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Lumad schools in Davao region just suspended – DepEd

Jul 18, 2019 - 4:34 PM

Salugpongan Ta’ Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center has until Monday, July 22, to justify why the schools shouldn’t be closed

NO TO CLOSURE. Student and Teachers storm DepED to condemn the order to suspend Lumad schools in Southern Mindanao. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DepEd orders temporary closure of 55 Lumad schools in Davao region

Jul 13, 2019 - 1:58 PM

DepEd regional officials say the closure is based on the findings of an anti-insurgency task force, which alleged that the schools teach students to rebel against the government

'My son is not an NPA,' says mother of teenager killed in Davao clash

Apr 25, 2018 - 5:49 PM

Eastmincom admits it erred in the spelling of the name of the boy, but insists he was indeed an NPA child soldier

Jhun Mark from Karapatan

NPA attacks in Davao City 'acts of terrorism' – Sara Duterte

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:48 PM

2ND UPDATE We condemn these acts committed by a group that pretends to champion social justice and equality the Davao City mayor says in a statement following the attacks

North Cotabato farmers decry killings, harassment over land dispute

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:37 AM

The murder of farmers group leader Wilerme Dorado Agorde in front of his grandchildren in February further fuels suspicion that farmers locked in a land dispute with a state university are being silenced

FALLEN. A photo of Wilerme Dorado Agorde is placed on his front door during his wake. Photo by Edwin Gariguez

Robin Padilla visits Kidapawan City after farmers' rally

Apr 02, 2016 - 7:44 PM

Robin visits Kidapawan City where a farmers protest turns violent following dispersal efforts by local police

Photo courtesy of Kilab Multimedia

Palace on Kidapawan rally: No reason for deaths

Apr 02, 2016 - 3:26 PM

There is no reason why people must die for asking for assistance from their own government says Malacañang as it urges hotheads to reserve judgement pending the investigation

PALACE STATEMENT. Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III, head of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office holds a press briefing in Malacañang. Screenshot from PCOO video

Police prepare charges vs Kidapawan rally leaders

Apr 02, 2016 - 10:47 AM

Armed with a warrant police search the facilities of the Spottswood Methodist Center for firearms a day after the scuffle

SEARCH. A policeman conducts a search for firearms in facility inside the Spottswood Methodist Center on April 2, 2016. Photo from Kilab Multimedia Facebook page

1 killed, 13 wounded in farmers' protest in Kidapawan

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:50 AM

7th UPDATE The protesting farmers are asking for help from the government due to the effects of a drought in the area

NPA admits killing Agusan del Sur mayor and son

Oct 24, 2015 - 7:28 PM

Slain mayor Dario Otaza is accused of establishing and building intelligence networks within NPA territories in Agusan del Sur for AFP counter revolutionary operations

ADVOCATE. Malacañang says Agusan del Sur mayor Dario Otaza (2nd from right) was an 'invaluable partner' for peace in the region. Photo from Otaza's Facebook account

Marines' Football for Peace brings hope to Southern Mindanao

Oct 05, 2015 - 7:08 PM

In far flung Tawi Tawi the beautiful game is making a difference in a war torn region

Sparks' Anthony Putrus-Schnell and Yves Ashime play with Tawi-Tawians

GMA job cuts to include headquarters?

May 15, 2015 - 8:00 AM

The network chief says GMA 7 ‘will save millions of pesos in its streamlining policy

GMA will continue its manpower reduction program to cover its headquarters in Manila after laying off several workers in its regional offices. File photo by Rappler

Davao vows to shield mining ban from Malacañang pressure

May 13, 2015 - 9:51 PM

Davaoeños say their local law is a step forward for the nationwide campaign to end destructive activities that would permanently damage the country s rich natural resources

‘MAKE IT NATIONAL.’ Environmentalists in a rally on May 13, 2015, say the total mining ban adopted by Davao City ‘is a step forward for the nationwide campaign to end destructive activities that would permanently damage the country's rich natural resources.’ Photo by Karlos Manlupig, Rappler

GMA-7 'not in the red,' layoffs a 'callous move' – NUJP

Apr 27, 2015 - 9:08 PM

UPDATED GMA 7 finds unfortunate NUJP s disregard of the network s substantial losses from its regional operations and from its local programs

GMA-7 lays off workers in regional stations

Apr 26, 2015 - 2:46 PM

UPDATED GMA 7 says the layoffs are part of strategic streamlining of programs and manpower in its provincial stations to ensure business competitiveness

Conglomerates seeking to manage Mindanao coal plant

Apr 19, 2015 - 9:57 PM

PSALM also plans to auction the selection and appointment of an IPPA for the Unified Leyte Geothermal Power Plants

There are 12 firms interested in the Independent Power Producer Administrator(IPPA) contract for the 200 MW Mindano Coal Power plant in Misamis Oriental, Mindanao.

Four, including 13-year-old, killed execution style in ComVal

Nov 10, 2014 - 2:52 PM

The victims were found hogtied and their heads covered with face towels and shirts in Purok 3 Barangay Basak Nabunturan town

#QuakePH: Help map critical reports

Jul 14, 2014 - 5:23 PM

Tell us where you were during the earthquake and report them using the Project Agos disaster information map

Image courtesy Phivolcs

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocked Southern Mindanao on Monday afternoon, July 14, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Phivolcs posted that the quake struck 88 kilometers southeast of Don Marcelino town in Davao Occidental at around 3:59 in the afternoon.

The quake which was tectonic in origin has a depth of 10 kilometers.

The first bulletin issued by Phivolcs said Intensity 2 was felt in General Santos City.

No damages were reported but aftershocks are expected, Phivolcs said. –

Student abducted in Pagadian

Feb 28, 2014 - 4:13 PM

Police have yet to identify the suspects who took Southern Mindanao College student Stephen Mago Tan

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

Mindanao still on alert for Agaton

Jan 20, 2014 - 9:45 AM

Communities in areas affected by Tropical Depression Agaton continue to brace for the worst as the storm hovers just southeast of Mindanao

FLOODED. Residents gather next to a flooded basketball court at a village in Butuan City on January 17, 2014, as floods inundated villages and towns after heavy rains. Erwin Mascarinas/AFP

More heavy rain in Visayas, Mindanao

Jan 12, 2014 - 10:41 AM

Science Sec Montejo to affected residents: Don t take any chances stay vigilant

Pablo survivor group's leader shot dead in ComVal

Jan 03, 2014 - 7:32 PM

Marcelo Monterona 41 is a member of a group that led protests calling for prompt rehabilitation services and reparation from a big mining corp

Screenshot from Google Maps

Evacuees move out of PSHS-Eastern Visayas

Dec 14, 2013 - 4:05 PM

About 2 000 evacuees are expected to vacate the campus on December 15 in preparation for the resumption of classes January next year

Davao Oriental wants to inspire Yolanda survivors

Dec 05, 2013 - 10:39 AM

The experiences of the people of Davao Oriental would hopefully inspire those affected by Typhoon Yolanda to remain courageous in rebuilding their lives

MOMENT OF SILENCE. Residents of Cateel, Davao Oriental observe a moment of silence on the first anniversary of Super Typhoon Pablo (Bopha), 4 December 2013. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Magnitude 5.7 quake hits Davao Oriental

Dec 04, 2013 - 8:42 AM

UPDATED The quake was recorded as a magnitude 5 7 tremor the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Phivolcs said

VIDEO: Haiyan survivors cheer Pacquiao, seek help

Nov 26, 2013 - 9:45 PM

Pacquiao’s win redeems his boxing career – but it also inspires Filipinos battered by Super Typhoon Yolanda Paterno Esmaquel reports

Haiyan survivors to Pacquiao: Help us

Nov 24, 2013 - 6:01 PM

In typhoon hit Tacloban City a place of tears becomes a place of cheers

NO TEARS. Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Tacloban cheer for Manny Pacquiao, who beat American boxer Brandon Rios in a fight in Macau on November 24. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

UN: Prioritize power after Haiyan

Nov 23, 2013 - 8:59 PM

Why electricity? Think of the vaccines that need to be stored food that has to be preserved and women and children whom lights will keep safe says UN coordinator Luiza Carvalho

NO ELECTRICITY. Residents walk through debris and toppled power lines in Tacloban City, Leyte. AFP/Ted Aljibe

PH struggles with funds after Haiyan

Nov 22, 2013 - 2:10 PM

The Palace braces for perhaps the biggest reconstruction after World War II

DIFFICULT LIVES. Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) destroys this coastal barangay in Tacloban City, Leyte. Photo by Vincent Go

'Unconditional' cash for Haiyan survivors

Nov 21, 2013 - 3:39 PM

The unconditional cash transfer program aims to help the poorest typhoon survivors

Haiyan crisis: No ground commander

Nov 20, 2013 - 2:38 PM

Every official gets an assignment in this consultative process says Mar Roxas An aid worker says it s like having many masters without any of them making the decisions

Tacloban: Spare aid from politics

Nov 20, 2013 - 7:30 AM

Let us focus on what we have to do Tacloban administrator Tecson Lim says

Church turns into grave for Yolanda victims

Nov 18, 2013 - 2:57 PM

In Hernani Eastern Samar a church said to be destroyed by an earlier typhoon turns into a grave for Yolanda victims

Tacloban mayor takes swipe at Aquino

Nov 18, 2013 - 11:47 AM

Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez: Will we insult the dead and say they died because they were unprepared?

#Haiyan: Woman spends birthday looking for niece

Nov 17, 2013 - 12:11 AM

Her birthday wish: to find her 3 year old niece after Super Typhoon Yolanda struck the Philippines

Eastern Samar: 'My prayer is for our story to reach the President'

Nov 12, 2013 - 2:03 PM

Survivors in Eastern Samar face the cameras to assure relatives they re safe

Duterte in tears after visiting Tacloban

Nov 12, 2013 - 10:25 AM

God must have been somewhere else or he forgot that there is a planet called Earth

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Edwin Espejo/file photo

Tropical Depression Zoraida near east Mindanao

Nov 11, 2013 - 5:40 PM

System expected to make landfall Tuesday in Caraga

Duterte to Leyte’s rescue: ‘Shoot looters’

Nov 11, 2013 - 3:57 PM

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte brings P7 million doctors nurses medicines rescuers to Tacloban in Leyte and his city of birth Maasin in Southern Leyte

MORAL OBLIGATION. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte before he boards the chopper that will bring him on humanitarian mission to the cities of Tacloban and Maasin, in two Leyte provinces, November 11. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Zoraida: More areas under storm signal #1

Nov 11, 2013 - 11:48 AM

Tropical Depression Zoraida moves closer to Mindanao maintains strength

Tropical Depression Zoraida enters PH

Nov 11, 2013 - 7:24 AM

Storm warning signals in effect in Mindanao s eastern provinces

Tanod killed in election violence in Digos City

Oct 28, 2013 - 3:00 PM

In another incident unidentified suspects lob a grenade at a fiscal s home; No reports of injuries

Voters to decide on creation of Davao Occidental

Oct 28, 2013 - 9:51 AM

Voters in Davao del Sur will have an additional question whether they are for or against the proposed new province

Davao celebrates Kadayawan despite threats

Aug 18, 2013 - 7:34 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte explained that the festival is a tribute for the indigenous people and Moro people living who are the original inhabitants of Mindanao

Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Duterte to cancel Kadayawan Festival?

Aug 08, 2013 - 8:34 AM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is thinking about canceling this year’s Kadayawan Festival if he will be able to confirm that there is a threat in the city

NO KADAYAWAN? Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte might cancel the festival over security concerns. In this file photo, women perform during the 2012 Kadayawan Festival. File photo Rappler/Karlos Manlupig

Bomb explodes in state-run university

Jul 29, 2013 - 10:41 AM

No one was hurt in the blast

5 Army soldiers abducted

Jun 18, 2013 - 9:11 AM

UPDATED Their officer Lt Canitan was able to escape and reported the incident to local officials

Showcase of PH tourism spots in Lego map

Jun 12, 2013 - 1:16 PM

To commemorate the country s 115th Independence Day SM Lanang along with their partners created a Philippine map using thousands of Lego pieces

LEGO MAP. A view of the Philippine map made of LEGO bricks on display at the SM Lanang mall in Davao City. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

'Resume Davao airport operations asap'

Jun 03, 2013 - 2:19 PM

UPDATE Transportation Secretary Abaya orders the civil aviation body to clear the Davao Airport runway within the day to allow flights to resume at the country s 3rd busiest airport

CLEAR AWAY. The government wants aviation officials to immediately remove the Cebu Pacific aircraft that overshot and currently obstructing the Davao airport runway. Photo by Karlos Manlupig