Banana cue in Malacanang

Labeled “pritong saging” (fried banana) but more popularly known in Davao as “banana cue,”  was served at the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ 16th President and first Mindanawon… »

The President’s children

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs his oath of office with his four children behind him (L to R) Paolo, Sara, Veronica and Sebastian. Looking on is Supreme Court Associate Justice… »

President Digong

Long-time Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes his oath before Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes, at exactly 12 noon on June 30, 2016, to begin his six-year term… »

Peace talk

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim spent around 20 minutes to talk peace during a one-on-one meeting Friday night at Hotel Elena… »

Duterte Punch

Members of the delegation sent by President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte (led by returning Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza on the extreme left) and the National Democratic Front (NDF)… »

Brothers all

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte listens as Datu Abul Khayr Alonto (right) of Lanao del Sur, chair of a faction the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) expounds on an issue during a… »

Photo Exhibit

Photojournalist Rene B. Lumawag talks about his exhibit of photographs of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte spanning three decades. Photo courtesy of MANMAN DEJETO               Read… »

A day with Ambassadors

It was a day with Ambassadors for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, June 13, 2016. He received in succession the United States Ambassador, Philip Goldberg (in photo), United Kingdom Ambassador… »


President-elect Rody Duterte meets with outgoing Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. at After Dark in Davao City near midnight Friday until the early hours of Saturday, June 11. Marcos was… »

First meeting

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte presides over a meeting with members of his incoming Cabinet on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the “Malacanang of the South” in Davao City. The meeting, held… »

Political rivals

While Presidential bets are busy engaging in a bitter word war, reelectionist ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman (L) and Sulu Vice Governor Sakur Tan ( R ) who is running against… »

COMMENTARY: We accept you for who you are, Bai Digong

by TINA TESORO-LORENZANA CALIFORNIA (MindaNews/18 April) — The furor regarding the statement of Davao City Mayor and Presidential candidate Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte on the rape and subsequent killing of Australian… »

BATANG MINDANAW: Why life is here in Davao

by Reicza Gene Cariaga Olojan DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 April) — Davao City was put in the spotlight last year when its mayor, Rodrigo Duterte, announced his candidacy for the presidency.… »


by ANDREA BEATRICE C. VASO DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 March) – Sec. 13 of Article XI of Ordinance No. 0546-13 of Davao City states that projects which are of socio-economic and… »

COMMENTARY: Very Disturbing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Feb) — When I saw the video and heard from fellow advocates their firsthand account of yesterday’s council session (February 23) — and as I… »


At least 206 motorcycles and pedicabs have been impounded in Pikit, North Cotabato following the Lambat Bitag Operation of the Cotabato Police Provincial Office on Thursday, February 18. CPPO chief… »

COMMENTARY: Electing a Moro Senator

by Maki T. Datu-Ramos II “Political freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow men. The fundamental threat to freedom is power to coerce, be it… »

“Sleeping Beauty” fire

Fire of still undetermined origin lights up the evening sky over Lanao del Sur’s “Sleeping Beauty” mountain in this photo taken at 9:50 p.m. Thursday, January 21. The fire reportedly… »

COMMENTARY: Burying Zamboanga City’s true cultural identity

by Yosif Ali Roque Morales Zamboanga City is home to five indigenous cultural communities, the Subanen, the Sama Bangingi, the Kolibugan, the Bajau and the Iyyakan (yakan). These Indigenous Peoples… »

Tagum’s Christmas tree

Thousands of residents and tourists have been flocking to the Freedom Park in Tagum City since November 16 to take photos of or selfies with the 105-ft. Giant Holiday Tree,… »

Homecoming concert

It was a night of fun and  yes, biting social commentaries at the Finster Auditorium of Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU)  where multi-awarded singer-songwriter Joey Ayala performed during his homecoming… »

2 Mindanawons among 5 winners of Titus Brandsma Awards

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/24 November) – The prestigious Titus Brandsma Awards is honoring five individuals this year, two of them Mindanawons: broadcast journalist Abner Francisco for Leadership in Community Communication and… »

Lumad issues in Geneva

MSU-IIT Prof. Arnold Alamon, executive director of the Mindanao Interfaith Institute on Lumad Studies, answers additional queries on Lumad issues after the Parallel Session at the 4th UN Forum on… »

When women lead the way

A Badjau woman leads the way for around 10 motorized bancas in Isabela, Basilan morning of November 2, 2015. A beautiful display of her power and grace as she maneuvers… »

From Mindanao to Luzon

Some 700 participants of the Manilakbayan from Mindanao reached the Bicol region Friday, their first stop within Luzon en route to Manila, for a month-long protest action calling against militarization in… »

Lights on

An engineer tests the lights on the Bankerohan Bridge on 14 August 2015.  Davao City Water District pipes run parallel to this bridge. MindaNews photo by PAM CHUA

Marching Against Coal

Protesters make known their opposition to the construction of the coal-fired power plant in Kiwalan, Iligan City in a march around the city on July 24, 2015. The protesters consider… »

Drinking Smart

Instead of the mouth, a boy drinks his iced tea through a hole he punched in the bottom of a water bottle to save it from easily running out and… »

Philippine Eagle nest found in Apayao, thanks to IP habitat conservation scheme

Jayson C. Ibañez Director-Research and Conservation Philippine Eagle Foundation In July of 1896, a local Samareño acting as guide to British Ornithologist John Whitehead brought back to camp one of… »

PEACETALK: Striving for a Just Peace, the Moral Road

STRIVING FOR A JUST PEACE, THE MORAL ROAD Catholic Bishops Conference of  the Philippines [Statement of the Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Adopting the… »

MNLF, MILF in OIC meet

Leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) — MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim (L), MNLF chair Muslimin Sema (center) and Randolph… »

“Tulak Bungkas Itungan”

“Tulak Bungkas Itungan” or Ritual for Enlightenment was offered by the Teduray, Lambangian, Erumanen nu Menuvu, and Ubo Manobo tribes in front of the House of Representatives Sunday noon, to… »

Athletes for Peace

Delegates from the Northern Mindanao Athletic Association (NMRAA) carry a message of peace as they march before the crowd during the formal opening of the Palarong Pambansa at the Davao… »

Summer Means ‘Tuli’

Young boys take a peep at their peers who undergo “tuli” or circumcision in Barangay Bao, Alamada, North Cotabato on Friday, April 24. The circumcision took place during the dental… »

Aliwagwag Falls’ zipline

For only P300 per ride on a 680-meter suspension cable hovering 55 meters from the ground, zipline riders get to view the  rainforest canopy and the pristine Cateel River, with the… »

MAS LINGAW SA MINDANAW: Go zipline riding in Aliwagwag Falls

Karen Lou Deloso / Davao Oriental Provincial Information Officer DAVAO ORIENTAL (MindaNews/11 April) – The Provincial Government of Davao Oriental opened on Sunday, April 5, the newly completed zipline ride… »

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… »

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