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2 killed in Abra disco shootout

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:17 PM

The incident starts from an argument between a barangay captain, who wants to close the establishment, and the bar owner

Still no suspect in P15.6-million gold heist in Itogon

Jun 14, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Police say the suspects waited for the vehicle driven by Radito Quinto with escort Benny Canor early morning of June 10 at Sitio Bagingey, Poblacion, Itogon, Benguet

Cordillera burning: Forest fires hit parts of mountain region

Feb 23, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Fires are reported in Itogon, La Trinidad, Baguio City, and Mount Pulag in Benguet, and in Sagada in Mountain Province

RESPONDERS. A chopper is dispatched to rescue people caught in the forest fire in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet, on February 20, 2019. Sourced photo

Baguio seeks geotechnical probe into Mines View Park cracks

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:10 PM

'The conduct of a thorough study on the soil condition of Mines View Park is highly required at the soonest possible time,' a city council resolution reads

MINES VIEW PARK. The Baguio City council has asked concerned local government agencies to look into Mines View Park cracks. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Itogon braces for Typhoon Rosita, aims to prevent repeat of tragedy

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan orders preemptive evacuation, particularly in barangays previously hit by deadly landslides

ON ALERT. Officials hold a pre-disaster risk assessment meeting in Itogon, Benguet, on October 27, 2018, to prepare for Typhoon Rosita. Photo from Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan's Facebook page

DENR suspends operations vs small-scale mining in Itogon

Oct 13, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he will meet with small-scale miners of Itogon, Benguet, to discuss their future

ITOGON LANDSLIDE. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu suspends operations in Itogon, Benguet. Photo of Roy Cimatu from Senate PRIB, Itogon background by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

How K-9 units helped in Naga and Itogon landslide search operations

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:43 PM

For the trainers, the story of how canines responded in the operations is a testament to the bond between dogs and humans – in life and in death

Retrieval operations end at Itogon landslide site

Sep 30, 2018 - 9:50 PM

A total of 94 people are confirmed dead in Itogon, Benguet, many of them from the massive landslide in Barangay Ucab

Day 2 see the continuing efforts of police and rescue teams in their search for the bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet. September 17, 2018. Photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

5 still missing in Itogon village as retrieval operations near endgame

Sep 29, 2018 - 6:28 PM

At least 86 people died in Itogon, Benguet, following the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

ENDGAME. This photo shows fround zero of the landslide at Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Ifugao cries the loudest over Itogon landslide dead

Sep 28, 2018 - 8:38 PM

Most of the 59 who died in Ucab, Itogon, because of the huge mountainslide – including the 12 missing – from 12 days ago are from Ifugao province

FINDING THE DEAD. Police rescue teams find bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet. September 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

22 bodies left to be retrieved in Cordillera landslide sites

Sep 26, 2018 - 11:16 PM

The Police Regional Office – Cordillera says that as of Wednesday, September 26, they have only 22 bodies left to retrieve in Benguet, as well as two in Guisad Surong in Baguio

THE SEARCH CONTINUES. A backhoe works to move more ground as the search for the dead continues in Itogon. Photo courtesy of Itogon Police.

No one found alive inside Itogon bunkhouses

Sep 25, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The Office of Civil Defense - Cordillera says there are now 103 dead in the region, with Benguet accounting for 83 deaths and Baguio City with 13

ITOGON LANDSLIDE. Police and rescue teams continue the search for the bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet on September 17, 2018. File photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

At least 78 dead in Itogon, Benguet, after Typhoon Ompong

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:05 AM

At least 33 others are missing, 27 of whom are from Level 070 in Barangay Ucab

FOUND. Police and rescue teams search for bodies buried by the landslide in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Twin tragedies: How Itogon and Naga landslides are alike

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Disaster scientist Mahar Lagmay laments that while technology allowed officials to see the problem, it wasn't used to solve it

DOUBLE DISASTER. The Itogon, Benguet and Naga City, Cebu landslides are similar despite the distance. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler;Photos by Jirre Carreon, Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Ompong death toll in Itogon, Benguet, climbs to 70

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:00 PM

More than 30 people remain missing in the town of Itogon, many of them in the area where a huge landslide struck on September 15

Relatives of victims of the landslide in Lower Gumok grieve and wait for the time that they can view the remains of their kin. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Itogon: When the land of promise buried its people

Sep 23, 2018 - 5:36 PM

A disaster had been brewing in Itogon, Benguet, long before Typhoon Ompong came

EARTH WOUNDED. Rescuers struggle to improvise their passage as the landslide cut off a main road in Ucab in Itogon, Benguet. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Retrieval operations after Itogon landslides speed up

Sep 23, 2018 - 4:02 PM

The death toll after the Itogon landslides reaches at least 69

LANDMARK. The collapsed soil has turned an entire section of the Itogon mountainside to a void of rock and mud. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

My Ucab moment

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:26 PM

Ucab, even then, was a wasteland. There were hardly any trees and the soil was clay.

Death toll in Itogon, Benguet, now at 69

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:05 PM

(UPDATED) Police say 44 of the fatalities are from Barangay Ucab

ITOGON. Police and rescue teams continue the search for bodies buried by the landslide in Ucab, Itogon in Benguet, on September 17, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Itogon tragedy: Disaster response gone wrong

Sep 22, 2018 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) In the days leading up to Typhoon Ompong, what could have been done to prevent the tragedy in Itogon, Benguet?

GROUND ZERO. Rescuers struggle to find the missing in Itogon, Benguet, the site of a massive landslide triggered by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut). Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Itogon landslide, Nene Pimentel on Mocha Uson, Grab fares | Evening wRap

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:59 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Chito dela Vega

Rescuers ordered to leave as fresh landslides threaten Itogon

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:35 PM

From about 900 responders, only 30 are allowed now. Authorities are worried that rains for the past 2 days will bring landslides again in this Benguet town.

FOR THEIR SAFETY. Rescuers and volunteers are asked to leave the rescue site in Itogon, Benguet to prevent fatalities from possible landslides. Photo Jire Carreon/Rappler

VLOG: When tragedy struck Itogon miners in the mountains

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The search for the missing continues. But as Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) has already left the country, people are asking: Who is to blame?

Itogon mayor to Benguet Corp: Help us look for relocation, burial sites

Sep 20, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan says they will clear Pacalso Elementary School of evacuees by Sunday, September 23 so that students can go back to school the next day. 'Ang problema, saan natin sila dadalhin?'

SEARCH. This file photo shows the continuing efforts of police and rescue teams to look for missing persons following the landslide in Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. September 17, 2018. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Itogon mayor: Benguet Corp's fault miners were in landslide-prone area

Sep 20, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan says local government could not intervene because the activities were done in an area under Benguet Corporation

TOWN MAYOR. Victorio Palangdan says Banguet Corporation allowed miners to use its abandoned building near the Atamok mining area in their town. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Rescuers of Itogon: No surrender until all bodies found

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:54 PM

'Physically, nararamdaman namin ‘yung pagod, pero nandoon yung adrenaline, na kababayan mo ito. This is the last thing you can do for them,' says Superintendent Mario Mayames, a member of the rescue team

Itogon mayor hopes for 'miracle' in search for missing

Sep 19, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'They declared that we are already in the stage of retrieval, but for me, God only knows who will be dead and who will be alive,' says Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan

SEARCH. Police and rescue teams on Monday, September 17 search for missing persons following a massive landslide in Barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet. File photo  by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DENR: Itogon landslide not caused by mining

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says tracking accountability over the incident was 'very unique,' as land that fell on the mining site was from private land

After tragic landslide, mayor says Itogon to transition to farming

Sep 19, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan hopes that in 5 years, his town will no longer be dependent on mining

HELP NEEDED. Itogon, Benguet Mayor Victorio Palangdan at the operations and relief center at Barangay Tuding. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Itogon women trek a mountain to feed families as men dig for missing

Sep 19, 2018 - 2:59 PM

'Tumutulong sila doon kaya kami ang umakyat dito…. Mga babae, nandito kami lahat para sa pagkain at tulong, kasi wala na sa amin,' says 30-year-old Elizabeth Coslengan

FOR THE FAMILY. Elizabeth Coslengan climbs to higher ground from their mountainside community to get help from the government. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Itogon landslides: 'We still consider this a rescue operation'

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:45 PM

'Naniniwala tayo na baka may survivor pa,' says Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino

SEARCH CONTINUES. Policemen on September 17, 2017, join the search for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What to know about Itogon, Benguet

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:06 PM

Itogon, a mining town in Benguet, suffers a massive landslide in the wake of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Policemen lon September 17, 2017, lead the search and rertrieval operation for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Why mine despite landslide scare? 'Doon lang kami umaasa'

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:12 AM

The government has halted small-scale mining operations in the Cordillera Administrative Region but has yet to provide alternative livelihood to the miners

NO MORE MINING? Ucab, Itogon town Barangay Councilor Jake Magpaye at the landslide recovery site. Photo by Rambo Talabong

Cimatu orders 'minahang bayan' review after Itogon tragedy

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:23 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu orders the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to review all minahang bayan applications after the tragic landslide in Itogon, Benguet

IN PHOTOS: The Itogon mining community before and after Ompong

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Typhoon Ompong destroyed the homes of a mining community and left dozens dead or missing

AFTERMATH. Residents of the Itogon, Benguet mining community preferred to seek refuge in their 'bunkhouse'. By the end of the storm, they were gone.

46 bodies recovered from Benguet landslides

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:51 PM

(UPDATED) As of September 19, at least 60 remained missing

RECEOVERED. Rescuers retrieve a body buried from a landslide in the mining town of Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

In Itogon, sister volunteers to dig beneath the soil to look for brother

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Benylyn Gumuwang still believes her brother Harvey will come home alive, even if officials or other miners say he is most likely gone

STILL LOOKING. Benylyn Gumuwang, 45, volunteers to look for her missing brother who is a miner in Itogon, Benguet. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

PNP SAF joins search mission for victims of Benguet landslides

Sep 17, 2018 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde also says cops will now focus on maintaining law and order in affected areas, and supporting relief and rehabilitation efforts

Policemen lon September 17, 2017, lead the search and rertrieval operation for missing miners in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, who may have been buried at a mining shelter during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Cimatu orders stop to Cordillera small-scale mining after Ompong landslides

Sep 17, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan appeals to the Environment Secretary not to stop all the operations and to consult local governments and mining stakeholders first

CASUALTY. Rescuers retrieved a body buried by landslides inside a mining bunkhouse in Itogon, Benguet on September 17, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

4 private miners killed in Benguet in past week

Nov 25, 2016 - 9:49 PM

One dies from being buried alive inside the mine while 3 die from gas poisoning in a separate incident

Help needed for 100 children displaced by Benguet orphanage fire

Jan 28, 2016 - 9:51 PM

The Bethesda Children’s Home is a Christian run orphanage that has operated in Itogon Benguet for 68 years

BURNED TO THE GROUND. The Bethesda Children's Home, which has taken care of orphans in Benguet for 68 years, is destroyed, along with its clinic and dormitory on January 26, 2016. Photo by Rafael C Valencia

UP experts asked to investigate Benguet sinkhole

Nov 07, 2015 - 12:17 PM

A village in Virac Itogon is now akin to a ghost town as hundreds of residents have fled their houses after sighting cracks in the ground

SINKHOLE. This 20-meter-wide void in Virac, Itogon already swallowed at least 7 houses as of November 2. Photos courtesy of Cordillera Office of Civil Defense thru Ompong Tan

'Marriage trees' getting popular in Benguet towns

Aug 23, 2015 - 10:00 AM

The towns of Itogon and Kibungan require engaged couples to plan at least 5 trees before they are issued marriage licenses

BALD MOUNTAINS. Conversion of forests for industrial use – particularly mining – has led to deforestation in Itogon, Benguet, which authorities hope to address by requiring those applying for wedding licenses to first plant trees. Photo by Jessa Mardy Polonio/Rappler Jessa Mardy Polonio

2 Benguet miners die after being trapped in tunnel

Aug 07, 2015 - 9:24 PM

The small scale miners were trapped for 16 hours before rescuers found their bodies

A filmmaker's Christmas wish

Dec 21, 2014 - 4:00 PM

It shouldn’t be just an emotion of compassion That compassion has to be propelled into action we need to act