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Lucio Tan's LT Group eyes purchase of sugar mill in Batangas

Jun 17, 2019 - 6:15 PM

LT Group plans to bid for Central Azucarera Don Pedro Incorporated. A couple of energy projects are also in the pipeline for the conglomerate.

DIVERSIFYING. LT Group is branching out to sugar milling and entertaining more energy-related projects. Central Azucarera Don Pedro photo from RHI

Batangas-bound ship catches fire near Recto Bank

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Car carrier M/V Diamond Highway catches fire near Recto Bank (Reed Bank). Its 25 crew members abandoned ship and are rescued by bulk carrier on its way to Thailand.

'STILL BURNING.' M/V Diamond Highway catches fire near Recto Bank (Reed Bank). PCG Photo

Family feud: In-laws suspects in murder of former Batangas vice mayor's widow

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:47 PM

The widow of the former vice mayor of Santo Tomas, Batangas is murdered, and her daughter-in-law and sister-in-law are the suspects. But here's the twist, the victim herself was the suspect in the killing of her husband.

Cop dies in training for dream to be SAF trooper

Jun 03, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Before he died in a PNP SAF training course, Manny Jose Baldonado actively shared photos of him training for his dream to become a commando

ONE COP LOST. Manny Jose Baldonado dies at 27 years old. Photo from Baldonado's Facebook page

Over 600 metric tons of fish killed in Taal Lake

May 31, 2019 - 11:06 PM

(UPDATED) The DENR says the fish kill is not expected to affect supply and prices of tilapia, but the public is advised to continue to check their fish purchases for freshness

FISH KILL. During an inspection by representatives of the environment department in Calabarzon on May 30, 2019, some fish cages in Taal, Batangas, are found to still have dead tilapia that need to be hauled to shore. Sourced photo

Suspect in De La Salle-Lipa student rape slay arrested

May 22, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Police arrest the suspect in Victoria town, Oriental Mindoro

VICTIM. Flowers adorn the memorial for Fidex Therese Marana. Photo from Lavoxa online, the official college paper of De La Salle Lipa.

Gravedigger wins as top councilor in Batangas town

May 18, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Arnel Garces also ran as an independent

Photo from the Konsehal Arnel Garces facebook page

Vilma Santos wins in Lipa, rival to file petition for recount

May 16, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Santos' opponent, the incumbent Lipa City mayor, alleges that widespread fraud happened in the recent elections

Vilma Santos leads Nacionalista Party near-sweep of Batangas congress race

May 14, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Nacionalistas win 5 of 6 congressional districts in Batangas

Senator Ralph Recto and Lipa Representative Vilma Santos Recto cast their vote in Lipa City together with sons Luis and Ryan. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta/Rappler

6 arrested for violating gun and liquor ban in Batangas

May 13, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Batangas police arrest 3 for illegal possession of firearms and 3 others for violating liquor ban

Some establishment stores put a signage liquor ban which start tonight. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Last push: Where 2019 senatorial candidates close their campaigns

May 11, 2019 - 5:18 PM

(UPDATED) Here's where and how the senatorial candidates are spending their last days on the campaign trail

On the last day of the 2019 election campaign, reelectionist Sen. Nancy Binay is joined by Rep. Gus Tambunting while visiting a public market in Sucat Road. Sen. Binay woed Paranaque voters as she barnstormed barangays BF Homes, San Isidro, La Huerta, Dongalo and Baclaran in Paranaque City. Photo courtesy of Senator Nancy Binay Media

In Lipa City, Poe says Batangas feels like 'home'

May 05, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Reelectionist Senator Grace Poe says Batangas 6th district Representative Vilma Santos Recto has always been her 'partner'

BATANGAS. Reelectionist senator Grace Poe with incumbent Batangas 6th district Representative Vilma Santos-Recto and her husband Senate Minority Leader Ralph Recto. Photo from Poe's office

Duterte tags Batangas, Lucena in illegal drug scene

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'Daig pa ang penitensiya,' says an old lady as she leaves the venue of a campaign rally that lasted 7 hours

Duterte tags Batangas, Lucena in illegal drug scene as he addressed supporters in the campaign rally of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan in Batangas City. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Spartan Race to kick off Southeast Asian series in Batangas

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:20 PM

The race also aims to prepare the athletes who seek to compete in the first-ever obstacle race event in the 2019 SEA Games

RISING SPORT. The Spartan race aims to help develop obstacle course race athletes in the Philippines.

Election law needs reforms, says Chel Diokno

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:47 PM

If elected, Diokno says he will give an equal fighting chance to those who do not have enough means to seek office due to lack of funds

IN BATANGAS. 2019 senatorial candidate Chel Diokno campaigns in Batangas. Photo from Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Recto: Investigate sand extraction attempts in PH

Apr 06, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should review its policies on sand and gravel quarrying

LOOK: Otso Diretso supporters raise PH flags to oppose Chinese vessel in Batangas

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:30 AM

'Nakakalungkot lang na ang dali lang para sa administrasyon na labagin ang karapatan ng mga nasa minorya, pero hirap kalabanin ang Tsina. Kanino ba nagsisilbi ang gobyerno?' asks Pipay Sevilla of Millennials PH

'NOT FOR SALE.' Environment activists and fishermen raise Philippine flags along the beach of Opo-Opo, Lobo, Batangas to protest the sighting of the Chinese vessel near the area on March 5, 2019. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Chinese-manned dredging vessel leaves Lobo

Apr 05, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The M/V Emerald leaves past 7 am on April 5, heading to the Batangas pier where it will be docked for a few days

MV EMERALD. Members of PCG Batangas inspect the dredging vessel docked at Lobo town. Photos courtesy of PCG Batangas

Senate probe sought into Chinese dredging vessel in Batangas

Apr 04, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros files a resolution calling for a probe into the presence of Chinese vessels 'to protect Philippine interests, sovereignty, and land and marine resources'

Batangas town mayor drives away foreign vessel despite DENR permits

Apr 03, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Town Mayor Gaudioso R. Manalo asks the Philippine Coast Guard to order a vessel of Seagate Engineering and Buildsystems to leave Lobo River alone

MV EMERALD. Members of PCG Batangas inspect the dredging vessel docked at Lobo town. Photos courtesy of PCG Batangas

Batangas tops number of tourist arrivals in Calabarzon in 2018

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Tourism officials in Batangas attribute the increase in tourist arrivals to 'faith tourism'

DEVOTION. Devotees rub small towels and handkerchiefs on the glass case of Padre Pio's relic. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

2 killed, child injured in Batangas explosion

Mar 18, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Initial reports revealed that a house used as a manufacturing site for blasting caps and detonators exploded in the municipality of Santo Tomas

BLAST. Recovered from the scene on March 18, 2019, are blasting caps and timed fuse similar to those used for quarrying, mining, and illegal fishing. Photo courtesy of Batangas Provincial Police Office

Top officials of Batangas town face off at Ombudsman

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:00 PM

San Pascual town Mayor Roanna Conti and Vice Mayor Antonio Dimayuga are running against each other in the mayoral race

Photo from the Facebook page of Mayor Roanna Conti

LOOK: Crab trapped in #PlasticMonster goes viral

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Diving in waters around Caban Island for the Greenpeace #BreakFreeFromPlastic campaign, Noel Guevara captures a photo of a crab trapped in a single-use plastic cup

SNAGGED. A crab floats inside a plastic cup along the Verde Island Passage on March 7. Photo courtesy of Noel Guevara.

D-League: Che'lu outclasses EAC, Perpetual nets first win

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Sean Manganti overcomes a cold 1st half to emerge as Che'lu's topscorer

COMEBACK. Sean Manganti regains his sweet-shooting momentum in the second half. Photo by PBA Images

D-League: Manganti, Che’lu escape Pasaol, Letran in thriller

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Sean Manganti and the Che’lu Revellers spoil new Letran coach Bonnie Tan's debut

NOT ENOUGH. Petron-Letran falls short despite Alvin Pasaol’s huge double-double outing against Che’lu. Photo by PBA Images

How natural gas plants benefit communities

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:40 AM

In Batangas, natural gas plant projects are powering up businesses, helping build infrastructure, and supporting communities

7 killed in clash with Batangas police

Feb 25, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Suspected robbers fire at police manning a Comelec checkpoint, prompting a chase and gunfight

Photo courtesy of Batangas Provincial Police Office

Chel Diokno: Duterte worse than Arroyo in human rights violations

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:55 AM

‘Never in our history have we seen this kind of killing,’ says Otso Diretso candidate Chel Diokno, who also has a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to declare the bloody campaign against illegal drugs unconstitutional

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER. Chel Diokno of the Otso Diretso slate says the Duterte administration is worse than the Arroyo administration in terms of human rights violations. Rappler screenshot

Chel Diokno gets support of Nacionalista land Taal, Batangas

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:49 PM

(UPDATED) Chel Diokno's recent debate performances help bring awareness to his campaign, at least on social media, but he still has a long way to go

PBA D-League: Reloaded UST routs Batangas-EAC, FEU dominates NU

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Mark Nonoy lives up to the hype for the Tigers as he forms a one-two combo with Beninese forward Soulemane Chabi-Yo

RHI Group to continue Nasugbu operations after antitrust body junks merger

Feb 15, 2019 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) RHI Group still believes that the consolidation of the sugar mills will improve the efficiency of operations in Batangas

SUGAR MILL. An aerial view of the Central Azucarera Don Pedro. Photo from the Roxas Holdings, Inc website

South Cotabato, Koronadal win first Batang Pinoy 2019 golds

Feb 04, 2019 - 8:55 PM

South Cotabato's Grace Signacio and Rhyniyll Yvis Endaya, along with Koronadal City's Romee Jonathan Rioja and Justin Matthew Basadre rule the archery tournament

Photo from Shutterstock


Phoenix Petroleum invests P250 million for Batangas LNG hub

Feb 01, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Phoenix Petroleum says it is putting up an initial investment of P250 million for an liquefied natural gas hub in Batangas

210 violation notices issued to Batangas livestock farms

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Ipat Luna of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources wants livestock farms to develop wastewater treatment facilities

Delayed 2019 budget stalls Batangas road project

Jan 13, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu calls on Congress to immediately pass the proposed P3.757-trillion budget for 2019

BUDGET ISSUE. Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu hopes the 2019 budget will be passed soon. Photo from Abu's Facebook page

5 killed in Batangas road crash

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:54 PM

Two of the fatalities in the San Juan collision are minors

COLLISION. The crash happens in Barangay Laiya-Aplaya in the town of San Juan, Batangas, on January 4, 2019. Photo by Ylou Dagos/Rappler

Lipa barangay chairman killed

Dec 28, 2018 - 10:55 PM

The victim, Marlon Luancing, is the incumbent barangay chairman of Barangay Antipolo del Sur

MARLON LUANCING. Photo from Facebook.

3 killed, 15 wounded in Star Tollway accident

Dec 03, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Two senior high school students of De La Salle-Lipa were among the fatalities in the early morning mishap

Sotto vows probe into Batangas Electric Cooperative funds

Nov 30, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Batangueño consumers launch the Power Watch Movement, seeking a congressional investigation into the alleged mismanagement of the Batangas Electric Cooperative

CONSUMERS’ MANIFESTO. Power Watch Movement convenor Paquito Lirio presents Senate President Vicente Sotto III with a copy of the manifesto asking for a congressional investigation into the mismanagement of the Batangas Electric Cooperative on November 29, 2018. Joining the launch of the movement were (from left) professor Benjamin Carandang, ERC Director Sharon Montañer, former congressman Nikki Briones, Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog Dennis Hernandez, Batangas Forum vice president Mannie Barradas, businessman Francis Laurel, Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, Batangas Investment Council chairperson Joey Leviste, and Padre Garcia Mayor Michael Rivera. Photo by Tina Ganzon Ozaeta/Rappler

DPWH reopens bridge connecting Tagaytay to Lemery, Batangas

Nov 13, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The bridge along Diokno Highway is seen to cut travel time from Tagaytay City to Lemery, Batangas, by 30 to 45 minutes

REOPENED. The DPWH inaugurates the reconstructed bridge along Diokno Highway in Calaca, Batangas. Photo from DPWH

Concrete plant defies Lipa mayor's closure order

Nov 10, 2018 - 7:52 AM

Residents of Barangay of Calamias in Lipa City, Batangas, appeal to higher authorities to look into the continued operations of RY Saligvera Builders Construction and Supply Company

WRONG PLACE? The batching plant of RY Saligvera Builders is in a residential area in Lipa City, Batangas, prompting residents to air health and environmental concerns. Contributed photo

3 arrested for transporting dog meat in Batangas

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Over 600 kilograms of slaughtered dogs were seized from a van in Lemery, Batangas

CONFISCATED. A van-load of dogmeat confiscated by the police of Lemery, Batangas. Photo courtesy of Lemery PNP

NPC drops congressional bet running vs Vilma Santos Recto

Oct 18, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Outgoing Lipa Mayor Meynard Sabili, who is eyeing the city's lone congressional seat, will now run as an independent

CONGRESSIONAL RACE. Lipa City Mayor Meynard Sabili wants to challenge Congresswoman Vilma Santos Recto in the May 2019 polls. File photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Daughter of slain Tanauan mayor Halili running in 2019 elections

Oct 12, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Reelectionist Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas remains unopposed so far, and at least 3 congressional representatives are running for reelection

#FindingCharlie makes waves online after coral reef vandal

Sep 27, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Vince Tenchavez: 'To Charlie's dive buddies who witnessed him do this but did nothing to stop him, shame on you as well. You all should know better.'

WHO'S CHARLIE? The #FindingCharlie hashtag made waves on social media after the name was vandalized on coral reef. Photo courtesy of Vince Tenchaves

Rectos leave Liberal Party, join Nacionalista Party

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:48 PM

The newly formed local party One Batangas also seals an alliance with the Nacionalista Party of the Villars

SANDUGAN. One Batangas seals its alliance with Nacionalista Party on September 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Ralph Recto

Visayas football event comes to Batangas

Sep 15, 2018 - 11:07 AM

On its 20th season, the Aboitiz Cup football tournament in the Visayas branches out to Luzon

GAME ON. Aboitiz Cup organizers (from left) RSA 1 CEO Rely San Agustin, Dudes Aboitiz of Aboitiz Land, Joey Zamora of The Outlets at Lipa, and Mischelle Sta. Ana, the CSR head of Abiotiz Land unveil the new football event in Batangas.

Ombudsman orders dismissal of Nasugbu mayor over dumpsite

Sep 13, 2018 - 2:24 PM

The Ombudsman says Nasugbu Mayor Antonio Barcelon has been local chief executive for a total of 11 years yet 'he failed to facilitate the closure of the open dumpsite'

DISMISSAL ORDER. The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from the service of Nasugbu Mayor Antonio Jose Barcelon. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sugar farmers oppose URC mill purchase in Nasugbu

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The Luzon Federation of Sugarcane Growers Association fears that Universal Robina Corporation's acquisition of Central Azucarera Don Pedro will 'remove entirely any semblance of competition in the sugar milling market of Batangas'

SUGAR MILL. An aerial view of the Central Azucarera Don Pedro in Nasugbu, Batangas. Photo from the Roxas Holdings, Inc website