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Bodies of 8 men found in Benguet ravine

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

(UPDATED Police make the discovery in a 30-meter ravine in Sitio Poyopoy, Barangay Taloy Sur in Tuba town over two days of searching. So far, only one has been identified.

GRIM DISCOVERY. Another body of a male is discovered in Sitio Poyopoy in Tuba, Benguet, on October 16, 2019. Photo from Baguio 911

Knocked down post paralyzes traffic in segment of Marcos Highway

Sep 25, 2019 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) The road is a major artery to Baguio City

PARALYZED. Knocked down post paralyzes traffic segment of Marcos Highway. Photo by Tuba Municipal Police Station Benguet

Budget officer of Apayao town killed in car crash

Sep 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Aside from Reynaldo Bugnay Sr, budget officer of the municipality of Conner, two more persons are reported killed in motorcycle crashes in the Cordilleras the past few days

2 killed in Abra disco shootout

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:17 PM

The incident starts from an argument between a barangay captain, who wants to close the establishment, and the bar owner

Rescuers search for 2 missing teens in Benguet

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The motorcycle that the teenage boys rode on was found on the bank of a creek, say police

MISSING. The motorcycle used by two missing teenagers by the river. Photo from La Trinidad police

2 dead in northern Luzon due to incessant rains, winds

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:12 PM

(UPDATED) The separate incidents happen in Sta Cruz, Ilocos Sur, and in Tuba, Benguet

Benguet student builds special trap to manage coffee pests

Jul 06, 2019 - 10:24 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Since the coffee at the plantation was grown organically, pesticides were out of the question and considered impractical

Still no suspect in P15.6-million gold heist in Itogon

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Police say the suspects waited for the vehicle driven by Radito Quinto with escort Benny Canor early morning of June 10 at Sitio Bagingey, Poblacion, Itogon, Benguet

27 youth campers rushed to Benguet hospital due to severe diarrhea

May 30, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The campers reportedly ate champorado for their afternoon snack

ADMITTED. Twenty-seven youth campers have been admitted to the Benguet General Hospital after suffering severe diarrhea. File photo from Benguet province's website

Northern Blossom Flower Farm: Atok’s floral carpet

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:25 PM

How a humble cut flower farm in Atok, Benguet, is upping the local tourism landscape

Photo by Ivan Layugan/Rappler

Victory Liner set to demolish 80 houses in Marcoville

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Victory Liner is demanding the United Marcoville Barangay Residents Association to leave their premises

Kennon Road still closed to private vehicles this weekend, April 5-8, 2019

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The Office of Civil Defense in the Cordillera Administrative Region cancels the scheduled opening upon the recommendation of local authorities for safety reasons

LANDSLIDE-PRONE ROAD. Kennon Road has been often closed to traffic because of landslides. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Benguet town mayor receives death threats

Mar 20, 2019 - 1:56 PM

'Pera lang ang katapat ng buhay mo,' says a text message from an unknown number to reelectionist Mayor Ignacio Rivera of Tuba, Benguet

TUBA MAYOR. Mayor Ignacio Rivera of Tuba, Benguet reportedly received death threats. Photo from the Facebook page of TUBA-Municipal Government

Baguio pickpocket, missing since January, found dead

Mar 18, 2019 - 8:52 PM

The body of Joebert Pana Neri is identified on March 17 by his wife Girlie Micua Neri

Cordillera burning: Forest fires hit parts of mountain region

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Fires are reported in Itogon, La Trinidad, Baguio City, and Mount Pulag in Benguet, and in Sagada in Mountain Province

RESPONDERS. A chopper is dispatched to rescue people caught in the forest fire in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet, on February 20, 2019. Sourced photo

5 killed in huge Benguet forest fire

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) The dead include 4 Philex Mines foresters and one resident

DOH records 508% increase in measles cases in Cordillera

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:45 PM

(UPDATED) The regional health office has monitored 79 measles cases in the region from January 1 to February 2 – more than 5 times what it recorded in the same period last year

Korean couple didn't poison Benguet schoolchildren – prosecutors

Jan 22, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Prosecutors say Lee In Suk and Tiehua Woom cannot be held responsible for the possible contamination of the candies they gave away

Image via Shutterstock

Forest-bathing: Your La Trinidad, Benguet weekend itinerary

Jan 13, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Experience verdure and hug a tree in La Trinidad—Baguio’s blooming neighbor

View of La Trinidad all the way from Mt. Yambew. All photos by Ian Layugan/Rappler

Low prices leave Benguet vegetables rotting

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:21 PM

Long lines of vegetable trucks wait to unload their produce – only to be told that the prices are too low

LA TRINIDAD Vegetable Trading Post. Rappler file photo

Hit-and-run driver kills teen in Benguet

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Police have asked the public to help them track down the jeepney driver behind the incident

GONE TOO SOON. Grade 10 student Jordan King Barlaan Peralta. Photo from the Facebook page of Jordan King Barlaan Peralta

Itogon braces for Typhoon Rosita, aims to prevent repeat of tragedy

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan orders preemptive evacuation, particularly in barangays previously hit by deadly landslides

ON ALERT. Officials hold a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting in Itogon, Benguet, on October 27, 2018, to prepare for Typhoon Rosita. Photo from Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan's Facebook page

DENR suspends operations vs small-scale mining in Itogon

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he will meet with small-scale miners of Itogon, Benguet, to discuss their future

ITOGON LANDSLIDE. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspends operations in Itogon, Benguet. Photo of Roy Cimatu from Senate PRIB, Itogon background by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Retrieval operations end at Itogon landslide site

Sep 30, 2018 - 9:50 PM

A total of 94 people are confirmed dead in Itogon, Benguet, many of them from the massive landslide in Barangay Ucab

Day 2 see the continuing efforts of police and rescue teams in their search for the bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet. September 17, 2018. Photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

5 still missing in Itogon village as retrieval operations near endgame

Sep 29, 2018 - 6:28 PM

At least 86 people died in Itogon, Benguet, following the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

ENDGAME. This photo shows fround zero of the landslide at Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ifugao cries the loudest over Itogon landslide dead

Sep 28, 2018 - 8:38 PM

Most of the 59 who died in Ucab, Itogon, because of the huge mountainslide – including the 12 missing – from 12 days ago are from Ifugao province

FINDING THE DEAD. Police rescue teams find bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet. September 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

22 bodies left to be retrieved in Cordillera landslide sites

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:16 PM

The Police Regional Office – Cordillera says that as of Wednesday, September 26, they have only 22 bodies left to retrieve in Benguet, as well as two in Guisad Surong in Baguio

THE SEARCH CONTINUES. A backhoe works to move more ground as the search for the dead continues in Itogon. Photo courtesy of Itogon Police.

No one found alive inside Itogon bunkhouses

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The Office of Civil Defense - Cordillera says there are now 103 dead in the region, with Benguet accounting for 83 deaths and Baguio City with 13

ITOGON LANDSLIDE. Police and rescue teams continue the search for the bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet on September 17, 2018. File photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

At least 78 dead in Itogon, Benguet, after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:05 AM

At least 33 others are missing, 27 of whom are from Level 070 in Barangay Ucab

FOUND. Police and rescue teams search for bodies buried by the landslide in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ompong death toll in Itogon, Benguet, climbs to 70

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:00 PM

More than 30 people remain missing in the town of Itogon, many of them in the area where a huge landslide struck on September 15

Relatives of victims of the landslide in Lower Gumok grieve and wait for the time that they can view the remains of their kin. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Itogon: When the land of promise buried its people

Sep 23, 2018 - 5:36 PM

A disaster had been brewing in Itogon, Benguet, long before Typhoon Ompong came

EARTH WOUNDED. Rescuers struggle to improvise their passage as the landslide cut off a main road in Ucab in Itogon, Benguet. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

My Ucab moment

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:26 PM

Ucab, even then, was a wasteland. There were hardly any trees and the soil was clay.

Death toll in Itogon, Benguet, now at 69

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:05 PM

(UPDATED) Police say 44 of the fatalities are from Barangay Ucab

ITOGON. Police and rescue teams continue the search for bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet, on September 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Itogon tragedy: Disaster response gone wrong

Sep 22, 2018 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) In the days leading up to Typhoon Ompong, what could have been done to prevent the tragedy in Itogon, Benguet?

GROUND ZERO. Rescuers struggle to find the missing in Itogon, Benguet, the site of a massive landslide triggered by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

Rescuers ordered to leave as fresh landslides threaten Itogon

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:35 PM

From about 900 responders, only 30 are allowed now. Authorities are worried that rains for the past 2 days will bring landslides again in this Benguet town.

FOR THEIR SAFETY. Rescuers and volunteers are asked to leave the rescue site in Itogon, Benguet to prevent fatalities from possible landslides. Photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

VLOG: When tragedy struck Itogon miners in the mountains

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The search for the missing continues. But as Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) has already left the country, people are asking: Who is to blame?

Itogon mayor to Benguet Corp: Help us look for relocation, burial sites

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan says they will clear Pacalso Elementary School of evacuees by Sunday, September 23 so that students can go back to school the next day. 'Ang problema, saan natin sila dadalhin?'

SEARCH. This file photo shows the continuing efforts of police and rescue teams to look for missing persons following the landslide in Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. September 17, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Itogon mayor: Benguet Corp's fault miners were in landslide-prone area

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan says local government could not intervene because the activities were done in an area under Benguet Corporation

TOWN MAYOR. Victorio Palangdan says Banguet Corporation allowed miners to use its abandoned building near the Atamok mining area in their town. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Rescuers of Itogon: No surrender until all bodies found

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:54 PM

'Physically, nararamdaman namin ‘yung pagod, pero nandoon yung adrenaline, na kababayan mo ito. This is the last thing you can do for them,' says Superintendent Mario Mayames, a member of the rescue team

Itogon mayor hopes for 'miracle' in search for missing

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'They declared that we are already in the stage of retrieval, but for me, God only knows who will be dead and who will be alive,' says Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan

SEARCH. Police and rescue teams on Monday, September 17 search for missing persons following a massive landslide in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. File photo  by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DENR: Itogon landslide not caused by mining

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says tracking accountability over the incident was 'very unique,' as land that fell on the mining site was from private land

After tragic landslide, mayor says Itogon to transition to farming

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan hopes that in 5 years, his town will no longer be dependent on mining

HELP NEEDED. Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan at the operations and relief center at Barangay Tuding. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Itogon women trek a mountain to feed families as men dig for missing

Sep 19, 2018 - 2:59 PM

'Tumutulong sila doon kaya kami ang umakyat dito…. Mga babae, nandito kami lahat para sa pagkain at tulong, kasi wala na sa amin,' says 30-year-old Elizabeth Coslengan

FOR THE FAMILY. Elizabeth Coslengan climbs to higher ground from their mountainside community to get help from the government. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Itogon landslides: 'We still consider this a rescue operation'

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:45 PM

'Naniniwala tayo na baka may survivor pa,' says Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino

SEARCH CONTINUES. Policemen on September 17, 2017, join the search for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What to know about Itogon, Benguet

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:06 PM

Itogon, a mining town in Benguet, suffers a massive landslide in the wake of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Policemen lon September 17, 2017, lead the search and rertrieval operation for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Why mine despite landslide scare? 'Doon lang kami umaasa'

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:12 AM

The government has halted small-scale mining operations in the Cordillera Administrative Region but has yet to provide alternative livelihood to the miners

NO MORE MINING? Ucab, Itogon town Barangay Councilor Jake Magpaye at the landslide recovery site. Photo by Rambo Talabong

66 dead, 66 missing in Cordilleras after Typhoon Ompong – CRDRRMC

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:41 PM

Rescuers in Itogon, Benguet are searching for survivors of massive landslides that overran small-scale mining areas and destroyed bunkhouses and, in the worst case scenario, recovering the dead

Harry Roque defends Duterte joke belittling Loacan church

Sep 18, 2018 - 10:31 PM

'Let us not take his word always literally,' Roque said during a September 17 media briefing

DEFENDING A JOKE. Images from Robinson Niñal Jr and Yancy Lim/Presidential Photo