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Sara Duterte's Hugpong joins forces with Abra's Asenso party

Nov 20, 2018 - 11:12 PM

The presidential daughter strikes an alliance with the party of reelectionist Governor Joyce Bernos, whose challenger was earlier endorsed by the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte-National Executive Coordinating Committee

 JOINING FORCES. Abra Governor Jocelyn Valera Bernos exchange symbolic keys on November 20, 2018, to formalize their parties' alliance for the 2019 elections. Photo from the Asenso Abreno FB page

Two supporters of Abra governor shot dead

Oct 22, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The two known backers of Abra Governor Joy Valera Bernos are gunned down while riding together on a motorcycle

Abra police apprehend 3 motorcycle riders hiding guns

Sep 05, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Bonifacio Abuan Elvena and Jomel Barbieto Molina are detained after failing to present documents to possess and carry firearms. Meanwhile, Arjay Pagaduan Soria is arrested after firing upon a police officer at a checkpoint.

Abra town councilor shot dead

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Lagayan Councilor Isagani Joson is killed inside his home

ABRA COUNCILOR. Lagayan town Councilor Isagani Joson. Photo from the Facebook page of Bernardine Sibayan Joson

Cordillera deals with landslides, damaged schools after heavy rains

Jul 24, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Classes resume but 22 schoolhouses were totally or partially destroyed in the region

After winning Gawad Urian, what's next for Abra?

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The 'Gayuma' rapper says he's open to doing more films, for as long as they have good concepts

Abra barangay candidate arrested for allegedly molesting minor

May 02, 2018 - 8:27 PM

A joint tracker team of Bangued, Pidigan, and San Juan towns arrested tricycle driver Romnick Balubar Blaza, who has filed his candidacy at Barangay Banacao in Bangued

Tomb raiders strike on Maundy Thursday in Abra

Mar 30, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Police suspect some people usually collect bones in untended and cracked tombs which they would then use for charms and potions

3 charged over grenade attack during Abra town fiesta

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

(UPDATED) The police escorts of Abra Representative Joseph Sto Niño Bernos and his wife, Mayor Menchie Bernos, were killed, while the couple and 34 others were injuired in the January 25 incident

Explosion kills 2 cops, injures Abra lawmaker, mayor during town fiesta

Jan 25, 2018 - 11:12 AM

Abra Representative Joseph Bernos and his wife Menchie, the mayor of La Paz town, were watching the fireworks explode from the La Paz town plaza when a blast hit the ground

CHAOS. Chairs were left in disarray after the plaza explosion. PNP-Abra Photo

Watch: Coke Studio Artists and teens unite to bring music back to Marawi

Dec 26, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Marawi’s streets have always been filled with vibrant music, but since the war, the city has been silent. Volunteers sought to change that

News Briefs: March 15, 2017

Mar 15, 2017 - 3:29 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Wednesday March 15

Power restored in 94% of Lawin-hit areas

Nov 24, 2016 - 11:03 AM

The National Electrification Administration says the rehabilitation of road networks is necessary for faster rehabilitation of energy distribution facilities

Power restoration in Cagayan. Image courtesy One Meralco Foundation

Cordillerans on talks with communists: Give peace a chance

Jun 10, 2016 - 1:10 PM

As indigenous peoples IP affected by the armed conflict the prospects for the resumption of the peace talks give hope to our people

Image by Nico Villarete / Rappler

#PHVote Top of the Hour | 9PM

May 03, 2016 - 9:14 PM

Rappler and PPCRV team up to safeguard the 2016 elections Marawi and Abra may soon be under ‘Comelec control’ CHR says the number of election related violence cases rises to 53

Marawi, Abra soon under 'Comelec control'

May 03, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas says the poll body for one totally prohibits firearms in areas under Comelec control

'COMELEC CONTROL.' The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to place Marawi City as well as Abra under 'Comelec control,' Comelec Commissioner Sheriff Abas says. File photo by Karl Grobl

3 provinces added to PNP's election watchlist areas

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:56 AM

The PNP is also monitoring the provinces of Abra Nueva Ecija and Lanao del Norte – additions to the 6 provinces already identified as watchlist areas in December

POLICE. Officers of the Philippine National Police force salute during ceremony. File photo by Francis R Malasig/EPA

Duterte promises airport for extreme Northern Luzon

Mar 29, 2016 - 5:05 PM

In Abra in the Cordillera Administrative Region Duterte continues to make his pitch for federalism

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Rodrigo Duterte says the key to economic growth in the Philippines is the decongestion of Metro Manila and giving equal opportunities for other parts of the country to develop. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

'I'm not my father's copycat' – Bongbong Marcos

Feb 10, 2016 - 8:16 PM

Vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos is asked what legacies of his father the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos he intends to continue

DENR Cordillera approves 7,000 land patents

Oct 23, 2015 - 8:38 AM

DENR CAR declares it was able to meet its target number of processed and issued land patents for 2015 under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program

Who is running in the Cordillera Administrative Region | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

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

Ex-Abra gov Valera guilty of ex-congressman's murder

Sep 30, 2015 - 3:30 PM

Abra Governor Vicente Valera and two co accused get 40 year prison terms for the murder of former Abra Representative Luis Bersamin and his bodyguard in 2006

JAIL TIME. Former Abra Governor Vicente Valera is sentenced to 40 years behind bars for the murder of former Abra Representative Luis Bersamin and the latter's police escort. In this file photo, he is escorted at the national police headquarters following his arrest on September 2, 2009. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

10 killed as typhoon hits northern Philippines

Aug 22, 2015 - 4:12 PM

UPDATED NDRRMC says 10 were reported injured in the Mountain Province Ilocos Norte Ilocos Sur Batanes and Cagayan; while 3 are missing in La Union Ilocos Norte and Cagayan

DAMAGE TO INFRASTRUCTURE. Filipino villagers inspect a damaged road in the town of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte province, Philippines after Typhoon Ineng triggered deadly landslides and floods. EPA/Bernie Sipin Dela Cruz

NDRRMC sends relief to flooded Santa town in Ilocos Sur

Aug 22, 2015 - 2:42 PM

The disaster agency is discussing possible air evacuation of the residents of flooded island barangays while Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman says there are enough relief goods available

ISLAND BARANGAYS. Screenshot of Google maps

Typhoon Ineng: Brothers buried in landslide; Baguio suffers blackout

Aug 21, 2015 - 6:35 PM

Strong winds and rains isolate many towns in the Cordillera Some major roads are closed

BLACKOUT. Power has been out since 3 am Friday, August 21, 2015, in Baguio City after Typhoon Ineng (Goni) destroyed power lines. Rappler photo Rappler photo

Typhoon Ineng weakens slightly

Aug 20, 2015 - 6:16 AM

UPDATED Storm signals are hoisted over 17 areas in Luzon as the typhoon makes its way to the northern edge of the Philippines

Typhoon Ineng: Batanes, Cagayan under Signal #2

Aug 19, 2015 - 7:26 AM

UPDATED Typhoon Ineng international codename Goni continues its westward movement moving closer towards extreme northern Luzon

COA finds irregularities in Abra’s 22 infra projects

Jul 21, 2015 - 9:10 AM

The projects involving roads bridges and mass housing are worth P135 98 million

IN PHOTOS: YouTube stars in Manila, all set for Fan Fest

Jun 26, 2015 - 3:59 PM

Kurt Hugo Schneider Macy Kate Bethany Mota Mich Liggayu Bogart the Explorer and more are all set for YouTube Fan Fest in Manila

P1.1 billion for tourism roads in Cordillera in 2015

Dec 13, 2014 - 3:13 PM

The funds will be used to boost economic gains from tourism related activities in the region

TOURIST DRAW. The Maligcong Rices Terraces in the outskirts of Bontoc, Mt Province, continue to lure visitors and photographers  Photo by Karlston Lapniten

Daniel Padilla, Janella Salvador sing in 'Himig Handog' finals night

Sep 29, 2014 - 10:46 PM

The song Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako wins first prize in the competition

Landslides, flashfloods as #MarioPH hits Cordillera

Sep 20, 2014 - 11:06 AM

UPDATED Eight roads in the region are closed The gates of Ambuklao and Binga dams have been opened Saturday morning September 20 as water reached critical levels

Cordillera dams at critical levels, evacuation ongoing

Sep 19, 2014 - 3:46 PM

Signal No 2 remains hoisted over 4 provinces Signal No 1 in 2 provinces The military s disaster response unit has been activated to assist local governments

Proud Igorota named to UN post

Mar 13, 2014 - 10:31 AM

An Igorot from the Kankana ey tribe in Besao Mountain Province will be the first woman and indigenous person from the Philippines to assume the post

5 dead, 33 injured in Abra vehicular accident

Feb 09, 2014 - 3:02 PM

The passengers of the jeepney came from a Pantawid Pamilyang Pantawid Program meeting in a nearby town

Tropical Storm Vinta closes in on Cagayan Valley

Oct 30, 2013 - 6:11 PM

Four provinces under signal number 2 13 provinces under signal number 1

Odette slightly weakens as it heads to China

Sep 21, 2013 - 5:40 PM

UPDATED The typhoon has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility PAR at 7 pm Saturday as it heads for China

Odette weakens after hitting Batanes

Sep 21, 2013 - 11:33 AM

6th UPDATE Electric distribution system damaged homes damaged crops destroyed; Typhoon strongest since 87 says Batanes Rep Dina Abad

Odette intensifies; storm signals still up

Sep 19, 2013 - 11:29 PM

The typhoon is forecast to move northwest at 15 km h and is expected to be 190 km East of Basco Batanes Friday afternoon

Typhoon Odette targets north Luzon

Sep 19, 2013 - 11:26 AM

UPDATED Cagayan now under signal number 2; 6 north Luzon provinces under signal number 1

Pangasinan, Northern Luzon not spared by Maring

Aug 20, 2013 - 7:49 PM

Sta Barbara town in Pangasinan has been put under a state of calamity as over 2 000 families are affected by floods

FIELDS AFFECTED. Flooding in Pangasinan made roads impassable and affected rice plantations. Photo by Twitter user @jaymgaspar

Isang slows down, nears north Luzon

Jul 16, 2013 - 11:45 AM

Signal number 1 is still in effect in 11 provinces in Cagayan Valley Ilocos Region Cordilleras

Tropical depression Isang: Signal #1 in 11 provinces

Jul 16, 2013 - 7:30 AM

Tropical depression Isang was spotted east of Infanta Quezon carrying maximum winds of 45 km h near the center

Town councilor in Abra shot dead, robbed

Jul 05, 2013 - 7:10 PM

Councilor Rogelio Pudol Talingdan of La Paz town in Abra had just sold some of his cows in the cattle market The gunmen took P500 000 from him

Collect election trash, be a beauty queen

Jun 04, 2013 - 9:17 PM

Women in a village in Abra province collected the trash left behind by candidates sold them and named Reyna Elena the candidate whose supporters sold the most

Supporter of fugitive mayor shot dead

May 13, 2013 - 5:59 PM

His body found near a river with shotgun wounds

Cordillera beefs up security for polls

May 12, 2013 - 5:50 PM

Quick response teams in Kalinga and Benguet

Wanted mayor of Bangued, Abra, resurfaces

May 08, 2013 - 5:48 PM

Ryan Luna shows up on YouTube to say there s a grand conspiracy against him

LUNA RESURFACES. Ryan Luna appears online to talk to the Bengued people. Screen shot from YouTube

Abra lawmaker's secretary shot

May 08, 2013 - 1:50 PM

The personal secretary of Abra Rep Joy Valera Bernos was injured after she was shot late Monday evening

Re-electionist Abra mayor ordered arrested

May 06, 2013 - 2:37 PM

Mayor Ryan Luna is wanted for shooting to death his rival in the 2007 elections