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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

LOOK: Heavy rain due to Usman floods Libon town

Dec 30, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Waist-deep floods are seen in the town of Libon, Albay, where residents were forced to evacuate

FLOODED. Waist-deep floods inundate residents in Libon town, Alabay on December 30, 2018. All photo from PNP Bicol regional command

LOOK: Heavy rains damage road in Albay

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:38 PM

A highway in Jovellar town in Albay is damaged due to the continuous rains

3 dead as floods trigger landslide in Legazpi City

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:32 AM

(4th UPDATE) Another woman is reportedly crushed by another landslide in Bulan, Sorsogon

 Flooding in low lying areas are swelling due to heavy rainfall brought by amihan in Bicol. At least 40 families or 2  120 people isolated in Barangay zone 7 of libon town the catch basin of Albay and Camarines Sure. Mayor Dadz Moronilla of libon, albay asked rubber boots from Phil. Navy and Albay Public Safely Emergency Management office to send them militayr truck for escue aside from rubber boats. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

After Batocabe slay, Comelec mulls control over Daraga

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Local Comelec officials have expressed concern that the current situation could worsen political rivalries and lead to more violent incidents in the area

COMELEC CONTROL. The Commission on Elections says it is eyeing to place under its control the municipality of Daraga, Albay by January 2019.

LOOK: Mayon Volcano spews ash, still on Alert Level 2

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:49 AM

Phivolcs says people should not be allowed to enter Mayon's 6-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone and the 7-kilometer radius Extended Danger Zone

ASH. Mayon Volcano spews ash anew on December 27, 2018 at 8:17 am. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Duterte adds P20 million to bounty for Batocabe killers

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he will 'confront' a politician in Albay suspected of having to do with the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

SLAIN LAWMAKER. Malacañang promises justice for AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe, who was shot dead on December 22, 2018. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Albay top cop replaced after Batocabe slay

Dec 24, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Albay police chief Milo Bella Pagtalunan is reassigned to the Philippine National Police's Bicol regional office. One of his deputies is assigned as officer-in-charge of Albay police

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photos from Bicol Police

Batocabe family still eyeing Daraga mayoralty in 2019

Dec 24, 2018 - 12:43 PM

The family of slain AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe says they 'will think hard and well' for his replacement

SGMA was one of the first to visit the wake of Ako Bicol partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe at the Ricardo Arcilla Hall in Daraga, Albay this (Sunday) morning. She was welcomed by Majority Floorleader Rolando Andaya and Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin. She condomed the attack and vowed to help the family of Rep. Batocabe bring justice to his killers. Photo by the office of Gloria Arroyo.

2 bodies found dumped in Daraga a day after Batocabe murder

Dec 23, 2018 - 3:50 PM

(UPDATED) One of the bodies has been identified as Arnulfo Barredo Cuyos, 39, who cops say has been missing since December 20

Batocabe murder: Albay gov’t, AKO Bicol offer P15 M reward for arrests

Dec 23, 2018 - 1:05 PM

(UPDATED) The P15 million bounty is separate from the reward being raised by the House of Representatives through donations from its members

CLOSING RANKS. Bicolano elected officials announce in a press conference on December 23, 2018, their concerted efforts toward the arrest of suspects in the killing of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Political foes behind Batocabe killing – family, lawmakers

Dec 23, 2018 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) 'You know so well we were winning the race. You coward just had to take him out,' says Gertie, the wife of slain Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photos from Bicol Police

7 senior citizens injured in Batocabe shooting

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:14 AM

The wife of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe alleges that a rival camp is behind the killing of her husband who was seeking the post of Daraga mayor

Photo taken from Rep. Rodel Batocabe's Facebook account wall

Daraga police chief sacked after Batocabe murder

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Benito Dipad Jr, the top cop in the town where Representative Rodel Batocabe was shot, is replaced by Dennis Balla as authorities investigate the killing

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photos from Bicol Police

IN PHOTOS: Batocabe murder crime scene

Dec 22, 2018 - 10:45 PM

AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe is killed while waiting to be picked up by his vehicle after a gift-giving program in Daraga, Albay

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photos from Bicol Police

Batocabe killed on day of wedding anniversary with 'wifey'

Dec 22, 2018 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) The wife of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe shares photos of them on vacation, saying, 'I will always have these in my heart'

ANNIVERSARY RUINED. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his wife Gertie were supposed to enjoy their wedding anniversary on December 22, 2018, but gunmen killed the congressman after a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photo from Batocabe's Facebook page

AKO Bicol Representative Batocabe shot dead in Albay

Dec 22, 2018 - 4:52 PM

(UPDATED) His police escort is also killed during a gift-giving event for senior citizens and persons with disabilities in the town of Daraga

Albay prepares grand homecoming for Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray

Dec 17, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The province of Albay plans to roll out the red carpet to welcome Miss Universe Catriona Gray, whose mother is a native of Oas town

THE QUEEN. Filipina Catriona Gray beams after being crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA/AFP)