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DFA Davao to offer red ribbon services starting June 17

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs' consular office in Davao City can now authenticate documents for Mindanaoans set to work overseas

'It happens': PNP downplays wrong arrest of Davao journalist

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:07 PM

‘Kung minsan nagkakamali yung nagtuturo especially the complainant,’ says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde after cops mistook 61-year-old Davao Today columnist Margarita Valle for a wanted criminal

WRONG ARREST. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says informants and complainants make mistakes in identifying suspects. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Qatar Airways to launch Doha-Davao route on June 18

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Qatar Airways will fly from Doha to Davao City once a week beginning June 18

LAX LANDING. This file photo taken on March 21, 2017 shows a Qatar Airways aircraft, flight 739 from Doha, coming in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. Frederick J Brown/AFP

PNP: Arrest of columnist Margarita Valle a case of mistaken identity

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Philippine National Police spokesperson Colonel Bernard Banac cites a witness as saying that 61-year-old Margarita Valle only has a 'major resemblance' to the actual suspect

Davao Today columnist Margarita Valle arrested at Laguindingan Airport

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Police serve 61-year-old journalist Margarita Valle with warrants for alleged murder, destruction of government property, and arson, which her son says are 'trumped-up charges'

Davao city bus system to affect 7,000 jeepney drivers

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Davao City officials assure affected public utility drivers that they will get help once the High Priority Bus System fear is rolled out

WHAT STRIKE? Traffic builds up during rush hour in Davao City on Monday, October 16, 2017, as 20% of jeepney drivers get on the road despite a call for a nationwide strike. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Davao dominates vetoed P95.37-billion 'pork'

May 24, 2019 - 11:14 AM

With the President removing the questionable 'pork barrel' allocations from the 2019 budget, it turns out that Davao Region is the biggest loser

Compostela Valley renamed 'Davao de Oro' in new law

May 23, 2019 - 4:55 PM

But a plebiscite will be held for Compostela Valley voters to approve or reject the new name

IXS to help boost Davao-based enterprises by providing affordable fiber internet

May 23, 2019 - 9:25 AM

The company announced this at the premiere trade show, PHILBEX

Alvarez wins, Floirendo-Del Rosario rule ends in Davao del Norte

May 15, 2019 - 5:07 PM

Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario fails to block the reelection of Pantaleon Alvarez as the province's 1st District representative

WARM WELCOME: Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez receives a warm and enthusiastic welcome from his constituents as he arrives at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Tagum City, 6 April 2018, Friday, for the mass oath-taking of an estimated 30,000 new members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP).

Hugpong ng Pagbabago sweeps Senate race in Davao City

May 15, 2019 - 10:24 AM

Davaoeños Bong Go and Ronald dela Rosa clinch the top two spots in the Senate race in the Duterte bailiwick of Davao City

2019 HNP Campaign Caravan for Senators at the San Pedro Square in Davao City on Thursday night, May 9. Crowds staying outside the big tent of the campaign rally stayed even with the sudden heavy rains. Rappler photo

Victory for all 3 Duterte children in Davao City

May 13, 2019 - 11:32 PM

It's still Duterte domination in Davao City, where Sara Duterte is reelected mayor, Baste Duterte enters politics as vice mayor, and Paolo Duterte wins the first legislative district seat

Duterte votes in Davao City

May 13, 2019 - 5:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, accompanied by his partner Honeylet Avanceña, participates in the 2019 elections

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte casts his vote for the midterm elections at his voting precinct at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School in Davao City on May 13, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Ateneo de Davao professor: Davaoeños should vote candidates based on values

May 10, 2019 - 9:25 AM

In a time when 'pragmatism' dominates peoples' politics, professor Ramon Beleno III urges voters to vote based on values and principles they hold dear

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NCR, Western Visayas nail Palaro volley title berths

May 03, 2019 - 8:59 PM

National Capital Region and Western Visayas arrange a championship showdown in secondary boys volleyball

TIGHT DUEL. A Western Visayas spiker soars for a kill against Central Luzon during their thrilling semis duel. Photo by Adz Bernabe/Rappler

Davao swimmer Villanueva shatters own Palaro record

May 02, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Juliana Marien Villanueva defends her crown in the secondary girls 800m freestyle

MAP: Where P2.8-B cocaine ended up in PH over past decade

May 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

In the past 10 years, at least 481 cocaine bricks have ended up in Philippine shores. We map where they were found.

COCAINE FINDS. There are over 30 incidents of Filipinos finding cocaine in Philippine shores and waters.

Central Luzon completes Palaro volleyball elims sweep

May 01, 2019 - 10:54 PM

Defending champion Central Luzon caps its perfect 4-0 run with a thrilling triumph over host Davao

TIGHT DUEL. A Davao spiker unleashes an attack against defending champion Central Luzon during their elimination-round battle. Photo by Adz Bernabe/Rappler

Tausug athletics standout pockets double gold

Apr 30, 2019 - 6:48 PM

Rozikan Sali Balli hands the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Athletic Association its first gold

RIGHT ON TRACK. Rozikan Sali Balli aims for another gold after ruling the boys triple jump and long jump events. Photo by Adz Bernabe

Duterte tells Palarong Pambansa athletes to stay away from drugs

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:30 PM

At the Palarong Pambansa 2019 opening ceremony, President Rodrigo Duterte repeats his claim that there are now around 7 million Filipinos supposedly hooked on shabu

Palarong Pambansa Opening April 28. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Palarong Pambansa 2019 opens in Davao City

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:39 PM

More than 15,000 athletes from the Philippines' 17 regions will compete in this year's edition of the national sports event

PALARO BEGINS. Performers and athletes mark the opening of the 2019 Palarong Pambansa in Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Pilot dies after plane hit live wire in Davao del Norte

Apr 27, 2019 - 12:17 PM

The pilot was conducting an aerial spraying activity when his agricultural plane got entangled in a high-tension wire in a banana plantation, says the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

HIGHLIGHTS and MEDAL TALLY: Palarong Pambansa 2019

Apr 27, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Get all the updates on the Palarong Pambansa being held in Davao City on April 28 to May 5, 2019

After 10-month grind, San Juan emerges as new MPBL king

Apr 26, 2019 - 6:21 PM

San Juan caps a grueling MPBL Datu Cup run by conquering Davao Occidental in a thrilling finale

GAME HERO. Mike Ayonayon explodes for 33 points to bag the Finals MVP. Photo release

Sara Duterte thinks of leaving Hugpong ng Pagbabago to head Davao City local party

Apr 21, 2019 - 6:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's daughter wants to become president of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, the Davao City party led by her older brother Paolo

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Campaign Caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Blast rocks Davao City police office

Apr 20, 2019 - 3:53 PM

(UPDATED) Police say no one was hurt in the 'accidental' explosion

After spate of food poisoning cases, Palaro sets safety measures

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Palarong Pambansa host Davao City says it will implement strict food safety measures following recent food poisoning incidents in athletic meets

Del Rosario, Floirendo blast Alvarez in Davao del Norte HNP rally

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Governor Anthony del Rosario and congressman Tonyboy Floirendo join forces to host the senatorial bets of Sara Duterte's Hugpong ng Pagbabago in Tagum City

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

'Indisposed' Duterte skips two events in Davao City

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:15 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's former aide Bong Go says the President is indisposed and couldn't make it to a distribution of certificates of land ownership awards and a PDP-Laban campaign rally

'INDISPOSED.' In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City, Laguna on February 23, 2019. File photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

'Suspect' in killing of Cebu student arrested in Davao City

Mar 15, 2019 - 10:45 PM

Jonas Bueno is arrested over the killing of another victim, 62-year-old Trinidad Batucan from Danao City, Cebu

ARRESTED. Jonas Bueno, suspect in the killing of Grade 9 student Cristine Silawan, is arrested in Davao City on Friday, March 15. Photo from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

Groups denounce killing of lawyer in Davao del Norte

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:12 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Lawyers, prosecutors, and judges are being targeted with surging frequency and impunity,' says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines following the killing of lawyer Rex Jasper Lopoz in Tagum City, Davao del Norte

DEADLY PROFESSION. The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says 38 members of the legal profession in the country have been killed under the Duterte administration as of March 13, 2019. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Davao City selected as third Justice Zone in the Philippines

Mar 14, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The goal of the Justice Zone is the swifter delivery of criminal justice

From left: European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Davao City councilor Victorio Advincula. Rappler photo

Tom Taus heads to Davao Oriental for Bonfire Music Festival

Mar 13, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Also on the lineup are December Avenue, and Davao's local bands

TOM TAUS. The DJ is headed to Davao. Photo courtesy of Bonfire Music Festival

LOOK: Oil spill in Davao del Norte river

Mar 08, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says it will conduct an investigation to determine the liability of the company responsible for the oil spill

OIL SPILL. Half of the Ising River is tainted by the oil spill. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

Davao Badjaus get birth certificates through mobile registration

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:30 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Tambayan Center for Children's Rights says the mobile birth registration aims to assist the processing of birth certificates for 300 children from the Badjau community

Four inmates die in police jail raid in Davao City

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Reports that certain personnel of the BJMP were in cahoots with some inmates in the illegal drugs trade inside the jail triggered the Oplan Galugad at dawn, says the Davao City police spokesperson

OPLAN GALUGAD. Jail inmates herded outside their cells during early morning raid Saturday at the Davao City Jail in Barangay Ma-a in Davao City. Photo courtesy of DCPO

Davao retains Batang Pinoy Mindanao crown

Feb 10, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Dominant in various fronts, Davao picks up a total of 56 gold medals to capture the overall championship

CHAMPS AGAIN. Davao rules the Mindanao leg of the nationwide sporting event featuring athletes 15 years old and below. Photo from PSC

Japan's top diplomat visits Duterte in Davao City

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says Japan is ready to 'expand' support for the Mindanao peace process

Batang Pinoy: Archer Loreno completes golden sweep

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Koronadal's John Carlo Loreno nails his seventh archery gold in the 2019 Batang Pinoy Mindanao leg

ON TARGET. John Carlo Loreno leads Koronadal’s dominant showing in the archery competition. Photo from PSC

Davao City measles cases down; adults to be vaccinated too

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:51 PM

There are fewer measles cases recorded in January 2019 compared to the same period last year in President Duterte's home city

Like China counterpart, Japan's top diplomat to visit Davao

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:49 AM

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is set to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City months after a similar trip by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

TOP DIPLOMAT. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is set to visit Davao City from February 9 to 11, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/ Rappler

Batang Pinoy: Amoguis sisters make waves in Mindanao leg

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Swimming sisters Liaa Margarette and Lora Micah Amoguis boost Davao City’s medal haul

GOLDEN HAUL. Davao City eyes swimming as a medal source as the Amoguis sisters vie for more mints in other events. Photo from PSC

GenSan jin sweeps poomsae golds in Batang Pinoy Mindanao leg

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Thirteen-year-old Paul Anthony Rodriguez rules the individual, pair, and team events of the taekwondo poomsae competition

YOUNG STAR. Paul Anthony Rodriguez of General Santos continues to prove why he deserves a slot in the national team. Photo from PSC release

12-year-old athlete in Davao regional games dies of pneumonia

Jan 31, 2019 - 12:16 PM

Hadia Eronico of the Davao Oriental elementary division volleyball team suddenly fell ill in the morning of January 30 and died in the evening, says a Department of Education official

DAVRAA 2019. DAVRAA athletes are billeted at the Imelda Elementary School in Tugbok District. Photo from the DAVRAA 2019-Davao Oriental Facebook page

Bomb scares hit Davao City, Mindanao towns

Jan 31, 2019 - 11:04 AM

An unverified text message warning of a bomb planted at the Mlang Pilot Elementary School prompts parents to fetch their children. The bomb threat turns out to be a hoax.

FALSE: Duterte claims 'no projects' for Davao City under his watch

Jan 30, 2019 - 6:08 PM

'Ang Davao City, pinakahuli. Wala kaming project hanggang ngayon,' says President Rodrigo Duterte even if at least P52-billion worth of infrastructure projects are nearing implementation in his hometown

After Jolo bombing, Davao bans backpacks from churches

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Benito de Leon, head of Davao City's Public Safety and Security Command Center, says parish priests and other religious leaders have been asked to disseminate the information to their flock

Nearly 20,000 people flee Davao Region floods

Jan 27, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Authorities say at least 58 barangays across the Davao Region implemented forced evacuation

LOOK: Over 200 families evacuated in Davao City due to flooding

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:41 AM

Torrential rains brought by a low pressure area caused Davao River to swell, prompting the evacuation of families in flooded communities

EVACUATION. Rescuers bring children out of a flooded area in Ma-a, Davao City, on January 23, 2019. Photo from Davao CIO

1 dead, 2 missing after flood hits village in Davao Oriental

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:36 PM

Provincial search and rescue teams are still trying to locate two other flood victims – a 9-year-old girl and a 38-year-old woman