TESDA , MinTVET push for Level 5 Qualifications “to enhance employability”

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) — The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Mindanao Technical-Vocational Association or MinTVET are joining hands in the implementation… »

Canada’s Trudeau: “justice, however long it takes”

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is holding the Abu Sayyaf “fully responsible for this cold-blooded and senseless murder” of kidnap victim Robert Hall,… »

Canadian’s body found in remote Sulu village

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 27 Apr) – The body of Canadian kidnap victim John Ridsdel was found in a remote village in Talipao, Sulu this morning. “Wala naman pong nakita… »

Norovirus kills 5 in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 27 Apr) – The mortality cases due to acute gastroenteritis (AGE) that is caused by norovirus rose to five, as the Oficina de Salud or City… »

Canadian kidnap victim executed by Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) – The severed head of a Canadian national was found in front of the municipal town hall in Jolo, Sulu Monday, the deadline set… »

Naval TF TawiTawi  chases Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 April) — The Naval Task Force Tawi-Tawi was in hot pursuit Sunday night of a speedboat with heavily armed men on board, believed to be combat fighters… »


ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/18 April) — It was four years ago when I first saw AlBarka in Basilan as a relatively peaceful place–still not fully developed, but youth in its village… »

THE PHILSOUTH LINE: When Numbers Matter

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 April) — It was on 9 April, Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) when a bloody encounter transpired between government troops and followers of the Abu Sayyaf… »

4 Indonesian sailors believed kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 April)– Gunmen of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) attacked an Indonesian tugboat with 10 sailors on board, as it was plying Philippine waters Friday night. The tugboat… »

Al-Barka mayor seeks more support to education as “wars here will not help the youth”

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 April 2016) — Al-Barka Mayor Darussalam Majid reiterated his appeal for more support to education for his young constituents, following the series of armed encounters in the… »

2,000 residents affected in Basilan conflict

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 April) – As a ceasefire was declared today, over 2,000 residents are presently affected by the recent armed conflict in Baguindan village in Tipo-Tipo town… »

A thousand families fleeTipo-tipo village after military-Abu Sayyaf clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/10 April) – The Crisis Management Committee of Tipo-tipo town in Basilan has reported that at least a thousand families have fled Baguindan where an encounter between government… »

MILF, supporters hold peace rally in Tawi-tawi to support BBL

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – About 300 members and supporters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Tawi-tawi staged a rally in the capital municipality of Bongao… »

Artists for Justice

Local artists perform during the the nationwide campaign “Isang Kandila, Isang Milyon Tanglaw” campaign at the Press Freedom monument in Cagayan de Oro City on Nov. 24, 2014. The campaign… »

Kidnapped Fil-Algerian sisters freed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 February) — After nearly eight months in captivity, Filipino-Algerian sisters Nadjoua and Linda Bansil were recovered Thursday afternoon from their Abu Sayyaf captors in Sulu through a… »

Zambo special barangay polls peaceful – city gov’t

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 Nov.) — The conduct of the special barangay election in Zamboanga City yesterday was “generally peaceful,” the Crisis Management Committee said in a statement released through the… »

‘Zambo Memorial Day to bring closure to siege’—Climaco

ZAMBOANGA CITY(MindaNews/25 November)—A memorial day is set on December 2 to “bring a closure” to the Zamboanga City siege, Mayor Maria Isabelle ‘Beng’ Climaco-Salazar said. “This day is for those… »

San Juan installed as Ateneo de Zamboanga prexy

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 November)—The Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), Zamboanga Peninsula’s sole Jesuit university and the longest running educational institution in the region, has a new president, Fr. Karel San… »

Aftermath: Rio Hondo

A section of Rio Hondo that has been among the conflict areas in the September 9-28 standoff between Philippine troops and the Moro National Liberation Front combatants seeks rehabilitation–a post-conflict… »

Football for Peace Clinic

Children displaced by the 3-week standoff between government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front in Zamboanga City join in the Football for Peace Clinic jointly initiated by the Football… »

Marines hoist PH flag in Malik homebase in Sulu

TALIPAO, Sulu (MindaNews/ 02 October)—The Philippine Marines based in this town early Wednesday hoisted the Philippine flag at the residence of Ustadz Habier Malik in Tuyang village. “This [Talipao town]… »

Zamboangueños: Crisis far from over

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 29 Sept) — The crisis in Zamboanga City is far from over.  This is the common sentiment among local bankers and businessmen here, even as Local… »

Breaking the peace in Sulu and Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/ 22 Sept) — In August, the panji  (flag) of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was hoisted at the SarangBangun Center where MNLF founding chair Nurullaji“Nur” Misuari… »

Fire victims, ‘bakwits’ high on priority list of Zambo gov’t

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 September)—As the armed conflict here entered Day 12 on Friday, Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar vowed to give top priority to the fire victims and the tens… »

Zambo crisis prompts postponement of ZamPen Cave Summit, 9th National Bird Fest

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/ 20 September)—Two major ecotourism-related events here—the Zamboanga Peninsula Cave Summit and the 9th National Bird Festival—have been postponed due to the ongoing armed conflict. Mary Jane Bugante,… »

Young lieutenant killed in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 19 Sept) – The Armed Forces suffered its first officer casualty in the raging conflict here, now on its 11th day, during clearing operations at Barangay… »

Zamboanga ‘Bakwits’

Internally displaced persons line up to register themselves in Lunzuran Barangay Hall in Zamboanga City Wednesday afternoon (18 September 2013) as the armed conflict here between government troops and the… »

Freed Zambo police chief brings along 30 MNLF surrenderees

Freed Zambo police chief brings along 30 MNLF surrenderees ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 September)—After nine hours in captivity, city police director Senior Supt. Chiquito Malayo was freed shortly past 6 p.m.… »

Military claims 81 MNLF fighters killed, Malik not among them

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 September)—Eighty-one fighters of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) were killed in the nine-day armed conflict here, Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of… »

THE PHILSOUTH LINE: How ready are we for the MNLF?

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 September)—I came home weeks ago and immediately was off to Sulu after just a few days in Zamboanga. In Talipao, Patikul and Indanan towns where I have… »

Center for Children

Children of evacuees at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Zamboanga City join learning activities organized by volunteers at the temporary Day Care Center put up by the local… »

Keeping high the children’s hopes

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 15 Sept) – More than 90 children of evacuees are gathered at the temporary shelter provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as… »

Joint forces assault MNLF-held areas

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 13 September) – Joint military and police forces entered the communities of Sta. Barbara and Sta. Catalina,  among the two areas heavily occupied by combatants of… »

Malik declares hostage release after negotiations

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 12 September) – Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Commander Ustadz Abdulhabier Malik declared that the MNLF will release the more or less 200 civilians they held… »

Patients in Zambo medical center evacuated

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 11 September 2013) – “All patients from all wards have been evacuated,” said Dr. Concepcion, a pediatrician who was designated as senior house officer for the… »

Marines in Zambo

Elements of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 arrive in Zamboanga City Tuesday (10 September 2013) for temporary deployment to help contain the security crisis as Moro National Liberation Front… »

Crowded Shelter

At the bleachers of the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Zamboanga City on Tuesday (10 September 2013), as thousands of residents from affected barangays temporarily take refuge after Moro… »

THE PHILSOUTH LINE: Fighting for honor… and blood

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 Feb) — It is a tragic time in some areas in Sulu, among warring groups of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Abu Sayyaf Group and… »

Kidnapped Filipino TV crew freed; Jordanian journalist remains in captivity

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 Feb) — Two Filipino crew members of  Jordanian TV journalist Baker Atyani who were kidnapped along with him seven months ago, were released Saturday night in Jolo,… »

Peace Forum kicks off Mindanao Week of Peace 2012

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 November)– A multi-sectoral peace forum on the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), dubbed as the “roadmap to peace” in Mindanao, was held here Saturday to kick… »

Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro is a ‘political document’—GPH legal adviser

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 November) –The Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), dubbed as the “roadmap to peace” in Mindanao, is a “political document,” said lawyer Johaira Wahab, legal adviser to… »

PNoy in Laos for Asia-Europe meet

VIENTIANE, Laos (MindaNews/04 November) — President Benigno Simeon Aquino arrived here Sunday to attend the two-day 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 9)  that begins Monday. Aquino was set to meet Sunday… »

Aquino arrives in Australia for state visit

CANBERRA, Australia (MindaNews/24 October)—Australia’s Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, formally welcomed Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III at 11:15 this morning (8am in the Philippines), at the Government House in… »

PHILSOUTH LINE: Simplifying the law for Mindanao’s young

SYDNEY (MindaNews/16 September) –I visited a group of high school students from various schools in Sulu, Basilan, and the Misamis provinces at the Lady of the Pillar Retreat House in… »

PHILSOUTH LINE: Two journos-turned-solons and the 2013 Zambo mayoralty race

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 August) — The incumbent Congressional representatives from the two legislative districts of Zamboanga City are both eyeing the mayoralty seat of Asia’s Latin City for the May… »

PHILSOUTH LINE: Philippine military blunders and the Metropolitan Churva-ness on Mindanao

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 July) — Perhaps, the Philippine military have yet to realize that for every blunder they commit, reporting the death of even a soldier, they project themselves further… »

PHILSOUTH LINE: ‘Our SONA’ and the foreign media’s ‘local counterparts’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/23 July) — I listened, among the millions of Filipinos and non-Filipinos who thought it was worth their time to listen, to President Benigno Simeon ‘Noy’ Aquino deliver… »

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