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… »

Thousands join rally urging Congress to pass Bangsamoro Basic Law  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/04 May) – A “People’s Ratification Rally” was held simultaneously Sunday in key areas in Mindanao to push Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). The crowds… »

Village chief, 2 others, slain in Maguindanao ambush

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/2 May) – A barangay chairman and two of his companions were killed in an ambush Monday, May 1, in South Upi town in Maguindanao, police said. In… »

Farming in ARMM goes high-tech with mobile app

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) – A management tool for farmers using mobile apps is being eyed for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to boost yield and income. Department… »

BTC signs draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: 11 yes, 2 with reservations, 2 absent

UPDATED COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 20 April) –  The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was finally completed by the 15-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission at the end of a four-hour plenary session… »

Former foes vow joint moves vs ‘spoilers’ of peace

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 April) – The Army, police and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Sunday vowed to work together to thwart efforts by so-called spoilers to sabotage the… »

PBA Legends bow to Maguindanao team; urge sincere implementation of CAB

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/14 April) – Surprising even themselves, a local team beat retired veterans of the Philippine Basketball Association, 89-81, in a friendship game on Saturday. Members of the Bangsamoro… »

The birds have returned to Barira

CAMP IRANUN, Barira, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 April) – Birds have returned to Barangay Nabalawag in Barira, Maguindanao years after the community and other stakeholders embarked on a tree planting program, village… »

Misuari faction in Maguindanao: dream Bangsamoro Republik lives on

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 30 March) – Followers of  Moro  National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari on Saturday said their dream for a Bangsamoro Republik lives on… »

Maguindanao police official killed in ambush

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/28 March) – A police official in Maguindanao was killed by unknown assailants in an ambush Friday. Inspector Tiongan Namla, chief of police of Mother Kabuntalan town, sustained… »

Hataman to MILF: “Continue effective programs or do better”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) — Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has posed a challenge to future leaders of the Bangsamoro, the new autonomous political entity… »

Suspect in Ampatuan Massacre nabbed in Mamasapano

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/23 March) – Another suspect in the November 23, 2009 massacre of 58 persons, 32 of them media workers, was arrested in his house in Mamasapano, k… »

Banana plantation to rise in Ampatuan massacre site

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 March) – From being the site of the country’s bloodiest political violence in recent history to an agro-economic zone. Sitio Masalay in Barangay Salman, Ampatuan town… »

Ampatuan scion among country’s new lawyers

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 20 March)—Twenty-eight year old Bai Saudia Shahara Biruar-Ampatuan, a grand daughter of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., was among those who passed the 2013 bar exams.… »

2 soldiers killed in another NPA landmine attack

MAKILALA, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 15 March) – Two more soldiers died and three others were wounded in another landmine explosion supposedly perpetrated by the New People’s Army this morning,… »

UPDATE: 12 killed, 7 injured in NPA attacks in Davao Sur

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/10 March) – At least 12 were killed and 7 others injured in separate attacks by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Matanao, Davao del Sur on Monday.… »

2 cops killed in Davao Sur NPA attack

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/10 March) — Two policemen were killed and three others were wounded when suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked a police outpost in Matanao, Davao del Sur… »

A Wreck

Former Cotabato City mayor Muslimin Sema’s van after meeting an accident on Friday (March 7, 2014) in Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao. Sema was brought to a hospital in Davao City… »

Former Cotabato mayor Sema survives road accident

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 08 March) – Former Cotabato City mayor Muslimin is now in safe condition in a hospital in Davao City where he was airlifted after meeting an accident… »

BIFF says new offensive ‘not meant to sabotage GPH-MILF peace process’

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/1 March)—Clashes erupted anew between the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the military Friday night, with the former claiming the attack “was not meant to sabotage the… »

MILF commander thanks military custodians

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 February) – The commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s 118th Base Command who was arrested  late Sunday afternoon and released early Tuesday evening thanked the 6th… »

Freed MILF commander

Freed commander Ustadz Wahid Tundok of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s 118th Base Command during a press briefing Wednesday morning, thanked the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, the mayors of Datu… »

Arrested MILF commander freed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/25 Feb) – A commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front who was arrested Sunday night was released early Tuesday evening on orders of the court. Government peace… »

Military to file protest before ceasefire body vs 2 MILF commanders

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 February) — The military is set to file protest today before the Government of the Philippines- Moro Islamic Liberation Front Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities… »

MILF says killing of commander violates truce; IMT 9 to arrive in March

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 February) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has filed a formal complaint before the ceasefire committee of the government and MILF peace panels for the death… »

Notorious criminal killed in Maguindanao raid

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews / 18 Feb) – What was supposed to be a serving of an arrest warrant by a combined police force in the municipality of Datu Paglas in… »

BIFF blamed in Maguindanao explosion; 12 injured, including 2 TV5 news staff

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/1 February)—A reporter and a cameraman of TV5 were among the 12 persons wounded in a roadside explosion in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, Maguindanao Saturday morning, military officials… »


A boy surveys the destruction wrought by huge waves in three coastal barangays of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on January 18, 2014. The waves damaged close to 200 houses. MindaNews… »

Waves destroy 196 houses in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) — At least 196 houses were damaged when big waves slammed into three coastal barangays of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and… »

9 BIFF members killed in New Year’s Day clash – Army

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/03 Jan.) — Nine members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were killed on New Year’s Day in a gunfight with government troops in the Pulangi marshland between… »

Maguindanao treasurer ambushed; 2 cops wounded

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 13 December)—Two policemen escorting the provincial treasurer of Maguindanao, Osmena Bandila, were hurt in an ambush Friday afternoon in Guindulungan town, a police official said. Senior Supt.… »

Group eyes UN complaint vs 6th ID personnel in illegal logging activity

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/6 December)—A watchdog in North Cotabato is planning to ask the United Nations environmental desk to conduct an independent investigation on the involvement of some personnel of the… »

9 soldiers, Cafgus killed in NorthCot rebel attacks

TULUNAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/21 Oct.) – Six Army personnel and three members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit were killed in two separate attacks by suspected New People’s Army… »

Volunteer nurse accuses soldier of sexual abuse

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/01 October) – A volunteer nurse in Maguindanao alleged she was sexually abused by a Marine soldier on the night of Sept. 17, provincial health officer Dr. Tahir… »

Blast downs NGCP tower in North Cotabato

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 September) – The cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan and Koronadal and other parts of Southwestern Mindanao suffered power outage Thursday night after an explosion that destroyed a transmission… »

MNLF in Maguindanao says won’t join Misuari’s cause

BAGO-INGED, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/16 September) — The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) faction in Maguindanao led by Muslimin Sema of the so-called Council of 15 has allayed fears… »

BIFF confirms clash with gov’t troops in Basilan

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/13 September) – An official of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) confirmed Thursday night their forces engaged government troops in a clash in Basilan earlier on the… »

Flashflood hits Maguindanao town

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – Two houses were washed away while a road was closed for hours when a flashflood hit 13 villages, including the national highway, in… »

2 IEDs planted in Maguindanao highway, 1 soldier hurt in explosion

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – A bomb exploded and another was successfully defused as two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were planted along the national highway in Datu Paglas,… »

NGCP Tower 168

NGCP Tower 168 in Km 14, Barangay Madia, Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao was bombed around 9 p.m. on September 1, 2013 causing a total blackout in Cotabato City and… »

NGCP power line in Maguindanao toppled by IED

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) – A transmission line of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines in Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao was toppled Sunday night by an improvised explosive… »

2 soldiers hurt in North Cotabato explosion

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/30 August)—An improvised bomb allegedly planted by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) exploded in Barangay Nabalawag, Midsayap, North Cotabato at around 7 a.m. Friday, wounding two soldiers,… »

Police still lack solid evidence for sedition case vs Misuari

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 August)—The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) police command still has no solid evidence to back the sedition case it plans to slap against Nur Misuari, founding… »

NorthCot pushes rubber industry dev’t

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/22 August) – The North Cotabato provincial government is pushing for the development of the rubber industry not only as an economic driver but also as a… »

Abducted NorthCot college student released

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Aug) – After 11 days in the hands of his abductors, the 19-year-old college student from Midsayap, North Cotabato who was abducted while inside a… »

Clashes among MILF fighters subside in NorthCot town

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/16 August)—Clashes among members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) due to land conflict have subsided in North Cotabato province, a military official said Friday. Captain Tony… »

Images of Cotabato blast suspects out; BIFF charged for separate attack

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 August)—Police authorities here released Wednesday the computer-generated photographs of three suspects in the August 5 bombing that killed eight persons and wounded 30 others. Senior Supt. Rolen… »

Garbage collectors find bomb in Cotabato’s dumpsite

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Aug) – A few teenaged kids scavenging garbage here were rejoicing upon seeing three Nokia cellphones inside a white bag amid a pile of trash… »

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