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Imee to Bicolanos: Give 'another Marcos' a chance

Mar 16, 2019 - 4:40 PM

'If you did not give Bongbong a chance here in Bicol in the past elections, this time maybe you can give me, or another Marcos, a chance to be in the Senate,' senatorial candidate Imee Marcos asks Bicolanos in a campaign sortie

VOTE FOR ME. Senatorial candidate Imee Marcos woos voters in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Robredo asks Bicolanos: Do for Otso Diretso what you did for me in 2016

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo recalls her own come-from-behind victory in 2016 and urges her fellow Bicolanos to vote for the opposition senatorial candidates in 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo joins the Otso Diretso slate as it officially kicks off its campaign for the 2019 senatorial elections in Naga City on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo by OVP)

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

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

Salaries of Bicol rural nurses unpaid the past two months

Jan 19, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Health officials in the region say this 'might also be the real picture across the country' following issues with the enactment of the 2019 national budget

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Ronald Ang takes oath as AKO Bicol congressman

Jan 16, 2019 - 5:20 PM

He replaces slain AKO Bicol representative Rodel Batocabe at the House of Representatives

OATH-TAKING. Ronald Ang takes his oath as new AKO Bicol representative before Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Screenshot from the House's YouTube account

Suspects in Batocabe murder surrender | Evening wRap

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:24 PM

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Inflation rate slows down to 5.1% in December | Midday wRap

Jan 04, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Ralf Rivas

NDRRMC: At least 122 dead due to Tropical Depression Usman

Jan 03, 2019 - 11:50 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The NDRRMC says 28 people are missing

RUINS. Houses were destroyed by the landslide in Barangay Sugod, Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

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

Bicol OCD: Tropical Depression Usman death toll climbs to 68

Dec 31, 2018 - 1:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of Civil Defense -Bicol Region fears the number of fatalities will continue to increase

SEARCH AND RETRIEVAL. Police officers, fire brigades and volunteers help in the operation. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

At least 50 killed in Bicol during Tropical Depression Usman

Dec 30, 2018 - 5:19 PM

(UPDATED) Most of the fatalities are in Albay and Camarines Sur

RETRIEVED BODY. Police officers carry a new found body buried in a landslide in Barangay Sugod in Tiwi, Albay on Sunday. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

PNP identifies 6 persons of interest in Batocabe murder | Evening wRap

Dec 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

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Tropical Depression Usman enters PAR | Evening wRap

Dec 25, 2018 - 7:51 PM

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Batocabe family: ‘Politics’ motive behind killing | Midday wRap

Dec 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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Batocabe security pulled out before murder? Cops cry foul

Dec 23, 2018 - 6:52 PM

Police insist that AKO Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe was assigned only one security escort, SPO1 Orlando Diaz, who also died during the attack

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

AKO Bicol congressman Garbin robbed a day after party mate’s murder

Dec 23, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The robbery happens while Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr is at a press conference in Daraga, Albay, announcing the P15 million reward for the arrest of suspects in Rodel Batocabe's murder

ROBBED. The house of AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr is robbed a day after his fellow party list congressman Rodel Batocabe was shot dead. Bicol police photos

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

AKO Bicol Representative Batocabe's wake held in Daraga, Albay

Dec 23, 2018 - 10:55 AM

(UPDATED) A service for the late Rodel Batocabe's friends, family, colleagues in Manila will also be held, with details to be announced soon

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

Lawmakers raise P30M reward to capture Batocabe's killers

Dec 22, 2018 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Representatives' Visayan bloc hopes 'people would start cooperating with the police conducting the investigation'

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

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

Malacañang vows 'no stone unturned' in Batocabe probe

Dec 22, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo also condemns the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe, saying that 'impunity must end'

Who is Rodel Batocabe?

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The late AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe was one of the more vocal partylist lawmakers. He was running for mayor of Daraga.

Photo taken from Rep. Rodel Batocabe's Facebook account a day before he was killed on December 22, 2018.

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

1,859 distressed Bicolano OFWs availed of OWWA aid in first 10 months of 2018

Dec 11, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Bicol says the OFWs got a total of P36.8 million in livelihood assistance

OFW WELFARE CONCERNS. OWWA regional director Sammy Madrid (middle) at the OFW Day event at the Albay Astrodome in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

More soldiers key to stopping armed groups in Samar – military officer

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Major General Raul Farnacio says 'taking extreme measures' is necessary 'because circumstances demand it'

Robredo questions Duterte order vs 'lawless violence'

Nov 25, 2018 - 5:47 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Malacañang should justify its use of the term 'lawless violence,' as many people worry about creeping martial law

QUESTIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo says government should also answer questions on why there has been more activity among communist insurgents in the last two years. Photo by OVP

Duterte orders more soldiers, cops in Bicol, Samar, Negros Island

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:47 AM

(UPDATED) This is to 'suppress lawless violence and acts of terror' in those areas, according to Memorandum Order 32 which also reinforces guidelines for the implementation of a state of national emergency

MORE TROOP DEPLOYMENT. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered more government troops in parts of Luzon and the Visayas to quell 'lawless violence' and terrrorism. Photo from Richard Madleo/Presidential Photo

Spooky school stories: Bicol University edition

Oct 31, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Creatures of myth and horror stories passed down from one generation of BUeños to another

Bicol school official to pay for students' burned belongings – DepEd

Aug 30, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Bicol Central Academy administrator Alexander James Jaucian will pay for damaged laptops, clothing, pocket wifi, cellular phones, school materials, and almost P20,000 of burned cash

BURNT. School bags and their contents are reduced to ashes on the BCA campus grounds. Photo by Earl Vincent Cañaveral

School official who burned students' bags suspended

Aug 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) Bicol Central Academy school administrator Alexander James Jaucian is suspended by the school board for 90 days

BURNT. School bags and their contents are reduced to ashes on the BCA campus grounds. Photo by Earl Vincent Cañaveral

Youth group slams school official who burned students' bags

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan says there are 'no amount of words to condemn the dastardly act' of Bicol Central Academy administrator Alexander James Jaucian, whose rage was caught in a viral video

BURNT. School bags and their contents are reduced to ashes on the BCA campus grounds. Photo of burned bags by Earl Vincent Cañaveral

DepEd: Criminal charges vs school official who burned students' bags

Aug 21, 2018 - 12:01 PM

DepEd Bicol Director Gilbert Sadsad will also ask the board of directors of Bicol Central Academy to remove administrator Alexander James Jaucian from the school

DEPED BICOL CHIEF. DepEd Bicol Director Gilbert Sadsad reads the sanctions against the Bicol school official who punished students by burning their bags. Screenshot from Rhaydz's Barcia's video

Raging school official who burned students' bags should go on leave

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:00 PM

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones says: 'Hindi naman sila binabayaran para mumurahin o para takutin yung mga bata'

INVESTIGATE. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the DepEd has launched a formal investigation into the burning of student's bags in Bicol Central Academy. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DepEd Bicol probes burning of students' bags

Aug 19, 2018 - 7:10 PM

The Department of Education's regional office in Bicol says it is 'deeply saddened' by the incident and will look at possible sanctions

Photo by Earl Vincent Cañaveral

A cooler world: Bicolana teen invents green airconditioner

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Maria Yzabell Angel Palma has reaped awards and recognition at home and abroad for her eco-friendly AirDisc

Photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

VIRAL: School official burns students' bags as punishment

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:18 PM

(UPDATED) Bicol Central Academy administrator Alexander James Jaucian is caught on video shouting at students, calling them 'stupid'

Kusog Bicolandia forms in Bicol as new breed of regional political party

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:44 PM

Kusog Bicolandia aims to champion genuine social equality, where every Bicolano shall be given access to the same basic needs: quality health services, education, livelihood, emergency assistance, pension and shelter (HELPS)

KUSOG BICOLANDIA. The party introduces itself at the 1st Bicol All Media Convergence held in Legazpi City. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Naga to equip PUV drivers with first aid skills

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:00 AM

A new ordinance in this city in the Bicol region will train drivers of jeepneys, trimobiles, padyak, and e-trikes to become first responders during road crashes

Church official refutes report that 6,000 Bicolanos back federalism

Jul 08, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Father Rex Paul Arjona, executive director of the Diocese of Legazpi's Social Action Center, hits 'how Albayanos have been manipulated... to railroad federalism'

Image based on screenshot from Father Rex Paul Arjona's Facebook account

DILG federalism roadshow's 'surprise' guest in Albay

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) This official did not only have a video presentation at a federalism convention attended by thousands in Albay, he had his speech read by a fellow Cabinet official too

ROADSHOW. Hundreds of participants gathered at the federalism roadshow in Legazpi City on July 6, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Modernization underway as Bicol's first gov't hospital turns 100

Jun 03, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda envisions the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital to become 'the Philippine General Hospital of the south'

FIRST. A woman walks in front of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Cops catch mother selling her own children for sexual exploitation

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The suspect reportedly asked for P15,000 for each child to take part in a sexual 'show'

RESCUE OPERATION. Cops and social workers save children from being sold for sexual exploitation. Photo by International Justice Mission

RORO vessel runs aground in marine protected area in Albay

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:30 PM

MV Jack Daniel has departed from the Port of Pantao in Libon town on its way to Masbate province

M/V JACK DANIEL runs aground in the marine protected area of Barangay Rawis, Libon town, Albay, some 1.2 kilometers from the shore. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Sacked official, LTFRB chief trade corruption allegations

Apr 21, 2018 - 11:16 AM

Former regional director Jun Abrazaldo confronts LTFRB chief Martin Delgra III before the oath-taking ceremony of new LTFRB Bicol director Vladimir Custer Kahulugan

LTRFB CHIEF. LTFRB chief Martin Delgra III speaks at the turnover ceremony at LTFRB Bicol on April 21, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

CARAGA, Eastern Visayas wrestling cadets dominate Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:42 AM

With 3 golds, a silver, and a bronze, CARAGA positions itself as the country's newest source of wrestling hopefuls

Barefoot Bicolana lass is Palarong Pambansa 2018's first gold medalist

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Lheslie de Lima dedicates her first Palarong Pambansa gold medal to detained Senator Leila de Lima, whom her lolo says is a 'close relative'

Lheslie de Lima from Camsur (bicol athletic region )the first gold medalist of the games showing her feet as she ran barefeet . Photo by Mau Victa