilocos region by her lonesome

LP TANDEM. Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo campaign in Makati City. File phot by Mark Cristino/EPA

Mindanao officials on Bongbong Marcos: Party allegiance or Ilocano roots?

Mar 10, 2016 - 10:36 PM

What has more weight – Ilocano kinship or party allegiance?

Marcos consolidates 'Ilocano vote' in North Cotabato

Mar 10, 2016 - 8:52 PM

In some cities and towns in this Mindanao province at least 65 of the population are Ilocano migrants

ILOCANOS IN MINDANAO. Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr on March 10, 2016, campaigns in North Cotabato, where a large share of the population are Ilocanos. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

LP mayors in La Union to vote for Bongbong Marcos – Ortega

Feb 12, 2016 - 7:00 AM

But for president the Liberal Party local officials in La Union will support party mate Mar Roxas says San Fernando Mayor Pablo Ortega