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6 dead after jeepney falls into ravine in Albay

May 21, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Eighteen other passengers were injured, say police

CRASH SITE. A jeepney fell into a ravine in Libon, Albay, on May 21, 2019, leaving 6 people dead and 18 other passengers hurt. Photo courtesy of Jeric Bhor

Youth officials, cancer patient among PPCRV volunteers in Albay

May 18, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Meet some of the volunteers of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in Albay

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS. The youth officials with another PPCRV volunteer. (Left to right) Analiza Villegas, Mark Anthony Bongalbal, and Maybelle Bogñalbal. Photo by Mavic Conde

Vice mayor edges out mayor, Batocabe widow in Daraga race

May 15, 2019 - 8:42 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Carlwyn Baldo was tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Pacquiao trainer Buboy Fernandez wins as Polangui vice mayor

May 15, 2019 - 1:04 AM

The eight-division world champion's confidante takes on a bigger role after first serving as councilor

TRUSTED. Buboy Fernandez has helped Manny Pacquiao clinch two rousing wins since taking over as chief trainer. File photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions


Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo opts not to vote

May 13, 2019 - 12:42 PM

Among the 172 prisoners given a chance to vote, Baldo opts not to, citing 'personal reasons'

EMBATTLED MAYOR. Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of being the mastermind in the killing of AKO-Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe and his aide. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Albay bank runs out of small bills few days before elections

May 12, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Make a guess why this bank has released small bills worth up to P100 million just before the May 13 elections

Bikoy faces estafa complaint over 2018 beauty pageant mess

May 10, 2019 - 1:27 PM

Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy is slapped with a P304,422 estafa complaint at the DOJ

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula surfaces at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Pasig City on May 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo surrenders

May 10, 2019 - 11:33 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Carlwyn Baldo appears before Legazpi City Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Maria Theresa San Juan Loquillano days after she issued a warrant for his arrest over the killing of AKO-Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe and his aide

SURRENDER. Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo surrenders to a courthouse. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Surrender, Batocabe son asks Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

May 07, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The head of Baldo's legal team says they 'don't know the whereabouts' of the mayor

'PEACEFULLY SURRENDER.' Justin Batocabe, the son of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe, seeks justice for the killing of his father. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

MAP: Where P2.8-B cocaine ended up in PH over past decade

May 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

In the past 10 years, at least 481 cocaine bricks have ended up in Philippine shores. We map where they were found.

COCAINE FINDS. There are over 30 incidents of Filipinos finding cocaine in Philippine shores and waters.

LOOK: Albay supermarket uses banana leaves, abaca instead of plastic

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:05 PM

A supermarket in Legazpi City, Albay, goes for eco-friendly alternatives to wrap fresh produce

How Santo Entierro unites Albay families in Good Friday procession

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'While making mistakes is part of our being human, we should not lose hope,' says a devotee, explaining how for her, Santo Entierro represents Jesus taking responsibility for our sins to save us

GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION.Devotees join the Good Friday procession in Tiwi, Albay, on April 19, 2019. Photo by Mavic Conde

Touring Albay's churches through Visita Iglesia

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:26 AM

The rich Catholic heritage of Albay province is best seen during the traditional Visita Iglesia

Joroan church. Photo courtesy of Jemn Dimaculangan

Legzapi bishop urges voters not to sell their votes

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon even challenges parishioners who attended the Palm Sunday service to drop the Palaspas if they will give in to vote buying

EASTER. Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi leads the children back to Albay Cathedral right after the Easter Sunday dawn mass held at Penaranda Park. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Retired police colonel running for councilor killed in Legazpi City

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:26 PM

(UPDATED) Retired Police Colonel Ramiro Bausa, an independent candidate for Legazpi City councilor, was a former Camarines Sur police chief

SLAIN CANDIDATE. Former Camarines Sur police chief Ramiro Bausa was eyeing a seat in the Legazpi City Council. Photo from the Facebook page of Ramiro Mendenilla Bausa

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo charged with murder over Batocabe killing

Apr 04, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Prosecutors file the murder charges before the Legazpi City Regional Trial Court

CHARGED. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is charged of murder and attempted murder over the killing of Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Carlwyn Baldo's Facebook page

Bicol PNP monitoring armed groups in Camarines Sur, Masbate, Albay

Mar 28, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The police in the region also report it has recovered over 600 firearms since the start of the Comelec gun ban

Police Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal, PNP Bicol regional director presents to the media on Wednesday afternoon at Camp Gen. Simeon Ola at least 612 recovered high powered loose firearms in span of two months PNP and Comelec check points across the region.(Rhaydz B. Barcia

Papal Nuncio misses plane, skips Bicol Youth Day

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The absence of Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia disappoints over 3,000 youth delegates from all over Bicol

SUBSTITUTE. Bishop Joel 'Bong' Z. Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi officiates the mass celebration on Saturday afternoon during the Bicol Regional Youth Day. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Court grants bail to Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo will assume his duties as local chief executive after posting bail, says the Commission on Elections in Bicol

GRANTED BAIL. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is granted bail on February 12, 2019, 3 weeks after he was arrested for alleged illegal possession of firearms. Photo from Carlwyn Baldo's Facebook page

Out-of-school youth, undergrads shift to becoming full-time workers

Feb 06, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'I thought my life is going nowhere. Thanks to JobStart, I got hope,' says teenage father Stonelieh Constante of the DOLE's program in Bicol

LIFE CHANGER. 18-year-old Stonelieh Constante takes a photo at their site. He is now working as a hydraulic excavator. Photos courtesy of Stonelieh Constante

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo discharged from hospital, back in jail

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:27 PM

(UPDATED) The mayor is transferred back to his detention cell in Legazpi City, Albay

DISCHARGED. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is discharged from the University of Santo Tomas Hospital in Legazpi City on Monday night, February 4. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Batocabe widow to run for mayor

Feb 01, 2019 - 3:58 PM

'I have the President behind me, the governor behind me, the people behind me and my family behind me,' says Gertie Duran-Batocabe

ANNOUNCEMENT. Gertie Duran-Batocabe announces her decision to replace slain husband AKO-Bicol Rep Rodel Batocabe in the mayoral race in Daraga, Albay, on February 1, 2019. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Principal's wish: Relocate flood-prone school in Albay

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Joroan Elementary School in Tiwi town is located near a farm irrigation system and a river

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. Head teacher Mary Jean Cirujales, together with Joroan Elementary students, during a relief operation. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

Victor Perete named acting Daraga mayor while Baldo is in jail

Jan 25, 2019 - 6:07 PM

(3rd UPDATE) DILG Bicol will have to enforce the succession within 48 hours from Friday afternoon

DILG orders Vice Mayor Victor Perete to take over as mayor of Daraga, Albay. Photo from Perete's Facebook

Legazpi court bars overseas travel for Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

Jan 25, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The Legazpi Regional Trial Court issues a a Precautionary Hold Departure Order against the local chief exeutive

PHDO. A Legazpi court bars overseas travel for embattled Mayor Carlwyn Baldo of Daraga, Albay, who was arrested for an unrelated firearms offense on January 22, 2019. (Photo courtesy by CIDG Albay)

Detained Baldo appoints ally councilor as Daraga OIC mayor

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:47 AM

The DILG says Carlwyn Baldo violates the rule of succession with his appointment of Councilor Joey Marcellana as Daraga town officer-in-charge

NEW MAYOR? Carlwyn Baldo appoints Councilor Joey Marcellana (bottom left) as his temporary replacement as Daraga mayor. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Baldo behind bars is still Daraga mayor – DILG Bicol

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:28 PM

The DILG will have to meet with the Comelec after Mayor Baldo's inquest proceedings, and determine if he no longer has the capacity to govern

NO POLICE POWERS. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo no longer has control over their local police. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo hospitalized due to asthma attack

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:18 AM

Police say arrested Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo 'hyperventilated' inside his detention cell in Albay

HOSPITALIZED. Arrested Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is rushed to the hospital hours after his arrest. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo arrested for illegal firearms possession

Jan 22, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Carlwyn Baldo is arrested during a search warrant implementation by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

ARRESTED. Police arrest Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo on Tuesday afternoon, January 22. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Mayor Carlwyn Baldo asks Duterte for 'fair justice'

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:16 AM

The Daraga town mayor also assures President Duterte that he would face whatever charges are filed against him but appeals to him to help ensure the safety of his family

APPEAL TO DUTERTE. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo makes a personal appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte for fair justice and the safety of his family on January 18, 2019. Screenshot from Carlwyn Baldo's video

Family, supporters begin prayer vigil for Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

Jan 16, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Family members of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn 'Awin' Baldo take turns defending his innocence

VIGIL. Family and supporters of Mayor Carlwyn Baldo pray for the arrest of the 'real mastermind' of the Rodel Batocabe slay during a prayer vigil in Daraga, Albay, on January 15, 2019. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Buried and rescued: Tales of landslide survivors, rescuers in Albay town

Jan 16, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Overnight, the Consulta family loses 3 members to a landslide in Tiwi, Albay

SURVIVORS. Melita Consulta sustained wounds on her thighs and legs after getting buried in a landslide for hours. Beside her is  son Jason Cipcon, who survived the Tiwi landslide as well. Photo by Mavic Conde

Daraga Mayor Baldo faces corruption case before Ombudsman

Jan 15, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group claims Carlwyn Baldo paid the killers of Rodel Batocabe with funds from his office

MAYOR AND SUSPECT. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of masterminding the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Daraga, Cotabato placed under Comelec control

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The two areas will remain under the control of the Commission on Elections until the end of the election period

Policemen conduct COMELEC check point in Binondo, Manila on January 14, 2019. four months ahead of the midterm polls. Anationwide gun ban also take effect until June 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Napolcom revokes police powers of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:44 PM

The National Police Commission cancels the police powers of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo after he is implicated in the killing of AKO Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe

NO POLICE POWERS. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo no longer has control over their local police. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Who is Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo?

Jan 07, 2019 - 7:02 PM

(3rd UPDATE) He was a vice mayor who ascended to the mayoral post after the incumbent died in the middle of 2018

MAYOR AND SUSPECT. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of masterminding the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

'Baldo also planned to kill former Daraga mayor' – PNP

Jan 07, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Former Daraga Mayor Gerry Jaucian died in May 2018 after a battle with lung cancer. The PNP claims their witnesses know of a plan by Carlwyn Baldo to kill Jaucian before he died.

'MASTERMIND.' Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo allegedly employed a private armed group to kill AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook Page

6 prime suspects, key witness in Batocabe slay in police custody

Jan 05, 2019 - 3:43 PM

'This latest development is expected to complete the puzzle in uncovering the truth behind this double murder and multiple frustrated murder case,' says PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde

SLAIN CONGRESSMAN. Supporters of slain AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe join his funeral procession heavy rains on December 31, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

DILG wants Daraga Mayor Baldo suspended over Batocabe slay

Jan 04, 2019 - 5:20 PM

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año stresses they have 'very strong' evidence against Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

SUSPENSION SOUGHT. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año says his department is already preparing administrative complaints against Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo. Rappler screengrab

Declare landslide-hit Albay roads as no-build zones– expert

Jan 04, 2019 - 1:53 PM

Temporarily declaring the roads as no-build zones would keep residents from rebuilding their homes near the area, and pave the way for interventions to stabilize and protect the mountain slope

LANDSLIDE. A portion of a road in Albay hit by a landslide. courtesy of Rome Candaza.

Lawmakers want Daraga town under Comelec control

Jan 03, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Some congressmen want the government to preventively suspend and issue a hold departure order against Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

ALLEGED MASTERMIND. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is accused of hiring a private armed group to kill AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook page

Daraga mayor: I am being used as scapegoat in Batocabe slay

Jan 03, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'I am an easy target, but that does not make me guilty of the crime,' says Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

INNOCENCE MAINTAINED. Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo in a media interview on December 24, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Daraga mayor 'offered' P5 million for Batocabe's life

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:30 PM

(UPDATED) Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo supposedly failed to pay the entire amount, frustrating some of the alleged hitmen

SLAIN FOR POLITICS? AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe is slain by a private armed group allegedly employed by Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo. Photo from Batocabe's Facebook page

PNP tags Daraga mayor as 'mastermind' in Batocabe slay

Jan 03, 2019 - 12:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo allegedly hired a private armed group to assassinate AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

'MASTERMIND.' Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo allegedly employed a private armed group to kill AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo from Baldo's Facebook Page

Residents in 2 areas in Tiwi, Albay asked to leave due to land cracks

Jan 02, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Evacuation is ordered for fear of landslides

LANDSLIDES. Firefighters carry a body buried in a landslide in Barangay Sugod in Tiwi, Albay on December 30, 2018. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

SK official, residents of Usman-hit Albay towns seek aid

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:20 AM

Bariis Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman Judy Ann Coderis is seeking help on behalf of affected residents who need potable water and food, medicine, clothing, and hygiene kits

JOROAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. The flow of water passes this street in Joroan, flooding this school and residential houses

IN PHOTOS: Rescue and retrieval operations in Camarines Sur

Jan 01, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The LPA that was Tropical Depression Usman leaves dozens of fatalities and damaged infrastructures

RETRIEVAL OPS. Members of the Philippine Red Cross - Camarines Sur carry a body bag containing a cadaver from a landslide area in the province. Photo courtesy of Philippine Red Cross - Camarines Sur

AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe laid to rest in Albay

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:04 PM

(UPDATED) A big crowd of people join the funeral procession on Monday, December 31, despite heavy rainfall

LAID TO REST. Thousands of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe's supporters attend the funeral Mass officiated by Bishop Joel Baylon on Monday, December 31. All photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Coast Guard: 21 bodies recovered in Albay, CamSur landslides

Dec 30, 2018 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Coast Guard in Bicol says 11 bodies were recovered in Tiwi, Albay, and 10 in Nato, Camarines Sur

3 Bicol provinces under state of calamity due to Usman

Dec 30, 2018 - 9:32 PM

(3rd UPDATE) At least 16 have died in Camarines Sur, 15 in Albay, and 6 in Sorsogon due to Tropical Depression Usman as of Sunday afternoon, December 30

FLOODS. The province of Albay experiences floods triggered by Tropical Depression Usman. Photo from PNP-Bicol Regional Command