Young Christians join Muslims in Cotabato City for Iftar

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 May) — The Christians made their sign of the cross, the Muslims raised their hands in prayer during the Iftar (breaking of the fast) on… »

Martial law no solution to Abu Sayyaf menace — Gov. Hataman

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman has doubted the wisdom of putting Sulu and Basilan provinces under martial law in a bid to address… »

Suspect in 2008 Digos bus bombing nabbed

DATU PAGLAS, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 26 May) – After a long and tedious surveillance operation, joint police, Army and military intelligence agents arrested in this municipality dawn on Thursday a… »

DAF-ARMM set to distribute aid to farmers hit by drought

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 17 May) – The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM) is set to distribute farm aid inputs to farmers… »

LP poll winners in ARMM to support Duterte’s pro-people programs

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/16 May) — Reelected Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has vowed to support the incoming administration of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte. “The parties… »

In Maguindanao’s special polls, voters prefer cops as BEI members

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 May) — Voters here say the next elections in this town should have police officers instead of teachers as members of the Board of Election Inspectors… »

4 killed in Talitay rido

TALITAY, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 May) – Elections are over and life is supposed to return to normal but not in this town of about 14,000 Moro inhabitants, many of whom have… »

Teachers to serve as BEI’s frantic over Maguindanao school attacks

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 5 May) – Unidentified gunmen bombed another school in Maguindanao Wednesday night, the eighth school designated as polling precinct during election day targeted with grenade… »

20 groups declare suport for Gov. Hataman’s reelection bid

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/04 May) – Twenty grassroots groups in two provinces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have vowed to support the reelection bid of Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman.… »

Politics eyed in blasts as 7th school building bombed in Sultan Mastura town  

SULTAN MASTURA, Maguindanao (MindaNews/29 April) –- Another elementary school building that would be used as voting center on May 9 was bombed by still unidentified men here Thursday night, the seventh… »

Duterte Supporter

Former Buluan, Maguindanao Mayor Ibrahim Mangudadatu (2nd from right) leads Liberal Party candidates in raising their hands during a gathering in the municipality of Buluan Tuesday (24 April 2016). But… »

Duterte supporter makes a scene in Liberal Party event for ARMM bets

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 27 Apr) – Call it awkward moment in the middle of the Liberal Party’s “show of force” gathering here Tuesday when the last speaker at the… »

12 towns in ARMM classified as ‘areas of immediate concern’

AWANG, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 April) – Special Boards of Election Inspectors (SBEI) will be deployed in towns of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao identified as “areas of… »

Abueva: Duterte presidency will open door to amend Consti for federalism

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – A Duterte Presidency will open the door for the amendment of the 1987 Constitution to allow for the shift from the present unitary, Presidential form… »

El Nino, grassfire force ‘Silangan’ the crocodile out of its habitat

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/17 April) — Rising temperature, grassfire and destruction of its natural habitat have forced freshwater crocodiles to wander to areas inhabited by humans. An 8-feet long, 80-kilo… »

Prices in ARMM island provinces rise due to closure of Malaysian border – official

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — Malaysia’s closure of its border with southern Philippines has caused a spike in prices of commodities in the island provinces of the Autonomous Region in… »

Maguindanao roadside bombing survivor says attack strengthened his resolve to win

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 14 April) – The mayoralty candidate in Maguindanao who survived a roadside bombing Wednesday afternoon said the attempt on his life will never stop him from seeking… »

3 wounded as bomb explodes on mayoralty bet’s convoy in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Apr) – A mayoralty candidate in South Upi, Maguindanao survived an assassination attempt while three of his companions were wounded as a powerful improvised explosive… »

VP Binay hit for saying evidence in Ampatuan massacre weak

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 April) – A member of the Mangudadatu political clan of Maguindanao expressed alarm over the statement issued by United Nationalist Alliance presidential aspirant Vice President Jejomar Binay… »

BIFF vows more attacks in Maguindanao

DATU SALIBO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/07 April) — Belittling the “capture” by soldiers of one of its strongholds in Maguindanao, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters vowed Wednesday to continue attacking military forces… »

Arakan Mayor says he didn’t neglect giving aid to farmers

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/07 April) — The town mayor here has denied reports insinuating the local government has been remiss in its duty to extend rice assistance to farmers severely… »

Rescue and firefighting course grads in ARMM willing to volunteer for Mt. Apo

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 30 March) – New graduates of a rescue and firefighting course in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are willing to help out and go… »

3 mountaineers behind Mt. Apo fire?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 30 March) – Three unidentified mountain climbers who stayed at the peak of the country’s highest mountain were believed to be responsible in the bush fire… »

Maguindanao council bet, Cotabato City village chair arrested

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) – Police arrested a candidate for councilor of Mamasapano, Maguindanao and his wife following an anti-illegal drugs operation on the suspects’ home Friday night. A village chair… »

Hitech Monitoring

Agriculture field researchers conduct monitoring and digital mapping in Barangay Malatimon, Ampatuan, Maguindanao, which is badly hit by the dry spell and rat infestation. MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera |… »

ARMM research unit uses modern technology to determine drought damage

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 1 March) – The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARRM), through its Agricultural Research Center (ARC) and the Philippine… »

Gunmen kill four, including 2 minors in Sunday afternoon ambush

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 28 February) — Unidentified gunmen ambushed and killed four persons, including two minors, in a daring broad daylight shooting incident along Rajah Tabunaway boulevard here Sunday afternoon,… »

Duterte: pass BBL and make Bangsamoro an “example” for the rest to follow

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) – A Duterte presidency will push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and make the Bangsamoro an example for the rest to follow… »

Group wants debate among candidates in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/24 February)– Calls hold a debate among candidates in Maguindanao have received favorable responses from leading politicians in the province and in this city. The Alliance of Lumad… »

Grenade Blast

Residents watch the blast site at a peryahan near the carnival in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat province where a six-year-old boy was killed and 41 others injured when still unidentified suspects… »

Boy killed, 41 injured in grenade blast in S. Kudarat during fiesta

ESPERANZA, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 22 Feb) – A six-year-old boy was killed while 41 others were wounded when a grenade exploded in a local peryahan (fair) beside a carnival during a… »

After Maguindanao, BIFF attacks North Cotabato Cafgu detachment

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/19 February) – Suspected members of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters have brought the war zone to North Cotabato, particularly in Aleosan town, police said. Senior Inspector… »

Roadside Bombing

Four people, including a municipal treasurer and his son, inside this van were killed when an improvised bomb exploded along a road in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town in Maguindanao Tuesday… »

Army blames BIFF in Maguindanao bomb attacks on civilians, non-combatants

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – The military here has blamed the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) for the series of bomb attacks in Maguindanao allegedly targeting not… »

Maguindanao villagers benefit from rice variety that can withstand drought, flood

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 February) – A drought- and flood-resistant rice variety developed by three agricultural institutions has helped farmers in a village here cope with the effects of… »

Army defuses bomb at capitol grounds in Maguindanao

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/12 February) – Army soldiers defused Friday a powerful improvised bomb planted in the provincial capitol grounds in this town in the midst of a festival, the military… »

Army, MILF suffer 1 fatality each in ‘accidental’ encounter in Maguindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 11 Feb) – A government trooper seriously wounded in action when government forces and Moro rebels clashed by accident in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao on Wednesday died… »

BIFF commander arrested, son killed in Cotabato City operations

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – A highranking commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was arrested while his son, believed to be his security escort, was killed… »

Monkeys beg for food on highway in Maguindanao

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/09 February) – Has the long dry spell or El Nino phenomenon affected even monkeys? On Monday afternoon, some 20 monkeys which looked hungry were seen… »

In drought-stricken village, depression led farmer to take his own life

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 07 February) — Depression led Teduray farmer Jimmy, a 36-year old father of three, to take his own life on Tuesday, February 2, in the… »

North Cotabato provincial security chief shot dead in front of church

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 07 February) — Three unidentified gunmen shot dead the chief security officer of the North Cotabato provincial capitol in front of a Catholic church in Arakan,… »

Army captain injured in clash with BIFF

DATU SALIBO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/06 February) – Three soldiers, including an Army captain, and two civilians were injured in clashes between government forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) from… »

Famine looms in South Upi uplands as El Nino worsens

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews/02 February) – Teduray farmers in remote villages here expressed fears they may experience starvation if the drought that has plagued their communities here continues for another… »

Extortion behind foiled bombing of bus terminal

COTABATO City (MindaNews/29 January) – Extortion was behind the foiled bombing of a bus terminal in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao last Thursday. A group identifying itself as ISM and headed by… »

Bomb planted in Maguindanao terminal fails to explode

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – A bombing attempt was foiled by concerned civilians who immediately reported a suspicious bag left at a bus terminal here early afternoon.… »

Rice-for-rats reward launched in NorthCot town

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – Disaster and agriculture officials here, led by Mayor Herlo Guzman, have launched Thursday morning a massive rat hunting expedition to bolster the campaign of… »

ARMM officials mark Mamasapano Tragedy anniversary

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) commemorated Monday the first anniversary of the Mamasapano Tragedy with prayers for similar incidents never to… »

Interfaith prayers, Cordillera ritual highlight Mamasapano’s first anniversary

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 January) — An interfaith prayer on Sunday and a ritual for the dead offered by relatives of the slain members of the Special Action Force (SAF) from… »

Maguindanao capitol to rise in Gov. Mangudadatu’s hometown

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/20 January) — Provincial officials of Maguindanao on Monday led the groundbreaking rites for the new capitol site in this town. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved the transfer of… »

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