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Masbate town confirms first coronavirus cases

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:35 PM

Mandaon town's first coronavirus cases are a 4-year-old boy and a 29-year-old woman who traveled from Subic, Zambales. Both are asymptomatic.

Masbate province records first 2 coronavirus cases

Jun 28, 2020 - 6:07 PM

The island province in the Bicol region has been able to hold off the virus transmission for months since the pandemic broke out

117 locally stranded individuals board a train at the PNR Tutuban station in Manila bound for their respective provinces in the Bicol Region during the 2nd batch of Hatid Tulong program beneficiaries on Thursday midnight, June 25, 2020. The PNR is still expecting an estimated 300 more LSI's to avail of the free ride back to the province which will be scheduled early next month. Photo by BEn Nabong/Rappler

During pandemic, student climbs a mountain to send class requirement

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:35 PM

How far would you walk just to comply with class requirements?

HIKE. A student climbs a mountain just to send class requirement. Photo from Franz Berdida Facebook page

Masbate suspends collection of utility bills

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:59 AM

Other local governments in Bicol have also implemented measures to help sectors most vulnerable to the coronavirus outbreak

MASBATE GOVERNMENT. The Masbate Capitol Building. Photo by Ringer at Central Bikol Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons

Ex-Masbate town mayor gets 12 years over P26-M unliquidated cash advances

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The Sandiganbayan 7th Division finds former mayor Bernardito Abapo of Milagros, Masbate, 'guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of malversation of public funds'

Masbate village chief killed in military encounter with communists

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Wolfert Dalanon alias Ompong, chairman of Barangay San Antonio in Milagros town, allegedly allowed 'terrorists' to train in his village, the military claims

SEIZED. The military recover these items from the encounter site in Milagros, Masbate. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Army’s 9th Infantry Division

Suspects in Masbate town vice mayor’s slay ordered released

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:02 AM

The cases filed against the 4 men are under investigation

Manila Police District director Vicente Danao shows to members of the media the suspects allegedly responsible for the killing of Batuan, Masbate vice mayor Charlie Yuson III during a press briefing at the lobby of the MPD Headquarters on October 10, 2019. The suspects were identified as Bradford Solis Fuerte,Juanito De luna Bustamante,Junel Gomez Reyes at Rigor Dela Cruz. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Masbate town vice mayor’s slay: Alleged gunmen from Tarlac, Laguna arrested

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:01 PM

The suspected killers of Batuan Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III are arrested after a CCTV camera captures the plate number of their escape vehicle

PARADED. The four suspects who killed Vice-Mayor Charlie Yuson III of Batuan, Masbate is arrested by authorities and now being detained Manila Police District. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Masbate town vice mayor dies in Manila ambush

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Batuan Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III is the 9th vice mayor shot dead since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office

SHOT DEAD. Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III is killed by unidentified men in Manila on October 9, 2019. File photo from the Facebook of Mayor Charmax Yuson

Green sea turtle, whales found lifeless on Bicol shores

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:34 AM

Local residents bury the carcasses with the supervision of environment officials

DEAD. A 15-year-old green sea turtle is found dead in the shoreline of Barangay Calayucay in Sto Domingo, Albay. Photo courtesy of Andy Magdregalejo

Bicol PNP monitoring armed groups in Camarines Sur, Masbate, Albay

Mar 28, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The police in the region also report it has recovered over 600 firearms since the start of the Comelec gun ban

Police Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal, PNP Bicol regional director presents to the media on Wednesday afternoon at Camp Gen. Simeon Ola at least 612 recovered high powered loose firearms in span of two months PNP and Comelec check points across the region.(Rhaydz B. Barcia

DOJ subpoenas Batuan, Masbate mayor, vice mayor

Feb 25, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Prosecutors ask the Yusons to explain the illegal possession of firearms charges filed against them by the police

Duterte orders DAR to fast-track land reform in Masbate

Jan 10, 2019 - 1:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones: 'Tingnan niya ang Masbate, i-land reform niya lahat'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the Palace Guard upon his arrival at the Malacañan Palace for the courtesy call of Japan House of Councillors President Chuichi Date on January 8, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

5 governors commit to protect Visayan Sea

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The agreement seeks to restore, conserve, and protect the Visayan Sea's marine biodiversity

CONTINUING EFFORT. Officials of the provinces covered by the Visayan Sea during the 10th Visayan Sea Summit in Oton, Iloilo on Friday, September 28. Photo courtesy of Maria Elena San Jose

Masbate seaport grenade blast destroys 2 patrol boats

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The Masbate explosion damages patrol boats of the Philippine Army and the Philippine Coast Guard

DAMAGED. A patrol boat of the Philippine Coast is damaged by the grenade explosion in the Masbate seaport. Photo courtesy by PNP Bicol

Albayalde relieves officials of Sultan Kudarat, warns Masbate chief

Sep 03, 2018 - 10:26 AM

(3rd UPDATE) PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde also orders the relief of the provincial director of Sultan Kudarat and the chief of police of Isulan town

MASBATE BLAST. Patrol boats of the Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Army are damaged by the explosion in the Masbate seaport. Photo by PNP Bicol

Masbate town hopes reef balls will revive endangered corals

Aug 31, 2018 - 6:36 PM

Some 300 reef balls out of a targeted 1,000 are scattered to hasten the coral regeneration in Masbate's Colorada Marine Protected Area

Port Barrera, Tigbao village, Masbate. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Masbate bans coal-fired energy projects

May 23, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The Masbate provincial government will no longer authorize the development or operation of any coal-fired power plant

Army nabs 4 alleged communist rebels in Masbate

May 13, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Clashes erupt in Barangay Talisay in San Fernando town while the troops are on patrol for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections 2018

Masbate barangay officials face complaints over lack of anti-drug councils

May 03, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The officials did not create barangay anti-drug abuse councils, which are required by the Department of the Interior and Local Government

ADMIN COMPLAINTS. DILG Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Echiverri (right) swears to an Ombudsman official as he leads the filing of administrative complaints against 10 barangay officials in Masbate for failing to create anti-drugs councils. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Rodeo festival unites rival politicians in Masbate

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:32 PM

The annual Rodeo Masbateño Festival does not only bring rodeo fans together, it also serves to unite rival political camps on one stage

PHILIPPINE RODEO. A raging bull attacks professional cowboys in the Rodeo Festival competition in the country's cattle capital, Masbate. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Sombrero Island in Masbate closed to tourists

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:29 PM

San Pascual Mayor Zacarina Lazaro cites non-compliance to environmental laws and operating without a permit as reasons for the closure

Appeals court rules in favor of Masbate gold mine

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Petitioners simply failed to substantiate their claims that any environmental damage is directly attributable to Filminera s mining activities

NO WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Open pit mining operation by Filminera Resources Corp. in Aroroy, Masbate. Rappler file photo

News Briefs: February 16, 2017

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 16

News Briefs: February 13, 2017

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday February 13

Briones inspects schools devastated by Typhoon Nina

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:16 PM

At least 118 schools in Bicol Mimaropa and Calabarzon regions are being used as evacuation centers for about 4 050 families affected by Typhoon Nina

AERIAL INSPECTION. Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Tuesday, December 27, joins an aerial inspection of the areas affected by Typhoon Nina. Photo courtesy of DepEd

Typhoon Nina affects over 100,000 in PH

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:56 PM

Thousands remain in evacuation centers as Typhoon Nina continues to move away from the Philippines

DEVASTATED. Residential areas in Naga City were shattered by Typhoon Nina. Photo by Jerome Ruiz Berja/Rappler

'Escudero supporters switched to Robredo to prevent a Marcos win'

May 11, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Political analyst Richard Heydarian says Leni Robredo became the rallying point for the reformist vote that wants to stop the return of Marcos to office

2016 elections: Which senators are winning in Bicol provinces?

May 10, 2016 - 2:46 PM

Reelectionist Franklin Drilon is the leading senatorial candidate in 3 of 6 Bicol provinces

5 of 6 Bicol governors support Grace Poe

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:13 AM

The presidential bet thanks the governors for her support The endorsement comes at a time when Poe is trailing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in surveys

BICOLANDIA. Five out of the 6 incumbent governors in the Bicol region have expressed support for presidential bet Grace Poe. Photo by Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

5 gold workers killed in small scale mining pit in Aroroy, Masbate

Apr 18, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The miners were trapped inside a mine pit in the gold rich town of Aroroy Masbate

Masbate bets raise alarm over private armed groups

Feb 17, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Local candidates express their election related concerns at the first ever dialogue with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Philippine National Police Special Task Force Masbate in Masbate City

PRIVATE ARMED GROUPS. Former Masbate City prosecutor Freddy Sera opens Pandora's box by saying powerful politicians are employing private armed groups (PAGs) to kill political opponents and terrorize people due to partisan politics. All Photos by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Navy rescues 102 tourists stranded in Masbate

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:38 PM

The local tourists mostly from Metro Manila are on a 3 day island hopping activity and get stranded on Sombrero Island

RESCUED. More than 100 tourists are stranded in Sombrero Island, Burias, Masbate, on February 9, 2016, after they refuse to heed gale warning. Navy officers rescue them. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Who is running in Bicol | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Bicol

Court orders Masbate gov detention in BJMP facility

Feb 20, 2015 - 1:03 PM

UPDATED Former Masbate representative now Governor Rizalina Seachon Lanete who faces plunder and graft raps over the pork barrel scam will be detained in the same facility as alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles

PLUNDER RAPS. Former Masbate representative now Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete is escorted by family members at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on February 20, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Masbate governor surrenders to CIDG over plunder charge

Feb 19, 2015 - 11:11 AM

UPDATED Former Masbate representative now Governor Rizalina Seachon Lanete surrenders to police hours after the Sandiganbayan orders her arrest

PLUNDER CHARGES. Former Masbate representative now Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete surrenders to authorities hours after the court issues a warrant for her arrest. Photo from the Masbate provincial government website

NDRRMC issues flood advisory for 14 provinces

Dec 27, 2014 - 11:27 AM

The NDRRMC s December 27 flood advisory covers 3 regions and 14 provinces

Ruby's 3rd landfall over Mindoro Monday evening

Dec 08, 2014 - 12:18 AM

Twelve areas in Southern Luzon are under Signal Number 3 while Metro Manila now under Signal No 2 will feel the effects of the typhoon starting Monday December 8

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Ruby flattens Bicol houses, causes storm surge

Dec 07, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Storm surges and flood from Typhoon Ruby Hagupit destroys houses made of light materials in the Bicol Region

RUBY’S IMPACT. Filipino residents run from strong waves brought by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) at a coastal village in Legazpi city, Albay province on Sunday, December 7. Photo by Zalrian Z. Sayat/EPA

Masbate now under state of calamity

Dec 07, 2014 - 5:01 PM

There are reports of flooded areas and impassable roads after Typhoon Ruby made its second landfall in Cataingan Masbate on Sunday morning December 7

Ruby crossing central PH, hits Masbate

Dec 07, 2014 - 11:54 AM

UPDATED Typhoon Ruby is expected to make its 3rd landfall over Sibuyan Island between 8 and 10pm Sunday night

NOAA Satellite and Information Service

Masbate braces for second Ruby landfall

Dec 07, 2014 - 5:23 AM

The provincial government has implemented forced evacuation especially from coastal towns that are prone to storm surges

Ruby slightly weakens ahead of Masbate landfall

Dec 07, 2014 - 5:20 AM

UPDATED PAGASA places Masbate where Ruby is expected to make a second landfall under Signal Number 3 and Metro Manila under Signal Number 1

FLEEING FOR SAFETY. Filipinos evacuate to safer ground in the town of Marabot, Samar, on December 6, 2014, due to Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit). Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Ruby heads toward Masbate; NCR under Signal No. 1

Dec 07, 2014 - 12:19 AM

State weather bureau PAGASA raises public storm warning signals over more areas: Signal No 3 in 11 areas; Signal No 2 in 12 areas; Signal No 1 in 18 areas including Metro Manila

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Masbate's barangay folks lead sanitation efforts

Nov 19, 2014 - 1:23 PM

Find out how several communities on the island of Masbate changed a bad habit that threatened their health and the environment

Aftermath of Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan): What we know

Nov 22, 2013 - 2:25 PM

Rappler is compiling this list of what we know so far in the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda

#YolandaPH: At least 3,099 families evacuated in Masbate

Nov 08, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Storm warning signals are lowered to No 2; 1 casualty reported due to electrocution

Retracing Jesse’s last route

Aug 18, 2013 - 4:33 PM

For the first time since her husband s death Camarines Sur Rep Leni Robredo visits the crash site

REMEMBER JESSE. Camarines Sur Rep Leni Robredo lays white flowers at the site of a plane crash where her husband and two others perished to commemorate his 1st death anniversary. Photo by Raffy Magno/Rappler

Robredo pays tribute to slain diver

Aug 17, 2013 - 10:59 AM

American diver Matthew Caldwell was part of the team that helped search for the body of Jesse Robredo one year ago

SEARCH TEAM. Matthew Caldwell was part of the team that recovered the bodies of Jesse Robredo, plane captain Jessup Bahinting, and student pilot Kshitiz Chand. File photo by Rappler

7 other Masbate ferry passengers feared dead

Jun 17, 2013 - 4:44 PM

Rescue operatives have covered a 120 nautical mile radius from the place of the sinking and see no more signs of more survivors in the area