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Alvarez wins, Floirendo-Del Rosario rule ends in Davao del Norte

May 15, 2019 - 5:07 PM

Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario fails to block the reelection of Pantaleon Alvarez as the province's 1st District representative

WARM WELCOME: Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez receives a warm and enthusiastic welcome from his constituents as he arrives at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Tagum City, 6 April 2018, Friday, for the mass oath-taking of an estimated 30,000 new members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP).

No Sara Duterte endorsement for Floirendo speakership bid in Tagum rally

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:01 AM

But Hugpong ng Pagbabago Secretary-General Anthony del Rosario says Sara Duterte and the party have decided to support Floirendo – aside from backing 3 other speakership bids

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Del Rosario, Floirendo blast Alvarez in Davao del Norte HNP rally

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Governor Anthony del Rosario and congressman Tonyboy Floirendo join forces to host the senatorial bets of Sara Duterte's Hugpong ng Pagbabago in Tagum City

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Tonyboy Floirendo seeking House Speakership

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Floirendo, a major contributor to President Duterte's 2016 campaign, and nemesis of ousted House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, wants to be Speaker of the 18th Congress

GRAFT COMPLAINT. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has filed a graft complaint against Davel del Norte Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. Screenshot from Youtube video

Ombudsman prosecutors want Floirendo suspended from House

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The prosecutors tell the Sandiganbayan's 6th Division that suspending Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr from office would prevent him from intimidating witnesses and committing acts of malfeasance

MOTION TO SUSPEND. Ombudsman prosecutors are seeking the suspension from office of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Alvarez's House lawyer allowed to 'assist' in Floirendo trial

May 31, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr claims House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is 'trying to take over and influence the prosecution' of the graft case

RIFT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr says he and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are currently having a 'brotherly misunderstanding.'

Floirendo pleads not guilty to graft, allowed to travel with Duterte

May 25, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Floirendo will go to South Korea with President Duterte in June

CONFLICT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr is facing a graft complaint and congressional probe, all thanks to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

Alvarez dares Floirendo to file case over Siargao properties

May 21, 2018 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED) Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez believes his friend turned political enemy is responsible for reports alleging his properties in Siargao are worth P500 million

FRIENDS NO MORE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez does not mince words against his political enemy, Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Speaker Alvarez’s waves of interest in Siargao

Apr 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

If Davao del Norte is getting too crowded politically, is it time for Alvarez to look elsewhere and start planning for his future?

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez addresses the crowd as President Rodrigo Duterte looks on. File photo from Malacañang.

Sandiganbayan issues arrest warrant vs Floirendo over Tadeco deal

Feb 21, 2018 - 11:46 AM

(4TH UPDATE) 'The hasty filing of graft charges against me before the Sandiganbayan and the subsequent issuance of the warrant of arrest...is a clear sign of the existence of abuse of power and arrogance on the part of the Speaker,' says Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr

NEW APPOINTEE. Acting Assistant Ombudsman for Luzon Bayani Jacinto is appointed to the Sandiganbayan. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Floirendo says arrest warrant out for him over Tadeco controversy

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Floirendo says the announcement of a warrant by the camp of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows 'malicious intent' to smear his reputation

FACING ARREST. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr on March 27, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacanang

Alvarez wins again as Ombudsman upholds Floirendo indictment

Jan 19, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman denies Floirendo’s motion to reopen the investigation

LAWMAKERS CLASH. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) files a graft complaint against Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr.

Davao del Norte district budget cut is Alvarez's ‘political vendetta’ – Floirendo

Dec 21, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Floirendo criticizes House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of making 'sacrificial lambs' out of his district's people just to pursue a 'political vendetta' against him

Tropical Storm Vinta, Alvarez on budget cuts, Climate change | Midday wRap

Dec 21, 2017 - 2:27 PM

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Floirendo slams expulsion from PDP-Laban 'without due process'

Oct 27, 2017 - 1:00 PM

'It looks like the claws of authoritarianism have finally pierced the sacred ground the Party has zealously guarded against freebooters, carpetbaggers, and opportunists,' says Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr

CONFLICT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr is facing a graft complaint and congressional probe, all thanks to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Malacañang file photo

Ombudsman indicts Floirendo for graft over Tadeco deal

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:38 AM

The Ombudsman finds probable cause to file graft charges against Rep Antonio Floirendo Jr for having financial interest in the government's deal with Tagum Agricultural Development Company

COA recommends graft charges vs DOJ, BuCor officials in Tadeco deal

Jul 06, 2017 - 2:15 PM

State auditors say BuCor management must initiate the filing of charges against the officials before the Ombudsman

CHARGES LOOMING? The COA recommends the filing of charges against officials of the DOJ and BuCor who sealed the joint venture agreement with Tadeco.

LIVE: House probe on BuCor-Tadeco deal

May 30, 2017 - 7:27 AM

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Going bananas

May 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Re examining the alternative venture agreements in commercial farms and plantations of Mindanao

TO GO WITH Inflation-poverty-food-Philippines-agriculture-reform,FEATURE by Cecil Morella A crop duster plane sprays fungicide to protect the 7,000 hectare banana plantation of Tagum Agricultural Development Co. from destructive leaf virus in Tagum in Davao del Norte province, located in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on April 22, 2008. The vast plantation built in the late 60's by banana tycoon Antonio Floirendo, supplies bananas to a growing global market on a surge in demand for fresh fruit in the Middle East, Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

Comey, Alvarez, Moon | Midday wRap

May 10, 2017 - 1:24 PM

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Alvarez: Stick to facts, Tadeco probe not linked to personal grudge

May 09, 2017 - 6:29 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he is not going after his erstwhile friend Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr by calling for the probe into the BuCor Tadeco deal

HOUSE PROBE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) chats with Oriental Mindoro 2nd Distrist Representative Reynaldo Umali at a congressional inquiry on May 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

All past DOJ chiefs upheld deal with BuCor – Tadeco CEO

May 09, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The various contracts between Tadeco and BuCor have been reviewed and approved by no less than 6 secretaries of justice It has also passed through 14 secretaries of justice who upheld its validity says Tadeco president and CEO Alexander Valoria

DEFENDING THE COMPANY. Tadeco president and CEO Alexander Valoria delivers his counterarguments against the accusations of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte proclamation ‘best’ way to void BuCor-Tadeco deal

May 09, 2017 - 12:22 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says BuCor may file a case in court against Tadeco but this would take a very long time

DOJ RECOMMENDATION. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II (left) attends the House probe into the deal between the Bureau of Corrections and the Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation on May 9, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House begins probe into BuCor-Tadeco deal on May 9

May 09, 2017 - 9:13 AM

House good government and public accountability chairperson Johnny Pimentel says lawmakers are duty bound to investigate painstakingly any public transaction that is allegedly detrimental to the government

HOUSE PROBE. A joint House committee probe will begin on May 9 to look into the joint venture agreement between the Bureau of Corrections and the Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation.

House ousts Floirendo from Commission on Appointments

May 08, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr s removal from the House contingent to the Commission on Appointments comes a day before a House probe into his banana firm s operations

CONFLICT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr is facing a graft complaint and congressional probe, all thanks to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

BuCor-Tadeco deal illegal, should be cancelled – DOJ, COA panels

May 03, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The panels separate investigations say the joint venture agreement is disadvantageous to government

FEUDING FRIENDS. The separate investigations of COA and DOJ into the banana firm owned by Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr stemmed from the red flags raised by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

Calida: BuCor-Tadeco deal 'illegal'

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:26 PM

UPDATED In a statement Tadeco says Calida s statement is premature and uninformed as past justice secretaries had found arrangements to be valid and beneficial to BuCor and the country

TOP GOVT LAWYER. Solicitor General Jose Calida attends a congressional inquiry. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#AnimatED: Gyera ng mga kerida

Apr 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Ito ba’y bahagi ng nagbabagong hugis ng pulitika? Wala na silang pakundangan sa dangal ng institusyong kanilang kinakatawan?

Alvarez shall be held to highest moral standards – IBP

Mar 31, 2017 - 8:53 PM

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Supreme Court have disbarred lawyers before for having extramarital affairs

POSSIBLE DISBARMENT. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) says if a disbarment case is filed against Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the highest moral standards expected of lawyers shall be measured against his actions. Photo by Rappler

Alejano, PH & China, Brexit | Evening wRap

Mar 30, 2017 - 8:40 PM

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Alvarez defends affair: 'Sino ba'ng walang girlfriend?'

Mar 30, 2017 - 4:58 PM

UPDATED Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also admits he fathered many children out of wedlock

NOT A SECRET. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez beside his girlfriend Jennifer Maliwanag Vicencio. Screengrab from Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas' Instagram profile

Alvarez-Floirendo feud to boost Duterte impeachment – Alejano

Mar 30, 2017 - 4:13 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano believes the rift between the two Duterte allies points to cracks in the ruling PDP Laban

MORE SUPPORT? Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano files a supplemental impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte over his pronouncements on Benham Rise and the West Philippine Sea row. Photo by Nelson Vera/Rappler

‘Stop dragging us into your personal issues,’ Paola Alvarez tells Floirendo’s GF

Mar 30, 2017 - 12:39 PM

UPDATED Cathy Binag the live in partner of Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr apologizes to the Alvarez family But she adds I find it petty for some matured men to be burning bridges of friendship over a girls spat

Finance Assistant Secretary Paola Alvarez did not mince words against the girlfriend of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo JR. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Esperon, Floirendo, FA-50s | Evening wRap

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:52 PM

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Graft complaint vs Floirendo not about feuding girlfriends – Alvarez

Mar 29, 2017 - 5:32 PM

These are two different matters says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez whose friendship with fellow Davao del Norte congressman Antonio Floirendo Jr has turned sour

FIGHTING FRIENDS. Longtime friends Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr are now fighting.

Floirendo denies plotting Speaker Alvarez's ouster

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr admits having a brotherly misunderstanding with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who has so far refused to talk to him

RIFT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr says he and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are currently having a 'brotherly misunderstanding.'

Floirendo ‘hurt’ by graft complaint filed by Alvarez

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr says he has a clear conscience and he is ready to face any complaints against him

CONFLICT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr is facing a graft complaint and a possible congressional probe, all thanks to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

Alvarez files graft complaint vs Rep Floirendo

Mar 28, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez accuses Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr of having an unlawful business interest in a government deal

LAWMAKERS CLASH. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) files a graft complaint against Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr

Alvarez to his ouster 'plotters': 'Go ahead, make my day'

Mar 28, 2017 - 11:10 AM

UPDATED As rumors continue to spread that some lawmakers are plotting to unseat him Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tells critics he is ready to go anytime as he has no ambition

'MAKE MY DAY.' Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he is not afraid to lose his position if that means doing something good in the name of the country. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Alvarez wants probe into BuCor deal with Floirendo banana firm

Mar 28, 2017 - 10:29 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez files the resolution against the company of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr President Duterte s biggest campaign contributor amid ouster rumors against the Speaker

CONFLICT IN THE HOUSE? The banana firm of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr may soon face a congressional probe, following a resolution filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Cash, plane tickets, curved TVs raffled off in lawmakers’ party

Dec 16, 2016 - 12:19 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez denies pledging P1 million for the congressmen s raffle saying he does not have the money to do so

LAVISH PARTY? Congressmen hold a Christmas party at the Batasang Pambansa after session closed on December 14. Photo sourced by Rappler

In Davao, 'banana kings' campaign for Marcos

Mar 11, 2016 - 10:00 PM

The Floirendo Lagdameo clan is a close family friend of the Marcoses

Vice Presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos during his election campaign in Davao City. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Davao del Norte politicians unite behind Duterte

Feb 14, 2016 - 9:00 PM

In Rodrigo Duterte s first Mindanao proclamation rally politicians of all stripes throw their support behind him

Davao del Norte politicians at the stage with presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte at a rally in Tagum City, February 13, 2016. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Escudero on meeting Binay in Davao: Not much talk, but 'food was good'

Oct 25, 2015 - 11:49 PM

Escudero shares a meal with Binay in Davao He says: I greeted him curtly when I saw him We exchanged some pleasantries but did not talk much

RARE MEETING. Senator Francis Escudero and Vice President Jejomar Binay exchange laughs at a lunch gathering in Davao City. Photo by Adan Ines, Office of the Vice President

Meet the Star Magic Angels

Aug 01, 2015 - 8:32 PM

On its 23rd anniversary Star Magic launches 9 new artists

Ballet Philippines dances to 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'

Feb 05, 2013 - 5:56 PM

Rappler gets a sneak peek at the rehearsals of Ballet Philippines A Midsummer Night s Dream and chats with the artistic director choreographer and BP president Margie Moran Floirendo

SEASON OPENER. Ballet Philippines opens the year with one of the best loved stories from William Shakespeare. Image from the Ballet Philippines Facebook page

PHOTOS: Janine Tugonon arrives in Manila

Dec 22, 2012 - 9:31 AM

We catch the Miss Universe 2012 first runner up who is finally home for the holidays

MISS UNIVERSE IN OUR EYES. Miss Universe 2012 first runner-up Janine Tugonon comes back home to a warm welcome from fans at the airport. Photo by Jedwin Llobrera

LIVE BLOG: PH in Miss Universe top 5

Dec 20, 2012 - 8:59 AM

Janine Tugonon makes it to the top 5 of the ongoing Miss Universe 2012 pageant We live blog the events as they happen in Las Vegas

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Miss Universe 2012: Shamcey Supsup interviews hosts

Dec 20, 2012 - 8:37 AM

The Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner up catches up with the hosts and talent for tonight s Miss Universe 2012 pageant

ON THE SCENE. Shamcey Supsup interviews Jeannie Mai in the latest episode of 'On the Scene.' Screen grab from YouTube (OfficialMissUniverse)

Miss Universe 2012: Rehearsal video

Dec 19, 2012 - 7:35 PM

As we count down the final hours before the Miss Universe pageant let us take a peek at how the candidates have been preparing

SHE GLOWS. Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon at the Miss Universe 2012 rehearsal. Photo posted on the Janine Mari Raymundo Tugonon Facebook page