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DOJ asks Davao court to cancel Trillanes bail over holiday travel

Jan 17, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Paolo Duterte's camp claims Senator Antonio Trillanes IV's December trip makes him guilty of flight. The senator is now back in the Philippines and has appeared before the Davao City court.

DAVAO CASE. Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV enters a not guilty plea before Davao City Branch 54 Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang on January 15, 2019. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Not guilty of libel, Trillanes tells Davao City court

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Davao City Branch 54 Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang orders mediation between the two camps on March 21

'NOT GUILTY'. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV enters a not guilty plea before Davao City Branch 54 Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang on January 15, 2019. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Davao court rejects DOJ request to block Trillanes travels

Jan 15, 2019 - 8:18 AM

(UPDATED) Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 says the opposition senator is not a 'flight risk'

'NOT A FLIGHT RISK.' This file photo shows Senator Antonio Trillanes IV at the Senate on October 22, 2018. Rappler screenshot

Trillanes sets foot in Davao City to face libel cases

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:54 AM

It is the first time for President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic to visit the city after being declared persona non grata here in February 2018

IN DAVAO. Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV sets foot in Davao City on Tuesday, January 15. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

FALSE: These are not pictures of the 'clean' hometown of President Duterte

Jan 11, 2019 - 8:52 PM

No, these pictures do not show the ‘clean’ hometown of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

DSWD continues Usman response, monitors Mindanao earthquake

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Food packs are distributed to passengers stranded at ports, while its office in Northern Mindanao remains on alert following the earthquake that struck Davao Oriental

Phivolcs lifts tsunami warnings in Mindanao

Dec 29, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says minor sea level disturbances resulting from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Davao Oriental 'have largely passed'

Malacañang to Mindanao officials: Prepare for aftershocks, tsunami

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Palace urges local government units in Mindanao to closely monitor their respective areas of jurisdiction and take precautionary measures,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

QUAKE. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off east of Davao Oriental. Screenshot from USGS

Magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocks Davao Oriental

Dec 29, 2018 - 12:19 PM

(7th UPDATE) A tsunami threat is possible for parts of the Philippines and neighboring Indonesia, says monitor Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

QUAKE. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off east of Davao Oriental. Screenshot from Phivolcs

Rebranded PFL steps in ‘difficult time’ as Davao Aguilas FC folds

Dec 16, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'It was either witness the decline of Philippine pro football as a distant observer, or start working and do something about it. I chose to do something about it,' says new league commissioner Bernie Sumayao

CRUCIAL. Davao Aguilas FC leaves the Philippines Football League with only 5 teams. Photo from Davao Aguilas

Malacañang to Trillanes: Stop 'smearing' Duterte, face libel charges

Dec 09, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo calls Senator Antonio Trillanes IV a 'perennial whiner' for saying that plunderers are being set free while critics are being jailed

Davao City court issues 4 arrest warrants vs Trillanes

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Judge Melinda Alconcel-Dayanghirang of the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 54 issues warrants of arrest for each libel complaint filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte and his brother-in-law Manases Carpio

OPPOSITION SENATOR. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV faces arrest again after a Davao City court issues arrest warrants in connection with libel complaints filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law Manases Carpio. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lumad kids 'rescued' in Talaingod back with parents – DSWD

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says it has returned 12 of the 14 children in its custody to their parents after the Davao Regional Trial Court Branch 8 ordered it

FIRST NIGHT. Students and teachers pictured inside a police station in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, on November 28, 2018. Photo by Jose Hernani/The Breakaway Media Group

Metro Manila police chief asks Davao cops to 'LBC' Trillanes arrest warrant

Dec 07, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Metro Manila police chief Guillermo Eleazar has also ordered local cops to monitor Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

WARRANTING A DELIVERY. Metro Manila police chief Guillermo Eleazar is asking for the warrant to arrest Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to be delivered from Davao through a courier. File photo of Eleazar from Darren Langit/Rappler

Davao City court orders arrest of Trillanes

Dec 07, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Judge Melinda Alconcel Dayanghirang issues the warrant of arrest against the senator in connection with the libel case filed by presidential son Paolo Duterte

NEMESIS. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has been ordered arrested by a Davao City court on December 7, 2018, over libel charges filed by President Rodrigo Duterte's son, former Davao City vice mayor Paolo. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ asks Davao court to keep Trillanes from leaving PH

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the move is not linked to a Makati court's decision to allow Senator Antonio Trillanes IV to travel to Europe and the US from the second week of December to early February

RESTRICTED TRAVEL. The Department of Justice seeks other remedies to restrict the overseas travel of opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Davao City police files child abuse complaint vs Makabayan congressmen

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Progressive congressmen Antonio Tinio and Ariel Casilao are facing child abuse charges weeks after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio called for their bloc's expulsion from the House

CHILD ABUSER? ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio (center, in white) joins a rally in Davao City on October 23, 2018 – the basis of the child abuse complaint against him. Photo from Makabayan

DepEd says no closure order vs Lumad school

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:46 PM

DepEd says the decision to close down the Salugpongan community learning center in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, was made by the community council

CLOSED. DepEd says the Salugpongan learning center was closed by its community after a community council resolution was passed supporting its closure. Photo from Facebook profile of Salugpongan Ta’Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center

House approves bill granting emergency powers vs traffic

Dec 03, 2018 - 8:55 PM

The measure had been pending for months at the plenary, but gets revived under Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

EMERGENCY POWERS. Lawmakers want to give emergency powers to the transportation chief to address the urban traffic problem. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Satur Ocampo, France Castro say nothing illegal in 'humanitarian' mission

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:15 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro challenges Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde to visit Lumad schools, following his allegations these are being used for communist teachings

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Ka Satur Ocampo (right) and ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro (center) at a press conference in Quezon City on Sunday, December 02, 2018, after their arrest at a checkpoint in Talaingod town in Davao del Norte, on Thursday, November 29. Satur Ocampo, France Castro was charged for child abuse and was released after posted bail. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Satur Ocampo, 17 others released from Davao jail

Dec 01, 2018 - 9:42 PM

(UPDATED) Davao del Norte police wanted to defy the release order, prompting Tagum City Executive Judge Arlene Palabrica to issue a supplemental order

BAIL.Satur Ocampo, France Castro et al posts bail for child abuse charges. Photo courtesy of Kilab Multimedia

UCCP questions arrest of pastors, others in Satur Ocampo's group

Dec 01, 2018 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) The UCCP says the group did not commit any unlawful act in Talaingod, Davao del Norte


Lumad students 'rescued' in Talaingod to remain with DSWD

Nov 30, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Police say, because the group of Satur Ocampo and Party-list Representative France Castro could not show proof of the consent of the parents, they were, in effect, 'trafficking' the 14 Lumad minors

DSWD CUSTODY. STTICLC students and teachers inside a police station in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, on November 28, 2018. Photo by Jose Hernani/The Breakaway Media Group

Street protests outlawed in Davao City

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Militant groups slam the ordinance as a curtailment of the people's right to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech but local officials say rallies are still allowed in places other than streets to ensure smooth traffic flow

STREET PROTEST. Members of the National Democratic Front-Southern Mindanao block traffic during a lightning rally in Davao City on March 29, 2017 to mark the 48th Anniversary of the New People's Army. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Satur Ocampo, France Castro face kidnapping, human trafficking charges

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:00 PM

(5th UPDATE) Police base the charges on the presence of 14 minors in the vehicles of the National Solidarity Mission, which had among its delegates former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro

ARRESTED. Mugshots of former Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro at the Talaingod Police Station. Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office 11

Satur Ocampo, ACT Teachers Rep Castro arrested in Davao del Norte

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:25 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Satur Ocampo, France Castro, and over 70 others face kidnapping and human trafficking charges over the transport of minors from Talaingod town, say police

DETAINED. Former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo (right) is detained at the Talaingod Police Station in Davao del Norte with ACT Representative France Castro and over 70 others. Photo by Jose Hernani/The Breakaway Media Group

43 areas in Davao Region on election watchlist

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Category 4 areas are those affected by intense political rivalry that could trigger violence, presence of private armed groups, and also of more organized groups

Jericho Nograles is House caretaker for Davao City 1st district

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:45 PM

PBA Representative Jericho Nograles is in charge of the legislative district vacated by his brother, newly appointed Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

NEW CARETAKER. PBA Representative Jericho Nograles is the caretaker of Davao City 1st District. Photo from Nograles' Facebook page

Pushing for inclusivity, hotel hires interns with Down syndrome

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

A hotel in Davao City provides an avenue for those with Down syndrome to showcase their abilities

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

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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