Mindanao reps and their net worth: one billionaire, 66 millionaires, only one under a million

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 June) — The net worth of Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao, the country’s richest representative – P1.3 billion in 2013 – is 2,250 times the net worth of… »

4 Mindanawon reps among Top 10 Richest and Poorest; Pacquiao is richest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) – Four Mindanawons made it to the list of Top Ten Richest and Top Ten Poorest representatives, with Sarangani Rep. and world boxing icon… »

Laak, ComVal mayor killed in ambush

ASUNCION, Davao del Norte (MindaNews/ 28 May) – Mayor Reynaldo Navarro of Laak town in Compostela Valley province was killed in an ambush by motorcycle-riding gunmen along a highway under… »

A month later, draft B’moro Basic Law still under review by PNoy’s office

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 May) — One month. The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to the Office of the President (OP) on… »

Human Rights Watch: probe Tagum City officials for death squad killings

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 May) – A New York-based human rights group has asked the Philippine government to investigate an alleged “death squad” in neighboring Tagum City implicated in 298 killings… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law still with Office of the President

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 May) — Congress resumed session on Monday, May 5 but the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) whose “immediate” passage thousands of residents called for in… »

Zamboanga’s new archbishop and his new pastoral staff

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 May) — When Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz is installed as the new Archbishop of Zamboanga at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Zamboanga City… »

Davao City’s brownouts: from 6 to 7.5 hours  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 May) — Rotating brownouts here have increased from a maximum of six to 7.5 hours daily as the power supply allocation for Davao Light and Power Company… »

BTC submits “partial” draft of Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has not finished drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but was expected to submit a “partial” draft to the Office… »

Catholic bishops, educators vow to strengthen peacebuilding efforts in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 April) — Catholic bishops and educators vowed to strengthen the role of the Catholic Church “in the promotion of lasting peace in Mindanao” as they welcomed the… »

Miriam and Miriam meet on Bangsamoro peace pact after Lent

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 April) –  Government peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and Senator Miriam Santiago will meet to discuss the Bangsamoro peace pact “after Lent,” Ferrer told a gathering of… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law not yet done but submission set for Monday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April) — The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has yet to meet in plenary on Sunday to deliberate on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but has set… »

Domeng is 920 km east of Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /06 April) – Tropical storm Domeng (international name: Peipah), was spotted at 920 kilometers east of Davao City as of 10 p.m. Sunday, still with maximum sustained… »

Domeng is coming: 4th storm to hit Mindanao in 2014, 9th since Sendong

UPDATED as of 5:58 p.m. DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /06 April) – Tropical storm Domeng (international name: Peipah), the fourth storm to hit the country this year is also the fourth… »

Santiago claims Bangsamoro pact is “unconstitutional;” Ferrer says it is constitutional

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 April) – The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is “unconstitutional,” Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said… »

2 days after March 31, BTC has yet to submit draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 April) – Two days after its supposed March 31 deadline, the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) has yet to submit its draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). BTC chair… »

Quevedo to Ateneo grads: “contribute to peace, correct tragic imbalances in society”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) — Mindanao’s first Cardinal urged graduates of the Ateneo de Davao University, whether they are Christians, Muslims or Lumads, to contribute in their own little ways… »

From the battlefields of Mindanao, Bangsamoro peace pact signed in the gardens of Malacanang

KALAYAAN GARDENS, Malacanan Palace (MindaNews /27 March)  — From the battlefields of Mindanao, the 17-year old peace negotiations between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

Hopes, fears aired on signing of Bangsamoro peace pact

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews /27 March) – The signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) on Thursday in Malacañang after 17 years of on-and-off peace negotiations between the… »

On the signing of the Bangsamoro peace pact: Whose peace? Whose development?

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 March) – The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will sign in Malacañang today (March 27)… »

Special team for Unsolved Cases to probe Tentorio murder

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 March)  – While the country focuses on the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in Malacanang on Thursday, March 27,  a new team of… »

Daily flights to Cotabato to resume soon

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 March) — After three months of only-four-days-a-week flights, daily flights to and from Cotabato airport will resume soon, Ishak Mastura, chair of the Regional Board of Investments… »

Celebrating the Bangsamoro: “They’ve run out of green cloth,” says Iqbal

DAVAO  CITY  (MindaNews/26 March) – On Saturday, five days before the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

Zamboanga’s new Archbishop installed on May 14; vows to attend to “bakwits”

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/24 March) – Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz, the Archbishop-elect of Zamboanga, has vowed to attend to the needs of the ‘bakwits’ or residents displaced from their homes… »

MinDA, DOTC attend Monday meeting on Cotabato airport problem

COTABATO CITY  (MindaNews/23 March) –  Officials from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC)  are meeting Monday morning with local officials and the business sector here… »

Negotiations over; GPH, MILF initial Bangsamoro pact

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – After 17 years, the Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) finally ended peace negotiations on Saturday, March 22, with the initialing of… »

Pope names Kidapawan Bishop as Archbishop of Zamboanga

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 March) – Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz has been named by Pope Francis as the new Archbishop of Zamboanga, Vatican Radio announced Saturday. Dela Cruz, 66,  has… »

After 17 years, GPH, MILF sign peace pact this month

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) —  The  Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  will celebrate two significant events in the history of the Bangsamoro this month: the signing… »

SIDEBAR: March in the history of the Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) — Will the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) this month and the submission of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law by March 31… »

Mindanao’s first Cardinal: of servanthood and being ‘a man of peace in a broken land”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/11 March) – A phalanx of anti-riot police and a fire truck stood ready near the entrance of PC Hill along Sinsuat Avenue, just across the compound of… »

Women in the Bangsamoro speak up on “better Bangsmaoro for all”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — Two women members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) called on women in the proposed Bangsamoro political entity to collectively raise their voices so they… »

Bangsamoro Women’s Summit

Little boy accompanies his mother at the Bangsamoro Women’s Summit in Cotabato City on Friday, March 7. The Summit’s theme is “Celebrating Women’s Commitment for a Better Bangsamoro for All.”… »

Quevedo receives from Pope three symbols of his new role as Cardinal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Feb) –  Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato received the three symbols of his new role as Cardinal from Pope Francis at around 11:50… »

Q and A with the newsboy who is now Cardinal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Feb) — As a young boy, Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo tried all sorts of jobs – as newsboy of The Mindanao Cross, as ice drop vendor, shoeshine… »

Q and A with Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo: “There must be a disaster somewhere… Then I read the first text”

[The Arcbishop of Cotabato will be elevated as Cardinal at 11 a.m. Saturday, 22 February at the Vatican in Rome (6 p.m. Saturday, Philippine time)] DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 Feb) —… »

Asia Mindanaw academic journal launched

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 Feb) – A new academic journal was launched here Tuesday, on the same day the Zamboanga City leg of the 1st Mindanao Book Festival opened. Edited by… »

Sadain urges pilgrims to Makkah to register early; announces Pilgrimage Savings Plan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Feb) – Muslims who plan to go on pilgrimage to Makkah have to register early because of the new E-track monitoring system imposed by the Kingdom of… »

Hataman hopes Bangsamoro gov’t will hold summit, too

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 February) –- Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) paused as he groped for the right words to say in what sounded like… »

Only 7 of 116 ARMM towns receive Seal of Good Housekeeping

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Feb) – Only seven out of 116 towns in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) were awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) for good governance… »

More investments expected as ARMM transitions into Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) — There’s business in peace, and mining and banana firms are cashing in on the positive investment climate as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)… »

Iqbal to CSOs: fast-track consultations on Bangamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 February) – The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) which is drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) wants civil society organizations to “fast-track” their consultations so the Commission can… »

At least 37 Mindanao books published in 2013; 346 since 2000

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 February) — At least 37 Mindanao books were published in 2013, majority still on history and peacebuilding in the Bangsamoro, the dominant themes since 2000.… »

[SPECIAL REPORT] The women in the Bangsamoro peace process: history, herstory

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/28 January)  —  When the history of the peace process between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Bangsamoro is written, the story of the women who helped and… »

GPH, MILF extend IMT, AHJAG tour of duty by another year

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/26 January) – Barely a  day after signing the last of the four annexes to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) that would now pave the way… »

GPH-MILF peace deal: “Let it be the real final peace agreement”

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/26 January) –  Local and international communities  hailed Saturday’s signing of the last annex that would complete the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), with a Sulu-based professor… »

Mindanao reps confident Congress will pass Bangsamoro Basic Law

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/25 January) –  Rep. Jesus Sacdalan, the governor of North Cotabato whose province petitioned and got the Supreme Court to stop the August 5, 2008 signing of the… »

Last Annex signed; GPH, MILF move to next phase: implementation

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/25 January) — The end of the negotiations phase and the beginning of the implementation phase. The peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic… »

GPH, MILF sign last Annex this weekend

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 24 January) –  From FAB to CAB. Fifteen months after signing the Framework Agreement on the Bangsmaoro (FAB), the peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH)… »

Malaysian facilitator: GPH-MILF peace pact is “world’s showcase”

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/24 January) – The Malaysian facilitator in the peace process between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) looks at the nearly completed comprehensive… »

Phone technician asks Abp Quevedo: “kilala mo yung bagong Cardinal?”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 January) — A telephone technician in a mall in Davao City and a seller of pre-paid cellphone load at the pre-departure lounge of the Davao International Airport… »

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