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… »

Mindanao’s first Cardinal

His Eminence, Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato, the first Mindanawon Cardinal.  File photo taken during the installation of Arcbishop Romulo Valles as Archbishop of Davao on May 22,… »

Pope Francis names Quevedo as first Mindanawon Cardinal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 January) – Pope Francis on Sunday named 16 new Cardinals, among them Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Beltran Quevedo of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the first Mindanawon Cardinal.… »

Davao Oriental’s Subangan: Mindanao’s state-of-the art museum

CITY OF MATI, Davao Oriental (MindaNews/10 January) — A year after grieving over the devastation wrought by super typhoon Pablo in three of its 10 towns, Davao Oriental is celebrating… »

Davao City: 13th Christmas and New Year without fireworks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 Dec) — Before the ban on firecrackers and pyrotechnics was imposed in Davao City Christmas of 2001, trainer and development consultant Millet Aviles Ty and husband Mateo… »

GPH, MILF sign Power-Sharing annex; January eyed for signing of comprehensive peace pact

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 08 December)  — The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels signed Sunday night the Annex on Power-Sharing to the Framework Agreement on the… »

GPH, MILF signing Annex on Power-Sharing

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 08 December)  — The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels are signing in a few minutes the Annex on Power-Sharing to the Framework… »

Moro’s tomorrow.

Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (left) discusses a point with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal on the issue of Bangsamoro… »

GPH-MILF nego on Power-Sharing: only one issue left to resolve

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 08 December)  — The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels were supposed to have ended talks here on Saturday but agreed to extend… »

‘No political or judicial Yolanda please for Ampatuan massacre case’

MASSACRE SITE, Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 22 November) – Up here at the covered court where masses and programs to commemorate the anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre of November 23,… »

Zoraida’s landfall in Baganga hardly noticed

MONKAYO, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/13 Nov) – Tropical depression Zoraida made landfall in Baganga town, Davao Oriental as supertyphoon Pablo did on December 4, 2012 but unlike Pablo whose winds were… »

Rolled for Yolanda

Although Davao City is not on the path of super typhoon Yolanda, advertising firms are not taking any chances. Billboard ads such as this one along Matina highway have been… »

No sign of massacre

There used to be a tarpaulin on the corner of this road leading to the site of the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao,  bearing the photographs of the… »

Electoral system for Bangsamoro should address concerns re “very divisive” polls

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/28 October) —  Describing the present electoral system as “very divisive” to the point that “families are splitting up,” Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

1 killed in Rajah Buayan but Maguindanao polls generally peaceful

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/28 October) – Except for a strafing incident that killed one and wounded another in Rajah Buayan town, voting in Monday’s barangay elections was generally peaceful in… »

All in the Family

 The Ampatuans remain a political force in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao with several candidates surnamed Ampatuan running for barangay chair or councilors in Barangay Poblacion Mother. MindaNews photo by… »

Groningen U president writes PNoy on Gargar’s case; supervisor describes him as “excellent scientist”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 October) – The President of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has written President Benigno S. Aquino III expressing the concern of the university’s board on… »

Minalwang: 4th killed among 6 Philippine Eagles released into the wild

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 October) – Minalwang, a male juvenile Philippine Eagle rescued from its captor in Gingoog City in October 2011, rehabilitated at the Philippine Eagle Center here… »

Bangsamoro Transition Commission and CSO sign MOA on public consultation

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 18 October) –  The Bangsamoro Transition Commission, the body tasked by the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law,  and… »

GPH, MILF stuck on power-sharing; no deal struck this round

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Oct) — The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels resumed talks Tuesday, extended it supposedly until Saturday but ended early Sunday morning with… »

Prof. Kim Gargar: “I was doing research”

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental (MindaNews / 05 October) – Physicist and former professor Kim Ajeas Gargar is spending his 34th birthday on Sunday (Oct. 6), behind bars. Gargar,  found with… »

Physicist-professor arrested in post NPA-AFP clash

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 October) — A physicist and former professor was “intercepted” by Army soldiers near the site of a clash with the New People’s Army in Spur… »

Where will P3.89 billion for Zambo rehab go?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 Sept) – The national government has earmarked P3.89 billion for “early recovery program and rehabilitation” of Zamboanga City, the bulk of which – P2.9 billion – will… »

Zamboanga City standoff: more deaths, more ‘bakwits’

DAVAO  CITY  (MindaNews / 25 September)  — President Benigno Simeon Aquino III flew to Zamboanga City on Friday, September 13, vowed to talk peace with those who want peace,  said… »

Standoff could have ended on Day 5, Sept. 13 if…

DAVAO  CITY  (MindaNews / 25 September)  —  The standoff  in Zamboanga City between government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) under founding chair Nur Misuari could have ended on Day… »

Progress made in 10-day GPH-MILF talks but no annex signed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 September) – The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ended their ten-day talks Friday afternoon in Kuala Lumpur with none of the two remaining… »

Ela’s wait is over: 16 other relatives held by MNLF freed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 September) – Ela Ramos’ long wait is over. The remaining 16 of 19 relatives who were taken hostage by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)… »

Ela waits for niece held by MNLF; awaits news on the fate of 16 other relatives

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 September) – Ela Ramos waited outside the gates of  the Philippine National Police’s Camp Batalla Monday night to fetch her niece, Pilar, one of  at… »

Cop and MNLF guerilla lay down arms briefly for dialogue to free hostages

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 September) —  They laid down their firearms briefly – a policeman and a Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) guerrilla – to talk “walang armas-armas”  (without firearms) early… »

Zamboanga City standoff: Basilan Sulu, Tawi-tawi affected as well

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 September) –  An estimated 180 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) loyal to founding chair Nur Misuari on September 9 initially occupied four,… »

Guns not silenced; civil society pushes for ‘humanitarian ceasefire’

 ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 Sept) –  No ceasefire. Day Six of the standoff between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) loyal to founding chair Nur Misuari… »

Vice Gov Almario: Scrap PDAF “to be one with the nation but…”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 August) – Davao Oriental Vice Governor Joel Mayo Almario has written a five-page brief calling for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) because it… »

PDAF spent on “multipurpose tents” worth P43,000 each

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29  August) —  A total of P22.276 million from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Reps. Thelma Zosa Almario, her son Joel Mayo Almario (Representative… »

GPH, MILF to meet for 10 days next month to finish annexes

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 25 August) – The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels on Sunday afternoon ended the four-day 19th round of talks under the three-year… »

Balindong: “Bangsamoro Basic Law has to be finished as soon as possible”

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews / 23 August) – House Deputy Speaker Pangalian Balindong and two other Mindanawon representatives sent here by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte to sit as observers in the GPH-MILF… »

Peace talks in KL

Members of the government peace panel led by Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer pose with observers from Mindanao civil society and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission at the Palace of the Golden Horses… »

Optimism marks resumption of GPH, MILF talks

KUALA LUMPUR  (MindaNews/22 August) – An air of optimism  marked Thursday’s  opening of the four-day talks between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  on power-sharing… »

GPH, MILF resume talks on power-sharing, normalization; observers present

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/22 August) –  The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels resumed talks at 9:45 a.m. today (Thursday) in this Malaysian capital in the presence of  observers… »

At least 79 groups want Senate probe on release of Abu Sayyaf bombers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 August) – At least 79 civil society organizations have issued a statement asking the Senate for an “immediate and impartial investigation” on the alleged “suspicious release from… »

Ampatuan Massacre update: Mangudadatu, NUJP fear for backhoe driver’s transfer to Bicutan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 August) –  Maguindanao Govenor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu fears for the life of the backhoe driver who buried the victims of the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan… »

PNoy: poster boy for the Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 August) – After Congress, Mindanao’s business sector. President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has become the poster boy in the campaign for the passage of the… »

PNoy says bombings are a ‘desperate act’ of peace spoilers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 August) – “Make no mistake about it: This is a desperate act by a small sector dead set against the attainment of peace in Mindanao,” President Benigno… »

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