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PH Navy to build Fuga Island outpost ahead of Chinese 'smart city' plan

Nov 14, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The government realizes the need to establish a military presence on the northern frontier island where a Chinese company plans to build a business hub

Biazon berates transport officials: ‘Be sensitive when people feel there is a crisis’

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon laments the denial of a mass transportation crisis in Metro Manila, when the plight of the daily commuter shows otherwise

STRANDED. Commuters wait for their ride at Mendiola in Manila on October 4, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

PH to build 13 lighthouses on northernmost islands

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The national security adviser says this is a way to demonstrate ownership of these islands, including Fuga, where a Chinese company plans to build a ‘smart city’

NORTHERN LIGHTHOUSES. The Philippine government plans to build lighthouses on its northernmost islands in the Batanes and Babuyan groups. Rappler file photo

Rappler Talk: Earthquakes and hazards in the Philippines

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:53 AM

Rappler talks to National Institute of Geological Sciences' Mario Aurelio about how vulnerable the country is to earthquakes

NCAA donates P100,000 to Batanes earthquake victims

Aug 06, 2019 - 8:10 PM

'This time, as one family, the NCAA is extending its assistance to help Batanes,' says NCAA Management Committee chairman Peter Cayco

AFTERMATH. Residents demolish their houses destroyed by a series of earthquakes in Itbayat Island, Batanes on July 29, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Robredo’s Angat Buhay program gives P1.5-M aid to Batanes earthquake victims

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says there is a need to redesign the houses and structures in Batanes, which were built to withstand typhoons but not strong earthquakes

P1.5-MILLION AID. Vice President Leni Robredo brings several relief goods to benefit Batanes residents affedted by the earthquakes last weekend. All photos by Marvin Bautista/OVP

China gives P10-M donation to Batanes earthquake victims

Jul 31, 2019 - 3:43 PM

The Chinese government expresses its 'deepest sympathies and condolences' to the families affected by the twin earthquakes

HOMES LOST. Residents demolish their houses destroyed by a series of earthquakes in Itbayat Island, Batanes on July 29, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

An Ivatan grandmother's struggle through tremors and trauma

Jul 30, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Eudosia Entela, 71, saved her daughter and her 4 grandchildren from an earthquake. Now, she fights her own grief and trauma to be strong for her family.

SURVIVING. Eudosia Entela saved her daughter Nizea and her 4 grandchildren from the twin earthquakes that struck Itbayat, Batanes, on July 27, 2019. Rappler Screenshot

10 schools affected by Batanes earthquakes

Jul 30, 2019 - 9:05 PM

From the 10 schools, two people died and 27 others were injured, says the Department of Education

Aerial photo shows the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake that hit Batanes recently. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas and a situation briefing with members of his cabinet and local government officials at the Basco Airport on July 28, 2019 to discuss disaster response measures in the aftermath of the earthquake. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

House to raise at least P1.5 million for Batanes earthquake victims

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:31 AM

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez says every lawmaker will donate a minimum of P5,000 from his or her salary, but some have pledged as much as P100,000 each

AID FOR VICTIMS. Relatives pray over the body of their loved one, who was killed by a landslide caused by the series of earthquakes at Itbayat Island, Batanes on July 29, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Local artists raise funds for Batanes earthquake victims

Jul 30, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Batanes artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs organize a fund-raising concert to help their fellow Ivatans

FOR THE KAHILYAN. Batanes musicians called for donations through a fund-raising concert on Sunday, July 29 at the Rizal Park grounds in Basco, Batanes. Photo grabbed from Creative Hub's facebook page.

Filipino photographers sell prints to raise funds for Batanes

Jul 29, 2019 - 6:47 PM

All proceeds from the sale will be given to families in Itbayat who have been affected by the twin earthquakes

This handout picture taken and received on July 27, 2019 courtesy of Dominic De Sagon Asa shows the damage to the Sta Maria de Mayan Church after a pair of strong earthquakes of magnitude 5.4 and 5.9 struck the region within hours of each other, in Itbayat on Batanes island. Photo by Dominic De Sagon Asa/AFP

Death toll from Batanes earthquakes rises to 9

Jul 29, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Disaster responders find the body of Edwin Ponce, 32, in a collapsed cave-like structure on the outskirts of Itbayat town

DEATH TOLL RISES. Retrievers prepare to carry the body of Edwin Ponce after it was retrieved on July 29. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

#ReliefPH: How you can help those affected by the Batanes earthquakes

Jul 29, 2019 - 3:42 PM

People affected by the recent Batanes earthquakes need your support. This page shows how you can help.

Duterte promises P40 million for earthquake-hit Batanes

Jul 28, 2019 - 10:05 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte, on a visit to Batanes, says the money will be for the construction of a new hospital

President Rodrigo Duterte visits Batanes on July 28 after the province was hit by two earthquakes. Photo from Senator Bong Go

Relief goods ready for Batanes earthquake victims – DSWD

Jul 27, 2019 - 8:51 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development is ready to airlift additional relief supplies to Itbayat, the hardest-hit town

EVACUEES. Residents of Santa Maria in Itbayat, Batanes have evacuated to the plaza after the series of earthquakes on July 27, 2019. Photo by Analyn Dita Nico

LOOK: Itbayat church, ancestral homes damaged in Batanes earthquake

Jul 27, 2019 - 9:22 AM

(4th UPDATE) Among the damaged structures is the historic Sta Maria de Mayan Church in Itbayat

DAMAGED. The Sta Maria de Mayan Church, built in 1888, is badly damaged by the strong earthquake that struck Batanes on July 27, 2019. Photo from PIA Region 2

At least 8 dead in Batanes earthquakes

Jul 27, 2019 - 8:22 AM

(8th UPDATE) Aftershocks are felt in Batanes, as well as a stronger magnitude 5.9 earthquake 3 hours after the tremor that caused more structures to be damaged

RUBBLE. Itbayat residents gather around a quake-wrecked house where a lifelfess man was pulled out. Photo from PIA Region 2

Butch Abad loses congressional bid in Batanes

May 15, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Nationalist People's Coalition candidate Ciriaco Gato beats former budget secretary by 238 votes

CHARGES OVER DAP. Former budget secretary Florencio Abad will be charged over the Disbursement Acceleration Program.

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.

Floating packages of cocaine have also reached Batanes

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Substance believed to be cocaine packed in 3 plastics bags are found by fishermen floating off Basco, Batanes

COCAINE FOUND. Floating cocaine packs were found off the island of Basco in Batanes.

This traveler revisited all the Batanes locations her grandmother went to in 1995

Mar 09, 2019 - 5:00 PM

'Taking these photos, it was like we were living in the past, present, and hopefully, future of Batanes,' writes Irene Maligat

REVISIT. A traveler revisits the spots her grandmother went to in 1995...and finds that Batanes has hardly changed. Photo by Irene Maligat

Belmonte to LP: ‘Unfair’ to accuse Arroyo of vindictiveness over Abads

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Quezon City 4th District Representative Sonny Belmonte has already resigned from the Liberal Party as he is retiring from politics

'UNFAIR'. Quezon City 4th District Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr speaks up against his former party on the issue of the Batanes caretaker in the House. File photo by Rappler

LP slams 'vindictive' Arroyo for replacing Batanes caretaker

Oct 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

Liberal Party president and Senator Francis Pangilinan says Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo did not follow the House tradition of designating a caretaker nominated by the political party of the deceased

CARETAKER. This file photo shows Pangasinan Rep. Rose Marie Arenas during a meeting of the Committee on Organizational Matters of the 38th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). File photo from the Office of the Speaker/Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Baby Arenas is new Batanes caretaker in House

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Deputy Speaker Baby Arenas is replacing Quezon City 4th District Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr as caretaker of the lone district of Batanes

BATANES CARETAKER. Pangasinan 3rd District Representative Baby Arenas is the new caretaker of Batanes. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Electricity restored in 4 provinces hit by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Only one power plant in Apayao is down, says Napocor

Photo from Cagayan Provincial Information Office

DSWD prepares P829 million in aid for Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Some P872 million in standby funds are also available

[OPINION] The criminalization of tambays

Jul 03, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Which tambay crimes are we supposed to be worrying about, anyway? Who or what type of tambays is President Duterte referring to?

DOTr usec: Allegations over Mindanao Railway project 'false, uninformed'

May 19, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'The Mindanao Railway will not be built with name-calling, rumor mongering, and grandstanding,' says Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan as he disputes the 'misleading' claims of Assistant Secretary Mark Tolentino

MALICE. Railways Undersecretary Timothy John Bartan (L) refutes allegations on derailing the Mindanao Railway project. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How fast are LTE internet speeds in Batanes? Here are the readings we got

May 19, 2018 - 10:37 AM

Speed tests show a high of 41 Mbps and a low of 1.54 Mbps in terms of download speeds, and two spots that had no signal


WATCH: Batanes governor thanks Manny Pangilinan for LTE

May 08, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Batanes Governor Marilou Cayco also mentions Smart's promise of fast repairs should a typhoon come

VIDEO CALL. Manny Pangilinan, on the phone screen, talks to Batanes governor Marilou Cayco at the launch of Smart's LTE in Batanes


Batanes now LTE-connected

May 05, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Batanes hasn't had a reliable internet connection since Typhoon Ferdie hit the province in 2016. Smart's completion of its LTE network provides users a viable option to connect to the Internet.

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

MRT3 operations director accuses GM Garcia of assaulting him

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:47 PM

(UPDATED) MRT3 Director for Operations Mike Capati says he was physically assaulted in front of DOTr Usec TJ Batan and representatives from Australia Aid and ADB

'ASSAULTED'. MRT Director for Operations Mike Capati (L) says he was assaulted by MRT General Manager Rodolfo Garcia (R) in front of DOTr Usec TJ Batan (C) and representatives from international agencies. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Expert says Dalian trains 'not overweight' for MRT3 tracks

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:15 PM

The unused trains for the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 are brought up as the Senate resumes its probe into the status of the glitch-plagued railway system

NOT OVERWEIGHT. Rolf Bieri, former MRT3 maintenance contractor, said that the Dalian trains are within the allowed limit of train tracks in a Senate Hearing on February 20, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cebu Pacific to fly directly to Batanes

Feb 12, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The Gokongwei-led carrier's subsidiary Cebgo will fly once daily between Manila and Basco, Batanes starting March 25, 2018 until October 27, 2018

DOTr promises better MRT3 services by 2nd quarter of 2018

Jan 10, 2018 - 2:39 PM

The MRT3 management says there will be no increase in fares due to the tax reform law until the railway system's services have been improved

BRIEFING. The DOTr holds a press briefing on the status of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 on January 10. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Miss Universe 2017 candidates visit Camiguin

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:26 PM

Eight of the candidates visit Camiguin as part of Department of Tourism’s 'Bring Home a Friend' program

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2017 candidates tour PH

Dec 08, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The ladies tour Batanes, Bohol, and Camiguin

Sonny Belmonte is Batanes' caretaker in House

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:22 AM

The Liberal Party vice chairman is appointed caretaker of the congressional district of Batanes, a seat left vacant by the passing of LP stalwart Dina Abad

SWS survey, Dina Abad, Human Rights Watch | Midday wRap

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Batanes Representative Dina Abad dies

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:30 AM

'You will be terribly missed, Congresswoman Dina Abad. The nation lost another treasure,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Photo from Henedina Razon-Abad's Facebook Page

PAL starts flights from Clark to Basco, Batanes

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Basco 'is now a short flight away for leisure travelers from Central and Northern Luzon,' says Philippine Airlines

NEW ROUTE. The new flight departs Clark International Airport at 11:45 am every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. It leaves Basco 2 pm on the same days. Photo from PAL

Popular tourist spot in Batanes gets road upgrade

Sep 29, 2017 - 1:22 PM

The P34.89-million project gives tourists easier access to the famed Vayang Rolling Hills, and helps improve travel for locals

ROAD IMPROVEMENT. The road leading to the Vayang Rolling Hills, a tourist destination in Batanes, has been improved. Photo from DPWH

Aquino on Duterte, Kian delos Santos, Isang | Evening wRap

Aug 21, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Senate probe, Isang, SEA Games | Midday wRap

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Passengers stranded in Batanes as 2 PAL planes suffer glitches

Jun 06, 2017 - 10:10 PM

The planes one over the weekend and another on Tuesday June 6 had technical issues PAL says normal operations will resume Wednesday June 7 plus there will be chartered flights

PCG deploys 2 more boats in anti-poaching operations

Apr 10, 2017 - 7:16 PM

The two Monitoring Control and Surveillance MCS vessels are meant to run after local and foreign poachers in Philippine waters

POLICING AGAINST POACHERS. New boats are being deployed to help stop poachers. Image from Philippine Coast Guard website at http://www.coastguard.gov.ph

New flights to cut travel time to Banaue Rice Terraces

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:00 AM

A local airline will offer flights from Clark to reduce total travel time to the popular tourist destination

FAST TRAVEL. The new route from Clark International Airport to Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya is expected to cut travel time to the Banaue Rice Terraces in more than half.

The Ivatan genealogy in my DNA

Mar 19, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A scientist traces his personal origins thanks to DNA

Beyond the postcards: Batanes and climate change

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:15 PM

We need to view Batanes in a different light: less glossy than in travel magazines yet less desperate than in weather reports; a real place where people affected by climate change live

DIFFERENT VIEW. A lighthouse in Batanes offers a different vantage point by which to view the island. Photo by Airah Cadiogan/Oxfam