Maguindanao, North Cotabato villagers arming against ‘aswang’

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/29 May) – Villagers in Barangay Poblacion here have armed themselves against a huge dog they described as “aswang” (Philippine version of a vampire) after it attacked… »

.5M people benefit from multi-donor program for conflict-torn areas in Mindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 May) — Some 500,000 people in 214 conflict-affected villages in Mindanao have been reached by a multi-donor program in support to the peace process since 2006. The… »

Peace Monument

Maguindanao officials led by Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu and Korean peace advocates unveil the “Mindanao Peace Monument” in Buluan, Maguindanao on Monday (25 May 2015). MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh B. Cabrera… »

Maguindanao unveils peace monument, courtesy of Korean peace advocates

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 26 May) – While most city and municipal halls or plazas have the statue of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Maguindanao province opted not to put a… »

MILF close to removal from UN list of groups using child soldiers

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 May) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) announced it was on its way to completing the UN-MILF action plan to get it delisted as a group… »

Wanted terrorist Abdulbasit Usman killed by MILF

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /03 May) – Abdulbasit Usman, one of the country’s most wanted terrorists was killed 11:50 a.m. Sunday in a chance encounter with troops of Moro Islamic Liberation… »

Lucman to Wao residents on killings: let justice take its course

WAO, Lanao Del Sur (MindaNews / 03May) – The vice governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslm Mindanao (ARMM) has appealed to residents here to remain calm and not allow… »

Maguindanao extends state of calamity due to dry spell

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 April) – After the displacement of thousands of civilians caused by the “all-out offensive” against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Maguindanao is now dealing with another calamity… »

Maguindanao readies grand welcome for victorious Sagayan Festival contingent

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/25 April) — A grand welcome awaits Maguindanao’s pride, the Sagayan Festival contingent which bagged the first place of the Tugtog ng Aliwan Festival Music Competition, a feat… »

Enchanted

Called by locals as Enchanted Blue Lagoon for its color and location in the middle of a century-old mini forest hidden in Barangay Margues, Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao,… »

BIFF fires grenade launchers on SAF, Army posts in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) fired M-203 grenade launchers on command posts of the police Special Action Forces and Philippine Army posts in Shariff… »

Good morning, Mt. Apo

Early morning view of Mt. Apo from Lake Venado camp site. Local tourism officials have limited the number of trekkers this year because of low level of  water brought about… »

Motorcycle-riding gunmen attempt three bombings but miss targets

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 April) — Motorcycle-riding gunmen attempted to bomb a police outpost, a moving Army truck and a battalion headquarters all within an hour Saturday night here… »

ARMM Gov replaces bike boy lost to SAF commando

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 April) – Nine-year old Marop Mokadas has not been reported to be a victim of the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano Tragedy until Thursday when ARMM Governor Mujiv… »

6 soldiers wounded in BIFF grenade attack during blackout

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – Six soldiers were wounded, one in serious condition, when suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters harassed two Army detachments in Maguindanao… »

Dry Farm

There used to be water in the rice fields of Tamontaka in Cotabato City. But the drought has dried up the farmlands, as shown in this picture taken Thursday (16… »

Drought exacts toll on Cotabato farmers

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April) – Farmer Deylon Musa, 62, shared boiled rice and steamed camote tops with his wife Pundo and a five-year-old granddaughter for lunch on Thursday… »

Logging supervisor, 2 aides killed in NPA ambush in S. Kudarat

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 17 April) – A logging supervisor and two of his aides were reportedly killed in an ambush perpetrated by the New People’s Army in the mountains… »

MILF, mayor confirm BIFF founder Amiril Umra Kato is dead

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – Ustadz Amiril Umra Kato, founder of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) passed away Tuesday, Mayor Samsoddin “Pink” Dimaukom of Datu Saudi Ampatuan town… »

At least 70 families left homeless in Datu Paglas market fire

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – At least 70 families were rendered homeless Friday night as fire razed dozens of houses near a rural bank in the town market of Datu… »

Grenade, IED found in Cotabato City on Maundy Thursday

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – Police on Thursday recovered explosives which they suspected were meant for another bomb attack in the city in time for the Holy Week. The explosives,… »

Tukanalipao HS grads get P5000 each from regional gov’t

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/31 March) – Graduates of a public high school in this town received an unexpected cash bonus of P5,000 each from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)… »

16 killed in Sunday clashes in Maguindanao

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao (MindaNews/30 March) – Sixteen people including four soldiers and a commander of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were killed as clashes erupted anew on Sunday in… »

Soldier killed, 3 others wounded in Army-BIFF clash

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao (MindaNews/29 March) – A soldier was killed and three others were wounded when government forces clashed with Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in two areas in Maguindanao Sunday,… »

Environmental group to public: help fight grass and forest fires; plant more trees

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) – An environmental protection advocacy group has appealed to the public to help fight grass and forest fires and to continue tree planting. In a statement,… »

Lumads perform high noon rituals for peace in at least 35 IP communities

COTABATO CITY (March 28) – Members of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) simultaneously offered prayers Saturday noon in an effort to help bring about peace. Rebecca Mokudef, Bliyan Libun (Woman Spiritual Leader)… »

Peace groups laud PNoy address on CAB anniversary

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – Peace advocacy groups here lauded President Aquino for his determination to push the Bangsamoro peace process as avowed in his address to commemorate the first… »

A year after the CAB signing

Peace advocacy groups hold caravan and peace rally in Cotabato City Friday to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. MindaNews photo by FERDINANDH… »

Warzone Graduation

Army personnel from the 601st Infantry Brigade conduct perimeter security for a graduation ceremony in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Thursday (26 March 2015). The military declared a suspension of operations to facilitate graduation… »

Military suspends operations in Maguindanao for smooth graduation ceremonies

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 27 March) – The Armed Forces has implemented a three-day suspension of military operations (SOMO) in Maguindanao to allow smooth graduation ceremonies for internally displace persons… »

Boy dies in Maguindanao evacuation center due to diarrhea

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 26 March) – The Department of Health in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOH-ARMM) today reported, with sadness, the demise of one of the 120,000… »

All set for graduation in conflict-affected areas in Maguindanao

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (March 25) – All is set for the elementary and high school graduation ceremonies in conflict affected communities in Maguindanao, an education official said Wednesday. Meriam Kawit, Maguindanao… »

Mother-in-law of freed Ampatuan massacre suspect denies he’s back in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/24 March) — Relatives of a suspect in the Ampatuan massacre who has been released on bail expressed worries recent acts of violence in Maguindanao might be blamed… »

Freed Ampatuan massacre suspect back in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 March) – A suspect in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre who was released on bail early this month is now back in Maguindanao and Cotabato City, an official… »

OIC mayor of Maguindanao town assumes post

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – The town named after one of the principal suspects in the worst election related violence in recent history has a new mayor, officials said. Number… »

Military asked to suspend anti-BIFF drive to allow holding of graduation rites

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/20 March) – Local government and education officials in Maguindanao have asked the military for a three-day suspension of the “all-out offensive” against the Bangsamoro Islamic… »

I am Filipino

MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal shows his Philippine passport on Tuesday (17 March 2015), denying insinuations by some sectors, among them former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan… »

‘I am not Malaysian’ – Iqbal

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 March) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel today said some sectors and politicians have been making mountains out of… »

Former BIFF leader, 5 others, arrested in GenSan

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/16 March) – A former leader of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and five other suspected rebels believed to have coddled alleged bomb maker Abdul Basit Usman were… »

Drug trafficker with ties to Chinese suppliers nabbed in Cotabato

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 5 March) – After eluding arrest twice, a suspected high level illegal drug trafficker fell to government hands following a raid on his house here dawn… »

IED recovered in North Cotabato

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/03 March) — An improvised explosive device planted near a national road in North Cotabato was successfully defused Tuesday afternoon by Army bomb experts. In a statement, Capt.… »

Maguindanao to declare state of calamity as offensive intensifies vs BIFF

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/03 March) – A provincial board member is proposing the declaration of a state of calamity in the entire province of Maguindanao as more residents are fleeing in… »

The Real Victims

Lenny Anayatin, an evacuee, attends to her two-month old daughter in an evacuation center in Shariff Saydona, Maguindanao (March 2, 2015). Thousands of civilians have fled their homes after the… »

Evacuees in Maguindanao bewail hardships caused by displacement

SHARIFF SAYDONA, Maguindanao (MindaNews/02 March) – Crossing rivers at nighttime with children and carabaos either on foot or aboard motorboats. This was just one of the hardships that civilians displaced… »

5 aliens among targets in all-out offensive in Maguindanao

AWANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/02 March) – Military and police authorities in Maguindanao are hunting down four “Indonesians” and an “Arab-looking chemist” who were reportedly hiding in the province with Filipino bomb… »

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… »

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