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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

DUTERTE REVISITED: Q and A with Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte on drugs and vigilante killings

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) — Days before President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared a boycott of the media on June 2, 2016, MindaNews had asked the first Mindanawon to… »

Former Abu Sayyaf captive to officials and media: Please be sensitive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 June) – A humanitarian worker who was held captive by the Abu Sayyaf for 61 days in 2008 appealed to officials and the media to please be… »

Duterte administration eyes peace pact with NDF “in 9 to 12 months”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 June) – The Duterte administration is eyeing the forging of a peace agreement with the National Democratic Front (NDF) “in nine to 12 months” because… »

One-on-one meeting: Duterte and Murad talk peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte met with leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) late Friday night to… »

ARMM school days: Mon-Fri but Lanao del Sur wants Sun-Thurs retained.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – A multisectoral group in Lanao del Sur is asking the Education Secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to “reinstate Sunday… »

After 4 years, GPH and NDF to resume peace talks third week of July

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 June) – After four years in limbo, formal peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will resume on the third… »

Duterte team says separate inauguration on June 30 is “to be fair to Leni”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 15 June) — The inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President-elect Leni Robreo will be separate instead of joint “to be fair to Leni,” a member… »

Duterte to take oath in Rizal Hall; no lunch but pritong saging will be served

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 June) — It will be a different kind of inauguration on Thursday noon, June 30, 2016, when Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the first Mindanawon to lead… »

Duterte names 3 more Cabinet secretaries

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June) — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has finally named his secretaries for the departments of Health, Tourism and Trade and Industry. Health Secretary is Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial,… »

5 Mindanao provinces and 4 cities did not vote for Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 June) – Not all of Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities voted for Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the first Mindanawon to become President of… »

Poor sales

  They wave their small flags along  Tionko Avenue in Davao City hoping drivers would stop to buy flags to commemorate the 118th Philippine Independence. Vendors complain of poor sales… »

Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 June) – No negotiations. The Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will have to “face the full force of the law for their… »

Congress under Duterte: Mindanawons as Senate President and House Speaker

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) — For the first time in Philippine history, Mindanawons are leading the executive and legislative branches of government with Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte as President… »

Koko Pimentel as Senate President: like father, like son

]DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 June) – Father and son do not only share the same name –Aquilino Pimentel – and the same post years apart, they will also go… »

Next Senate President: Koko Pimentel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 June) – The next Senate President will be a Mindanawon, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, outgoing Senate President Franklin Drilon announced in a press conference in… »

Duterte to big miners: “you have to stop;” small miners: “we will support you”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 June) — Large-scale firms engaged in destructive mining in Mindanao have no place under the Duterte administration as President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to give priority and assistance… »

5 more added to official family, Duterte might be acting DENR chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /03 June) – Five more names have been added to the official family of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte who, according to his Executive Assistant, might serve in a… »

Duterte on abducted police chief: “Sorry for that guy. I leave his fate to the NPA”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 June) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will no longer rescue the police chief of Governor Generoso town in Davao Oriental who was abducted by the New People’s Army… »

Dureza vows to “continue with the gains and build on” Bangsamoro peace process

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) – Returning Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza vowed in a statement sent to the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace… »

Dureza: there will be “wide consultations” on crafting Bangsamoro peace roadmap

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 May) – “Wide consultations on how to craft the Bangsamoro peace roadmap” will be conducted when the Duterte administration takes over on June 30, lawyer… »

Three days alloted for Duterte’s well-wishers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 May) – After a week-long rest, presumptive President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will receive well-wishers at the Matina Enclaves Clubhouse here for three days starting on Monday. VENUE.… »

MILF’s Murad to Duterte: “We will partner with you and your administration”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 May) –The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has congratulated presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for his “historic victory” during the May 9 Presidential election and… »

LTO: using “DU30” decorative plates is a “major violation”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 May)—Supporters of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte who are using decorative plates such as “DU30 El Presidente” instead of the authorized license plates, beware. You are violating the… »

ARMM votes Duterte-Robredo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 May) – The five-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), stronghold of the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) voted LP for the regional, provincial and Vice Presidential posts… »

President Roxas elects Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 May) – Voters in a North Cotabato town named after the grandfather of administration bet Mar Roxas chose Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as their President. Duterte,… »

Rodrigo Roa Duterte: 16th President, first Mindanawon to lead the country

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 May) – Although the results are still partial and unofficial, there is no doubt, and even his rivals have conceded, that with a lead of… »

UNA’s Sajid Ampatuan wears red on election day

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/09 May) – Endorsed by Vice President Jejomar Binay (United Nationalist Alliance) during a proclamation rally on April 5 as the party’s official candidate for mayor here,… »

1 killed as supporters of LP, UNA mayoralty bets clash in Guindulungan

GUINDULUNGAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/09 May) — A resident of a neighboring town was shot dead as supporters of rival mayoralty bets of the Liberal Party (LP) and the United Nationalist Alliance… »

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… »

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