COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: Alisin natin ang bagahing daladala natin, ang mga biases, prejudices at discrimination

Mike P. Alon (Deliveredy by Mike P. Alon, organizer of the integrated Mindanaons Assistance for Natives (IMAN), during the graduation rites at the Ateneo de Davao University on March 28,… »

Lumad ritual at high noon

Members of the Teduray tribe in South Upi, Maguindanao are busy preparing one of the ritual sites called Tenines at the Peak of Urok Kulayan, for the Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’… »

PWDs awaiting creation of disability office in Davao City

John Frances C. Fuentes / VERA Files DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 March) — Wheelchair user Florencio Timkang lost his person with disabilities (PWD) card four years ago. The 67-year-old candle seller… »

One with Women

Male participants dressed in drag early morning on Sunday, March 8, 2015, in Iligan City to mark International Women’s Day. The act aims to show appreciation for women and to… »

COMMENTARY: Asking the Right Question: Acceptability of a Watered-Down BBL

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/03 March) — Much has been said regarding the incident that occurred on the 25th of January 2015, in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Several versions of the facts have… »


Residents from Barangay Maitumaig in Datu Unsay, Maguindanao flee to Crossing Salbo in neighboring Datu Saudi town following a clash between government forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)… »

Women Rising

Different organizations in Iligan City dance on Valentine’s Day at the public plaza to show support to One Billion Revolution, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.… »

Good Morning, Malaybalay

An early morning scene in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon (Feb. 10, 2015). MindaNews photo by Aries Sandino M. Mordeno

PERSONAL ESSAY: 7 Feb 1974: Montage From A Kid’s Memory Bank

Warina Sushil A. Jukuy (Originally published in Jihad al Akbar Bilingual Magazine 2003 which the author edited). 7th of February 1974. “Batih na kamu, yanna simud in mga mawisss!” (*… »

COMMENTARY: Demanding justice without abandoning the desire for peace

by Paul Adolfo Peace and genuine autonomy have been very elusive in Mindanao, and for us as a nation. Several attempts to end the conflict between the Government and the… »

At Peace – for Now

A child evacuee sleeps in a makeshift hammock at the evacuation site in Barangay Balit, San Luis, Agusan del Sur (January 27, 2015). He is among some 1,000 Banwaons from… »

COMMENTARY: The BBL is not the problem, the armed conflict in Mindanao is

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 February) — The quest for a just and lasting peace in Mindanao has taken a vicious blow in the wake of the Mamasapano incident on January 25… »

Gensan’s SAF hero

The casket containing the remains of Police Senior Inspector Ryan Pabalinas, a native of General Santos City, who was among the 44 SAF troopers slain in the Jan. 25 Masasapano… »

Midsayap’s Halad Festival

Students and devotees perform during a street dancing at the annual Halad festival, which is also the feast Sto. Niño, in Midsayap, North Cotabato on Saturday, January 17. Mindanews Photo… »

Marawi march

Moro women joined hundreds of Moro people in their “No Apology March” in Marawi City on Sunday, January 11 to protest what they describe as western media’s “double standard” in… »


Magical mornings like this (taken at 5:52 a.m. December 30, 2014 in Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental) remind us that life’s essentials are the simplest and raw. Elsewhere in Mindanao, the… »

Paskuhan sa GenSan

The grandest fireworks display, lasting about 15 minutes, takes place on the culmination night of Paskuhan sa Gensan 2014 Wednesday, December 24. It was a fitting climax to the December… »

Christmas in Tuna Capital

The spirit of Christmas is in the air as Paskuhan sa Gensan opens with a grand fireworks display Friday, December 12, at the Oval Plaza in General Santos City. Photo… »

Left behind

Someone left home wearing this shoe on Tuesday and was likely returning home that evening when something exploded inside a passenger  bus a few meters from the Central Mindanao University (DMU)… »

The Bomb in a Drawer

For quite sometime, it was just there, inside a drawer of an office table in a village hall in a town in Maguindanao. It is not the usual office stationery… »

10th Infantry Division not welcome!

During the 7th day wake of my son, Rendell Ryan “Perper” Cagula, the military officials from the 10th Infantry Division along with media men from GMA Davao, arrived at 12… »

Feathered Clock

A rooster crows to herald a new day in this photo taken at Gotamco Beach in Agdao, Davao City on November 8, 2014. MindaNews photo by Rene B. Lumawag

Fiesta Pilar

Archbishop Romulo dela Cruz leads the celebration of the fiesta mass Sunday afternoon at the Our Lady of the Pillar Shrine in Zamboanga City. Cell sites of all telecommunication companies… »

King of Waves

Edito Alcala, the 2014 Siargao International Surfing Cup champion emerges from the right-hander barreling wave in Cloud Nine, General Luna, Siargao Island on Sunday, Sept. 28. He also won the… »

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Mohagher Iqbal (L), chair of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission and the MILF peace panel, and BTC Deputy Chair Akmad Sakkam (R), and 12 other commissioners sign Sunday afternoon the transmittal… »

MEDCo and MinDA

  Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) meets with Paul Dominguez, board vice-chair of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) during a meeting Tuesday, August 12,… »

PNP miserably fails to present any proof on significant headway in the investigation of media killings

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines welcomes the Philippine National Police’s statement that it is “implementing more tangible actions to fulfill its crucial role in complementing national government… »

UXOs destroyed

Destruction of 58 UXOs (unexploded ordnance) in Barangay Semba, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on August 2, 2014 to ensure they will never be used again. The Explosives and Ordnance Team… »

President BS Aquino’s peace negotiations with the MILF conducted in bad faith

The BS Aquino government’s peace negotiation with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is ‘insincere, dishonest, and deceptive. Pres. BS Aquino cannot flaunt in his 5th State of the Nation… »

Rights group hits OPAPP’s peace business

July 25, 2014 Karapatan today said the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process’ funds from the Disbursement Allocation Program (DAP) is 300-400 percent bigger than its approved… »

“Medalla de Horror” for BS Aquino’s fourth SONA—Karapatan

Pres. BS Aquino faces the nation on Monday, July 28, with three impeachment cases slapped against him—two for his presidential pork called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and one for entering… »

2014 State of The Indigenous Peoples Address

We, the bae, datu, fulong, baylan, timuay, mantikadong, the indigenous leaders of indigenous communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, belonging to the different tribes of the B’laan, Higaonon, Kalanguya-Ifugao, Mansaka,… »

Countdown to Glan’s Centennial

  Mayor Victor James Yap (right side in red shirt) and Vice Mayor Vivien Yap lead municipal councilors, department heads and students in unveiling the centennial countdown marker at the… »

Mindanao: The Land of Promise?

Fairfood International releases ‘The Land of Promise?’, a documentary that exposes the shocking working conditions in the Philippines pineapple industry Almost 40,000 people work on the beautiful island of Mindanao,… »

Bringing Smiles

Actress Marian Rivera lights up the faces of persons with disabilities housed at the SDC building of the City Social Welfare Development Office in General Santos City during her visit… »

First Day

Trisikad drivers ferry elementary pupils and parents to Matina Central Elementary School in Davao City on the first day of classes, Monday, June 2. MindaNews photo courtesy of Jesus Tinapay

Mindanao state universities and colleges to offer DRMM and climate change courses

DAVAO CITY (May 30, 2014) – Mindanao’s state universities and colleges are stepping up efforts in making the island-region and its people more adaptable to climate change by integrating disaster… »


Athletes practice their paddling on Wednesday, 30 April 2014, for the First Dragonboat Festival at Davao Baywalk in Davao City on May 1-4. MindaNews Photo Courtesy of Mike Li /… »

Statement of the Cordillera Bodong Administration on the Signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro

The Cordillera Bodong Administration (CBA) celebrates with the nation in the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). It is a milestone in our nation’s history that shall… »

PCID Statement on the Signing Of The Comprehensive Agreement for the Bangsamoro

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) welcomes the historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement for the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

Archbishop Romulos

Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz (center), the new Archbishop of Zamboanga, with the other Archbishop Romulo (Valles of Davao City, left) and Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable (right) at the thanksgiving… »


One of four heads of wallaby from Indonesia seized at the Lipata Port in Surigao City  from a van from Alabel, Sarangani that was about to board the ferry bound… »

Statement on the Signing of the FAB Power-Sharing Annex

We, members of the civil society engaged in accompanying the Mindanao peace process, congratulate the peace panels of government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for another milestone in… »

COMMENTARY: HANGING ON A LAST STRAW: An Open Appeal on behalf of the Sama-Dilaut and other displaced residents of Zamboanga

Today is the second month since the Zamboanga Violence that started in September 9, 2013. I am writing on behalf of my friends and beloved community of Sama Dilaut and… »

Typhoon Yolanda as of 4:00am, November 7

At 4:00 am today, the eye of Typhoon “YOLANDA”was located based on all available data at 822 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (08.4°N, 133.8°E) with maximum sustained winds… »

Flooded Koronadal

Heavy rains inundate some parts of downtown Koronadal City in this photo taken shortly before 6am on October 28, 2013. Photo Courtesy of Love Bacongco


A T’boli community has recently secured a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) covering the sitios of Datal Bonlangon, Tawan Dagat, Segowit, Tuburan in Barangay Ned in Lake Sebu, South… »

Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio,PIME

Two years ago today, Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio, PIME, was gunned down inside the parish compound in Arakan, North Cotabato. His parishioners believe that members of the paramilitary group known… »

Balay Tambalanan

Neglected by past administrations, the J.R. Borja Memorial Hospital is left rotting and dilapidated. Its hospital staff has to contend with antiquated medical equipment to serve the less fortunate sectors… »

Double Whammy

After being displaced by the 3-week standoff between government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front – Misuari faction, bakwits in Zamboanga City have to contend with floodwater brought by… »

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