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Matobato charged with frustrated murder for 2014 ambush while supposedly under WPP

Matobato charged with frustrated murder for 2014 ambush while supposedly under WPP

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 September) – The alleged hitman of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) who testified before a joint Senate Committee hearing on September 22 and 25 that then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, no ...

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Norwegian kidnap victim freed after a year

Norwegian kidnap victim freed after a year

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /17 Sept) – The Norwegian national kidnapped with two Canadian nationals and a Filipina on September 21 last year from a resort he managed in the Island Garden City of Samal was ...

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Thumbs down

Thumbs down

Dabawenyos from various sectors converge at the Centennial Park in Davao City Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11, 2016 to oppose the burial of the dictator President Ferdinand Edralin Marcos at the Heroes' Ce ...

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ARMM appeals to military, Abu for “safe zones” for evacuees

ARMM appeals to military, Abu for “safe zones” for evacuees

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Sept) -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is appealing to the military and the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu to allow for “safe zones” for 20,000 evacuees or internally di ...

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From “lockdown” to “state of lawlessness” to “state of national emergency”

From “lockdown” to “state of lawlessness” to “state of national emergency”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 Sept) – The verbal declaration early Saturday morning of, first a “lockdown,” then a “State of Lawlessness” nationwide following the explosion that killed 14 persons and inj ...

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Monday at Ground Zero

Monday at Ground Zero

Students of the Ateneo de Davao University and other Dabawenyos offer candles, flowers and prayers at Ground Zero at the Roxas night market in Davao City on Monday, September 5, three days after the b ...

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Duterte hours before the blast: “many people will kill .. but Davao is safe”

Duterte hours before the blast: “many people will kill .. but Davao is safe”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 Sept) –  Barely five hours before the blast at the night market along Roxas Avenue on Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte, the city’s mayor for 22 years, told reporters that “ma ...

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One blast, 13 killed

One blast, 13 killed

In the aftermath of the explosion at the night market along Roxas Avenue nearly 10 p.m. Friday, 2 Sept. 2016:  Ten dead. Three more expired at the hospital as of 2 a.m. Saturday. Sixty three others we ...

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A year after the Lianga killings: no arrests, no justice

A year after the Lianga killings: no arrests, no justice

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 Sept) – A year after the killing of the executive director of an alternative learning center for Indigenous Peoples (Lumads) and two Lumad leaders in Lianga, Surigao del Sur ...

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GPH, MILF panels begin work on passage of Bangsamoro law

GPH, MILF panels begin work on passage of Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /31 August) – The chairs of the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) panels still sat across the table at the Lawin 1 room of the Waterfront Insular Hotel he ...

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Duterte to Nur: “I have no intention of detaining you”

Duterte to Nur: “I have no intention of detaining you”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August) – “Nur, I have no intention of detaining you,” President Rodrigo Duterte said to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari, who is presently a f ...

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Trumpeting Peace

Trumpeting Peace

Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza plays the trumpet with saxophonist Blue Villamor at the dinner for members of the peace implementing panels of the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front ...

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Happy Place

Happy Place

Irene Santiago and Mohagher Iqbal, chairs of the peace implementing panels of the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front, enjoy the evening skyline from the viewdeck of Santiago’s “Happy Place” ...

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Ooopss, it’s GPH in peace process with Bangsamoro but GRP with NDF

Ooopss, it’s GPH in peace process with Bangsamoro but GRP with NDF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) -- It’s the same Philippine government but in the Duterte administration’s peace process, it’s “GPH” with the Bangsamoro and “GRP” with the National Democratic Front ( ...

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CPP, NPA declare indefinite ceasefire

CPP, NPA declare indefinite ceasefire

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 August) – The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the National Operational Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) issued on Sunday an indefin ...

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Disarm politicians in Sulu to win war vs Abu Sayyaf, Duterte urged

Disarm politicians in Sulu to win war vs Abu Sayyaf, Duterte urged

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) – The recent order of President Rodrigo Duterte to “destroy the Abu Sayyaf” is “only good for the headlines but will definitely not work in the jungles of Sulu,” a m ...

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GPH-NDF’s ceasefire second after 1986

GPH-NDF’s ceasefire second after 1986

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) – Indefinite ceasefire. The Philippine government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) have each declared a unilateral ceasefire that took effect at 12:01 a.m ...

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Duterte supports postponement of barangay elections

Duterte supports postponement of barangay elections

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he agrees with proposals to postpone the October 31 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, claiming money from illegal ...

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Duterte is 5th President to wage war vs Abu Sayyaf

Duterte is 5th President to wage war vs Abu Sayyaf

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 August) – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military and police to seek out the Abu Sayyaf and destroy them. “Seek them out in their lairs and destroy them… Ang mga ...

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Selfie with Digong

Selfie with Digong

SELFIE WITH DIGONG.  Tourists and residents who happened to be in Magsaysay Park in Davao City in the wee hours Thursday (25 August 2016) for a durian treat got themselves yet another treat: a selfie ...

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Duterte:  “I will release money and lands” to NPA guerrillas if peace nego succeeds

Duterte: “I will release money and lands” to NPA guerrillas if peace nego succeeds

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 August) – President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to give guerrillas of the New People’s Army (NPA) “money and lands” when the peace negotiations between the government (GPH) and the ...

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Lorenzana stays as Defense Secretary; Duterte still scouting for Ambassador to US

Lorenzana stays as Defense Secretary; Duterte still scouting for Ambassador to US

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 August) – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will remain in his post and not return to the United States as the Philippines’ Ambassador there, President Rodrigo Duterte said i ...

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NDF submits 141 names for safe conduct passes

NDF submits 141 names for safe conduct passes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 August) – The National Democratic Front (NDF) has submitted a list of 141 names of consultants and other participants in the peace negotiations with the Philippine governmen ...

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SC issues 20-day status quo ante order re Marcos burial

SC issues 20-day status quo ante order re Marcos burial

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 August) – There will be no burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Edralin Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in the next 20 days following the issuance Tuesday of a st ...

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Never forget

Never forget

Konsensya Dabaw says bury Marcos in his hometown in Batac not in the Heroes’ Cemetery as it reminds the public on the sidelines of the Kadayawan’s floral float parade on Sunday, 21 Aug. 2016 that Ferd ...

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SOGIE 101

SOGIE 101

Partners Aiza Seguerra and Liza Dino discuss SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression) at the Pink Ink Training at the Seda Hotel in Davao City on Saturday, 20 August 2016. The ...

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Membership in body drafting Bangsamoro law up from 15 to 21; panels begin work ASAP

Membership in body drafting Bangsamoro law up from 15 to 21; panels begin work ASAP

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/14 Aug) – Membership in the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will draft the new Bangsamoro law has been increased from 15 to 21, “to ensure inclusivity,” the Philipp ...

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Dureza: “Great determination”  to move forward in Bangsamoro peace process

Dureza: “Great determination” to move forward in Bangsamoro peace process

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/ 13 August) – Their presence, in the words of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, was to show the “great determination of the Philippine government to move ...

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How soon will the Duterte administration act on the TJRC recommendations?   

How soon will the Duterte administration act on the TJRC recommendations?  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 August) – How soon will the Duterte administration set up the National Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission on the Bangsamoro (NTJRCB), a body the Aquino adminis ...

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Sulu mayor in Duterte’s “validated” list passed away in 2014

Sulu mayor in Duterte’s “validated” list passed away in 2014

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /08 August) – President Rodrigo Duterte’s supposed “validated” list of persons allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade includes a former mayor of Talipao town in Sulu who h ...

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NDF: let’s talk in Oslo; use of command-detonated landmines is no violation

NDF: let’s talk in Oslo; use of command-detonated landmines is no violation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 August) – Ceasefire between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) is best discussed during the first round of formal peace talks in Oslo, Norway on August 2 ...

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Dureza: GPH panel dealing with MILF will also deal with MNLF, etc.

Dureza: GPH panel dealing with MILF will also deal with MNLF, etc.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 August) – The government panel that will discuss implementation of the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) wil ...

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Preparations for Marcos burial at Heroes’ Cemetery underway; PVAO in charge

Preparations for Marcos burial at Heroes’ Cemetery underway; PVAO in charge

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07August) – The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) has been tasked to designate a person who shall oversee the preparations for the burial of the remains of former Presi ...

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5 soldiers and 2 NPA killed, 12 soldiers wounded in ComVal, Bukidnon clashes

5 soldiers and 2 NPA killed, 12 soldiers wounded in ComVal, Bukidnon clashes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /06 August) -- Five soldiers and two members of the New Peoples Army (NPA), one of them a female, were killed in a series of clashes in Monkayo and Maragusan towns in Compostela ...

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GPH, MILF to meet in KL on August 13-14; Santiago heads GPH panel

GPH, MILF to meet in KL on August 13-14; Santiago heads GPH panel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 August) – The 10-member government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Implementing Team will meet in Kuala Lumpur on August 13 and 14 to begin work on the implem ...

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Duterte: road to peace is “always rocky” but talks with NDF will continue

Duterte: road to peace is “always rocky” but talks with NDF will continue

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 01 August) – The road to peace is “always rocky” and even if his declaration of unilateral ceasefire was not reciprocated, peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front ...

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President to spend 10 days in Mindanao

President to spend 10 days in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 August) – The country’s 16th President and first Mindanawon to lead the nation will spend 10 days in Mindanao when he returns this week from Malacanang “I’ll be spending abo ...

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Duterte “patiently waited” for NDF’s response; CPP calls for simultaneous declaration of unilateral ceasefire on August 20

Duterte “patiently waited” for NDF’s response; CPP calls for simultaneous declaration of unilateral ceasefire on August 20

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 July ) – President Rodrigo Duterte “patiently waited” for two more hours past his 5 p.m. deadline on Saturday for the National Democratic Front (NDF) to reciprocate governme ...

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Dureza: August 20 GPH-NDF talks in Oslo still on

Dureza: August 20 GPH-NDF talks in Oslo still on

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – The first round of formal peace talks between government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will proceed as scheduled on August 20 to 27 even as President R ...

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Duterte lifts unilateral ceasefire; orders security forces on “high alert”

Duterte lifts unilateral ceasefire; orders security forces on “high alert”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) --   President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered “the immediate lifting” of the unilateral ceasefire he declared on July 25 against the communist rebels and directed all secur ...

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Jacinto named DENR Usec and MGB chief

Jacinto named DENR Usec and MGB chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 30 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed geologist Mario Luis Jacinto as Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and director of t ...

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Alvarez: ConAss to revise 1987 Constitution, not ConCon

Alvarez: ConAss to revise 1987 Constitution, not ConCon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) -- There will be no Constitutional Convention (ConCon) but Congress will just convene as a Constituent Assembly (ConAss) to revise the 1987 Constitution to allow for the ...

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Camp San Gabriel in Davao will be pilot for ‘rehab centers-in-military camps’ project

Camp San Gabriel in Davao will be pilot for ‘rehab centers-in-military camps’ project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 July) -- Camp San Gabriel in Mintal here will be the pilot for the rehabilitation centers-in-military camps project that President Rodrigo Duterte announced during his first ...

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Duterte says no to Miss Universe pageant hosting

Duterte says no to Miss Universe pageant hosting

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /27 July) -- “I will not waste money on that.” President Rodrigo Duterte has turned down the invitation for the Philippines to host the 2017 Miss Universe contest saying there ar ...

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Duterte expected to set up transitional justice commission on Bangsamoro

Duterte expected to set up transitional justice commission on Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 July) – After a long wait, the National Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission on the Bangsamoro (NTJRCB) is expected to be finally set up under the administration ...

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Duterte: pass Bangsamoro law ASAP, minus contentious provisions

Duterte: pass Bangsamoro law ASAP, minus contentious provisions

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 23 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte wants the enabling law for the future Bangsamoro political entity passed and implemented “bukas kaagad” (literally: immediately, t ...

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Dureza and Murad: a reunion across the breakfast table

Dureza and Murad: a reunion across the breakfast table

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /23 July) – From 2001 to 2003, lawyer Jesus Dureza, Presidential Assistant for Mindanao, sat across the negotiating table in Kuala Lumpur with Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, vice chair of ...

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GPH-MILF Implementing Team to meet in KL in early August

GPH-MILF Implementing Team to meet in KL in early August

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews /21 July) --- The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will formally resume the Bangsamoro peace process with a meeting of t ...

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Nur still a fugitive but…

Nur still a fugitive but…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 19 July) -- The Duterte administration will officially deal with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari, presently a fugitive, only when the effects of ...

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Peace adviser, Senate President and House Speaker attending GPH-NDF talks in Oslo

Peace adviser, Senate President and House Speaker attending GPH-NDF talks in Oslo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 July) – Formal negotiations between the Philippine government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) peace panels will start on August 20 in Oslo, Norway with the inc ...

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