Military heightens security measures in North Cotabato, Maguindanao

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/26 Feb) – The military has stepped up its security measures in North Cotabato and Maguindanao following a directive from Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Gregorio… »

‘My daughter died in my arms’: Civilian victims of Mamasapano clash cope with pain

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 Feb) – Civilians who were wounded in the clash a month ago between Moro rebels and personnel of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force in Barangay… »

‘Bakwits’ in Pikit advised to go home after joint AFP-MILF clearing operations

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 24 Feb) – The military given the go signal for the internally displaced persons (IDPs or “bakwits”) in this town to return home after the Army… »

Warm Welcome

MILF members welcome arriving Army troops in Barangay Kabasalan in Pikit, North Cotabato, where they conducted joint clearing operations on Monday (23 Feb 2015) after the BIFF left the area… »

Over 20 houses burned as Army, MILF continue operations vs BIFF in North Cotabato

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/22 Feb) – Over 20 houses were reportedly burned in the outskirts of this town as government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continued separate… »

4 BIFF members killed in artillery fire – MILF

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/22 Feb) – Four members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed in artillery attacks directed at the borders of Maguindanao and North Cotabato on… »

CHR brings forensic experts in the house where Marwan was killed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /22 Feb) – A team from the Commission on Human Rights visited the site of the January 25 encounters in Mamasapano, Maguindanao Friday in the company of… »

BIFF says it won’t return SAF weapons

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 February) – The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Friday rejected calls by government to surrender all firearms taken from the police commandos who died in a… »

NorthCot on heightened alert following threats from BIFF

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 19 Feb) – North Cotabato is on heightened alert following threats from the spokesperson of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) that it would attack the… »

Not Taking Sides

North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Mendoza, photographed here in a forum on extremisim Wednesday (18 Feb 2015), insists she is not supporting the MILF in its ongoing clashes with the BIFF… »


Hundreds of evacuees displaced by the fighting between MILF and BIFF rebels find temporary shelter at the gymnasium in Pagalungan, Maguindanao on Sunday, 15 February 2015. MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh… »

Civilians flee as MILF, BIFF clash

PAGALUNGAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/16 February) – Hundreds of Moro civilians from outlying villages here and in nearby Pikit, North Cotabato fled following clashes since Saturday night between rivals Moro Islamic Liberation… »

‘Bike for Love’ held in Maguindanao to push for Bangsamoro Basic Law

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/14 February) — Valentine’s Day became an occasion to push for the resumption of deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which have been put on hold following the… »

Mangudadatu urges Maguindanaoans to help arrest ‘wounded’ Usman

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/13 February)—Maguindanao Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu challenged Friday his fellow Maguindanaoans to help locate Filipino terror suspect Abdul Basit Usman, whom the official claimed was wounded in the… »

Widows of slain Moro rebels, civilians air grief, anger in “listening session”

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/13 February) – The widows of slain Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters and the civilians killed in the January 25 encounter here aired their grief and anger… »

BBL supporters go to streets, plazas

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – As the Senate inquiry on the Mamasapano carnage began, throngs of Bangsamoro people and representatives of civil society organizations went to the streets… »

At burial of slain SAF commando, widow says she doesn’t expect justice under Aquino  

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/ 07 Feb) – At the burial Saturday of Police Officer 2 Roger Cordero, one of 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National… »

Several Mamasapano folk near clash site suffer trauma — DOH-ARMM

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/06 February) – Many residents of this sleepy town need medical and psychological intervention for the trauma caused by the bloody encounter almost two weeks ago between police… »

Man roaming around Mamasapano clash site held by MILF

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/06 February) – A man who was found roaming around the site of the Jan. 25 encounter between police commandos and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was held… »

Probing Mamasapano

Commission on Human Rights Chair Etta Rosales, during her office’s conduct of investigation, visits the corn field in Mamasapano, Maguindanao where 44 operatives of the PNP-SAF died in a clash… »

Police commando says Mamasapano clash a case of ‘pintakasi’

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/03 February) – A police officer who is a veteran of armed conflict in Maguindanao described the clash in Mamasapano town on Jan. 25 as a classic case… »

UPDATE: 3 hurt in Isulan blast; terrorism ruled out

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 February) — Three persons, including a suspect, were injured in a grenade explosion before noon Tuesday inside the public market of Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat.… »

Prayer for the Dead

ARMM employees and officials offer a prayer for truth, justice and peace not only for the 44 police commandos, 18 MILF guerrillas and four civilians who died in Barangay Tukanalipao,… »

Gov. Hataman: Public ignores civilians slain in Mamasapano clash

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/02 February) – The clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25 also claimed the lives of four civilians, Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao… »

Residents report seeing mines in Mamasapano clash site

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/31 January) –The site of the bloody clash Sunday in Mamasapano, Maguindanao between government forces and rebel groups remains unsafe due to the possible presence of unexploded ordnances… »

Mamasapano children stage ‘peace walk’ in bid to help end war

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (29 Jan) – Hundreds of elementary and high school students here have appealed to authorities, and even to lawless elements, to help bring about peace in their communities.… »

Immediate Burial

Relatives pull out on Tuesday (27 Jan 2015) the body of one of the slain Muslim members of the PNP-SAF that clashed with Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao from the… »

Slain Muslim cops’ bodies rushed home for immediate burial

CAMP SIONGCO, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – The bodies of two Muslim members of the Special Action Force that suffered from the intense clash on Sunday… »

“He is coming home now, but inside the casket”

CAMP SIONGCO, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 January) — The bodies of two Moro members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP-SAF) who were killed along… »

Two suspected bombers die as bomb accidentally explodes

PIKIT, North Cotabato, Philippines (MindaNews/27 January) – Crime does not pay. Two suspected bomb-carriers were killed when the bomb they carried prematurely exploded while they were on board a motorcycle.… »

Tragedy in Mamasapano

The bodies of 30 policemen from Manila are retrieved on Monday morning (January 26) from the scene of Sunday’s clash between the PNP’s Special Action Force, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters… »

Dozens feared dead in clash between elite police force from Manila and Moro rebels

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/25 January) — A police law enforcement operation ended in a bloody firefight in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao Sunday that left dozens of elite police personnel dead. Dozens… »

Moro political clans slam Mangudadatu for inclusion in Ampatuan Massacre case

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 January) – Members of prominent political clans here and in Maguindanao province have joined forces to condemn what they claimed as “political harassment” after they were included… »

UPDATE: 2 dead, 10,000 displaced in North Cotabato floods

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/23 January)—Two persons were killed in the flashfloods that hit parts of North Cotabato since Wednesday night, an official said on Friday. Cynthia Ortega, chief of the… »

Floods wreak havoc in North Cotabato

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – Heavy rains Wednesday night flooded many parts of North Cotabato, trapping residents and students and triggering evacuations. The municipal government of Kabacan… »

Tapatan sa ARMM

ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman, during the first “Tapatan sa ARMM” for the year held Wednesday (21 Jan 2015), tackles issues of the region’s Department of Education, including investigation of the… »

Hataman calls for probe on burning, closure of schools in Marawi

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman has called an investigation on the reported burning and closure of schools in Marawi City,… »

Camp Abubakar

What used to be the main camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Camp Abubakar in Barira town in Maguindanao, is being considered as storage facility for weapons during… »

MILF’s Camp Abubakar eyed as arms storage facility during decommissioning process

CAMP IRANUN, Barira, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – The Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB) tasked to oversee the process of decommissioning the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) forces and weapons is… »

Village leader preempts blast in North Cotabato

PIGCAWAYAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/20 January) — A village leader prevented a bombing attempt here by quickly reporting to the nearest police detachment, about 12 hours after another improvised bomb went… »

NGCP tower in N. Cotabato damaged in bomb attack

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) – Less than a week after a bomb toppled a transmission tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines in Maguindanao, another blast damaged a… »

ARMM launches program for better basic services, governance

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/17 January) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao launched Thursday a World Bank-patterned program that aims to address problems in reproductive health, basic services and governance. Dubbed… »

Toppled tower in Maguindanao causes blackouts

PAGALUNGAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 14 Jan) – A steel tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in a remote village here was toppled allegedly by the Bangsamoro… »

Toppled Tower

Soldiers check out Tower 26 of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) transmission line located in Brgy. Galakit, Pagalungan, Maguindanao, which was toppled allegedly by the Bangsamoro Islamic… »

50 more suspects indicted for Ampatuan massacre

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 January) – Fifty individuals have been included as suspects in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre for their alleged participation in the planning and execution of what is considered the… »

NPA in Cotabato areas to extend ceasefire until after Papal visit

SOMEWHERE IN NORTH COTABATO (MindaNews / 8 Jan) – Communist rebels in Southwestern Mindanao announced Wednesday it will extend its ceasefire with the military in deference to the Papal visit… »

ARMM to set up 24/7 emergency ops center

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Jan) – If Metro Manila has MMDA and Davao City has Call 911, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be having the ARMM-HEART emergency… »

Environment group in ARMM wants to plant 700,000 trees

BARIRA, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 8 Jan) – After decade of promoting environmental protection, the Balik Kalikasan Advocacy Group (BKAG), an organization of environmentalists, vows to plant 700,000 trees in 2015.… »

Military operation launched vs BIFF in Maguindanao and SK

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/05 January) – Government forces on Monday launched a massive military operation against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the marshy area between the border of Maguindanao and… »

Blast site

Members of the Army’s Explosives Ordnance Disposal team conduct post blast investigation at the explosion site in the public market of M’lang, North Cotabato on  December 31, 2014. One person was… »

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