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Koronadal businessman nabbed in anti-illegal drugs raid

Sep 11, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Ruel Balong Espinosa is allegedly a member of El Patron Drug Group in South Cotabato

CONFISCATED. Authorities in South Cotabato seize firearms from Ruel "Balong" Espinosa, a business man alleged to have links in the region's illegal drug ring. Photo from PDEA XII

South Cotabato lawmaker acquitted over U.S. junket case

Mar 28, 2017 - 11:05 AM

UPDATED South Cotabato 1st District Representative Pedro Acharon Jr was earlier charged for travel authorities he issued to councilors to attend a fiesta in California when he was mayor

Blast at South Cotabato vice mayor's home – police

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:18 AM

UPDATED Two persons riding a motorcycle threw an object onto the roof of the home of Polomolok Vice Mayor Eliazar Jovero; an explosion followed seconds later police say

RIDERS. Two persons riding a motorcycle were seen to have thrown an object to Polomolok, South Cotabato Vice Mayor Eliezar Jovero's roof where an explosion happened minutes later.

DENR: Review of Tampakan open-pit mine on 'final stage'

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:10 PM

By the 3rd week of August the environment department will decide on whether or not to cancel the project s environmental compliance certificate

OPEN-PIT MINING. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez shows photos of Tampakan. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Gina Lopez: I really don't like Tampakan open-pit mine at all

Jul 27, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says she will review permits given to the 5 9 billion mining project of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated in South Cotabato

MEET THE BEAT. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks to environment beat reporters on Wednesday, July 27. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

[Where I've Been] Magic hour at mesmerizing Lake Holon

May 25, 2016 - 8:54 PM

It isn t easy to get there but once you arrive you are rewarded with serenity and peace at beautiful Lake Holon

MAGIC HOUR. Incredible view at Lake Holon. Photo by Louie Lapat

#PHVote: Mindanao after May 9

May 06, 2016 - 5:54 PM

Decades of neglect violence and impunity in Mindanao have widened inequality in the country spurring a loathing for imperial Manila

SUFFRAGE. A Filipina votes at Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao. Graphic courtesy Ernest Fiestan / Rappler. Image of voting Filipina courtesy EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

President Aquino: Police not at fault in Kidapawan clash

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:38 AM

He says the government should run after organizers who rallied the farmers to exploit the drought issue

NO FAULT. President Benigno Aquino III puts the blame on suspected organizers who enticed the farmers of Kidapawan City to unite and protest last March 30.

On the campaign trail, Bongbong Marcos taps into his father's legacy

Mar 13, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr has been visiting places where his father the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos had projects and programs tapping into the debt of gratitude of supporters

7 breathtaking Mindanao destinations you shouldn't miss

Mar 12, 2016 - 5:29 PM

Mindanao is home to many pristine beaches fetching landscapes and beautiful waterfalls that will entice anyone to return

FAMILIAR. Some of Dinagat Islands beaches reminded me of certain places in Palawan. Photo by Joshua Berida

Marcos starts courting Mindanao to boost his numbers

Mar 09, 2016 - 9:51 PM

Bongbong Marcos Mindanao sorties start in Soccsksargen where his voter preference rating is at 14 compared to Francis Escudero s 27

GRATEFUL TO THE FATHER. The T'boli community in South Cotabato tells vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr on March 9, 2016, that they are grateful to his father for enacting a law that created a municipality for their tribe. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Comelec on Pacquiao, NPC endorsement, Zika virus | 6PM wRap

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:41 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

Sandiganbayan suspends congressman over unliquidated funds

Feb 24, 2016 - 11:32 AM

The anti graft court has directed Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr to implement the suspension order on South Cotabato Representative Pedro Acharon Jr who is gunning for a third term

SUSPENDED. South Cotabato Representative Pedro Acharon Jr, who is seeking a third term, has been suspended by the Sandiganbayan. Photo from Pedro Acharon Jr's Facebook page

Local Vote: Pangasinan, Zambales, Aklan, Samar, S. Cotabato

Oct 12, 2015 - 12:43 AM

Rappler s weekly PHvote wrap up: Espino forms new party in Pangasinan; Opposition in Zambales launches party; 9 of 17 Aklan mayors to seek re election; Retired Army colonel to challenge Milagros Tan in Samar; Fuentes consolidates base in South Cotabato

 From left: Former Zambales Governor Amor Deloso, Samar congresswoman Milagros Tan, South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes

Who is running in Soccsksargen | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Soccsksargen

Trust ratings, Duterte in 2016, Tolentino’s ‘gifts’ | 6PM wRap

Oct 01, 2015 - 7:45 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

What it takes to keep Tboli children in school

Sep 15, 2015 - 8:00 PM

A teacher in Lake Sebu South Cotabato believes the whole community should be involved in the education of a child

PASSION FOR TEACHING. Anita Castillon feels at home whenever she teaches T'Boli children. Screenshot from Ramon Aboitiz Foundation video

IN PHOTOS: The wonders of beautiful Lake Holon

Aug 18, 2015 - 3:53 PM

Magical moments happen at peaceful serene Lake Holon

Local fishermen usually sells Tilapia to tourists and trekkers staying at the Lake.

Local Vote: Mandaue, General Santos, Lanao del Norte

Aug 15, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Rappler s weekly wrap up: Mayor congressman swapping posts in 2016?; No Antoninos in next year’s polls; Dimaporo scion to seek governorship of Lanao del Norte

Empowering women, strengthening Tboli culture

Aug 15, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Jen Eko shows how a Tboli woman s passion to serve the tribe can help empower other women

Insha'Allah: Muslim orphans hope for peace

Jun 19, 2015 - 12:29 PM

Abdul is one of the 57 Muslim orphans at a private institution helping orphans whose parents are killed in armed conflict in Mindanao

Most of the children's parents at the foundation are killed during armed encounters between AFP and MILF. Photos by Joan Cordero

Coal-fired power plant in Sarangani to be completed end-2015

Jun 12, 2015 - 6:17 PM

Construction at the Alsons Power controlled Sarangani Energy Corporation is on 24 7 as the Korean contractor Daelim Industrial Company rushes to meet the completion date target

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At stunning Lake Holon, peace and quiet await

Jun 06, 2015 - 12:46 PM

Leaving Lake Holon is like leaving a friend who has become very dear to your heart

SOCCSKSARGEN: 10 Things to Do

May 05, 2015 - 4:58 PM

It s not all about the Pacquiaos Or the tuna

GenSan mulls closing down public market

May 01, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Mayor Ronnel Rivera is studying a proposal to build a bigger and modern public market in Barangay Labangal some 3 km away from its present site

CLOSING DOWN? The General Santos city government plans to close down its public market to build a 'bigger and more modern' one in Barangay Labangal, some 3 kilometers away from the present site. Photo by Edwin Espejo, Rappler

Gov't militia killed, one hurt, in South Cotabato landmine attack

Mar 29, 2015 - 3:38 PM

State militias were patrolling in Tboli town when a landmine exploded a military official says

SAF dined soldiers on eve of Mamasapano ops

Mar 23, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin confirms what Senator Antonio Trillanes IV earlier revealed

OUT OF THE LOOP: 6TH Infantry Division commander Major General Edmundo Pangilinan. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

In GenSan, a tearful last reunion for slain SAF officer

Feb 03, 2015 - 8:19 AM

The widow of Sr Insp Ryan Pabalinas Erica – the brave woman who demanded justice in front of President Benigno Aquino III in Camp Crame – expresses her disappointment with the commander in chief

PBA cancels South Cotabato game after Mamasapano clash

Feb 02, 2015 - 4:12 PM

The game between the Alaska Aces and NLEX Road Warriors on Saturday February 7 in Polomolok South Cotabato has been cancelled

Former poll chief Abalos cleared of electoral sabotage

Oct 09, 2014 - 2:37 PM

All 11 counts of electoral sabotage against Abalos in South Cotabato in the 2007 senatorial polls are dismissed He faces 2 other cases involving North Cotabato votes

IN PHOTOS: 8 PH lakes to add to your travel bucket list

Jun 28, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Lakes that change color water so clear you can see through to the rock formations underneath If you re looking for a spot for your next vacation here it is

Low metal prices, uncertainties stall Tampakan operation

Mar 28, 2014 - 5:48 PM

Low metal prices and market uncertainties have taken their toll on the planned commercial operation of the Tampakan copper gold project in South Cotabato

Glencore-Xstrata selling Tampakan stake

Jan 30, 2014 - 2:30 PM

Glencore plans to divest from the Tampakan project to appease China s fears it is getting monopoly of the world copper market

Pacquiao watch: Almost no free live feed in Gensan

Nov 09, 2013 - 9:00 AM

The previous administration under former mayor Darlene Antonino Custodio reportedly fails to pay P350 000 for the live coverage

More relatives of Pacquiao elected

Oct 29, 2013 - 6:44 PM

His brothers Rogelio and Bobby Pacquiao have been elected barangay councilors while sister in law Lorelei has been re elected barangay chairperson

DYNASTY BUILDING? Manny Pacquiao sees more relatives elected in the October barangay polls, after he and his wife were elected in May. AFP file photo by Dale de la Rey

Toppled tower causes power outages in GenSan

Oct 01, 2013 - 12:57 PM

Half the power supply in General Santos was cut off after armed men toppled a transmission tower in Kabacan Cotabato

SOLE BLACKOUT SURVIVOR. Sydney Hotel in downtown General Santos was the only illuminated building evening of September 30, 2013 after the local electric cooperative imposed a two 3.5-h daily blackout as a result of the toppling of an NGCP tower in Kabacan, Cotabato. Photo by Edwin Espejo

Indigenous groups: Solve Tampakan mine issues

Aug 29, 2013 - 6:10 PM

Leaders of several indigenous communities ask Malacañang to clear the obstacles in the commercial operation of the Tampakan mine in South Cotabato

DOWNSIZING. After stiff opposition from host local government, Church and tribes, including rebel attacks, the operator of one of the world's biggest copper and gold deposits cut its Philippine mining operations. Photo shows a visualization of the Tampakan mining site by Parsons Brinckerhoff for Swiss miner Xstrata

Glencore-Xstrata 'downsizes' PH mining operations

Aug 13, 2013 - 5:19 AM

The operator of one of the world s biggest copper and gold deposits cuts its Philippine mining operations after stiff opposition from host local government Church and tribes including rebel attacks

DOWNSIZING. After stiff opposition from host local government, Church and tribes, including rebel attacks, the operator of one of the world's biggest copper and gold deposits cut its Philippine mining operations. Photo shows a visualization of the Tampakan mining site by Parsons Brinckerhoff for Swiss miner Xstrata

So who spoiled the Antoninos’ party?

Jun 03, 2013 - 8:06 AM

Ronnel Rivera 41 breaks the Antoninos decades long hold on General Santos City He was Darlene s childhood friend their fathers being former friends and business partners

ENDING ANTONINOS' RULE. Ronnel Rivera, son of General Santos City's richest businessman, defeats re-electionist Darlene Antonino-Custodio in the mayoral race. Photo by Cocoy Sexcion

PNP: 53 cases of election violations in a day

May 14, 2013 - 8:10 AM

There are 53 cases of election violations from May 12 to May 13 2013 alone

#PHVote wRap May 13, 12am: Election security

May 13, 2013 - 1:53 AM

Election security is heightened in volatile election areas hours before elections

More troops sent to S. Cotabato

May 12, 2013 - 9:56 PM

The Army s 27th Infantry Battalion sent more troops to Tampakan South Cotabato after security concerns caused the postponement of PCOS machine deliveries

Polls to push through in South Cotabato town

May 12, 2013 - 12:55 PM

A local Comelec official had threatened to suspend the elections on May 13 if the number of ballots had been short by even one

In GenSan, power crisis for the Antoninos

May 02, 2013 - 7:30 AM

If there is one singular issue in which the Antoninos will sink or swim in the 2013 polls it is power – the commodity kind

NPA's latest recruit: Fugitive tribal leader

Apr 24, 2013 - 11:01 AM

B laan leader Daguil Capeon blames the government for failing to address their issues against mining in South Cotabato

Screen grab from Daguiol Capeon's interview courtesy of Youtube user rigmakaspar

Pacquiao brother: No to coal-powered plant

Apr 24, 2013 - 7:58 AM

Rogelio raises environment and health concerns

Xstrata-Glencore merger issues may delay Tampakan mine

Apr 03, 2013 - 12:09 PM

The start of Tampakan mining operations may be delayed further due to merger issues of Glencore and Xstrata Plc

MINING OPERATIONS. It took over a year for the government to grant the operator of the Tampakan mine in Mindanao its environmental clearance. Photo shows a visualization of the Tampakan mining site by Parsons Brinckerhoff for Swiss miner Xstrata

Why small crowds don't worry UNA in Region 12

Mar 23, 2013 - 1:49 AM

UNA stalwart Joseph Estrada topped the polls in Soccsksargen provinces in both 1998 and 2010

UNA TERRITORY? The candidates, like Jack Enrile (in photo), are not worried about small crowds. Region 12 has always gone for opposition senatorial slates. Photo by Boyette de la Cerna

New Church tarps: Which candidates are pro-, anti-mining?

Mar 13, 2013 - 2:27 AM

The Diocese of Marbel will be hanging tarpaulins showing which local candidates are supportive of or opposed to open pit mining in South Cotabato

‘Less voters in 11 provinces, less cheating’

Mar 09, 2013 - 7:57 PM

Registered voters for the 2013 Philippine elections has increased by 1 3 milion since 2010 Eleven provinces go against the national trend