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… »

Dragonboat

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… »

Seized

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

Tamasco

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… »

Money politics and the May 2013 elections ‘High rollers’ rule Senate donors, give P795-M in campaign funds (Last of Three Parts)

WHILE MOST of the tycoons who bankrolled candidates and political parties in the 2010 Presidential elections were curiously absent, the 2013 midterm elections still had high-roller donors who accounted for… »

Money politics & the May 2013 elections: Poll laws in limbo: Firms can’t donate but owners bankroll bets (Second of three parts)

LAWYERS ARE taught early on to make the distinction between companies and their officers and shareholders. But Rona Ann Caritos, acting Executive Director of the lawyers’ election watchdog group Legal… »

Mindanao business sector still upbeat on Mindanao economy following Zamboanga crisis

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mindanao’s business sector expressed confidence that Mindanao’s economy will bounce back following the resolution of the Zamboanga crisis, particularly that situation in the city is now… »

Mourning

The Philippine flag flies at half mast outside the Zamboanga City Hall on Monday, Sept. 30, in honor of the policemen, soldiers and civilians who died during the standoff with… »

Money politics & the May 2013 elections: Top execs of barred firms funded Senate bets, parties

First of Three Parts IN THEORY, elections are supposed to be the great leveler or equalizer of democracy. The vote of any ordinary man scraping a living off the streets… »

LOOSE CHANGE: The power spot market

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 September)—Last Thursday, Mindanao was supposed to have started adopting the much-talked about Interim Mindanao Electricity Market, an idea of government as its way of solving the power… »

Urban poor sector alarms over white wash on ‘pork’

Davao City – Urban Poor sector led by KADAMAY,  will hold a nationwide day of Protest today (August 30) following the surrender of Janet Napoles to demand transparency from the Aquino government… »

Is Justice For Pops Possible?

Arakan, North Cotabato August 25, 2013 JPM Statement After almost two years since the killing of FR. FAUSTO “POPS” TENTORIO, PIME the Justice for Pops Movement (JPM) continues to pursue… »

“Never stop dreaming”

Pupils from areas hardest hit by typhoons Sendong and Pablo now have reasons to hope and dream again. In partnership with local government leaders and the Department of Education, the… »

Peace Will Reign in the Aftermath

August 7, 2013 Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW) Statement on the Spate of Bombings in Mindanao We, members of the Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW), condemn in the strongest possible terms, the August 5… »

MinCode Statement on the Cotabato Incident

The Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE), made up of 12 networks of civil society organizations (CSOs) operating in Mindanao, strongly condemn the barbaric bombing in Cotabato City yon… »

Mindanao peace group calls on public to be vigilant, critical on ‘mystery bombings’ and scare

The Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao condemns the series of mysterious bombings and bomb threats in certain parts of the country particularly in Mindanao cities and towns. Bombings targeted at… »

Midsayap Blast

An Explosives Ordnance Team from the Phlippine Army gathers evidence at the explosion site on the ground floor of a building in downtown Midsayap, North Cotabato. There were no reported… »

A Postscript to the Wealth Sharing Deal

We, Mindanao civil society groups, sighed with relief when the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) finally signed the Annex on the Revenue Generation… »

Philippines: Aquino Should Honor Rights Pledges

‘State of the Nation Address’ Should Outline Plan to Tackle Impunity (Manila, July 20, 2013) – Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III should use his annual “State of the Nation… »

Jinkee Pacquiao, Vice Gov

Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao leads the inaugural session of the 8th Sangguniang Panlalawigan Tuesday, July 9, where she delivered a speech on her vision for Sarangani as a peaceful and… »

Tropical Depression “Gorio” as of 4a.m.

At 4:00 a.m. today, Tropical Depression “GORIO” was estimated based on all available data at 500 km East of Surigao City (9.5°N, 130.4°E) with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph.… »

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