Brigada Eskwela

Members of the Philippine National Police paint a school building in Isla Verde, Davao City on the first day of the annual Brigada Eskwela on Monday, May 30, 2016.  MindaNews… »


Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte faces the media Saturday night in Davao City with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano,  returning Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza and senator-elect Manny Pacquiao.… »

Facing the Media

Presumptive President and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte faces the media shortly before Sunday midnight (15 May 2016) at Hotel Elena in Davao City.This was Duterte’s first appearrance to the… »

Duterte Plates

Duterte souvenir car plates made by enterprising businessmen – apparently without authorization from the Land Transportation Office – are selling like hotcakes in Davao City Tuesday (10 May 2016) as… »

Mayor Duterte Votes

Presidential bet and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte casts his vote at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, in clustered precinct number 416 on Monday. MindaNews photo by KEITH… »

Sara Duterte-Carpio Votes

Davao City Mayoralty bet Sara Duterte-Carpio fills the ballot at her precinct in Matina District on Monday. Her father, incumbent mayor Rodrigo Duterte, is running for president. MindaNews Photo by Keith… »

PNoy in Davao Oriental

President Benigno Aquino III chats with Mindanao Development Authority Sec. Luwalhati Antonino (middle) and San Isidro town mayor Tina Yu (left) during the inauguration of the Hamiguitan Mountain Range Wildlife… »

Friday market

Organically grown fruits and vegetables are on sale at the Rizal Park in Davao City on April 29. The vendors, who come from different parts of the city, flock to… »

‘World Class’ Orphanage

The orphanage of the Children’s Joy Foundation Inc. (CJFI) in Davao City is touted to be a “world class” center for abandoned children. The orphanage, which was inaugurated Thursday (28… »


Police officers reunite with their wives following their release from the custody of the New Peoples Army in the hinterlands of Paquibato Distritct in Davao City on April 25. They… »

Business as usual

It’s business as usual for some vendors in Bankerohan Market while some villagers scour the remains of their houses following the fire in the market area in Davao City on… »

Italian priest says he did not organize Kidapawan barricade

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – An Italian missionary denied rumors he was among those who organized the farmers’ protest in this city last week that ended in a bloody dispersal… »

Kidapawan barricade: They came to get rice; some say they didn’t know about the rally

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – All of them admitted they joined the farmers’ barricade here last week so they could get a sack of rice from the provincial government of… »

Kidapawan Victim

Villagers place the body of Darwin Sulang back to the casket following an autopsy conducted by the Commission on Human Rights in Barangay Malibatuan in Arakan, North Cotabato on Tuesday.… »


A dancer performs during the street dancing competition, which culminates the Kaamulan Festival, at the capitol grounds in Malaybalay City on Friday, April 1. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco

No grass

Farmer Melody Ababon feeds her cow chopped banana stalks as grasses have withered due to the drought in Libungan, North Cotabato. The province has declared a state of calamity due… »

Young Duterte fans

Students show support to presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte during a political rally in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental on Monday (Feb. 15, 2016). However, Duterte failed to show up… »

Kidapawan is 18

A student gamely poses for a photograph during the street dancing competition in Kidapawan City on Friday, 12 February, the city’s 18th Foundation Anniversary. MindaNews photo by KEITH BACONGCO

Grassroots leader says non-passage of BBL poses new challenges for peace advocates

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 31 January) – A female leader of a grassroots organization here challenged peace advocates “to help find ways in peace-building” given that “ignorance of the… »

Early Morning Run

Members of Task Force Davao jog along the coastline of Sta. Ana Wharf in Davao City on Thursday (28 January 2016). Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco

Preparing for New Year’s Day

Residents flock to fruit stalls along Monteverde Street in Davao City on Wednesday (Dec. 30) to buy assorted fruits ahead of New Year’s Eve. Filipinos believe that preparing 13 kinds… »

Gift Puppy

Maritess Kapok on Tuesday shows her puppy that she received from a resident in Bankerohan area in Davao City after singing Christmas carols along with other lumads from Paquibato District.… »

Glow in the Dark

Christmas lights illuminate the the Davao City Hall on Sunday (6 Dec 2015). The Christmas display is now one of the main attractions for local folks and tourists this season.… »

P100,000 reward offered for those behind NorthCot blasts

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 18 Nov) – Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza bared on Tuesday that a P100,000 reward has been raised for the arrest of the mastermind behind the grenade blasts in… »

Early Christmas

North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza leads the gift-giving to school children in Barangay Liliongan in the town of Carmen on Tuesday (17 Nov 2015). The gift-giving is an annual program… »

NorthCot broadcaster wins Titus Brandsma Award

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Oct) – Veteran broadcaster Abner Francisco earned the 2015 Titus Brandsma Award Philippines for Leadership in Community Communications. The biennial Titus Brandsma Award Philippines is… »

Through the haze

Haze from Indonesia’s forest fires has blanketed not only Indonsia, neighboring Malaysia and parts of Thailand, but also several provinces in Mindanao. On the road to Ozamiz City in Misamis… »

New Harvest

Farmers haul newly harvested rice in Barangay Calabayan, Ozamiz City on Wednesday, October 21. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco

Saturday school

Meranaw children attend Arabic classes at the Mahad Salmonan in Barangay Mini-Forest, Davao City on Satureday. On weekdays, they attend regular grade school classes. MindaNews photo by KEITH BACONGCO

Tuna Lifting Contest

A laborer lifts a 39-kilo yellow fin tuna during a contest inside the fishport in General Santos City on Wednesday (2 September 2015). The participant who can lift the tuna… »

Daily Sight

A T’boli fisherman deploys fishing nets on Friday morning in Lake Seloton in Lake Sebu town, South Cotabato. Seloton is one of the major lakes in town, which is a… »

The Day’s Catch

A fisherman shows a bunch of carp in Lake Seloton in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato (August 28, 2015). MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco

Pamulak sa Kadayawan

A model strikes a pose on the float of NCCC Malls of Davao City during the floral float parade known as Pamulak sa Kadayawan on Sunday (23 August 2015). The… »

Kadayawan Street Dancing Champs

Dancers from Cabantian National High School in Davao City win the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan street dancing competition on Saturday. The competition highlights the 30th Kadayawan Festival in Davao City. Mindanews… »

Sayaw Mindanao Champs

Butuan City’s Teatro Kadanao wins the Sayaw Mindanao competition on Wednesday night (19 Aug 2015) in Davao City. The event, which showcased Mindanao indigenous dances, is one of the highlights… »

Illuminated Bridge

Newly installed lights on a suspension bridge illuminate the Davao River near Davao City’s Bankerohan area. The suspension bridge, built between the two long-existing bridges, was built by the Davao… »

Target Practice

A member of the elite Philippine Army’s Scout Ranger demonstrates his confidence in his firing ability by hitting a target placed not far from his fellow soldier Thursday (30 July… »

Inherited Craft

Jura Abdillah, 53, weaves a traditional fan made of buri palm in her house in Isla Verde, Davao City, 14 July. This craft, which she learned from their ancestors, has… »

Thousands pay tribute as NPA’s Commander Parago is laid to rest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 July) – In a scene reminiscent of the Martial Law years, at least 10,000 people from different parts of Mindanao came to pay their last respects Friday… »

Red March

At least 10,000 supporters of slain NPA leader Leoncio Pitao aka Commander Parago Sandoval from different parts of Mindanao join the funeral march on Friday, July 10, in Davao City.… »

Luksang Parangal

At least 5,000 people from different parts of Mindanao gathered in Almendras gymnasium in Davao City on Thursday night, July 9,  to pay tribute to slain NPA leader Leoncio Pitao,… »

No Easy Work

A laborer shovels sludge from a canal in Agdao District, Davao City on Saturday, 04 July 2015. He earns P200 a day for this dirty job. MindaNews photo by Keith… »

Real Rice

Vendor Rose Dalama shows real rice grains at her stall in Agdao Market, Davao City on 01 July 2015. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has recently ordered a crackdown on fake rice… »

Visiting Parago

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte visits the wake of his friend slain NPA leader Leoncio Pitao, popularly known as Commander Parago Sandoval, at a funeral in the city Monday night… »

With Parago gone, NPA will weaken in Davao Region – military

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – The military on Monday claimed that the killing of rebel leader Leoncio Pitao, popularly known as Commander Parago Sandoval, is a big blow to the… »

Duterte calls for ‘temporary ceasefire’ during Parago’s wake

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte appealed on Monday night to both the government forces and communist rebels for a “temporary ceasefire” during the wake of slain New… »

Parago vowed never to be captured alive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – “Karon, di na gyud ko padakop nila nga buhi” (I wouldn’t let them capture me alive this time), Leoncio Pitao, popularly known by… »

Civilian who tipped military on Parago to get P5.6M reward

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – A civilian tipster will get the P5.6-million reward following the killing of top New People’s Army (NPA) leader Leoncio Pitao, popularly known as… »

Commander Parago

File photo of Leoncio Pitao aka Commander Parago taken on March 8, 2009 in the hinterlands of Paquibato District, Davao City. Mindanews File Photo by Keith Bacongco | Read Story

Flags for Sale

A vendor sells miniature flags to motorists in the streets of Davao City on Wednesday (3 June 2015), about a week ahead of the Independence Day on June 12. These… »

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