About Edwin G. Espejo

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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WCPFC mulls replacement measures for closed tuna highway

WCPFC mulls replacement measures for closed tuna highway

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 September) -- The closure of four pockets of high seas to tuna fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean has reportedly not yielded the desired results of arre ...

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GenSan mayor orders study on reduction of tuna catcher vessels

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 reduct ...

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

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 Marquez g ...

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Pacquiao Politics: Random thoughts

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 District ...

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Filipino tuna fishers set sight on closed Pacific seas

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 pocket of seas that has been close ...

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Pacquiao politics: A grafter in his midst?

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 ...

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SMI pushes back production target to 2018

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 ...

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COMMENTARY: Sarangani politics:  Brewing political storm

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 man ...

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PH pins Olympic hopes on Davao lad Barriga

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 the 11-man delega ...

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

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 for hi ...

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British firm tightens SMI security

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 ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: What’s next?

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. But as of t ...

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

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 to a 1 ...

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Gov. Dominguez joins LP

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 Flore ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: SMI’s dilemma

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 wil ...

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

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 up ...

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COMMENTARY: Donaire Odyssey: A class of his own

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 burial of Jon ...

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US-PH exercise shows glaring gap between two navies

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 a tinge of resignation, these ...

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In GenSan, it’s Antonino vs Pacquiao in 2013

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 (Roel) Pacquiao w ...

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PACQUAIO WATCH: Quiet front

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 Pacman. All he is c ...

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US, PH to hold joint naval exercises

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 to Commodore Phili ...

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Sarangani Energy hikes authorized capital to P4.25 B

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) a ...

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COMMENTARY: Pacquiao factor in Gensan, Sarangani politics

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 ...

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School attendance sheets attached to resolution endorsing Tampakan project

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 the docu ...

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

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. ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Time is ticking

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, his controversial loss Su ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Another look at Pacman-Bradley fight

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 Juan Manuel Marquez. So Sunday, I ...

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

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 controversi ...

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

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 the impeachment ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH:  Bradley stands no chance

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 Manny Pacquiao his fourth loss. He may b ...

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COMMENTARY: The Corona ouster: It was all about character

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 ...

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Socoteco power rates P3 higher than last year’s average

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 after Therma Marine Inc. r ...

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COMMENTARY: Corona on trial: In his own fiefdom

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 without being ...

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

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 the powerful figure man ...

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A-grade tuna too pricey for ordinary Pinoy

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 Filipinos are becoming strange ...

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FEATURE: Conquering heights (and fear of it)

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 th ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Life in a fishbowl (Part 3)

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 gay relatives. He toler ...

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COMMENTARY: Corona Trial: Game over

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 C ...

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COMMENTARY: The Philippine Impeachment Trial: Corona’s Rubicon

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 gambl ...

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The Boys of Summer: Philippine style

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 lifetime rite of passage. Nobody bother ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Villanueva is not going anywhere

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 champi ...

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SOUTHERN COMFORT: Long time coming

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  Congress ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Pacman draws the line

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 reportedly dr ...

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Sarangani town wants more power

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 ...

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PACQUIAO WATCH: Floyd eats his words

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 al ...

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

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 increase. T ...

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COMMENTARY: Digging for the long haul. By Edwin Espejo

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 ...

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