Inclusion of 39 North Cotabato barangays in BBL highlights public hearing in Midsayap

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews/13 December)  — Questions on the possible implications of including 39 barangays in North Cotabato in the Bangsamoro dominated the House public hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Season of Joy

Christmas lights illuminate the capitol building of the province of North Cotabato in Amas, Kidapawan on Friday, December 12. Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco

Midsayap BBL Hearing

At least 1,500 people gather for the public hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic Law in Midsayap, North Cotabato on Dec. 12, making it the biggest attendance so far among the… »

Expert cites need to address vulnerability to typhoons

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 December)– “We cannot stop a storm but vulnerability is something we can address.” This was the key message of Dr. Gemma Teresa Narisma, head of the Regional… »

Iqbal on federalism: ‘MILF will neither endorse nor reject it’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) – Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal on Wednesday said the MILF will neither endorse nor reject proposals for a shift to a… »

‘Ruby’ Watch

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and PAGASA  listed 56 provinces in the country as deemed critical as Typhoon Ruby approaches the country. Twenty one of these provinces… »

MILF meets Civil Society

MILF Peace Panel chair Mohagher Iqbal chats with North Cotabato Board Member Kellie Antao and members of civil society organizations during the Mindanao Civil Society Organizations Solidarity Conference in Davao… »

For Federal Government

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte pushes for a federal form of government during the Mindanao Leaders Summit on Monday (December 2) in Davao City. At the same time, he rejects… »

Bangsamoro Law triggered resurgence of moves for federal government, say advocates

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 December) – Some provisions in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law have fueled moves to push for federalism in the country, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday… »

Environment groups back SouthCot’s plan to ban aerial spray

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Nov) – Environment groups have joined the campaign for the total ban of aerial spraying method in banana plantations in Surallah, South Cotabato. The move… »

Army’s 10ID beefs up security measures amidst bombings in NorthCot

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – The Army’s 10th Infantry Division has beefed up its security measures to prevent “spillover” of the spate of bombings in North Cotabato to… »

A bath habit: Cleansing the body with beer

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 November) — “Being dirty is bad, and beer is good,” the product label reads. However, it does not mean that you may wash whatever is dirty with beer.… »

Father and Sons

A father and his sons join the 3k category of the 38th National Milo Marathon in Davao City on Sunday (23 Nov 2014). At least 13,500 runners joined in the… »

Dozens displaced, 27 houses burned in rido in North Cotabato

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) — A rido involving members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front erupted near the boundary of Aleosan and Midsayap towns… »

Struggling Banana Industry

Guests get to try fresh bananas and pineapples in one of the booths during the Davao Trade Expo (DATE) 2014 in SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang, Davao City on Wednesday… »

Banana growers still struggling 2 years after Pablo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – Two years after super typhoon Pablo devastated vast plantations, the banana industry is still struggling to recover, the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association… »

Japan recession not to affect banana industry, growers say

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) –Banana growers and exporters are confident that the recession in Japan will not affect the local banana industry. Last Monday, international news agencies reported… »

BMX Stunt

A rider performs a “bunny hop” trick on his BMX at Magsaysay Park, Davao City on Friday, November 14. The park is a known hangout of BMX enthusiasts. MindaNews Photo… »

Ten Years

And still no justice. Photojournalist Rene Lumawag leads family, friends and colleagues in the lighting of candles at the grave of photojournalist son Gene Boyd R. Lumawag at San Pedro… »

The Tuba Gatherer

Ever wondered what tuba gatherers do up there in the coconut tree? Here’s how Dominador Lico, the tuba gatherer in Barangay Katipunan, Panabo City.  WATCH VIDEO | Mindanews Photo by… »

Slow, Quiet Life

A farmer pulls his cow as he passes by a water outlet in Barangay Salasang, Arakan, North Cotabato, October 16, 2014. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco

Colleague of slain Italian priest hits ‘slow investigation’

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/17 October) – Three years after, the supposed superbody tasked to investigate the killing of Italian missionary Fausto “Pops” Tentorio has yet to prove its worth, a… »

Remembering Fr. Pops Tentorio

Parishioners offer candles and flowers on the grave of Fr. Fausto “Pops” Tentorio on on October 16, the eve of his third death anniversary. Tentorio was believed killed for his… »


T’boli women weave T’nalak, which is made of abaca fibers, in Barangay Lamdadalag, Lake Sebu South Cotabato on Sunday, 12 October 2014. The T’boli weavers said the patterns of the… »

Kadayawan Street Dancing

Students from Gov. Generoso, Davao Oriental perform during the Kadayawan Festival street dancing competition in Davao City on Saturday, 16 August 2014. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco

Echoes of Peace

Echoes of Peace from Mindanews on Vimeo. Unresolved issues over the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law have recently raised concern among Moro  communities across Mindanao that  violence may erupt should the… »

GPH-MILF Workshop

MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal chats with Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon, member of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board who was a member of the GPH peace panel… »

High Risk

Even without safety harnesses, workers apply finishing touches to a new commercial establishment in Uyanguren area in Davao City on Saturday, August 2. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco


A coach of PTC-Medvil performs a warmup drill with the team’s goalkeeper before a football match in Tionko Field, Davao City on Saturday, August 2. The game is part of… »

Cheap Coconuts

Laborers sort coconuts in a buying station in Pikit, North Cotabato on Tuesday (29 July). Traders are buying coconuts at P5.50 each. MindaNews Photo by Keith Bacongco

Beef for Sale

Vendors sell beef in time for Eidl Fitr (end of Ramadan) in Pikit, North Cotabato on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Vendors say they performed “sumbali,” a Muslim ritual of sacrifice… »

War-weary Moros ask gov’t to pass BBL

PIGCAWAYAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/29 July) – Tired of war and running for dear life whenever fighting occurred, many Moros are asking both the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front to… »

A Surviving Old Trade

Blacksmiths hammer a metal bar to be used in making plow in a shop in Pikit, North Cotabato on Sunday (July 27, 2014). MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco

ATV Ride

Tourists navigate ATVs through the track in Barangay Penaplata, Samal Island on Tuesday, 22 July 2014. The ATV track is one of the tourist destinations in the island. Mindanews Photo… »

Bike Mechanic

Bike mechanic Joey Jemar installs spokes into a wheelset at his shop in Buhangin, Davao City on Wednesday (16 July 2014). Jemar earns P160 for a pair of mountain bike… »


A mother pedals a cargo bike with her son on board after a day of buying scrap plastics in Agdao District, Davao City on Sunday, July 13. MIndaNews photo by… »

Bounty from the Sea

Laborers unload yellow fin tuna and sword fish from General Santos City at Bankerohan Market, Davao City on Friday, 11 July 2014. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco

Boat Passengers

Passengers from Talicud Island disembark from a boat at Sta. Ana Wharf in Davao City on Thursday, 10 July 2014. Known for its white sand beaches, Talicud Island is about… »

Cooking Corn

A laborer cooks corn in Bankerohan Market, Davao City on Sunday for distribution to vendors across the city. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco  

Long Queue

Despite the long queue and the scorching heat of the sun, beneficiaries of the government’s conditional cash transfer program flock at an automatic teller machine in Kabacan, North Cotabato on… »

No Hander

A rider performs a “no hander” trick on his BMX in Magsaysay Park, Davao City on Wednesday (18 June 2014). Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco

New CMO Commander

Lt. Col. Jacob Thadeus Obligado (left) relinquishes his post as commander of the 10th Civil Military Operations Battalion to Col. Norman Zuniega on Tuesday (17 June 2014) at the Eastern… »

Fallen Skateboarder

Skateboarders comfort their colleague after he fell on pavement following a miscalculated trick on a rail in Magsaysay Park, Davao City on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. The park is a… »

Dog’s Day Out

Children try to get their dog on board a bicycle along R.Castillo Boulevard in Davao City on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco

Goal is the Goal

Members of the Columbia FC perform a warm-up exercise before their game at Tionko Field, Davao City on Sunday, 8 June. The game is part of the weekly Philippine Sports… »

Flags for Sale

A vendor sells miniature Philippine flags for P20 each near Agdao district, Davao City on Thursday, 5 June 2014 as commemoration of Independence Day approaches. Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco

Long Queue

Hundreds join the queue to process their papers at the Professional Regulatory Commission along R. Castillo Blvd. in Davao City on Thursday, 5 June 2014. Many of them came as… »

Life on Slow Lane

Personnel from the Land Transportation Office aim their speed gun at vehicles along JP Laurel Avenue in Davao City on Tuesday, May 27. The city has imposed a 30-kilometer per… »

Food for the cow

T’boli children haul grass for their cows in Barangay Lake Lahit in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato  on Saturday, May 24. Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco

Pollution-free Ride

T’boli villagers in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato ride their horses on their way to farm to haul sacks of corn on Friday, May 23. They are paid P50 for every… »

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