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[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: ‘For the Love of Leyte’ featuring the Itchyworms

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:07 PM

The Itchyworms gives us a sneak peek into the two-day benefit arts and music festival in Leyte they are headlining

Ben&Ben, Itchyworms, Bullet Dumas come together for Leyte

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Catch your favorite OPM artists at For The Love of Leyte, a music and arts festival on November 30 to December 1

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

WATCH: #MoveLeyte: 'Social Good in the Digital Age' forum in VSU

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:02 PM

Tickets to the public forum are free, but seats are limited. Register now!

Senate OKs new districts for General Santos City, Southern Leyte, Isabela

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The bills for these legislative districts, once signed into law, would provide for the election of a congressional representative for each new district

College student shot dead in Baybay City

Aug 28, 2018 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) Ronie Bercede Recilla was a computer science student at the Visayas State University

STUDENT KILLED. Visayas State University student Ronie Bercede Recilla is gunned down near a vulcanizing shop in Baybay City, Leyte. Photo courtesy of Jed Cortes/Amaranth

DOJ witness Kerwin Espinosa washes hands in Albuera drug raid

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) A cop whom Kerwin said was in his pocket takes the witness stand, and says police found no evidence to link him to the raid

STATE PROTECTION. Kerwin Espinosa leaves the Manila RTC on August 10, 2018, tightly guarded by escorts from both the NBI and the DOJ Intelligence Service Operations Group (ISOG). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 3, 2018

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:34 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

Brawl at FIBA: PHI vs AUS July 2. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Maasin Airport's new passenger terminal inaugurated

Jul 02, 2018 - 2:15 PM

The Maasin Airport in Southern Leyte can now accommodate 150 passengers from the previous 50

Photo from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

Journalists conduct gift giving for kids in Samar village

Jun 10, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Army First Lieutenant Orlando Casipit Jr says 'education is the only way out of poverty' for children of Barangay Mabini in Basey, Samar

GIFT GIVING. Journalists and soldiers conduct a gift giving for marginalized schoolchildren in a Samar village. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

'People's Museum' seeks to preserve identity of Ormoc City

Mar 10, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'We need a museum to remind us that we are part of a cultural band and we have a responsibility to our descendants to preserve our past,' says Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez

SITE OF PEOPLE'S MUSEUM. The people of Ormoc City will have their own museum come June 2018. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Kerwin Espinosa's lawyer killed in ambush near Cebu City courthouse

Feb 19, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Gunmen spray bullets at the car of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of the suspected drug lord

AMBUSH. The vehicle of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of Kerwin Espinosa who was ambushed in Cebu, February 19 2018. Photo by Romeo Marantal

IN PHOTOS: Media groups give aid to Eastern Samar residents

Feb 04, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Over 300 households in Barangay Can-ilay receive goods from the visiting journalists, who are assisted by the DSWD and the military

OUTREACH. Members of the media, along with DSWD and the military bring goods to remote villages in Eastern Samar. All photos by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Sandiganbayan clears Leyte congressman Cari in fertilizer fund scam

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Also cleared of charges is Representative Jose Carlos Cari's mother, Baybay City Mayor Carmen Cari

CLEARED. Due to inordinate delay, the Sandiganbayan clears Leyte 5th District Representative Jose Carlos Cari in a P3.12 million worth fertilizer fund scam.

Leyte town gets new rescue tools after Urduja, Vinta

Jan 20, 2018 - 4:04 PM

'We want to better equip the rescue volunteers of San Miguel in order to save lives,' Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfred Benitez says

RESCUERS' TOOLS. Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Alfred Benitez delivers 29 sets of head gear and flashlights on January 18, 2018, for the rescuers of San Miguel.

4 killed in Tacloban wall collapse

Jan 14, 2018 - 10:45 AM

(UPDATED) Search and retrieval operations will resume on Monday morning, January 15

DANGER ZONE. A view of the collapse area. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

LOOK: Tacloban residents help stranded commuters through 'baluto' rides

Jan 02, 2018 - 5:26 PM

In an admirable display of the spirit of bayanihan, Tacloban residents help ferry stranded commuters across a flooded street

EDC net income drops by 6.5% in 1st 9 months due to Leyte earthquake

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The core net income of the renewable energy producer falls to P6.6 billion for the January to September period as the quake in July disrupted operations of its largest power plant

PHINMA Energy to file case against PSALM

Sep 11, 2017 - 11:00 PM

The case is to stop PSALM from removing PHINMA Energy as administrator of a 40 megawatt geothermal power plant in Leyte

Duterte might not push through with mega prison in Nueva Ecija – Aguirre

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The President instead proposes to build a new medium sized facility and improve existing 7 regional prisons

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

4 mayors, no projects in Albuera, Leyte in 2016 – COA

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:33 AM

Commission on Audit also flags Albuera s low spending on disaster risk reduction

Albuera, Ozamiz's Espenido gets new assignment: Iloilo

Aug 28, 2017 - 10:33 AM

UPDATED Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido is also awarded the Magalong Medal Order of Lapu Lapu

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medal to Ozamiz City Police Director Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido during the National Heroes Day Commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on August 28, 2017. Espenido was hailed for his successful anti-illegal drug operations in Ozamiz City. The President has then reassigned Espenido to Iloilo City. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP autopsy, impeachment complaint, Trump | Evening wRap

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:25 PM

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Pimentel, Leyte earthquake, Sung Kim | Midday wRap

Aug 23, 2017 - 2:00 PM

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2 dead as shallow earthquake hits Leyte

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:32 AM

UPDATED The quake s epicenter was located just northeast of Albuera Leyte with a depth of focus at just 5 kilometers below ground Phivolcs says

The location of the earthquake's epicenter. Image courtesy Phivolcs

WATCH: Bike Scouts PH, the unsung heroes of Yolanda

Aug 17, 2017 - 5:22 PM

Bike Scouts Philippines is made up of volunteer bicycle messengers who respond to isolated areas in the aftermath of a disaster

Duterte declares state of calamity in Ormoc and Kananga, Leyte

Aug 10, 2017 - 8:32 PM

The areas are recovering from the damage caused by the earthquake last July 6

STATE OF CALAMITY. A resident still shocked after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6, 2017. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

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

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Must watch videos from this week

With CIDG 12 post, Supt Marvin Marcos may qualify for promotion

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Will the cop linked to the killing of a detained mayor eventually be promoted to senior superintendent?

SENIOR OFFICER SOON? Marvin Marcos, currently the CIDG 12 head, attends a Senate hearing in December 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dela Rosa admits Supt Marcos reassignment 'not so normal'

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:20 PM

But the PNP chief tells senators that impunity will not happen under his watch amid concerns over Superintendent Marvin Marcos return to the police force

MARCOS AND IMPUNITY? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa talks to CIDG chief Roel Obusan during a December 2016 hearing into the killing of Rolando Espinosa. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

[Newspoint] The other Marcos phenomenon

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Why do Marvin Marcos and others in his infamous league get easy deals from the Duterte regime?

HRW: Reinstatement of Supt Marcos shows 'wider impunity' in PH drug war

Jul 14, 2017 - 12:18 PM

The New York based human rights group says President Rodrigo Duterte s order comes as no surprise given his previous pronouncements defending cops in the war on drugs

Ormoc City eyes relocation of 1,500 families in quake-hit villages

Jul 13, 2017 - 6:44 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes a quick visit to Ormoc City to meet with local officials and distribute cash assistance to quake victims

CONDOLENCES. President Rodrigo Duterte condoles with the family of Rhissa Rosales, one of the Leyte earthquake fatalities, on July 13, 2017. Malacañang photo

Dela Rosa defends Marcos reinstatement: 'Justice system working'

Jul 13, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Kung yung drug pusher or drug lord may kini claim sila na due process eh bakit hindi natin puwede ibigay doon sa pulis na dumaan sa due process? says the PNP chief

BACK TO BUSINESSMEN. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (left) and his men are ordered reinstated. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Put*ng i*a!': Lacson, senators slam reinstatement of Supt Marcos

Jul 13, 2017 - 2:53 PM

UPDATED Senator Lacson a former Philippine National Police chief sums up the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos with the favorite expletive of the Chief Executive who had ordered it

EX-PNP CHIEF. Senator Panfilo Lacson joins other senators in criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte's order to reinstate Superintendent Marvin Marcos, who is implicated in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. File photo from Senate PRIB

Duterte orders reinstatement of cop in Espinosa slay, again

Jul 12, 2017 - 7:52 PM

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says it would be a waste anyway not to let Superintendent Marvin Marcos work since he is getting paid

EMBATTLED COPS. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (2nd, L) with others tagged in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr at the preliminary investigation into the criminal complaint against them before the DOJ on December 20, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Lawmakers want state of calamity declared in Eastern Visayas

Jul 12, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Representatives Ben Evardone and Edgar Sarmiento make the call after the Leyte earthquake destroyed the region s main power source

STATE OF CALAMITY. A resident still shocked after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

OVP to provide shelter materials for earthquake-hit Leyte

Jul 11, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The Office of the Vice President also plans to provide psychosocial support to survivors of the magnitude 6 5 earthquake

6.5-STRONG. Aftermath of the strong earthquake that hit the province of Leyte. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Leyte quake, Marawi death toll, Mayweather | Evening wRap

Jul 10, 2017 - 9:12 PM

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Rappler Talk: Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez on Leyte earthquake

Jul 10, 2017 - 5:56 PM

MovePH s Voltaire Tupaz talks to Ormoc Mayor Richard Gomez on Rappler Talk on Monday 6pm July 10 Bookmark this page to watch the conversation

Ormoc City to be placed under state of calamity

Jul 10, 2017 - 5:40 PM

Cabinet secretaries led by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana meet with Leyte local government leaders on rehabilitation efforts after the magnitude 6 5 quake

Photo from Office of Presidential Spokesperson

Leyte quake, North Korea, Pell | Midday wRap

Jul 10, 2017 - 12:51 PM

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Magnitude 5.8 aftershock hits Leyte

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:48 AM

UPDATED Phivolcs revises the magnitude of the aftershock from 5 4 to 5 8

Image from Phivolcs

DSWD gives P3.2M worth of aid to Leyte earthquake survivors

Jul 09, 2017 - 6:30 PM

A total of 1 837 families or 9 185 persons living in Leyte are displaced by the earthquake

RELIEF. DSWD sends assistance to those affected by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Leyte. Photo from DSWD

Disaster imagination: 3 steps toward disaster preparedness

Jul 08, 2017 - 9:30 PM

We need [imagination] for disaster preparedness Science Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr says at the Agos Summit

Department of Science and Technology undersecretary for disaster risk reduction and climate Renato Solidum Jr., during Day 2 of the AGOS Summit on Disater Preparedness at the SM Aura Samsung Hall in Taguig on July 8, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Landslides displace 900 in quake-hit Leyte town

Jul 08, 2017 - 3:02 PM

The landslides hurt 26 people in Hiluktugan village including two infants who were hit by dislodged hollow blocks

LANDSLIDE. The 6.5 magnitude earthquake in Leyte triggers landslides in Carigara town. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Banks stay open after Leyte earthquake

Jul 08, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Our member banks have advised its respective branches to strive delivering its services to the general public and accommodate all banking transactions most especially in this time of need says the Bankers Association of the Philippines

QUAKE DAMAGE. A man walks by a building destroyed by the magnitude 6.5 earthquake. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

IN PHOTOS: Leyte quake aftermath

Jul 08, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Authorities are still assessing the extent of the quake damage which can only be done once they reach the quake epicenter in the mountainous villages

A resident still shocked after the 6.5 magnitude earthquake damaged his house in Cabaonan, Ormoc City on July 6, 2017. Atleast 179 patients were affected with mostly minor injuries after the Magnitude 6.5 earthquake in the Province of Leyte. Two were reported dead one from Kananga, Leyte and one from brgy Cabaonan, Ormoc Leyte. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

The week in photos: July 1-7, 2017

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:08 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

TREMOR. Rescuers stand next to a destroyed building after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the town of Kananga, Leyte on July 6, 2017. Photo by Lito Bagunas/AFP

Martial law, Leyte quake, Gulf crisis | Evening wRap

Jul 07, 2017 - 7:45 PM

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