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7 Moro lawmakers want House probe into warrantless arrest of 2 Muslim traders

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Manila cops arrest jewelry traders Abdullah Palawan Maute and Saadudin Alawiya in San Andres Bukid, claiming to find illegal drugs in their home

Puerto Princesa top cop linked to assault on environmental officer in Palawan

Jun 13, 2020 - 1:15 PM

The team of environmental officers was in the area after receiving reports of mangroves being cut down illegally

Air Force pilot Erickson Gloria is new military commander guarding West PH Sea

May 30, 2020 - 4:18 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines announces changes in key positions as Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria takes over the Western Command based in Palawan

NEW WESCOM CHIEF. Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria is appointed commander of the AFP Western Command. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Pandemic lockdown gives Philippine province time to rethink planned split-up

May 11, 2020 - 8:25 PM

The plebiscite, initially set for Monday, May 11, would have given nearly half a million voters in Palawan the choice of whether or not to accept Republic Act 11259, which would split the biggest province in the country into three smaller ones: Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental and Palawan del Sur

SPLIT UP. The image shows lawmakers' proposed division of Palawan into 3 provinces

Bar 2019: Provincial schools again emerge on top

Apr 29, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi in Albay produces the 2019 Bar examinations' 1st and 3rd placers

TOP 10. Provincial schools emerge at the top of the 2019 Bar Examinations. Photo from Supreme Court


Comelec suspends Palawan plebiscite due to coronavirus outbreak

Apr 07, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The Commission on Elections says it will issue a new calendar of activities for the plebiscite when Luzon lockdown ends April 30

PLEBISCITE SUSPENDED. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office at the Palacio Del Gobernador in Intramuros, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec suspends preparations for Palawan plebiscite

Apr 03, 2020 - 12:21 AM

The coronavirus outbreak forces the electoral body to halt all activities undertaken in preparation for the May 11 referendum that will decide whether or not Palawan will be broken into 3 smaller provinces

Nearly 700 stranded foreigners airlifted out of Palawan, Mindanao

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:54 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign tourists are stranded amid suspension of mass transport, including air travel, all over the country in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease

CEBU PACIFIC. An ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

Palawan designates hospitals in case of coronavirus outbreak

Mar 24, 2020 - 4:41 PM

The Ospital ng Palawan (ONP) in Puerto Princesa City, and Culion Sanitarium and General Hospital in Calamianes are for persons under investigation (PUI) suffering from worsening conditions

Endangered green sea turtle rescued in Palawan

Mar 24, 2020 - 1:15 PM

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office response team says a boat propeller may have injured the green turtle

RESCUED. Residents reported this stranded green turtle in Puerto Princesa City. Photo courtesy of CENRO Puerto Princesa

Palawan records first coronavirus case

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:25 AM

(UPDATED) The patient is a male Australian tourist who flew out of the city on March 17 through a 'mercy flight' to Clark via Airswift

How an agritourism spot empowers Palawan farmers through art

Feb 22, 2020 - 1:37 PM

For the resident artists in Yamang Bukid in Puerto Princesa, guiding farmers to find their creative genius is a way of empowering marginalized workers

YAMANG BUKID. Yamang Bukid in Puerto Princesa,Palawan. Photo courtesy of JM Zapanta

China Coast Guard ship spotted patrolling Ayungin Shoal

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:11 PM

A China Coast Guard vessel is spotted in Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea as CCG officials go on a 'goodwill visit' to the Philippines

SPOTTED. A China Coast Guard vessel is spotted near Palawan's Ayungin Shoal. File photo by Tony Anastacio

South Korean reality show ‘Law of the Jungle’ to film in Palawan – reports

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:07 PM

Kim Jae Hwan, Dayoung, and Jeong Ye In are among the Korean stars that are flying in to film the show

PALAWAN. The famous island will be the setting for the popular South Korean reality show, 'Law of the Jungle.' File photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

Palawan pangolin rescued in Pampanga

Dec 21, 2019 - 11:39 PM

The pangolin, found in the backyard of a house in Angeles City, may have fled from wildlife smugglers

RESCUED. A live Philippine pangolin has been turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Central Luzon on Saturday, December 21. Photo by Christian Sarmiento

Philippine gov't finds stopping pangolin trade challenging

Dec 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Part 2: An environmental lawyer says not only is wildlife enforcement in the Philippines 'very limited to only a few people,' it is also not well-funded

PALAWAN PANGOLIN. This file photo shows a Palawan pangolin rolled up into a ball. File photo courtesy of Emerson Y. Sy/PCTAR

In a Philippine village, pangolin hunting happens under local officials' watch

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Barangay officials in Culion, Palawan do a balancing act trying to save the Philippine pangolin species and keeping their posts

PANGOLIN HUNTING. At night time, hunters in Culion, Palawan, rove through this vast expanse of grassland with their dogs in hopes of spotting nocturnal pangolins, which they sell to buyers visiting their village. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Advocates say ‘clean coal’ a false solution to Philippine climate crisis

Dec 04, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'There is no such thing as clean coal [when] it still emits carbon dioxide and other pollutants,' Rodne Galicha, lead convenor of Living Laudato Si Philippines, says

ECO NOT EGO. Some students join the Global Youth Climate Strike at Plaza Libertad, Iloilo City on Friday, September 20. The strike is a call for climate justice from government and companies. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

The Philippines is the best diving destination according to the World Travel Awards

Dec 01, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Amanpulo Resort is recognized as World’s Leading Dive Resort

A1’s Ben Adams does karaoke duet with Pinay fan in Palawan

Nov 23, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Edith Rodriguez's dreams come true when she sings 'Like a Rose' with the British singer

DUET. Ben Adams sings on the karaoke with Pinay fan Edith Rodriguez in Palawan. Screenshot from Edith Rodriguez's Facebook page

Combatting illegal fishing in Palawan's Calamianes

Oct 15, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Left unaddressed, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing would continue to wreak havoc in the Calamianes, whose coastal and marine ecosystems are among the most diverse and extensive in the Philippines

FIGHT VS ILLEGAL FISHING. The island communities in the Calamianes are dependent on fishing as their main source of livelihood, supplemented with small-scale agriculture and forest-based occupations. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Philippines, U.S., Japan hold military drills near West PH Sea

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Japan joins the yearly exercise for the first time as regional allies build 'interoperability' in responding to security threats and natural disasters

TOPSHOTS  A Philippine naval personnel stands on guard during the arrival of missile destroyer USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) before the US-Philippine joint naval military exercise entitled 'Cooperation Afloat Readiness Training' (CARAT) near the disputed Spratly islands, in Puerto Princesa on the western Philippine island of Palawan on June 28, 2011. The Philippines and the US will launch naval exercises as the long-time allies seek to deepen defence ties amid tensions with China over a maritime dispute. The 11-day event will see two US missile destroyers patrol Philippine waters close to the resource-rich and strategically vital South China Sea that is at the heart of the regional territorial row. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

Huge saltwater crocodile kills fisherman in latest attack in Palawan town

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Police say the 20-year-old was taken by a 4.9-meter crocodile late Tuesday, October 8, as he and a colleague sailed back to the island of Balabac after a day of fishing

Vietnamese poachers arrested in Palawan

Sep 27, 2019 - 1:06 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard in Palawan says during the chase, the poachers 'were seen throwing their freshly caught fish and sharks off the boat'

Palawan News to host Information Summit

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:47 PM

The summit will gather over 100 key government officials from provincial and national offices, private sector leaders, and members of the Palawan working press

Residents urge mayor to block coal plant in Palawan town

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'I am not here to say 'yes' or 'no' to coal. What I'm trying to say is if it's advantageous for us, then I'll give it a go signal. But, if not, we'll stop it,' says Narra Mayor Gerandy Danao

CONSULTATION. Narra Mayor Gerandy Danao talks to residents about the planned construction of the 15-megawatt coal-fired power plant in the municipality. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

FALSE: Revilla 'eyes Culion, Palawan as next Bilibid Prison'

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:10 AM

Revilla did not propose to make Culion Island in Palawan the next Bilibid prison. The photo of the Manila Bulletin frontpage has been manipulated.

Coal threatens emerging sea cucumber culture in Palawan

Sep 17, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'This can affect the sea cucumber growth if untreated water is discharged to the sea, along with siltation from road construction and mining,' says a researcher from the Western Philippines University

SMOKE-DRIED. Elizabeth, a resident of Barangay Caguisan in Narra, Palawan, smoke-dries their sea cucumber catch for the month. Photo courtesy of Mavic Conde/Rappler

Crocodile kills high school student in Palawan

Sep 09, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The student, a 15-year-old boy, is attacked by a crocodile while fishing with his relatives in Balabac, Palawan

Group calls for 'greater state support' after killing of El Nido forest ranger

Sep 06, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Slain forest ranger Bienvinido Veguilla Jr is the 18th environmental defender killed in Palawan, according to the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment

Cebu Pacific to begin Cebu-Busuanga flights in October 2019

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Cebu Pacific's subsidiary Cebgo will fly twice daily between the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Francisco B. Reyes Airport

NEW ROUTE. A Cebu Pacific ATR 72-500 plane during flight. Photo from Cebu Pacific's website

10-year-old boy eaten by crocodile in Palawan town

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Authorities say the boy was on board with his two older siblings near the town of Balabac, which is notorious for confrontations with the massive creatures, when he was yanked into the water

AFP: 4 Chinese warships passed Palawan waters in June

Aug 06, 2019 - 4:54 PM

(UPDATED) The Western Mindanao Command says 3 of the Chinese warships were unresponsive to radio calls from Philippine troops

WESCOM CHIEF. Wescom chief Rene Medina Wescom Facebook page

Gov't decides to keep El Nido open

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:44 PM

(UPDATED) El Nido will remain open to tourists, but swimming areas will continue to be restricted

EL NIDO. A banca inside one of El Nido's treasured lagoons. File photo

Chinese tourists accosted for taking photos of naval facility in Palawan

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Taking pictures is generally prohibited in most military facilities because it risks giving away valuable tactical information

CORDONED OFF. The Philippine Navy has sought to cordon off a portion of a tourist area in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, where a naval facility can be viewed and photographed. Photo by Boy Ryan B. Zabal

Protect Palawan from disinformation, journalists urge students

Jul 29, 2019 - 1:41 PM

At a time when online hate spreads like wildfire and affects public discourse on social media, Rappler news editor Miriam Grace Go urges students to amplify real voices online

At least 400 campus journalists, student organization leaders, school paper advisers, and other stakeholders joined #MovePalawan: Social Good in the Digital Age forum at Palawan State University on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

FAST FACTS: What you should know about Palawan

Jul 24, 2019 - 7:28 PM

As Rappler heads to the Palawan State University on Thursday, July 25, for its #MovePalawan roadshow to promote social good in the digital age, here's what you need to know about the province

Gov't eyes 'selective closure' of El Nido in Palawan

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:00 PM

El Nido's municipal government says it is doing its best to prevent any closure

UP NEXT? El Nido is up for a possible closure. Shutterstock photo

#MovePalawan: MovePH goes to PSU to talk about social good in the digital age

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:55 PM

This is the first MovePH roadshow in Mimaropa. Tickets to the forum are free, but seats are limited. Register now!

Palawan is 2019's 2nd-best island in the world

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:26 AM

...but of course that doesn't come as a surprise

PALAWAN. Limestone rocks and bright blue waters make up the trademark view from Kayangan Lake, a top tourist site in Coron, Palawan. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

No end in sight to 'unrelenting' power outages in Palawan

Jul 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Palawan Electric Cooperative says it has already solved its undersupply problem. Now it's grappling with another challenge: trees that obstruct their distribution lines.

PERSISTENT PROBLEM. The Palawan Electric Cooperative (its facilities in Puerto Princesa shown here) faces criticism from consumers for the daily rotational blackouts that have been going on for years. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

Can Supreme Court force Duterte gov't to protect West PH Sea?

Jul 01, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on a petition by fishermen, accusing the Duterte government of failure to enforce the fisheries code and other environmental issuances in Panatag Shoal, Ayungin Shoal, and Panganiban Reef

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dolphin dies in El Nido after eating garbage bag

Jun 29, 2019 - 6:14 PM

'The (plastic garbage bag) was so tightly-packed that the bones from the fish it ate after was not even able to pass through,' says El Nido Resorts-Be Green

In El Nido, dolphin died after swallowing plastic garbage bag. Photo courtesy of El Nido Resorts facebook page

Group asks Supreme Court to block law dividing Palawan

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The Save Palawan Movement wants Republic Act 11259 declared unconstitutional before the plebiscite in May 2020

UNESCO title seen to help safeguard Palawan's imperiled mountain range

Jun 25, 2019 - 4:13 PM

(UPDATED) Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tentative List since 2015. Local officials say its potential inscription will add 'another layer of protection' to the area.

IRREPLACEABLE. Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape is the highest peak in the province, standing at 2,086 meters above sea level. Photo by MMPL Protected Area Office

Navy, Air Force, civilian volunteers join search for missing diver

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Wescom, in coordination with various stakeholders, will continue conducting the joint search and rescue operations despite inclement weather,' says the Western Command as authorities and civilian volunteers search for diver Bryan Nazareno

SEARCH FOR MISSING DIVER. This Philippine Navy vessel is part of the search and rescue operation in Tubbataha Reef. Photo from Wescom

Coast Guard searches for missing diver in Tubbataha Reef

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:03 AM

The Philippine Coast Guard says diver Bryan Nazareno has been missing since June 3

Palawan's indigenous women lead sustainable upland farming, forest protection

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The alternative livelihood is seen to gradually wean indigenous peoples away from engaging in wildlife poaching and expanding their kaingin farm areas in Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape

AGRICULTURE. The 33 watersheds within the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape are extremely valuable to the lowland agriculture economy in southern Palawan.  Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

Top Palawan politicians capture key posts ahead of province’s planned split

May 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) Governor Jose Alvarez, Vice Governor Victorino Dennis Socrates, and one lawmaker are reelected, while two congressmen are replaced by relatives

PALAWAN POLS. Governor Jose Alvarez (1st from left) lead the politicians who won key posts in Palawan in the 2019 polls. Photos from Palawan official website, House of Representatives website, and Facebook accounts

How did localities mired in environmental woes vote in 2019 elections?

May 21, 2019 - 12:22 PM

The national government has started rehabilitating tourist destinations in 2018. Here's how voters in these areas chose their local leaders in 2019.