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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

Davao hospital reports first 2 coronavirus relapse cases

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:05 PM

(UPDATED) They are the first recovered patients who were re-admitted to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City after testing positive again for COVID-19

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. Mindanao already has 1 confirmed COVID-19 case currently admitted in a hospital in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Davao City hospital lists 26 new coronavirus cases

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:43 PM

The Southern Philippines Medical Center website posts the details early Saturday, but took this down later

4 more PH laboratories to start coronavirus testing on March 19 – WHO

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:54 PM

(UPDATED) The World Health Organization also gives additional test kits to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, increasing the laboratory's daily testing capacity from 300 to 450 tests

COVID-19 TEST KIT. A sample of the UP-developed novel coronavirus detection kit as presented to media during a press briefing held at Philippine Gerome Center on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

4 more Philippine laboratories may soon test samples for coronavirus – DOH

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:09 PM

Secretary Francisco Duque III also says the health department still won't use rapid diagnostic testing kits that have not been accredited by the World Health Organization

MORE LABS EYED. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gives an update on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Duterte visits kids with cancer days before Christmas

Dec 24, 2018 - 12:17 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte visits a foundation for Mindanaoan children with cancer, listening to them by their bedsides and gamely posing for photos with the center's staff

COA calls SPDA's attention to properties listed at P1-value

Jun 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The properties, acquired from 1975 to 1997, range in size from 1,644 square meters to 24,000 hectares, according to a Commission on Audit report on the Southern Philippines Development Authority

Senators condemn killing of university president in CDO

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, who hails from the city, calls for swift justice for the killing of University of Science and Technology of Souther Philippines president Dr Ricardo Rotoras

JUSTICE. Senators seek swift justice for the killing of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) President Dr Ricardo Rotoras. Photo from the Facebook page of Ricardo Rotoras

University president killed in Cagayan de Oro

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:15 AM

(2ND UPDATE) Dr Ricardo Rotoras is the president of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges

DR RICARDO ROTORAS. University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) President Dr Ricardo Rotoras. Photo from the Facebook page of Ricardo Rotoras

USC Warriors clinch 5th CESAFI collegiate football title

Nov 26, 2017 - 12:36 PM

The USC Warriors take home the CESAFI football title and 3 individual awards including Yves Caballero's MVP trophy

5-PEAT. The USC Warriors are the reigning champions of CESAFI football. Photo by Mars G. Alison/ Rappler

CESAFI College Football El Clasico: USPF Panthers face off with USC Warriors for 4th time

Nov 25, 2017 - 2:43 PM

The Kicking Panthers are gunning for their first ever CESAFI collegiate football

EL CLASICO. The University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Kicking Panthers and the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors will battle for the CESAFI football title. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Bizarre ending to CESAFi game after player attempts to hit ref

Sep 14, 2017 - 11:43 PM

There was 1:17 left in the game when the opposing team and league officials cleared the court

BIZARRE ENDING. The game ended abruptly after Panthers’ Roy Quiacho was thrown out of the game, followed by his entire team as well. Screenshot from Cebu Sun Star live stream

USPF Panthers win commotion-marred game vs USC Warriors

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:09 AM

Four key players of the University of San Carlos were ejected from the game against the USPF Panthers

COMMOTION-MARRED. Kenneth Cada of the USPF Panthers attempts a difficult shot against the Warriors' Julius Salvador Cadavis. Photo by PJ Estan

CESAFI: USPF closes first round with win over SWU

Sep 01, 2017 - 4:47 AM

USPF finishes its first round with a 2 4 record

WALK LIKE A PANTHER. Edwin Villarta of the USPF Panthers scored 13 points in the win. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

USJR keeps CESAFI slate clean with comeback win over USPF

Aug 20, 2017 - 1:50 PM

The USJR Jaguars come back from a 14 point deficit in the third quarter to top the USPF Panthers and remain unbeaten

JAGGED. Nelvin Navarra of the USJR Jaguars puts up a shot in the paint. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

USC Warriors pound USPF Panthers for 2-0 record

Aug 10, 2017 - 10:58 PM

University of San Carlos dominate the Panthers by 29 points to remain the early CESAFI leaders

WARRIOR MARCH. USC's John Aranas drives to the rim in the Warriors' dominant win. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Magis Eagles make quick work of Baby Panthers in CESAFI juniors

Aug 08, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The defending champions Magis Eagles open the season strong as they gun for their fourth straight title

STRONG START. Benedict Chua of the SHS-ADC Magis Eagles goes in strong for a basket against 3 USPF Baby Panthers defenders. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

USPF Panthers '80% ready' for 17th CESAFI Men’s Basketball Tourney

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:16 PM

The team will finalize its lineup after the 2017 Kim Lope Asis Mayor’s Cup Basketball Invitational which kicks off Tuesday June 27

LAST STAGE. University of Southern Philippines' coach says they will have the complete lineup after the tournament in Bayugan. Contributed Photo

3 Indonesian fishermen missing off Philippines – gov't

Jan 21, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The spike in abductions sparked Indonesian warnings that the region could become the next Somalia

MISSING. 3 Indonesian fishermen are missing according to Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command Chief Major General Carlito Galvez Jr.

IN PHOTOS: Duterte visits young cancer patients on Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2016 - 11:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte shows his affectionate side as he spends time with patients at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does a fist bump with a cancer-stricken child during his visit at the Southern Philippines Medical Center's Children's Cancer and Blood Diseases Unit in Davao City on December 24,2016. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

CESAFI: UV Green Lancers, USC Warriors advance to semis

Oct 04, 2016 - 9:48 PM

UV and USC join Southwestern University Phinma in the CESAFI semis after winning their respective quarterfinal games

WARRIOR MODE. Scothy Ntumba of the USC Warriors throws down a slam during the semis-clinching win. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Lacson questions Mindanao GOCC for failing to earn revenues

Sep 27, 2016 - 3:18 PM

The Southern Philippines Development Authority has repeatedly incurred losses and has failed to remit revenue to the national government since its reactivation in 2006

CESAFI: USJ-R Jaguars finish first round with blowout win over USPF

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:50 AM

The USJ R Jaguars move to 4 2 while the Panthers drop to 1 5

JAGUARS WIN. USJ-R Jaguars player Juan Miguel Gastador earned best player honors. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Southern Philippine waters not a new Somalia – gov't

Jul 08, 2016 - 7:49 PM

The foreign secretary s comments come after armed men suspected to be from the Abu Sayyaf group this year abducted 25 Indonesian and Malaysian sailors in the Sulu Sea

NEW SOMALIA? The kidnapping of Indonesian and Malaysian sailors in the Sulu Sea prompted Indonesian Security Minister Luhut Panjaitan to warn that the region was in danger of becoming a 'new Somalia.'

Davao gov't websites defaced by Pinoy Hackers group

May 06, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Calling themselves Pinoy Hackers the group tells people not to allow their votes to amount to nothing

PINOY HACKERS. Site defacements occur a few days ahead of the Philippine elections. Screen shot of

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Alsons Renewable to spend $650M for hydro, solar projects

Feb 22, 2016 - 5:08 PM

Alsons Renewable will construct a hydroelectric plant along the Siguil River in Maasim Sarangani

SHIFTING FOCUS. Alsons, which is expected to contribute 600 megawatts of capacity to Mindanao, is shifting its focus to renewable energy

Vatican to Aquino: Ensure peace in Mindanao

Dec 05, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The Vatican hopes that parties involved can guarantee stable and lasting peace in the southern Philippines

PRIVATE AUDIENCE. President Benigno Aquino III and Pope Francis exchange views during a private audience on December 4, 2015, in Vatican City. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Kidnapped foreigners in the Philippines appear in video

Oct 13, 2015 - 7:12 PM

The 3 foreigners – Canadian and Norwegian nationals – who were kidnapped from a resort in Mindanao appear in a video posted online asking that assaults against the Islamic militant captors be stopped

This undated image grab taken on October 13, 2015 from a video uploaded on YouTube shows gunmen standing behind three foreign men (not pictured) and a Filipina (not pictured) who were kidnapped last month in the southern Philippines. Gunmen raided a luxury marina near the major southern city of Davao on September 21, abducting the Norwegian owner of the resort, two Canadian tourists and one of their girlfriends. No group immediately claimed responsibility but the video uploaded on YouTube on October 13 appeared to confirm it was the Abu Sayyaf, which has a long history of kidnappings-for-ransom in the southern Philippines. In the video, the three foreigners appealed for Philippine authorities to halt military assaults against the gunmen. AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

CESAFI: USC downs UV to grab solo lead

Aug 22, 2015 - 11:19 PM

University of San Carlos defeats University of the Visayas while Cebu Institute of Technology – University beats University of Southern Philippines Foundation for their second win

ON TOP. Shooster Olago throws down two points for USC. Photo by Nathan Soriano/Rappler

CESAFI: Wildcats clinch first win in OT, Magis Eagles extend streak

Aug 16, 2015 - 10:07 AM

Joshua Romelle Dela Cerna leads Cebu Institute of Technology University with 34 points and 11 rebounds

TOP SCORER. Joshua Romelle "JR" Dela Cerna led the Cebu Institute of Technology - University (CIT-U) Wildcats to its first victory after 4 games in the ongoing Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) basketball competition. Photo by Nathan Soriano/Rappler

Defending CESAFI champions SWU Cobras survive USPF Panthers

Aug 14, 2015 - 1:55 AM

Southwestern University ekes out character win; University of Visayas dominates Don Bosco Technology Center by 39 in the juniors division

Jan Michael Auditor contributed 6 points in SWU's victory over USPF. Photo by Nathan Soriano/Rappler

University of Cebu spoils Panthers CESAFI return

Aug 05, 2015 - 12:32 AM

USPF s senior and junior teams suffered losses as the Webmasters and Magis Eagles earned victories

Garciano Puerto Jr of University of Cebu attacks the rim against USPF. Photo by Nathan Soriano/Rappler

[Part 2] The MNLF and the United States

Jun 21, 2015 - 11:59 AM

When it comes to economic assistance communities see US aid as a better and reliable source compared to the Philippine government that had been notorious in breaking promises of bringing development and growth to Muslims

[Part 1] Moro Mindanao rehabilitation: Lessons from the past

Jun 20, 2015 - 2:00 PM

It was not American soldiers who made the most transforming impact on the war zones of the southern Philippines; it was their civilian counterparts who had brought about these profound positive changes

US renews travel warning vs southern Philippines

May 22, 2015 - 12:17 PM

The US State Department cites the high threat of kidnapping…linked to insurgency and terrorism

TOURIST SPOTS. Bunbun Beach is one of the best tourist spots in Sulu, an archipelago that has suffered image problems due to terror threats. Photo courtesy of

Philippines to let displaced residents return after fighting eases

Mar 22, 2015 - 8:18 PM

The BIFF – which originally numbered about 300 – lost an estimated 140 of its fighters although the military only recovered 5 of their bodies

Explosion hits Basilan church

Feb 27, 2015 - 10:53 PM

No property damage or casualties have been reported

More Mindanaoans approve of peace pact – poll

Oct 09, 2014 - 6:32 PM

A survey commissioned by The Asia Foundation shows that the farther people are from the proposed Bangsamoro Core Territory the more likely they are to disapprove of the agreement

DOH: Filipino nurse tests negative for MERS

Sep 05, 2014 - 11:39 AM

2nd UPDATE The Department of Health says ‘all activities for contact tracing will be terminated’

MERS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

DOH still waiting for nurse’s MERS test result from Saudi

Sep 04, 2014 - 3:41 PM

The health department is already in touch with at least 60 passengers of Saudi Airlines flight SV870 which the nurse took in her return trip to Manila on August 29

PH-based abductors demand $11M for Chinese victim

Apr 10, 2014 - 10:03 PM

Malaysian Home Minister Zahid Hamidi says the abductors of a Chinese tourist kidnapped in a dive resort in Borneo are negotiating from Mindanao through an intermediary

Philippine kidnap ordeal going into my book, says Jordanian

Dec 06, 2013 - 9:32 PM

Journalist Bakr Atyani says he will include in his book his experience being kidnapped in the Philippines by the Abu Sayyaf

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Aug 07, 2013 - 9:38 PM

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DFA sends envoy to end Sabah standoff

Feb 26, 2013 - 6:36 PM

Undersecretary Jose Brillantes will coordinate with local authorities to help resolve peacefully the crisis

EXPERIENCED DIPLOMAT. DFA Usec Jose Brillantes was Philippine ambassador to Malaysia from 1996 to 2002. File photo by Carlos Santamaria

Malaysia, Filipino gunmen in standoff

Feb 14, 2013 - 1:15 PM

The Philippine government however could not confirm if the 80 100 gunmen in Sabah are indeed Filipinos