Residence of suspended Shariff Aguak mayor attacked

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/13 December) – Bursts of gunfire followed by the explosions of two grenade launchers hit the compound of suspended Shariff Aguak Mayor Bai Zahara Ampatuan Friday evening.… »

Who’s behind the Bukidnon bus blast?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) – Who’s behind Tuesday’s bombing inside a passenger bus in Maramag, Bukidnon? Less than 24 hours after the blast that killed 10 persons, five of them… »

Ampatuan massacre witness survives ambush

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 December) — A former mayor of a Maguindanao town and two of his companions were wounded after his convoy was ambushed at the boundary of Guindulungan… »

5 killed in Maguindanao ambush

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Dec) – A barangay captain, his councilor and relatives died on the spot as an undetermined number of armed men sprayed bullets towards their Multicab in… »

Dead “Treevolution” seedlings in Maguindanao village to be replaced

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – Volunteers replaced on Saturday the seedlings that were planted in Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao as part of the “Treevolution” campaign but did not survive.… »

MILF assures it will stop using child soldiers

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Tuesday vowed to exert all efforts to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers and remove the group from the… »

Kite for Peace

Kites fly above the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Complex in Cotabato City Tuesday (25 Nov 2014). The celebration is part of the ARMM’s commemoration of its 25th anniversary… »

Thousands join ‘Kite for Peace’ in ARMM

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – Thousands of school children, teachers, government employees and security forces joined the simultaneous “Kite for Peace” Tuesday that aimed to amplify a united… »

2 killed, 25 hurt in bomb explosion in North Cotabato town

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 Nov) — At least two persons were killed and 25 others were injured when a homemade bomb exploded at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in M’lang, North Cotabato.… »

Ampatuan Massacre witness and would-be witness ambushed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Nov) – A witness in the Ampatuan Massacre was killed and another one was seriously wounded in an ambush Tuesday in Shariff Aguak town in… »

UPDATED: At least 15 hurt in Kabacan blast; Governor offers P100K reward money

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /16 Nov) — The governor of North Cotabato has offered a PhP 100,000 reward to anyone who could provide vital information behind Sunday’s blast in Kabacan town… »

Hundreds of families displaced, 2 civilians killed, 6 others hurt in Pikit clashes

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/15 November) – Two civilians were killed and three others were wounded in an artillery bombardment early Friday in Barangay Kabasalan here forcing at least 1,000 families… »

2 rebels killed, 4 others wounded in Sultan Kudarat

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/11 November) — At least two rebels were killed, four others were wounded, and another one was captured in ongoing military operations conducted by the 33rd Infantry Battalion… »

UPDATE: 5th victim of summary killing in Tacurong dies

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – Regine Ole Dalogdog, the survivor of what police said could be a case of a drug-related summary execution in Tacurong City, died Monday night while… »

Survivor key to solving summary execution in Tacurong – police

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – Police are banking on the testimony of the lone survivor of an apparent case of summary execution in Tacurong City on Monday to provide clues… »

Ampatuan Massacre site comes back to life

MASSACRE SITE, Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews/01 November)—Almost five years after the grisly massacre here of 58 people, including 32 media workers, a lot of things have changed in the once deserted… »

11 hurt in Maguindanao highway accident

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/31 October) — Eleven passengers of a public utility van were hurt when their vehicle overturned in Maguindanao early on Friday, Oct. 31. Driver Carlo Arancilla said he… »

2 soldiers killed by BIFF in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Oct) – Two soldiers assigned to secure a government hospital in Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao were gunned down by suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom… »

2 soldiers shot dead outside church in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/01 October) – He was supposed to celebrate his 23rd birth anniversary on Tuesday. But newly enlisted Pfc. Rex Limpahan died in an attack on the same day… »

2 cops injured in landmine explosion in S. Kudarat

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Sept) – Two policemen are still in critical condition after a powerful landmine exploded as they traversed a New People’s Army (NPA) infested remote village… »

Quakes hit North Cotabato

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 September) – A series of earthquakes hit North Cotabato on Saturday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in a bulletin. The first, a… »

15 barangays in Cotabato City flooded, 26 families evacuated

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – At least 15 barangays in Cotabato City are now submerged in flood waters after major tributaries surrounding the area increased the water level… »

State of calamity declared in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/05 September) – The province of Maguindanao has been placed under a state of calamity due to floods spawned by low pressure areas that brought rains in many… »

Damaged Bridge

Tunggol Bridge in the municipality of Datu Montawan in Maguindanao as photographed last Wednesday, 3 Sept 2014, which officials say is in danger of collapsing as Typhoon Kanor brought in… »

Tunggol Bridge in Maguindanao in danger of collapsing

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 04 September) – A disaster waiting to happen. Tunggol Bridge in Barangay Tunggol, Datu Montawal town in Maguindanao is in danger of collapsing as the series of… »


BIFF spokesman Abu Misri Mama announces the linking up of his group with the Islamic State in an interview somewhere in Maguindanao Thursday (28 Aug 2014). MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh… »

BIFF links up with ISIS, assures Mindanao Christians not to worry

SOMEWHERE IN MAGUINDANAO (MindaNews / 28 Aug) – The breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) announced today they are joining forces with the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group. But BIFF… »

MILF commander, village chief son killed in ambush by rival rebel commander in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Aug) – A brigade commander of Moro Islamic Liberation Front and his son, a barangay chairman, were killed in an ambush by a group of another… »

Blast site

Police cordon off the blast site along Makakua Street in Cotabato City evening of August 19. Five persons, including a soldier on security patrol, sustained were injured when an improvised… »

5 hurt in Cotabato City plaza explosion  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 19 August) – A soldier on security patrol and four other persons were hurt when a suspected improvised explosive device went off at around 8:30 p.m.… »

In 2-day swing, Binay backs Bangsamoro, ‘denies early campaigning for 2016′

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/19 August)—Vice President Jejomar Binay has expressed support to the creation of the Bangsamoro government during a two-day swing in Maguindanao province and in this city. Heavily guarded… »

Life in Liguasan Marsh: A garden in a flood zone

Ferdinandh B. Cabrera in Barangay Balong, Northern Kabuntalan, Maguindanao It looks daunting but people living in Liguasan Marsh have learned to deal with the floods that often visit their communities.… »

5 civilians hurt in Maguindanao attacks; BIFF blamed

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 August) – Five civilians were hurt in recent attacks by suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao. One of the victims was Amir… »

Maguindanao police chief among Metrobank’s outstanding police officers for 2014

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Aug) – Not everything coming from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is bad news, especially when talking about its police force. For the… »

1,000 join tree planting in Maguindanao on world IP Day

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 August) – Around 1,000 individuals joined the tree planting activity as part of the commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on… »

A Year After

Cotabateños offer prayers on Tuesday, 5 August 2014, to remember the victims the roadside bombing exactly a year ago that killed eight people. Forty others were also injured in the… »

Cotabato commemorates bombing, demands NBI’s speedy investigation

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 5 Aug) – Hundreds of Cotabateños on Tuesday joined the march-rally commemorating last year’s deadly roadside bombing that killed eight persons and injured 40 others during a busy… »

Banana plantation in Ampatuan massacre site opens

MASSACRE SITE, Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews/01 August) – Dozens of heavy machineries started land preparation for a 1500-hectare banana plantation in this site Wednesday. The plantation site, where 58 people were… »

Pilgrims to Mecca warned vs MERS-CoV

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) — The Health department of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has advised all Muslims to consider postponing plans of going on a pilgrimage in Mecca… »

Decade-long rido in Maguindanao ends during Ramadan

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 3 July) – Hugging, forgiveness, tears of joy. All these preoccupied Mino Utap as he was about to sign a covenant with his former clan nemesis,… »

Ampatuan Massacre suspect, 2 others killed in Cotabato shootout

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – Policemen here have killed one of the suspects in the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre and two others during a shootout here early morning Monday.… »

Flooded School

Waist-deep water submerged the Pagatin Elementary School in Shariff Saydona Mustapha town in Maguindanao since last week, as shown in this file photo taken 11 June 2014. MindaNews photo by… »

11 Maguindanao towns flooded

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 June)—Eleven towns in Maguindanao have been flooded due to intermittent rains in the past few days, lawyer Laisa Alamia, executive secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim… »

Military links BIFF attacks to presence of terror suspect

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 June) – The military had linked fresh attacks by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao to the alleged presence of a suspected terrorist in… »

Gov’t troops, BIFF clash anew in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – Four rebels were killed and several others were wounded as fighting erupted anew in Maguindanao between government troops and members of a breakaway Moro rebel… »

3 BIFF rebels killed in new Maguindanao attacks – military

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – Three members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIFF) were reported killed and another one was wounded in fresh attacks by the rebel group on… »

1 soldier killed, 3 others hurt in Maguindanao blast

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/06 June) – A soldier was killed and three others were wounded when an improvised explosive device hit a military truck in Barangay Maitumaig, Datu Unsay Ampatuan town… »

3 killed in shootout; pistol of slain police chief recovered

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 01 June) – Three armed men were killed in a shootout in Barangay Capiton, Datu Odin Sinsuat town Saturday evening, one of them found to be… »

PH unprepared for major disasters – Phivolcs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 May) – The country is not prepared for disasters of the magnitude brought by typhoons Yolanda and Sendong and the earthquakes that hit Bohol and neighboring… »

Pass the law

Thousands of residents gathered at the Cotabato City Plaza, on Sunday, May 4, to ask Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law immediately. MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh B. Cabrera READ… »

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