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Mayor in Duterte drug list shot dead in South Cotabato

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Police are looking into 'personal grudge' as a possible motive for the fatal attack on Mayor Pablo Matinong Jr of Sto Niño, South Cotabato

LOCAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Sto Nino, South Cotabato Mayor Pablo Matinong Jr was reelected in May 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of Mayor Pablo Matinong Jr

'Vital witness' in Ampatuan massacre survives attack in South Cotabato

Jun 03, 2020 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) 'Sangki is a vital witness in the second wave of prosecution for the Maguindanao massacre, and it is not far-fetched that his ambush today had something to do with the horrible case,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

END IMPUNITY. Militant groups protest for justice during the Ampatuan promulgation outside Camp Bagong Diwa on December 19, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal

Comelec suspends special elections in South Cotabato, Southern Leyte

Oct 24, 2019 - 6:41 PM

This follows a Supreme Court decision directing the poll body to proclaim Shirlyn Bañas Nograles as the duly-elected representative of the 1st district of South Cotabato, including General Santos City

SC to Comelec: Proclaim Shirlyn Nograles as South Cotabato representative

Sep 22, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The Supreme Court nullifies the Commission on Elections' order to suspend the election for representative of South Cotabato's 1st District

NEW CONGRESSWOMAN. The Supreme Court orders Comelec to proclaim ex-General Santos City vice mayor Shirlyn Bañas Nograles as the representative of the 1st district of South Cotabato after winning in the 2019 polls. Photo from Nograles' Facebook page

20 dead as truck plunges down ravine in South Cotabato

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:18 PM

The South Cotabato Provincial Police offices says 15 victims died on the spot, while 5 others died in hospitals

ROAD TRAGEDY. A truck falls plunges into a ravine in a mountain highway, leading to the death of over a dozen in T'boli, South Cotabato. South Cotabato Police photo

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

Cop linked to drugs killed in South Cotabato buy-bust operation

Sep 09, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Police say PO1 Rommil Barcellano resisted arrest and fired at those conducting the operation

NANLABAN? Police Officer I Rommil Barcellano is killed after allegedly violently resisting arrest in a buy-bust operation. Photo from the PNP-CITF

Two explosions rock Koronadal City – reports

Apr 29, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) Reports say IEDs were planted in different public areas: one near Christ the King Cathedral along Rizal Street, another near a convenience store

Legarda seeks justice for 8 Lumad killed in South Cotabato

Dec 23, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Senator Loren Legarda calls for an investigation into Lumad deaths in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, allegedly at the hands of the military

CHAMPION OF IPS. Senator Loren Legarda wants justice for lumads. File photo

Koronadal businessman nabbed in anti-illegal drugs raid

Sep 11, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Ruel Balong Espinosa is allegedly a member of El Patron Drug Group in South Cotabato

CONFISCATED. Authorities in South Cotabato seize firearms from Ruel "Balong" Espinosa, a business man alleged to have links in the region's illegal drug ring. Photo from PDEA XII

South Cotabato lawmaker acquitted over U.S. junket case

Mar 28, 2017 - 11:05 AM

UPDATED South Cotabato 1st District Representative Pedro Acharon Jr was earlier charged for travel authorities he issued to councilors to attend a fiesta in California when he was mayor

Blast at South Cotabato vice mayor's home – police

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:18 AM

UPDATED Two persons riding a motorcycle threw an object onto the roof of the home of Polomolok Vice Mayor Eliazar Jovero; an explosion followed seconds later police say

RIDERS. Two persons riding a motorcycle were seen to have thrown an object to Polomolok, South Cotabato Vice Mayor Eliezar Jovero's roof where an explosion happened minutes later.

DENR: Review of Tampakan open-pit mine on 'final stage'

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:10 PM

By the 3rd week of August the environment department will decide on whether or not to cancel the project s environmental compliance certificate

OPEN-PIT MINING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez shows photos of Tampakan. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Gina Lopez: I really don't like Tampakan open-pit mine at all

Jul 27, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says she will review permits given to the 5 9 billion mining project of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated in South Cotabato

MEET THE BEAT. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks to environment beat reporters on Wednesday, July 27. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

[Where I've Been] Magic hour at mesmerizing Lake Holon

May 25, 2016 - 8:54 PM

It isn t easy to get there but once you arrive you are rewarded with serenity and peace at beautiful Lake Holon

MAGIC HOUR. Incredible view at Lake Holon. Photo by Louie Lapat

#PHVote: Mindanao after May 9

May 06, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Decades of neglect violence and impunity in Mindanao have widened inequality in the country spurring a loathing for imperial Manila

SUFFRAGE. A Filipina votes at Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao. Graphic courtesy Ernest Fiestan / Rappler. Image of voting Filipina courtesy EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

President Aquino: Police not at fault in Kidapawan clash

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:38 AM

He says the government should run after organizers who rallied the farmers to exploit the drought issue

NO FAULT. President Benigno Aquino III puts the blame on suspected organizers who enticed the farmers of Kidapawan City to unite and protest last March 30.

On the campaign trail, Bongbong Marcos taps into his father's legacy

Mar 13, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr has been visiting places where his father the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos had projects and programs tapping into the debt of gratitude of supporters

7 breathtaking Mindanao destinations you shouldn't miss

Mar 12, 2016 - 5:29 PM

Mindanao is home to many pristine beaches fetching landscapes and beautiful waterfalls that will entice anyone to return

FAMILIAR. Some of Dinagat Islands beaches reminded me of certain places in Palawan. Photo by Joshua Berida

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

Comelec on Pacquiao, NPC endorsement, Zika virus | 6PM wRap

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:41 PM

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Sandiganbayan suspends congressman over unliquidated funds

Feb 24, 2016 - 11:32 AM

The anti graft court has directed Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr to implement the suspension order on South Cotabato Representative Pedro Acharon Jr who is gunning for a third term

SUSPENDED. South Cotabato Representative Pedro Acharon Jr, who is seeking a third term, has been suspended by the Sandiganbayan. Photo from Pedro Acharon Jr's Facebook page

Local Vote: Pangasinan, Zambales, Aklan, Samar, S. Cotabato

Oct 12, 2015 - 12:43 AM

Rappler s weekly PHvote wrap up: Espino forms new party in Pangasinan; Opposition in Zambales launches party; 9 of 17 Aklan mayors to seek re election; Retired Army colonel to challenge Milagros Tan in Samar; Fuentes consolidates base in South Cotabato

 From left: Former Zambales Governor Amor Deloso, Samar congresswoman Milagros Tan, South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes

Who is running in Soccsksargen | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Soccsksargen

Trust ratings, Duterte in 2016, Tolentino’s ‘gifts’ | 6PM wRap

Oct 01, 2015 - 7:45 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

What it takes to keep Tboli children in school

Sep 15, 2015 - 8:00 PM

A teacher in Lake Sebu South Cotabato believes the whole community should be involved in the education of a child

PASSION FOR TEACHING. Anita Castillon feels at home whenever she teaches T'Boli children. Screenshot from Ramon Aboitiz Foundation video

IN PHOTOS: The wonders of beautiful Lake Holon

Aug 18, 2015 - 3:53 PM

Magical moments happen at peaceful serene Lake Holon

Local fishermen usually sells Tilapia to tourists and trekkers staying at the Lake.

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

Empowering women, strengthening Tboli culture

Aug 15, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Jen Eko shows how a Tboli woman s passion to serve the tribe can help empower other women

Insha'Allah: Muslim orphans hope for peace

Jun 19, 2015 - 12:29 PM

Abdul is one of the 57 Muslim orphans at a private institution helping orphans whose parents are killed in armed conflict in Mindanao

Most of the children's parents at the foundation are killed during armed encounters between AFP and MILF. Photos by Joan Cordero

Coal-fired power plant in Sarangani to be completed end-2015

Jun 12, 2015 - 6:17 PM

Construction at the Alsons Power controlled Sarangani Energy Corporation is on 24 7 as the Korean contractor Daelim Industrial Company rushes to meet the completion date target

SEC Power Plant

At stunning Lake Holon, peace and quiet await

Jun 06, 2015 - 12:46 PM

Leaving Lake Holon is like leaving a friend who has become very dear to your heart

SOCCSKSARGEN: 10 Things to Do

May 05, 2015 - 4:58 PM

It s not all about the Pacquiaos Or the tuna

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

Gov't militia killed, one hurt, in South Cotabato landmine attack

Mar 29, 2015 - 3:38 PM

State militias were patrolling in Tboli town when a landmine exploded a military official says

SAF dined soldiers on eve of Mamasapano ops

Mar 23, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin confirms what Senator Antonio Trillanes IV earlier revealed

OUT OF THE LOOP: 6TH Infantry Division commander Major General Edmundo Pangilinan. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

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

PBA cancels South Cotabato game after Mamasapano clash

Feb 02, 2015 - 4:12 PM

The game between the Alaska Aces and NLEX Road Warriors on Saturday February 7 in Polomolok South Cotabato has been cancelled

Former poll chief Abalos cleared of electoral sabotage

Oct 09, 2014 - 2:37 PM

All 11 counts of electoral sabotage against Abalos in South Cotabato in the 2007 senatorial polls are dismissed He faces 2 other cases involving North Cotabato votes

IN PHOTOS: 8 PH lakes to add to your travel bucket list

Jun 28, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Lakes that change color water so clear you can see through to the rock formations underneath If you re looking for a spot for your next vacation here it is

Low metal prices, uncertainties stall Tampakan operation

Mar 28, 2014 - 5:48 PM

Low metal prices and market uncertainties have taken their toll on the planned commercial operation of the Tampakan copper gold project in South Cotabato

Glencore-Xstrata selling Tampakan stake

Jan 30, 2014 - 2:30 PM

Glencore plans to divest from the Tampakan project to appease China s fears it is getting monopoly of the world copper market

Pacquiao watch: Almost no free live feed in Gensan

Nov 09, 2013 - 9:00 AM

The previous administration under former mayor Darlene Antonino Custodio reportedly fails to pay P350 000 for the live coverage

More relatives of Pacquiao elected

Oct 29, 2013 - 6:44 PM

His brothers Rogelio and Bobby Pacquiao have been elected barangay councilors while sister in law Lorelei has been re elected barangay chairperson

DYNASTY BUILDING? Manny Pacquiao sees more relatives elected in the October barangay polls, after he and his wife were elected in May. AFP file photo by Dale de la Rey

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

Indigenous groups: Solve Tampakan mine issues

Aug 29, 2013 - 6:10 PM

Leaders of several indigenous communities ask Malacañang to clear the obstacles in the commercial operation of the Tampakan mine in South Cotabato

DOWNSIZING. After stiff opposition from host local government, Church and tribes, including rebel attacks, the operator of one of the world's biggest copper and gold deposits cut its Philippine mining operations. Photo shows a visualization of the Tampakan mining site by Parsons Brinckerhoff for Swiss miner Xstrata

Glencore-Xstrata 'downsizes' PH mining operations

Aug 13, 2013 - 5:19 AM

The operator of one of the world s biggest copper and gold deposits cuts its Philippine mining operations after stiff opposition from host local government Church and tribes including rebel attacks

DOWNSIZING. After stiff opposition from host local government, Church and tribes, including rebel attacks, the operator of one of the world's biggest copper and gold deposits cut its Philippine mining operations. Photo shows a visualization of the Tampakan mining site by Parsons Brinckerhoff for Swiss miner Xstrata

So who spoiled the Antoninos’ party?

Jun 03, 2013 - 8:06 AM

Ronnel Rivera 41 breaks the Antoninos decades long hold on General Santos City He was Darlene s childhood friend their fathers being former friends and business partners

ENDING ANTONINOS' RULE. Ronnel Rivera, son of General Santos City's richest businessman, defeats re-electionist Darlene Antonino-Custodio in the mayoral race. Photo by Cocoy Sexcion