ARMM holds successful quake, tsunami drill in Maguindanao

KUSIONG, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 31 July) – Fifty-year-old Norhaiya Untong was only in second grade in this place when she was awakened by the catastrophic 7.9-magnitude earthquake… »

Quake and Tsunami Drill

Residents of Barangay Kusiong in Datu Odin Sinsuat town, Maguindanao and rescue workers participate in an emergency drill Thursday (30 July 2015), simulating a 7.9-magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami.… »

Rifle grenade explodes in Mamasapano village

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/24 July) – Tension has again gripped this village after a rifle grenade exploded near a farmer’s house Thursday night. Norodin Madsig, 43, said the rifle grenade landed… »

Cotabato City mayor’s secretary survives slay try

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – The secretary to the city mayor was seriously wounded in an attack staged by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants at mid-afternoon on Tuesday. Aniceto “Boy” Rasalan sustained… »

El Gamma Penumbra performs for peace, environment in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – Asia’s Got Talent winner El Gamma Penumbra held everyone in awe with its show on Monday that relayed the message of environmental protection and peace… »

Food poisoning downs 14 in Maguindanao

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/20 July) – Fourteen victims of suspected food poisoning here were brought to a hospital Sunday afternoon after complaining of stomach and abdominal pains and dizziness. The… »

Andal Ampatuan Sr. laid to rest behind mansion in Shariff Aguak

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 18 July) — Former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., one of the principal suspects in the November 23, 2009 massacre of 58 persons, 32 of… »

Massacre vicitim’s daughter forgives Ampatuan; hopes he asked for forgiveness

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) — Nurse Reynafe Momay-Castillo heard the news at midnight, nine hours before boarding a plane back to the United States where her family now… »

2 hurt by stray bullets during Eid’l Fitr revelry

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 17 July) – A man is now in critical condition at a government hospital here after he was hit by a stray bullet at the height… »

Hataman’s convoy escapes Basilan roadside bombing

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – The convoy of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman was luckily spared from a roadside bombing in Basilan early Wednesday… »

El Gamma Penumbra to perform peace and environment play in ARMM

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – Cotabatenios and the Bangsamoro people have something to be excited next week as the Philippines’ pride, El Gamma Penumbra, the Asia’s Got Talent grand… »

Ramadhan Village

A view of the Ramadhan Village inside the ARMM compound in Cotabato City, 13 July 2015. MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera

“Ramadhan Village” showcases Moro culture, food

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – Visitors to the Ramadhan Village inside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) compound here have had their fill of cultural presentations and a taste… »

Datu Unsay teachers learn Arabic

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao (MindaNews/14 July) — They teach at daytime, but after classes in the afternoon they themselves would take on the role of students, their routine for the entire… »

UN extends P20M emergency aid to farmers of Liguasan Marsh

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 8 July) – Battered from armed conflict last February to El Nino in March and now bracing for the disasters brought by floods during the wet… »

Mangudadatu to visit ailing Ampatuan massacre principal suspect if…

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/07 July) — Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu said he was willing to visit ailing former governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., a principal suspect in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre, if… »

BIFF attacks a show of force – Army

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/07 July) – The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has been staging attacks to create the impression that it remains a force to reckon with, 6th… »

Floods, strong winds batter Southwestern Mindanao

LEBAK, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/03 July) – Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds continued to batter Maguindanao and neighboring provinces as of Friday, causing floods that have destroyed millions of pesos… »

‘Part of normalization’: Army brigade leaves Camp Abubakar

BARIRA, Maguindanao (MindaNews/01 July) – An Army brigade has been pulled out of Camp Abubakar, a former major camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in this town, a… »

Maguindanao Flood

A Maguindanao woman braves the flood in Sultan sa Barongis town in Maguindanao last Friday (26 June 2015) while a man, perched by the window of a nipa hut, could… »

Maguindanao town declares state of calamity due to floods

SULTAN SA BARONGIS, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 29 June) – The municipal government here today has placed the entire town under a state of calamity due to rising flood water since… »

Maguindanao province, Army build Islamic school in former BIFF area

SALIPADA K. PENDATUN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 29 June) – More than a hundred young children by the roadside amidst rice fields chanted and waived their flaglets as military troops and provincial… »

Thousands displaced by floods in Sultan Kudarat province

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/24 June) – Flashfloods brought about by continuous heavy rains since Tuesday night displaced nearly 5,000 families (around 25,000 individuals) in this city and the towns of Lambayong,… »

Sultan Kudarat floods

The barangay hall of Tinumigues in Lambayong town, Sultan Kudarat on Wednesdaay, June 24. Flashfloods brought about by continous heavy rains since Tuesday night temporarily displaced some 25,000 residents in four… »

2 soldiers killed in BIFF ambush

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 June) – Two soldiers were killed in an attack staged by suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters on mid-afternoon Monday, the military said. Capt.… »

Festive Ramadan Night

Tausug dancers present Pangalay, one of the attractions at the “ARMM Village” in Cotabato City which showcases culture in the region to make Ramadan nights festive and colorful (June 20,… »

Army helps rehabilitate mosque in Mamasapano as gift of peace for Ramadhan

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 18 June) – As the month-long observance of Ramadhan starts today (Thursday), Muslims here can now pray more comfortably as soldiers and local residents rushed… »

ARMM’s trafficked survivors get assistance, skills training

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – At least 10 human trafficking survivors, mostly young women displaced during skirmishes in Maguindanao in 2013, have received livelihood assistance and training packages from… »

Search and Rescue teams dispatched to hinterlands of Sultan Kudarat

LEBAK, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 14 June) – Search and Rescue teams composed of soldiers, police and Bureau of Fire personnel from this town, Esperanza and Senator Ninoy Aquino towns,… »

ARMM wants ISO accreditation for Bangsamoro region

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – Taken aback when described as “musmos” or “sanggol” (infant) in a recent congressional hearing on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that centered… »

Halal Industry

At the memorandum of agreement signing between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) on Wednesday (3 June 2015), wherein both agencies… »

Mindanao SMEs join international halal conference in bid to break into billion-dollar global food market

PASAY CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – In just two hours since they started the display of fresh tuna products from General Santos City during the Philippine Halal Assembly expo… »

Santacruzan in Cotabato

Hundreds of  parishioners  join the annual Santacruzan in Cotabato City to mark the end of Flores de Mayo. MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera

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… »


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… »

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