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After 3-year wait, public school teacher gets salary, bonuses for final year of service

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:52 AM

The Commission on Audit orders the Department of Education to pay retired public school teacher Nelita Gador her full 2016 salary amounting to P288,511, plus cash benefits she was supposed to get that year

Residents of 3 Davao del Sur towns told to evacuate due to landslide risk

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:03 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Davao Region says the tension cracks were there long before the October 16 earthquake, but it got worse after the tremor

In Davao del Sur, only few visit the dead after the earthquake

Nov 01, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Residents of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, are more concerned about their situation – limited food and water, and having to temporarily stay in tents – than going to the cemetery

A FEW SHOW UP. In this portion of the Magsaysay Public Cemetery, less than 50 people are around in the early afternoon of All Saints Day, unlike in the past years. Photo by Allan Nawal/Rappler

LOOK: Buildings destroyed by magnitude 6.5 quake that struck parts of Mindanao

Oct 31, 2019 - 1:30 PM

This happened just two days after a stronger magnitude 6.6 tremor rocked the same area that killed at least 6 people and injured hundreds in the region

A building damaged by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake is seen in Kidapawan town in the southern island of Mindanao on October 31, 2019. - A powerful quake struck in the southern Philippines on October 31 sending people fleeing from homes, schools and malls, with initial reports of damage to some buildings. (Photo by EDWIN BADILLES / AFP)

Davao del Sur residents traumatized by earthquakes, aftershocks

Oct 31, 2019 - 10:46 AM

'I don't feel safe in my house anymore,' says Lala Enamoria of Magsaysay town, a sentiment shared by many others traumatized by the strong earthquakes and continuous aftershocks in parts of Mindanao

EVACUEES. Families feel safer outside their homes after strong tremors and aftershocks rocked their community in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. Photo courtesy of Anthony Allada

Davao del Sur provincial board member arrested for Kapa Ministry links

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) NBI agents apprehend Arvin Malaza, alias Jun Blanco on radio, for participating in the resumption of operations of the outlawed Kapa investment scheme

Arvin Malaza being interviewed inside NBI Davao. Screenshot from video

PH welcomes 'most powerful' warship BRP Conrado Yap

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The corvette donated by South Korea significantly boosts the Philippines' anti-surface, anti-air, and anti-submarine warfare capabilities

MOST POWERFUL. Spectators raise their flags during the arrivalof BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) at Pier 13 on Tuesday. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Davao del Sur information officer arrested over illegal recruitment

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Police say provincial information officer Sherwin Cesar and his accomplice face large-scale estafa complaints

UCCP questions arrest of pastors, others in Satur Ocampo's group

Dec 01, 2018 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) The UCCP says the group did not commit any unlawful act in Talaingod, Davao del Norte


6 dead, including 3 kids, in Davao del Sur road crash

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) A passenger bus slams into a tricycle in Digos City, killing the trike driver, his wife, 3 children, and father-in-law

DEADLY ROAD MISHAP. The Mindanao Star bus that figured in a road mishap that killed all passengers of a tricycle in Digos City on November 14, 2018. Photo by Bien Abanos

Cops kill 2 ISIS-linked men in Davao del Sur

Oct 15, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Senior Superintendent Ferlu Silvio says both suspects, siblings Norhan and Norton Sinapan, refused to cooperate and fired at the operating troops.

12 killed in Davao del Sur road crash

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Police say a utility van carrying company workers was overspeeding and overshot a curve, hitting a truck which was coming from the opposite direction

Duterte breaks promise to visit Philippine Rise

May 15, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The President's son Sebastian Duterte and his closest aide Bong Go ride jet skis around the undisputed Casiguran Bay instead

CASIGURAN TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at BRP Davao del Sur docked in Casiguran, Aurora, but does not sail to the Philippine Rise as he earlier promised. Malacañang pool photo

NPA child soldier among killed in Davao military encounter

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:57 PM

(UPDATED) The military says the 15-year-old young guerrilla fighter was wearing the black NPA uniform and holding a rifle when killed in the Davao del Sur clash

ENCOUNTER. The military yielded several NPA paraphernalia and weapons after an encounter on April 21, 2018 in Davao del Sur. Photo courtesy of the Eastern Mindanao Command. Photo by Mick Basa/ Rappler

Davao governors bolt parties to join Sara Duterte’s Hugpong

Feb 23, 2018 - 2:43 PM

All except one governor of Region 11, have jumped into the new political party

LAUNCHED. Region 11 governors attend the launching of Hugpong Ng Pagbabago, led by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Photo by Mick Basa / Rappler

PH Navy delivers fresh military hardware, relief goods for Marawi

Aug 04, 2017 - 12:40 AM

Seven tons of relief goods as well as additional military vehicles from the Philippine Marines are delivered

RELIEF GOODS. A volunteer carries relief goods for a waiting vehicle inside the deck of the BRP Davao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Duterte welcomes BRP Davao del Sur

Jun 01, 2017 - 3:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte promises more acquisitions of vessels and equipment for the AFP at the 119th anniversary of the Philippine Navy

NAVY ANNIVERSARY. President Rodrigo Duterte troops the line at the Philippine Navy anniversary in Sasa Wharf, Davao City, on May 31, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PH Navy's brand new BRP Davao del Sur

May 11, 2017 - 10:51 AM

The BRP Davao del Sur is the second amphibious landing dock vessel of the Philippine Navy longer than the ships given by the US Coast Guard

BACK HOME. The crew trained for four months in Indonesia

BRP Davao Del Sur, PH Navy's latest ship, arrives in Manila

May 07, 2017 - 10:14 AM

UPDATE 2 The BRP Davao Del Sur is the second Strategic Sealift Vessel of the Philippine Navy It is a versatile ship that can serve as a one stop operations center at sea

BIGGEST SHIP. BRP Davao Del Sur is about 10 meters longer then the ships from the US Coast Guard. Photo from PH Navy

NPA releases 2 soldiers held captive for 2 months

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:38 PM

It s a fulfillment of one of the commitments made by the National Democratic Front to the government in their talks

Davao del Sur gov Cagas charged over PDAF scam

Mar 30, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas is accused of pocketing P9.3 million in public funds through the pork barrel scam when he was a congressman

CHARGED. Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas is accused of public fund misuse. Photo from the Facebook page of Governor Douglas Cagas

Magnitude 4.6 quake rocks Davao area, 2 injured

Feb 23, 2017 - 11:19 AM

The epicenter of the quake is located in Davao del Sur Phivolcs says

TOPPLED. The waiting shed in front of the Teodoro Palma Gil Elementary School in Davao City is seen damaged after a moderate quake, February 23, 2017. Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Ambush survivor: 'Matobato tried to kill me in 2014'

Sep 16, 2016 - 11:00 PM

A retired agrarian reform adjudicator sees Senate witness Edgar Matobato on TV: I clearly remember his eyes nose and mouth every attribute including his ball cap He is the same person who tried to kill me on October 23 2014

IS THIS HIM? Self-confessed hired gun Edgar Matobato's appearance at the Senate reminds an ambush survivor that he was supposedly the one who tried to kill him in Digos City in 2014. The police sketch of the suspect then is shown here.

Davao del Sur gov reports for work, met by mass resignation at capitol

Aug 05, 2016 - 9:38 PM

The employees want to transfer to the provincial government of the newly created Davao Occidental but the governor there Claude Bautista says he cannot accommodate them

Davao del Sur gov charged over P16-M PDAF scam

Jul 13, 2016 - 3:21 PM

The Ombudsman says Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas funneled millions of his PDAF to the ghost projects of his chosen NGOs when he was a congressman in 2007

Mt Apo still on fire in Davao responder's video

Mar 31, 2016 - 7:43 PM

Responders need bolos machetes shovels pikes gloves chainsaws and food

Fire-hit Mt Apo cleared of climbers

Mar 28, 2016 - 1:21 AM

Dozens of firemen and volunteers are still battling the blaze that hit the country s highest peak

Ex-Davao del Sur governor, 5 others get 24 years for graft

Mar 06, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The former government officials are convicted over the anomalous purchase of 5 service vehicles in 2003

Candidates in new Davao Occidental province come from one family

Oct 12, 2015 - 10:10 PM

The political clan of the Bautistas extends from Davao del Sur to the province newly carved out of it

Who is running in the Davao Region | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in the Davao Region

San Miguel to put up power plants in Cebu, Panay

Sep 16, 2015 - 4:34 PM

SMC President Ramon S Ang says the conglomerate is beefing up its power generation business with plans to complete projects in 3 years time

Ex-Davao del Sur police director convicted for sexual harassment

Sep 03, 2015 - 7:15 AM

Senior Superintendent Cesario Darantinao is facing two more sexual harassment complaints and a rape case before the anti graft court Sandiganbayan

Gunmen in Davao journalist's murder turn state witnesses

Jul 30, 2015 - 9:56 AM

In their affidavit brothers Voltaire and Henry Mirafuentes allege that the 2010 murder of Nestor Bedolido was hatched inside the home of former Davao Del Sur governor Douglas Cagas

Index shows local governments make PH more competitive

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:07 PM

The Manila is the country’s most competitive city while Davao del Sur heads the provinces according to the 2015 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index

Empowering women through micro-entrepreneurship

Jun 27, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Economic mobility is often difficult for women given their dual roles of having to earn and managing the household Micro entrepreneurship can help

Soldier killed, two wounded in clash with NPA

Jun 20, 2015 - 8:07 PM

Government forces are presently conducting pursuit operations to go after the withdrawing rebels

11 killed in NPA attacks in Davao del Sur

Mar 10, 2014 - 3:17 PM

The NPA withdraws after failing to overrun the Matanao Municipal Police Station in the dawn attack

Landmine attack victim wants NPA to apologize on TV

Mar 07, 2014 - 8:28 PM

I want the spokesperson to apologize on TV so that the message is clear Why did they do that to us? says Davao del Sur civilian Arnel Valleroso

NPA apologizes to civilian victims, vows to punish members

Mar 06, 2014 - 10:02 AM

The New People s Army admits that it had committed a lapse in attacking emergency responders in Davao del Sur

MISFIRE. The NPA admits committing a lapse in attacking emergency responders on this PDRRMC Davao del Sur van. AFP photo

CHR denounces NPA's use of landmines

Mar 04, 2014 - 5:27 PM

I call on the NPA to stand for the agreements set forth in the landmine accord and cease to persist with the impunity of landmine use says CHR chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales

16 hurt in clashes between NPA, gov't troops in Davao del Sur

Mar 03, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Eleven soldiers and five civilians were hurt in separate firefights between the government and the NPA

Mindanao still on alert for Agaton

Jan 20, 2014 - 9:45 AM

Communities in areas affected by Tropical Depression Agaton continue to brace for the worst as the storm hovers just southeast of Mindanao

FLOODED. Residents gather next to a flooded basketball court at a village in Butuan City on January 17, 2014, as floods inundated villages and towns after heavy rains. Erwin Mascarinas/AFP

What awaits the new Davao Occidental province

Nov 06, 2013 - 8:26 PM

It will elect officials only in 2016 but will have its own IRA by 2014

5.2 quake hits Davao del Sur town

Oct 30, 2013 - 12:38 AM

No damage or aftershock is expected from a magnitude 5 2 quake that struck the town of Sarangani according to Phivolcs

Plebiscite on new Davao province proceeds Oct 28

Oct 03, 2013 - 10:10 PM

It would be the 81st province of the Philippines if approved in the plebiscite which takes place simultaneously with the barangay polls

Soldier, Cafgu man slain as tribal tension heats up

Sep 13, 2013 - 2:59 PM

An army and a government militiaman are killed in Kibalwan Davao del Sur amid rising tribal tension

SLAIN LEADER. Relatives led by fourth wife Kitkit (middle in striped red blouse), carry the coffins of Blaan leader Anting Freay and his son Victor to the top of a hill in Tamapkan, South Cotabato where Freay was buried last September 1. Photo by Edwin Espejo

BOI okays incentives for San Miguel coal plants

Jun 17, 2013 - 5:47 PM

The coal power plants worth P51 B are located in Davao del Sur and Bataan

From coconut farmer to PMA valedictorian

Mar 19, 2013 - 9:53 AM

A son of a tuba gatherer the story of Jestony Lanaja the 2013 Philippine Military Academy s valedictorian is both impressive and inspiring

Top PMA cadet shares 'mixed feelings' upon graduation

Mar 17, 2013 - 2:35 PM

Cadet 1st Class Jestony Lanaja valedictorian of Pudang Kalis shares the tough experience of being in the Philippine Military Academy and encourages his classmates to hold strong to the school values

Aboitiz: P35-B power projects ready by 2015

Mar 03, 2013 - 10:59 AM

Aboitiz Power aims to generate additional power capacity to address the shortage in Mindanao

POWER CRISIS. The Aquino administration vows to find solutions to the Mindanao power shortage and put in place sustainable supply in the region