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Cambodia building collapse death toll hits 36 as rescue called off

Jan 05, 2020 - 2:55 PM

(UPDATED) 23 survivors have been pulled out from the under-construction 7-storey hotel that crumbled to the ground in seaside Kep province

SEARCH. Rescue personnel work at the site where an under-construction building collapsed on January 3, in southern Cambodia's coastal Kep province on January 5, 2020. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

ISIS claims attack that killed 7 Burkina soldiers

Dec 28, 2019 - 8:47 AM

But the Islamic State does not claim responsibility for a simultaneous assault on Arbinda City that left 35 civilians dead

At least 8 dead after drinking lambanog in Laguna, Quezon

Dec 22, 2019 - 9:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) More than 100 people are also rushed to hospitals after experiencing stomachache and vomiting

POISONING. More than 150 residents of Rizal, Laguna, are rushed to the Philippine General Hospital in Manila on Sunday night, December 22, for suspected methanol poisoning after drinking lambanog. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

At least 5 injured in twin IED blasts in Cotabato province

Dec 22, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The twin blasts in Cotabato province on Sunday evening, December 22, follow a grenade attack in Cotabato City

Who is Toto Mangudadatu?

Dec 19, 2019 - 10:25 AM

Months after the massacre, Esmael Mangudadatu won the post of Maguindanao governor in the 2010 elections. He held on to this post until 2019 and is currently representative of the 2nd district of Maguindanao.

National Press Club President (NPC) Rolando “Lakay” Gonzalo (right) Maguindanao 2nd-District Representative Toto Magundadatu (Center) and lawyer of one of the 32 media killed of 58 killed in Maguindanao Massacre Atty. Pete “Bitay” Principe (left) linked arms at a press conference in Quezon City on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Mangudadatu is optimistic on the verdict of Quezon City RTC Court Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the November 23, 2009 mass killing in a bid to quash an election challenge from a rival clan (Ampatuan) will be favorable to the victims. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Jihadists execute 4 hostages in Nigeria – French NGO

Dec 14, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Action Against Hunger says the 4 victims were among the 6 hostages abducted in northeastern Nigeria in July

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Tisoy causes floods, damage in parts of Samar Island

Dec 03, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Netizens share photos of the aftermath of #TisoyPH in Samar and Northern Samar provinces

LOOK: Brgy Cagogobngan in Catubig, Northern Samar is experiencing severe flooding due to Typhoon Tisoy on Tuesday, December 3. #TisoyPH Photo by Jerry James D. Acdang

Duterte says he threw drug lord into Mountain Province ravine, Manila Bay

Nov 28, 2019 - 7:20 PM

'Baka hindi 'nyo alam may tinapon ako diyan sa Manila Bay. Baka gusto 'nyo pati kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells columnists who claim his drug war has not brought down enough drug lords

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the grand opening of the Acacia Hotel Davao in Davao City on November 22, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

11 injured as Mountain Province bridge collapses

Nov 20, 2019 - 5:24 PM

A cable snaps when all 11 victims, 10 of them men, walked together on the Fotyang bridge

Photo by Mountain Province DRMMO

Makati still Philippines' richest local government unit

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Makati City reports total assets of P230.833 billion in 2018 – an increase of P34.26 billion from 2017 largely due to the value of road networks in 6 barangays

Aklan mayors urged to enhance security vs African swine fever

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The provincial government hopes the intensified security in seaports and airports, swine production and slaughterhouse facilities in Aklan will protect the local hog market

In far-flung areas of Samar, teachers are modern-day heroes

Oct 06, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Several teachers go above and beyond just to teach students in remote areas in Samar, with some of them having to cross rivers, climb mountains, and walk for hours in order to reach the school

Photos from Mariah Kim Oite, Ricky Balat, Rhio Amor, Adrian Benecario, and David Refuncion

Quezon province's IPs reject Kaliwa Dam project

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Five of the six cluster communities in General Nakar, Quezon province reject the project after 3 assemblies are held for all 6 clusters

LOOK: Remote Quezon town gets sea ambulance

Sep 07, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Panukulan town in Quezon province gets Calabarzon's first sea ambulance, which was acquired through the Department of Health’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program

SEA AMBULANCE. The first DOH funded sea ambulance through the Health Facility Enhancement Program donated to the Municipality of Panukulan, Quezon. Photo courtesy of DOH-CALABARZON

Public hearings on Kaliwa Dam set for August

Aug 15, 2019 - 7:45 PM

The public hearings, organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will be held in Quezon and Rizal

'SAVE OUR FUTURE.' Indigenous peoples from Quezon and Rizal march to oppose the Kaliwa Dam project. Photo courtesy of Leandro Miguel Novero

DOTr wants faster Antique Airport development

Aug 11, 2019 - 5:30 PM

The completion rate of the Antique Airport Development Project stands at 12%. It is supposed to be finished in June 2020.

Photo from DOTr

FAST FACTS: What you should know about Palawan

Jul 24, 2019 - 7:28 PM

As Rappler heads to the Palawan State University on Thursday, July 25, for its #MovePalawan roadshow to promote social good in the digital age, here's what you need to know about the province

3-year-old girl dies after getting shot in Rizal buy-bust

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:55 PM

(UPDATED) Police say the girl was used by her father, a drug suspect, as a human shield

Group asks Supreme Court to block law dividing Palawan

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The Save Palawan Movement wants Republic Act 11259 declared unconstitutional before the plebiscite in May 2020

Newsbreak Chats: Cebu killings, election-related violence, and other top stories in May 2019

May 30, 2019 - 4:11 PM

On Thursday, May 30, the Newsbreak team sits down to discuss killings that occurred in the past months, and possible developments in the latter half of the Duterte administration that may have implications on justice and human rights

MAP: Can these provinces help Duterte’s senatorial candidates win?

May 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Results of the May 13 elections will show if these provinces' support to Duterte in 2016 continues 3 years later, and extends to the senatorial candidates he supports

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte makes a comical gesture during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at One Pinagtipunan Circle in Malabon City on April 2, 2019. Joining the President on stage are former Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald dela Rosa and former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Mozambique fears 'devastating' floods after Cyclone Kenneth

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:57 PM

'We are very worried because, according to the forecasts, heavy rain is expected for the next 4 days,' says a spokeswoman for the UN World Food Program

AFTERMATH. Residents stand next to a road partially destroyed by floods after heavy downpours in Pemba, on April 28, 2019, after the destruction caused by Cyclone Kenneth. Photo by AFP

Ecuador Amazon tribe win first victory against oil companies

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:45 AM

A criminal court in Puyo, central Ecuador, accepts a Waorani bid for court protection to stop an oil bidding process after the government moved to open up around 180,000 hectares for exploration

VICTORY. The president of the Coodinating Council of the Waorani Nationality of Ecuador-Pastaza, Nemonte Nemquimo (C), celebrates with other Waorani indigenous people after a court ruled in their favor on the tribe's legal challenge to the government's land selloff in Puyo, Ecuador, on April 26, 2019. Rodrigo Buendia / AFP

Pakistan says gunmen behind killing of 14 based in Iran

Apr 20, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Pakistan hopes Iran 'will take a swift action against the Baloch terrorist outfits,' says Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

RESPONSE. In this file photo, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi addresses a press conference in Multan on April 7, 2019. Photo by SS Mirza/AFP

Separatist gunmen kill 14 bus passengers in Pakistan

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) A naval official and a coast guard member are among those killed

Sagada mayor, residents tell tourists: 'Respect us'

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Sagada is at the forefront of limiting tourists in the area ever since 'That Thing Called Tadhana' hit theaters in 2014, creating a spike in tourist arrivals in the town

SAGADA'S RESPONSIBLE TOURISM. Photo composite. Images courtesy of the Sagada Responsible Tourism Facebook page

Butcher beheads fellow butcher in Bontoc

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:33 PM

A drinking spree between the two butchers turns gruesome

Image from Shutterstock

6 killed as train derails, hits house in China

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:52 PM

At around 10:00 pm on Wednesday, April 10, the 25-car train derailed from an escape siding and overturned, hitting a house in Gongyi, Henan province in China

2 arrested in Quezon for mutilating P10 coins

Apr 07, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas says one of the suspects 'even uploaded a coin mutilation video' on social media, attracting authorities' attention

BSP Conducts Succesful Operation Against Currency Mutilation. Photo from Bangko Sentral ng Pilpinas.

Knife attacker kills 2 at primary school in China

Apr 03, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Police detain a 31-year-old male suspect, surnamed Zheng, from the town of Baijiapingzhen, where the primary school is located

Cop dies in NPA encounter in Mountain Province

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Police Corporal Marlon Casil is killed in the Tadian encounter

PCpl Marlon Casil. Photo by Harley Palangchao

Chinese firefighters contain forest fire after 30 dead

Apr 02, 2019 - 5:34 PM

The blaze is contained around midday on April 2, though some areas are still burning, says Wu Song, county chief of Muli, according to Xinhua

RESCUING FIREFIGHTERS. Chinese soldiers board on a helicopter in Chengdu in China's southwestern Sichuan province on April 1, 2019, as they prepare to rescue firefighters trapped by a forest blaze in Muli County. Photo by AFP

30 firefighters die battling China forest fire

Apr 01, 2019 - 9:17 PM

The firefighters die tackling a forest fire in remote mountains in China's Sichuan province

7 killed in blast at electronics factory in east China

Mar 31, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Authorities say a container for storing scrap metal burst into flames and spread to a nearby factory workshop

Mountain Province cop killed in encounter with NPA

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:34 PM

The encounter occurs as Philippine National Police chief Director Oscar Albayalde is in nearby Camp Dangwa in La Trinidad, Benguet, for a command conference

ENCOUNTER. Patrolman Wilfredo Padawil dies while being treated at the Luis Hora Memorial Hospital in Bauko, Mt. Province. Photo by Jonathan Tambol

6 dead as car hits crowd in China, police kill driver

Mar 22, 2019 - 1:54 PM

The early morning incident occurs in Zaoyang City in Hubei Province

DOH records 508% increase in measles cases in Cordillera

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The regional health office has monitored 79 measles cases in the region from January 1 to February 2 – more than 5 times what it recorded in the same period last year

30 killed in gold mine collapse in Afghanistan

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:23 PM

'The villagers have been involved in this business for decades with no government control over them,' the provincial spokesperson says

Locator map of Afghanistan

Boko Haram raids military posts in northeast Nigeria

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Fighters from the ISIS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province overrun the posts in Borno state on Tuesday, January 1, military and militia sources tell Agence France-Presse

Itogon miners fulfill promise to make town safer for Natonin folk

Dec 28, 2018 - 11:35 PM

The miners make good on a promise to blast the rocks remaining precariously on a slope, endangering people

Photos by Jake Gayog

Mayor issues new traffic ordinance to end 'Sagada Carmageddon'

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:26 PM

Parking will not be allowed in all major roads, sidewalks and other passages in Sagada from 6 am to 8:30 pm. This means, tourists are advised to walk or take public transport.

Photo by Dr Philip Del Carmen

Long weekend 'carmageddon' prompts calls for Sagada tourism regulation

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Sagada tourism council, regional Department of Tourism representatives, and stakeholders have met to discuss the situation, especially with more visitors expected during the Christmas holidays

SAGADA SUNRISE. Tourists watch the sunrise at Sagada. Photo by Jungarcia888 from Wikimedia Commons

Indonesia hunts suspects in alleged Papua mass killing

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Indonesian soldiers are hunting for rebels suspected of killing as many as 24 construction workers in restive Papua province

An Indonesian military ambulance evacuates the body of a soldier in Wamena, Papua province on December 5, 2018, who was killed after coming under rebel gunfire while investigating reports that construction workers had been shot dead by separatist rebels in Nduga. Indonesian soldiers hunted on December 5 for rebels suspected of killing as many as 24 construction workers in restive Papua province, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution. Joseph SITUMORANG / AFP

Is it too late to debate breaking up Palawan into 3 provinces?

Nov 24, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Concerned groups are bent on exposing what they call the 'ill intentions' behind the measure, hoping to defeat the proposal in the plebiscite

Rohingya say prayers of thanks after repatriation halted

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:48 PM

None of the 720,000 Rohingya who fled Myanmar after a military crackdown in August last year volunteer to return

Fire ruins famous Sagada sunrise view

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:44 PM

All tours are temporarily prohibited at Kiltepan Peak – that spot made famous by the movie 'That Thing Called Tadhana'

RUINS. A huge fire on November 8, 2018, hits the two buildings behind the spot where dozens of tourists station themselves to watch the Kiltepan sunrise in Sagada, Mountain Province. Photo courtesy of Sagada LGU

Retrieval operations in DPWH building in Mountain Province terminated

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:53 PM

After three days of fruitless dig-and-search operations, the retrieval team decides to terminate its work

Rescue operations now on going at Brgy Banawel, Natonin. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways

Richest LGU Makati breaches P100-B mark in assets

Nov 06, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Makati dislodges Quezon City as the richest local government unit in 2017, based on the Commission on Audit's Annual Financial Report on LGUs

2 more bodies retrieved from DPWH building identified

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Rains the past two days hamper retrieval operations in buried DPWH building in Mountain Province

Rescue operations now on going at Brgy Banawel, Natonin. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways

At least 12 bodies recovered from buried DPWH building

Nov 03, 2018 - 2:18 PM

More bodies are recovered at the landslide site in Natonin, Mountain Province, on Friday, November 2, bringing the total to 12

RETRIEVAL OPERATIONS. The second day of retrieval operations in Sitio Ha'rang, Banawel, Natonin, Mountain Province. Photo courtesy of the Natonin Municipal Police Station