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Sara Duterte's group disowns Tapang at Malasakit DDS Europe

Nov 16, 2018 - 8:24 PM

An advisory from the Tapang at Malasakit Alliance also says that organizations misrepresenting their group will face legal action

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during the Serbisyo ng Bayan and Hugpong ng Pagbabago Pledge of Allegiance in Quezon City on November 9, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

6 dead, including 3 kids, in Davao del Sur road crash

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) A passenger bus slams into a tricycle in Digos City, killing the trike driver, his wife, 3 children, and father-in-law

DEADLY ROAD MISHAP. The Mindanao Star bus that figured in a road mishap that killed all passengers of a tricycle in Digos City on November 14, 2018. Photo by Bien Abanos

P5.6B allotted for Mindanao railway land acquisition

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:11 PM

City governments are signing an agreement with the Department of Transportation, and have been talking to families whose properties will be affected

ARTIST'S perspective of the Mindanao Railway System Project. Image courtesy of the Department of Transportation

Former Davao City administrator named OIC of Bong Go office

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Palace Undersecretary Melchor Quitain, also known as the man behind President Rodrigo Duterte's most important speeches, is designated OIC of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President

EU brings solar power to 2 sitios in Davao Occidental

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This is part of the European Union's P3.6-billion sustainable energy project in the Philippines

[OPINION] Davao City, 1993-2009

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:30 PM

The prevailing attitude in Davao at the time, however, was not one of condemnation, outrage, and horror, as one might reasonably expect. Rather, people were pragmatic and tolerant.

Davao airport goes high-tech with electronic gates

Oct 31, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The Davao International Airport is among 5 major airports the Bureau of Immigration would be installing e-Gates in

NO MORE LONG LINES. Eva Pichon is one of at least a dozen other Filipinos who have been first to use the Bureau of Immigration's electronic gate system at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City. Photo by Allan Nawal/Rappler

LIST: Deals signed by PH, China during Wang Yi's Davao trip

Oct 30, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The Philippines and China sign agreements on humanitarian aid, law enforcement, and infrastructure during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit

SIGNING OF AGREEMENTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi witness the signing of agreements between the Philippines and China, represented by Philippine Ambassador Jose Santiago 'Chito' Santa Romana and Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Direct Hong Kong to Davao flights now available

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Cathay Dragon flies Davao to Hong Kong 5 times a week

DIRECT FLIGHT. The Davao to Hong Kong flight was inaugurated Sunday. RaksyBH/Shutterstock.com

WATCH: In Davao, Wang Yi shows friendlier face of China

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:45 PM

The usually stoic Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi seeks better ties with Filipinos as he visits Davao City

LIGHT MOMENT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi share a light moment during the latter's official visit to Davao City, Philippines on October 29, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Joint exploration with China, AFP in BOC, typhoon Rosita | Midday wRap

Oct 29, 2018 - 2:40 PM

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China lost to PH in court. Will it win via joint exploration?

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:16 AM

The proposed joint exploration of the West Philippine Sea is a key issue expected during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's unprecedented trip to Davao City

TOP DIPLOMATS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr pose for photographs during the opening of the Chinese consulate in Davao City on October 28, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Wang Yi: Duterte 'the most respected friend' of Xi Jinping

Oct 29, 2018 - 1:35 AM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says 'facts have proven' that President Rodrigo Duterte's 'friendly policy toward China' is the way forward

IN BARONG. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi wears the Philippines' native barong to show he is a 'member' of the Filipino family. Screenshot from RTVM

China's top diplomat attends Cayetano birthday party

Oct 29, 2018 - 1:10 AM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi praises former Philippine foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano as 'a great political leader' and 'a very successful diplomat'

BIRTHDAY GIFT. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi gives a basketball jersey signed by Yao Ming as a birthday gift to former Philippine foreign secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. Screenshot from RTVM

China's Wang Yi inaugurates Chinese consulate in Davao

Oct 28, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The opening of a Chinese consulate in Davao 'is an auspicious sign of the city's promise,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

(L-R) Mindanao Development Authority Chair Abul Khayr Alonto, DFA’s Locsin, China’s Wang Yi, and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines unveil the marker of the newly inaugurated Consulate General of China in Davao City on October 28, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

LIVE: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Davao City

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Davao City on Monday morning, October 29

China’s Wang Yi delivers a speech during the inauguration of the China Consulate General in Davao City on October 28, 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Wang Yi arrives in Davao amid joint exploration talks

Oct 28, 2018 - 4:10 PM

(UPDATED) This is the second time Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is making an official trip to the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch

TOP DIPLOMAT. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (2nd from right) is welcomed by Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Enrique Manalo (3rd) in Davao City on October 28, 2018. Photo courtesy of DFA

Wang Yi trip is Locsin's debut in Philippines as DFA chief

Oct 28, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Welcoming Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is the first major event of Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr in the Philippines as foreign secretary

WARMING TIES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the recently concluded Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in Brussels. Photo from Locsin's Twitter account

Wang Yi: China's foreign minister who once snubbed PH trips

Oct 27, 2018 - 9:54 PM

But the climate has changed: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the Philippines on Sunday – his second under President Duterte

DIFFERENT MOODS. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has visited the Philippines –€“ though in different atmospheres – under the Aquino and Duterte administrations. File photos courtesy of AFP

Kaya FC nails 2019 AFC Cup berth in extra time effort

Oct 27, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Kaya FC-Iloilo nabs a sure spot in the 2019 AFC Cup along with Ceres-Negros FC

China's top diplomat to visit PH, hold meetings in Davao

Oct 26, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to meet with Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr in President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown of Davao

TOP DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chat on the sidelines of the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting Summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photo from Locsin's Twitter account

PFL Cup final preview: Kaya and Davao are a study in contrasts

Oct 26, 2018 - 8:44 AM

An established power takes on a wealthy upstart in a mouthwatering Copa Paulino Alcantara final

Kim Sung Min and Phil Younghusband are a formidable goalscoring tandem for Davao. Photo by Bob Guerrero.

DOTr grants original proponent status to 2 firms for Davao, Kalibo airports upgrade

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corporation and Mega7 Construction Corporation are granted original proponent status for their unsolicited airport upgrade proposals

UPGRADE. Officials have granted firms the original proponent status for the upgrade of Davao and Kalibo International Airports. KIA photo from Kalibo Intl Airport FB page; DIA from Tonton Obmerga/Google Maps

Barangay chairman, 4 others in Davao Oriental arrested for shabu

Oct 19, 2018 - 5:27 PM

Davao Police said the chairman of Barangay Macangao, Lupon, Davao Oriental is in the narco list the PNP submitted to President Duterte

Duterte: ‘Ayaw ko ng dynasty, but we are forced’

Oct 18, 2018 - 6:57 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims his daughter Sara forced her younger brother, Sebastian, to run as her vice mayor in Davao City

President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace, where the inaugural ceremony will take place, together with his children Paulo, Sara, Sebastian and Veronica. Photo by Rey Baniquet/EDP Malacanang

Duterte's 3 eldest children running in 2019

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Sara Duterte is seeking reelection as mayor, Paolo is running for Davao City 1st District congressman, and Sebastian is running for Davao City vice mayor

Sara Duterte seeks reelection as Davao City mayor

Oct 15, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The President's daughter is not seeking a national post in 2019 despite her good performance in senatorial surveys

SEEKING REELECTION. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio files her Certificate of Candidacy on October 15 2018. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Cops kill 2 ISIS-linked men in Davao del Sur

Oct 15, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Senior Superintendent Ferlu Silvio says both suspects, siblings Norhan and Norton Sinapan, refused to cooperate and fired at the operating troops.

Paolo Duterte running for Davao City congressman

Oct 12, 2018 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The President's son is seeking the seat to be vacated by Karlo Alexei Nograles

Sara Duterte wants Makabayan bloc expelled from Congress

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio's anger stems from the claim of ACT Teachers' Davao chapter that her city is the only major city in the country that does not give allowances to teachers

Hugpong ng Pagbabago press conference on August 13, 2018 in Pasay City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

COA clears Davao City in P6.7M minibus purchase

Oct 07, 2018 - 8:47 PM

The Commission on Audit finds no irregularities in the 2012 purchase of a minibus turned into a mobile clinic by the Davao City government

Chinese embassy gifts Davao City with 13 schoolbuildings

Oct 06, 2018 - 4:53 PM

'The donation is a sincere appreciation to President Duterte’s policy on China,' says Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua

Trillanes to question Davao City fiscal's jurisdiction over libel complaints

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:47 PM

'Apparently, gustong magkaroon ng home court advantage sa Davao City, so it should not be allowed,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's lawyer Rey Robles

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV presents his lawyers which includes former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Davao Aguilas seal partnership with Japanese club Shonan Bellmare

Sep 17, 2018 - 12:42 PM

The J-League team will offer assistance in coaching and player development for the PFL side

PARTNERSHIP. (From left to right) Davao Aguilas COO Francis Go, Shonan Bellmare Technical Director Kiyoshi Sekiguchi, Shonan Bellmare President Director Naohito Mizutani and Davao Aguilas Chairman Jefferson Cheng pose for a photo to signify the partnership between the two clubs. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Top Davao gov't infra contractor owned by Bong Go kin – PCIJ

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:38 PM

CLTG Builders, a contractor owned by SAP Bong Go's father, wins roughly P750 million worth of government contracts from 2016 to 2017

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Special Assistant to the President Bong Go is the son of a top infrastructure contractor in Davao. Bong Go photo from Malacañang

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes off Davao Oriental

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) Phivolcs says damage is expected from the earthquake, as well as aftershocks

Image from Phivolcs

Corruption in AFP modernization? 'Davao Group' involved, says Trillanes

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:29 AM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claims that a 'notorious and well-known' retired general acts as the 'conduit' to President Duterte

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces the media on September 7, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte unapologetic over latest rape remark

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:15 PM

'Hindi ko naman sinabing rinape lahat 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, downplaying his remark on Davao City rape incidents

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018, announces that he will conduct a review on the various public works projects that have remained unfinished citing that he may terminate the contractors and find new ones who will get the job done. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo: Rape exists because of rapists, not beautiful women

Sep 03, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo reminds President Rodrigo Duterte that rape is a serious matter and victims should not be blamed

WOMEN'S RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Vice President Leni Robredo holds a press conference on September 3, 2018 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Sara Duterte to rape joke critics: 'What have you done to help?'

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio says the Davao City government's actions against rape cases 'should not be lost in the repertoire of the President and the attacks by those who hate his guts and humor'

PRESIDENTIAL DAUGHTER. Davao City Mayor comes to her father's defense. Photo from the City Government of Davao Facebook page

Duterte explains rape cases in Davao: 'Many beautiful women'

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:02 AM

'For as long as there are many beautiful women, there are plenty of rape cases as well,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates in his speech that he has a sworn duty to protect and preserve the country and its citizens during the 49th Charter Day celebration of Mandaue City held at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex (MCCSC) in Cebu on August 30, 2018 . RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Activist priest recounts 'close call' with death squad

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Father Amado Picardal has spent his life documenting Davao Death Squad killings. He sees himself as the target of the notorious group.

"Running priest" Robert Reyes holds Father Picardal and lay person Chito Generoso before he sends them off to their 1500-kilometer bike trip.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

IN PHOTOS: Davao City's rich culture, as told through the Kadayawan Village

Aug 18, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The village showcases the history of Davao's tribes

Kadayawan Village - Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Rainfall volume, Sara Duterte, Balangiga bells | Midday wRap

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:02 PM

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Sara Duterte to seek reelection in 2019

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:45 AM

'She is saying she can’t leave Davao City. There’s so much she wants to do that she hasn’t accomplished yet,' says Anthony del Rosario, secretary general of the mayor's Hugpong ng Pagbabago party

2019 PLANS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio has been floating the idea of a Senate run to ‘annoy' her father’s critics. File photo from the Davao City Facebook page.

Robredo to speak at youth leadership event in South Korea

Aug 11, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo is joined by representatives from Youth for Peace Movement-Davao Oriental

ROBREDO SPEAKS. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo addresses Senior High School graduates and Junior High School completers at the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Laguna in Calamba during their commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Photo from Office of the Vice President

Sports bits: Azkals tickets on sale, Perlas hold fans day, ColorManila set

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Here are some updates on the Philippine football team, BanKo Perlas Spikers and the ColorManila race

FUN RUN. ColorManila brings the unique obstacle race to Davao.

Chinese research vessel docks in Davao

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Yuan Wang 3, which arrived in President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown on July 16, is used for tracking and support of satellite and intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to tracking web sites

'ROUTINE.' The Chinese research vessel 'Yuan Wang 3' docks at the Sasa Wharf in Davao City July 16-19, 2018 – an activity that the Philippine Navy says is routine, but which alarms Duterte administration critics. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Shane Filan is going to Davao

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:22 PM

The Westlife singer visits the country for a second time this year

SHANE FILAN. The Westlife frontman is going to Davao. Screenshot from Instagram.com/shanefilanofficial

Senate minority seeks probe into China plane landings in Davao

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Opposition senators file Senate Resolution No. 779, seeking to determine if the 'technical stops' of Chinese military planes in the Philippines violated the 1987 Constitution

PLANE LANDING. Photos of a Chinese military plane landing in the Davao City Airport earlier went viral, fuelling concerns among netizens. Screenshot from Jose Antonio Custodio's Facebook page