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Grenades, gun found abandoned in Ilocos Norte

Jun 06, 2019 - 10:24 PM

A goat herder finds the gun and grenades inside a sack at Laoa Bridge in Barangay Laoa, Paoay

Parents charged for kids' death in motorcycle crash

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The police chief of Batac City in Ilocos Norte says a case is being filed against the parents of one of the two kids as they knowingly let the minors use the motorcycle

3 die in road crashes in Ilocos provinces

May 29, 2019 - 2:17 PM

But a motorcycle rider in La Union narrowly escaped from being crushed by beer delivery truck. Watch it here.

After dropping bid for governor, Fariñas backs Imee Marcos' Senate candidacy

May 06, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Ilocos Norte congressman Rudy Fariñas says it would 'bring honor' to their province if his former rival Imee Marcos wins in the 2019 senatorial race

RIVALS TURNED ALLIES? Ilocos Norte 1st DIstrict Representative Rudy Fariñas says Governor Imee Marcos' victory in the Senate race would bring honor to their province. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA: Ilocos Norte gov't illegally hired private lawyers as consultants

May 05, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The Ilocos Norte government says it hired private lawyers to assist the provincial legal officer, but the Commission on Audit says it could not find a valid reason for this move

AUDIT REPORT. The 2017 audit report of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Government is peppered with irregularities.

Rudy Fariñas withdraws from Ilocos Norte race for governor

May 02, 2019 - 9:41 AM

This leaves the son of outgoing governor Imee Marcos unopposed

CANDIDATE NO MORE. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rudy Fariñas withdraws from the gubernatorial race. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ilocos Norte councilor survives 2nd slay try in 4 months

Mar 29, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Twice lucky, Ilocos Norte Councilor Jovencio Pascua blames politics for the attempts on his life

Imee Marcos shuns 'anti-corruption' messaging by opponents

Feb 18, 2019 - 11:13 PM

'Panahon ng eleksyon ngayon, talagang bakbakan at talagang batikusan. Pero huwag na ho nating patulan ang lahat,' the Ilocos Norte governor and senatorial aspirant says

'FOCUS ON TRACK RECORD.' Hugpong ng Pagbabago chairperson Sara Duterte Carpio, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, and Senator Cynthia Villar during a press briefing in Ilocos Norte on Monday, February 18. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Hugpong ng Pagbabago Senate slate courts voters in Marcos bailiwick

Feb 18, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, who is part of the lineup, asks her constituents to support the 13-member slate of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago

ALLIANCE. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (3-L) asks her constituents to support the 13-member Senate slate of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

Ilocos Norte vice gubernatorial candidate dies

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:24 AM

Provincial board member Mariano Marcos II was found unconscious in the men’s room at the Laoag City International Airport

ILOCOS NORTE POLITICIAN. Provincial Board Member Mariano Marcos II died on February 16, 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of Mariano 'Nonong' Marcos II

'Walk on the road to integrity,' bishop urges Ilocanos as church becomes minor basilica

Feb 08, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Retired Cotabato Bishop Orlando Quevedo makes the call in his homily at the elevation rite of the Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Ilocos Norte

POPE'S CHURCH. Church officials solemnly declares the Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Ilocos Norte as a minor basilica -  a church with special pontifical privileges. Photos from La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc - Coronada Facebook page

LOOK: Laoag City Bypass Road now open

Dec 29, 2018 - 5:31 PM

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar says the new road is expected to cut travel time going north

OPEN. The newly opened Laoag City Bypass Road is expected to ease traffic in the city proper . All photos from the Department of Public Works and Highways

Imelda Marcos planned to withdraw gubernatorial bid from the start – Imee

Dec 03, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The former first lady was only serving as a placeholder to allow one of the younger Marcoses to substitute her in the Ilocos Norte gubernatorial race, says her daughter Imee Marcos

Students activists call for immediate imprisonment of former Imelda Marcos during rally along Espana Boulevard in Manila. Earlier, Marcos was granted bail by Sandiganbayan on her seven cases of graft. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Peace deal gone wrong revives Marcos-Fariñas clash in Ilocos Norte

Dec 01, 2018 - 9:15 AM

(UPDATED) The decision of ex-Ilocos Norte governor Michael Marcos Keon to run against reelectionist Laoag Mayor Chevylle Fariñas becomes the deal breaker for family patriarch Rodolfo Fariñas

FAILED PEACE TALKS. Rudy Fariñas and Bongbong Marcos wanted to prevent a showdown between their families in 2019. File photos of Fariñas, Marcoses by Rappler, photo of Matthew Marcos Manotoc from his Facebook page

Rudy Fariñas runs for Ilocos Norte governor vs Marcos' grandson

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:54 PM

The former House majority leader will go head to head against the grandson of graft convict and Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos

THE RIVALRY HEATS UP. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rudy Fariñas is eyeing to become governor in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Imelda Marcos withdraws bid for Ilocos Norte governor

Nov 29, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Her grandson, Ilocos Norte 2nd District Senior Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc, will run for governor while Board Member Nonong Marcos will be his running mate

GULTY OF GRAFT. Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos inside the Sandiganbayan on November 16, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-barangay chief challenges Imelda Marcos for Ilocos Norte governor

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Before Jesus Arimbuyotan filed his certificate of candidacy, the former first lady was uncontested to replace her daughter, Governor Imee Marcos

DAUGHTER’S POST. Ilocos Norte congresswoman Imelda Marcos on October 16, 2018, accompanies to the poll body in Manila her eldest daughter, senatorial hopeful Imee, whom she seeks to replace as governor. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte jokes: Push COA auditor in Ilocos Norte down the stairs

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:50 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos complains about the Commission on Audit to President Rodrigo Duterte during their meeting on Typhoon Ompong's effects on the province

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to the updates on the aftermath of Typhoon 'Ompong' during a situation briefing with the members of his cabinet and local government officials held at the Provincial Capitol in Laoag, Ilocos Norte on September 16, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte visits Cagayan, condoles with Ompong-hit families

Sep 16, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'I share the grief of those who lost their loved ones,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in Ompong-hit Cagayan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte watches an aerial footage showing the extent of the damage caused by Typhoon 'Ompong' in some areas of Cagayan Valley during a situation briefing at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol in Tuguegarao City on September 16, 2018. Joining the President are Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

4,000 residents in Ilocos Norte flee to evacuation centers

Sep 15, 2018 - 1:18 PM

Heavy rains and howling winds slam the municipality of Bacarra early morning on September 15

EVACUATION CHECK. Governor Imee Marcos (in purple jacket) visits residents in different evacuation centers in Ilocos Norte. All photo from Marcos' Facebook page

LOOK: Ilocos Norte placed under state of calamity due to flooding

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:49 PM

More than 14,000 residents are affected by heavy rains and floods brought by the southwest monsoon, says the provincial government

FLOODED. Paoay Church is flooded after nonstop rains caused by habagat in Ilocos Norte. Photo by Rovinmarc Marquez

Imee Marcos blocking Fariñas’ bid to retain House leadership

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:02 PM

His vicious conflict with Ilocos Norte's Governor Imee Marcos could cost Representative Rodolfo Farñas his position as House majority leader

CLASH. Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas leads the probe into the alleged misuse of tobacco funds under Governor Imee Marcos.

Ombudsman probing Imee Marcos over questionable projects

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Outgoing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says their investigation would help 'accelerate the finding of facts' on alleged anomalies in Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos during the resumption of the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability inquiry into the Ilocos Government's P66.45-M purchase of motor vehicles on October 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA wants charges filed in Ilocos Norte’s questionable construction contracts

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:00 PM

State auditors also say that Ilocos Norte may have deliberately favored a medical supplier in P17.9 million worth of purchases, wherein bid documents are found to be fabricated

PROCUREMENT VIOLATIONS. The Commission on Audit finds procurement violations in millions worth of Ilocos Norte's projects.

Doubtful deliveries, fabricated documents in Ilocos Norte projects – COA

Jul 04, 2018 - 12:49 PM

(UPDATED) The 2017 audit report of Ilocos Norte is peppered with questionable transactions according to the Commission on Audit

AUDIT REPORT. The 2017 audit report of the Ilocos Norte Provincial Government is peppered with irregularities.

No martial law? Police cars blast sirens in Laoag City late night patrol

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:43 PM

With lights flashing and sirens blaring, police cars patrol an empty residential street in Laoag City late at night, as part of the drive against tambays. Police have different views on the propriety of the move.

REGULAR? Sirens are only usually used by cops to part heavy traffic and only for special people and occasions. Rappler screengrab from sourced video

Laoag Vice Mayor Michael Fariñas buried

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:09 PM

House Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas led the pall bearers in bringing his nephew's remains to the Maharlika Memorial Gardens in Laoag City

BURIAL. The vehicle bearing the casket of Laoag Vice Mayor Michael V. Fariñas passes through the city streets on June 15, 2018. Rappler photo

Ilocos Region ready to be alternative to Boracay

May 04, 2018 - 10:43 AM

More tourists are expected to come to Ilocos Sur and Norte because of the 'resting' of Boracay

Ilocos as alternative to Boracay. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

DFA to open new passport offices in Ilocos Norte, Isabela

May 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The new DFA passport offices in northern Luzon, both in Robinsons malls, will operate from Monday to Saturday

PASSPORT PROCESSING. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano inspects the passport processing area in Aseana, Parañaque City, in this file photo. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Badoc Island: Ilocos Norte's little-known gem

Apr 14, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Badoc Island is a breathtaking and relaxing alternative to other beaches in Ilocos Norte

Former Ilocos Norte representative Roque Ablan Jr dies

Mar 27, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Roquito 'Roque' Ablan Jr served as Ilocos Norte 1st District representative for various congresses from 1968 to 2010

House summons Imee Marcos, Ilocos Norte officials to another probe

Mar 20, 2018 - 7:48 AM

This isn't the first time that the Ilocos Norte governor and former House member is summoned to a probe by the House committee on good government and public accountability

SUMMONED AGAIN. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos during House probe into the utilization of the tobacco excise tax and determination of the tangible benefits acquired by tobacco farmers of Ilocos Norte on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel cites Imee Marcos' Singaporean boyfriend in contempt

Oct 09, 2017 - 4:51 PM

The House of Representatives committee on good government will order the arrest of Mark Chua should he fail to show up a 3rd time for the hearing on Ilocos Norte funds

WHERE IS MARK CHUA? The House panel cites Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos (in picture) boyfriend Mark Chua in contempt for again skipping the House probe. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Heritage expert thought Paoay museum was Marcos family project

Oct 09, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Eric Zerrudo says he was paid in cash, making him think it was indeed a family-funded project

TOBACCO MISUSE. Lawmakers, led by Ilocos Norte 1st District Representative Rodolfo Fariñas Jr, probe alleged misuse of tobacco funds in his home province. Rappler photo

Mark Chua, Imee boyfriend, still a no-show in House hearing

Sep 25, 2017 - 4:57 PM

The Ilocos Norte governor, long-time girlfriend of the businessman, says they haven’t spoken recently

HOUSE AGAIN. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos attends the September 25, 2017 House hearing into the alleged irregular purchase of motor vehicles worth P66.45 million. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on the alleged misuse of Ilocos Norte tobacco funds

Sep 25, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler

Marcos' 100th birthday 'no reason to celebrate' – lawmakers

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Legislators from the House point out that President Rodrigo Duterte s proclamation counters Philippine law which recognizes the atrocities during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos

'NO HERO.' About a thousand Moro, Lumad Cordillerans and other natinal minorities join the rest of the Filipino people rally at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in protest against President Rodrigo Duterte decision to declare former President Ferdinand Marcos Birthday Sept 11 as a local holiday im Ilocos Norte . Photo by Maria Tan

Duterte defends Ilocos Norte holiday for Marcos birthday

Sep 09, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Ang sabi nila si Marcos masamang tao That is a sentiment not shared by all President Rodrigo Duterte says

GOOD FRIENDS. President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos on the sidelines of The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) 2016 awarding ceremony at the Heroes' Hall of Malacañang Palace on December 12, 2016. Malacañang file photo

On Marcos centennial, a call to post artworks about martial law atrocities

Sep 08, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Molotov Pilipinas a creative community calls on artists from different parts of the country to post their protest works on social media on September 11

NEVER FORGET. Molotov Pilipinas calls out artists from all over the country to post creative works to remember the Marcos atrocities. Photo courtesy of Molotov Pilipinas

Malacañang declares holiday in Ilocos Norte for Marcos' 100th birthday

Sep 07, 2017 - 1:46 PM

President Duterte s Proclamation Number 310 gives the late president s home province full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion

Ilocos Norte vehicle supplier dealt with Imee Marcos' boyfriend

Aug 31, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Despite meeting the couple Imee Marcos and Mark Chua businessman Fabian Go claims he had no idea he was selling the vehicles to a local government

NO IDEA? Businessman Fabian Go says he had no idea he was being paid using government funds. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Imee Marcos, Ilocos Norte officials apologize to Fariñas over resolutions

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The rival politicians from Ilocos Norte eventually patch things up as Marcos tells Fariñas that they are very very sorry for declaring him persona non grata

Majority leader Cong. Rodolfo Farinas during House hearing at the House committee on good government and public accountability on the alleged misuse of the P66.45 million in tobacco funds to purchase motor vehicles in Congress on Thursday. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Aug 31, 2017 - 2:12 PM

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Against rules, Ilocos Norte advances P26M cash for meds, fertilizer, construction

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Governor Imee Marcos employs the same payment method she used in buying motor vehicles through local tobacco funds the subject of a House investigation

CASH ADVANCES. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos justifies her use of cash advances to buy medicines, fertilizer, and construction materials. Graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 23, 2017

Aug 23, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday

Protest. Hundreds of protesters demand justice for Kian delos Santos on August 21, 2017 at the People Power Monument. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 23-29, 2017

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:38 AM

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Jul 25, 2017 - 9:19 PM

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Imee Marcos jokes: Easy to drag 'jobless' Enrile around

Jul 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos says Juan Ponce Enrile and her brother Bongbong Marcos both former senators are similar

ALLIES. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos talks to ex-Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile during the House probe on July 25. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

House frees 6 detained Ilocos Norte officials

Jul 25, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas grills one of the officials over her ownership of a property but eventually moves that she be released along with the others

NOW FREE. (L-R) Evangeline Tabulog, Josephine Calajate, Encarnacion Gaor, Genedine Jambaro, Eden Battulayan, and Pedro Agcaoili during a House hearing on June 20. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Imee Marcos apologizes to House, Aquino over P100-M bribe claim

Jul 25, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos admits she made the allegation against the Liberal Party and its chairman emeritus former president Benigno Aquino III out of mere suspicion

'SORRY.' Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos flanked by her mother Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos and legal counsel Juan Ponce Enrile. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler