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At least 5 injured in twin IED blasts in Cotabato province

Dec 22, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The twin blasts in Cotabato province on Sunday evening, December 22, follow a grenade attack in Cotabato City

At least 12 injured in Cotabato City grenade attack

Dec 22, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 8 are soldiers and 4 are civilians, says Western Mindanao Command spokesman Major Arvin Encinas

EU donates P28-M for victims of Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 25, 2019 - 5:21 PM

The donation is expected to support efforts to deliver emergency shelter, food, clean water, and psychosocial support to victims of the series of strong earthquakes that struck Cotabato in October

HOMES LOST. A man stands over a damaged home in Barangay Ilomavis, Cotabato. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Damaged gov't facilities in Cotabato need rehab aid

Nov 16, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Mayors of the affected local government units are asking for assistance to restore public facilities

FALLING DEBRIS. Photo from QC DRRMC

Building back better: QC helps Cotabato assess damage after earthquakes

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Instead of extending financial aid and relief goods, the Quezon City government conducts consultations and damage assessment in affected LGUs

BUILD BACK BETTER. Quezon City engineers assessed government facilities and private establishments in local government units that were affected by the earthquakes in Cotabato. Photo from QC DRRMC

DOLE to provide employment aid to victims of Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 05, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says cash assistance will also be given to families of overseas Filipino workers in affected areas

EARTHQUAKE AFTERMATH. Residents displaced by a series of strong earthquake that struck the province of Cotabato stay int temporary shelters. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Why should we alter our course? This week's outlook

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:45 PM

We wonder how many stories in the high seas are left untold – whether by Philippine Navy troops who would get into confrontations with Chinese ships or Filipino fishermen who are constantly harassed in our own waters

FALSE: Photos of 'whirlwind, tornado' in Cotabato after earthquakes

Nov 04, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The photos are from Mexico, not the Philippines

Foreign leaders send sympathies to Philippines after Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 03, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The United States, European Union, and China condole with victims of the strong earthquakes that struck Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao in the span of 16 days

HOMES LOST.  A man stands over a damaged home lost in Barangay Ilomavis, Cotabato. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

NDRRMC: Cotabato earthquakes death toll rises to 21

Nov 02, 2019 - 8:31 PM

At least 16 people were killed in Cotabato

TOTALLY DAMAGED. A man walks on the collapsed wall of a house in Barangay Ilomavis in Cotabato. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Study shows Mindanao residents don't have 'go bags' for disasters

Nov 02, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Money is the biggest barrier to disaster-preparedness for the households in Mindanao, the study shows

QUAKE, Patients and residents rest outside a hospital in Makilala, North Cotabato on October 17, 2019, after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit the island. Photo by Geonarri Solmenaro/AFP

'Beyond repair': Dread and anxiety in Kidapawan after strong earthquakes

Nov 02, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Like others in earthquake-struck communities, the people of Barangay Ilomavis in Kidapawan City are still coming to terms with the destruction caused by the strong tremors

EVACUEES. A mother and child in an evacuation center in Barangay Ilomavis, Cotabato. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

LGUs send help to earthquake-hit communities in Mindanao

Nov 02, 2019 - 5:20 PM

(6th UPDATE) Here are some of the local governments and officials who have extended a helping hand to Cotabato and other affected areas

EVACUEES. Evacuees in Cotabato. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

At least 17 dead in Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 02, 2019 - 9:53 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says nearly 146,745 people are affected in Soccsksargen and Davao region

COLLAPSED. Eva's Hotel in Kidapawan City, Cotabato, collapses following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on October 31, 2019. Photo by Genghis Manero

'Where do we go from here?' Families flee landslide-buried villages in Makilala

Nov 01, 2019 - 7:20 PM

A resident of Barangay Luayon in Makilala, Cotabato, says that after the October 31 earthquake, 'nothing was left of our of village'

EVACUEES. Thousands have evacuated in Makilala, Cotabato, following the strong earthquakes that caused landslides in the area. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

After hotel collapse, Kidapawan mayor urges businesses to inspect buildings

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) Post-earthquake, Kidapawan Mayor Joseph Evangelista admits the city does not even know how to demolish the 6-story Eva Hotel

ASSESSMENT. Kidapawan City engineers take a closer look at the collapsed Eva Hotel along Quezon Boulevard in Kidapawan City on Thursday, October 31,2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

FAST FACTS: The destructive earthquakes that hit Mindanao

Oct 31, 2019 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) Since the 1900s, Mindanao has been hit by at least 35 earthquakes. Here are the 3 earthquakes classified by Phivolcs as ‘destructive.’

Tulunan, Cotabato earthquke. Photo courtesy of the Tulunan MDRRMO

Tulunan officials seek help for earthquake victims

Oct 31, 2019 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) Municipal officials have asked provincial officials and the national government for more tents, food packs, and trauma healing for earthquake victims

DESTROYED. A structure in Tulunan, Cotabato, is destroyed following a tremor. Tulunan was the epicenter of 3 strong earthquakes in October 2019. Photo courtesy of the Tulunan MDRRMO

LOOK: Buildings destroyed by magnitude 6.5 quake that struck parts of Mindanao

Oct 31, 2019 - 1:30 PM

This happened just two days after a stronger magnitude 6.6 tremor rocked the same area that killed at least 6 people and injured hundreds in the region

A building damaged by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake is seen in Kidapawan town in the southern island of Mindanao on October 31, 2019. - A powerful quake struck in the southern Philippines on October 31 sending people fleeing from homes, schools and malls, with initial reports of damage to some buildings. (Photo by EDWIN BADILLES / AFP)

Village chief killed by falling debris in Cotabato

Oct 31, 2019 - 12:03 PM

Barangay Batasan Chairman Cesar Bangot of Makilala town was in the village hall when a magnitude 6.5 earthquake knocked down the structure

QUAKE DAMAGE. A road is cracked in Makilala, Cotabato, following a strong earthquake on October 29, 2019. Photo from the Bayan ng Makilala Facebook page

'We were screaming.... Everyone was crying': Tulunan residents recall earthquake

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Residents are reeling from two massive earthquakes that hit Tulunan, Cotabato, in a span of two weeks. They say the latest earthquake was 'scary' and 'traumatic.'

Tulunan, Cotabato earthquke. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

[OPINION] We need an earthquake early warning system in the country

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:12 PM

We should emulate the way Japan warns its citizens of earthquakes

At least 6 dead as magnitude 6.6 earthquake rocks Mindanao

Oct 29, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(5th UPDATE) Dozens of people in various parts of Mindanao are hurt following the tremor, the second strong earthquake to hit Mindanao in just two weeks

TREMOR. An office worker is carried on a stretcher after she fainted following an earthquake that rocked parts of Mindanao, including Davao City, on October 29, 2019.Photo by Manman Dejeto / AFP

Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes Cotabato

Oct 29, 2019 - 10:03 AM

(10th UPDATE) The earthquake strikes Tulunan town and affects other parts of Mindanao just two weeks after a strong earthquake hit the same area

EARTHQUAKE. An office worker is attended by colleagues after she fainted following an the earthquake that hit Mindanao on October 29, 2019. Photo by Manman Dejeto / AFP

Comelec suspends special elections in South Cotabato, Southern Leyte

Oct 24, 2019 - 6:41 PM

This follows a Supreme Court decision directing the poll body to proclaim Shirlyn Bañas Nograles as the duly-elected representative of the 1st district of South Cotabato, including General Santos City

NDRRMC: At least 6 dead, 93 injured in Mindanao earthquake

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:01 PM

(UPDATED) The NDRRMC reports 1,699 infrastructure damaged following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in Cotabato

A house in Barangay Malawanit in the town of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur is partially damaged following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on October 16, 2019. Rappler file photo

Magnitude 5 aftershock strikes Cotabato

Oct 19, 2019 - 7:49 AM

This is an aftershock of the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck the same area and affected parts of Mindanao on October 16

AFTERSHOCK. A moderate magnitude 5 aftershock strikes Tulunan in Cotabato on October 19,2019. Image from Phivolcs

IN PHOTOS: Mindanao earthquake's trail of damage

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Local officials in affected areas are still assessing the total cost of the damage inflicted by the magnitude 6.3 earthquake

A resident walks past debris from a partially damaged building on October 17, 2019, after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Digos, Davao del Sur on October 16. Photo by Manman Dejeto/AFP

1 dead as magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits Cotabato

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:06 PM

(4th UPDATE) Local officials say a child died in a house collapse in the town of Datu Paglas, Maguindanao

EVACUATION. A number of people were rushed to the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital in Digos City due to various injuries from fallen objects. Others also suffered hypertension, or panicked and fainted. Contributed photo from Nilo Cobrado

SC to Comelec: Proclaim Shirlyn Nograles as South Cotabato representative

Sep 22, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The Supreme Court nullifies the Commission on Elections' order to suspend the election for representative of South Cotabato's 1st District

NEW CONGRESSWOMAN. The Supreme Court orders Comelec to proclaim ex-General Santos City vice mayor Shirlyn Bañas Nograles as the representative of the 1st district of South Cotabato after winning in the 2019 polls. Photo from Nograles' Facebook page

20 dead as truck plunges down ravine in South Cotabato

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:18 PM

The South Cotabato Provincial Police offices says 15 victims died on the spot, while 5 others died in hospitals

ROAD TRAGEDY. A truck falls plunges into a ravine in a mountain highway, leading to the death of over a dozen in T'boli, South Cotabato. South Cotabato Police photo

3 dead, 2 missing in Cotabato City sea collision

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Two motor bancas collide at Rio Grande de Mindanao in Cotabato City

RETRIEVAL. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard response team carry the body of one of passengers who died in the sea collision at Rio Grande de Mindanao on August 25, 2019, a day after the accident. Photo from PCG FB

At least 16 dead from dengue in Cotabato

Jul 29, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The province has recorded 3,788 dengue cases from January 1 to July 19, much higher than the 1,253 cases recorded in the same period in 2018

Elderly woman killed, 2 others wounded in North Cotabato air strike

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The military says the air and ground assault at dawn was in an area controlled by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters

Comelec to hold elections in Southern Leyte, South Cotabato on October 26

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Commission on Elections says polls in the areas were suspended to a later date due to 'operational and logistical constraints' as the new districts were created only months before the May 13 polls

ELECTION PREPS. Teachers serving as Board of Election Inspectors test Vote Counting Machine in Araullo High School, Manila for the 2019 Philippine elections. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

2 soldiers killed in North Cotabato clash with NPA

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Police say the soldiers were conducting a community support program in Arakan town when they were attacked by communist rebels

Court junks drug charges vs North Cotabato state college president

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Kidapawan City Regional Trial Court Judge Henelinda Diaz says the search warrants used to conduct the raid on the home of then CFCST president Samson Molao are invalid

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits North Cotabato

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:45 AM

(UPDATED) The earthquake is strongly felt in Makilala town in North Cotabato, Kidapawan City, Koronadal City, and Santa Cruz in Davao del Sur

Image from Phivolcs

Members ask Duterte to reconsider closure of Kapa-Community Ministry

Jun 14, 2019 - 1:25 PM

At the Acharon Sports Complex, Joel Apolinario raises the hopes of thousands of members of Kapa-Community Ministry. Meanwhile, at the nearby Lagao Gymnasium, Duterte orders the arrest of Kapa officials.

more that 50 thousand member-donors of Kabos Padatoon Community International Ministry, Inc., joins the rally in General Santos City on June 13, 2019 calling on the government and President Rodrigo Duterte to let KAPA continue its operation. President Duterte who was also in the city at the Lagao Gym orders KAPA's be shutdown as it is a scam. KAPA founder Pastor Joel Apolinario (DSCF5416-1) lied to the crowd when he claimed that Duterte already assured him that KAPA will continue its operation. President Duterte called KAPA a swindling operation. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

Piñol's brother, daughter win posts in Cotabato province

May 17, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Piñol has three other brothers who lost their election bids

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol's daughter Krista Piñol Solis wins a seat at the Provincial Board of Cotobato's 2nd District while M'lang Vice Mayor Joselito Piñol continues to hold his position. Photo of Krista Piñol and Joselito Piñol from Facebook.

Dynasty members, old names capture new districts in 2019

May 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Meanwhile, in two areas where there will be new districts after 2019, political dynasties and prominent politicians grab important local posts

BARMM human rights worker shot dead in Cotabato City

May 02, 2019 - 8:10 AM

BARMM human rights investigator Archad Ayao is killed by a suspect riding a motorcycle

KILLED. BARMM human rights worker Archad Ayao. Photo from Ayao's Facebook page

Sara Duterte, Cotabato City’s Cynthia Guiani forge alliance for 2019 elections

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Two female mayors from Mindanao known for their strong personalities band together to ensure victory for their 2019 candidates

General Santos City gets own congressional district

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The province of South Cotabato now has 3 legislative districts

Bangsamoro region gains additional territories in Cotabato province

Feb 14, 2019 - 4:27 PM

But the vote to join the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao loses in Lanao del Norte

DECIDE. Voters in the interior town of Salvador, Lanao del Norte cast their votes during the second Bangsamoro plebiscite on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

63 out of 67 barangays in Cotabato to join Bangsamoro region

Feb 08, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The results in Cotabato are a big win for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front after losing the plebiscite in Lanao del Norte

BANGSAMORO PLEBISCITE. The new Bangsamoro region wins additional barangays in several towns in Cotabato, the MILF’s political party says. File photo from Comelec

Polls close in second Bangsamoro plebiscite

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Despite fears, voting day in Lanao del Norte and parts of North Cotabato went without major problems

Voters at the Maranding Central elem school line up tp vote for the BOL. Maranding is Lanao del Norte's biggest barangay, business hub of the province. ( bobby lagsa/rappler)

FAST FACTS: How many are voting in 2nd Bangsamoro plebiscite?

Feb 06, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The towns and barangays that want to be in the new Bangsamoro entity should also get the approval of their parent local government units, following the 'double majority' rule

Despite explosions, voters troop to polls in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Voters in 22 towns in Lanao del Norte and 7 towns in North Cotabato will decide whether 6 Lanao towns and 67 Cotabato villages should be part of the Bangsamoro region

Elieen Amin in the town of Lala, Lanao del Norte, on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

BOL plebiscite: 'Easier win' seen in North Cotabato than Lanao del Norte

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:20 AM

'In North Cotabato, the political leaders are not against inclusion of the barangays.... The people are free to vote,' says Naguib Sinarimbo of the MILF's United Bangsamoro Justice Party

BOL PLEBISCITE. A woman looks for her name in the voters' list at the Midsayap Pilot Elementary School, Midsayap, North Cotabato, on February 6, 2019. Photo from Comelec