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Congresswoman: Place La Union under military protection | Evening wRap

Dec 05, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Margie de Leon

Congresswoman urges Comelec: Place La Union under military protection

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:16 PM

'To await the start of the election period might become too late for us,' La Union 2nd District Representative Sandra Eriguel says in her request to the Comelec

CRY FOR JUSTICE. The Balaoan Municipal Hall  displays posters seeking justice for slain officials. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

LOOK: La Union towns put up banners seeking justice for slain officials

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:51 AM

The provincial office of the Commission on Elections is in favor of placing La Union in the hotspots list, and under the control of the Comelec

Latest vice mayor killed: Who is Balaoan's Al-fred Concepcion?

Nov 14, 2018 - 5:19 PM

The killing of Balaoan Vice Mayor Al-fred Concepcion ends his more than two decades of working in government

La Union vice mayor, security escort killed in ambush

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) Vice Mayor Al-fred Concepcion of Balaoan, La Union, dies as unknown assailants open fire on their convoy. His daughter, Mayor Aleli Concepcion, is undergoing medical treatment.

Photo from Vice Mayor Al-fred Concepcion's Facebook account

DENR issues ECC for La Union coal plant project

Nov 03, 2018 - 3:53 PM

The project faces opposition from residents and environmental groups in La Union

La Union beyond surfing

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Know more about Luna town's picturesque pebble beaches and hidden charms

SEASIDE ART. Artwork face the sea. Photo courtesy of Laurie Mae Gucilatar, Joms Santos and Eleazar Cuela

Police eye 5 suspects in La Union mayor Buquing slay

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:35 PM

2 executed the killing, while 3 others are suspected to have acted as lookouts

SHOT DEAD. Mayor Alexander 'Alan' Buquing. Photo courtesy of Sudipen LGU

Politics, business eyed as motives in La Union mayor Buquing's slay

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Police say Mayor Alexander 'Alan' Buquing had an intense political run in 2016 and is a big-time local Pepsi distributor

LEADS PURSUED. The PNP forms a special task group to probe the killing of Sudipen Mayor Alexander 'Alan' Buquing. Photo from Sudipen LGU Facebook page

Slain La Union mayor shielded wife during attack – police

Oct 02, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Police say this explains how Vice Mayor Wendy Joy Buquing of Sudipen, La Union, survived the attack

SAVED. Vice Mayor Wendy Joy Buquing was shielded by her husband from the gunfire. Photo from Sudipen LGU

Latest mayor killed: Who is Alexander Buquing of Sudipen, La Union?

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:09 PM

Sudipen, La Union, Mayor Alexander 'Alan' Buquing is the 12th mayor killed since July 2016

La Union mayor Alexander Buquing shot dead

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:00 PM

(4th UPDATE) His driver and police body guard are also dead, while his wife, Sudipen Vice Mayor Wendy Joy Buquing, is injured

AMBUSHED. Mayor Alexander 'Alan' Buquing is shot dead in Bangar town, on his way home to Sudipen, La Union. Photo courtesy of Sudipen municipal government

Coal plant project in La Union sparks protests

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Residents are urging the La Union provincial government to pass an anti-coal ordinance to stop the construction of a 670-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Luna town

'PROTECT LA UNION'. Groups converge at the town plaza in San Fernando, La Union, in July 2018 to protest coal-fired power plant to be built in Luna. Screenshot from the video of Diane Mendoza Orpilla

In La Union, farmers let tourists pick grapes

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Tourists don't mind shelling out P300 per kilo of red cardinal grapes as long as they do the picking themselves

FRESH FRUITS. Tourist Chi Vallido fofCavite City  visits Bauang in La Union to harvest fresh grapes. Photo by Mau Victa

La Union Rep Eriguel says husband’s murder ‘politically motivated’

May 28, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The widowed lawmaker also blames PNP Region 1 director Romulo Sapitula and sacked Agoo chief of police Alfredo Padilla Jr for failing to prevent her husband's death

NOW A WIDOW. La Union 2nd District Representative Sandra Eriguel delivers a privilege speech on the killing of her husband and ex-lawmaker Franny Eriguel. Screenshot from the House of Representatives

La Union, Agoo police chiefs sacked amid Eriguel slay probe

May 21, 2018 - 10:34 PM

The two police chiefs were sacked to see whether they had lapses in preventing the high-profile killing

Barangay captain bet arrested over ex-La Union lawmaker Eriguel's slay

May 15, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The Philippine National Police says Felizardo Villanueva, a barangay captain candidate, is among the suspects in the killing of Eufranio Eriguel

SHOT DEAD. Former La Union congressman Eufranio Eriguel is killed while delivering a campaign speech

Malacañang hits killing of ex-La Union congressman Eriguel

May 13, 2018 - 7:46 PM

'Political violence has no place in society,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, as he denounces the killing of former congressman Eufranio Eriguel

PALACE REACTION. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denounces the killing of former La Union representative Eufranio Eriguel. Malacañang photo

Ex-La Union congressman Eriguel shot dead

May 12, 2018 - 10:21 PM

(UPDATED) Police say Eriguel was attending a gathering in Barangay Capas in Agoo, La Union when the suspects opened fire

SHOT DEAD. Former La Union congressman Eufranio Eriguel. File photos froM Eriguel's Facebook page; Shutterstock

Ilocos Region ready to be alternative to Boracay

May 04, 2018 - 10:43 AM

More tourists are expected to come to Ilocos Sur and Norte because of the 'resting' of Boracay

Ilocos as alternative to Boracay. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Reasons to fall in love with La Union, and to keep coming back

Apr 08, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Looking for a place with the right mix of calm and fun and festive? La Union is the place to be.

LTFRB suspends 7 Partas buses, 2 jeeps after deadly Christmas Day crash

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:32 PM

(UPDATED) Partas Transportation and the jeepney operator must attend separate LTFRB hearings on January 10

CHRISTMAS CRASH. A Partas bus and a jeepney collide along the national highway in Agoo, La Union, killing 20 people. Photo from Agoo Police

20 killed in Christmas Day road crash in La Union

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) A Partas bus and a private jeep collide along a national highway. Among the casualties are at least 3 minors, including a 5-month-old.

CHRISTMAS CRASH. A jeepney runs straight against a bus in Agoo, La Union. Photo from Agoo Police

Vanishing Brgy. Alaska: Who's paying for loss and damage?

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Some 306 families in Barangay Alaska, Aringay, La Union are pleading to be relocated as rising seas threaten to submerge their community

ENCROACHING SEA. Editha Rulloda of Sitio Berlin Barangay Alaska Aringay, La Union shows water closing in on her house. Photo by Arnold Diaz Manongdo

TPLEX now extended to Pozorrubio in Pangasinan

Dec 07, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The new 10.10-kilometer segment is expected to cut the Tarlac-Pozorrubio travel time from 2 hours and 30 minutes to just 45 minutes

TPLEX Binalonan to Pozorrubio in Pangasinan opens December 6

Dec 02, 2017 - 2:51 PM

The new segment will cut travel time from Tarlac to Pozorrubio from 2 hours and 30 minutes to 45 minutes

#SharePH: Life in different parts of the Philippines

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:26 AM

People of Zambales prefer to sleep by the shore because their cottages are for rent They would sacrifice comfortable sleep to earn money and accommodate more tourists

Ex-La Union town vice mayor killed in ambush

Apr 28, 2017 - 9:08 AM

Former Sto Tomas vice mayor Vincent Rafanan of La Union who is in the drug list of local police and his companion are gunned down by still unknown assailants

WATCH: Tapping youth volunteerism for public service

Mar 24, 2017 - 11:42 PM

Candon Youth Movement engages Ilocos Sur youth for projects on public health agriculture and education

VOLUNTEERISM. One of Candon Youth Movement's projects is to give slippers to urban poor children. Photo courtesy of CYM

News Briefs: February 17, 2017

Feb 17, 2017 - 1:46 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Friday February 17

Local top drug personality killed in Tarlac police encounter

Jan 02, 2017 - 8:13 PM

Three police officers sustained gunshot wounds in a firefight with suspected drug personality Enrico Magarde

WAR ON DRUGS. A top drug personality in La Union was killed in a firefight with the police in Tarlac on January 2.

Ronnie Dayan, Marcos burial, Mayweather-Pacquiao | Evening wRap

Nov 22, 2016 - 9:33 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

De Lima's ex-aide Ronnie Dayan arrested

Nov 22, 2016 - 5:48 PM

5th UPDATE Dayan who supposedly collected money from drug personalities in behalf of De Lima is arrested in La Union

Some La Union coastal dwellers stay put as Lawin hits

Oct 20, 2016 - 10:45 AM

Local officials say there are no reports of casualties in the province of La Union as of Thursday morning October 20

Top cops in 4 La Union towns sacked amid probe of 'drug' mayors

Aug 09, 2016 - 11:14 AM

The police chiefs of Bauang Naguilian Agoo and Tubao have been temporarily assigned to the Ilocos regional police office

TOP COPS RELIEVED. Several municipal police chiefs in La Union are relieved in connection with the Duterte administration's war on drugs

Conviction of cops protecting La Union drug lab affirmed

Jul 12, 2016 - 9:16 AM

The Court of Appeals says Regional Trial Court of Bauang La Union was able to prove Police Superintendent Dionicio Borromeo and PO3 Joey Abang guilty beyond reasonable doubt

PH rice farmers use SMS service to improve yield

Jun 08, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The top queries that the service receives are on seed quality and varietal information pest management seed availability and nutrient management

Ex-La Union congressman charged for P66.5-M PDAF scam

May 21, 2016 - 7:45 AM

Former La Union Second District Representative Thomas Dumpit Jr is being charged by the Office of the Ombudsman for the anomalous utilization of his PDAF

Congressman Thomas Dumpit Jr. Photo from Linked in.

Incumbent clans dominate northern Luzon polls

May 14, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Dynasties sweep the polls in 5 provinces north of Manila: Isabela Ilocos Norte Ilocos Sur La Union and Pangasinan

Century-old Ortega dynasty loses hold on La Union capital city

May 10, 2016 - 8:02 PM

Incumbent Vice Mayor Hermeginildo Gualberto a long time ally of the Ortegas wins the mayoral race in San Fernando City

NEW MAYOR. Incumbent Vice Mayor Gualberto defeats the Ortega clan in La Union

US to return century-old bell taken from La Union church

May 02, 2016 - 9:03 AM

The return of the bell is facilitated by two US Navy veterans who are also working to return the Balangiga bell of Eastern Samar according to an American newspaper

COMING HOME. The bell that hung at a West Point chapel has been readied for its return to the Philippines. Photo from Stars and Stripes.

Convoy of La Union congressman bombed

Apr 30, 2016 - 1:20 PM

3rd UPDATE Representative Eufranio Eriguel survives the apparent attack but a car in his convoy is hit by the explosion reportedly injuring 4 passengers

Ilocos-bound? Expect slowdown along Manila North Road

Mar 23, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Several roads and bridges along the Manila North Road are under construction the public works department says

Poe, Escudero: We can't force Marcos Jr to apologize

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:41 PM

Presidential candidate Grace Poe says an apology from Bongbong Marcos for martial law atrocities should not be given out of political expediency: Dapat kusang loob

ORTEGAS' BET. Presidential candidate Grace Poe is endorsed by Geraldine Ortega, wife of La Union's governor, during a sortie in San Fernando on February 25, 2016. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

VLOG: Bongbong Marcos campaigns in Pangasinan

Feb 12, 2016 - 7:58 PM

Marcos visits Dagupan Mangaldan Calasiao

LP mayors in La Union to vote for Bongbong Marcos – Ortega

Feb 12, 2016 - 7:00 AM

But for president the Liberal Party local officials in La Union will support party mate Mar Roxas says San Fernando Mayor Pablo Ortega

‘Flotsam’ Review: Escapist romances

Nov 05, 2015 - 1:13 PM

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Flotsam is how it treats a kind of escapist romance without judgment writes Oggs Cruz

Who is running in Ilocos Region | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Ilocos Region

Construction magnate Consunji sells entire TPLEX stake to San Miguel

Sep 22, 2015 - 9:23 PM

This allows San Miguel Corporation to gain full ownership of the Tarlac Pangasinan La Union Expressway TPLEX concessionaire

BUY OUT. The transaction brings San Miguel group’s stake in the concessionaire to 100%

Thousands affected, 2 dead amid Ilocos rains

Jul 18, 2015 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED One of the casualties suffered a heart attack while the other drowned amid rains brought by the southwest monsoon