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Catbalogan City mayor, vice mayor suspended for 6 months

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:38 AM

The DILG finally implements the Office of the Ombudsman's 6-month suspension order against 9 Catbalogan City officials and 3 employees

CATBALOGAN CITY MAYOR. Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan and several other city officials and employees have been placed under preventive suspension over an alleged overpriced property purchase. Photo from the Facebook page of Stephany Uy-Tan

LIST: Deadly landslides in the Philippines

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Almost all of these major disasters in the last two decades happened in the midst of heavy rain that loosened the soil in landslide-prone areas

LANDSLIDES. There have been many deadly landslides in the Philippines in recent years. Photos by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Querl Panilag

Boy Tsinelas: Crafting action figures out of flip-flops

Oct 21, 2017 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'Boy Tsinelas' Elmer Padilla gives The Hulk movie star Mark Ruffalo an action figure he made out of scrap materials

ARTIST. An pedicab driver from Catbalogan City crafts his action figures from scrap materials. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Cop probed for shooting barangay official in police station in Samar

Oct 10, 2017 - 10:54 AM

Police Officer 2 Felix Donald Versoza shoots Barangay 6 Chairwoman Nimfa Rosal in the chest and arm during a heated argument inside the Catbalogan City Police Station

Samar youth kick off donation drive for Marawi evacuees

Jun 13, 2017 - 3:01 PM

We want to lend a hand to those families affected in Marawi says volunteer Rainiel Llauderes a student

DONATION DRIVE. Youth volunteers repack donations for Marawi evacuees. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Catbalogan builds PH’s 2nd floating pool to empower athletes

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:46 PM

The floating Olympic size pool is inspired by a similar project unveiled in Panabo City in Davao del Norte during the 2015 Palarong Pambansa

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT. Kids from nearby communities practice their strokes in the newly-created floating swimming pool. Photo by Rupert Ambil/ Rappler

Typhoon victims file graft complaint vs Samar mayor

Mar 23, 2017 - 5:33 PM

The complainants ask where the remaining P2 million has gone

TYPHOON RUBY. A man walks through the remains of a house in the aftermath of Typhoon Ruby in Dolores, Eastern Samar in December 2014. Photo by Rappler

Police probe blasts at Samar execs' homes

Mar 04, 2017 - 11:17 AM

A teenage girl and a 6 year old are hurt after motorcycle riding men hurled a grenade at the fence of Barangay Canlapwas chairperson Ma Elfa de Jesus in Catbalogan City

EASTERN VISAYAS TOP COP. Chief Superintendent Elmer Beltejar orders increased security measures in Samar following grenade blasts in Catbalogan City. Photo from the PRO8 website

News Briefs: February 21, 2017

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday February 21

Samar voters: 'Votes can be bought here'

May 09, 2016 - 3:25 AM

Several residents admit vote buying persists in their hometowns primarily due to poverty

Photo by Dionard Mendova

VLOG: Who will win in Catbalogan, Samar?

May 08, 2016 - 6:53 PM

This is the second time that the Liberal Party will attempt to unseat the Tans of Samar in favor of political newbies

Catbalogan City to build floating pool for local swimmers

May 07, 2016 - 7:19 PM

Catbalogan City in Samar will follow in the footsteps of Davao Del Norte with the construction of a floating swimming pool

FLOATING POOL. Catbalogan City is set to build its own floating swimming pool like this one in Panabo City. File Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

What are naked men doing around Jose Rizal's bust?

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:35 PM

It is perhaps the most curious sculpture of Dr Jose Rizal done by the late Miguel Alcazar but the residents of Catbalogan Samar consider it a treasure

HISTORICAL TREASURE. Jose Rizal's bust, sitting on 3 naked men, by the late Miguel Alcazar, stands across the Catbalogan city hall in Samar. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Samar community saves stranded dolphin

Aug 20, 2015 - 3:31 PM

Residents from the coastal village of Silanga say the dolphin ran aground on August 18 due to the strong waves coming from Maqueda Bay


Korean wind tower to rise in Catbalogan

Aug 05, 2015 - 8:15 AM

The proposed wind tower according to ODIN Energy is about 11 story building with a minimum ground floor area of 113 square meters

SOON TO RISE. The proposed wind tower is seen to generate four times more energy compared to the traditional ones. Illustration by Raffy de Guzman

Samar inmates cite abuses, seek ouster of jail warden

May 06, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Inside the Samar Provincial Jail in Catbalogan City inmates – still suspects whose cases are being tried – are already judged and punished like convicted criminals

PETITION. Inmates at the Samar provincial jail in Calbayog City ask the governor and vice governor to fire Jail Warden Victor  Templonuevo, who has allegedly failed to stop abuse and corruption by his men. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio, Rappler

Typhoon Ruby batters Catbalogan's sea wall, sets residents back

Dec 09, 2014 - 12:07 AM

How has tropical storm Ruby affected the residents of Catbalogan s coastal area? Watch this report

Priority is clearing roads, runway for relief operations

Dec 07, 2014 - 2:55 PM

UPDATED Troops have cleared a major road in Jiabong town early Sunday afternoon December 7 paving the way for relief operations

AFTERMATH. Residents wade through floodwaters in Borongan, Northern Samar or December 7, 2014. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Coastal residents evacuated in Catbalogan

Jul 15, 2014 - 5:27 PM

Some 20 coastal barangays in Catbalogan City have already been forced to move to safer grounds

FORCED EVACUATION. Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan (in green) convinces residents to leave their homes. All photos from Catbalogan Mayor's office.

Mental health, infections main concerns in Tacloban City

Nov 13, 2013 - 5:16 PM

Government and volunteer doctors have started getting reports of diarrhea cases too

Relief centers in Ormoc, Catbalogan

Nov 13, 2013 - 12:19 PM

Government says it doesn t want to rely on Tacloban City alone as the hub for relief goods and equipment

BLOCKED. A street in Ormoc, Leyte after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda. Photo by Cleariza Gavito/Rappler

Most school divisions in Eastern Visayas closed, unreachable

Nov 12, 2013 - 11:00 PM

As of Tuesday November 12 only school divisions of Northern Samar Maasin Southern Leyte and Calbayog have resumed operations

ASAP. Education Secretary Br Armin Luistro says the best way for children to recover is to bring them back to schools as soon as possible. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Samar’s long wait for salvation

Apr 23, 2013 - 10:08 PM

There s been little progress in 15 years Residents accuse the ruling family of corruption; the Tans blame their constituents for being laidback

UNFINISHED ROAD. A lady tries to maintain her balance as she walks along an uneven road to a remote coastal barangay in Catbalogan, Samar. Photo by Judith Balea

The Tans of Samar: Expanding a dynasty

Apr 21, 2013 - 10:40 PM

Headed by matriarch Milagrosa who was once a reluctant candidate the Tans want control of key cities both congressional districts and the province

Pineapples, caves and angel wings

Oct 23, 2012 - 6:44 PM

Caving — among other things — is more fun in Samar

ONE OF THE SPECTACULAR formations in Lobo Cave is appropriately named 'Angel Wings.' Photo by Joni Bonifacio