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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

Batangas court dismisses case vs former UP film student

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:28 PM

The Batangas Regional Trial Court Branch 87 dismisses the cases against against former UP film student Maricon Montajes, Anakbayan member Ronilo Baes, and farmer Rommiel Cañete

FREE. Former film student Maricon Montajes poses with former UP College of Mass Communication Dean Rolando Tolentino. File photo courtesy of Rolando Tolentino

Court grants Lipa City Mayor TRO for his suspension

Aug 09, 2018 - 10:40 PM

'The basic purpose of the restraining order is to preserve the status quo until the hearing of the application for preliminary injunction. It is a preservative remedy for the protection of substantive rights and interests,' the order reads

Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Tension grips Lipa city hall due to Mayor’s suspension order

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Meynard Sabili is meted with a year's suspension without pay on June 27, but maintains he has filed a motion for review and is waiting for a temporary restraining order. Meanwhile, the opposition calls for the vice mayor to take Sabili's place.

ERIC AFRICA. Lipa City Vice Mayor Eric Africa presents a document signed by DILG Regional Director Manuel Gotis dated July 31, 2017 informing Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas of the suspension order vs Mayor Meynard Sabili. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Tanauan-PH claims 2018 Senior League Softball World Series tiara

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Royevel Palma stars for Tanauan Little League after striking out 15 and allowing only two hits and zero runs in 7 innings

CHAMPS. Tanauan Little League becomes the first team from the Asia-Pacific region to win a Senior League World Series title. Photo from littleleague.org


Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway up for NEDA panel approval

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:55 PM

If the proposed CTBEX is approved, the Department of Public Works and Highways says construction might start next year and be completed by 2022

PUBLIC WORKS. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar talks to reporters after the awarding of original proponent status to MPTC South for the Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

5 drug, robbery suspects killed in Batangas

Jul 25, 2018 - 1:38 PM

A Batangas provincial police report says the authorities were about to serve a search warrant when the suspects opened fire at them

Marinerong Pilipino boosts playoff bid with win vs Batangas-EAC

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The Skippers pocket their 5th win with a come-from-behind triumph over the Generals

TOPSCORER. Trevis Jackson finishes with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Marinerong Pilipino. Photo from PBA Images


Lipa City barangay councilor shot dead

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:03 PM

The incident happens on the same night as the shooting of ex-vice mayor Ferdinand Ramos of Santo Tomas, Batangas

Ex-Batangas town vice mayor hurt in shooting incident

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:22 PM

An initial police report says former Santo Tomas vice mayor Ferdinand Ramos was on his way home when he was shot by an unidentified suspect

File photo of Ferdinand Ramos from Santo Tomas, Batangas website

CEU fends off late Batangas-EAC rally

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The Scorpions blow a huge double-digit lead but manage to hold on in the final stretch

CHALLENGE. Batangas-EAC's Christian Manalo dribbles past CEU defender Orlan Wamar. Photo by PBA Images

Slain Tanauan mayor Antonio Halili buried

Jul 08, 2018 - 4:10 PM

(UPDATED) Relatives, friends, and hundreds of supporters march in a funeral procession for the late mayor, who was shot dead on July 2

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week July 2-8, 2018

Jul 08, 2018 - 10:17 AM

A string of dead local officials, the bench-clearing Gilas-Boomers brawl, updates on the boys trapped in a Thai cave

Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili. Photo from Tanauan City's Hope Facebook

Mayor Halili's daughter urges Duterte: 'Give us justice'

Jul 07, 2018 - 5:21 PM

'I will not feel helpless. All the more I will fight back,' says Angeline Halili who has vowed to seek justice for her slain father, Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili

Mayor Halili's wake. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Tabi beats buzzer as Batangas-EAC stuns Go for Gold

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:45 PM

The thrilling triumph keeps the Generals' playoff hopes alive in the PBA D-League

NEW ACQUISITION. Michael Mabulac makes immediate impact as he puts up a double-double in his first game with the EAC Generals. Photo by PBA Images

Police reenactment: Halili gunman shot him from bushes

Jul 05, 2018 - 2:52 PM

The police reenact the broad daylight killing of the slain mayor of Tanauan City

GUNMAN'S SPOT. Rennactment of Antonio Halili's murder

Mayor Halili had unresolved dispute with 'former general' – Albayalde

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:27 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili had a dispute with a 'high-ranking former general,' but he is not aware of the nature of the disagreement

KILLED. A life-size standee of Mayor Antonio Halili is displayed in his wake. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

'Well-planned' Mayor Halili killing leaves PNP with no suspect

Jul 04, 2018 - 7:02 PM

'For sure, it was planned...It was well-planned,' says Calabarzon police chief Edward Carranza on the killing of Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili

NO SUSPECT. A 'sniper hole' believed to be fashioned by Mayor Antonio Halili's assassin. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Late Mayor Halili 'was like the father of Tanauan'

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Despite the insinuations of President Duterte, visitors to the wake had only good words for the late Tanauan City mayor Tony Halili

DARK HOURS. Students tie black ribbons on a bridge in Tanauan City to mourn the passing of Antonio Halili. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

3 'persons of interest' in Mayor Antonio Halili's killing – PNP

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:51 PM

Police will also re-enact the killing of Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili to see if further details can be picked up

SHOT DEAD. Mayor Antonio Halili's wake at his Tanauan City home. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Witnesses recall the morning Mayor Halili was killed

Jul 03, 2018 - 7:19 PM

Tanauan City Hall employees say they thought the popping sound was from a firecracker, then Mayor Antonio Halilli staggered a few steps and fell to the ground

Photos muna of the crime scene. #3 is the supposed hole where the sniper was positioned. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Bullet pierced the heart of Mayor Antonio Halili – PNP

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Police say Halili was killed by a skilled 'marksman'

New Tanauan City mayor to continue Halili’s campaign against illegal drugs

Jul 03, 2018 - 4:29 PM

New Tanauan City Mayor Jhoanna Villamor says she will also be tough, but her methods may be different

WAKE. The wife of slain Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili sits beside his casket on the first day of his wake at his residence at Josefa Village, Tanauan, Batangas. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes off Batangas

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected from the earthquake on Tuesday, July 3, but there will be aftershocks

Duterte is misinformed, says daughter of slain Mayor Halili

Jul 03, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'I can’t blame the president... If that’s always what you hear from the same people that you talk to—and they keep telling you the same thing—it gets in your system to the point that you believe it even though it’s a lie,” says Angeline Halili

Mayor Halili spoke of 'imminent threat' to life

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:45 AM

A city official says Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili began taking death threats seriously after he was included in a government list of public officials linked to the drug trade

Mayor Halili's wake. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Tanauan mayor, Akihito, LeBron joins Lakers | Evening wRap

Jul 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

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WATCH: Last seconds of Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili

Jul 02, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Videos catch the final moments of Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili

FINAL MOMENTS. Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili sings the national anthem at the New Tanauan City Hall on Monday, July 2, 2018. Photo from Tanauan City Information Office

LOOK: 'Sniper hole' of Tanauan Mayor Halili's killer

Jul 02, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Police believe the killer of Mayor Antonio Halili positioned himself just in the greenery across the Tanauan City Hall

SNIPED. The supposed sniping hole used by the killer of Mayor Antonio Halili. Sourced photo

Duterte claims Tanauan's Halili involved in drug trade

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The President claims the slain Tanauan City mayor was merely putting up a front when he paraded drug addicts in his city

Vice mayor Villamor to replace slain Tanauan mayor Halili

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Jhoanna Corona Villamor served as councilor from 2010 to 2013 before getting elected vice mayor. She is the daughter of Alfredo Corona, incumbent provincial board member and himself a former Tanauan mayor

SUCCESSION. Vice Mayor Jhoanna Corona Villamor succeeds Mayor Antonio Halili, according to rules under the Local Government Code. Photo from the Tanauan City website

Senators condemn killing of Tanauan mayor Halili

Jul 02, 2018 - 2:45 PM

(UPDATED) Senators call on the Philippine National Police to solve the killing, which opposition senators say is a result of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war

KILLED. Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili was shot in broad daylight in front of the city hall. Photo from Tanauan City's Hope Facebook

Tanauan mayor killed, Bato visit to Guam, Pope kiss hoax | Midday wRap

Jul 02, 2018 - 1:22 PM

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'Duterte of Batangas'? Slain Tanauan mayor Antonio Halili and his 'iron fist'

Jul 02, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili, the man behind the 'Flores de Pusher' campaign, considered Davao City as his model in fighting crime

Malacañang vows punishment for Tanauan mayor Halili killers

Jul 02, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque describes the slain mayor, once linked to the illegal drug trade, as a 'staunch ally' of President Duterte in his war on drugs

SURRENDER. In this file photo, Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili leaves the stadium after speaking to self-confessed drug users and pushers in his city on July 28, 2017. Halili was shot dead on July 2, 2018. File photo by AFP

Tanauan City mayor Halili shot dead during flag ceremony

Jul 02, 2018 - 8:39 AM

(6th UPDATE) Antonio Halili is gunned down before the singing of the national anthem ends

Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili. Photo from Tanauan City's Hope Facebook

Canadian killed in front of house in Batangas City

Jun 25, 2018 - 11:39 PM

Pensioner Barry Gamon died from gunshot wounds, while his wife Luzviminda was wounded

Wamar fires 31 as CEU blasts Marinerong Pilipino in PBA D-League

Jun 25, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The Scorpions give the Skippers an 18-point beating for their 3rd win in the Foundation Cup

HOT HAND. Orlan Wamar hits 7 triples as the CEU Scorpions trample Marinerong Pilipino. Photo from PBA Images


Go for Gold streaks to 4th D-League win

Jun 21, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Gab Banal and Jai Reyes deliver in the final stretch to power the Scratchers past the gritty Skippers

CONSISTENT. Gab Banal (center) stars yet again to help Go for Gold preserve its perfect run. Photo by PBA Images

82-year-old woman, 2 others nabbed in Batangas drug bust

Jun 20, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Police recover from the suspects sealed sachets of shabu with an estimated street value of P1.17 million

DRUG BUST. Police present the illegal drugs and money seized from the suspects in Batangas City. Photo from Batangas Provincial Police Office

Marinero Pilipino toys with Batangas-EAC with 42-point rout

Jun 18, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The Skippers ride on balanced scoring attack with 5 players reaching double figures

TOPSCORER. Robbie Manalang paces the Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points. Photo from PBA Images


Go for Gold dismantles Batangas in Foundation Cup opener

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:50 PM

In the other game, the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers topple the AMA Online Education Titans

TOPSCORER. James Martinez scores 18 points for Go For Gold. Photo from PBA Images


‘No pressure’ for Batangas City in bid for back-to-back MPBL titles

Jun 04, 2018 - 5:07 PM

From battling against 9 teams previously, the Athletics are in for tougher competition as they compete with 25 other squads for the Datu Cup title

NOT LOSING SLEEP. Batangas City Athletics coach Mac Tan (3rd to the left) is confident about his team's chances in the MPBL Datu Cup. Photo by Carla Jazmine B. Molina


SC greenlights lower court trial of Trillanes' 'Hacienda Binay' case

May 16, 2018 - 6:22 PM

The High Court rules that parliamentary immunity does not apply to Trillanes' remaks which spawned the civil suit against him

SENATE PROBE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV wants the Senate to investigate the refusal of the Anti-Money Laundering Council to provide data needed by the Office of the Ombudsman in its investigation of President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged secret bank accounts. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Vote-buying complaint filed vs Deputy Speaker Abu in Batangas

May 12, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu is accused of vote buying and using public funds for partisan political purposes in connection with the May 14 barangay elections

DEPUTY SPEAKER. Batangas 2nd District Representative Raneo Abu faces a complaint before the Commission on Elections. Photo from Congressman Raneo Abu's Facebook page

2 dead, 13 hurt in summer trip to Batangas

May 08, 2018 - 10:18 PM

The victims are all residents of Bacoor, Cavite. Five of those injured are minors.

University of Batangas website among 350 sites hit by cryptojacking

May 08, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Visitors to the infected websites risk having their computers used for illicit cryptocurrency mining