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Cop rapes rookie policewoman in Puerto Princesa

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Police Officer 3 Jernie Ramirez, an assistant instructor at the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City, has been detained at the Palawan capital's police office

POLICE RAPE. The suspect is an assistant instructor at the Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center in Puerto Princesa City. Rappler file photo

Puerto Princesa commits to end HIV epidemic by 2030

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:14 PM

'Ten years ago, we just had one case here. Now we have 198 enrolled in our treatment hub and 139 come from Puerto Princesa,' says Regina Villapa, city coordinator on HIV-AIDS

FIGHTING HIV/AIDS. Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron (2nd from right) and UNAIDS Philippines Director Lui Ocampo (right). Looking on are Bb Pilipinas Universe Catriona Gray and Chi Vallido of Forum for Population and Development Photo by Mau Victa

Puerto Princesa airport workers return bag with P1.5M

Aug 03, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The hand-carry baggage with cash and other personal items is reunited with its owner who had left it at the arrival area of the airport

HONESTY. Employees of the Puerto Princesa International Airport return a luggage containing P1.5 million in cold cash to a passenger. Photo from Percy Malonesio/CAAP

20 Vietnamese fishermen nabbed for poaching in Palawan

May 22, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Manta rays and black tip, white tip, and hammerhead sharks are found inside the fishing vessel caught off Mangsee Island in Balabac town. Authorities also discover dried shark fins inside hidden storages.

POACHERS. Dead sharks and manta rays are piled in a Malaysian-registered vessel with a crew of Vietnamese fishermen. Photo by Keith Anthony S. Fabro/Rappler

After Clark, AirAsia developing hubs in Puerto Princesa, Bohol

May 06, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Philippine unit of Southeast Asia's largest discount carrier plans to have 70 planes by 2032. With inadequate space in Manila, AirAsia is looking for more hubs in the countryside.

Green groups to Puerto Princesa gov’t: Do homework on waste-to-energy plants

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Environmental groups say the city government has to carefully study its multibillion-peso deal with AustWorks Corporation

NO TO INCINERATION. No Burn Pilipinas slams the planned Puerto Princesa waste-to-energy project.  Photo from No Burn Pilipinas Facebook page

Hybrid power plant to rise in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'It’s a dream come true for all of us here,' says Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang of the power plant which is expected to be operational by 2019

The longest underground river in Asia found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, found in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Photo by  Giovanni G. Navata/Wikimedia Commons

Puerto Princesa gov't won't junk waste-to-energy deal

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:16 AM

City Administrator and Legal Officer, Atty. Arnel Pedrosa, maintains the planned facility will not pose harm to the environment, as was claimed by the coalition No Burn Pilipinas (NBP)

Green groups: Scrap Puerto Princesa waste-to-energy project

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:21 PM

The No Burn Pilipinas coalition says the project is 'illegal' and likely to fail

PROTESTS. No Burn Pilipinas slams the planned Puerto Princesa waste-to-energy project. Photo from Facebook/No Burn Pilipinas

Boost in Puerto Princesa tourism seen as Boracay faces closure

Apr 12, 2018 - 4:25 PM

'The CAAP confirmed to us that starting April 25, we will be having another 10 redirected flights from Kalibo every week,' says Michie Meneses of the City Tourism Office

NATURAL BEAUTY. The Puerto Princesa Underground River is among the 7 New Wonders of the World. Photo from PPUR Management Office

AirAsia launches 3 domestic flights to, from Clark

Feb 05, 2018 - 2:15 PM

This is in line with the airline's commitment to make the Clark International Airport its main hub for operations

VIRAL: AirAsia tagged as 'worst' airline over baggage, PWD assistance fees

Dec 31, 2017 - 5:33 PM

Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla slams AirAsia for being the 'lousiest airline in the world'

DOTr boasts of PH airports' 'punctuality' in global poll – but poll says otherwise

Nov 19, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The 8 Philippine airports the DOTr bragged of getting a rating for punctuality are actually among the bottom 35 of almost 500 major airports worldwide

REANGLED? The Department of Transportation in a news release proudly claims that Philippine airports were awarded a star on punctuality. Rappler file photo

Puerto Princesa gov’t asks detained vice mayor to return vehicles

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III, who is detained on drug-related charges, continues to perform his functions. Members of his staff are using the vehicles.

HARASSED? The camp of Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III (center) says the attempt to confiscate the vehicles used by his office is plain harassment by Mayor Lucilo Bayron. Photo courtesy of Diana Ross Cetenta

Fisherman adrift at sea for 12 days rescued in Negros Occidental

Oct 24, 2017 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) The 65-year-old fisherman from Palawan held on to his capsized pump boat and only drank sea water for 12 days until he was rescued, says Sipalay City Councilor Dionilo Bogtae

RESCUED. Orlando Warizal, a 65-year-old fisherman from Palawan, receives first aid after being rescued by local fishermen in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. Photo courtesy of Edmund Tanjusay LiganÂ

Puerto Princesa Underground River tours suspended due to LPA

Oct 17, 2017 - 12:35 PM

A low pressure area prompts the suspension of visits to the world-class tourism site

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cable car in Palawan’s Underground River? No, thanks – management

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Palafox Associates, which proposed the project, says such type of attraction is needed to convince tourists to stay longer in Puerto Princesa, instead of leaving for other destinations such as El Nido

NATURAL WONDER. The Puerto Princesa Underfround River. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Modern wharf for Puerto Princesa Underground River

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:28 PM

The construction of the P100-million Sabang Integrated Wharf Development project will begin in the second quarter of 2018, and is expected to be completed in 5 years

SOON TO RISE. A rendering of the wharf to be built in  Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayuga in Puerto Princesa City. All images from the PPUR Management Office

SM Prime to open mall in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Once the mall opens on Friday September 15 it will be competing with Robinsons Place Palawan Chinatown Center Palawan NCCC Mall and LRC 908 Market Mall

ITS FIRST. SM City Puerto Princesa will have 3 levels of retail and dining floors, a supermarket, 3 158-seater SM digital cinemas, and two 48-seater Director's Club cinemas. File photo Rappler

Police seize drugs, firearms from Puerto Princesa vice mayor's house

Sep 04, 2017 - 10:53 AM

Police raid the home of Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III and find firearms and suspected illegal drugs

RAIDED. Police searches the home of Puerto Princesa Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida, finding drugs. Photo from the Puerto Princesa government official website

Ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes convicted of graft over mining permit

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:10 PM

He chose to intentionally and willfully ignore his responsibilities and conveniently relied only on the recommendation of the mining regulatory board says the Sandiganbayan

CONVICTED. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, shown here when booked for murder charges, is convicted of graft over an anomalous mining permit he issued to a small-scale mining company in 2006. Photo from PNP Public Information Office.

'Cherry blossoms' park to rise in Puerto Princesa

Jul 30, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Balayong which is endemic to Palawan is in full bloom in February up to summer

No inordinate delay: Sandiganbayan affirms charges vs Hagedorn

Jul 23, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Former Puerto Princesa City mayor Edward Hagedorn is charged for concealing real properties and business interests in his SALN

CONCEALED ASSETS? Former Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn faces corruption charges for mis-declarations in his SALN. Rappler file photo

Puerto Princesa gov't eyes lawsuit vs power distributor

Jul 18, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Kailangang may managot dito Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron says in an emergency meeting with local officials and private sector representatives on the frequent power outages in the Palawan capital

POWER SUPPLY WOES. (R-L) Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron, Provincial Legal Counsel TJ Mata, and local business leader Arjie Lim at a news briefing on July 17, 2017. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Bayron regains seat as Puerto Princesa mayor

Jun 23, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron is back as city chief months after he was removed from the position

BACK. Lucilo Bayron with Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez and DILG Regional Director Florida Maranan Dijan, among others, after he took his oath. Photo from Richard Ligad's Facebook account

IN PHOTOS: Puerto Princesa's 'Jungle Trail' ecotourism site

Jun 18, 2017 - 8:28 AM

The Jungle Trail at the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan not only serves as tourist site but also gives livelihood for the Tagbanuas

GUIDED TOUR. A Tagbanua lady guiding two foreigner ladies through the national park’s lush forest. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

WATCH: Hidden gems of the Puerto Princesa Underground River

May 20, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Find rock formations shaped like a head of a dinosaur Pegasus and even the face of Jesus at this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palawan

PNP orders cops to 'step up' Palawan security after U.S. warning

May 10, 2017 - 5:18 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says his standing order to security forces is to shoot on sight the terrorists

LOOK: Puerto Princesa International Airport's new terminal

May 04, 2017 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED The P4 5 billion terminal has a 2 600 meter runway that can accommodate bigger aircraft

Photo from Cebu Pacific

Ex-mayor Hagedorn posts bail for SALN-related charges

Mar 27, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Former Puerto Princesa City Palawan mayor Edward Hagedorn allegedly did not declare as many as 59 properties plus other assets

SALN. Former Puerto Princesa mayor Edward Hagedorn denied misdeclaring assets in his SALN and accused the Ombudsman of overlooking evidence. File photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

DILG removes Bayron as Puerto Princesa mayor

Feb 22, 2017 - 10:18 AM

Three months after the Ombudsman ordered the dismissal of Mayor Lucilo Bayron the regional DILG implements it Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III takes his oath as new chief executive

News Briefs: February 7, 2017

Feb 07, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday February 7

News Briefs: February 1, 2017

Feb 01, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Wednesday February 1

Premiere Horizon to raise P1B for infra deals

Jan 10, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Its unit West Palawan Premiere is spending around P400 million for its foray into the fast growing tourism sector through a township development in Palawan

TOWNSHIP DEV'T. Its unit West Palawan is spending around P400 million to make its first foray into the fast-growing tourism sector via a township development in Palawan. Screenshot from its website

LOOK: Giant 34-kg pearl, hidden for 10 years, now on display in Palawan

Aug 24, 2016 - 10:23 AM

Locals and tourists in Puerto Princesa City are abuzz about a 34 kilogram pearl that was kept hidden under a bed for 10 years and was only made public now

GIANT GEM. The huge 34-kilogram pearl, shown on top of a weighing scale. Photo courtesy Aileen Cynthia Amurao/Facebook

Puerto Princesa mayor, city officials face complaint over bidding

Jun 29, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Mayor Lucilo Bayron and members of the city s bids and awards committee face a complaint before the Ombudsman over an allegedly questionable bidding process

COMPLAINT. Puerto Princesa city officials face a complaint before the Ombudsman over the questionable procurement and bidding for heavy equipment. Photo from the Office of the Ombudsman

US submarine tender arrives in Palawan

Jun 11, 2016 - 9:22 PM

More than 500 American sailors and mariners among them Filipino Americans will relax in the island and spend time doing community service projects

PORT VISIT. Sailors and mariners manning the US submarine tender USS Frank Cable will spend time with communities in Palawan. File photo from US Navy web site

Ex-Coron mayor granted bail in Ortega murder case

May 07, 2016 - 1:49 AM

Former Coron Mayor Mario Reyes who is running for vice mayor has been granted temporary liberty to allow him to campaign before the May 9 polls

Poe promises ecotourism, jobs in Palawan

Apr 23, 2016 - 9:31 PM

Local issues like ecotourism job growth power and water shortages are mentioned during Poe s campaign in Palawan

Palawan local bets scrutinized by youth voters

Apr 04, 2016 - 9:14 PM

From environmental conservation to scholarships mayoral vice mayoral and congressional bets of Puerto Princesa bare their plans and answer youth concerns

Palawan local candidates pose for a photo after the debate. Photo from Gil Bilang/ Rappler

Frenchman, wife, son found dead in Palawan – police

Jan 28, 2016 - 5:07 PM

The bodies of Jean Marc Messina his wife and their 4 year old son are found in a pickup truck on a street in Narra Palawan

Tubbataha named PH’s 7th ASEAN Heritage Park

Nov 05, 2015 - 6:12 PM

The Philippines has the most ASEAN heritage parks

MARINE LIFE. The Tubbataha experience shows how marine life is sustained. Photo courtesy of the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity

Reyes brothers’ arraignment set for Oct 2

Sep 28, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the prosecution plans to oppose any moves from the camp of former Palawan officials Joel and Mario Reyes to delay the arraignment

THE ACCUSED. Mario (left, with towel over shoulders) and Joel (right, with glasses) Reyes are escorted by members of the PNP CIDG inside Camp Crame on September 25. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Reyes brothers now in jail in Puerto Princesa

Sep 25, 2015 - 11:55 AM

2nd UPDATE The lawyer of Joel and Mario Reyes say they will file a petition for bail

Reyes arrival at the NAIA. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Which of these 5 Palawan destinations will you visit next?

Jul 11, 2015 - 12:08 PM

El Nido Coron San Vicente Taytay Puerto Princesa – what s next on your Palawan itinerary?

BLUE, GRAY, AND GREEN. Breathtaking view from Matinloc Shrine, El Nido. Photo by Rhea Claire Madarang

Baragatan Festival, a wonderful time to visit Palawan

Jun 22, 2015 - 9:19 PM

Every year in the two weeks leading up to Palawan’s Foundation Day all the municipalities of Palawan gather at the capital to showcase the best of their locations

EXTREME ADVENTURE. After the Underground River tour, take the 800-meter zipline across the sea, from the hill down to the beach

PH sticks to bundled plan for 5 regional airports project

Jun 19, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Some of the top Philippine conglomerates and world s aviation experts have partnered to bag the bundled regional airports PPP deals

MORE AIRPORT PPP. Winners for the regional airports bundled deals could still join future airport PPP auctions, DOTC says. Photos from Wikipedia

Hagedorn refutes Ombudsman: No misdeclared assets

May 15, 2015 - 3:38 PM

The Ombudsman is set to charge the former Puerto Princesa mayor with perjury but he says probers may have overlooked the list of assets attached to his SALN

Cheers, disappointment in Puerto Princesa recall polls

May 09, 2015 - 9:54 PM

Lucilo Bayron s win as Puerto Princesa city mayor draws cheers from supporters and angry comments from supporters of his rival Edward Hagedorn

STILL THE MAYOR. Lucilo Bayron (in green) wins the recall polls initiated by the supporters of his political rival, former Puerto Princesa mayor Edward Hagedorn. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Lucilo Bayron keeps seat as Puerto Princesa mayor

May 09, 2015 - 8:23 AM

With 44 299 votes in the recall polls the incumbent leader of Puerto Princesa City gets to finish his first term as mayor with his win over challenger Edward Hagedorn

WINNER. Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron is proclaimed the winner of the recall elections. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler