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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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Selife with Digong

Selife 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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Dureza: work on Bangamoro law will be simultaneous with shift to federalism

Dureza: work on Bangamoro law will be simultaneous with shift to federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The roadmap to peace under the Duterte administration will neither be “federalism first and Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) if it is rejected,” nor “basic law first and fed ...

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Sunday lunch

Sunday lunch

Residents gather shells and sea cucumber for Sunday lunch at the White Sand Beach in Barangay San Pedro, Panabo City in Davao del Norte. MindaNews photo by Carolyn O. Arguillas     ...

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Duterte to HR groups on killings: “do not keep on harping; go out and collect evidence”

Duterte to HR groups on killings: “do not keep on harping; go out and collect evidence”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte called on human rights groups to investigate alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) of suspects in his war on drugs. “Do not keep on harping ...

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Peter Lim meets with Duterte; claims he is not the druglord Peter Lim

Peter Lim meets with Duterte; claims he is not the druglord Peter Lim

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 July) – A Cebu-based businessman named Peter Lim met with President Rodrigo Duterte Friday night at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional office here to “clea ...

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Lumad leaders shot; one killed, village chief in critical condition

Lumad leaders shot; one killed, village chief in critical condition

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 July) – Armed men riding a motorcycle in tandem fired at Lumad leaders who were also riding in tandem at around 2 p.m. Friday, killing one while the village chief, son of a ...

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Murad seeks clarification re Duterte’s ‘federalism first before BBL’ track

Murad seeks clarification re Duterte’s ‘federalism first before BBL’ track

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews /15 July) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is seeking clarification on the peace policy of the new administration followin ...

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“Peace is for Everyone” book of Bangsamoro stories: read, weep, hope

“Peace is for Everyone” book of Bangsamoro stories: read, weep, hope

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /14 July) – “A very good book… I could not help but cry when I started reading the stories,’’ Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARM ...

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Bangsamoro arena: from Congress to ConCon

Bangsamoro arena: from Congress to ConCon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) – The political arena for the Bangsamoro will now shift from the 17th Congress to the 2017 Constitutional Convention (ConCon) following President Rodrigo Duterte’s ann ...

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No probe yet on Matalam raid but PNP chief urges victims’ kin to file complaints

No probe yet on Matalam raid but PNP chief urges victims’ kin to file complaints

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) – The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has not ordered a probe on the July 9 raid in Matalam, North Cotabato that left eight persons dead under alleged qu ...

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Federalism first; BBL if it fails

Federalism first; BBL if it fails

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) – Federalism first, Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) if it fails. This is the preview of the Bangsamoro peace roadmap that President Rodrigo Duterte announced before hundred ...

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Duterte’s first Moro appointee to head TESDA

Duterte’s first Moro appointee to head TESDA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) – The first Moro appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte is a Maranao from Marantao in Lanao del Sur, lawyer Guiling A. Mamondiong, who will head the Technical Educatio ...

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Stop sending scalawags to Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-tawi, PNP chief urged

Stop sending scalawags to Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-tawi, PNP chief urged

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) – The practice of sending scalawags in the Philippine National Police (PNP) to Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-tawi should stop, especially under a President and PNP chief who ...

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Peace dominates Eid’l Fitr greetings; Duterte home to celebrate Eid’l Fitr

Peace dominates Eid’l Fitr greetings; Duterte home to celebrate Eid’l Fitr

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte returned home Thursday night on board a commercial aircraft to attend the Mindanao Hariraya Eid’l Fitr 2016 at the SMX Convention Center Dava ...

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Duterte to  VP Robredo: “Can you be the Housing Secretary?”

Duterte to VP Robredo: “Can you be the Housing Secretary?”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 July) – “Pwede ka Housing, Ma’am? Can you be the Housing Secretary?,” President Rodrigo Duterte asked Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday afternoon, in a phone call phon ...

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Moro, militants welcome Duterte’s vow to “implement all signed peace agreements”

Moro, militants welcome Duterte’s vow to “implement all signed peace agreements”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – Moro and militant groups on Thursday welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s vow to “implement all signed peace agreements in step with constitutional and legal reforms ...

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President Duterte: “The ride will be rough. But come and join me just the same”

President Duterte: “The ride will be rough. But come and join me just the same”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 June) -- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the first Mindanawon to lead the country, called on all Filipinos to join him “as we embark on this crusade for a better and brighter t ...

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Duterte in 2004: “You are most welcome to stay in Davao City and make it the country’s seat of power”

Duterte in 2004: “You are most welcome to stay in Davao City and make it the country’s seat of power”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 June) -- On March 16, 2004, when there was still no Presidential guesthouse (“Malacanang of the South”) here, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ended his “’Araw ng Dabaw” speech by thanki ...

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Duterte’s inaugural speech: from a 2.5 page draft to …

Duterte’s inaugural speech: from a 2.5 page draft to …

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 June) -- A government “for the helpless, hopeless, defenseless.” A government “for the least, the last and the lost.” If previous inaugural speeches of Davao City Mayor Rodrig ...

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