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After setbacks, PH Navy completes Middle East, India, Sri Lanka mission

Jun 16, 2020 - 8:15 PM

Naval Task Force 82 set out to evacuate Filipinos from impending war in the Middle East but ended up facing a pandemic, a super cyclone, and engine fire. Now, they're finally home.

SAFELY HOME. The Navy's BRP Davao del Sur and BRP Ramon Alcaraz are back in the Philippines after a 5-month deployment to the Middle East, India, and Sri Lanka. Photo from the Philippine Navy

Davao City coronavirus lab starts recruiting after resignations

May 30, 2020 - 11:29 PM

Mayor Sara Duterte downplays the resignations

COVID. Davao City Health Office personnel spray disinfectant in government offices and public spaces in Davao City on March 12, 2020, as part of their measures to prevent the infection of COVID-19 in the city. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

PH Navy ships head home from India after super storm, repairs

May 28, 2020 - 12:55 PM

On the way, the BRP Davao del Sur and the BRP Ramon Alcaraz will stop by Sri Lanka to pick up more stranded Filipinos

HOMEBOUND. The Philippine Navy ships BRP Ramon Alcaraz and BRP Davao del Sur resumed their voyage from India to the Philippines on May 27, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Navy

COA to Digos City LGU: Penalize contractor for project delays

May 24, 2020 - 9:25 PM

A Commission on Audit report shows that the contractor of a P12.26-million public market building requested for an extension 5 times

Digos police makes nurse do community work for lack of quarantine pass

May 10, 2020 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) Digos police chief, Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Vici Tababa, denies the nurse was apprehended. Nurses' groups in the Davao region said the cops refused to recognize their colleague's Professional Regulatory Commission license and hospital identification card.

Photo from QCDRRMO PIO

PH Navy ship that caught fire returns to India, U.S. Navy to help in repairs

May 09, 2020 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) With the BRP Ramon Alcaraz staying behind in India for repairs, the BRP Davao del Sur will sail to the Philippines without an escort, carrying 20 Filipino repatriates and a cargo of 200,000 face masks

PATROL SHIP. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz and its crew of around 200 sailors from the Philippine Navy before sailing from Manila to Thailand on August 28, 2019, to join the first ever ASEAN-U.S. Maritime Exercise. File photo by JC Gotinga/Rappler

Davao Region to seal its borders for 14 days starting March 19

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:46 PM

People are allowed to exit the region anytime, but they cannot come back within the 14-day period, says Davao Region task force chair and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte

DPWH official shot, wounded in Davao del Sur

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Police are investigating the attack on Davao del Sur district engineer, Nicomedes Parilla, Jr.

DA confirms African swine fever in 2 Davao del Sur villages

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:04 PM

The Department of Agriculture in Region 11 says blood samples taken from pigs in the villages of Palili and Laperas in Sulop, Davao del Sur, tested positive for ASF

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Duterte skips 2 scheduled visits to earthquake victims in Davao del Sur

Jan 03, 2020 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) The President is not feeling well

ABSENT. President Rodrigo Duterte skips two scheduled visits earthquake victims in Davao del Sur. Malacañang Photo

In Davao del Sur, earthquake victims to have noche buena in tents

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:10 PM

‘If we will celebrate, we will just open canned goods and cook rice.... But we are thankful to be alive’

COPING. Children play, trying to cope with their situation as evacuees. Photo by Allan Nawal/Rappler

#ReliefPH: Help victims of the Davao del Sur earthquake

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) Here's where you can make in-kind and monetary donations to help people affected by the Davao del Sur earthquake

Robredo skips attack on drug war, urges help for quake victims instead

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:48 AM

'Magkaisa tayong magpadala ng tulong,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

HELP OVER CONFLICT. Vice President Leni Robredo defers publishing her findings in her brief stint as ICAD co-chair. OVP file photo

At least 4 now dead after Davao del Sur earthquake

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Of the 4 dead, 3 have been confirmed. Two of the bodies are retrieved from the collapsed Southern grocery store in Barangay Poblacion, with one yet to be recovered.

LOOKING FOR LIFE. PNP Soco personnel and rescuers, with heavy equipment on standby, try to find signs of life inside the collapsed Southern Grocery store in Padada, Davao del Sur on Monday. Rappler Photo

IN PHOTOS: Strong Davao del Sur earthquake causes serious damage

Dec 15, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Several buildings in Davao del Sur are destroyed, including the Southern Trade commercial center and the Magsaysay Municipal Hall

COLLAPSE. Southern Trade in Padada, Davao del Sur collapses after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck the area on Sunday afternoon, December 15. Photo from SaiJay Gascon

At least 1 dead in Davao del Sur earthquake

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The fatality, a 6-year-old girl, was reportedly unable to get out of their house which collapsed

LOOK: The Municipal Hall in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur was further damaged following a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck the area on Sunday afternoon, December 15, according to PDRRMC DavNor. Photos from Anthony Allada

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, December 16, 2019

Dec 15, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas where classes have been suspended for Monday, December 16, 2019

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes Davao del Sur

Dec 15, 2019 - 2:48 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Phivolcs warns that damage and aftershocks are expected after the earthquake on Sunday afternoon, December 15

After 3-year wait, public school teacher gets salary, bonuses for final year of service

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:52 AM

The Commission on Audit orders the Department of Education to pay retired public school teacher Nelita Gador her full 2016 salary amounting to P288,511, plus cash benefits she was supposed to get that year

Residents of 3 Davao del Sur towns told to evacuate due to landslide risk

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:03 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Davao Region says the tension cracks were there long before the October 16 earthquake, but it got worse after the tremor

In Davao del Sur, only few visit the dead after the earthquake

Nov 01, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Residents of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, are more concerned about their situation – limited food and water, and having to temporarily stay in tents – than going to the cemetery

A FEW SHOW UP. In this portion of the Magsaysay Public Cemetery, less than 50 people are around in the early afternoon of All Saints Day, unlike in the past years. Photo by Allan Nawal/Rappler

LOOK: Buildings destroyed by magnitude 6.5 quake that struck parts of Mindanao

Oct 31, 2019 - 1:30 PM

This happened just two days after a stronger magnitude 6.6 tremor rocked the same area that killed at least 6 people and injured hundreds in the region

A building damaged by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake is seen in Kidapawan town in the southern island of Mindanao on October 31, 2019. - A powerful quake struck in the southern Philippines on October 31 sending people fleeing from homes, schools and malls, with initial reports of damage to some buildings. (Photo by EDWIN BADILLES / AFP)

Davao del Sur residents traumatized by earthquakes, aftershocks

Oct 31, 2019 - 10:46 AM

'I don't feel safe in my house anymore,' says Lala Enamoria of Magsaysay town, a sentiment shared by many others traumatized by the strong earthquakes and continuous aftershocks in parts of Mindanao

EVACUEES. Families feel safer outside their homes after strong tremors and aftershocks rocked their community in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. Photo courtesy of Anthony Allada

Davao del Sur provincial board member arrested for Kapa Ministry links

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) NBI agents apprehend Arvin Malaza, alias Jun Blanco on radio, for participating in the resumption of operations of the outlawed Kapa investment scheme

Arvin Malaza being interviewed inside NBI Davao. Screenshot from video

PH welcomes 'most powerful' warship BRP Conrado Yap

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The corvette donated by South Korea significantly boosts the Philippines' anti-surface, anti-air, and anti-submarine warfare capabilities

MOST POWERFUL. Spectators raise their flags during the arrivalof BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) at Pier 13 on Tuesday. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Davao del Sur information officer arrested over illegal recruitment

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Police say provincial information officer Sherwin Cesar and his accomplice face large-scale estafa complaints

UCCP questions arrest of pastors, others in Satur Ocampo's group

Dec 01, 2018 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) The UCCP says the group did not commit any unlawful act in Talaingod, Davao del Norte

6 dead, including 3 kids, in Davao del Sur road crash

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) A passenger bus slams into a tricycle in Digos City, killing the trike driver, his wife, 3 children, and father-in-law

DEADLY ROAD MISHAP. The Mindanao Star bus that figured in a road mishap that killed all passengers of a tricycle in Digos City on November 14, 2018. Photo by Bien Abanos

Cops kill 2 ISIS-linked men in Davao del Sur

Oct 15, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Senior Superintendent Ferlu Silvio says both suspects, siblings Norhan and Norton Sinapan, refused to cooperate and fired at the operating troops.

12 killed in Davao del Sur road crash

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Police say a utility van carrying company workers was overspeeding and overshot a curve, hitting a truck which was coming from the opposite direction

Duterte breaks promise to visit Philippine Rise

May 15, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The President's son Sebastian Duterte and his closest aide Bong Go ride jet skis around the undisputed Casiguran Bay instead

CASIGURAN TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at BRP Davao del Sur docked in Casiguran, Aurora, but does not sail to the Philippine Rise as he earlier promised. Malacañang pool photo

NPA child soldier among killed in Davao military encounter

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) The military says the 15-year-old young guerrilla fighter was wearing the black NPA uniform and holding a rifle when killed in the Davao del Sur clash

ENCOUNTER. The military yielded several NPA paraphernalia and weapons after an encounter on April 21, 2018 in Davao del Sur. Photo courtesy of the Eastern Mindanao Command. Photo by Mick Basa/ Rappler

Davao governors bolt parties to join Sara Duterte’s Hugpong

Feb 23, 2018 - 2:43 PM

All except one governor of Region 11, have jumped into the new political party

LAUNCHED. Region 11 governors attend the launching of Hugpong Ng Pagbabago, led by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Photo by Mick Basa / Rappler

PH Navy delivers fresh military hardware, relief goods for Marawi

Aug 04, 2017 - 12:40 AM

Seven tons of relief goods as well as additional military vehicles from the Philippine Marines are delivered

RELIEF GOODS. A volunteer carries relief goods for a waiting vehicle inside the deck of the BRP Davao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Duterte welcomes BRP Davao del Sur

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte promises more acquisitions of vessels and equipment for the AFP at the 119th anniversary of the Philippine Navy

NAVY ANNIVERSARY. President Rodrigo Duterte troops the line at the Philippine Navy anniversary in Sasa Wharf, Davao City, on May 31, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PH Navy's brand new BRP Davao del Sur

May 11, 2017 - 10:51 AM

The BRP Davao del Sur is the second amphibious landing dock vessel of the Philippine Navy longer than the ships given by the US Coast Guard

BACK HOME. The crew trained for four months in Indonesia

BRP Davao Del Sur, PH Navy's latest ship, arrives in Manila

May 07, 2017 - 10:14 AM

UPDATE 2 The BRP Davao Del Sur is the second Strategic Sealift Vessel of the Philippine Navy It is a versatile ship that can serve as a one stop operations center at sea

BIGGEST SHIP. BRP Davao Del Sur is about 10 meters longer then the ships from the US Coast Guard. Photo from PH Navy

NPA releases 2 soldiers held captive for 2 months

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:38 PM

It s a fulfillment of one of the commitments made by the National Democratic Front to the government in their talks

Davao del Sur gov Cagas charged over PDAF scam

Mar 30, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas is accused of pocketing P9.3 million in public funds through the pork barrel scam when he was a congressman

CHARGED. Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas is accused of public fund misuse. Photo from the Facebook page of Governor Douglas Cagas

Magnitude 4.6 quake rocks Davao area, 2 injured

Feb 23, 2017 - 11:19 AM

The epicenter of the quake is located in Davao del Sur Phivolcs says

TOPPLED. The waiting shed in front of the Teodoro Palma Gil Elementary School in Davao City is seen damaged after a moderate quake, February 23, 2017. Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Ambush survivor: 'Matobato tried to kill me in 2014'

Sep 16, 2016 - 11:00 PM

A retired agrarian reform adjudicator sees Senate witness Edgar Matobato on TV: I clearly remember his eyes nose and mouth every attribute including his ball cap He is the same person who tried to kill me on October 23 2014

IS THIS HIM? Self-confessed hired gun Edgar Matobato's appearance at the Senate reminds an ambush survivor that he was supposedly the one who tried to kill him in Digos City in 2014. The police sketch of the suspect then is shown here.

Davao del Sur gov reports for work, met by mass resignation at capitol

Aug 05, 2016 - 9:38 PM

The employees want to transfer to the provincial government of the newly created Davao Occidental but the governor there Claude Bautista says he cannot accommodate them

Davao del Sur gov charged over P16-M PDAF scam

Jul 13, 2016 - 3:21 PM

The Ombudsman says Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas funneled millions of his PDAF to the ghost projects of his chosen NGOs when he was a congressman in 2007

Mt Apo still on fire in Davao responder's video

Mar 31, 2016 - 7:43 PM

Responders need bolos machetes shovels pikes gloves chainsaws and food

Fire-hit Mt Apo cleared of climbers

Mar 28, 2016 - 1:21 AM

Dozens of firemen and volunteers are still battling the blaze that hit the country s highest peak

Ex-Davao del Sur governor, 5 others get 24 years for graft

Mar 06, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The former government officials are convicted over the anomalous purchase of 5 service vehicles in 2003

Candidates in new Davao Occidental province come from one family

Oct 12, 2015 - 10:10 PM

The political clan of the Bautistas extends from Davao del Sur to the province newly carved out of it

Who is running in the Davao Region | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in the Davao Region

San Miguel to put up power plants in Cebu, Panay

Sep 16, 2015 - 4:34 PM

SMC President Ramon S Ang says the conglomerate is beefing up its power generation business with plans to complete projects in 3 years time

Ex-Davao del Sur police director convicted for sexual harassment

Sep 03, 2015 - 7:15 AM

Senior Superintendent Cesario Darantinao is facing two more sexual harassment complaints and a rape case before the anti graft court Sandiganbayan