Aklan towns vulnerable to flooding, landslides identified

Jul 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The identification of towns highly vulnerable to flooding and landslides is based on geohazard mapping and assessment

Aklan town mourns death of Marine sniper in Marawi siege

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Marine Sergeant Brian Tamboon s family will receive financial assistance from the municipal government of Malay the hero soldier s hometown

Western Visayas drug war: 20,498 surrender, 30 drug pushers killed

Jul 09, 2017 - 10:07 AM

Of the 30 deaths linked to drugs in the region Antique had the most number of persons killed from legitimate police drug operations

WAR ON DRUGS. The government has launched a crackdown on illegal drugs. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Coast Guard stepping up sea patrols in Boracay

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:23 AM

Authorities say they will intensify sea patrols and deployment of assets to protect Boracay Island from any armed groups

Katsa bags to replace plastic bags in Boracay, Malay

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:30 AM

These reusable canvas or katsa flour bags are locally sourced and could inspire the communities in Malay to produce eco friendly bags for tourists and residents

News Briefs: March 31, 2017

Mar 31, 2017 - 9:23 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday March 31

Aklan mayor suspended for having mistress

Mar 27, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Mayor Denny Refol earlier argued that many other public officials also have illicit relationships

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After death of Lanao del Norte doctor, LGUs urged to secure health workers

Mar 12, 2017 - 4:30 PM

This really has to stop kailangang matiyak ng [local government unit] yung security ng health worker nila says Irene Fariñas of the Doctors to the Barrios Foundation

Chinese dredger ship impounded offshore, crew investigated

Feb 02, 2017 - 6:09 PM

The ship MV Zhong Hai 18 has no DENR issued mineral ore export permit for shipping and transporting outside the Philippines

DENR task force stops Aklan river dredging

Feb 01, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The crew of the Chinese ship commissioned to dredge the Aklan River will also face charges

Protest mounts vs Aklan River dredging

Jan 27, 2017 - 4:21 PM

Residents of Bakhaw Norte ask the provincial government to stop the project citing its adverse effect on local communities

Social media used to lure trafficked Filipinas

Jan 21, 2017 - 5:12 PM

One of the victims was befriended by recruiters using social media with false promises of legitimate and better work opportunities overseas

Immigration officers, recruiters nabbed for human trafficking

Jan 20, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Police did not identify the immigration officers pending an investigation into their alleged involvement in human trafficking Police also apprehended 3 illegal recruiters and their alleged cohorts: A tricycle driver and an airport porter

Boat capsizes off Kalibo, 5 fishermen rescued

Nov 25, 2016 - 11:42 PM

The fishermen are heading home when their motorized boat capsizes due to 3 large waves crashing into them near Andagao Kalibo shore at around 5:00 am

25,000 Yolanda survivors in Aklan appeal for gov't help

Nov 09, 2016 - 3:17 PM

In a solidarity march held to commemorate the 3rd year anniversary of Yolanda in Aklan some 4 000 survivors of Rise Up Aklan converge to ask the government for help

NEED HELP. Yolanda survivors march in Aklan to ask the national government for the housing assistance promised to them by the provincial government. Photo by by Boy Ryan Zabal/ Rappler

17,700 Western Visayas drug pushers, users have surrendered

Oct 14, 2016 - 12:13 PM

The tally shows Iloilo to have more than 6 000 surrenderers

POLICE OEPRATIONS. Photo by Altavas Aklan PNP

Alleged top Iloilo drug lord, wife gunned down in Aklan

Aug 29, 2016 - 7:58 AM

3rd UPDATE The murder happens barely a week after their meeting with DILG Secretary Sueno

A file photo of the Caticlan Jetty Port. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Boracay 'drug den' suspects face charges

Aug 24, 2016 - 9:06 PM

The 25 suspects – 6 of whom were women – are caught visiting a drug den in Sunshine Cove in Sitio Bulabog in Barangay Balabag

INQUEST. Taiwanese and Chinese nationals at Aklan Prosecutor's Office during the inquest proceedings. Photo by Alex Carlo Magno

Former Aklan mayor convicted over 2004 slay of radio broadcaster

Aug 12, 2016 - 7:11 PM

A Cebu City court found former Lezo mayor Alfredo Arcenio guilty of homicide for the 2004 killing of radio broadcaster Herson Hinolan

South Korea, China top sources of Boracay int'l tourists

Aug 05, 2016 - 10:06 AM

Philippine tourism officials hope to attract 1 7 million tourists this year to the world famous island resort

BORACAY. Rappler file photo of White Beach on Boracay Island

Who were the biggest election spenders in Aklan?

Jun 13, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Congressman elect Carlito Marquez leads all spenders in Aklan with a total of nearly P900 000

CAAP relieves Kalibo airport manager over terminal fee scam

Jun 09, 2016 - 3:02 PM

CAAP issues the order over a month after it unearthed a scam at the popular airport involving some employees who issued used terminal fee tickets to passengers so they can pocket the payment

SCAM. Aviation authorities have uncovered a terminal fee scam at the popular Kalibo International Airport. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Mayoral bet wins in Numancia, Aklan by just 10 votes

May 12, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The Liberal Party s Jeserel Templonuevo wins by a very slim margin in the mayoral race in Numancia Aklan

VLOG: Rivals turn allies in Eastern Samar

May 07, 2016 - 6:00 AM

This is the very first time that a sitting governor and an incumbent congressman are running together in the same party

Mayor's security aide survives ambush in Aklan

May 04, 2016 - 9:05 AM

Alan Dela Cruz aide of Mayor Quezon Labindao was on his way to a local market to buy fish when alleged several gunmen suddenly fired shots on him

Clearing the aftermath of Laboracay 2016

Apr 28, 2016 - 6:42 PM

Advisory: Environmental campaign encourages locals and tourists to clean up after partying at the biggest events of the year in Boracay

LABORACAY. This file photo taken May 2015 shows a glimpse of the post-card worthy destination

Tourist complains of poor medical care in Boracay

Jan 23, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Patients go to Kalibo for medical help because you can t be taken care of in the island a Boracay resident notes

AID STATION. Panay Health Care Center. Image courtesy Nicole Acuña.

Troubled man kills own mother in Aklan

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:07 PM

The suspect tells authorities that he thought his mother was a demon

'Clan wars' in Aklan leaves 1 injured

Nov 01, 2015 - 5:39 PM

The shooting happened a month after the settlement dialogues between the Asiong and Inggo families were held on September 29

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 Western Visayas | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Western Visayas

Local Vote: Zambales, Mandaluyong, Aklan, Sarangani

Oct 03, 2015 - 8:47 PM

Rappler s weekly PHvote wrap up: Is Zambales now a single party province?; Wife seeks to replace Gonzales as Mandaluyong rep; Aklan: Will gov Miraflores have any challengers?; In Sarangani Pacquiao endorsement still gives pols advantage

1 dead, 2 injured in Boracay construction accident

Sep 24, 2015 - 7:20 AM

Two workers are brought to a nearby hospital for treatment

Displaced Boracay vendors to be relocated

Jun 20, 2015 - 12:26 PM

Vendors who lost their stalls in a fire on the island resort will be temporarily relocated to another site in the village free of charge for 3 months

BORACAY FIRE. Firefighters put out the blaze that razed over 100 homes and establishments in Talipapa Bukid on June 17, 2015. Photo from the Boracay Action Group

P20M worth of property destroyed in Boracay fire

Jun 18, 2015 - 10:03 PM

No casualties are reported by the Bureau of Fire Protection BFP Boracay The blaze is completely put out by 7:10 am in the morning of June 18

BORA FIRE. Fire strikes Talipapa Bukid in Boracay on June 17, 2015. Twitter photo by Christine SD

Hundreds displaced by Boracay fire

Jun 18, 2015 - 2:13 PM

The fire razes an estimated 105 homes and establishments in Talipapa Bukid but spares resorts and hotels in the island resort

BORA FIRE. Fire strikes Talipapa Bukid in Boracay on June 17, 2015. Twitter photo by Christine SD

Roxas delivers checks for Yolanda-hit barangays in Panay

Jun 14, 2015 - 10:18 AM

A day after getting praises from the President Roxas says that while the government has achieved much more can still be done

YOLANDA REHAB. Interior chief Mar Roxas leads the turnover of checks to Panay LGUs for post-Yolanda recovery efforts. Rappler photo

Disaster-resilient classrooms in Aklan

Jun 10, 2015 - 11:03 AM

In good weather these classrooms are where the young minds of Aklan are molded But in times of disaster they re shelter for those who lost their homes

Costs and benefits of K-12

May 27, 2015 - 2:35 PM

A public school teacher ponders on what impact the K to 12 program will have on her son

File photo from EPA

World Vision helps plant 20,000 mangroves in Aklan village

Feb 11, 2015 - 5:47 PM

World Vision mobilizes 96 people in a community in Aklan to plant mangroves that can help improve their livelihood

Kalibo airport re-opens after AirAsia plane mishap

Dec 31, 2014 - 2:08 PM

UPDATED All flights are back to normal operations says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

AirAsia plane overshoots Kalibo runway

Dec 30, 2014 - 7:04 PM

UPDATED Passengers deplane using the emergency slide at the rear end of the plane

OVERSHOT LANDING. Passengers disembark using the emergency slide at the back of the plane on December 30, 2014. Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos/Rappler

Aklan declares state of calamity

Dec 08, 2014 - 5:32 PM

UPDATED As of 6 am Monday 15 231 families and 184 barangays in this Western Visayas province are affected by Typhoon Ruby

Chinese passengers 'surround, block' Cebu Pacific pilots in Kalibo

Mar 31, 2014 - 9:38 PM

Both CAAP and Cebu Pacific will look into the incident

Photo courtesy of Airbus

Rappler Newscast | February 11, 2014

Feb 11, 2014 - 8:09 PM

The Philippines fails to get an aviation upgrade A solon faces charges for falsifying fund release order Taiwan and China hold talks

Haresco on fake SAROs: Why am I being singled out?

Feb 11, 2014 - 7:15 PM

The Aklan representative says he wasn t invited by the NBI to give his side; asks why out of 32 congressmen implicated he s the only one set to be charged

Aklan college students gather to help Yolanda survivors

Jan 05, 2014 - 10:03 PM

Project UHELP was started by Aklanon college students studying in Iloilo City

Floods hit Kalibo, Aklan

Dec 30, 2013 - 11:28 PM

Floods in Kalibo Aklan caused heavy traffic left passengers stranded and made roads temporarily impassable

Tsunami scare haunts traumatized Panay residents

Dec 07, 2013 - 7:00 AM

The absence of electricity and lack of communication devices contribute to the heightened misinformation among the residents says the Office of Civil Defense

CALM FOR NOW. The Aklan River, which residents have been monitoring for rising waters since a destructive 2008 flood. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

At least 190 now dead in Western Visayas

Nov 14, 2013 - 3:51 PM

Western Visayas now reports 190 dead as relief is hampered by bloated figures for financial assistance

DEVASTATION. A barangay hall swept by winds caused by typhoon Yolanda in Iloilo. Photo by AFP/Tara Yap