Appeals court rules in favor of Masbate gold mine

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Petitioners simply failed to substantiate their claims that any environmental damage is directly attributable to Filminera s mining activities

NO WRIT OF KALIKASAN. Open pit mining operation by Filminera Resources Corp. in Aroroy, Masbate. Rappler file photo

News Briefs: February 16, 2017

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 16

News Briefs: February 13, 2017

Feb 13, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Monday February 13

Briones inspects schools devastated by Typhoon Nina

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:16 PM

At least 118 schools in Bicol Mimaropa and Calabarzon regions are being used as evacuation centers for about 4 050 families affected by Typhoon Nina

AERIAL INSPECTION. Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Tuesday, December 27, joins an aerial inspection of the areas affected by Typhoon Nina. Photo courtesy of DepEd

Typhoon Nina affects over 100,000 in PH

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:56 PM

Thousands remain in evacuation centers as Typhoon Nina continues to move away from the Philippines

DEVASTATED. Residential areas in Naga City were shattered by Typhoon Nina. Photo by Jerome Ruiz Berja/Rappler

'Escudero supporters switched to Robredo to prevent a Marcos win'

May 11, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Political analyst Richard Heydarian says Leni Robredo became the rallying point for the reformist vote that wants to stop the return of Marcos to office

2016 elections: Which senators are winning in Bicol provinces?

May 10, 2016 - 2:46 PM

Reelectionist Franklin Drilon is the leading senatorial candidate in 3 of 6 Bicol provinces

5 of 6 Bicol governors support Grace Poe

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:13 AM

The presidential bet thanks the governors for her support The endorsement comes at a time when Poe is trailing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in surveys

BICOLANDIA. Five out of the 6 incumbent governors in the Bicol region have expressed support for presidential bet Grace Poe. Photo by Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

5 gold workers killed in small scale mining pit in Aroroy, Masbate

Apr 18, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The miners were trapped inside a mine pit in the gold rich town of Aroroy Masbate

Masbate bets raise alarm over private armed groups

Feb 17, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Local candidates express their election related concerns at the first ever dialogue with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Philippine National Police Special Task Force Masbate in Masbate City

PRIVATE ARMED GROUPS. Former Masbate City prosecutor Freddy Sera opens Pandora's box by saying powerful politicians are employing private armed groups (PAGs) to kill political opponents and terrorize people due to partisan politics. All Photos by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Navy rescues 102 tourists stranded in Masbate

Feb 10, 2016 - 7:38 PM

The local tourists mostly from Metro Manila are on a 3 day island hopping activity and get stranded on Sombrero Island

RESCUED. More than 100 tourists are stranded in Sombrero Island, Burias, Masbate, on February 9, 2016, after they refuse to heed gale warning. Navy officers rescue them. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Who is running in Bicol | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Bicol

Court orders Masbate gov detention in BJMP facility

Feb 20, 2015 - 1:03 PM

UPDATED Former Masbate representative now Governor Rizalina Seachon Lanete who faces plunder and graft raps over the pork barrel scam will be detained in the same facility as alleged scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles

PLUNDER RAPS. Former Masbate representative now Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete is escorted by family members at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on February 20, 2015. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Masbate governor surrenders to CIDG over plunder charge

Feb 19, 2015 - 11:11 AM

UPDATED Former Masbate representative now Governor Rizalina Seachon Lanete surrenders to police hours after the Sandiganbayan orders her arrest

PLUNDER CHARGES. Former Masbate representative now Governor Rizalina Seachon-Lanete surrenders to authorities hours after the court issues a warrant for her arrest. Photo from the Masbate provincial government website

NDRRMC issues flood advisory for 14 provinces

Dec 27, 2014 - 11:27 AM

The NDRRMC s December 27 flood advisory covers 3 regions and 14 provinces

Ruby's 3rd landfall over Mindoro Monday evening

Dec 08, 2014 - 12:18 AM

Twelve areas in Southern Luzon are under Signal Number 3 while Metro Manila now under Signal No 2 will feel the effects of the typhoon starting Monday December 8

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Ruby flattens Bicol houses, causes storm surge

Dec 07, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Storm surges and flood from Typhoon Ruby Hagupit destroys houses made of light materials in the Bicol Region

RUBY’S IMPACT. Filipino residents run from strong waves brought by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) at a coastal village in Legazpi city, Albay province on Sunday, December 7. Photo by Zalrian Z. Sayat/EPA

Masbate now under state of calamity

Dec 07, 2014 - 5:01 PM

There are reports of flooded areas and impassable roads after Typhoon Ruby made its second landfall in Cataingan Masbate on Sunday morning December 7

Ruby crossing central PH, hits Masbate

Dec 07, 2014 - 11:54 AM

UPDATED Typhoon Ruby is expected to make its 3rd landfall over Sibuyan Island between 8 and 10pm Sunday night

NOAA Satellite and Information Service

Masbate braces for second Ruby landfall

Dec 07, 2014 - 5:23 AM

The provincial government has implemented forced evacuation especially from coastal towns that are prone to storm surges

Ruby slightly weakens ahead of Masbate landfall

Dec 07, 2014 - 5:20 AM

UPDATED PAGASA places Masbate where Ruby is expected to make a second landfall under Signal Number 3 and Metro Manila under Signal Number 1

FLEEING FOR SAFETY. Filipinos evacuate to safer ground in the town of Marabot, Samar, on December 6, 2014, due to Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit). Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Ruby heads toward Masbate; NCR under Signal No. 1

Dec 07, 2014 - 12:19 AM

State weather bureau PAGASA raises public storm warning signals over more areas: Signal No 3 in 11 areas; Signal No 2 in 12 areas; Signal No 1 in 18 areas including Metro Manila

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Masbate's barangay folks lead sanitation efforts

Nov 19, 2014 - 1:23 PM

Find out how several communities on the island of Masbate changed a bad habit that threatened their health and the environment

Aftermath of Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan): What we know

Nov 22, 2013 - 2:25 PM

Rappler is compiling this list of what we know so far in the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda

#YolandaPH: At least 3,099 families evacuated in Masbate

Nov 08, 2013 - 9:52 PM

Storm warning signals are lowered to No 2; 1 casualty reported due to electrocution

Retracing Jesse’s last route

Aug 18, 2013 - 4:33 PM

For the first time since her husband s death Camarines Sur Rep Leni Robredo visits the crash site

REMEMBER JESSE. Camarines Sur Rep Leni Robredo lays white flowers at the site of a plane crash where her husband and two others perished to commemorate his 1st death anniversary. Photo by Raffy Magno/Rappler

Robredo pays tribute to slain diver

Aug 17, 2013 - 10:59 AM

American diver Matthew Caldwell was part of the team that helped search for the body of Jesse Robredo one year ago

SEARCH TEAM. Matthew Caldwell was part of the team that recovered the bodies of Jesse Robredo, plane captain Jessup Bahinting, and student pilot Kshitiz Chand. File photo by Rappler

7 other Masbate ferry passengers feared dead

Jun 17, 2013 - 4:44 PM

Rescue operatives have covered a 120 nautical mile radius from the place of the sinking and see no more signs of more survivors in the area

PCG: 7 missing, 2 dead in ferry mishap off Masbate

Jun 15, 2013 - 5:33 PM

UPDATED A total of 70 passengers were on board the boat but only 35 are listed on the manifest 6 more are rescued

Rappler Newscast | June 14, 2013

Jun 14, 2013 - 8:51 PM

Ship sinks off Masbate 2 passengers die and 55 are rescued PSE falls sharply for a day US NSA will reveal foiled terror plots

Sunken ship's owners deny mechanical failure

Jun 14, 2013 - 7:51 PM

The management of MV Our Lady of Mt Carmel blasts false statements over the ship s sinking that killed two passengers

AFP sends boats, planes for Masbate rescue

Jun 14, 2013 - 1:48 PM

AFP vows to work day in day out to help rescue passengers of MV Our Lady of Mt Carmel

2 dead, 55 rescued as ship sinks off Masbate

Jun 14, 2013 - 8:48 AM

6th UPDATE Rescue operations continue however to save possibly undocumented passengers of MV Our Lady of Mt Carmel

Masbate blast near barangay chief's house kills two

Jun 06, 2013 - 11:27 PM

Two others are injured when a nipa hut exploded near the home of Barangay Chairwoman Lina Recto

Masbate-based radio stringer shot dead

Jun 06, 2013 - 5:51 PM

It s the 3rd media related killing in the country in 2013 and the 3rd in Masbate since 2003

Hostage-taking in Masbate

Apr 27, 2013 - 6:08 PM

UPDATED 5 children and three adults are hostaged by a man who refuses to be a gun for hire for an unidentified politician

Ilocos Norte new poll area of concern

Mar 20, 2013 - 6:06 PM

The Northern Luzon province has been included in the list of areas at high risk for violence since the start of the election period

Cebu Pacific launches flights to Camiguin, Masbate

Mar 07, 2013 - 4:02 PM

Cebu Pacific launches new domestic routes to Camiguin and Masbate

CEB LAUNCHES NEW DESTINATION. Cebu Pacific launches new destinations to Camiguin and Masbate

Masbate vice mayoral bet killed

Mar 03, 2013 - 5:59 PM

The Nationalist People s Coalition candidate succumbs to gunshot wounds in the stomach and thigh

Pinoy diver, 2 Australians rescued off Masbate

Jan 21, 2013 - 12:32 PM

The divers had come from Donsol Sorsogon but met rough waters

Drone 'not missing' - US Navy

Jan 09, 2013 - 6:03 PM

DFA chief Albert del Rosario says there should be no sovereignty issue because the drone did not fly over Philippine territory

ADRIFT AT SEA. Military officials believe the drone was 'long adrift at sea due to the presence of barnacles’ growth on its fuselage.' Photo courtesy of Naval Forces Souther Luzon

Partylist reps call for Senate probe on US drone

Jan 08, 2013 - 3:29 PM

Bayan Muna accuses the US military of violating the territorial sovereignty of the Philippines

US DRONE IN MASBATE. This handout photo released by Philippine National Police (PNP) Masbate on January 7, 2013 shows Philippine fishermen preparing to unload from their wooden boat an unmanned aerial vehicle, which Philippine naval and police authorities believe is a US drone, after it was recovered in waters off San Jacinto town, Masbate province, central Philippines. AFP PHOTO/PNP-MASBATE/PO3 ERWIN YUSI RIVERA

Drone launched from Guam in 2012 - US

Jan 08, 2013 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED The US embassy says the unarmed target drone found off Masbate last Sunday was launched during a military exercise in Guam on Sept 19 2012


Rappler Newscast | January 7, 2013

Jan 07, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Fishermen recover a US drone in waters off the central Philippines | After a series of shootings President Aquino needs more time to consider a total gun ban law | The Philippine stock exchange breaks the 6 000 level

US drone crashes off Masbate - police

Jan 07, 2013 - 3:35 PM

2nd UPDATE The US embassy says this type of vehicle is not armed and not used for surveillance

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE. A BQM-74E Chukar III is launched from a US Navy ship in Japan. The drones are painted orange so that they will be easier to see in the water and can be recovered. File photo from Wikimedia Commons

4 poll-related violence confirmed since October

Dec 17, 2012 - 3:35 PM

Police validating 23 other cases where local politicians and their supporters were attacked

ELECTION-RELATED. Police investigators look at the victims of the massacre in the town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao. File photo from AFP

Running vs dynasties 'much like sacrifice'

Dec 08, 2012 - 10:19 PM

Challengers to ruling families face odds but they want to give hope to their badly governed localities

'Pablo:' 40,000 in evacuation centers

Dec 04, 2012 - 5:18 AM

UPDATED The typhoon with international codename Bopha made landfall over Baganga Davao Oriental early morning Tuesday December 4; Pablo now raking across Mindanao

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 11:00 a.m., 04 December 2012. At 11:00AM 4/DEC/2012, the eye of Typhoon #PabloPH was located in the vicinity of Malaybalay, Bukidnon (8.3°N 125.0°E). Max winds/gust (160/195kph). Moving West Northwest @ 20kph. Image courtesy of PAGASA.

Leni Robredo says crash details no longer matter to family

Nov 13, 2012 - 1:35 PM

The widow of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo says she no longer thinks about the details of the plane crash because of the painful memories it brings

Aquino: Safety lapses caused Robredo crash

Nov 13, 2012 - 1:26 PM

UPDATED A series of lapses in safety procedures both in flight and on the ground led to the deadly August 18 crash off Masbate City that killed Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and two pilots