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Migratory Bird

Migratory Bird

An Australian pelican flies above the waters off General Santos City looking for food. Bird experts say this was the first time this kind of bird was spotted in the Philippines. Photo taken 12 Septemb ...

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Australian pelican seen catching fish in GenSan waters

Australian pelican seen catching fish in GenSan waters

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Sep) – Fisher folks in the village of Minanga in Buayan District here regularly see fish-catching birds. But about a week ago, they were surprised to see a big one, ...

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6 tons of confiscated explosives from S. Kudarat mining site detonated

6 tons of confiscated explosives from S. Kudarat mining site detonated

BAGUMBAYAN, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 8 Sep) – A huge spark of light in the middle of a dark hill, followed by loud explosion, then a mushroom cloud formed up in the sky like a small version of an a ...

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Another suspect in Ampatuan Massacre falls

Another suspect in Ampatuan Massacre falls

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 Sept) -- Police operatives tracked down and arrested in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat province a suspect in the 2009 massacre of 58 persons, 32 of them from the media, in Ampatuan ...

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Soldier hurt in Maguindanao roadside blast

Soldier hurt in Maguindanao roadside blast

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 Sept) -- A soldier was injured in the head when suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters set off an improvised explosive device around 9:30am on Tuesday in ...

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BIFF condemns Davao Bombing

BIFF condemns Davao Bombing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 Sept) -- The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) whose group once signified allegiance to the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has condemned the Sept ...

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Heal our Land

Heal our Land

Dabawenyos , including this child brought by her parents, continued to  offer candles and flowers at Ground Zero of the Roxas night market in Davao City on Sunday, two days after the September 2, 2016 ...

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Life goes on

Life goes on

Life goes on for these massage therapists and their customers at Ground Zero of  the Roxas night market in Davao City, two days after the September 2, 2016 blast that killed 14 persons and injured 70 ...

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Cop killed in Maguindanao shooting

Cop killed in Maguindanao shooting

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/03 Sept.) -- Two policemen recently reassigned to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao police office on orders of the Philippine National Police headquarters were shot by ...

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ARMM recommends immediate transfer of high profile detainees

ARMM recommends immediate transfer of high profile detainees

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 September) -- The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is recommending the immediate transfer to Bicutan in Taguig of hig ...

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Grenade lobbed on roof of Cotabato City police station

Grenade lobbed on roof of Cotabato City police station

CEBU CITY  (MindaNews / 30 August) -- Unidentified men lobbed a grenade on the roof of Police Station 2 along Sinsuat Avenue in Cotabato City Monday afternoon, the second grenade attack on a police st ...

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Dengue kills 6 in Maguindanao

Dengue kills 6 in Maguindanao

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 Aug) – Health authorities in Maguindanao have expressed alarm over the rising dengue cases in the province, which to date have recorded six deaths due to the ...

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Parents of soldier slain in anti-drug raid ask Duterte to pursue war on drugs

Parents of soldier slain in anti-drug raid ask Duterte to pursue war on drugs

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/19 August) -- The parents of a soldier who was killed in an anti-illegal drug operation appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to prosecute the war on drugs un ...

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Maguindanao barangay capt with cache of illegal firearms, drugs nabbed at checkpoint

Maguindanao barangay capt with cache of illegal firearms, drugs nabbed at checkpoint

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Aug) – Police here arrested Wednesday evening a barangay captain from Maguindanao for illegal possession of high powered firearms and illegal drugs. Insp. Rustum Pastoler ...

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Marine Reservists

Marine Reservists

A Philippine Marine officer talks to recruits who volunteered to become reservists from the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao last Saturday (14 Aug 2016). About 2,000 showed up in the Marine ...

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1 killed, another arrested in S. Kudarat anti-drug operations

1 killed, another arrested in S. Kudarat anti-drug operations

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews / 17 Aug) – A man was killed while another was arrested during operations by the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Task Force (RAIDSTF) in Barangay New Isabela here and in a ...

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2,000 volunteers respond to Marines’ call for reservist recruits in Maguindanao, S. Kudarat

2,000 volunteers respond to Marines’ call for reservist recruits in Maguindanao, S. Kudarat

KALAMANSIG, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 17 Aug) – The Philippine Marines was surprised over the weekend when about 2,000 residents showed up during a call for reservist recruits. Brig. Gen. Alvin Parr ...

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9 killed, 8 hurt in anti-illegal drug operation in North Cotabato

9 killed, 8 hurt in anti-illegal drug operation in North Cotabato

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews/15 August) -- Nine persons were killed and eight others were wounded in an anti-drug operation at dawn Sunday in a remote village of this town, an Army official sai ...

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Anti-drug police official shot dead In Tacurong City

Anti-drug police official shot dead In Tacurong City

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 14 August) -- A police officer heading a special anti-Illegal drugs unit in Cotabato City was shot to death at 8:30 p.m. Saturday by a motorcycle-riding tandem in Tacur ...

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Iloilo town mayor tagged in illegal drugs fails to see Duterte

Iloilo town mayor tagged in illegal drugs fails to see Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 August) – A town mayor in Iloilo came all the way to this city on Thursday to seek an audience with President Rodrigo Duterte to clear his name as one of the local officials a ...

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Widow of dead cop in Duterte’s list denies husband was involved in drug trade

Widow of dead cop in Duterte’s list denies husband was involved in drug trade

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews / 10 Aug) – Offended and pained. This was how Agnes Pantorilla, wife of the late PO1 Phillip Pantorilla of the Tacurong City police office, described the inclusion of her husb ...

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8 Maguindanao officials tagged in illegal drugs “surrender” to PNP to clear names

8 Maguindanao officials tagged in illegal drugs “surrender” to PNP to clear names

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 07 August) – Five mayors and three vice mayors of Maguindanao who were named by President Rodrigo Duterte early Sunday morning as among those allegedly involved ...

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Talitay mayor denies allegations he is a drug lord

Talitay mayor denies allegations he is a drug lord

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/06 August) -- A town mayor in Maguindanao tagged by police authorities in Sultan Kudarat province as a suspected drug lord has denied the allegations and challenged authoritie ...

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Denial

Denial

Mayor Rasul Sangki voluntarily submits himself to Chief Supt. Agripino Javier, head of the Philippine National Police in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, at the regional police headquarters i ...

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Maguindanao mayor yields to PNP-ARMM, denies he is a drug lord

Maguindanao mayor yields to PNP-ARMM, denies he is a drug lord

PARANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – To clear his name and prove he was not in any way engaged in illegal drug activities, a mayor in Maguindanao voluntarily “surrendered” to police authorities i ...

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15 nabbed in drugs raid; town mayor, biz partner evade arrest

15 nabbed in drugs raid; town mayor, biz partner evade arrest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 July) -- Joint police operatives arrested Saturday dawn 15 persons in a raid in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat but a town mayor of a neighboring province and his alleged business pa ...

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6 BIFFs, 1 soldier killed in Maguindanao clash

6 BIFFs, 1 soldier killed in Maguindanao clash

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 26 July) – Six rebels and a soldier were killed while 14 others were wounded in a clash in Maguindanao Tuesday, the Army said. Col. Lito Sobejana, commander of ...

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After decades of campaign, Maguindanao now a filariasis-free province

After decades of campaign, Maguindanao now a filariasis-free province

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 20 July) – The entire province of Maguindanao is a now filariasis-free, a health official said. Dr. Tahir Sulaik, head of the Maguindanao Integrated Provincial ...

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1 killed, 3 arrested, village chief flees war on drugs in Midsayap

1 killed, 3 arrested, village chief flees war on drugs in Midsayap

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 16 July) – A suspect was killed while three others were arrested Friday dawn during a raid on suspects involved in the illegal drugs trade but the main target of ...

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South Upi mayor survives slay try

South Upi mayor survives slay try

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) – The mayor of South Upi in Maguindanao survived an attempted slay try late Thursday afternoon by still unidentified armed men who fired a rocket-propelled grenade, ...

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15-yr-old girl among 5 killed in latest military-BIFF clash

15-yr-old girl among 5 killed in latest military-BIFF clash

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 14 July) – A 15-year-old girl died as she was caught in the crossfire in a clash between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the vil ...

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3 of 8 slain in Matalam raid had “surrendered” hours earlier to the police

3 of 8 slain in Matalam raid had “surrendered” hours earlier to the police

MATALAM, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 10 July) -- The police said they came under heavy fire when they were about to serve the search warrants at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Purok Islam (earlier reported as ...

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8 killed in war against drugs in Matalam 

8 killed in war against drugs in Matalam 

COTABATO CITY( MindaNews/ 09 July) -- Eight persons were killed and one was arrested in a police operation against an alleged notorious group involved in illegal drugs in Matalam, North Cotabato early ...

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As Oplan Tokhang intensifies, 2 men bite the dust in Cotabato City

As Oplan Tokhang intensifies, 2 men bite the dust in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 7 July) – Two men were killed in a separate shooting incidents here Wednesday night and Thursday morning in what police believed were related to illegal drugs and criminal s ...

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Parents of rape-slay victim cry for justice; seek Duterte’s help

Parents of rape-slay victim cry for justice; seek Duterte’s help

PARANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/06 July) – The parents of a 7-year-old girl raped and killed by her attacker has sought the help of President Rodrigo Duterte to obtain justice for their daughter. “Deat ...

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Last wave

Last wave

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte waves his city goodbye as he boards a private jet to Manila, for his new journey starting at noon of June 30, 2016 as the 16th President of the Philippines, the first ...

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Young Christians join Muslims in Cotabato City for Iftar

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 Thursday, in the season of the Ra ...

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

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 security ...

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Suspect in 2008 Digos bus bombing nabbed

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 su ...

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

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 badly hit by the ...

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

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. ...

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

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 (BEIs) ...

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4 killed in Talitay rido

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 fled to safer grounds aft ...

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

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 targete ...

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

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. Bo ...

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

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 sevent ...

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Duterte Supporter

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). Bu ...

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

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 podium openly endorsed Mayor ...

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

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 ...

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