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Amid flood control controversy, Casiguran mayor distances self from Diokno

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Mayor Edwin Hamor refuses to respond to the latest allegation that Aremar Construction, which he founded, earned P81 million from dummies

NOT CLOSE TO DIOKNO? Casiguran, Sorsogon Mayor Edwin Hamor attends the House investigation on the alleged budget anomalies on January 15, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Diokno in-laws' construction firm got P81M from dummies – Andaya

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:42 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the alleged scheme made Sorsogon prone to construction projects that are either incomplete or easily damaged

'INCOMPLETE'. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr claims a flood control project in Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon is 'waiting for the river to come.' All screenshots from Andaya's presentation

House panel to invite Diokno, in-laws to Sorsogon infra projects probe

Jan 05, 2019 - 11:45 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr appeals to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno and his in-laws to 'stop hiding the truth using technicalities and general denials'

DIOKNO CONNECTION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (center) links DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to Aremar Construction in a hearing of the House rules committee on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Batocabe's alleged killer surrenders in Sorsogon

Jan 04, 2019 - 8:57 AM

Suspected gunman Henry Yuson has been identified by cops as a former New People's Army rebel

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photos from Bicol Police

Contractor not aware Diokno’s in-laws behind partner firm – lawyer

Jan 03, 2019 - 4:21 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr believes the statement of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading's lawyer, but he says the owner will still be liable for the anomalous contracts

NOT AWARE. Lawyer Rafael Madrid is the legal counsel of the owner of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Andaya seeks AMLC help in probe of firms linked to Diokno's in-laws

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Aremar Construction uses at least 8 dummy contractors, including C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading, to bag government projects in Sorsogon, claims House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr

BANK RECORDS SOUGHT. Consolacion Leoncio, owner of C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading, sits beside her lawyer during the House hearing on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Diokno's in-laws behind firm that bagged big gov't projects – Andaya

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:54 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya claims there is a 'clear case of conflict of interest' as Aremar Construction's biggest stockholder and incorporator are in-laws of the budget chief

DIOKNO CONNECTION. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr (center) links DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno to Aremar Construction on January 3, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

WATCH: Flooding in Samar, Sorsogon over Usman

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:49 AM

(UPDATED) Heavy rains trigger flooding in areas along the path of Usman

FLOOD. Heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression Usman triggers heavy flooding in Sorsogon City on December 29, 2018. Screenshot from video of Ramil Marianito, CDRRMO

House panel summons contractor, DPWH officials to Sorsogon infra projects probe

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The owner of CT Leoncio Construction and several public works officials in Bicol Region are among those summoned to a House rules committee hearing on Thursday, January 3

SUBPOENAS ISSUED. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr says the rules committee has summoned personalities for a probe into alleged anomalies in infrastructure projects in Sorsogon. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Andaya hits P325-M flood control projects in Casiguran, Sorsogon

Dec 19, 2018 - 5:40 PM

'So ano ba talaga 'yong basehan ng pagbigay ho natin ng pondo para sa flood control? May master plan tayo? Kamag-anak ba?' asks House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr in relation to the proposed projects for 2019

ATTACK VS DIOKNO. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr holds a press conference on December 19, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Rappler story on Sorsogon bee farm wins at Bright Leaf Awards

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:33 PM

The Bright Leaf Awards honors the most outstanding stories on agricultural issues and best farming practices

SUCCESS. Rappler contributor Mavic Conde receives the award for Best Online Story at the 12th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Awards on November 16. Photo courtesy of 12th Bright Leaf Awards Secretariat

Teacher behind Donsol's floating library asks for Adarna books for kids

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Ryan Homan wants to help children develop the habit of reading books in Donsol, Sorsogon

CRUSADE FOR LEARNING. Ryan Homan, crusader of Balsa-Basa and Educador Kariton, with volunteer teachers on the Donsol bridge. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Chiz Escudero running for Sorsogon governor in 2019

Oct 12, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) Senator Francis Escudero, whose term ends in June 2019, is running under the Nationalist People's Coalition

Senators during the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How beekeeping helped a Sorsogon coconut farm

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:56 PM

As coconut pollinators, kiwot bees have helped the farm increase its yield by as much as 50%

At least 17 injured in Sorsogon car crash

Apr 17, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Responders bring 11 passengers to Sorsogon Provincial Hospital, and 6 passengers to Sorsogon Medical Mission Group Hospital.

Coast Guard sees similarities in cocaine packs found in Sorsogon, Isabela

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard will buy more high-speed boats and possibly drones to help monitor the country's coastline

SIMILAR PACKAGES. Similarly packaged cocaine is found in Isabela and Sorsogon. Rappler file photo

Taiwan denies it was source of cocaine found in Sorsogon

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office says 'so-called Taiwanese documents' submitted by the captain of the 'Jin Ming' ship were forged

This undated handout from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-Legazpi) released on January 5, 2018 shows police officials (in blue) and PDEA local director Christian Frivaldo (2nd R) sitting next to packs of cocaine during a press conference in Legazpi City, in Bicol region, south of Manila.  Millions of dollars of cocaine packed in a plastic drum has washed up on a seashore in the eastern Philippines, an anti-narcotics official said on January 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (PDEA)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

P125 million worth of cocaine found ashore in Sorsogon

Jan 04, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Authorities suspect the illegal drugs came from a foreign cargo vessel marked 'Jin Ming'

RECOVERED. Packs of cocaine appear to have washed ashore in Sorsogon. Rappler file photo

How a Sorsogon surf camp helps keep kids in school

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:48 AM

In Sorsogon, the surfing bug evolved into a double-edged sword: kids enjoy surfing so much that they skip classes to spend more time catching the waves. A surfing camp found a way to change that.

Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Bayanihan in action: Stranded passengers help each other during Urduja

Dec 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

On the road, a volunteer of Bike Scouts Philippines witness stories of bayanihan among passengers stranded due to Urduja

Bus Conductor Julito Gaviola cooking for his passengers. Photo by Winston Regarde

Urduja strands thousands in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas

Dec 16, 2017 - 11:13 AM

Nearly 7,000 passengers are stranded in areas affected by Tropical Storm Urduja

How residents make a living out of their home, Lake Bulusan

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:30 AM

For years, Virginia Negrite mastered every detail of the lake, and the stories behind it

'Stupid,' bishop says of P1,000 budget for CHR

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:01 PM

The country will be a laughingstock among nations which have respect for human rights says Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes

HITTING LAWMAKERS. Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes slams the P1,000 budget allocated by the House of Representatives for the Commission on Human Rights. File photo by Roy Lagarde

Ex-Sorsogon gov convicted of graft over fertilizer fund scam

Aug 18, 2017 - 4:59 PM

Former governor Raul Lee is sentenced to 24 to 40 years in prison

PH's longest railway to get funding from Japan, possibly China

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED The Manila Clark and Manila Laguna lines will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency while the Department of Transportation is eyeing China for the Laguna Sorsogon line

LONGEST RAILWAY. This would run from Clark in Pampanga all the way to Sorsogon , Bicol. Rappler file photo

Bicol centenarian's secret to longevity: Coconut milk, prayers

Jun 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Lola Ayoy of Juban Sorsogon is still not taking any maintenance medicine at age 100

NEW BICOL CENTENARIAN. Corazon 'Ayoy' de los Reyes-Barcia celebrates her birthday with her family. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Swimming with whale sharks? Don't copy these snorkelers!

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:05 AM

A viral video reminds us why it s wrong to touch whale sharks and how we can be better stewards of these gentle giants

CROWDED. A screengrab of a viral video showing snorkelers in Malaysia crowding around a whale shark.

Thousands of passengers stranded due to Tropical Depression Crising

Apr 15, 2017 - 6:34 PM

UPDATED The Office of Civil Defense advises travelers not to proceed to seaports after the cancellation of sea trips due to Tropical Depression Crising

Sorsogon provincial board member killed by riding-in-tandem

Apr 11, 2017 - 3:46 PM

Board Member Pedro Ravanilla is killed by an unidentified suspect infront of the victim s business establishment in Sorsogon City

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Apr 10, 2017 - 1:40 PM

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Feb 03, 2017 - 12:16 PM

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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

Smart offers free calls in areas affected by Typhoon Nina

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:41 PM

The telco also sets up charging stations in some of these locations in south Luzon

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

#ReliefPH: Help victims of Typhoon Nina

Dec 26, 2016 - 2:04 PM

UPDATED People affected by Typhoon Nina need your help and support This page shows the various ways you can help

5,700 stranded passengers bound for Matnog Port to be evacuated

Dec 25, 2016 - 8:55 PM

Many of the passengers have been in line for ferry trips since Friday December 23

LONG WAIT. Around 500 buses and trucks have been stuck in Matnog Port since Friday, December 23, due to ferry cancellations caused by Typhoon Nina. Photos by Jhay-r Timosa/ RACER/ Rappler

#NinaPH: Line of vehicles at Matnog Port reaches 4 kms due to ferry cancellations

Dec 24, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Around 3 682 passengers are stranded in various ports in Bicol region as of 8AM Saturday according to the Philippine Coast Guard

LONG WAIT. Around 500 buses and trucks have been stuck in Matnog Port since Friday, December 23, due to ferry cancellations caused by Typhoon Nina. Photos by Jhay-r Timosa/ RACER/ Rappler

WATCH: Highlights of Lunad sa Balod surfing competition in Sorsogon

Dec 17, 2016 - 4:51 PM

Some of the Philippines best surfers battle it out for wave supremacy in Gubat Sorsogon

WAVE RIDER. Pia Lopez of Sorsogon finished second runner-up in the Wahine Longboard and Shortboard event. Contributed photo

Bicol protesters: Hold Duterte accountable for Marcos burial

Nov 25, 2016 - 8:58 PM

Marches and rallies denouncing President Duterte s decision to allow a hero s burial for Marcos are held in Legazpi Daet Naga Sorsogon and Virac in the Bicol region

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Philippines shopping for 'nice' China-funded infra deals

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The country s first subway a massive Northern Mindanao railway and a Tutuban Sorsogon train system are just some of the infrastructure projects the Philippine government plans to fund via official development assistance ODA from China

INFRA SHOPPING. 'We think there is an excess capacity in China because there is not much infrastructure projects there. We are really shopping for nice projects,' Budget chief Benjamin Diokno says. File photo by Rappler

Duterte gov't calls off auction for South Line of North-South Railway

Nov 17, 2016 - 12:30 PM

UPDATED Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Tutuban Sorsogon railway will now be financed through official development assistance ODA from China or Japan

BIGGEST RAILWAY. Phase 2 of the North-South Commuter Railway will connect Tutuban in Manila to the southern peripheries of Metro Manila and a long-haul network to the Bicol region. Photo from pnr.gov.ph

NEDA board approves Tutuban-Sorsogon railway, 7 other projects

Nov 15, 2016 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED The board chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte also discusses guidelines for processing China assisted infrastructure projects

TALKING INFRA. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the board meeting with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) at the State Dining Hall inside the Malacañang Palace on November 14, 2016. Photo by SIMEON CELI JR/Presidential Photo

Mt Bulusan spews ash column 2.5 kilometers high

Oct 23, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Phivolcs records a phreatic eruption at 3:31 pm on Sunday October 23 as the volcano in Sorsogon remains under Alert Level 1

DOH readies case vs Sorsogon mayor for 'gross violation' of RH law

Jun 22, 2016 - 6:03 PM

Because of an executive order declaring Sorsogon City as pro life family planning commodities have been withdrawn from the city and services have been stopped by the mayor arbitrarily say health officials

Mt Bulusan spews ash anew

Jun 19, 2016 - 5:45 PM

A steam driven explosion sends a 300 meter column of ash into the air

Mount Bulusan erupts

Jun 10, 2016 - 1:29 PM

UPDATED Phivolcs says the eruption lasted for 5 minutes late Friday morning

Photo by PHIVOLCS.

'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

Basketball coaches Pumaren, Ayo win city council seats

May 11, 2016 - 3:37 AM

Veteran basketball coaches Franz Pumaren and Aldin Ayo brought their success from the court to the poll booths

DOUBLE DRIBBLE. Franz Pumaren (L) and Aldin Ayo (R) were successful in their city council campaigns.

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

VLOG: Escudero hopes fellow Bicolano Robredo wins as VP

May 10, 2016 - 11:39 AM

It s the end of the journey for Senator Chiz Escudero s vice presidential bid

Senator Francis “ Chiz” Escudero of Partido Galing at Puso, together with his wife, Actress Heart Evangelista, line up together with residents before casting their vote with Precinct No. 0079A at Buhatan Intergrated National School in Brgy. Buhatan, Sorsogon City. Photo courtesy of Poe-Escudero Media Bureau