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William Dar aims to quadruple agri growth, double farmers' income

Aug 06, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Agriculture didn't even grow 1% in 2018. Acting Secretary William Dar says he plans to improve the numbers through programs and reforms.

William Dar is new agriculture secretary

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:55 PM

After saying he might pick a former military man to head the Department of Agriculture, President Rodrigo Duterte chooses an agriculture expert instead

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath to newly appointed Agriculture Acting Secretary William Dar during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

ISIS threat on Marawi now low, but military keeps eye on remnants

May 23, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Abu Dar, the last remaining leader of the Islamic State-linked group Maute Group, was killed in military operation in Lanao del Sur in March

SURRENDERED. In this file photo from May 11, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte leads the inspection of the firearms surrendered by the ISIS-Maute Group at the Capitol Gymnasium in Sacayo, Marawi City. Malacañang photo

DNA test confirms death of Abu Dar, last surviving Maute leader

Apr 14, 2019 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) Marawi commander Colonel Romeo Brawner says Abu Dar's death is a major victory in the fight against terrorism

Marawi file photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Tanzanian police say driver identified in kidnapping of billionaire

Oct 19, 2018 - 11:46 PM

The family of billionaire Mohammed Dewji is offering a reward of half a million dollars for information that would help police find him

Africa's youngest billionaire kidnapped in Tanzania

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Mohammed Dewji was abducted 'by whites travelling in two vehicles' in Dar es Salaam, says a Tanzania government official

A file picture taken on April 23, 2015, shows Tanzanian businessman Mohammed Dewji at his office in Dar es Salaam. Africa's youngest billionaire was kidnapped on October 11, 2018, by gunmen in Tanzania's economic capital Dar es Salaam, officials said. Dewji, 43, who heads the MeTL Group which operates in about 10 countries with interests in agriculture to insurance, transport, logistics and the food industry, was snatched as he entered the gym of a hotel in the city. Khalfan SAID HASSAN / AFP

ISIS operatives, Tito Sotto, World Cup 2018 | Midday wRap

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:00 PM

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Airstrikes, clashes between military, ISIS-Maute group in Lanao del Sur towns

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) According to Colonel Romeo Brawner, current reports indicate 5 members of the Maute-ISIS group led by Abu Dar, have been killed. The military is still verifying these reports.

Anti-corruption commission probes 5 Cabinet officials

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission says it has submitted a 'confidential, partial report' to President Rodrigo Duterte

No sacred cows. PACC and DAR declares war against graft and corruption. Photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler
Anti-corruption commission probes 5 cabinet officials

Barangay and SK elections, land distribution, Cavs vs. Raptors | Midday wRap

May 04, 2018 - 12:02 PM

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DAR mulls distribution of idle government lands to farmers

May 04, 2018 - 8:54 AM

The Department of Agrarian Reform is eyeing two controversial areas and a Bureau of Corrections facility for agrarian reform

400 hectares in Boracay up for agrarian reform 'if Duterte says so'

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The Department of Agrarian Reform says structures constructed on these 400 hectares of agricultural land are considered illegal

TOURIST SPOT. Hundreds of hectares in Boracay Island may be subject to the government's agrarian reform program. Photo by Adrian Portugal

CA bypasses agrarian reform chief over lack of track record

Mar 21, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Some members of the Commission on Appointments want more documents to prove that Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones is really capable of leading the agency

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

CA defers DAR chief's confirmation over lack of track record

Mar 14, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones counters that he's qualified for the post since he handled agrarian reform cases as a general practitioner

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Myanmar denies report of mass graves in Rakhine

Feb 03, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Myanmar denies the allegation, saying it launched a proportionate crackdown on Rohingya rebels

REFUGE. A Rohingya Muslim refugee child cries as she sits in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ed Jones / AFP

AFP lists 5 people who could be next ISIS emir in SE Asia

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Defense and security officials appear before Supreme Court justices to defend the second extension of martial law in Mindanao

'THIS FLAG IS NOTHING.' The Philippine Marines recover Islamic State black flags and high-powered firearms from the Maute Group in Marawi City. File photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

New DAR chief Castriciones vows to prioritize farmer beneficiaries

Dec 08, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Agrarian Reform Acting Secretary John Castriciones also wants to fast-track the distribution of certificates of land ownership awards to agrarian reform beneficiaries

NEW CHIEF. Department of Agrarian Reform Acting Secretary John Castriciones assumes office. Photo from DAR website

DILG undersecretary Padilla transferred to DAR

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) Emily Padilla joins her former colleague at the Department of the Interior and Local Government, John Castriciones, at the Department of Agrarian Reform

Duterte appoints John Castriciones acting DAR secretary

Dec 01, 2017 - 9:27 PM

The new acting agrarian reform secretary was the executive vice president of the Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte (MRRD) group during the 2016 presidential campaign

NEW JOB. John Castriciones, a DILG underseretary,  takes over the post of Rafael "Ka Paeng" Mariano who was rejected by the Commission on Appointments in September. Photo from Castriciones' Facebook account

2 ex-DAR secretaries liable for misuse of P70 million – COA

Oct 08, 2017 - 6:55 PM

P70.3 million from the Agrarian Reform Fund was used to pay for medical benefits of DAR personnel, which are not allowable expenses under agrarian reform laws

FUNDS MISUSE. The Commission on Audit holds liable two former Department of Agriculture secretaries for unlawful disbursement of state funds.

COA seeks Ombudsman probe into misuse of DAR funds

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The case involves the Agrarian Reform Fund (ARF) which was used for P61.5 million worth of incentives and other cash benefits from 2007 to 2009

NOTICE OF DISALLOWANCE. The Commission on Audit (COA) affirms the notice of disallowance it issued against the use of the agrarian reform fund to pay cash incentives to DAR officials from 2007-2009.

Reynaldo de Guzman, Mariano, Robredo | Evening wRap

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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Malacañang regrets CA rejection of Mariano

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

UPDATED The Palace says Mariano was pivotal to fulfilling President Rodrigo Duterte s promises to uphold farmers rights

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the members of his cabinet who were nominated by the Communist Party of the Philippines including Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Liza Maza at Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2017. Also in the meeting were Labor Secretary and Chief Negotiator with the National Democratic Front Silvestre Bello III and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

CA rejects Rafael Mariano as agrarian reform secretary

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:37 PM

A nominee of the Left Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano is the 4th member of the Duterte Cabinet to be rejected by the powerful Commission on Appointments

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After 2 hearings, Mariano not worried about fate at CA

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Wala po talaga akong nararamdamang kaba o pag aalala says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano after facing the Commission on Appointments for the second time

AGRARIAN REFORM. In this file photo, Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the first hearing of the Commission on Appointments on his ad interim appointment. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Aguirre, Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth, Duterte | Evening wRap

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:10 PM

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Amid ties with Left, Mariano says he was never part of communist groups

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Mula noon hanggang ngayon ay nasa legal democratic organization po ako says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano who was nominated to the Cabinet by the National Democratic Front

LEFT TIES. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano says he was never a part of the CPP-NPA-NDF. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

CA defers confirmation of DAR chief Rafael Mariano

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:45 PM

There are 10 oppositors to Mariano s confirmation as agrarian reform secretary

DEFERRED. Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano attends the Commission on Appointments hearing on his ad interim appointment at the Senate on Wednesday, August 30. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Faeldon, Free tuition law, Trump | Midday wRap

Aug 11, 2017 - 12:00 PM

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Funds from DICT, DAR, DOTr eyed for use in free tuition law

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:50 PM

The 3 agencies could get budget cuts in 2018 because of their spending pattern – billions of pesos in unused and unobligated funds – from previous years

FUNDING FREE TUITION. Davao City Representative Karlo Nograles heads efforts to source funds for the free tuition law. Rappler file photo

Duterte, Mariano, Trump | Evening wRap

May 19, 2017 - 7:51 PM

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As ordered by Duterte, DAR to install farmers on Lapanday farm

May 18, 2017 - 8:00 AM

This is the 3rd time DAR will attempt to install the farmers on the Lapanday managed farm in Tagum Davao del Norte

DIALOGUE WITH FARMERS. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to farmers belonging to the Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Incorporated (Marbai) of San Isidro Farm who has picketed near Malacañang. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte invites Tagum farmers to Manila Hotel dinner

May 10, 2017 - 12:48 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks the farmers from Davao del Norte to give him more time to resolve their land issue with Lapanday Foods Corporation

Lawmakers want BuCor-Tadeco deal probed over land distribution

May 07, 2017 - 7:40 AM

The Makabayan bloc says hectares of land at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm were no longer distributed to farmer beneficiaries after the BuCor Tadeco deal was sealed

ANOTHER HOUSE PROBE. Makabayan bloc lawmakers Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, France Castro, and Ariel Casilao filed House Resolution Number 953 against the BuCor-Tadeco deal. Photo courtesy of Anakpawis

Scientist group to CA: Confirm Judy, Ka Paeng, and Gina

May 03, 2017 - 9:39 AM

Agham supports the online campaign ConfirmGina ConfirmKaPaeng ConfirmTaguiwalo urging the Commission on Appointments to give its nod to the appointment of the progressive Cabinet secretaries

Amid Lapanday 'defiance,' DAR insists farmers must get share

Apr 17, 2017 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano says his department will ensure farmer beneficiaries can peacefully take over the lands awarded to them at San Isidro Farm

INSTALLATION. Agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano has directed the DAR regional office in Davao to 'peacefully install' agrarian reform beneficiaries in San Isidro farm in Davao del Norte. Malacañang file photo

A year after Kidapawan clash, groups condemn killings of farmers

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:05 AM

Since June last year 16 farmers Lumad and land rights defenders have already been killed says Pedro Arnado chair of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas Southern Mindanao Region

STOP. Groups protest against the killings of farmers under the Duterte administration. All photos c/o Kilab Multimedia

North Cotabato farmers decry killings, harassment over land dispute

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:37 AM

The murder of farmers group leader Wilerme Dorado Agorde in front of his grandchildren in February further fuels suspicion that farmers locked in a land dispute with a state university are being silenced

FALLEN. A photo of Wilerme Dorado Agorde is placed on his front door during his wake. Photo by Edwin Gariguez

Completing land reform in PH to cost P98B

Mar 23, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Land reform is at the heart of the peace talks between the Philippine government and rebels responsible for Asia s longest running communist insurgency

CONSULTATION. Government negotiator Hernani Braganza leads consultation with government agencies on proposed reforms pushed in the peace table

DOLE issues cease and desist order vs 'sacada' recruiter

Mar 21, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Some 800 migrant sugar workers from Mindanao were illegally recruited to work in Tarlac by Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT? The Department of Labor and Employment has issued a cease and desist order against a labor recruiter accused of illegally trafficking sugar workers.

DAR chief: 727-hectare Hacienda Luisita property covered by CARP

Feb 25, 2017 - 4:29 PM

The order in Hacienda Luisita would give justice to farmer tenants who have struggled to take the land due to them for more than a quarter of a century says Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano

Farmer killed by gunmen in Capiz land dispute picket

Feb 13, 2017 - 10:01 PM

Five others are injured after violence erupted at the Nemesio Tan estate in Pilar Capiz

Leftist Cabinet members: Continue peace talks for benefit of the poor

Feb 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

It is the welfare of the Filipinos in their millions that is at the core of the peace negotiations reads a joint statement from Rafael Mariano Judy Taguiwalo and Liza Maza

4 things to know about the Mendiola Massacre

Jan 21, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Former Agrarian Reform chief Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano, then secretary-general of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, is one of the many farmers who were at the Mendiola protest in 1987

ANNIVERSARY. Rallyists gather at Mendiola Peace in Manila arc during the commemoration of the 28th anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre on January 22, 1987. 13 people were killed in the said clash between militants and government authorities. Photos by Jansen Romero/Rappler

DAR official faces graft for billeting mistress in hotel

Jan 19, 2017 - 1:24 PM

The Ombudsman says Romeo Covarrubias gave his alleged mistress unwarranted benefits when he brought her to official functions and allowed her to use accommodations meant for DAR employees

Ombudsman sacks 9 officials over PDAF, Malampaya scams

Jan 12, 2017 - 1:38 PM

The dismissal order is one in a long string of charges involving multiple individuals in the elaborate business of swindling public funds

'Best Christmas gift ever': 82-year-old farmer gets land title

Dec 23, 2016 - 1:56 PM

With this land I now have something to leave my children with My grandchildren will not go hungry says Vicente Romero who has been farming all his life

'BEST CHRISTMAS.' Farmer Vicente Romero finally receives his certificate of land ownership award from the agrarian reform department. File photo from the Department of Agrarian Reform

DAR issues cease and desist order vs Lapanday Foods

Dec 15, 2016 - 10:25 PM

The order comes after a series of reported assaults against farmer beneficiaries in a 145 hectare banana plantation

FARMER PROTECTION. Agrarian reform secretary Rafael Mariano issues a cease and desist order against Lapanda Food Corporation after a series of reported assaults against DAR farmer beneficiaries. Photo from DAR

DAR chief Mariano: Marcos family will not escape indignation

Nov 20, 2016 - 4:53 PM

Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano joins other Duterte Cabinet members from the Left to protest the burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos

Robredo urges Duterte to stop land conversion ban

Oct 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM

This will make our mission far more difficult in solving the growing problem of homelessness says Vice President Leni Robredo on the proposed ban on the conversion of agricultural lands