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Resumption of GPH-NDF talks

Resumption of GPH-NDF talks

GPH peace panel chair Secretary Silvestre Bello III shares light moments with Fidel Agcaoili of the National Democratic Front during the resumption of peace talks in Oslo, Norway on Monday (August 22, ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: Senate President Enrile: His old petulant self

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Senate President Enrile: His old petulant self

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 January)---Wednesday’s diatribes between Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Minority Leader Peter Allan Cayetano make one wonder if the former has pushed his enve ...

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COMMENTARY: Hindsight: They could have been saved

COMMENTARY: Hindsight: They could have been saved

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 Jan) – On Saturday, Mayor Darlene Antonino Custodio led city officials and families of fishermen in honoring those who perished and went missing during the height o ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Time to reflect

PACQUIAO WATCH: Time to reflect

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 January) -- With the exception of promoter Bob Arum, Team Pacquiao – including Rep. Manny Pacquiao – is doggedly pursuing an early return to the ring for the Filipino ...

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AFP confirms operations near Tampakan mine site

AFP confirms operations near Tampakan mine site

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Jan) – The military here confirmed ongoing military operations near the boundary of South Cotabato and Cotabato provinces that could include areas near the mine sit ...

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Gov’t gives up search for missing fishermen

Gov’t gives up search for missing fishermen

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 Jan) – Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia, head of Task Force Maritime Search SarGen, on Wednesday said the search and rescue operation for the still missing 352 fisherman has ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: Politics likely to doom idea honoring tuna fishermen

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Politics likely to doom idea honoring tuna fishermen

GENERAL SANTO CITY (MindaNews/14 January) -- In the wake of super typhoon Pablo, where 358 tuna fishermen are still missing in addition to the eight confirmed dead 40 days after it unleashed its full ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Long climb back to the top

PACQUIAO WATCH: Long climb back to the top

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Jan) – Manny Pacquiao is in a hurry. He wants to immediately redeem himself from two successive losses, the last of which was an emphatic knockout defeat from longt ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: Missing the point

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Missing the point

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 11 January) --City Mayor Darlene Antonino Custodio is taking pains and splitting hairs addressing one of the maladies of a rapidly growing urban city. The sight of floo ...

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Longer brownouts for Gensan seen this year

Longer brownouts for Gensan seen this year

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 January)– Residents here should expect longer and more frequent brownouts as power supply from the National Power Corporation (NPC) to the South Cotabato II Electric ...

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COMMENTARY: PH gov’t spokesman shoots from hip again

COMMENTARY: PH gov’t spokesman shoots from hip again

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Jan) – Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda was again at his element when he immediately castigated the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its political u ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Post Mortem

PACQUIAO WATCH: Post Mortem

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Jan) – Lawyer Franklin “Jeng” Gacal Jr. and I chanced upon each other during our joint 35th Reunion on December 29. Expectedly, our conversation centered on his favo ...

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COMMENTARY: Pacquiao Watching and Donaire’s Odyssey

COMMENTARY: Pacquiao Watching and Donaire’s Odyssey

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 December) -- As good and as spectacular is Nonito Donaire’s KO victor over tough Jorge Arce, it cannot take away the pain of the many who are still grieving over the ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: The Mayan curse of December

SOUTHERN COMFORT: The Mayan curse of December

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 December)—The first 12 days of December came to a past yesterday and the Mayan prediction of the world apocalypse came in bundles of tragedies – a trio of them - for ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: 306 fisherfolk still missing; A city in quiet grief

SPECIAL REPORT: 306 fisherfolk still missing; A city in quiet grief

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 December) - Typhoon Pablo may have spared residents here from its wrath and fury when it swatted across large areas in eastern Mindanao. But the pain and anguish are ...

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Pacific tuna ground free for all once more

Pacific tuna ground free for all once more

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/December 7) - The Philippines will now have competition in the pocket of high seas that was recently opened exclusively for Filipino tuna fishermen as the Western and Ce ...

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GenSan fisher cries foul over Greenpeace report

GenSan fisher cries foul over Greenpeace report

MANILA (MindaNews / 5 December) – The owner of a fishing boat which photo was shown in a video footage taken by environmental group Greenpeace has protested over its use in a report on an alleged Fili ...

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Tuna conservation tops agenda of WCPFC meeting

Tuna conservation tops agenda of WCPFC meeting

PASAY CITY (MindaNews/ 2 December)--- The 9th Regular Session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) opened Sunday at the Philippine International Convention Center here with ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: The untold story of the Ampatuans’ fall from political grace

SOUTHERN COMFORT: The untold story of the Ampatuans’ fall from political grace

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/ 30 November)--The whole nation was still raging and indignant on a Wednesday morning three years ago in 2009 when Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez, then president of Lakas-CMD ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Sacrificing speed for power

PACQUIAO WATCH: Sacrificing speed for power

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 Nov) – Reports from the training camp of Juan Manuel Marquez say the Mexican is bulking up and now more into weights to add power to his lethal punches. If accurate ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: Preempting the president

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Preempting the president

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 Nov) – Finding myself in a company where I have strangely little company but nevertheless felt comfortable, I was waiting for another media dressing down from the P ...

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COMMENTARY: Sotto is flattering himself

COMMENTARY: Sotto is flattering himself

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – Philippine Senator Tito Sotto finally offered his apology to the Kennedys after the daughter of the late US senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy ...

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Another man gunned down in GenSan; land conflict eyed

Another man gunned down in GenSan; land conflict eyed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 November) – Less than a week after four people were wounded in a murder attempt in broad daylight, a member of a rival Blaan clan was gunned down Sunday mid-morning i ...

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GenSan fish catch up a bit

GenSan fish catch up a bit

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/17 November)– The total volume of fish catch landing in this city has slightly increased in the first 10 months this year compared to the same period in 2011, despite an ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Avoid the ambush

PACQUIAO WATCH: Avoid the ambush

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 17 November)--As usual, I will keep tab of my round-by-round scoring when Manny Pacquiao meets Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time. But I will also be looking at ho ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: The last frontier now bastion of violence?

SOUTHERN COMFORT: The last frontier now bastion of violence?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 15 November)--First time visitors to General Santos City city will never fail to notice the vast tracts of idle lands upon landing at the sprawling airport in Tambler. ...

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COMMENTARY: Makabayan’s new tact: More like it

COMMENTARY: Makabayan’s new tact: More like it

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Nov) – After Bayan Muna’s failed attempt to win a senate seat in 2010 by aligning itself with a major political party, it is now trying to do what it has been reall ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: Why can’t SMI just man up?

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Why can’t SMI just man up?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 09 November) Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) has so far kept its silence over the killing of 27-year old Juvy Capion and her two young sons last October 18 in a remote vi ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Speed, speed and speed

PACQUIAO WATCH: Speed, speed and speed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 Nov) – Many have said it before. Speed kills. In a game that is dictated by power, speed is one great equalizer. Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: 2013 Election: SMI looms large in South Cotabato polls

SOUTHERN COMFORT: 2013 Election: SMI looms large in South Cotabato polls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 03 November)--Call it posturing or pragmatism, but the recent decision of the South Cotabato provincial government to enlist the ‘expertise’ of the Deutsche Gesellschaf ...

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Pingoy backtracks, calls off review of SMI study

Pingoy backtracks, calls off review of SMI study

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/1 Nov) -- South Cotabato  Gov. Arthur Pingoy on Wednesday said he is no longer pursuing a review of the environmental impact study (EIS) of  Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: Why I am voting for Teddy Casiño

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Why I am voting for Teddy Casiño

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 October) -- Frankly, I would have voted for him no matter what, but because of the little conversation I had with Rep. Neri Colmenares some three months back, checkin ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: Thank you flood, Gensan is now a metropolis

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Thank you flood, Gensan is now a metropolis

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—(MindaNews/ 26 October) Images not only of flooded streets but entire villages used to be unthinkable for those who have been living in General Santos before it became a city. Wedn ...

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Singer from GenSan to guest in Ellen show with Halle Berry

Singer from GenSan to guest in Ellen show with Halle Berry

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 October) – Bubbly Filipina singer Zendee Rose Tenerife will appear in the biggest stage of her phenomenal rise to popularity when she guests in the Ellen DeGeneres Sh ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: Who will UNA endorse in General Santos City?

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Who will UNA endorse in General Santos City?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 October) -- This has been a poser that is lingering in the minds of the opposition group here which is up against the administration of incumbent Mayor Darlene Antoni ...

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Children who survived ‘massacre’ in mine site taken by pro-mining Lumads

Children who survived ‘massacre’ in mine site taken by pro-mining Lumads

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 October) -- The two children who survived an alleged massacre last week in a village in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, including their grandmother and two aunts, were repor ...

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Whistle blower urges Pacquiao to drop convicted ‘grafter’

Whistle blower urges Pacquiao to drop convicted ‘grafter’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 October) -- Former Sarangani employee Mary Ann Gadian, who blew the lid on the multimillion fund scam in the province in 2003, yesterday sought the disqualification o ...

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Children who survived ‘massacre’ in mine site taken by pro-mining Lumads

Children who survived ‘massacre’ in mine site taken by pro-mining Lumads

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 October) -- The two children who survived an alleged massacre last week in a village in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, including their grandmother and two aunts, were repor ...

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COMMENTARY: Brownouts are back, hopefully not for good

COMMENTARY: Brownouts are back, hopefully not for good

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 Oct) – When the 210-megawatt coal-fired power plant of STEAG in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental began its annual preventive maintenance services, the Mindanao grid, alre ...

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COMMENTARY: Mindanao peace process: Not too fast

COMMENTARY: Mindanao peace process: Not too fast

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 Oct) – Indeed, the signing of the initial peace agreement between the Philippine government under President Benigno Aquino III and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front ...

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‘Random Girl’ gets invite from Ellen

‘Random Girl’ gets invite from Ellen

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/7 Oct) – Bubbly Zendee Rose Tenerefe is on the roll. She is leaving for Tinseltown anytime next week. Destination: the Ellen DeGeneres show. The 21-year-old Zendee attra ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: The gladiator who now roams free

PACQUIAO WATCH: The gladiator who now roams free

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/ 5 October) --A very close apolitical confidante of Rep. Manny Pacquiao said it was always the obsession of the eight-division world boxing champion to join politics long ...

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Son of tuna tycoon seeks GenSan mayoralty post

Son of tuna tycoon seeks GenSan mayoralty post

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 4 October)– Top city councilor Ronnel Rivera today (Thursday) filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) to formalize his bid to unseat Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio in ...

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PH under fire for anti-cyber crime law

PH under fire for anti-cyber crime law

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 September) -- More media organizations and a New York-based human rights monitor have joined calls for the immediate repeal of the newly passed Philippine anti-cyber ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: More than just an impressive win

PACQUIAO WATCH: More than just an impressive win

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 September)--Rep. Manny Pacquiao arrived in Manila early yesterday (Monday) after a four-city whirlwind promotion for his fourth ring date with Juan Manuel Marquez. In ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: How I wish

SOUTHERN COMFORT: How I wish

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 24 September)--So Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio will face her strongest challenge yet in next year’s election in the person of top City Councilor Ronnel Rivera. Unles ...

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SM Group eyes entry in Tampakan project?

SM Group eyes entry in Tampakan project?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 18 September)—The SM Group was reportedly assigned a board seat at Indophil Resources NL, raising the possibility of the former’s entry into the Tampakan copper and gol ...

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2013 ELECTION WATCH: Opposition for a day

2013 ELECTION WATCH: Opposition for a day

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 18 September)--The troika of Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles, Councilor Ronnel Rivera and Apopong village chair Rogelio ‘Roel’ Pacquiao is finally coy no more.   ...

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Pacquiao OKs 4th bout with Marquez

Pacquiao OKs 4th bout with Marquez

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 Sept) – Manny Pacquiao will leave for the United States on Friday (September 14)  to sign a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in December, according to longtime l ...

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Bad weather spoils 1st GenSan tuna game fishing tourney

Bad weather spoils 1st GenSan tuna game fishing tourney

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 September) – Gale and gusty winds on the second day of the 2012 Tuna Game Fishing Tournament forced tournament director Commodore Marfenio Tan (AFP, res) to call off ...

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