Skirmishes trigger more evacuations in Surigao Sur town

MARIHATAG, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews / 2 Oct) – A fresh wave of fighting between Army soldiers and an unidentified armed group triggered a new round of evacuees in this… »

Soup for the Hungry

Volunteer church workers distribute hot soup to children of newly arrived evacuees at the town gymnasium in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur Friday (2 October 2015). More than 200 families or… »

Soldiers did not engage killers of Lumads in Surigao Sur to protect hostages – Army

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/29 September) – The presence of many civilian hostages prevented a military patrol from engaging a paramilitary group that was accused of killing three Lumad leaders in Surigao… »

Don’t Be Like Your Father

Civil society groups slam Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  for allegedly being an “obstructionist” to the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law during a press conference in Quezon City on Thursday (11 June 2015). They… »

Sen. Marcos told to include his father’s atrocities against Moros in his version of BBL

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – A human rights group wants Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., in his version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, to include the alleged atrocities… »

Marcos mulls pegging the funding of the Bangsamoro region

PASAY CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – A day after the public hearings at the Senate ended, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he is considering to peg the amount of… »

One Percent

Drieza Liningding, secretary general of Marawi-based Bangsamoro National Movement for Peace and Development, raises a finger to emphasize his argument with an official of the Bangsamoro Transition Council during the… »

Malacañang loses hope that BBL can be passed before Congress adjourns

PASAY CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – Malacañang lost all hope on Tuesday that Congress will still be able to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law before it adjourns on June11. Communications… »

Last Senate hearing on BBL to focus on control of Lake Lanao

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/08 June) — Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will focus on who will control and manage Lake Lanao, the country’s second largest lake and main source of electricity in… »

Marcos junks BBL, to present new version

PASAY CITY (MindaNews / 3 June) – Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  has rejected the draft  Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in its present version as Mindanao governors continued with their opposition… »

No to Diluted BBL

A Moro activist displays a placard urging senators at the public hearing  at the Philippine Senate on Wednesday (3 June 2015) not to pass a diluted version of the proposed Bangsamoro… »

Empty Chairs

Most seats are empty when the House of Representatives opens its plenary on the revised version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law Monday afternoon, June 1, 2015. By 5pm; a… »

BBL’s substitute bill submitted to plenary

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/01 June) — After eight months of consultations, 51 public hearings, executive sessions and meetings, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) submitted its substitute… »

House committee votes ‘yes’ on draft Bangsamoro law

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 20 May) – After three days of hectic deliberations, the House ad hoc committee on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law approved on Wednesday the draft measure which lawmakers… »

3 Days of Deliberation

Fatigue is written all over the face of House ad hoc committee chair and Cagayan de Oro lawmaker Rufus Rodriguez after three bruising days of deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic… »

House committee rejects provision on titular head of Bangsamoro gov’t

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/19 May) — The House ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on Tuesday struck down the provision creating the office of a titular head of government… »

Boxing Champ Meets Peace Champ

Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo (right) and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao talk in the sidelines of the voting of the House ad hoc committee on the Bangsamoro on May 18,… »

A Million Seeds

Manuel Boniao, chair of the Bali Oil Produce Corporation (left) and Felda Global Ventures Vice President S. Palaniappan during the signing of an agreement on Monday, May 11, 2015, to… »

Malaysian, MisOr firms sign deal on 1M oil palm seeds for farmers

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/12 May) — A leading Malaysian agribusiness firm entered into an agreement with a Misamis Oriental-based agricultural company on Monday to distribute one million of high quality… »

Rallies held in Mindanao as House committee sets vote on BBL

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 May) – Peace advocates on Monday held rallies in key cities in Mindanao to drumbeat support for the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law which was scheduled… »

Doves of Peace

Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ, and other community leaders release doves during the pro-Bangsamoro Basic Law rally in Cagayan de Oro City on Monday, May 11, 2015. Nationwide… »


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… »

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