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News Briefs: February 23, 2017

Feb 23, 2017 - 11:59 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 23

Surigao del Sur gov joins miners vs Gina Lopez

Feb 15, 2017 - 7:31 PM

Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente Pimentel Jr whose province hosts 3 big firms facing closure says the environment chief has shut her eyes and ears to the pleas of the mining industry

'RESPONSIBLE MINING.' Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente Pimentel defends 'responsible' mining operations in his province. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

News Briefs: February 9, 2017

Feb 09, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 9

Surigao Sur mayor dismissed for P18-M 'ghost' pork project

Feb 09, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Investigations establish the mayor s budget for the ghost project was sourced from a congressman s pork barrel

'Inordinate' delay causes dismissal of graft case vs ex-Surigao del Sur rep, son

Feb 05, 2017 - 1:48 PM

The anti graft court s 5th Division says the respondents’ constitutional right to speedy disposition was violated after it took the Office of the Ombudsman 5 years and 8 months to file charges

Surigao del Sur town evacuates over 200 residents due to Auring

Jan 07, 2017 - 11:07 PM

There are at least 976 704 families or 4 883 546 people who are exposed to areas that are highly to very highly susceptible to landslide or flooding the DSWD says

Image courtesy of PAGASA

A test for local climate adaptation

Nov 29, 2016 - 5:00 PM

What does local climate change adaptation look like? Two LGUs in Mindanao will now be able to carry out local adaptation projects funded by the People s Survival Fund

PREPARED FOR CLIMATE CHANGE? Lanuza residents living near the coast, like this fisherman say they have little knowledge of the impacts of climate change except that, when a typhoon is coming, they should heed the instructions of local authorities. Photo credit: VJ Villafranca/Oxfam

[Where I've Been] The Enchanted River of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:04 PM

A look at the river s mesmerizing blue waters and some facts about this beautiful body of water in Surigao del Sur

Photo by Louie Lapat

Duterte appoints Aiza Seguerra as new NYC chairperson

Aug 12, 2016 - 12:06 PM

National Youth Commission Assistant Secretary Earl Saavedra announces the appointment of Aiza Seguerra as new NYC chairperson during the celebration of International Youth Day

NYC CHAIRPERSON. Aiza Seguerra is the incoming Chairperson and CEO of the National Youth Commission.

NDRRMC to LGUs: Don't take low pressure area lightly

Jun 25, 2016 - 7:45 PM

A low pressure area LPA east of Surigao City might bring floods and landslides to parts of the country

Save our Schools to Duterte: Make education accessible to Lumad

Jun 07, 2016 - 9:03 PM

About 1 000 Lumad students in Mindanao will begin classes in evacuation centers because of alleged militarization in indigenous communities

EDUCATION. Will the next president improve the state of Philippine education? File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Manobo leader faces murder raps over Lumad killings

Jun 01, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Datu Calpit and 37 others face murder charges for the deaths of a school head and 2 Lumad leaders in Lianga Surigao del Sur in September 2015

SUSPECT. Datu Calpit in a mugshot taken when he surrendered for robbery charges earlier this year. Sourced photo

Traveling to Rody Duterte’s misunderstood Mindanao

May 19, 2016 - 9:28 PM

I am looking forward to the time when hearing of places such as Kidapawan Tawi Tawi Zamboanga Sulu or Mindanao will not elicit fear but fond beautiful memories

MT APO VIA KIDAPAWAN. The author enjoys her moment on top of Mt. Apo before a saddening fire razed the highest mountain of the country.

110 VCMs malfunction in Caraga; only 25 replacements arrive

May 10, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Commission on Elections regional director Renato Magbutay say they a have a contingency plan for the problem

VOTING MACHINES. The Philippines' vote-counting machines for May 9, 2016 have been manufactured by Smartmatic, which provided the same machines in the Philippines' first two automated elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

7 breathtaking Mindanao destinations you shouldn't miss

Mar 12, 2016 - 5:29 PM

Mindanao is home to many pristine beaches fetching landscapes and beautiful waterfalls that will entice anyone to return

FAMILIAR. Some of Dinagat Islands beaches reminded me of certain places in Palawan. Photo by Joshua Berida

German man in drifting yacht had heart attack – police

Mar 02, 2016 - 1:17 PM

UPDATED Police estimate that the German man had been dead for about a week when his mummified body was found by Philippine fishermen off the coast of Surigao del Sur

FOUND DEAD. A handout picture provided by Philippine police shows a picture of German national Manfred Fritz Bajorat recovered inside his yacht. Handout photo from Barobo police/EPA

Supreme Court ousts Pichay as Surigao del Sur congressman

Feb 01, 2016 - 3:13 PM

The SC reverses the decision of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal and orders Mary Elizabeth Ty Delgado installed as congresswoman immediately

Who is running in Caraga | 2016 Elections

Oct 11, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Rappler s list of candidates for local positions in Caraga

Guingona takes police, military to task: Lumad's killers roam free

Oct 03, 2015 - 7:44 AM

The PNP and AFP must be able to track [the suspects] down How come other people know where they are and the army and police do not? asks the senator during a hearing in Surigao del Sur

PROBE. Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chair of the Senate subcommittee on justice and human rights, leads the probe on Lumad killings in Tandag, Surigao del Sur, on October 1, 2015. Photo courtesy of Alexis Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

Lumad kids tell senator: Military makes Manobos kill each other

Oct 01, 2015 - 7:52 PM

Our area is rich in resource It is virgin forest We believe that is the primary reason why they want to kill us one student tells Senator Teofisto Guingona III

SENATE HEARING. Senator Teofisto Guingona III listens on October 1, 2015, to indigenous families who have been terrorized by a para-military group in Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Voice of a Lumad widow: Our land, our blood

Sep 27, 2015 - 4:06 PM

The widow of slain Lumad leader Dionel Campos talks to Rappler about the killing and the Lumad s quest for justice and protection of ancestral land

A group of ALCADEV students reenact the atrocity happened on September 1 in KM 16, Barangay Diatagon town of Lianga, Surigao del Sur where 3 Lumad leaders were allegedly killed by the paramilitaries formed and organized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Marcventures Mining responds to articles on environmental harm

Sep 23, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Rappler publishes in full a letter sent by the mining company responding to claims of environmental harm in a Rappler article

MINING SITE. This is the mining site of Marcventures Mining and Development Corp. Photo by Gina Lopez

TIMELINE: Attacks on the Lumad of Mindanao

Sep 16, 2015 - 9:00 AM

A form of ethnocide the attacks on the indigenous communities in the last 4 months are concentrated in Bukidnon Davao del Norte and Surigao del Sur

Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

Angel Locsin: Katarungan para sa mga pinaslang na Lumad

Sep 15, 2015 - 11:41 PM

Nakikiisa si Angel Locsin sa panawagang StopLumadKillings Binalikan ng aktres ang mga alaala ng Lianga Surigao del Sur kung saan nakilala niya ang mga napaslang na Lumad noong 2009

Photo by Angela Colmenares-Sabino

A rare time a human rights issue captivates PH social media

Sep 09, 2015 - 6:53 PM

If President Aquino’s response was disappointingly predictable the public reaction has been anything but Many Filipinos reacted with visceral anger

School head, 2 lumad leaders killed in Surigao del Sur

Sep 01, 2015 - 9:02 PM

The victims are known for their firm position on ancestral lands and their campaign against human rights violations targeting indigenous peoples

Mining in Surigao del Sur: Soil of life, soil of death

Aug 01, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Siltation from mining activities is harming the livelihoods of fishermen and farmers in the province

TELLTALE COLOR. The banks of a river in Surigao del Sur show evidence of siltation

Durian candymaker's permit suspended over poisoning incident

Jul 12, 2015 - 5:15 PM

The business permit of Wendy s Durian Candy is ordered suspended following food poisoning incidents

'DURIAN CANDY' POISONING. The alleged Durian candy that poisoned hundreds of people in Surigao del Sur towns. Photo by Jude Ramos/Cortes DRRMO

'Sorry,' says durian candymaker over poisoning incident

Jul 11, 2015 - 10:22 PM

We would never do that We have fear in God says the manufacturer of Wendy s Durian Candy

CANDYMAKER. Wendy's Durian Candy manufacturer Janet Aquino holds up the product tag of their durian candy. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Acting Davao mayor orders probe into durian candy poisoning

Jul 11, 2015 - 12:29 AM

Duterte asks the City Health Office to deploy sanitary inspectors to areas in the city that produce durian candies to determine the cause of the poisoning

'DURIAN CANDY' POISONING. The alleged Durian candy that poisoned hundreds of people in Surigao del Sur towns. Photo by Jude Ramos/Cortes DRRMO

‘Durian candy’ poisons hundreds in 6 Surigao del Sur towns

Jul 10, 2015 - 12:45 PM

Victims mostly elementary school students from the towns of Lianga San Agustin Tago and Marihatag and Tandag City suffer from vomiting and dizziness after eating durian candy

People rush their loved ones to the Cagwait rural health unit due to food poisoning caused by durian candy. Photo by Joelito Tidalgo.

NPA seizes 2 jail guards, rescues comrade in Surigao del Sur

Apr 28, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Members of the New People s Army capture Security Officer 2 Juan Salazar and SO2 Feliciano Polan

PRECONDITIONS. Members of the New People's Army join consultations in Surigao del Sur. Photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rappler

The enchanting blue river of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Apr 22, 2015 - 7:07 PM

Every time the fairies touch the water say the locals it becomes clearer as the ripples disappear

Evacuees in Maguindanao, N. Cotabato almost 100,000

Mar 20, 2015 - 5:45 PM

Clashes between government forces and Muslim rebels also affect more than 130 000 persons in Maguindanao and North Cotabato

DISPLACED FILIPINOS. People displaced by fighting sleep at an evacuation center in the southern Philippines. File photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera

3 elite soldiers killed, 5 others hurt in Agusan del Sur ambush

Mar 16, 2015 - 10:38 AM

A cop is also wounded in a separate ambush by the NPA in Surigao del Sur

Britania Islands, breathtaking paradise in Surigao del Sur

Jan 17, 2015 - 12:21 PM

A group of beautiful untouched islands is Surigao del Sur s best kept secret specifically in the municipality of San Agustin

Flood, landslides hit Surigao del Sur

Jan 09, 2015 - 5:16 PM

Heavy continuous rains cause flooding and landslides in parts of Surigao del Sur leading to class and work suspension in both public and private institutions

FLOODED AIRPORT. Continuous rain floods the Tandag airport grounds. Photo by Jofel Perez Patrimonio/Tandag City LGU

Misamis Oriental declares state of calamity over Seniang

Dec 29, 2014 - 5:46 PM

Over 2 000 families are in evacuation centers in Misamis Oriental alone and many more in other affected provinces in Northern Mindanao

WASHED AWAY. Residents of Brgy. Santiago, Iligan City pickup firewood amongst debris washed ashore by Tropical Storm Seniang as it hits Northern Mindanao. Photo by Manman Dejeto/ Rappler

Town money for piggery? Ex-mayor charged with graft

Aug 28, 2014 - 9:41 PM

The Ombudsman upholds the indictment of former Mayor Pedro Trinidad Jr of Cortes Surigao de Sur for allegedly using P385 000 for personal gain

Pimentel files criminal charges vs 4 DA officials

May 13, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III will ask the Ombudsman and the Commission on Audit to to check for other possible cases of forgery in the use of the organic farming fund

LPA brings rains to Mindanao, Visayas

Mar 20, 2014 - 7:35 PM

The low pressure area nears Surigao del Sur bringing rains and thunderstorms to Mindanao and Visayas regions

Low-pressure area spotted east of Surigao del Sur

Mar 10, 2014 - 8:35 PM

PAGASA spots a low pressure area brewing east of Hinatuan Surigao del Sur in eastern Mindanao

Mindanao still on alert for Agaton

Jan 20, 2014 - 9:45 AM

Communities in areas affected by Tropical Depression Agaton continue to brace for the worst as the storm hovers just southeast of Mindanao

FLOODED. Residents gather next to a flooded basketball court at a village in Butuan City on January 17, 2014, as floods inundated villages and towns after heavy rains. Erwin Mascarinas/AFP

Radio broadcaster gunned down in Surigao del Sur

Dec 08, 2013 - 12:15 PM

The killing comes a week after radio commentator Joas Dignos was shot dead in Bukidnon

Typhoon Yolanda kills at least 6

Nov 09, 2013 - 4:39 AM

UPDATED More casualties and injuries are believed to remain unrecorded since power and communication lines have been cut off in several provinces

Get stoked: 7 lesser-known PH surf spots

Aug 29, 2013 - 8:00 PM

‘Tis the season of rains typhoons and surfing

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SURFING. Surfers are in for a treat with the typhoon-brought waves this rainy season. Photo by Rhea Claire Madarang

A Brown to build hydro plant in Surigao del Sur

Jul 07, 2013 - 11:06 PM

A unit of A Brown Co Inc signed a contract with government for the construction of a 25 MW hydropower plant that will help boost power supply in Surigao del Sur

2 soldiers killed in Surigao del Sur clash

Jun 11, 2013 - 6:44 PM

The military has yet to determine if there were casualties on the side of the New People s Army

Rebels seize police, militiamen in Caraga

Apr 16, 2013 - 4:16 PM

The personnel were seized in three separate incidents in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur according to police and military reports

Rebels behind burning of van in Surigao del Sur?

Feb 02, 2013 - 9:10 AM

A container van full of bananas is burned by suspected members of the New People s Army