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Comelec to hold special elections in Isabela precinct

May 18, 2019 - 7:29 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections is holding special elections on May 20 in a polling precinct with around 1,000 voters in Jones, Isabela

SPECIAL ELECTIONS? Commission on Elections Director Frances Arabe says in a press conference on May 18, 2019, that the poll body is considering special elections in a polling precinct in Jones, Isabela, where a vote-counting machine was burned. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Losing Negros Occidental town mayor seeks recount of votes

May 17, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor questions the validity of the election results after losing to a neophyte candidate

Dynasty members, old names capture new districts in 2019

May 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Meanwhile, in two areas where there will be new districts after 2019, political dynasties and prominent politicians grab important local posts

Heherson Alvarez withdraws from Isabela congressional race

May 12, 2019 - 12:43 AM

The ex-lawmaker cites the prevalence of vote-buying as the reason for his withdrawal

WITHDRAWING. In this file photo, former Senator Heherson Alvarez files a case opposing the late President Ferdinand Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

New districts, old names: Battles for House seats created under Duterte

May 10, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Some of those vying for the 5 new congressional seats are former lawmakers, longtime politicians, or scions of political dynasties

MAP: Where P2.8-B cocaine ended up in PH over past decade

May 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

In the past 10 years, at least 481 cocaine bricks have ended up in Philippine shores. We map where they were found.

COCAINE FINDS. There are over 30 incidents of Filipinos finding cocaine in Philippine shores and waters.

MISLEADING: Media did not report on construction of Isabela's landmark bridge

Apr 29, 2019 - 8:46 PM

A Google search reveals that 'BusinessWorld' reported about the progress of Isabela's landmark bridge project in 2018

LOOK: Isabela City police hold drill on countering election violence

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Isabela City police in Basilan hold simulation exercises on managing election-related incidents such as ballot-snatching, burning of polling precincts, and attacks on candidates

SIMULATION EXERCISE. Isabela City police conduct a drill on countering election-related incidents. Photo courtesy of the Isabela City police

At Isabela rally, Bong Go introduces Duterte as ‘one of my campaign managers’

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Governor Bojie Dy, who endorsed Duterte's opponent in 2016, vows to deliver Isabela's vote for senatorial candidates endorsed by the President

PDP 5. President Rodrigo Duterte raises the hands of the 5 senatorial candidates of his official party, PDP-Laban – (from left) Mangudadatu, Dela Rosa, Go, Pimentel, Tolentino – at the F. L. Dy Memorial Coliseum in Cauayan City, Isabela, on March 13, 2019. Malacañang photo

Sara Duterte, HNP bets appear at opposing parties' rallies in Isabela

Feb 19, 2019 - 8:59 PM

The President's daughter says she attended the activities of two political rivals to 'make friends with a lot of people' for her party's senatorial bets

CARAVAN. Hugpong ng Pagbabago Senate slate holds a rally at the ITC Grounds in Santiago City, Isabela on February 19, 2019. Photo by Raymon Dullana

NDF consultant Randy Malayao laid to rest

Feb 07, 2019 - 7:26 PM

People wear white during the funeral not just to call for justice but also to hail Malayao's revolutionary life

CALL FOR JUSTICE. Groups gather on Thursday, February 7, as slain activist Randy Malayao is laid to rest. Photo courtesy of Raul Ting

A tale of two cities: Why Catholics took opposing sides in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 29, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Catholic priests in Isabela City in Basilan used the pulpit to urge their flock to reject the new Bangsamoro region. It’s the opposite in Cotabato City, where the church played a critical role in the 'yes' victory.

Lawyers' group to protest plebiscite results in Isabela City

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The group cites anomalies in about 80 plebiscite returns, although the votes will only be official once canvassed by the National Board of Canvassers in Manila

SUPPORT. Residents gather for a grand rally for Bangsamoro Organic Law in Lamitan, Basilan. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Cities of Isabela, Cotabato: What you need to know about Bangsamoro's coveted areas

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:57 PM

(UPDATED) Isabela City's decision to reject joining the BARMM prevails over the result in Basilan as inclusion will need the yes vote to win in both the city and the province

Supporters of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) gather at the ORG Compound in Cotabato City to attend the Peace Assembly for the Ratification of the BOL. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

Isabela City votes against joining new Bangsamoro region

Jan 23, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Before the complete but unofficial tally in the city, 80 plebiscite returns had been contested due to alleged anomalies

VOTE 'NO'. Thousands gathered at the peace assembly for Non-inclusion of Isabela city to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo from PIA Western Mindanao

Isabela City residents join assembly opposing Bangsamoro Organic Law

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:14 PM

Isabela City officials and Church leaders strongly oppose their inclusion in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, ahead of the plebiscite on January 21

NO TO BOL. Thousands gathered at the peace assembly for Non-inclusion of Isabela city to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo from PIA Western Mindanao

Vote vs BOL 'gains momentum' among youth in Cotabato City, Isabela City

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The two cities are among places to watch as ruling politicians have been vocal against their inclusion in the proposed new region

SPLIT VOTE. A banner against the Bangsamoro Organic Law is seen days ahead of a crucial plebiscite. Photo by Red Santos/Office of Senator Miguel Zubiri

January 21 non-working day in ARMM, Cotabato City, Isabela City

Jan 17, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Malacañang declares January 21 a special non-working day in the areas to give the people 'the opportunity to actively and fully participate in the plebiscite and exercise their right to vote'

BALLOTS. Ballots for the upcoming Bangsa Moro Organic law plebiscite are being printed at the National Printing Office headquarters in Quezon City in time for the January 21 plebiscite schedule. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Isabela's Dy brothers reconcile, leaving Padaca without gubernatorial bet

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Former governor Grace Padaca, who was initially convinced to run as Napoleon Dy's vice gubernatorial bet, is not backing out

‘FAMILY FIRST.’ Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III (front row, 2nd from left) accompanies his brother Representative Napoleon Dy (right next to Governor Dy) when the latter withdraws his candidacy for governor on November 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Jun Fuentes

Cauayan Airport to reopen on November 2

Nov 01, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Repairs and construction work will continue, however, as the airport sustained heavy damage due to Typhoon Rosita (Yutu)

REPAIR. Fixing the damage sustained by the Passenger Terminal Building will take two to 3 weeks, says CAAP. Photo from the DOTr Facebook page

Magat Dam breaches spilling level

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:40 PM

With the continuous release of water from the Magat Dam as of Wednesday, October 31, authorities advise evacuees not to return home just yet

SUBMERGED. Several buildings in low-lying areas in Tuguegarao City are submerged by floodwaters from the swollen Pinacanauan River. Photo from the Tuguegarao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office

Swollen rivers threaten Isabela, Cagayan with flash floods

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:53 PM

Magat Dam continues to release water from its reservoir, triggering floods

Rescuers look for trapped residents in Barangay Nuesa in Roxas, Isabela as the river continues to rise. Photo courtesy of Boyet Dalog II

Clearing operations ongoing in typhoon-hit Isabela

Oct 30, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Clearing roads of debris is a priority so relief operations will not be delayed, says the provincial government

Residence of Santiago, Isabela Provine experience the Typhoon Yuki Local name “Rosita” when it landfall on early morning of 30 October 2018. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Rosita's onslaught in Isabela

Oct 30, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Fierce winds and intense rain from Rosita (Yutu) cause severe damage in the province

Isabela bears brunt of Typhoon Rosita

Oct 30, 2018 - 8:15 AM

More than 12,000 residents flee their homes in Isabela, where Rosita (Yutu) made landfall

BATTERED. Strong winds pound Ilagan City, Isabela, as Typhoon Rosita makes landfall on October 30, 2018. Screenshot from Jasmine Bumagat's Facebook video

Isabela, Cagayan residents evacuate ahead of Typhoon Rosita arrival

Oct 29, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Local authorities are closely monitoring barangays which usually experience floods, landslides, and storm surges

TYPHOON BRIEFING. Emergency personnel are briefed in Isabela ahead of Typhoon Rosita's arrival. Photo from the Isabela Provincial Information Office

Dy brothers of Isabela in opposing teams for provincial leadership

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The rift between brothers Bojie and Napoleon Dy has spilled over to the Isabela political arena

SLIDES DOWN. Incumbent Isabela Governor Bojie Dy is now running for vice governor. Photo from Gov. Bojie Dy's Facebook page

Duterte signs law creating 2 new Isabela districts

Sep 27, 2018 - 4:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also signs a proclamation creating a special economic zone near the Mactan International Airport in Cebu

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) personnel on the sidelines of the send-off ceremony for the 250 transport vehicle units of the BJMP at Camp General Vicente Lim in Calamba City, Laguna on September 26, 2018. Joining the President is Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Electricity restored in 4 provinces hit by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Only one power plant in Apayao is down, says Napocor

Photo from Cagayan Provincial Information Office

DOLE to offer emergency work in Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the displaced residents will be tasked with helping clean debris from houses and roads affected by Typhoon Ompong

WORK FOR THE DISPLACED. Hundreds of families from coastal areas of Gonzaga town in Cagayan are housed in an evacuation center. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Power outages in Isabela, Cagayan towns before Typhoon Ompong landfall

Sep 14, 2018 - 10:19 PM

(UPDATED) In addition to two municipalities in Isabela having their power turned off, CAGELCO I and II begin turning off power in specific municipalities for safety purposes

GETTING DARK. A street in Cagayan begins to lose its lights. Photo courtesy of Raymon Dullana

Thousands flee in Isabela, Cagayan ahead of Typhoon Ompong landfall

Sep 14, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Most of the evacuees are from coastal towns in the two provinces which could be at risk of storm surges

Hundreds of families from coastal areas of Gonzaga town in Cagayan are housed in an evacuation center. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Senate OKs new districts for General Santos City, Southern Leyte, Isabela

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The bills for these legislative districts, once signed into law, would provide for the election of a congressional representative for each new district

Albayalde visits Isabela town police chief killed in drug operation

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:19 AM

Police Director General Oscar Albayalde posthumously awarded the 'Medalya ng Kadakilaan' to Senior Inspector Michael Tubaña

Photo courtesy of PNP-Cagayan Valley PIO

1 dead, 12 hurt in encounters with NPA in Cordillera

Jun 06, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Members of New People's Army launch June offensive in Northern Luzon

Nana with the father of slain SAF PO2 Henry Dion. Photo by Frank Cimatu/Rappler

Isabela City civil registrar shot dead

May 24, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Jordan Guerrero Juaini has been a political planner and local government appointee of the Akbar clan

DFA to open new passport offices in Ilocos Norte, Isabela

May 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The new DFA passport offices in northern Luzon, both in Robinsons malls, will operate from Monday to Saturday

PASSPORT PROCESSING. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano inspects the passport processing area in Aseana, Parañaque City, in this file photo. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Barangay chairman bet in Basilan, 3 others killed in own home

Apr 22, 2018 - 3:26 PM

It's a suspected case of election violence. The military says it has not linked the attack so far to the Abu Sayyaf Group.

Retired cop, ex-soldier shot dead in Negros Occidental town

Apr 10, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Police say 4 men arrived at a wake in Isabela town and shot 3 guests, all men, at close range

Ex-Isabela mayor's alleged hitman nabbed

Mar 21, 2018 - 9:51 PM

Philippine National Police - Cagayan Valley Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino says Ronnie Dela Cruz is allegedly a 'gun for hire' and member of the private armed group of former Gamu Mayor Fernando Cumigad

UNDER ARREST. Alleged ex-Isabela mayor's hitman nabbed. Photo courtesy of PNP-Cagayan Valley

Travel diaries: Discovering Isabela's rich history

Feb 18, 2018 - 11:30 AM

One of the north's biggest province is getting attention thanks to emerging tourism attractions

Coast Guard sees similarities in cocaine packs found in Sorsogon, Isabela

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard will buy more high-speed boats and possibly drones to help monitor the country's coastline

SIMILAR PACKAGES. Similarly packaged cocaine is found in Isabela and Sorsogon. Rappler file photo

P79 million worth of cocaine found off Isabela seas

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:58 PM

A blue container holding 18 tightly-packed plastic bags with cocaine is found floating near Barangay Dipudo in Divilacan, Isabela

COCAINE. 18 packed plastic bags filled with cocaine are shown to reporters on February 6, 2018. Photo by Gerard Lucena

Isabela's Bambanti festival is not just about scarecrows

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:15 PM

The Bambanti festival showcases the province's local products and produce

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Zamboanga City

Dec 25, 2017 - 12:44 PM

Local cops and navy intelligence officers arrest Baser Ahmad based on a warrant arrest issued by a court in Basilan

ARMM saw 'explosion of violence' in 2016 – report

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:50 PM

According to the latest Conflict Alert, the biggest causes of violent conflict in 2016 are shadow economy issues, while political issues such as rebellion and extremism caused more fatalities

AboitizPower expands hydroelectric business

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The company's latest facility is the $47-million Maris hydroelectric power plant in Isabela, which took two years to build

GREENFIELD HYDRO. The $47-million Maris hydroelectric power plant is the first greenfield project of SN AboitizPower, which took the firm two years to build. Photo from AboitizPower

IN NUMBERS: Cagayan Valley a year after Super Typhoon Lawin

Oct 21, 2017 - 2:00 PM

One year after the typhoon, the main question is how far has the government performed for the rehabilitation and recovery of the victims

NOT YET REPAIRED. A mother and her son cross a floating bridge in Barangay Cabasan in Peñablanca, Cagayan. The bridge was destroyed by Super Typhoon Lawin in 2016 and has yet to be rehabilitated. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Mountain Province town mayor stabbed in Isabela

Oct 11, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Paracelis town Mayor Avelino Amangyen had just left a bank in Santiago City when he was attacked by a group of men, police say

TOWN MAYOR. Paracelis Mayor Avelino Amangyen of Mountain Province is attacked by a group of men in Santiago City, Isabela. Photo from the Facebook page of Mayor Avelino Amangyen

Uneven road condition in Isabela caused teenager's death

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:06 PM

The uneven road where the crash happened is a widening project that has been left unfinished since 2016