GenSan mayor orders study on reduction of tuna catcher vessels

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 06 September)– Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio has instructed the City Economic Management and Cooperative Development Office to study the impact of the proposed reduction in the number… »

PACQUIAO WATCH: Looks like it’s Marquez, but don’t count on it yet

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/5 Sept) ­– With Miguel Angel Cotto taking another fight and passing away the opportunity to have his revenge against Manny Pacquiao, the chances of Juan Manuel… »

Pacquiao Politics: Random thoughts

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 August)–Last Tuesday, Rep. Manny Pacquiao did what his predecessors are said to have failed before:  give an address to the people on the State of Sarangani… »

Filipino tuna fishers set sight on closed Pacific seas

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 August) – Some 36 tuna catcher vessels will set sail from the port of General Santos City on September 25 where they will head to a… »

Pacquiao politics: A grafter in his midst?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/ 25 August) –A member of the Sarangani Provincial Board who has caught Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s favor was recently convicted by the Sandiganbayan or the anti-graft court of… »

SMI pushes back production target to 2018

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 Aug) – Mining firm Sagittarius Mines, Inc. has moved its target for commercial operations to 2018 following the rejection of its application for government permit and… »

COMMENTARY: Sarangani politics: Brewing political storm

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 August) — With barely two months before incumbents and candidates for the 2013 elections start filing their certificates of candidacy, a lot of horse trading and… »

PH pins Olympic hopes on Davao lad Barriga

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/3 Aug) – Ending a 16-year medal drought at the quadrennial sports event now lies heavily on the shoulders of boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, the tiniest in… »

COMMENTARY: NPAs are again on the offensive (in the press)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/2 Aug) – Communist rebels are again on the offensive, albeit in the less violent front. Last week, rebel spokesman for Mindanao Jorge Madlos, more popularly known… »

British firm tightens SMI security

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 July) –A British security consulting firm was recently reported to be scouting for an international security expert specializing in securing mining sites with added qualification of… »

PACQUIAO WATCH: What’s next?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 July) – Normally, at this stage, negotiations for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight should already be within the realm of fight purses and pay per view sharing.… »

Nail tuna catch at 165,000 MT per year – BFAR

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 July) – As an initial step to arrest declining tuna catches, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has urged Filipino fishing companies to agree… »

Gov. Dominguez joins LP

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 July) — Sarangani Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez has officially left Lakas-Kampi and joined the Liberal Party in June ending years of courtship by budget secretary Florencio… »

SOUTHERN COMFORT: SMI’s dilemma

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/14 July) –Expectedly, Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) welcomed the issuance of Executive Order 79, hoping the dictum that primacy of national law over local legislation will be the… »

SoCot governor defends ban on open-pit mining; says review not imminent

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 July) – South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Pingoy has insisted that the provincial environment code which bans open pit mining method is consistent with national law which… »

COMMENTARY: Donaire Odyssey: A class of his own

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 July) — After the fifth round of the Nonino Donaire-Jeffrey Mathebula unification fight, I decided it was time to drive to Koronadal City to attend the… »

US-PH exercise shows glaring gap between two navies

SARANGANI BAY (MindaNews/5 July) – “Iyan ang pangarap natin. Magkaroon man lang sana tayo niyan.” (That is our dream. How we wish we will own one like that.) Spoken with… »

In GenSan, it’s Antonino vs Pacquiao in 2013

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 July) — The Antoninos and the Pacquiaos will have a rematch of the 2007 elections. Only this time, it will be Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s brother Rogelio… »

PACQUAIO WATCH: Quiet front

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 July) — With Manny Pacquiao and his family spending summer in Europe and probably already heading to Jerusalem, all has been quiet in the Land of… »

US, PH to hold joint naval exercises

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/29 June) – Two US Navy ships are arriving in Makar port here on Sunday (July 1) for joint naval maneuver exercises with the Philippine Navy, according… »

Sarangani Energy hikes authorized capital to P4.25 B

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 June) – The Alcantara-controlled Sarangani Energy Corporation (SEC) on Wednesday announced it has increased its authorized capital to P4.25 billion (US$100 million) as the company gears… »

COMMENTARY: Pacquiao factor in Gensan, Sarangani politics

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 June) — With less than a year before the May 2013 elections, re-alignment and consolidation of existing political forces are fast shaping up in southwestern Mindanao… »

School attendance sheets attached to resolution endorsing Tampakan project

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 June) – Students at the Tampakan National High School in Tampakan, South Cotabato are up in arms. The reason: their school attendance sheets were attached to… »

PACQUIAO WATCH: Time is ticking (Last of three parts)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 June) — So when Manny Pacquiao almost inexplicably lost to Timothy Bradley, an early 1-7 long shot, reactions swung from one extreme of the pendulum to the other.

PACQUIAO WATCH: Time is ticking

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — Whether Manny Pacquiao was an innocent victim of Las Vegas stick up or a willing participant to a farce as many are now suggesting,… »

PACQUIAO WATCH: Another look at Pacman-Bradley fight

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 June) – I have grown this habit of scribbling down my own scorecard every time Manny Pacquiao fights after he was held to a draw by… »

PACQUIAO WATCH: Against Pacquiao, Bradley’s chin more than held up (and then some)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 June) — American Timothy Bradley proved his chin is more than match to Manny Pacquiao’s hardest punches. And then he shocked everybody by escaping with a… »

PACQUIAO WATCH: Corona’s out, Manny’s in (again)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 June) — Normalcy is returning to the Philippine media a week Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona became the first to be ousted from office via… »

PACQUIAO WATCH: Bradley stands no chance

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 June) — As much as Bob Arum of Top Rank would like us to believe, Timothy Bradley really does not have what it takes to hand… »

COMMENTARY: The Corona ouster: It was all about character

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 May) – Renato Corona, now technically the former Supreme Court Chief Justice after he was pronounced guilty in his impeachment trial, quickly morphed from an arrogant… »

Socoteco power rates P3 higher than last year’s average

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 May) — Power rates of South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative (Socoteco II) for the month of April are up by close to 15 percent over March… »

COMMENTARY: Corona on trial: In his own fiefdom

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 May) — Of all the words uttered by Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona when he came back to apologize Friday after leaving the impeachment court… »

COMMENTARY: Corona on trial: Coming in with a swagger, leaving in a wheelchair

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 May) — By the time he made his mini-French leave, Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona was already a picture of a defeated man, far from… »

A-grade tuna too pricey for ordinary Pinoy

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews. 22 May) — With landed price of over P420 (USD10) for a sashimi grade tuna at the General Santos City fishing port complex, more and more… »

FEATURE: Conquering heights (and fear of it)

MAASIM, Sarangani (MindaNews/21 May) – It is one acrophobic’s worst nightmare but also a child’s ultimate fantasy fulfillment. How many of us once dreamed we are the caped action heroes who crushed the evil and outlaws and once saved a damsel from falling from the Empire State building, or wherever, like Superman?

PACQUIAO WATCH: Life in a fishbowl (Part 3)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 May) — I certainly believed Manny Pacquiao when he said he is not anti-gay. His wife Jinkee has a man-err-girl Friday and he admits to having… »

COMMENTARY: Corona Trial: Game over

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 May) – It ain’t really over until the fat lady sings. But Monday’s appearance of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, former colleague of Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona,… »

COMMENTARY: The Philippine Impeachment Trial: Corona’s Rubicon

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 May) – The impeachment trial of Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona resumes in the afternoon today with his defense counsels taking the biggest gamble… »

The Boys of Summer: Philippine style

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 May) – They used to soak themselves in cold and icy springs or salty beaches until they quiver to the bones for that once in a… »

PACQUIAO WATCH: Villanueva is not going anywhere

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 May) – With apologies to both Manny Piñol and Recah Trinidad, recent knockout victim Lorenzo Villanueva is not going anywhere. He can’t be genuine world boxing… »

SOUTHERN COMFORT: Long time coming

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 May) — It is unfortunate that it took Rep. Daisy Avance-Fuentes (2nd District-South Cotabato) to amplify a bill separating General Santos City from the 1st  Congressional… »

PACQUIAO WATCH: Pacman draws the line

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 May) — Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao was reported to have presided over a meeting with his political allies recently. It was a crucial meeting where he… »

Sarangani town wants more power

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 May) – The municipal council of Alabel, Sarangani on Tuesday asked the Department of Energy to order the National Power Corporation and the National Grid Corporation… »

PACQUIAO WATCH: Floyd eats his words

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 May) – Flamboyant American boxing star but prison-bound Floyd Mayweather Jr. used to taunt arch rival Manny Pacquiao for feasting on his leftovers. Pacquiao, after all,… »

COMMENTARY: Trade unionism in the Philippines is gone (almost)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/1 May) – In 1989, more than 20,000 workers and public sector employees marched through the narrow streets of Davao City demanding for a Php25 legislated wage… »

COMMENTARY: Digging for the long haul. By Edwin Espejo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 April) — Troubled mining firm Sagittarius Mines Inc. cannot seem to find ways to reverse a provincial ordinance which virtually shut down its proposed US$5.9 billion… »

PACQUIAO WATCH: No big fuss

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 April) — Manny Pacquiao watchers are puzzled over the early departure of conditioning coach Alex Ariza from the champion’s Baguio camp. There is no cause for… »

Militants end anti-VFA protest in plaza named after US general

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – The symbolism was not lost on the Leftist militants who staged a week-long protest caravan that coincided with the holding of another round of… »

PACQUIAO WATCH: Winds of change have already blown

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 April) – Two years ago, it would have been unthinkable for a sitting president not to recognize or acknowledge the presence of Rep. Manny Pacquiao in… »

Go Gumasa for the biggest beach party this summer

Tired of the maddening crowd of Boracay? The crass commercialism of Panglao? Or the prohibitive and princely price tag of El Nido? Save your bed and dine budget and get… »

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