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Albay designer uses 'pinukpok' to promote Bicol culture

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Young designer Jean Alta supposedly got her break when she was asked to design the barong Tagalog of a groom and his father using fabric made from abaca fiber

'KUTUR NI JEAN'. Some of the creations of Legazpi designer Jean Alta using pinukpok or abaca fabric.Photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Batocabe widow on Baldo's bail: 'It's like the 2nd time my husband is killed'

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:10 PM

'[It happened] just when we are picking up the pieces of our lives, moving on,' says Gertie, the wife of murdered AKO Bicol congressman Rodel Batocabe

'MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE.' Gertie Batocabe, flanked by her sons Justin and Kiel, talks to reporters after the alleged mastermind behind her husband's killing was allowed to post bail. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

AKO Bicol, Batocabe’s son slam court decision allowing Baldo to post bail

Aug 31, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Former Daraga Mayor Carlwyn 'Awin' Baldo is set to be released on Monday after a Legazpi City court allowed him to post bail

NO TO BALDO'S RELEASE. Atty. Justin Batocabe and Rep. Alfredo Garbin exchanges pleasantries with former Senator JV Ejercito taken during the wake of slain lawmaker Rodel Batocabe at Bicol University of Legazpi. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

House probe sought to clarify provisions of GCTA law

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:06 AM

AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr says the possible early release of rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez may set a precedent that may benefit others convicted of heinous crimes

THE CATALYST. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Ako Bicol to allocate P200 million for waterless areas in Bicol

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:26 PM

Level 2 water systems will be put up in 24 waterless communities, many of them in Albay, which Rappler reported had gone waterless for 7 months in 2019

Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Elizaldy 'Zaldy' S. Co allocates P200 million budget to provide for waterless communities in Bicol. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

40 dead due to dengue in Bicol

Aug 08, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Bicol health chief Ernie Vera urges local officials and communities to take heed of the government's anti-dengue strategy, saying its sustained enforcement can stem the number of dengue cases in the country

Photo caption. DENGUE UPDATED. Department of Health-Bicol director Ernie Vera calls for holistic action to stem the spread of dengue. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

After lotto closure, lawmaker suggests Pagcor funds for CHED, PSC

Jul 30, 2019 - 3:40 PM

CHED and the PSC are among the government agencies that benefit from the revenue of the PCSO, whose gaming operations President Rodrigo Duterte recently shut down

RESPONSE TO PCSO CLOSURE. AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr files House Resolution No 147 on July 30, 2019. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOJ conducts special probe into activist killings in Bicol

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra creates special investigating teams to look into the killings of Ryan Hubilla, Nelly Bagasala, and Neptali Moraga

Bicolano tycoon sues Bikoy, Facebook, YouTube for cyber libel

May 23, 2019 - 9:53 PM

Elizaldy Co and Misibis Bay management are seeking P1.1 billion in damages

Mindoro, Bicol join MPBL; Sta Lucia Realtors return

May 20, 2019 - 4:05 PM

More teams are vying for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League crown as the Lakandula Cup opens in June

THE MORE, THE MERRIER. The MPBL, founded by Manny Pacquiao, continues to grow in number of teams. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Old names dominate Bicol polls

May 17, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The same names win in the 2019 local races in Bicol region

In Bicol, 4 Otso Diretso candidates make it to Magic 12

May 14, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Senatorial candidates Bam Aquino, Mar Roxas, Chel Diokno, and Gary Alejano are in the winners' circle for the region of Bicol

Only 9 party-list groups have support of 2% of voters – Pulse Asia survey

May 11, 2019 - 4:40 PM

ACT-CIS, AKO Bicol, and Bayan Muna may get the maximum of 3 seats each in the House of Representatives if polls were held from May 3 to 6, the survey period of the final Pulse Asia preelection survey

ELECTIONS. Voters look for their names in voters' lists during the 2016 elections. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

AKO Bicol asks Supreme Court to stop EDSA provincial bus ban

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:15 PM

AKO Bicol party says the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's order against provincial buses is unconstitutional

An MMDA traffic enforcers stoped suspected colorum buses plying along EDSA in Pasay City on August 7, 2014, for questioning. The MMDA has questioned the LTFRB's move to stop traffic enforcers' operations against colorum passenger buses. Photo by: Joel Liporada

Bicol posts fastest economic growth among regions in 2018

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Bicol posts an impressive 8.9% growth in 2018, much higher than the national average of 6.2%

FASTEST GROWTH. Bicol Region registers the fastest GDP growth among all regions in the country. Shutterstock photo

Bicol PNP monitoring armed groups in Camarines Sur, Masbate, Albay

Mar 28, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The police in the region also report it has recovered over 600 firearms since the start of the Comelec gun ban

Police Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal, PNP Bicol regional director presents to the media on Wednesday afternoon at Camp Gen. Simeon Ola at least 612 recovered high powered loose firearms in span of two months PNP and Comelec check points across the region.(Rhaydz B. Barcia

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

Image from Shutterstock

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

Watch the evening wRap with Chito de la Vega

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

Watch Rappler's midday wRap with Paterno Esmaquel

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