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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

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 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

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

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.

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

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 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

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

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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

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

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

Cost of Mindanao Railway Phase 1 jumps by 130% to P82.9 billion

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:50 AM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia previously told reporters that the project would be funded by China, but there is no deal yet

Davao City gets more foreign funding under Duterte

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Now that Davao City's longtime mayor has become the most powerful man in the country, his city has taken its place at the ODA banquet table

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Davao City eyes transparent garbage bins to avoid terror attack

Jul 06, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Task Force Davao commander Colonel Consolito Yecla says there will also be a 'No Jacket Policy' when approaching inspection areas during the Kadayawan festival

SAFETY PRECAUTION. Davao City is eyeing the use of transaprent garbage bins as a security measure following the suicide terror attacks in Sulu. Image from Shutterstock

Davao court issues hold departure order vs Kapa officers

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:36 PM

A new rule allows the justice department to apply for a precautionary hold departure order despite the fact that no charge has been filed yet against Kapa-Community Ministry International

KAPA. Pastor Joel Apolinario prays over some 50,000 members of Kapa-Community International Ministry in a rally in General Santos City on June 13, 2019. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Sara Duterte wants martial law lifted in Davao City

Jun 21, 2019 - 10:06 AM

The Davao City mayor will first get recommendations from the military and police before sending a City Council resolution to her father, President Rodrigo Duterte

DAVAO CITY CHIEF. Mayor Sara Duterte wants her city exempted from martial rule in Mindanao. Photo from the City Government of Davao Facebook page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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