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Cost of Mindanao Railway Phase 1 jumps by 130% to P82.9 billion

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:50 AM

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia previously told reporters that the project would be funded by China, but there is no deal yet

No Sara Duterte endorsement for Floirendo speakership bid in Tagum rally

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:01 AM

But Hugpong ng Pagbabago Secretary-General Anthony del Rosario says Sara Duterte and the party have decided to support Floirendo – aside from backing 3 other speakership bids

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Del Rosario, Floirendo blast Alvarez in Davao del Norte HNP rally

Apr 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Governor Anthony del Rosario and congressman Tonyboy Floirendo join forces to host the senatorial bets of Sara Duterte's Hugpong ng Pagbabago in Tagum City

Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

P5.6B allotted for Mindanao railway land acquisition

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:11 PM

City governments are signing an agreement with the Department of Transportation, and have been talking to families whose properties will be affected

ARTIST'S perspective of the Mindanao Railway System Project. Image courtesy of the Department of Transportation

Tagum City Chamber Chorale to sing national anthem for Duterte's 3rd SONA

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The choir is recommended by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who also hails from Tagum City

VICTORY. The Tagum City Chamber Chorales poses after winning gold at the Sing N’ Pray International Chorale Competition in Kobe, Japan in January 2018. Photo from tagumcity.gov.ph

Ombudsman prosecutors want Floirendo suspended from House

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:16 PM

The prosecutors tell the Sandiganbayan's 6th Division that suspending Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr from office would prevent him from intimidating witnesses and committing acts of malfeasance

MOTION TO SUSPEND. Ombudsman prosecutors are seeking the suspension from office of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Tagum-PNP defends Beach Volleyball Republic National Championship tiara

Apr 08, 2018 - 9:38 PM

The police tandem of Karen Quilario and Lourdilyn Catubag will represent the Philippines in the 2018 FIVB World Tour

SAND QUEENS. Tagum-PNP duo Karen Quilario and Lourdilyn Catubag defend their Beach Volleyball Republic National Championship throne. Photo from BVR's Twitter account @bvr_ph

Pope names Father Medel Aseo as bishop of Tagum

Apr 07, 2018 - 10:26 PM

The Vatican announces the appointment of Tagum Bishop-elect Medel Aseo on the same day he marks his 39th year as a priest

NEW BISHOP. Father Medel Aseo, who is marking his 39th year as a priest, is named as the new bishop of Tagum in Davao del Norte. Photo from SFC Southeastern Mindanao's Facebook page

Sandiganbayan issues arrest warrant vs Floirendo over Tadeco deal

Feb 21, 2018 - 11:46 AM

(4TH UPDATE) 'The hasty filing of graft charges against me before the Sandiganbayan and the subsequent issuance of the warrant of arrest...is a clear sign of the existence of abuse of power and arrogance on the part of the Speaker,' says Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr

NEW APPOINTEE. Acting Assistant Ombudsman for Luzon Bayani Jacinto is appointed to the Sandiganbayan. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Floirendo says arrest warrant out for him over Tadeco controversy

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Floirendo says the announcement of a warrant by the camp of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez shows 'malicious intent' to smear his reputation

FACING ARREST. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr on March 27, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacanang

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Feb 10, 2018 - 8:54 AM

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2 Davao City cops face criminal charges for mauling minors

Feb 06, 2018 - 8:54 PM

PO1 Jeobani Z. Natividad and PO1 Jesre Masinading, are named defendants in separate cases

Alvarez wins again as Ombudsman upholds Floirendo indictment

Jan 19, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman denies Floirendo’s motion to reopen the investigation

LAWMAKERS CLASH. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) files a graft complaint against Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr.

Ombudsman indicts Floirendo for graft over Tadeco deal

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:38 AM

The Ombudsman finds probable cause to file graft charges against Rep Antonio Floirendo Jr for having financial interest in the government's deal with Tagum Agricultural Development Company

COA recommends graft charges vs DOJ, BuCor officials in Tadeco deal

Jul 06, 2017 - 2:15 PM

State auditors say BuCor management must initiate the filing of charges against the officials before the Ombudsman

CHARGES LOOMING? The COA recommends the filing of charges against officials of the DOJ and BuCor who sealed the joint venture agreement with Tadeco.

Mindanao Railway construction starts in 2018

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:55 PM

The big ticket infrastructure project has seen 4 Philippine presidents come and go Under the country s first Mindanaoan president its construction is approved

LEGACY PROJECT. When Duterte assumed presidency a year ago, he announced the Mindanao Railway Network will be his first big project. Image from build.gov.ph

LIVE: House probe on BuCor-Tadeco deal

May 30, 2017 - 7:27 AM

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Farmers finally occupy parts of Lapanday-managed farm

May 18, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano asks police and military to provide round the clock security for the 159 farmers lin Tagum City for two days

LAND, FINALLY. Agrarian reform authorities, on 3rd attempt, are able to place 159 farmers in the 0.79-hectare property within the Lapanday-managed farm in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, on May 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas

Going bananas

May 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Re examining the alternative venture agreements in commercial farms and plantations of Mindanao

TO GO WITH Inflation-poverty-food-Philippines-agriculture-reform,FEATURE by Cecil Morella A crop duster plane sprays fungicide to protect the 7,000 hectare banana plantation of Tagum Agricultural Development Co. from destructive leaf virus in Tagum in Davao del Norte province, located in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on April 22, 2008. The vast plantation built in the late 60's by banana tycoon Antonio Floirendo, supplies bananas to a growing global market on a surge in demand for fresh fruit in the Middle East, Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

Duterte invites Tagum farmers to Manila Hotel dinner

May 10, 2017 - 12:48 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks the farmers from Davao del Norte to give him more time to resolve their land issue with Lapanday Foods Corporation

LOOK: Duterte meets picketing Davao del Norte farmers

May 09, 2017 - 8:18 PM

The farmers from Madaum Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association Incorporated are agrarian reform beneficiaries who were forcibly evicted from a 145 hectare banana plantation in Tagum City

DIALOGUE. President Rodrigo Duterte goes to the picket line at the foot of Mendiola Bridge near Malacañang to talk to the farmers from Tagum City, Davao del Norte. All photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez: Stick to facts, Tadeco probe not linked to personal grudge

May 09, 2017 - 6:29 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he is not going after his erstwhile friend Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr by calling for the probe into the BuCor Tadeco deal

HOUSE PROBE. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) chats with Oriental Mindoro 2nd Distrist Representative Reynaldo Umali at a congressional inquiry on May 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

All past DOJ chiefs upheld deal with BuCor – Tadeco CEO

May 09, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The various contracts between Tadeco and BuCor have been reviewed and approved by no less than 6 secretaries of justice It has also passed through 14 secretaries of justice who upheld its validity says Tadeco president and CEO Alexander Valoria

DEFENDING THE COMPANY. Tadeco president and CEO Alexander Valoria delivers his counterarguments against the accusations of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte proclamation ‘best’ way to void BuCor-Tadeco deal

May 09, 2017 - 12:22 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says BuCor may file a case in court against Tadeco but this would take a very long time

DOJ RECOMMENDATION. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II (left) attends the House probe into the deal between the Bureau of Corrections and the Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation on May 9, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House begins probe into BuCor-Tadeco deal on May 9

May 09, 2017 - 9:13 AM

House good government and public accountability chairperson Johnny Pimentel says lawmakers are duty bound to investigate painstakingly any public transaction that is allegedly detrimental to the government

HOUSE PROBE. A joint House committee probe will begin on May 9 to look into the joint venture agreement between the Bureau of Corrections and the Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation.

Lawmakers want BuCor-Tadeco deal probed over land distribution

May 07, 2017 - 7:40 AM

The Makabayan bloc says hectares of land at the Davao Prison and Penal Farm were no longer distributed to farmer beneficiaries after the BuCor Tadeco deal was sealed

ANOTHER HOUSE PROBE. Makabayan bloc lawmakers Sarah Elago, Arlene Brosas, France Castro, and Ariel Casilao filed House Resolution Number 953 against the BuCor-Tadeco deal. Photo courtesy of Anakpawis

BuCor-Tadeco deal illegal, should be cancelled – DOJ, COA panels

May 03, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The panels separate investigations say the joint venture agreement is disadvantageous to government

FEUDING FRIENDS. The separate investigations of COA and DOJ into the banana firm owned by Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr stemmed from the red flags raised by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

Calida: BuCor-Tadeco deal 'illegal'

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:26 PM

UPDATED In a statement Tadeco says Calida s statement is premature and uninformed as past justice secretaries had found arrangements to be valid and beneficial to BuCor and the country

TOP GOVT LAWYER. Solicitor General Jose Calida attends a congressional inquiry. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘Stop dragging us into your personal issues,’ Paola Alvarez tells Floirendo’s GF

Mar 30, 2017 - 12:39 PM

UPDATED Cathy Binag the live in partner of Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr apologizes to the Alvarez family But she adds I find it petty for some matured men to be burning bridges of friendship over a girls spat

Finance Assistant Secretary Paola Alvarez did not mince words against the girlfriend of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo JR. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Graft complaint vs Floirendo not about feuding girlfriends – Alvarez

Mar 29, 2017 - 5:32 PM

These are two different matters says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez whose friendship with fellow Davao del Norte congressman Antonio Floirendo Jr has turned sour

FIGHTING FRIENDS. Longtime friends Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr are now fighting.

Floirendo denies plotting Speaker Alvarez's ouster

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr admits having a brotherly misunderstanding with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who has so far refused to talk to him

RIFT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr says he and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez are currently having a 'brotherly misunderstanding.'

Floirendo ‘hurt’ by graft complaint filed by Alvarez

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr says he has a clear conscience and he is ready to face any complaints against him

CONFLICT BETWEEN FRIENDS. Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr is facing a graft complaint and a possible congressional probe, all thanks to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

Alvarez files graft complaint vs Rep Floirendo

Mar 28, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez accuses Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr of having an unlawful business interest in a government deal

LAWMAKERS CLASH. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez (left) files a graft complaint against Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr

Alvarez to his ouster 'plotters': 'Go ahead, make my day'

Mar 28, 2017 - 11:10 AM

UPDATED As rumors continue to spread that some lawmakers are plotting to unseat him Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez tells critics he is ready to go anytime as he has no ambition

'MAKE MY DAY.' Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he is not afraid to lose his position if that means doing something good in the name of the country. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Alvarez wants probe into BuCor deal with Floirendo banana firm

Mar 28, 2017 - 10:29 AM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez files the resolution against the company of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr President Duterte s biggest campaign contributor amid ouster rumors against the Speaker

CONFLICT IN THE HOUSE? The banana firm of Davao del Norte 2nd District Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr may soon face a congressional probe, following a resolution filed by Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Batang Pinoy: Cebu City begins gold rush in Tagum

Dec 01, 2016 - 1:08 PM

Team Cebu City has bounced back and now leads in the 2016 Batang Pinoy National Finals

GOLD RUSH. Team Cebu City manned by members of the University of the Visayas Baby Lancers advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 3-on-3 Boys Basketball after topping their bracket by winning all their 4 games in the eliminations. Photo by Adam Morrell

A gigantic Christmas tree lights up beautiful Tagum City

Nov 19, 2016 - 10:04 PM

This gigantic tree is 172 5 feet tall – a record breaking height for Tagum City

Tagum’s Giant Holiday Tree may just the country’s tallest. Photo by Kelvin Palermo

Thousands support jailed Iligan City Mayor Regencia

Nov 19, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Local residents say they believe Regencia is a victim of narco politics

Kidapawan and the rice riots

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:03 PM

Negotiations were cut short Riot police were unprepared and outnumbered Cops carried long arms This is the story behind the deadly protests in Kidapawan City

Field in Mindanao during the El Niño drought. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera / Rappler

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Apr 08, 2016 - 12:01 PM

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We asked for rice, not bullets, Kidapawan protester tells Senate

Apr 07, 2016 - 9:45 PM

Arlyn Oti Amar a mother of two cried before a Senate hearing as she recounted how the farmers protests for rice turned into a bloody dispersal

KIDAPAWAN HEARING. A public hearing was held on Thursday, April 7, regarding the violent dispersal of farmer-protesters in Kidapawan. Screenshot

Cotabato police chief sacked as PNP probes bloody clash

Apr 07, 2016 - 8:47 PM

The Philippine National Police has formed a special team headed by a 2 star general to probe possible lapses that led to the bloody clash in Kidapawan on April 1 2016

KIDAPAWAN CLASH. Police and farmers face off in Kidapawan City. File photo from the PNP Facebook page

Davao del Norte politicians unite behind Duterte

Feb 14, 2016 - 9:00 PM

In Rodrigo Duterte s first Mindanao proclamation rally politicians of all stripes throw their support behind him

Davao del Norte politicians at the stage with presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte at a rally in Tagum City, February 13, 2016. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

Davao del Norte creates lifeboats out of garbage

Sep 12, 2015 - 1:45 PM

Aside from promoting disaster preparedness in the community level using recyclable materials also helps Davao del Norte s solid waste management program

Disaster responders from Igacos town test their lifeboat made out of garbage. Photo courtesy of Davao del Norte's PDRRMC.

DavNor celebrates Kadagayaan Festival 2015

Jul 02, 2015 - 3:55 PM

The Kadagayaan derived from the word dagaya which means abundance and bounty in the local dialect upholds DavNor s riches in terms of culture products destinations and natural resources

PROMOTING INDUSTRY. The Agri-Aqua Industry Trade Fair, which aims to encourage locals to invest in local industries, is one of the activities of the province for Kadagayaan Festival 2015. Photo by Annika Questo/ Rappler

Rappler Talk: Human Rights Watch on Duterte and Rohingya

May 25, 2015 - 3:58 PM

Human Rights Watch Deputy Director for Asia Phelim Kine discusses the Rohingya refugees and the Davao summary killings

IN PHOTOS: Palarong Pambansa 2015 closing ceremony

May 10, 2015 - 10:36 PM

See photos of the elaborate final event for Palarong Pambansa 2015

Men from the 10th Infantry Division go sky-high in thanking everyone for taking part in the best Palaro ever.

Tagum City businesses boom in Palaro’s wake

May 06, 2015 - 11:44 AM

For many local businesses Palarong Pambansa is a chance to earn extra: with various establishments like malls restaurants and inns enjoying most of the swell

COOLING DOWN. A grade school baller quenches his thirst with buko juice from a local vendor. Photo by Edwin Gutierrez Jr/ Rappler

Elma Muros to Palaro athletes: Don’t waste time

May 06, 2015 - 7:00 AM

It was beneath the same unforgiving sun at Palarong Pambansa many years ago that Elma Muros first began realizing her dreams

WORK HARD. Track and field legend Elma Muros urges Palarong Pambansa athletes to work hard and use sports as a means to achieve their dreams. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

VLOG: Palaro opening rushed due to bad weather

May 04, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Both Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Education Secretary Armin Luistro insists that the program be done fast so as not to put the athletes health at risk

UNITED. Young athletes from the 17 regions light the flame that symbolizes the opening of the Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Franz Lopez/ Rappler