Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI Archbishop of Cotabato (L), Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. (center) and Fr. Roberto Layson, head of the OMI Inter-religious Dialogue (R), flash the peace… »

‘Pacman’ wannabes

Young ‘Pacman’ wannabes, some as young as 11, undergo extensive training in Cagayan de Oro City to form part of the city’s boxing team. MindaNews photos by Froilan Gallardo |… »

De Oro boys, and girls, train hard to be like ‘Pacman’

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Apr) – Inside a small construction yard converted into a training camp, 11-year-old Mico Gadot and 40 other youngsters aged 11 to 19… »

Photo Essay: Cagayan de Oro’s little ‘Pacman’ wannabes

[Play slideshow] Young ‘Pacman’ wannabes, some as young as 11, undergo extensive training in Cagayan de Oro City to form part of the city’s boxing team. Girls are in the… »

NUJP calls Kapuso network’s closure of regional stations heartless

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 April) — The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines slammed GMA 7 Network for axing the news programs of four of its regional stations and morning… »

GMA 7 closes 4 regional offices; at least 100 employees displaced

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 April) — In a move that displaced at least a hundred reporters, video cameramen and drivers, a television giant closed four of its regional offices… »

Lumad Consent

A Bukidnon tribal leader signs his consent to the 68.8-megawatt hydropower electric project of  Hedcor, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power, in Barangay Maluko, Manolo Fortich town in Bukidnon on Wednesday (22… »

Three on One

A Batang Gilas player is triple-teamed by their Indonesian opponents during the championship match at the Xavier University gym in Cagayan de Oro City on April 19, 2015. Batang Gilas… »

Mindanao power woes worsen as Pulangi, Lake Lanao water levels drop

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — It’s the same story every summer. The water levels in Pulangi River in Bukidnon and Lake Lanao, major sources of hydropower in Mindanao, continued… »

Peaceful Conversations

Pro-BBL campaigner Archbishop Antonio Ledesma (left) and Rep. Rufus Rodriguez ( 2nd district, Cagayan de Oro), chair of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

Rodriguez: BBL okay assured, but for eight provisions

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – The chair of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will push for the passage of the… »

Medina hopes to make its annual Lenten play a tourist attraction  

MEDINA, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/04 April) — This municipality of 31,154 residents is playing catch up in the world of tourism through its traditional Lenten play “Hinuklog,” a reenactment of the Passion… »

Jesus Falls

Actors reenact the suffering of Jesus Christ on the way to the Calvary or Golgotha during the traditional Hinuklog, a Lenten street play in Medina town, Misamis Oriental on Good… »

Laguindingan airport gets P14B expansion project

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 31 March) – Bidding for the P14.62-billion expansion program for the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental will start this month by the Department of… »

Laguindingan airport touted to become busiest regional transport hub

LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/30 March) — Officials expressed optimism the Laguindingan airport would become the busiest regional transport facility as soon as a huge passenger aircraft landed here on Sunday… »

Palm Sunday

Vendors sell palm fronds fashioned into crosses outside the San Agustin Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro City on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the… »

Contributions to Peace

Government and MILF  peace panel chairs Miriam Coronel-Ferrer (left) and Mohagher Iqbal (third from left) receive the Farther William Masterson Awards for their contributions to peace from Xavier University. With them… »

Xavier U confers peace awards to Ferrer, Iqbal, Deles

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – Ducking a political firestorm, Xavier University officials conferred awards to government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief peace negotiators Miriam Coronel-Ferrer… »

MILF says recruitment of Higaonons in Iligan is a scam, denies having a camp there

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 March) – The reported recruitment and training among Higaonon tribesmen into the ranks of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in a remote barangay… »


Using his phone camera, Archbishop Antonio Ledesma takes a photo of MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal and other participants of the “Peace Conversations” held at the Archbishop’s Residence in Cagayan… »

Iqbal: peace no matter what happens to BBL

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 March) —  “The MILF will not disengage from the peace process no matter what will happen to that Bangsamoro Basic Law,” Mohagher Iqbal, chair… »

Ghillie Suit

An Army sniper in ghillie suit easily became the favorite “have –photo-with-you” subject during the static display of firearms and equipment on the 118th founding anniversary of the Philippine Army at… »

Night Flight

Passengers alight from a Cebu Pacific Air ATR 72-500 turbo prop plane that landed at the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental at 8:30 pm Thursday. It was the first landing… »

Laguindingan Airport now services night flights

LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental (Misamis Oriental/13 March) – The international airport in this town is already capable of night flights. A Cebu Pacific Air ATR 72-500 turbo-prop made the first night… »

Sarah’s Father

Tot Pananggulon, father of eight-year-old Sarah who died in the Jan. 25 clash between MILF and PNP-SAF commandos in Mamasapano town, shows how a bullet grazed his shoulder. Aside from Sarah, four… »

Money can’t bring back Sarah, says Mamasapano father

CAMP DARAPANAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 12 March) – Farmer Tot Pananggulon clasped tightly on the white envelope he and the others received from Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chair Al-Haj Murad… »

4 BIFF rebels killed in another clash – military

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/09 March) – Four guerrillas of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed in another clash late Saturday with government forces in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao, the… »

Clash triggers new evacuation in Maguindanao town

DATU SALIBO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/08 March) —Army soldiers clashed with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters who launched a retaliatory attack on a military tactical headquarters in this town Friday night, officials… »

Civilian Casualty

Army medics treat a shrapnel wound on the left leg of Baharana Abdullah, 29, a resident of Barangay Dapiawan, Datu Salibo town in Maguindanao on Saturday (7 March 2015). Fresh… »

Water Supply

Bakwits line up to get their water rations from a fire truck in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao province on Saturday (7 March 2015). Fresh fighting between the military and the… »

Moro Netizens

Young Moro women record on their phones a pro-Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) rally in Tantawan Park in Cotabato City 25 Feb 2015. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

MILF commander who stopped Mamasapano clash shuns interview with BOI

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 Feb) – A commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front who was instrumental in stopping the clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25 has refused to… »

Inside Camp Darapanan

MILF Vice Chair for Political Affairs Ghazali Jaafar (left) welcomes the PNP Board of Inquiry led by Director Benjamin Magalong (center) in the MILF’s Camp Darapanan, Simuay, Sultan Kudarat municipality… »

Pro-Aquino, Pro-BBL

Cotabato residents rally to express their support to President Benigno Aquino III and the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law at the Tantawan Park in in Cotabato City on Wednesday (25 Feb… »

Yes to BBL

Army soldiers walk past a poster urging the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano town in Maguindanao on Tuesday (24 Feb 2015). The soldiers were… »

PNP Board of Inquiry members visit clash site with survivor as guide

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano (MindaNews / 24 Feb) – the PNP Board of Inquiry on Tuesday tracked the path taken by the Special Action Force commandos last Jan. 25 when they launched Oplan “Exodus”… »

Xavier U to honor Deles, Ferrer and Iqbal in graduation rites

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/23 Feb) — Xavier University has invited Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles; Government Peace Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer; and Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the… »

Bakwit Family

A family rests at the day care center in Barangay Inug-ug, Pikit town in North Cotabato where they fled to escape the fighting between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and… »

Heavy Artillery

A 105mm artillery sits in the middle of a pineapple plantation in Malaybalay City in Bukidnon on Feb. 13, 2015 after a week of clashes with New Peoples Army rebels.… »

Army says sorry to birdwatchers for clash with NPA in Malaybalay

CAPITAN ANGHEL, Malaybalay City (MindaNews/14 February) – An Army official has expressed apologies for the encounter between soldiers and suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a popular bird watching… »

Maranaos donate money to MILF ‘martyrs’ during pro-BBL rally

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – At first, the money came in trickles. Coins, P20 bills, then P50 bills. Then as suddenly as it started, everyone was throwing bills… »

For Bangsamoro

Marawi City residents participate in the Bangsamoro National Day of Mourning rally in Plaza Cabili, Banggolo on Tuesday (10 Feb 2015). The rallyists are calling for the passage of the… »

Sky Jumpers

Two Army parachutists land at the parade ground of the 4th Infantry Division during its 45th anniversary in Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City Thursday (5 Feb 2014). MindaNews… »

Downed Huey

A flight crew checks on a Philippine Air Force UH-1 Huey helicopter that crashed upside down as it tried to take off from the golf course of the 4th Infantry… »


South Korean kidnap victim Sung Ki Yoon (left) shakes the hand of Consul Yong Jeung Park at the PNP Region 10 office in Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City Wednesday… »

PAF Huey chopper crashes inside military camp in CDO, none hurt

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Feb) – A Philippine Air Force UH-1 Huey helicopter crashed moments after it tried to take off from the golf course of the… »

Is ‘Marwan’ dead? FBI analyzing biological sample given by PH authorities

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/03 February) — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is analyzing a biological sample provided by Philippine authorities to determine if it belongs to the suspected… »

In pursuit of Marwan, deaths in the marshland

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 01 Feb) — “Hindi namin namalayan ang pagpasok nila. Nagising kami nang nagputukan na” (We did not notice their entry. We woke up to the sound… »


Policemen wear black arm bands as they check on passing vehicles at a checkpoint in Barangay Dalingaoen, Pikit town, North Cotabato on Jan.29, 2015. Policemen all over the country are… »

Fallen Policemen

Fellow police officers carry the caskets of slain policemen involved in the Mamasapano clash to be loaded into Philippine Air Force C-130 planes that will take them to Manila Thursday morning… »

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