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2 soldiers killed, 2 wounded in ambush in Occidental Mindoro

Jun 18, 2020 - 1:35 PM

Unidentified attackers waylay military personnel on an SUV and run away with cash meant for CAFGUs' subsistence allowances, says the Armed Forces of the Philippines Southern Luzon Command

Antonio Parlade Jr is new Southern Luzon military commander

Jan 17, 2020 - 5:33 PM

The Army general is a known anti-communist hardliner

NEW SOLCOM COMMANDER. Major General Antonio Parlade Jr is the new commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Southern Luzon Command. He is known for his hardline stance against communist rebels. Photo from Parlade's Twitter page

LTFRB to provincial buses: Install GPS by end-April

Feb 12, 2016 - 2:57 PM

For Metro Manila public utility buses operators have until August 30 to install and register their GPS devices

CARNAGE. Rescue workers extract the bodies of still unidentified persons from a wrecked bus that flew off the Metro Manila Skyway due to overspeeding in December, 2013. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig

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

Southern Luzon seen as 'very lucrative' market for real estate

Jul 08, 2015 - 7:28 PM

Southern Luzon is seen to be among the top 3 growth areas to watch out for in the country says Fatima Olivares Vital of property firm Ovialand Incorporated

Typhoon Chedeng enters PH area of responsibility

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:16 AM

The bureau says it is ready to raise Public Storm Warning Signal number 1 in Bicol and Samar provinces in the next 18 hours

TYPHOON CHEDENG. MTSAT-floater rainbow IR image of Typhoon Maysak (Chedeng), April 1, 2015, 15:32 UTC (11:32 pm PH time). Image courtesy US NOAA

San Miguel Corporation earmarks P168B for toll road projects

Mar 23, 2015 - 5:56 PM

The investment is to put the country’s toll roads on a par with neighboring Asian countries says SMC President and COO Ramon S Ang

President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with South Luzon Tollway chairman and San Miguel Corporation president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang during the Briefing on the South Luzon Expressway-Toll Road 4 (SLEX-TR4) Project and Other Major Road Projects in Southern Tagalog at the Open Grounds in Barangay Lalig, Tiaong, Quezon on Monday (March 23, 2015). The SLEX-TR4 project is a Php13.1Billion planned expressway extension from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Lucena, Quezon mandated under Presidential Decrees 1112 and 1894. It involves the construction of 58-kilometers, 4-lane toll road. (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Rains in Metro Manila, parts of Luzon due to thunderstorm

Dec 13, 2014 - 3:35 PM

The rains are enhanced by the combined effects of the northeast monsoon and a low pressure area LPA in eastern Visayas says PAGASA

Satellite image from PAGASA website

Tropical Depression Ruby: Storm signals lowered

Dec 09, 2014 - 11:55 AM

The bureau says it is monitoring another potential storm far out in the Pacific Ocean at a distance of 2 000 km east of Mindanao

MTSAT Floater visible satellite image of Tropical Storm Hagupit, 9 December 2014, 0301 UTC. Image courtesy NOAA

Ruby now a tropical depression

Dec 09, 2014 - 5:59 AM

Tropical Depression Ruby is carrying maximum winds of 60 km h and is forecast to move west at 13 km h

Ruby weakens further; NCR under Signal No. 1

Dec 08, 2014 - 11:47 PM

UPDATED The storm is seen to be out of the Luzon landmass by early Tuesday morning and out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility PAR by Wednesday evening

Storm track of Tropical Storm Ruby as of 8 pm, December 8. Image from PAGASA website

Ruby's last landfall

Dec 08, 2014 - 8:00 PM

This is it? Typhoon Glenda was stronger than this

OMINOUS. Dark clouds hover over the coast of Barangay Laiya, San Juan, Batangas, just minutes before Tropical Storm Ruby (Hagupit) made landfall early evening 8 December 2014. Patricia Evangelista/Rappler

Ruby to cross Batangas, Cavite Monday night

Dec 08, 2014 - 5:37 PM

UPDATED The center of Tropical Storm Ruby Hagupit will be closest to Manila between 10 11 pm Monday; Rainy night for large parts of South Luzon Mimaropa Central Luzon

MTSAT Floater visible satellite image of Typhoon Hagupit, 7 December 2014, 2332 UTC. Image courtesy NOAA

Typhoon Ruby kills at least 21 – Red Cross

Dec 08, 2014 - 4:14 PM

UPDATED 18 of the casualties died in Samar island where Ruby made landfall on Saturday the Red Cross says

MTSAT Floater visible satellite image of Typhoon Hagupit, 7 December 2014, 2332 UTC. Image courtesy NOAA

Falling debris hurts 7 in Masbate, zero death in Bicol

Dec 08, 2014 - 1:37 PM

The Southern Luzon Command shifts to relief operations in the Bicol region while troops continue to monitor the typhoon s impact as it heads to Romblon and Mindoro

TOPPLED. An electrical post sits on a cargo truck along Robredo Blvd. after it was toppled by the strong winds when Typhoon Ruby made its 2nd landfall in Masbate. Photo by Chresler Xler Chrysler/Masbate City Servidor

Rainy Ruby downgraded to tropical storm

Dec 08, 2014 - 11:34 AM

UPDATED Despite downgrade storm signal number 3 is still up over parts of Southern Luzon and more rain is expected

MTSAT Floater visible satellite image of Typhoon Hagupit, 7 December 2014, 2332 UTC. Image courtesy NOAA

#RubyPH: Rainfall advisories, December 9, 2014

Dec 08, 2014 - 10:49 AM

4th UPDATE Here are the rainfall advisories for areas to be affected by Tropical Storm Ruby Hagupit issued by state weather bureau PAGASA

Metro Manila to start feeling impact of Ruby

Dec 07, 2014 - 12:31 PM

While PAGASA does not expect Typhoon Ruby to hit land in Metro Manila the megacity will start feeling the effects of the typhoon Sunday night December 7

Predicted storm surge heights go up – NOAH

Dec 06, 2014 - 3:05 PM

Scientists from Project NOAH are predicting storm surge heights of up to 4 6 meters in several municipalities in Samar province

MTSAT Floater image of Typhoon Hagupit as of 0532 UTC 56 December 2014. Image courtesy NOAA

Ruby weakens slightly; More areas under Signal Number 3

Dec 06, 2014 - 11:47 AM

Typhoon Ruby Hagupit weakens but continues its path toward the Samar provinces; the system is again downgraded from a super typhoon to a typhoon by the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center

#RUBYPH. Weather forecasters led by DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo continue to monitor Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) at the main office of PAGASA in Quezon City on December 5, 2014. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NOAH: More areas warned vs Ruby storm surges

Dec 06, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Project NOAH s latest storm surge predictions show towns in Samar province possibly getting surges as high as 4 1 meters when Typhoon Ruby Hagupit hits

MTSAT Floater image of Typhoon Hagupit as of 2101 UTC 5 December 2014. Image courtesy NOAA

Calabarzon pushed as PH’s ‘wedding destination capital’

Oct 23, 2014 - 4:52 PM

An events management company says complete wedding packages in Southern Luzon cost only between P300 000 6 693 45 and below P1 million 22 311 50 compared to Metro Manila s minimum of P1 million 22 311 50

Tamaraws making a comeback

Oct 10, 2014 - 9:55 AM

The population of the endangered tamaraw now stands at 382 – a significant increase from last year and the highest since conservation efforts started

Tamaraw family photographed in the Iglit-Baco Mountain Range in Occidental Mindoro. Photo courtesy Gregg Yan / WWF

Typhoon Luis: 2 dead in drowning incidents

Sep 16, 2014 - 10:29 AM

The government said it will exclude the deaths recorded from the MV Maharlika sinking from the Typhoon Luis death toll but includes it in the official situation report

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image on September 15 at 05:15 UTC (1:15 a.m. EDT) of Typhoon Kalmaegi (15W) in the South China Sea. Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Response Team

MMDA confident court won't stop Alabang bus terminal

Sep 02, 2014 - 6:26 PM

Chairman Tolentino says Albay Governor Salceda may have been misinformed – only colorum or out of line buses will be prevented from going into Metro Manila

TERMINALS WILL STAY. MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino says he's confident the SC will not grant a TRO against two national government orders. File photo by Rico Cruz/Rappler

MAP: The Napoles trail, a year after her surrender

Aug 28, 2014 - 5:53 PM

Since her surrender Napoles has been to at least 11 places so far Know what these places are

HOT SEAT. Janet Napoles at the Senate on Thursday, November 7. File photo by Rappler

AFP shake up complete: 2 'notorious' generals assigned to NPA hotbeds

Aug 26, 2014 - 6:02 PM

But they re considered exceptional if you ask the troops

EASTMINCOM: Major General Aurelio Baladad will assumes as Eastmincom chief on September 6

To the social media savvy: Help report school damage

Jul 17, 2014 - 3:09 PM

Education officials say the preemptive suspension of classes by local government units helped a lot during Typhoon Glenda

#GlendaPH hits Bataan, Zambales

Jul 16, 2014 - 11:38 AM

UPDATED Typhoon Glenda Rammasun slightly weakens after passing through much of Calabarzon; It is now over West Philippine Sea

RECOVERY BEGINS. Workers clear an uprooted tree in Manila, Philippines, 16 July 2014. Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Typhoon #GlendaPH batters south Luzon

Jul 16, 2014 - 5:11 AM

5th UPDATE Metro Manila spared of direct hit but still battered by strong rain winds; One person killed so far and hundreds of thousands are sheltered in evacuation centers

TOPPLED. Traffic signs along EDSA are brought down due to the strong winds brought by Typhoon Glenda. Photo by Josh Albelda

What can citizens do to build disaster resilient communities?

Mar 02, 2014 - 6:00 PM

How can social media often dismissed as a form of entertainment save lives? MovePH went to Lucban Quezon to talk about how the youth of today can be the heroes of tomorrow

HIGHLIGHTS: Building resilient communities through social media

Mar 01, 2014 - 9:16 AM

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#MoveQuezon: Building resilient communities through social media

Feb 20, 2014 - 6:46 PM

Rappler with Southern Luzon State University will be in Lucban Quezon on March 1 to discuss the role of social in building resilient communities

San Pedro in Laguna to hold cityhood plebiscite Dec 28

Dec 19, 2013 - 7:37 AM

If majority of the 160 777 voters write yes on their ballots San Pedro will become the 6th city in the province of Laguna

Powerful Yolanda hits Eastern Visayas

Nov 08, 2013 - 6:08 AM

UPDATED The super typhoon considered the year s most powerful is now lashing the Visayas Bicol and Caraga; eye now over Leyte

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 4:30 a.m., 08 November 2013

Typhoon Yolanda: East Visayas signal no. 4

Nov 07, 2013 - 5:22 PM

UPDATED Typhoon intensifies speeds up still on course to hit the region; Landfall Friday morning over Guiuan Eastern Samar or Abuyog Leyte

Dangerous Yolanda heads for Visayas

Nov 07, 2013 - 11:51 AM

UPDATED Typhoon Yolanda is an extremely catastrophic super typhoon one of the planet s strongest most violent this year

Provinces, agencies on alert for Yolanda

Nov 06, 2013 - 3:10 PM

UPDATED Local governments particularly those in Yolanda s path are now deploying personnel and equipment

CREEPING NEARER. An MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 9:30 a.m., 06 November 2013, showing Typhoon Haiyan in the lower right corner. Image courtesy PAGASA

Janet Napoles brought to hospital

Oct 24, 2013 - 7:43 AM

UPDATED Pain nausea and continuous vomiting prompt police to bring her to a Sta Rosa hospital early morning Thursday After tests she is returned to Fort Sto Domingo

MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Napoles was taken to the Southern Luzon Hospital for issues caused by stones in her ureter. File photo by PNP SAF

Paolo exits PAR, accelerates

Sep 27, 2013 - 7:22 PM

Those living in west of central and southern Luzon are still advised to watch out for light to moderate rains and thunderstorms Paolo will continue to enhance the habagat

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Preventing dumpsite disasters after 'Maring'

Aug 21, 2013 - 5:52 PM

Remember the Payatas garbageslide in 2000 and the Baguio dumpsite crash in 2011? They can happen again

PILING UP. The Payatas landfill in Quezon City is one of the many garbage facilities vulnerable to storms and flooding. Photo from AFP/Ted Aljibe

Explosive device found in village near Underground River

Jul 15, 2013 - 1:39 PM

The police detonated the device near the wharf of Sabang a coastal village where tourists take off on boats to visit Puerto Princesa s Underground River

Gorio west of Luzon, maintains strength

Jun 30, 2013 - 5:32 AM

UPDATE Signal 2 over 14 Luzon provinces Metro Manila 13 areas under signal 1; Storm out by Monday morning

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 4:32 a.m., 30 June 2013. PAGASA image

Don't vote for INC bets - bishop

May 13, 2013 - 6:53 AM

Lucena Bishop Emilio Marquez urges the faithful to follow their conscience

Police recover bomb in car engine

Apr 25, 2013 - 12:02 PM

Police have recovered a powerful explosive device inside an Indian businessman s car an official said Thursday

Atimonan incident: Ambush or shootout?

Jan 18, 2013 - 10:42 PM

Almost 2 weeks after the Atimonan Quezon incident there are more questions than answers

Military clears men in Atimonan shooting

Jan 17, 2013 - 5:20 PM

Maj Gen Allan Luga says his troops told him they were attacked first

No soldiers sacked yet as military probes Quezon killings

Jan 09, 2013 - 6:35 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says it is still conducting its own fact finding probe on the shooting in Quezon

Drone 'not missing' - US Navy

Jan 09, 2013 - 6:03 PM

DFA chief Albert del Rosario says there should be no sovereignty issue because the drone did not fly over Philippine territory

ADRIFT AT SEA. Military officials believe the drone was 'long adrift at sea due to the presence of barnacles’ growth on its fuselage.' Photo courtesy of Naval Forces Souther Luzon

SC stops fixed salary scheme for buses

Jul 10, 2012 - 5:03 PM

The SC gives DOLE and LTFRB 10 days to file their comments