Duterte: Joma Sison coming home to talk peace

TULUNAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 27 April) – Prof. Jose Maria Sison, founding chair of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has committed to come home to talk peace,… »

Soldier freed after 5 days in NPA custody; five more still held captive in Mindanao

TULUNAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/27 April) — A soldier seized at an “Army” checkpoint manned by the New People’s Army (NPA) early morning of April 21 in Malasila town was released… »

Presidential bets answer Babu Amina’s “will we ever live in peace?” query

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 April) — Babu Amina of Datu Piang, Maguindanao asked the five Presidential bets during the last Presidential Debate in Pangasinan on Sunday evening a question… »

Duterte: from non-entity in Pulse Asia surveys to Presidential frontrunner

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – When Pulse Asia started its nationwide survey on the May 2016 Elections in June 2014, Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, now the Presidential frontrunner, was… »

Duterte widens lead by 12% in April 12-17 Pulse Asia survey

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – Presidential frontrunner Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte widened his lead by 12 percentage points with 34% of the voters nationwide choosing him if elections were… »

Pass BBL in 2 years; make Bangsamoro pilot for federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /23 April) — A Moro civil society leader said the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) needs to be passed “not later than two years from now” in accordance with… »

“Be positive, pro-active, aware of the gains of the peace process”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) – Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando Quevedo urged participants to a peace symposium here to “be positive, be pro-active and be aware of the gains of the… »

16 of 30 armed police fired their guns in Kidapawan dispersal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — Sixteen of 30 members of the armed unit of the Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) contingent that dispersed a three-day baricade in Kidapawan City on April… »

PAO chief to police: drop charges vs farmers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – The chief of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) has asked the police to drop the cases against 81 persons, mostly farmers, who were charged with… »

Duterte camp confident he will still lead the race despite..

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — Mayor Rodrigo Duterte continues to lead the Presidential race with 32% and 33% in the latest surveys conducted by Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations… »

Duterte in 1989: “Shoot-to-kill can never be shoot-to-live”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /18 April) – “When the order is shoot-to-kill, it can never be shoot-to-live,” Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte said after a bloody end to a hostage-taking in August… »

Duterte says he doesn’t care if rape joke will cost him the presidency

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 April) – Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is not afraid that his statement on the alleged rape of an Australian missionary held hostage and killed in August 1989… »

Detained farmers freed on bail; lawyers question validity of arrest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 April) – All 81 persons detained in the aftermath of the April 1 violent dispersal of a three-day barricade in Kidapawan City have been released on bail… »

Bail for detained farmers from P12K to P6K each; money raised but no ID, no bail

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/13 April) – The court here has reduced the bail from P12,000 to P6,000 each for the provisional release of 77 farmers detained for alleged “direct assault upon… »

If Enrile was granted bail, detained farmers’ bail must be reduced on humanitarian grounds

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/ 12 April) – If Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was allowed by the Supreme Court to post bail on humanitarian grounds, there is no reason for the court… »

Detained farmer-grandmother: “I grieve and weep for my family”

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 12 April) – Farmer Valentina Ebon Berdin, 78, smiles from across the fence of the Kidapawan City Convention Center recalling how she got detained along with… »

Duterte in Koronadal: “We have to change the government”

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – A huge crowd of supporters of Davao City mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte, standard bearer of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP-Laban) gathered at… »

Fact-finding mission on Kidapawan disperal wants PNoy, NorthCot Gov probed

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 07 April) – A National Fact-Finding and Humanitarian Mission (NFFHM) led by the human rights group Karapatan, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan… »

If rules had been observed, Mt. Apo should have been closed to climbers due to drought

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) – The Holy Week climb to Mt. Apo this year was, like last year, “controlled” due to the drought, with only 1,000 climbers supposedly allowed to… »

Farmers barricade Kidapawan highway to push for drought assistance

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 30 March) – Hundreds of farmers suffering from the long drought and members of militant groups barricaded a portion of the Davao-Cotabato highway in Kidapawan City… »

Nest sites of endangered Philippine Eagles endangered by Mt. Apo fire

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) – The executive director of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) has expressed concern over reports that the fire that started at the peak of Mt. Apo… »

Fire started at the peak of Mt. Apo

KAPATAGAN, Digos City, Davao del Sur (MindaNews / 28 March) –   The still raging forest fire in the country’s highest peak, Mt. Apo, started as a grassfire at the common… »

Hashtag #nochoice: Agusan del Sur’s entire slate unopposed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /27 March) — As in past elections, it’s still all in the family in Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities but Agusan del Sur has made history… »

Winners all before May 9: 4 Mindanao Govs, 5 city mayors, 7 reps

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – Of Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities, four candidates for governor, five for city mayor and seven for representative in Congress have won even before… »

Two years after the signing of the CAB, what is there to celebrate?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – Guiamel Alim, a member of the Council of Elders of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) says he does not know what to celebrate… »

The dream “Bangsamoro” two years after the signing of the CAB

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – At the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on… »

CHR, NCIP probe torture complaint ; Army recommends court martial for soldier, SCAA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 March) – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR), the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and Task Force Detainees (TFD) have separately conducted investigations on the reported… »

664 persons of Indonesian descent (PIDs) in Mindanao end statelessness

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 March) – At least 664 of 8,745 Persons of Indonesian Descent (PIDs) residing in seven provinces and two cities in Mindanao ended their statelessness Monday with confirmation… »

Tagakolu farmer on torture by Army Corporal and SCAA: “Hapit ko mamatay ato”

BARANGAY DEMOLOC, Malita, Davao Occidental (MindaNews/14 March) – “Hapit ko mamatay ato” (I nearly died), Tagakolu farmer Orlando “Kaido” Engo declared as he narrated how an Army Corporal and four… »

CHR chair orders probe on torture of Tagakolu farmer

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 March) – The chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Sunday said he will order an investigation into the reported torture of a Tagakolu farmer,… »

From Davao del Sur, PMA Class 2016’s No. 8 wanted to be a civil engineer

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 March) –Cadet First Class Prince Marenz Regodon Aday of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, number 8 in the 63-member Class “Gabay-Laya” of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA),… »

Highway trot

Members of the Davao Horse Club in Davao City attract the attention of residents and commuters as they pass the Davao-Cotabato highway in Digos City en route to their trail… »

Poe, Binay tie for first place; Duterte, Roxas for second in pre-Debate survey

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 March) – Senator Grace Poe is on statistical tie with Vice President Jejomar Binay as the voters’ most preferred Presidential candidate while the lone Mindanawon Presidential candidate,… »

Mindanao’s vote-richest: Davao City, Bukidnon, SouthCot

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 March) – Davao City, home to the lone Mindanawon Presidential candidate, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, is the vote-richest among Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities, with nearly a… »

TPMT says vaccination vs violent extremism is ‘successful conclusion to peace process’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 February) – The failure of Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) under the Aquino administration has somehow eroded the confidence of the Moro… »

“O Susana” book on martial law sets record: 450 copies sold on launch date

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) — “O Susana: Untold Stories of Martial Law in Davao” has set a record in book launchings in Davao City and perhaps the rest of Mindanao:… »

Of 2-hour Presidential Debate, 48 minutes were advertisements

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) – Forty-eight minutes or 35.5% of the entire 135-minute Presidential Debate on Sunday were spent on advertisements, spread across six commercial breaks of eight minutes each.… »

Duterte’s rebuttal to Poe on the Bangsamoro shows she needs to study more

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 February) — He spoke of righting a historical wrong, of offering the Bangsamoro Basic Law “with the same configuration” as well as federalism for all;… »

Where have all the flowers of Batasan gone?

BATASAN, Makilala, North Cotabato (Mindanews /20 February ) – Where have all the flowers of this village gone? The drought has not spared the anthuriums planted under coconut, coffee or… »

M’lang airport’s first use: to fly a plane seeding clouds

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 20 February) – The M’lang airport in North Cotabato is now operational, but only for cloud seeding operations. The provincial government of North Cotabato on Wednesday… »

Iqbal: official statement on non-passage of BBL “not late but best time to issue it”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 February) – It took the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) 15 days after Congress adjourned without passing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to issue an “official statement”… »

Book on Davao’s untold martial law stories launched on Feb. 19

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 February) — They were in their 20s and 30s then, these church and social development workers of the turbulent 1970s. And they worked in different offices in… »

Luzon has 55.95% of total voting population; Mindanao and Visayas: 44.05%

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 February) — The island of Luzon, home to 12 of 15 Philippine presidents, has 55.95% of the voting population nationwide, with Visayas and Mindanao accounting… »

Cardinal Quevedo sends questions for Duterte who failed to attend peace dialogue

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 February) — Mindanao’s lone Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, lead convener of the Friends of Peace, sent Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, two questions he wants the… »

GPH, MILF peace panels meet in KL for “ways forward”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 February) – The peace panels of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are back in Kuala Lumpur for a two-day meeting that started February… »

THAT WE MAY REMEMBER: A birthday cake that was not eaten; a town that has yet to rise from the ashes

(This piece was first published in www.mindanews.com on 7 February 2004, the 30th anniversary of the burning of Jolo and reprinted in the February 2011 issue of OUR Mindanao newsmagazine.… »

Beyond PNoy: moving on in the Bangsamoro peace process

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /31 January) – “The BLBAR is dead; long live the BBL!” The Congress-proposed Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR) under the Aquino administration is dead,… »

BBL passage, decommissioning, etc.. passed on to next administration

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) – The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the decommissioning of combatants and weapons of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and other… »

Who, what killed BBL?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) — The January 25, 2015 Mamasapano tragedy is to blame for Congress’ failure to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Senate President Franklin Drilon… »

Bangsamoro law won’t pass under PNOy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – The Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday announced they can no longer pass the law that would have… »

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