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Duterte on 75th anniversary of Leyte landing: Filipinos still at war vs illegal drugs

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte connects the events of the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese occupation to the need to be free from social ills like illegal drugs

VETS. World War II Veterans listen to speeches made on the 75th anniversary of the landing in Leyte Gulf. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Japan 75 years after Leyte landing: ‘Avoid war, value peace’



Oct 20, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Japan attends the 75th anniversary of the event that led to the end of their occupation of the Philippines during World War II

VETERANS. Filipino veterans attend the 75th anniversary of MacArthur landing on the Leyte gulf. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Leyte mayor slammed for mowing trees, plants in road clearing operations

Oct 19, 2019 - 5:51 PM

A directive by the Department of the Interior and Local Government says that local government units should not destroy plants and structures along sidewalks, only along roads

RAMPAGED. Plants are mowed and uprooted in the name of road clearing operations. Photo from the Ponferrada family

Manila court orders arrest of Joma Sison, Jalandoni over Leyte mass grave

Sep 06, 2019 - 3:32 PM

(UPDATED) Satur Ocampo, a co-accused, is excluded in the warrant because of an earlier bail grant by the Supreme Court

WARRANT. CPP Founding Chairman Joma Sison and NDF senior adviser Luis Jalandoni are ordered arrested by a Manila court. Photo of Sison by Rappler, photo of Jalandoni by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ormoc City kicks off 3rd nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The 3rd quarter NSED in Ormoc City simulates the impact of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake

PREPARED. The Abuyog Community College in Leyte participates in the 3rd quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill headed by the Abuyog MDRRMO at the ACC ground on Thursday, August 8. Photo by Jessica Alvero/ Rappler

Comelec to hold elections in Southern Leyte, South Cotabato on October 26

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:14 PM

The Commission on Elections says polls in the areas were suspended to a later date due to 'operational and logistical constraints' as the new districts were created only months before the May 13 polls

ELECTION PREPS. Teachers serving as Board of Election Inspectors test Vote Counting Machine in Araullo High School, Manila for the 2019 Philippine elections. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

At least 19 dead from dengue in Eastern Visayas

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:14 PM

From January 1 to July 6, 2019, the Department of Health in Region VIII has recorded 4,550 dengue cases

Ex-Leyte congressman files complaint vs poll winner over residency

Jul 05, 2019 - 7:42 AM

(UPDATED) Defeated Leyte 2nd district representative Henry Ong claims the winning candidate, Lolita Javier, committed falsification of public document when she claimed residency in Jaro town

FILES COMPLAINT. File photo of former Leyte 2nd district Representative Henry Ong.

Richard Gomez to focus on infrastructure dev't, disaster management during 2nd term

Jul 01, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Among the Ormoc City mayor's priorities are solving traffic congestion, increasing the city's resiliency to calamities, and banning single use plastics by 2021

OATHTAKING. Richard Gomez takes his oath of office for his second term as mayor of Ormoc City, Leyte. Photo from Ormoc City government's Facebook page

String of disqualification cases filed vs Torres-Gomez, allies in Leyte

Jun 05, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres are no strangers to petitions to disqualify them

WINNERS. Disqualification cases have been filed against (from left) elected Leyte Provincial Board Member Carmen Jean Torres-Rama, Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez, Leyte Representative Lucy Torres Gomez, and Merida Mayor Rolando Villasencio.

More poultry farms cause fly infestation in Ormoc City

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:52 PM

‘We need your cooperation…. You invested a lot. It will be most painful if your business will be closed,’ Mayor Richard Gomez reportedly tells poultry owners

COOPERATION. Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez (center, in black), asks poultry owners on May 28, 2019, to follow to environmental standards so their farms don't cause fly swarms in the communities. Photo from Ormoc City Facebook page

Comelec junks bid to disqualify another Torres in Leyte

May 29, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The Comelec second division dismisses a petition to disqualify the candidacy for the Leyte provincial board of Carmen Jean Torres Rama, sister of Representative Lucy Torres Gomez

Carmen Jean Torres-Rama

Barangays in Ormoc City hit by fly infestation

May 27, 2019 - 2:05 PM

(UPDATED) Residents blame the swarms of flies to the outbreak diarrhea in their areas

Photo from Ormoc City Gov't FB page

Dynasty members, old names capture new districts in 2019

May 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Meanwhile, in two areas where there will be new districts after 2019, political dynasties and prominent politicians grab important local posts

One vote is all it takes for Leyte town mayor-elect to defeat incumbent

May 15, 2019 - 2:32 AM

In San Isidro, Leyte, one vote spells all the difference

NEW MAYOR. Veloso clan celebrates the victory of Wingbebot Veloso (in white polo-shirt with sunglasses), Ching Veloso (in red-black stripes) and Anna Veloso Tuazon (in white blouse) in the midterm elections, May 14 at San Isidro Municipal Hall. Photo by Anna Veloso Tuazon's Facebook Page

Weak to no signal causes delay in transmission of votes

May 14, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Parts of Leyte, Baguio, and Sarangani struggle to transmit votes for canvassing because of internet connection problems

Because of the weak connection in village schools in Sabang, Tinabilan, San Joaquin and Taberna, the transmission of results is done in front of Palompon, Leyte town hall. Photos by Marthy John Lubiano


Philippine Army in Leyte apprehends 30 men, links Codilla clan

May 12, 2019 - 7:26 PM

A former village guard who was said to have held a .45 pistol is among those who were apprehended by the Philippine Army.

VERIFYING. Camp of Rowena Codilla verifies informations about the incident at Kananga Municipal Police Station. Photo from Rowena Codilla's Facebook Page

Leyte's 4th district: Will the Torres-Gomez clan take the last Codilla bailiwick?

May 10, 2019 - 8:30 AM

In Kananga town, Leyte, Mayor Weng Codilla is seeking reelection. Congresswoman Lucy Torres Gomez fields her brother Matt Torres against her

All photos used are taken from the officials' facebook page.

LOOK: Ormoc Airport's improved passenger terminal building

May 09, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The renovated terminal of the Ormoc Airport in Leyte can accommodate more passengers, as well as larger aircraft

REHAB. The rehabilitated Ormoc Airport in Leyte. Photo from CAAP

Leyte town mayor backs Roxas' Senate bid: 'He was always there to help'

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Palo town Mayor Remedios Petilla credits ex-DILG chief Mar Roxas for helping her town rebuild after Super Typhoon Yolanda

ALLIES. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Mar Roxas meets with Palo, Leyte Mayor Remedios Petilla on April 23, 2019. Photo from Roxas' media staff

The unspoken dreams of the Bajaus in Leyte

Apr 20, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Because of abject poverty, Bajau mothers feed their infants with three-in-one coffee mix when they run out of breast milk

Leyte teachers appeal for better internet connectivity

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Teachers in Abuyog, Leyte, climb mountains to get internet connection to submit their teaching reports, showing gaps in service delivery despite the country's modernization efforts in education.

STRUGGLE FOR INTERNET: Teachers from Libertad Elementary School climb mountains to get internet connection. Photos by Joseph Sumayang

2 jail guards, tricycle driver killed in Leyte ambush

Apr 17, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Leyte police say the guards were escorting detainees back to the Palompon Sub-Provincial Jail after a court hearing in Villaba town when they were attacked. All 5 detainees were unharmed.

Visayas State University cleared after bomb threat

Mar 28, 2019 - 10:58 PM

VSU President Edgardo Tulin urges students to remain vigilant following the 'security threat' that prompted the suspension of classes and office work in the university

SWEEPING EVERY CORNER. Bomb sniffing dogs check one of the dorms inside VSU Upper Campus on March 27, 2019. Contributed Photo

Southern Leyte split into 2 congressional districts

Feb 04, 2019 - 1:05 PM

This means Southern Leyte gets to elect two members to the House of Representatives in future elections

'Not feeling well': Duterte skips Leyte event

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The 73-year-old President cannot make it to a scheduled event in Palo, Leyte, adding to a growing list of activities he had to skip for health reasons

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte bows before the attendees of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) Summit at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on January 23, 2019. Also in the photo are Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Social and Welfare Development Secretary Rolando Bautista. Malacañang Photo

Leyte university apologizes to Bretman Rock, Manny MUA over dress code poster

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Leyte Normal University assures the social media personalities that the poster was made 'without malicious intentions of maligning your persons'

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: ‘For the Love of Leyte’ featuring the Itchyworms

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:07 PM

The Itchyworms gives us a sneak peek into the two-day benefit arts and music festival in Leyte they are headlining

Ben&Ben, Itchyworms, Bullet Dumas come together for Leyte

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Catch your favorite OPM artists at For The Love of Leyte, a music and arts festival on November 30 to December 1

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

WATCH: #MoveLeyte: 'Social Good in the Digital Age' forum in VSU

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Tickets to the public forum are free, but seats are limited. Register now!

Senate OKs new districts for General Santos City, Southern Leyte, Isabela

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The bills for these legislative districts, once signed into law, would provide for the election of a congressional representative for each new district

College student shot dead in Baybay City

Aug 28, 2018 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) Ronie Bercede Recilla was a computer science student at the Visayas State University

STUDENT KILLED. Visayas State University student Ronie Bercede Recilla is gunned down near a vulcanizing shop in Baybay City, Leyte. Photo courtesy of Jed Cortes/Amaranth

DOJ witness Kerwin Espinosa washes hands in Albuera drug raid

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) A cop whom Kerwin said was in his pocket takes the witness stand, and says police found no evidence to link him to the raid

STATE PROTECTION. Kerwin Espinosa leaves the Manila RTC on August 10, 2018, tightly guarded by escorts from both the NBI and the DOJ Intelligence Service Operations Group (ISOG). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 3, 2018

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:34 AM

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Brawl at FIBA: PHI vs AUS July 2. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Maasin Airport's new passenger terminal inaugurated

Jul 02, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The Maasin Airport in Southern Leyte can now accommodate 150 passengers from the previous 50

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Journalists conduct gift giving for kids in Samar village

Jun 10, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Army First Lieutenant Orlando Casipit Jr says 'education is the only way out of poverty' for children of Barangay Mabini in Basey, Samar

GIFT GIVING. Journalists and soldiers conduct a gift giving for marginalized schoolchildren in a Samar village. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

'People's Museum' seeks to preserve identity of Ormoc City

Mar 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'We need a museum to remind us that we are part of a cultural band and we have a responsibility to our descendants to preserve our past,' says Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez

SITE OF PEOPLE'S MUSEUM. The people of Ormoc City will have their own museum come June 2018. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Kerwin Espinosa's lawyer killed in ambush near Cebu City courthouse

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Gunmen spray bullets at the car of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of the suspected drug lord

AMBUSH. The vehicle of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of Kerwin Espinosa who was ambushed in Cebu, February 19 2018. Photo by Romeo Marantal

IN PHOTOS: Media groups give aid to Eastern Samar residents

Feb 04, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Over 300 households in Barangay Can-ilay receive goods from the visiting journalists, who are assisted by the DSWD and the military

OUTREACH. Members of the media, along with DSWD and the military bring goods to remote villages in Eastern Samar. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Sandiganbayan clears Leyte congressman Cari in fertilizer fund scam

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Also cleared of charges is Representative Jose Carlos Cari's mother, Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari

CLEARED. Due to inordinate delay, the Sandiganbayan clears Leyte 5th District Representative Jose Carlos Cari in a P3.12 million worth fertilizer fund scam.

Leyte town gets new rescue tools after Urduja, Vinta

Jan 20, 2018 - 4:04 PM

'We want to better equip the rescue volunteers of San Miguel in order to save lives,' Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfred Benitez says

RESCUERS' TOOLS. Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfred Benitez delivers 29 sets of head gear and flashlights on January 18, 2018, for the rescuers of San Miguel.

4 killed in Tacloban wall collapse

Jan 14, 2018 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) Search and retrieval operations will resume on Monday morning, January 15

DANGER ZONE. A view of the collapse area. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

LOOK: Tacloban residents help stranded commuters through 'baluto' rides

Jan 02, 2018 - 5:26 PM

In an admirable display of the spirit of bayanihan, Tacloban residents help ferry stranded commuters across a flooded street

EDC net income drops by 6.5% in 1st 9 months due to Leyte earthquake

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The core net income of the renewable energy producer falls to P6.6 billion for the January to September period as the quake in July disrupted operations of its largest power plant

PHINMA Energy to file case against PSALM

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The case is to stop PSALM from removing PHINMA Energy as administrator of a 40 megawatt geothermal power plant in Leyte

Duterte might not push through with mega prison in Nueva Ecija – Aguirre

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The President instead proposes to build a new medium sized facility and improve existing 7 regional prisons

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

4 mayors, no projects in Albuera, Leyte in 2016 – COA

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:33 AM

Commission on Audit also flags Albuera s low spending on disaster risk reduction

Albuera, Ozamiz's Espenido gets new assignment: Iloilo

Aug 28, 2017 - 10:33 AM

UPDATED Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido is also awarded the Magalong Medal Order of Lapu Lapu

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medal to Ozamiz City Police Director Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido during the National Heroes Day Commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on August 28, 2017. Espenido was hailed for his successful anti-illegal drug operations in Ozamiz City. The President has then reassigned Espenido to Iloilo City. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Aug 23, 2017 - 9:25 PM

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