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CDO flood project hits snag as Lim Ket Kai changes mind

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:29 PM

DPWH says it could finish the Cagayan de Oro drainage system in 6 months if Lim Ket Kai agrees to allow diggings in a private road inside their complex

File photo of January 16,2017 flood along CM Recto Avenue. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Pompee La Viña running vs Cagayan de Oro's 'most anti-Duterte mayor'

Oct 18, 2018 - 2:52 PM

Jose Gabriel La Viña is challenging reelectionist Oscar Moreno. The former agriculture undersecretary's running mate is longtime mayor and kingpin Vicente Emano.

CDO RACE. This photo shows former congressman and Centrist Democratic Party president Rufus Rodriguez (2-L), former Cagayan de Oro vice mayor Caesar Ian Acenas (L), Jose Gabriel La Viña (2-R), and former city mayor Vicente Emano during the last day of filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2019 elections. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Allies break up, enemies team up for Cagayan de Oro 2019 elections

Oct 12, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Here are also the politicians who have so far filed their certificates of candidacy in other parts of Northern Mindnao: Bukidnon, Camiguin, and Lanao del Sur

Cop tagged in businessman's slay escapes police custody

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Former Parañaque cop who is suspected of leading a kidnap-for-ransom group escapes from the custody of Cagayan provincial police

Duterte declares state of calamity in CAR, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon

Sep 27, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The proclamation is intended to hasten relief and rehabilitation efforts after Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by members of his cabinet upon his arrival at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol in Tuguegarao City on September 16, 2018 for a situation briefing to discuss the disaster response measures on the aftermath of Typhoon 'Ompong.' KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Electricity restored in 4 provinces hit by Typhoon Ompong

Sep 21, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Only one power plant in Apayao is down, says Napocor

Photo from Cagayan Provincial Information Office

How you can help Ompong-hit Agta community in Cagayan

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:52 PM

The story of Agta leader Marlon Rosalem who walked 6 hours to the Baggao town center to seek help for his typhoon-hit community has inspired netizens

Typhoon Ompong leaves nearly 76,000 homes damaged in Cagayan

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Of this number, more than 10,000 homes are completely destroyed

FULLY DAMAGED. A house in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, is wiped out after the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Cagayan farmers on Ompong-hit crops: 'Like losing gamble vs nature'

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:00 PM

'Parang talo na lang sa sugal. Ganoon na lang ang iniisip natin kasi hindi naman natin hawak 'yung panahon,' says 48-year-old farmer Ricardo Rumbaua

Cagayan farmers on typhoon-damaged crops: 'Feels like losing to gambling'. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

‘Houses flew’ when Ompong came

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Hundreds of houses and plenty of crops in the farming town of Baggao in Cagayan Valley are lost to Typhoon Ompong. What do locals do? They rebuild and plant again.

Agta leader from Typhoon Ompong's ground zero walks 6 hours to ask for aid

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Marlon Rosalem walked 6 hours hoping to bring home some help from the local government, as he said relief goods have yet to reach their community

Marlon Rosalem, an Agta leader, talks to municipal social workers to ask for aid for his typhoon-hit community. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Power, communications restoration underway in Ompong-hit Cagayan

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says power providers and distributors are assessing the damage from Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Photo from Cagayan Provincial Information Office

Victims who lost houses after Lawin suffer same fate after Ompong

Sep 16, 2018 - 4:32 PM

'I don't know where I will get money to rebuild my house,' says 29-year-old William Quillopo, who again lost his house after Typhoon Ompong

DESTROYED HOUSE. Suzette Caayo shows what is left of her house in Tuguegarao City. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Duterte visits Cagayan, condoles with Ompong-hit families

Sep 16, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'I share the grief of those who lost their loved ones,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in Ompong-hit Cagayan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte watches an aerial footage showing the extent of the damage caused by Typhoon 'Ompong' in some areas of Cagayan Valley during a situation briefing at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol in Tuguegarao City on September 16, 2018. Joining the President are Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Baggao town in Cagayan worst hit by Typhoon Ompong – DND

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the coastal town of Baggao was in the direct path of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) when it hit land at 1:40 am Saturday

'MOST DAMAGED'.Rescue workers clear a road of debris and toppled electric posts caused by strong winds due to super Typhoon Mangkhut as they try to reach Baggao town in Cagayan province, north of Manila September 15, 2018. Super Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the northern Philippines, with violent winds and torrential rains, as authorities warned millions in its path of potentially heavy destruction. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

LOOK: Father rushes sick child to hospital in Ompong-hit Cagayan

Sep 15, 2018 - 8:26 PM

An electric pole toppled by strong winds blocks an ambulance with a sick child in Baggao, Cagayan

A father carries his sick child as its being transferred to another car as their ambulance is stucked on a highway by toppled electric posts caused by strong winds after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Baggao town in Cagayan province, north of Manila September 15, 2018. Super Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the northern Philippines, with violent winds and torrential rains, as authorities warned millions in its path of potentially heavy destruction. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

DOLE to offer emergency work in Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says the displaced residents will be tasked with helping clean debris from houses and roads affected by Typhoon Ompong

WORK FOR THE DISPLACED. Hundreds of families from coastal areas of Gonzaga town in Cagayan are housed in an evacuation center. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Roads closed due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 15, 2018 - 6:38 AM

(5th UPDATE) Many national roads and bridges are closed to traffic, especially in the Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, and Ilocos regions

On eve of Ompong landfall, Cagayan officials tour Palace upon Bong Go invite

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:57 PM

(UPDATED) Go clarifies on Saturday, September 15, that he invited them two weeks ago, way before Typhoon Ompong, and they proceeded with the trip despite his advice against it

Cagayan mayors in Palace. Sourced Photo

Hotels full in Tuguegarao as ‘middle class’ flee homes, too

Sep 14, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba on Friday, September 14, said families from different towns flocked to hotels in an effort to avoid the wrath of Typhoon Ompong.

FLEEING TO HOTELS. Hotels full in Tuguegarao Cagayan as middle class families flee homes, too. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

DSWD sends response teams to regions for Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:00 PM

These teams will help manage evacuation centers in areas most affected by Ompong (Mangkhut)

OMPONG PREPARATIONS. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office in the Cordillera Administrative Region taps police to help deliver 1,000 family food packs. Photo from DSWD Region 2

Thousands flee in Isabela, Cagayan ahead of Typhoon Ompong landfall

Sep 14, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Most of the evacuees are from coastal towns in the two provinces which could be at risk of storm surges

Hundreds of families from coastal areas of Gonzaga town in Cagayan are housed in an evacuation center. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Cagayan farmers harvest crops early to mitigate Typhoon Ompong losses

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:29 PM

Aside from sacrificing some crops he cannot harvest, corn farmer Elvis Lacambra says he already considers half of his supposed proceeds a loss

RUSH HARVEST. Cagayan farmers harvest premature crops rather than lose it from Typhoon Ompong. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Cagayan prepares for Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:25 AM

'Sa pagdating ni Ompong, anything is possible,' says Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba, using the local name for Mangkhut

Cagayan de Oro exhibit sheds light on the marginalized

Sep 02, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Issues tackled by the artworks include the displacement of the indigenous communities and the exploitation of natural resources in Mindanao

INCLUSIVE ART. Guests of the Primal Exhibit by Artsada Kagay-an, Inc. (AKI) view works of art by local artists. The exhibit aims to spread awareness about the realities faced by misrepresented and marginalized sectors in society. Photo by Angelo Lorenzo

Murder charges filed vs Cagayan town vice mayor for councilor's slay

Jul 31, 2018 - 7:03 PM

Police say the two alleged gunmen also charged in the killing of Rizal town Councilor Alfredo Alvarez work for Rizal town Vice Mayor Joel Ruma

MURDER SUSPECT. Police point to Rizal, Cagayan, Vice Mayor Joel Ruma as a suspect in the killing of Rizal Councilor Alfredo Alvarez. Photo from the Cagayan Provincial Information Office Facebook page

Duterte leads destruction of P278 million in contraband cars in Cagayan

Jul 30, 2018 - 10:56 PM

This time, 68 luxury vehicles – including a Lamborghini and a Porsche – and 8 luxury motorbikes are destroyed in front of a crowd of hundreds. The vehicles are worth P277.9 million, while the motorbikes cost P19.5 million.

TO BE WRECKED. Photo courtesy of Mark Djeron Tumabao

Police eye politics in killing of Cagayan town councilor

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Witnesses are able to recognize the suspects

DEAD ON THE SPOT. Motorcycle-riding men shot dead Rizal, Cagayan councilor Alfredo Alvarez. Photo from Cagayan Now Facebook Page

Scavenger to degree holder: The story of Jeb Bayawon

Jun 30, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Jeb Bayawon used to live in a landfill in Cagayan de Oro City until he got help to return to school 10 years ago. This year, he marches with fellow graduates of the Mindanao State University – Naawan, bringing him closer to his dream of becoming an educator.

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FLOODED. People cross a flooded intersection in Manila, August 19, 2013. Photo by Rappler

Cagayan de Oro court convicts Australian pedophile Peter Scully

Jun 13, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) Peter Gerard Scully is found guilty of human trafficking and rape for using children below 12 years old – including a one-year-old – in his cybersex operations

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro celebrates Pride Month through literature

Jun 11, 2018 - 3:55 PM

PRESS RELEASE: A book launch and poetry night are set for June 29 in Cagayan de Oro City

This is a press release from Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro

Murder charges filed vs alleged gunman of Fr Ventura – PNP

Jun 03, 2018 - 2:43 PM

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde says the alleged gunman of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura was identified as a certain Arthymus Reynon

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth

Gunmen kill Cagayan town councilor

May 24, 2018 - 10:02 PM

During the election period in 2016, councilor Zaldy Mallari already survived an assassination attempt

Probe of buses refusing to book Nueva Vizcaya passengers sought

May 22, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Nueva Vizcaya Representative Luisa Lloren Cuaresma seeks the 'possible enactment of legislation that will impose more severe sanctions' against such bus companies

CDO city election commission suspends overage winning SK candidates

May 21, 2018 - 1:22 PM

Fourteen winning SK candidates from the city will have their proclamation suspended, or will be reported by the COMELEC to the Regional Department on Interior and Local Government (DILG) for proper action

Post-elections, Comelec finds 26 overaged SK bets in Northern Mindanao

May 15, 2018 - 5:36 PM

If any of them turn out to have won in barangays in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Misamis Occidental, the Comelec says it will suspend their proclamation

Cagayan town police chief survives ambush in post-poll patrol

May 15, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Unidentified men open fire on patrolling police led by Solana town police chief Renz Baloran hours after the barangay polls

Thousands of cops deployed for barangay, SK elections 2018

May 13, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Authorities are focusing on areas with a history of election-related violence and those with intense political rivalries

Security forces from Bacolod City are sent off on May 11, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo from Bacolod City Police Office

Cagayan police launch manhunt for two persons of interest in Fr Ventura killing

May 08, 2018 - 11:15 PM

Senior Superintendent Warren Tolito, police chief of PNP-Cagayan Valley, said they have identified these persons based on the earlier released computerized facial composite of the gunman

Police release the computerized facial composite of the motorcycle driver (left) and the gunman (right) in the killing of Fr. Mark Ventura. Photo by Raymon Dullana

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Slain Cagayan priest Mark Ventura laid to rest

May 07, 2018 - 11:32 PM

The Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio Utleg says during the funeral 'may be he be the last priest' to be killed

FUNERAL. Over a thousand people, including a hundred priests attended the burial of slain priest Fr. Mark Ventura of Cagayan Valley on Monday. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Family of Fr Mark Ventura, PNP offer cash reward for info on his killers

May 03, 2018 - 3:09 PM

Fr. Ventura's family and the Cagayan Valley regional police have raised a P300,000 bounty for information leading to the arrest of his killers

COMPOSITE. The PNP releases the facial composite of one of the suspects in th killing of Fr. Mark Ventura. Photos by Raymond Dullana and Paul Lopez

‘Serious personal grudge’ possible motive in Cagayan priest’s slay – PNP

May 03, 2018 - 12:06 AM

Police Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino, head PNP-Cagayan, says they do not think the killing was the handiwork of the NPA or anti-mining groups

VENTURA KILLING. PNP Cagayan Valley chief Jose Mario Espino (center) says investigators are zeroing personal grudges as motive in the killing of Fr Mark Ventura. Photo courtesy of PRO2

Cardinal Tagle calls for tolling of bells amid Fr Ventura's death

May 02, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'The bells haunt the perpetrators of violence and killing to remember their victims, never to forget them,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle after the death of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura

BLESSING OF FIRE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the blessing of fire at the Easter Vigil rites on March 31, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle hits murder of Cagayan's Fr Mark Ventura

May 01, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'Stop killing our prophets!' Carmelite priests say in a separate statement on the murder of 37-year-old Father Mark Ventura in Cagayan

EPISCOPAL ORDINATION. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides over the ordination of a new bishop, Monsignor Bartolome Santos, at the Malolos Cathedral. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Task force formed to solve killing of Cagayan priest

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:50 PM

'I have ordered my men to conduct [a] thorough investigation for the possible identification and apprehension of suspects the soonest possible time,' says Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino

Photo courtesy of Paul Lopez

CBCP condemns murder of Cagayan priest Mark Ventura

Apr 29, 2018 - 4:46 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines calls on government 'to act swiftly' against 37-year-old Father Mark Ventura's murderers

YOUNG PRIEST. Father Mark Ventura, a 37-year-old priest in Cagayan, is shot dead by still unidentified killers on April 29, 2018. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Priest shot dead after Sunday Mass in Cagayan

Apr 29, 2018 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Father Mark Ventura, 37, is killed by unidentified assailants as he is blessing children and talking to choir members after Sunday Mass in Gattaran, Cagayan

SHOT DEAD. Father Mark Ventura is killed by unidentified assailants after Sunday Mass on April 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gattaran Youth