Arrest warrants, travel bans issued against Bohol officials

Jan 16, 2018 - 5:47 PM

The Bohol officials are facing criminal charges because they approved two resolutions allowing the late Governor Erico B. Aumentado to buy heavy equipment

TOP OFFICIALS. Among the respondents of the cases filed at the Sandiganbayan were incumbent Bohol Vice-Governor Dionisio Balite and former Bohol Vice-Governors Julius Caesar Herrera and Concepcion O. Lim – the highest-ranking officials in Bohol. File photos

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Bohol starts posting 'drug-free' stickers on homes

Jan 06, 2018 - 12:59 PM

'Posting of drug-free stickers is purely on a voluntary basis,' says a Bohol official

'DRUG-FRE'E.  Punong Barangay Teodora Monsendo or  Catungawan Norte, Guindulman, Bohol, tags a home with a drug-free sticker on January 4, 2017. Photo by Guindulman PNP

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families and friends gather at the parks as holiday season goes on this month and enjoying the color fountain at the park of famous park in the country Luneta Park. Photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Preemptive evacuation helps Bohol achieve zero casualty during Agaton

Jan 03, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto says the province 'is not very badly affected' by Tropical Depression Agaton, which brought to Bohol torrential rains that lasted for more than 24 hours

FLOOD. Some roads in Bohol remain impassable due to the flooding triggered by Tropical Depression Agaton. Photo by Michael Ortega Ligalig/Rappler

Bohol on high alert ahead of Tropical Depression Agaton

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:53 PM

3 towns already order a mandatory evacuation of residents

RISING WATERS. Heavy downpour since New Year midnight has triggered the rise of water level at the world-famous Loboc River. Photo from Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto's Facebook page

Bohol town ordinance penalizes trouble-making drunkards

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:04 AM

Trinidad town's new ordinance aims to promote public health and to 'discipline people who are habitual drunkards and who cause detrimental act to public morale and safety'

ANTI-DRUNK LAW. Local officials of Trinidad in Bohol want less incidents caused by drunkenness in their town. Photo from

Bohol braces for 'Vinta'

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:29 AM

'We have made all the necessary preparations to minimize the impact of typhoon Vinta to lives and properties'

COA slams Bohol LGU over 12 vacant positions

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:33 PM

The Commission on Audit says this failure to fill 12 vacant positions 'contradicts sound public administration and good governance'

Miss Universe 2017 candidates visit Camiguin

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:26 PM

Eight of the candidates visit Camiguin as part of Department of Tourism’s 'Bring Home a Friend' program

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2017 candidates tour PH

Dec 08, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The ladies tour Batanes, Bohol, and Camiguin

Bohol braces for 15-hour blackout on December 2

Dec 01, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The Saturday blackout, one of the handfuls the tourist destination province has experienced this year, is due to a scheduled maintenance work by NGCP

RevGov rallies in the provinces: Where's Duterte? Where are the crowds?

Dec 01, 2017 - 12:59 AM

Here's how planned rallies in the cities of Davao, Tagbilaran, Baguio, and Tuguegarao have turned out

Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

OFW in critical condition in Hong Kong hospital

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:31 AM

Geraldine Lupian Betasola's husband and son are racing against time to see her

BATTLING FOR HER LIFE. Geraldine Betasolo in an undated photo. Photo courtesy LGU Inabanga

Contraband seized from priest officiating mass in Bohol jail

Nov 27, 2017 - 7:37 PM

Father James Darunday claims the wife of an inmate tricked him into bringing in a plastic container of biscuits. Prohibited cigarettes and tobacco leaves were inside.

PROHIBITED STUFF. Jail guards in Bohol seize packs of cigarettes and tobacco leaves hidden inside a plastic container carried by a priest. Photo courtesy of DYTR's Dave Charles Responte

Bohol's Bishop Emeritus Christian Vicente Noel dies

Nov 26, 2017 - 9:55 PM

The retired bishop, who died at the age of 80, will be laid to rest on December 4

BELOVED PRIEST. Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Talibon Christian Vicente Noel (3rd from left), together with priests in Bohol. Photo from Fr. Raymund Estillore's Facebook account

COA chides 2 Bohol LGUs over P30M in unused development funds

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:02 AM

COA rebukes the officials of Ubay and Garcia-Hernandez towns for depriving their constituents of projects and programs supposed to be implemented in 2016

COA uncovers anomaly in Bohol town funds disbursed to NGOs

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:18 PM

State auditors say the municipality of Loay accumulated more than P728,000 of unliquidated funds paid out to NGOs

Rebuilding the churches of Bohol

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Four years after an earthquake leveled both the Loon Church and the Maribojoc Church, the reconstruction of the two historic structures has begun

WHAT REMAINS. The image of Christ the King stands intact at the entrance of the ruins of the Holy Cross Parish Church in Maribojoc. Photo courtesy Isabel Templo

Court orders arrest of alleged Abu Sayyaf bomb expert's mom

Oct 14, 2017 - 3:21 PM

Judith Dongon is ordered to appear before a regional trial court to face charges of resistance and disobedience of an agent of a person in authority

 ABU SAYYAF LINKS. Alleged bomb expert Renierlo Dongon (left) and dismissed Police Superintendent Maria Cristina Nobleza (wearing a hijab) are temporarily detained at a local jail facility in Bohol on Friday, October 13, as they await for a commercial flight back to Camp Crame in Quezon City. Photo by Michael Ortega Ligalig/Rappler

Ex-Bohol town vice mayor sentenced to life in prison for drugs

Oct 11, 2017 - 3:41 PM

The camp of former Batuan vice mayor Jaime Decasa will file a motion for reconsideration

Bohol town declared rabies-free zone in PH

Sep 30, 2017 - 10:58 PM

It is 'one big step towards the achievement of our ultimate goal of Bohol being a rabies-free declared province by 2020,' says Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto

Bohol court scraps proposed Panglao reclamation project

Sep 24, 2017 - 2:01 PM

The case stemmed from a 2009 plan which would involve a massive reclamation of seashores off Panglao Bay for a supposed leisure and resort park

In this file photo, the sun rises over boats in Panglao island in Bohol on October 18, 2013. Jay Directo/AFP

Bohol experiences power outage

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Initial information shows that lightning strikes may be involved says the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

World-famous island in Bohol gets 24-hour electricity supply

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Balicasag an island in Bohol province famous for diving snorkelling and whale and dolphin watching used to have power only from 6 pm to 11 pm

DIVING DESTINATION. Aerial shot of Balicasag Island, located off the western coast of Panglao Island in Bohol. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard-Panglao

Ex-Bohol mayor sued at Comelec for media work during election season

Aug 29, 2017 - 7:41 AM

Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while at the same time being a candidate for congressman

DOUBLE DUTY? Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while running for congressman in the previous election season. File photo

Police not yet giving up on finding Bohol mayor's dead body

Aug 05, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Boniel s body was believed to have been thrown into the sea waters between the islands of Caubian and Olango off Lapu Lapu City in Cebu after she was allegedly murdered by her husband on June 6 2017

STILL MISSING. Mayor Gisela Bendong-Boniel in a file photo.

Woman nabbed in Bohol for using girls in cybersex

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Authorities rescue 4 girls among them two minors who were forced to perform livestreamed sexual acts for foreigners

Japanese teacher boosts livelihood capacities of SPED graduates in Bohol

Jul 09, 2017 - 9:28 AM

A former JICA volunteer Akiko Sugiyama goes back to Bohol to establish a livelihood training center for SPED graduates

INCLUSION. Japanese teacher Akiko Sugiyama teaches PWDs in Dauis, Bohol. Photo from JICA

Philippine Airlines set to launch Bohol-South Korea route

Jun 21, 2017 - 7:30 PM

PAL will have direct flights from Tagbilaran to Incheon beginning Thursday June 22 It will also open a Bohol Cebu route

Inmates freed from congestion in new Bohol jail

Jun 20, 2017 - 10:14 AM

The old district jail in Ubay town used to pack 168 inmates in a space meant for only 23 people

SPACIOUS. The new Ubay District Jail does not only reduce congestion, but also provides extra space for prison rehabilitation activities. Photo courtesy of BJMP

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5 regional airports removed from PPP pipeline

May 23, 2017 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED It is back to zero for the development of 5 small airports in Bacolod Davao Iloilo Laguindingan and Bohol A prospective bidder feels embarrassed and dismayed over what has happened

TERMINATED. The development, operations, and maintenance of New Bacolod-Silay Airport was supposed to be auctioned off via the public-private partnership scheme. Image from

Bohol free of Abu Sayyaf terrorists – military

May 15, 2017 - 7:16 PM

UPDATED Security forces kill two remaining Abu Sayyaf bandits in Bohol the last of the daring gang of local terrorists that sailed from Sulu to take foreign hostages

PNP, CHR to probe death of Abu Sayyaf in Bohol

May 05, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Saad Samad Kiram is killed by police after an apparent escape attempt less than 24 hours after his arrest

CAUGHT, DEAD. Alleged ASG member Saad Samad Kiram upon his arrest on Thursday, May 4. Police photo

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Abu Sayyaf member killed after escape attempt

May 05, 2017 - 8:27 AM

The alleged member of the terrorist group is killed less than 24 hours after his arrest in Bohol

ALIAS SAAD. The alleged Abu Sayyaf member after his arrest in Tubigon, Bohol. Source photo

Abu Sayyaf member captured in Bohol

May 04, 2017 - 3:33 PM

UPDATED Saad Samad Kiram is captured by authorities in Tubigon Bohol on Thursday morning

Ex-mayor accused of corruption only helped cancer patient, says court

May 01, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Testimonies from a breast cancer patient and her surgeon help clear the name of former Sagbayan Bohol mayor Jimmy Torrefranca

CLEARED. Former Sagbayan mayor Jimmy Torrefranca is acquitted by the Sandiganbayan. Photo from the Philippine Information Agency

2 remaining Abu Sayyaf members in Bohol 'fighting for survival'

Apr 25, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Government forces have encircled an area where they believe the two Abu Sayyaf members are hiding

CRUSHING ASG. AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla answers questions from the media during a Palace briefing on April 25, 2017. RTVM screenshot

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Apr 25, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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SPECIAL GAMES. Visually-impaired athletes prepare to run for the 100-meters. Photo by Vina Salazar/ Rappler

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Cop detained over alleged plot to rescue ASG in Bohol

Apr 24, 2017 - 9:27 AM

UPDATED Government forces in Bohol are pursuing members of the ASG following two armed encounters in the province

ASG IN BOHOL. Military troops operate against members of the ASG in Bohol province. File photo sourced by Rappler

4 suspected ASG members killed in Bohol clash

Apr 22, 2017 - 5:14 PM

4TH UPDATE The Philippine military confirms a firefight between combined government forces and lawless elements in Clarin Bohol

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Duterte offers P1M reward for suspects behind foiled Bohol attack

Apr 19, 2017 - 6:07 PM

During a security briefing in Bohol the President orders security forces to contain the terror threat

JOLO 'INVASION'? President Duterte warns he will 'invade' Jolo if the terror threat in the country spins out of control. File photoo from Malacañang

Abu Sayyaf might have killed elderly couple in Bohol – AFP

Apr 17, 2017 - 7:56 PM

Constancio and Crisenta Petalco could have been suspected of being the ones to have reported to the authorities the presence of the members of the Abu Sayyaf says the military spokesman

ABU SAYYAF IN BOHOL. The Abu Sayyaf Group led by Muamar Askali was reportedly welcomed by Muslim converts in the community

#AnimatED: Terror in our midst

Apr 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

We should expect local terrorists to bring the war outside Sulu to ease military pressure on them on the troubled province

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Apr 16, 2017 - 12:17 PM

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