Senator Poe urges parties to “level up” campaign standards

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 03 October) – The lone woman Presidential aspirant and incumbent senator Grace Poe is urging political parties to raise the level of campaign standards and ensure… »

Maguindanao towns to get level 2 water systems

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/28 September) – Residents of two towns in Maguindanao will benefit from level 2 water system projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways–Autonomous Region in Muslim… »

Feast of Sacrifice

Muslims gather at the Cotabato City Central Pilot School during the morning of Edl Adha, the feast of sacrifice, on Thursday (24 Sept 2015) for a congregational prayer. MindaNews photo… »

Mamasapano mayor worried over innocents tagged as behind SAF 44 killing

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – Municipal Mayor Benzar Ampatuan  expressed concerns over the safety of innocent civilians in his town tagged by a government panel probing the January 25 Mamasapano… »

Preggies compete in Maguindanao pageant

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – It’s not just the young ladies anymore who can compete in beauty pageants. In this municipality, pregnant women climbed up the stage… »

They Need Help

Conjoined twin sisters Sittie and Hawa are closely monitored inside the intensive care unit of Maguindanao Provincial Hospital in this photo taken on 19 September 2015. Mimi Sabpan, a resident… »

Mother of conjoined twins seeks help for babies’ operation

DATU HOFER, Maguindanao (MindaNews/23 September) – A mother who gave birth last week to conjoined twins has asked for help for an operation that would separate her babies. Mimi Sabpa,… »

BIFF insists they killed Caucasians during encounter with SAF

MAMAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – A spokesman of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) involved in the killing of 44 elite police troops has confirmed they killed three Caucasian-looking… »

End of Rido

Members of the Malambut-Kudanding-Alo clan and the Madid-Cawi-Macauyag clan swear to the Koran to end their 40-year old rido at the headquarters of the 603rd Infantry Brigade in Pigcalagan, Sultan… »

Maguindanao provincial hospital opens new facilities

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/04 September) — Maguindanao’s Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) on Friday opened its refurbished hospital in Datu Hofer town that boasts of state-of-the-art facilities. IPHO chief Dr.… »

Couple killed in ambush in DOS, Maguindanao

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/04 September) – Unidentified gunmen killed a couple in an ambush Thursday afternoon at the national highway here, police said. Mantil Sangkad was riding a motorcycle… »

North Cotabato wants cloud seeding done ahead of El Nino

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/02 September) – The North Cotabato provincial government has recommended the conduct of cloud seeding operations ahead of the El Nino phenomenon or dry spell which is expected… »

UPDATED: 9 dead, 7 wounded in Tacurong City road mishap

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/31 August) – The number of persons killed in a collision involving a cargo truck and passenger jeep along the national highway on Sunday afternoon had climbed to… »

3 die, 1 hurt in latest Cotabato violence

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/28 August) — Three persons were killed and another was seriously wounded in yet another shooting incident in the city, this time atop Tanghal Bridge in Barangay Bagua… »

Maguindanao Electric Coop loses P1.6M in robbery

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/28 August) — An armed robber ran away with P1.6 million in cash from a van owned by the Maguindanao Electric Cooperative (Magelco) on Thursday afternoon,… »

3 killed in 4 shooting incidents in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/28 August) — Three persons were killed and another one was wounded in four shooting incidents that happened in a span of 12 hours in the city. The shooting… »

Selda Otso

A jail official points at the missing iron grill of Cell No. 8 sawed off by inmates who escaped during a heavy rain late Tuesday night (25 August 2015). Five… »

5 inmates bolt Maguindanao jail

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Aug) – Using an improvised hack saw and a liquid solution soaked in soap, five inmates managed to bolt the Maguindanao provincial jail by sawing… »

Maguindanao town eyed for high value crops due to ‘langkong’

MATANOG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/25 August) — Foreign investors from South America, the Middle East and other parts of Asia have shown interest to engage in high value crop production in this… »

Another Ampatuan massacre suspect falls, denies involvement in carnage

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/24 August) – Another suspect in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre was arrested by Army and police personnel on Sunday in Maguindanao province, police said. Chief Supt. Jimmy Daza,… »

Saudi-based humanitarian group to build orphanage in Maguindanao

MATANOG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/24 August) – A Saudi Arabia-based humanitarian group said over the weekend it is planning to build an orphanage in the province aside from building an office in… »

2 soldiers hurt in grenade attack in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 August) – Two soldiers were hurt when a grenade launcher hit an Army facility here at 7:35 p.m. Thursday. The grenade landed on the roof of a… »

Timpupo Fruit Festival

A man shows the bountiful fruit harvest of Kidapawan City during the opening of the Timpupo Fruit Festival on Wednesday (19 Aug 2015). Festival goers later feasted on the fruits… »

Kidapawan revives Timpupo Fruit Festival after almost a decade

KIDAPWAN CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – It’s bringing back the glory days as fruits have once again bloomed in abundance in this city. Almost in every corner and along… »

Binay hits Aquino gov’t to use people’s funds in 2016

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 19 Aug) – Vice President Jejomar Binay said people’s money will be poured in the coming national and local elections to ensure victory of administration… »

South Upi stops holding horse fights during fiesta

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews/17 August) – Horses still took center stage when the town’s parish celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Salvation on Sunday. But unlike in the past… »

Courting Votes

TV personality Korina Sanchez (center) courts political leaders in Maguindanao to support her husband’s presidential bid during the third assembly of the Alliance of Lumad, Iranun and Maguindanaon (ALIM) in… »

Korina courts Maguindanao votes for Mar

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Aug) – While presidential aspirant Mar Roxas was busy meeting up with congressmen from the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC) to convince them to support his… »

Traditional Iranun Food

Traditional food is aplenty and can be had for free at the Iranun Village during the Food Festival inside the ARMM Compound in Cotabato City on Saturday, 8 August 2015.… »

ARMM hosts festival of traditional Moro food

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/10 August) – Traditional food and delicacies that distinguish the tribal groups in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao were featured in a festival here over the weekend.… »

Road project to shorten travel time from Marawi to Cagayan de Oro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 August) — Travel time from Marawi City to Cagayan de Oro City will soon be shortened from 3.5 hours to 1.5 hours with the concreting of the… »

2 Maguindanao towns still flooded

DATU SALIBO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 08 August) — Close to 12,000 individuals were affected by floods in nine Maguindanao towns as a result of torrential rains brought about by Inter-Tropical… »

7,300 families displaced by floods in North Cotabato

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/06 August) – At least 7,300 families have been displaced by floods spawned by the southwest monsoon in North Cotabato, officials and residents said. Most residents however… »

Pikit church blast suspect falls

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/06 August) — A church bombing suspect who is considered this town’s most notorious criminal was arrested after an informant tipped off his location to local police.… »

Thousands affected by floods in Maguindanao, North Cotabato

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/05 August) – Floods due to heavy monsoon rains in Maguindanao and surrounding provinces have affected at least 2,000 families or 6,000 persons in several towns of Maguindanao,… »

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… »

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