northern luzon - updates

Rappler's latest stories on northern luzon


2 dead in northern Luzon due to incessant rains, winds

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:12 PM

(UPDATED) The separate incidents happen in Sta Cruz, Ilocos Sur, and in Tuba, Benguet

Over 15,000 evacuate due to Typhoon Ompong

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:36 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Residents from the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region head for safe zones before Ompong (Mangkhut) hits land

SAFETY. Evacuees in Barangay Annafunan in Tuguegarao City chat as they await for Typhoon Ompong's wrath. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

JICA announces winners of poster design competition for Northern Luzon high school students

Aug 04, 2018 - 9:13 AM

Press release: The winning poster designs will be exhibited at the Tanabata Festival Week in Baguio

JICA opens poster-making contest for Grades 7-12 in Northern Luzon

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:20 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The deadline of entries for the contest of the Japan International Cooperation Agency is on July 16

WATCH: #Balikatan2018 speeches celebrate PH-US ties

May 07, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The Balikatan 2018 exercises involves up to 8,000 forces from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, US Pacific Command, Australian Defense Force, and the Japan Self-Defense Forces

BALIKATAN 2018. Philippine and US militaries formally open the second Balikatan exercises under President Rodrigo Duterte

Scarborough, Benham Rise general leads US-PH Balikatan 2018

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:23 AM

It's the second Balikatan under President Rodrigo Duterte, who at the start of his term threatened to end the military exercises. Ties between the Philippines and US have since improved.

PH military encourages fishermen to return to Scarborough

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:20 PM

'Takot sila. Sabi nila haharangin sila. We encourage them to go back,' says Northern Luzon Command chief Lieutenant General Emmanuel Salamat

MARITIME FORUM. The Northern Luzon Command hosts a maritime forum for fishermen. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/

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Sep 05, 2017 - 1:28 PM

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Another PH Marines chief assigned to guard Scarborough, Benham

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Major General Emmanuel Salamat assumes as head of the AFP s Northern Luzon Command Nolcom the unit responsible for the country s northernmost territory

PMA '85. Major General Emmanuel Salamat (rightmost) is the latest among the members of PMA Class '85 to get a promotion

Explosion, fire hit military base in Tarlac

Feb 08, 2017 - 9:01 AM

UPDATED The military is still investigating the incident but a spokesman assured the public that the camp was not attacked

FIRE AT THE BARRACKS. Fire hits a military barracks in Camp Aquino in Tarlac. Photo courtesy of Paul Dizon

Duterte on CPP talks: I conceded too much, too soon

Dec 11, 2016 - 9:05 PM

What more do you ask of us? Maubusan ako ng baraha niyan kung release ako ng release says President Rodrigo Duterte referring to the release of political prisoners being sought by the CPP

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the troops of the North Luzon Command (NolCom) at their headquarters in Camp General Servillano Aquino, San Miguel, Tarlac City on December 11, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

Northern Luzon braces for Typhoon Ferdie

Sep 13, 2016 - 1:15 PM

Classes are suspended in Cagayan and Batanes provinces while the Philippine Coast Guard monitors coastal areas for possible storm surges

Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Soldiers get replica of 1734 map debunking China's claims

Jun 06, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The Northern Luzon Command says the 1734 Murillo Map will always remind them that Scarborough Shoal is ours

'SCARBOROUGH IS OURS.' The Northern Luzon Command on June 6, 2016, receives a framed replica of the 1734 Murillo Map that shows the disputed Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) as part of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Northern Luzon Command

Incumbent clans dominate northern Luzon polls

May 14, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Dynasties sweep the polls in 5 provinces north of Manila: Isabela Ilocos Norte Ilocos Sur La Union and Pangasinan

Duterte promises airport for extreme Northern Luzon

Mar 29, 2016 - 5:05 PM

In Abra in the Cordillera Administrative Region Duterte continues to make his pitch for federalism

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Rodrigo Duterte says the key to economic growth in the Philippines is the decongestion of Metro Manila and giving equal opportunities for other parts of the country to develop. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Marcos bailiwick ‘real challenge’ in campaign, Robredo admits

Feb 16, 2016 - 7:00 AM

The LP vice presidential bet says her numbers are okay in the Visayas some parts in Mindanao and in Luzon particularly in the southern part and Bicol

MORE TIME NEEDED. Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo in Negros Occidential shares the dilemma of any national candidates: the length of the campaign period is not enough to go around the country. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Duterte: I'll pardon cops who kill criminals, civilians in line of duty

Feb 11, 2016 - 10:55 AM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says this assurance will give law enforcers a sense of security when running after criminals

'THE PUNISHER'. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is interviewed by the media in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, on February 11, 2016. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Light rains in Manila, Northern Luzon on Wednesday

Dec 29, 2015 - 9:50 PM

The northeast monsoon brings rain to Northern Luzon and other parts of the island

Satellite image as of December 29, 7:32 pm. From PAGASA website

Typhoon Lando brings needed water to Luzon dams

Oct 19, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Government is closely monitoring Angat Dam in Bulacan and Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija

TYPHOON LANDO. Government is closely monitoring the water level of Angat Dam in Bulacan. File photo from Wikipedia

Aquino on Typhoon Lando: Be ready to evacuate

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:39 PM

UPDATED Lando is expected to make landfall on the northeastern coast of the Philippines biggest island of Luzon on Sunday morning

Miranda is new Nolcom chief

Aug 12, 2015 - 11:47 AM

His operational area includes the entire northern and central Luzon

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE STAR. President Benigno S. Aquino III in December 2012 bestows the Distinguished Service Star Award to then Colonel Glorioso Miranda during the 77thFounding Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau

4 dead as monsoon rains hit central, northern Luzon

Jul 19, 2015 - 3:38 PM

Social welfare and relief agencies are delivering aid to affected areas while the public works department is preparing to repair damaged infrastructure

BAD WEATHER. Rains assault parts of Luzon as indicated by rainclouds seen in a PAGASA satellite image taken on the evening of Saturday, July 18

Beautiful beaches, sunsets, sights in Santa Ana, Cagayan

May 28, 2015 - 4:08 PM

Stunning white beaches beautiful sunsets a quiet escape Welcome to Santa Ana

Northern Alliance bloc rallies behind President Aquino

Mar 29, 2015 - 10:09 PM

UPDATED A total of 25 members of Congress hailing from northern Luzon reiterate their support for President Benigno Aquino III

President Benigno S. Aquino III file photo. Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Fire razes 50-hectare forest area in Aurora

Aug 16, 2014 - 5:41 PM

Authorities are conducting a probe on the cause of the fire that struck the Aurora capital on August 13 and was put under control on August 15

Occasional rains for parts of N. Luzon on Sunday

Aug 09, 2014 - 5:59 PM

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms

Satellite image from PAGASA

Occasional rains for parts of N. Luzon on Saturday

Aug 09, 2014 - 7:37 AM

Meanwhile Metro Manila and the rest of the country is expected be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms

MTSAT ENHANCED IR satellite image, 4 am, August 9. Image courtesy of PAGASA

New AFP chief tells troops: Ignore politics, no HR violations

Jul 22, 2014 - 5:14 PM

Catapang who assumed command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines last week starts his tour of military camps

BACK IN TARLAC: New Armed Forces chief Lieutenant General Gregorio Catapang Jr visits the Northern Luzon Command

Trinidad is new Nolcom commander

Jun 06, 2014 - 7:22 PM

Maj Gen Felicito Trinidad Jr replaces Lt Gen Gregorio Catapang who is now vice chief of staff of the AFP

SOUTH TO NORTH. Major General Felicito Virgilio Trinidad gets a new post. Screenshot from PTV

Surprise appointment for AFP chief contender

May 22, 2014 - 5:07 PM

Catapang s new post is an administrative position It s different from his former post where he had under his operational command 2 Army infantry divisions one naval base and one air base

AFP'S NUMBER 2: Lieutenant General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr

Cagayan mayor killed in flag-raising attack

Apr 21, 2014 - 11:07 AM

3rd UPDATE Mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jr of Gonzaga town and two of his security personnel are shot dead while they attend a flag raising ceremony

Anti-graft court won't stop proceedings vs Padaca

Apr 15, 2014 - 8:57 PM

The Comelec commissioner cannot invoke immunity from charges as granted by the Constitution because the act was committed before her appointment to the poll body

PH military beefs up coverage of Scarborough

Feb 25, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Scarborough is now under the Palawan based Western Command to put the country s external defense efforts under one commander

Rains in Bicol, eastern Visayas

Dec 29, 2013 - 9:58 AM

The tail end of a cold front in Bicol brings light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image, 8:32 am, December 29, 2013. Image from PAGASA

Isolated rainshowers in Tacloban

Nov 16, 2013 - 7:34 AM

Yolanda hit Tacloban and Iloilo may experience rainshowers or thunderstorms

#SantiPH: 10,000 in evacuation centers

Oct 13, 2013 - 1:37 AM

UPDATED At least 80 government centers are activated for evacuees on Saturday October 12

Santi death toll now at 13

Oct 12, 2013 - 4:33 PM

The typhoon leaves death and destruction in its wake as it exits the Philippines

DELUGE. Parts of the Philippines are on stand-still as it waits for Typhoon 'Santi' to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility. Photo from EPA

About 50 stranded in Tarlac are rescued

Oct 12, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Through synchronized efforts on social media 50 persons stranded in Tarlac are quickly rescued

Santi leaves a million without power in Luzon

Oct 12, 2013 - 10:19 AM

Houses are unroofed and trees uprooted as Santi rips through northern Luzon

DAMAGE. Century-old Acacia trees uprooted in Burgos Ave., Cabanatuan. Photo by Jeoff Laura

Pangasinan, Northern Luzon not spared by Maring

Aug 20, 2013 - 7:49 PM

Sta Barbara town in Pangasinan has been put under a state of calamity as over 2 000 families are affected by floods

FIELDS AFFECTED. Flooding in Pangasinan made roads impassable and affected rice plantations. Photo by Twitter user @jaymgaspar

Isang: 4 provinces remain under storm signals

Jul 17, 2013 - 11:10 AM

TD Isang currently moving north northwest at a speed of 22 km h and is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility PAR by Thursday morning

Catapang new Nolcom commander

Jul 03, 2013 - 4:06 PM

He will replace Lt Gen Anthony Alcantara who is retiring

Rain in northern Luzon, southern Mindanao

May 24, 2013 - 6:42 PM

PAGASA says residents in northern Luzon and southern Mindanao should prepare for rain on Saturday

9 killed, 14 hurt in N. Luzon from May 1-14

May 15, 2013 - 2:10 PM

Less violence in May 13 than in 2010 polls says Nolcom

Potential storm spotted

Aug 18, 2012 - 7:26 AM

But PAGASA maintains the Philippines will generally experience good weather during the long weekend

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocks Northern Luzon

Jun 17, 2012 - 6:34 AM

Epicenter of quake was located 52km SW of Candelaria Zambales

Northern Luzon, Western Mindanao have new commanders

Jan 20, 2012 - 10:46 PM

New appointees are from PMA classes 79 80

NEW COMMANDERS. Lt Gen Anthony Alcantara (left) and Maj Gen Noel Coballes (right) are appointed to head the Northern Luzon Command and Western Mindanao Command, respectively.