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‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems

SHADE OF MANGROVE ‘PARASOL’.   Boys enjoy the shade of a mangrove species in the coastal waters of Puro-Sinalikway in Barangay Nursery in Masbate City. Mangroves serve as storm protection to coastal communities and as nurseries to many marine species. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

There’s a way to tame the rowdy rodeo experience that Masbate is known for: Just add crystalline water, hectares of coral reefs and an islet paradise.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Masbate keeps rodeo hopes alive


With both feet grounded on the small view deck put up at the rodeo arena in Masbate City, Leo Gozum scanned the rectangle of dusty soil where local cowboys would be competing for the glory of victory in this year’s Rodeo Masbateño.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »


Health Secretary Enrique Ona on Monday expressed optimism that government hospitals will become self-sustaining as the Aquino administration pushes for more Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) enrollments particularly for the poorest of the poor.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Checks for payroll found in Masbate waters


A fisherman in Masbate province turned over to police nearly P70,000 worth of checks, which were part of the P1.7 million in cash and checks stolen on Friday from a disbursement officer of Claveria town.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Supporter of Masbate barangay bet shot dead near polling precinct

mobo masbate

A supporter of a candidate in the barangay (village) elections in Masbate was shot dead by a supporter of his candidate’s rival in Mobo town on Monday afternoon, a sketchy report reaching the provincial police here said.

Posted: October 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

2 cops, 2 others hurt in Masbate ambush

Palanas, Masbate

An Army helicopter airlifted on Monday morning to a hospital in Albay the two policemen and a civilian who were hurt in an ambush in Palanas, Masbate on Sunday, said a Commission on Election official in the province.

Posted: October 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Poll officer, 2 cops, civilian wounded in Masbate ambush


The election officer of a town in Masbate, two policemen and their civilian companion were wounded in an ambush perpetrated by unidentified armed men in the island-province notorious for election-related violence.

Posted: October 27th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

One more commercial fishing boat nabbed off Masbate town


Authorities apprehended another commercial fishing boat caught fishing illegally within the 15-kilometer municipal fishing zone in San Pascual, Masbate on Wednesday, a leader of Task Force Bantay Dagat said.

Posted: August 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Leni Robredo to retrace husband’s final moments on first death anniversary

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo. FILE PHOTO

On the first anniversary of her husband’s untimely death, Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo will visit the site off Masbate where his plane crashed.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PCG eyes remotely operated vehicle to retrieve sunken ship in Masbate

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Commmodore Aaron Reconquista, Philippine Coast Guard-Bicol chief, said Tuesday they are looking at using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) as efforts continue for the retrieval of the sunken M/V Lady of Mt. Carmel, as well as its seven missing passengers.

Posted: June 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

DOTC orders investigation of ferry sinking off Masbate

In this Friday June 14, 2013 photo, passengers who survived the sinking of the ferry M/V Carmel are comforted by relatives upon disembarking from rescue boats at the port of Aroroy township, Masbate province in central Philippines. The ferry, was going from Albay province in the center of the Philippines to the nearby Masbate province when it sank, killing two people but 54 passengers and crew were saved when rescuers pulled them to safety about 1 nautical mile from Aroroy port. Rescuers continue to search for seven more missing passengers Saturday. (AP Photo/Local Government Unit Masbate, Neri Jazul)

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has ordered the Board of Marine Inquiry to find out what caused MV Lady of Mount Carmel to sink off Masbate.

Posted: June 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Rescue efforts for 7 ferry victims stopped


Authorities said Monday they had abandoned hope of finding alive seven people missing from a ferry which sank last week with dozens on board, after three days of searching in strong currents.

Posted: June 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Desperate hunt for Masbate ferry survivors


Philippine Navy divers battled strong ocean currents Sunday in a desperate hunt for seven missing passengers of a ferry that sank with dozens onboard.

Posted: June 16th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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  2. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  3. Palace prepared to charge its allies
  4. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  5. Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  6. What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  7. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  8. Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  9. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  10. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  5. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  6. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  7. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  10. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  1. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  2. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano


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