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Bayan Muna, Karapatan condemn ‘witch hunt’ vs Lumad evacuees in Davao City

Jan 25, 2020 - 5:10 PM

Paramilitary group Alamara allegedly forcibly enters the UCCP Haran compound where Lumad evacuees have taken refuge since 2015

LUMAD ATTACK. Progressive and human rights group decry paramilitary group Alamara's attack against Lumad evacuees in Davao City. Photo courtesy of Save Our Schools Network Facebook page

Davao-based journalist arrested for interviewing protesters

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Radyo ni Juan's Glenn Jester Hitgano is arrested after following up on a tip that the protesters were harassed by uniformed men

San Juan catches fire, wallops Davao in MPBL finals rematch

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:22 PM

John Wilson and San Juan bag their 23rd win in 26 games with a 19-point romp over Davao Occidental

1000-POINT MAN. John Wilson, who became the first player in MPBL history to score at least 1,000, continues to take charge for San Juan. Photo release


Rookie cop dies of heatstroke after training in Davao City

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Police Regional Office 11 chief Brigadier General Filmore Escobal says Patrolman Angelo Tito and 4 other rookie cops fainted during training. Tito died a day later, while 3 are still in the hospital.

ROOKIE COP. Patrolman Angelo Tito, 24, dies a day after fainting during police training. Photo from the Facebook page of Jeal Angelo Tito

Martial law lifted in Mindanao, but guns still prohibited in Davao City

Jan 10, 2020 - 5:27 PM

The Davao City government extends ban on carrying firearms until December 31, 2020

Duterte skips 2 scheduled visits to earthquake victims in Davao del Sur

Jan 03, 2020 - 7:07 PM

(UPDATED) The President is not feeling well

ABSENT. President Rodrigo Duterte skips two scheduled visits earthquake victims in Davao del Sur. Malacañang Photo

Duterte OK with exempting Davao City from ceasefire with NPA

Dec 26, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The President's daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, earlier requested that her city be excluded from the ceasefire because she believes communist guerrillas 'cannot be trusted'

FIRST DAUGHTER. President Rodrigo Duterte is "okay" with his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's request for an exemption from a ceasefire with communist guerrillas. File photo from Malacañang

In Davao del Sur, earthquake victims to have noche buena in tents

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:10 PM

‘If we will celebrate, we will just open canned goods and cook rice.... But we are thankful to be alive’

COPING. Children play, trying to cope with their situation as evacuees. Photo by Allan Nawal/Rappler

Sara Duterte: Exclude Davao City in ceasefire with CPP-NPA

Dec 23, 2019 - 7:25 PM

'For these terrorist organizations, sincerity is a strange word. To believe that they desire a peaceful end to the insurgency problem would be playing ignorant of their bloody habit,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte

DISTRUST. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte says working with the CPP-NPA is a fruitless effort. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse visible in Mindanao on December 26

Dec 20, 2019 - 6:29 PM

This is one rare experience, as the next annular solar eclipse visible in the Philippines will be on February 28, 2063

'Justice prevailed': Youth groups hail Ampatuan massacre verdict

Dec 19, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'Today we are a step ahead in our fight against impunity,' says College Editors Guild of the Philippines national president Daryl Angelo Baybado

Death toll in Davao del Sur earthquake rises to 9

Dec 18, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says over a hundred people were injured by the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck Davao del Sur on December 15

DAVAO EARTHQUAKE. Soldiers walk among debris in Padada town, Davao del Sur on December 16, 2019, a day after the 6.9 magnitude earthquake. Photo by Manman Dejeto/AFP

#ReliefPH: Help victims of the Davao del Sur earthquake

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) Here's where you can make in-kind and monetary donations to help people affected by the Davao del Sur earthquake

Robredo skips attack on drug war, urges help for quake victims instead

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:48 AM

'Magkaisa tayong magpadala ng tulong,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

HELP OVER CONFLICT. Vice President Leni Robredo defers publishing her findings in her brief stint as ICAD co-chair. OVP file photo

At least 4 now dead after Davao del Sur earthquake

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Of the 4 dead, 3 have been confirmed. Two of the bodies are retrieved from the collapsed Southern grocery store in Barangay Poblacion, with one yet to be recovered.

LOOKING FOR LIFE. PNP Soco personnel and rescuers, with heavy equipment on standby, try to find signs of life inside the collapsed Southern Grocery store in Padada, Davao del Sur on Monday. Rappler Photo

IN PHOTOS: Strong Davao del Sur earthquake causes serious damage

Dec 15, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Several buildings in Davao del Sur are destroyed, including the Southern Trade commercial center and the Magsaysay Municipal Hall

COLLAPSE. Southern Trade in Padada, Davao del Sur collapses after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck the area on Sunday afternoon, December 15. Photo from SaiJay Gascon

At least 1 dead in Davao del Sur earthquake

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The fatality, a 6-year-old girl, was reportedly unable to get out of their house which collapsed

LOOK: The Municipal Hall in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur was further damaged following a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck the area on Sunday afternoon, December 15, according to PDRRMC DavNor. Photos from Anthony Allada

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, December 16, 2019

Dec 15, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas where classes have been suspended for Monday, December 16, 2019

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes Davao del Sur

Dec 15, 2019 - 2:48 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Phivolcs warns that damage and aftershocks are expected after the earthquake on Sunday afternoon, December 15

Lifting of martial law will boost Davao City economy – Sara

Dec 11, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The Davao City mayor welcomes the decision not to extend the Mindanao-wide martial rule

APPROVES LIFITNG. File photos from the Japanese Government showing Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, attending the court banquet after the Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan on October 22, 2019.

Compostela Valley votes to rename itself Davao de Oro

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:40 PM

With over 170,000 voters agreeing to a new name, the plebiscite's results make final the renaming of Compostela Valley to Davao de Oro

98 Degrees to stage Manila, Cebu, and Davao concerts in 2020

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:54 PM

90s boy band 98 Degrees is heading to Manila, Cebu, and Davao in February 2020!

Davao del Norte governor sacks controversial information officer

Nov 27, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Nearly a month after he survived an ambush, Davao del Norte's PIO is fired by his boss

Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib

After 3-year wait, public school teacher gets salary, bonuses for final year of service

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:52 AM

The Commission on Audit orders the Department of Education to pay retired public school teacher Nelita Gador her full 2016 salary amounting to P288,511, plus cash benefits she was supposed to get that year

Residents of 3 Davao del Sur towns told to evacuate due to landslide risk

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:03 PM

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Davao Region says the tension cracks were there long before the October 16 earthquake, but it got worse after the tremor

Equipping San Isidro farmers through agro-enterprise

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Farmers in San Isidro, Davao del Norte, hope for a brighter future for their families as they apply what they've learned from agro-enterprise trainings

FRUITS OF LABOR. Narciso Lara is one of 10 farmers part of the demo farm project of the Peace and Equity Foundation to link enablers across the value chain of San Isidro, Davao del Norte. Photo from PEF

Passenger arrested for bomb joke at Davao airport

Nov 03, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The incident also delays the departure of a Davao-Cebu flight on Sunday, November 3

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1 arrested in Davao City condo earthquake damage

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte also orders a probe into the city's engineering and city building offices, and Ecoland 4000 Residence's building administration

DAMAGED. Ecoland 4000 Residences in Davao City sustained greater damage among the structures. Photo from Davao City government

Angel Locsin and Neil Arce join relief efforts for Mindanao earthquake victims

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:19 PM

This isn't the first time the actress participated in relief efforts

VOLUNTEERS. Angel Locsin and Neil Arce, seen here at the Sine Sandaan red carpet in September, join relief efforts for the victims of the recent Mindanao earthquakes. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

In Davao del Sur, only few visit the dead after the earthquake

Nov 01, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Residents of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, are more concerned about their situation – limited food and water, and having to temporarily stay in tents – than going to the cemetery

A FEW SHOW UP. In this portion of the Magsaysay Public Cemetery, less than 50 people are around in the early afternoon of All Saints Day, unlike in the past years. Photo by Allan Nawal/Rappler

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)

LOOK: Davao City condo damaged by strong earthquake

Oct 31, 2019 - 1:18 PM

At least 9 people, including a Korean resident, are injured at Ecoland 4000 in Davao City

DAMAGED. The Ecoland 4000 condominium in Davao City sustains serious damage after a another strong earthquake rocked parts of Mindanao, including Davao City, on October 31, 2019. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Davao del Sur residents traumatized by earthquakes, aftershocks

Oct 31, 2019 - 10:46 AM

'I don't feel safe in my house anymore,' says Lala Enamoria of Magsaysay town, a sentiment shared by many others traumatized by the strong earthquakes and continuous aftershocks in parts of Mindanao

EVACUEES. Families feel safer outside their homes after strong tremors and aftershocks rocked their community in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. Photo courtesy of Anthony Allada

Davao City recognizes China envoy for 'historic achievements'

Oct 27, 2019 - 4:16 PM

In a resolution, Davao City also thanks Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua for several projects funded by the China Foundation for Peace and Development for the President's hometown

CHINA AMBASSADOR. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua is set to leave his post in the Philippines in November 2019. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

With P9.68B in assets, Davao City Water District is richest in PH

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:12 PM

The 488 water districts in the country reported combined assets of P83.44 billion in 2018, the Commission on Audit reports

Davao City hog raisers ask mayor to keep ban on hogs and pork from Luzon

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:13 AM

Local producers tell Mayor Sara Duterte it would be a catastrophe if they allow the entry into the city of live pigs and products from ASF-infected Luzon

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Military supports 'selective martial law' in Mindanao

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says it supports Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte's 'recommendation' that the city be exempted from martial law

MILITARY SPOKESMAN Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Davao del Norte information officer hurt in ambush

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Pat Pacquiao, who hosts a daily radio program at a station in Tagum City, is attacked by motorcycle-riding men outside his house

ATTACKED. Davao del Norte information officer Pat Pacquiao. Photo from Pat Pacquiao's Facebook page

Even before Dengvaxia scare, Davao City had low immunization rate – Sara

Oct 10, 2019 - 12:28 PM

The Davao City mayor says they will conduct a massive vaccination drive on October 14 to immunize more kids against vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and polio

Screenshot from Rappler

DepEd formally shuts down 55 Lumad schools in Davao

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:39 PM

'This is a clear injustice faced by the 3,500 students and more than 30 teachers of the schools,' says Bayan Muna Representative Eufemia Cullamat

SAVE LUMAD SCHOOLS. Students and teachers storm DepEd to condemn the initial order to shut down Lumad schools in Davao in July 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Westlife’s Brian Mcfadden is coming to Manila and Davao

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Catch the Westlife crooner this November!

BRIAN MCFADDEN. The Westlife singer is headed to Manila and Davao. Photo courtesy of EKG Productions

Davao City bans everything pork-related from Luzon

Sep 25, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Mindanao Development Authority chief wants an island-wide pork blockade

Backyard hog raiser in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City. Photo by DARREN LANGIT/Rappler

Residents warned vs swimming in Davao River amid polio outbreak

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:25 PM

(UPDATED) Davao City Health Officer Josephine Villafuerte says the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine confirmed the presence of the poliovirus in the Davao River after conducting sampling and testing in August

DAVAO RIVER. Health officials ask Dabawenyos to refrain from swimming in the Davao River after it tested positive of the poliovirus. File photo from Wikipedia

Davao del Sur provincial board member arrested for Kapa Ministry links

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) NBI agents apprehend Arvin Malaza, alias Jun Blanco on radio, for participating in the resumption of operations of the outlawed Kapa investment scheme

Arvin Malaza being interviewed inside NBI Davao. Screenshot from video

Convicted child rapist freed on GCTA surrenders in Davao City

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The Davao Region police office says out of the 76 convicts freed on GCTA in their area, 3 have surrendered

Palicte surrendered at the Sasa Police Station at around 10:25 a.m. on September 6. Photo from Police Regional Office 11

Davao City court holds first ever teleconference hearings in PH

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:07 PM

In 15 minutes, Judge Emmanuel Carpio of Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 16 is done with the arraignment and pre-trial of suspects in two different cases

FIRST VIDEOTELECON HEARING. Leonilo Gonzales is arraigned on September 2, 2019, via video teleconferencing for his frustrated murder case that Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 16 under Judge Emmanuel Carpio is hearing. Rappler photo

Dennis Uy's Chelsea acquires original proponent status for Davao Sasa Port modernization

Aug 23, 2019 - 6:57 PM

The 25-year joint venture agreement to develop the Davao Sasa Port entails modernizing the existing port and the establishment of dedicated container handling facilities

ORIGINAL PROPONENT STATUS. Dennis Uy's Chelsea will have to match or best other bids in a Swiss challenge for the Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project. File Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH welcomes 'most powerful' warship BRP Conrado Yap

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The corvette donated by South Korea significantly boosts the Philippines' anti-surface, anti-air, and anti-submarine warfare capabilities

MOST POWERFUL. Spectators raise their flags during the arrivalof BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) at Pier 13 on Tuesday. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Davao City council asks President Duterte to lift martial law

Aug 06, 2019 - 5:52 PM

This is in keeping with Mayor Sara Duterte's proposal, which she made last June after her discussion with ambassadors and officials of other countries

 MARTIAL LAW. This file photo from July 2017 shows Task Force Davao personnel manning security check-points in the city after President Duterte's martial law declaration. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

3 Indonesian fishermen rescued by Mati City locals, Philippine Coast Guard

Jul 21, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Mati Police chief Major Bembo Lopez Aying says Paulus Baeruma, Batinus Paniat, and Pente Laberu were rescued off the coast of Barangay Bobon in Mati City on July 17

SAFE. The rescued Indonesian fishermen being interviewed by authorities in Mati City. Photo courtesy of Glen Lazaro Ybañez