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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

[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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

ARMM assemblyman's aide killed in Davao City ambush

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Davao City police chief Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum says Sidik Salilama Amiril's aides told cops their boss was targeted because of a rido (clan feud) in Maguindanao

Malacañang confirms new landing of China plane in Davao

Jun 24, 2018 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says the Chinese plane landed in Davao City, hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte, for a 'refueling stop'

DUTERTE'S SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirms that a Chinese plane landed in Davao City again. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

On Father's Day, Sara Duterte thanks dad 'for the rigidity'

Jun 16, 2018 - 1:18 PM

'I would not be where I am now if I did not have you as a father,' says President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest daughter

RESPECT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends his hand to his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as the latter shows a gesture of respect upon her father's arrival at the Regional Crime Laboratory Office-11 in Davao City for the turnover ceremony of the 26 Mitsubishi patrol vehicles and inauguration of the new RCLO-11 Building on January 15, 2018. Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

To annoy 'detractors,' Sara keeps mum on final 2019 plans

Jun 16, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'The reason I don’t say that I won’t be running for Senate is for my political detractors to feel annoyed,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

PRESIDENTIAL DAUGHTER. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in Cagayan de Oro City on June 15, 2018. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

Lacson questions landing of China plane in PH: 'We might wake up a colony'

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'What if a hundred Chinese military aircraft suddenly request to refuel simultaneously? We might all wake up a colony again, this time by China,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rearrested NPA leader faces 11 non-bailable charges

May 29, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Elizalde Cañete once walked out of jail free after posting bail, but not this time, according to authorities

TRANSFERRED. NPA leader Elizalde Cañete is flown to Davao City on Tuesday, May 29, from Bukidnon, where he was rearrested at a hospital earlier this month. Photo by Davao City Police Office

Wider Davao River bridge opens to motorists

May 24, 2018 - 8:56 PM

Expect faster travel time along the widened Davao River bridge

Six Lane Davao River Bridge opens. Photo by Anna Mae Lamentillo

COA nudges Davao City over questionable workers

May 24, 2018 - 3:35 PM

'General services' still make up the biggest chunk of contracted services of the Davao City government which, in 2017, cost them P1.1 billion

File photo of the Davao City Hall by Rappler

COA flags Davao City’s unutilized funds for livelihood, disaster risk reduction

May 23, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Of the P5.4-million fund allotted to the PAMANA livelihood projects, only P119,000 was spent for expenses like catering and office supplies, the Commission on Audit said in its 2017 report on the Davao City government

AUDIT. The 2017 audit report of Davao City shows P560 million worth of unutilized funds.

Sara Duterte: COA questions on Davao City spending 'resolved'

May 23, 2018 - 12:14 PM

'All these matters were duly rectified and resolved,' says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

DAVAO CITY MAYOR. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says the Davao City government has addressed the concerns of the Commission on Audit on the former's expenses in 2017. Photo from the City Government of Davao Facebook page

P570M worth of Davao City spending, accounts in 2017 lacked documents – COA

May 22, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(UPDATED) State auditors make strongly-worded observations regarding procurement of medicines, school equipment, infrastructure projects, and inventory of supplies. Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio says COA's questions have been addressed.

AUDIT. The Commission on Audit (COA) flags P570 million in accounts and spending by the Davao City government in its 2017 audit report. File photo from Wikipedia

Demolition of charred Davao mall begins but questions remain

May 19, 2018 - 3:26 PM

No charges have been filed so far in relation to the NCCC mall fire that killed 38 people in December 2017

NCCC Mall is scheduled for demolition on May 19, 2018 -- five months after 38 workers were killed in a fire that walloped the four-storey building in Davao City. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Davao City monitoring developments in Indonesia after suicide bombings

May 18, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The city has been on high alert since its own bombing incident in September 2016

HIGH ALERT. A military tank is parked near Davao City's oldest church, the San Pedro Cathedral. The historical landmark is also proximate to other public buildings, including the Sangguinang Panlungsod and the City Hall. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Bedan lawyer, Davao judge also apply for Ombudsman post

May 15, 2018 - 5:36 PM

(UPDATED) Davao City Regional Trial Court Judges Carlo Espero II and lawyer Rex Rico are among Ombudsman hopefuls, informed sources from the judiciary confirm to Rappler

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Wife of slain barangay chief cries foul over fatal raid

May 15, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Lenlen Caminade Guatno accuses the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Region 11 of shooting her husband before serving the search warrant

Heart attack stops Maranao ex-captain's comeback bid

May 15, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Police confirm that Amilbangsa Manding, former chairman in one of Davao City's villages, died of heart attack on Monday evening

Duterte: Skipping barangay elections 'purely political'

May 15, 2018 - 8:54 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wanted 'to erase the suspicion' from his candidate-friends on whether he voted for them in the barangay elections

'PURELY POLITICAL.' President Rodrigo Duterte says he skipped the barangay elections for 'purely political' reasons. Malacañang file photo

Duterte skips first barangay elections under his presidency

May 14, 2018 - 3:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The voting period ends at 3 pm with President Rodrigo Duterte failing to show up at his polling precinct in Davao City

NO-SHOW. President Rodrigo Duterte skips the first barangay elections under his presidency. Malacañang file photo

Davao City barangay captain killed in raid

May 13, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) Police say Antonio Guatno, captain of Barangay Pangyan in Davao City, was shot after he aimed a gun at the raiding team

3 injured in Davao City violence ahead of barangay polls

May 13, 2018 - 8:59 AM

A heated 'altercation' triggers a fistfight between supporters of rival candidates for barangay captain, says the spokesperson of the Davao City police office

Bong Go meets with Floyd Mayweather in Davao City

May 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Secretary Bong Go facilitates the retired boxing champ's trip to Samal, where Floyd Mayweather Jr went jet skiing

'MONEY' IN DAVAO. Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr visits Davao City and meets Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go in Lanang, Davao City. Photo courtesy of Secretary Go's office

Armored car kills 2-year-old boy in Davao City pedestrian accident

May 10, 2018 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) In a separate media interview at the police station, driver Gregorio Vito, explains he was unable to see the boy crossing from his wind shield, due to how the armored vehicles are built

ACCIDENT. Photo shows the armored car that accidentally hit a kid in Davao City on Thursday, May 10. Photo by Bien Abanos

Davao City barangay poll candidates openly associate with politicians

May 09, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Comelec is helpless in enforcing pre-election rules

NOGRALES ENDORSEMENT? Bago Aplaya candidate Bobot Dujali are shown with PBA Partylist Representative Jericho Nograles in his campaign poster. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Davao Region, not city, is '2nd fastest growing economy' in PH

May 09, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The claim was sourced from a presidential media briefing which refers to Davao Region, and not Davao City

Sara Duterte clarifies she has 'no opinion on divorce'

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:23 PM

When President Duterte claimed she opposed divorce, the Davao City Mayor says many 'did not understood that it was a joke'

SILENT ON DIVORCE. File photo shows President Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during their recent trip to China. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan recommends $684-M railway system for Davao City

Apr 24, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The JICA-backed plan will traverse 15 kilometers across the city, with another 6.6 kilometers extension

DOJ turns over to NBI report on Davao Mall Christmas eve fire

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:44 PM

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says NBI will evaluate and recommend the 'appropriate action'

Photo by SAP Bong Go

Sara Duterte returns to Japan for urban planning lessons

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and other Davao City officials are in Japan as part of the city government's partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency

JAPAN LESSONS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio heads to a nearby river system in Tokyo, during a visit with other Davao City officials to study Japan's urban planning efforts. Photo courtesy of Councilor Maria Belen Acosta

Peace adviser welcomes Sara Duterte’s opposition to resumption of peace talks

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:00 PM

(UPDATED) Jesus Dureza says 'we should respect the statements of Mayor Sara because she knows also why she has to say it'

RESPECT. President Duterte's peace adviser, Secretary Jesus Dureza, says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio's stance against the resumption of talks with the communists is an input to be respected despite being contrary to her father's latest directive. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Palarong Pambansa 2018: Let the games begin!

Apr 15, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Up to 15,000 student athletes will compete in Palarong Pambansa 2018, hosted this year by Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

PALARONG PAMBANSA. It's a sea of color in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, as Palarong Pambansa begins on April 15, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Davao City to host Palarong Pambansa 2019

Apr 14, 2018 - 4:59 PM

(UPDATED) Education Secretary Leonor Briones says President Rodrigo Duterte 'had nothing to do' with Davao City's victory in the bidding process

NEXT YEAR'S HOST. Davao City wins the bidding to host the Palarong Pambansa 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Davao chocolate boards AirAsia's in-flight meals

Apr 06, 2018 - 10:20 AM

AirAsia Philippines will carry the meal – flavored with Davao City's Malagos Chocolate – in all of its domestic and international flights beginning April 12

CHOCOLATE CHICKEN. AirAsia Philippines' roasted dalandan chicken with pimiento sauce is flavored with Davao City's Malagos Chocolate. Photo by Mick Basa

Holy Week attacks stall P1.3-B road projects in Davao City

Apr 02, 2018 - 8:51 PM

Authorities suspect the New People's Army is behind the burning of 10 heavy equipment vehicles in different barangays

TORCHED. One of the heavy equipment trucks destroyed by suspected communist fighters during Holy Week in Davao City. Photo from the Davao City Police Office

Undeclared Korean SUV found in shipment at Davao port

Mar 22, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Findings of an x-ray scan conclude a vehicle was placed in between declared items. The scan is verified on Wednesday during a physical inspection.

SMUGGLED. Customs officials find an undeclared Hyundai sports-utility vehicle stuffed in between a used dump truck and a tractor head. Photo from BOC Davao

Parent who threatened Ateneo de Davao prof is Comelec Davao region chief

Mar 22, 2018 - 4:59 PM

'Hindi 'nyo ba alam na ako ang director ng Comelec?' Commission on Elections regional director Remlane Tambuang allegedly tells campus security when he sees them in the hall outside the office where the incident happened