Officials say no election hotspots in GenSan, South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 October) – There are no possible hotspots or “areas of immediate concern” so far in this city and nearby South Cotabato province, authorities said as the… »

Pacquiao’s brother seeking House seat faces residency questions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 October) — The congressional bid in Sarangani of senatorial aspirant and incumbent Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao’s anointed replacement, younger brother Rogelio “Roel” Pacquiao, is facing initial… »

Pacquiao’s younger brothers vie for Sarangani Rep, GenSan Councilor

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 October) — Two younger brothers of boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao formally launched their bid on Monday to run for a seat in… »

PH seeks full membership in int’l council for folklore festivals and folk arts

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews /12 October) — The country will be seeking full membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-backed International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF) during… »

Koronadal’s Mayor Miguel files COC for reelection

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/12 Oct) — Liberal Party (LP) stalwart and incumbent City Mayor Peter Miguel formally filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for re-election on Monday morning, firing off the highly-anticipated political… »

Duterte’s candidacy status: whatever will be, will be  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 October) – The mayoralty again. Retirement. The Presidency. These are the three options Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ranked, according to his preference, as of late Friday evening, when… »

Tandag Diocese renews call to bring Lumad killers to justice

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/09 October) – The Diocese renewed its call to bring the suspects in the killing of three Lumad leaders in the province to justice. In an apostolic message… »

GenSan, Cotabato cities to get more police personnel for 2016 polls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 October) — The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 will deploy an additional 256 police personnel here and in Cotabato City in preparation for the May 2016… »

DepEd-12 starts campaign for senior high school program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 October) — The Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 12 has launched a region-wide campaign to reach out to around 55,000 students that it aims to… »

Police, military in Region 12 step up security ops as filing of candidacy nears

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – Police and military units in Region 12 have stepped their security operations in connection with the scheduled filing of Certificates of Candidacy… »

GenSan LGU to auction real properties with unpaid taxes

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – The city government will auction by the end of the month some 924 private real properties here due to their unpaid taxes… »

Pacquiao throws hat into senatorial race

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 October) — Boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is officially joining the 2016 senatorial race. Pacquiao formally confirmed on Monday night his highly-anticipated bid… »

South Cotabato provincial board okays P2.49-B AIP for 2016

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 October) — The South Cotabato provincial board has approved an investment of around P2.49 billion for the local government’s priority programs and projects next year. Board… »

MGB-12 cracks down on illegal mining in SMI areas

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 October) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Region 12 has stepped up its crackdown against the continuing illegal small-scale mining activities in parts of Tampakan… »

Koronadal makes final preparations for Batang Pinoy Games

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/05 October) — The city government has stepped up its preparations for the hosting later this month of the Mindanao qualifying leg of the Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy that is… »

PNoy says goodbye to close-in security aide

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 October) —   President Benigno Aquino III personally said goodbye to a long-time close-in security aide from Sto. Nino town in South Cotabato who succumbed to cancer… »

Extortion behind SouthCot bus bombing that injured 18 – police

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 2 Oct) – Police authorities are eyeing extortion as behind the bomb explosion inside a passenger bus in Polomolok town in South Cotabato around noon Thursday that injured… »

GenSan to deploy cops on bike

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 2 Oct) – Bicycle-riding policemen will become permanent fixtures in major streets here starting next week. Sr. Supt. Maximo Layugan, city police director, said they… »

DA-12 looking at alternative palay areas in preparation to El Niño

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 Sept) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 is working on the opening of “alternative” palay production areas in a bid to… »

P100M abattoir to rise in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 Sept) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 is targeting to start before yearend the construction of a P100-million modern regional abattoir… »

Pacman almost a go in senatorial race

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 Sept) – Boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is now almost a go for the 2016 senatorial race. City Councilor Rogelio “Ruel”… »

Cayetano declares VP bid in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 September) – “I am running for Vice President of the Republic of The Philippines. I am putting my faith in God and in our people. And I… »

DOT-12 wants more flights for GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 September) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 12 is pushing for the opening of more flights to and from this city to go with… »

South Cotabato to form task force for El Nino

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 September) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is working on the creation of a special task force that will spearhead efforts to mitigate the impact… »

Army nabs alleged NPA leader in Bukidnon

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/28 September) – Elements of the Army Special Forces arrested a suspected ranking leader of the New People’s Army after a shootout along the national highway… »

President of mining firm among 3 foreigners kidnapped in Samal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 September) – Armed men on board two pumpboats stormed a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte late Monday night,… »

No bio, no boto: 187,639 voters in Davao City may not be able to vote in 2016 unless…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Sept) – You’re a registered voter but can you vote on May 9, 2016? Better check the website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to find out… »

UPDATE: 1 killed, 30 hurt in Zambo bus blast

At least one person was killed while 30 others were injured following an explosion inside a bus in Zamboanga City, the city government said Friday. In its Twitter account, the… »

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Let us restore the rule of law in Surigao

(Privilege speech delivered by Senator Teofisto Guingona III at the Senate on September 14, 2015) Mr. President, before I proceed with my speech, I notice there are students here. I… »

DA-12 allots P44M for El Niño interventions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – The Department of Agriculture in Region 12 has allotted an initial P44.2 million for various interventions against the foreseen onslaught of a… »

GenSan’s tuna industry urges government to study labor practices in fishery operations

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – Tuna industry players here urged the national government to conduct an in-depth study and impact assessment on the viability of the country’s… »


Fire breaks out on Curadang Street, Lanzona Subdivision, at the back of Saint Mary’s Initial Learning Experience School in Davao City on Tuesday (15 Sept. 2015). Photo taken from Saturn… »

LGUs in Region 12 urged to heighten preparations for El Nino

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 September) — The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Region 12 advised local government units in the area to step up their preparations… »

Rufus to run for Cagayan de Oro mayor

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Sept) – Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District) is running for mayor of this city in the May 2016 elections. “Cagayan… »

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Ang Pagharì sa Talabusaw

Managkatribu man untà, managkadugò, apan ngano kahâ nga kini nahitabô? Managkatribu man untà, managkadugò, apan giulang sa kapintas, kalisang ug kasukô. Yutang kabilin, yutang nahibilin matod sa uban, dapit nga… »

CRUCIBLE: Arab Humanitarian Crisis (2)

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – When we take a rather critical perspective of International law including International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as defined essentially by international politics where rules… »

Mindanao coconut farmers get boost

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – Mindanao coconut farmers get another boost, receiving almost half of the P600 million budget allocated by the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) for its… »


Mga layás kami niadto nga maingon, mga dakponon nga sa hagit misanong batok sa usa ka diktador nakigharong, ug sa imong ganghaan kami imong gipadayón. Sa inyong pinuy-anan imo kaming… »

Manila-bound PAL plane makes emergency landing in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Sept) – A Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight bound for Manila made an emergency landing at the Davao International Airport here at 1:33 p.m. Friday, some 30 minutes… »

Favorite Street Food

Every afternoon, stalls at Rizal Park in Malaybalay City is filled with people, looking for cheap snacks. A stuff called kwekkwek is a favorite among them (Sept. 9, 2015). MindaNews… »

4-year old Lumad bakwit dies; House, Senate urge probe on Lumad killings

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 Sept) – The House of Representatives and the Senate have filed separate resolutions to investigate the recent killing of Lumads (Indigenous Peoples), the displacement of… »

2 clans in Maguindanao end 40 years of ‘rido’

PIGCALAGAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/07 September) – Two clans from Buldon and Barira towns in Maguindanao vowed to end their 40-year old “rido” or feud on Sunday. The warring clans… »

PH in talks with Pacific countries for deal on trade, fisheries

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — The government has started informal negotiations with countries in the tuna-rich Pacific Islands in a bid to forge a regional cooperation deal on trade… »

DA to start talks with Indonesia on new fisheries pact

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) is hoping to begin informal bilateral negotiations soon with Indonesia for the possible forging of a new fisheries cooperation… »

DTI wants cooperation with other countries as tuna catch declines

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sept) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing for more cooperation with other Asia-Pacific states in a bid to address the… »

Tuna industry players pushing for harmonization of fishing practices in ASEAN

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sept) – Tuna industry players here are pushing for the harmonization of fishing practices and standards in Southeast Asia in the wake of the… »

SouthCot wins 2 Galing Pook awards

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sept) – Two of South Cotabato province’s innovative programs have emerged as among the top winners in this year’s Galing Pook Awards. The provincial… »

Philippine Eagle Pamana released in the wrong place – DENR

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 September) – Philippine Eagle Pamana would have survived if she was released deep in the forest of the 31,000-hectare Mt. Hamiguitan Range in Davao Oriental, an environment… »

Lumad school director, 2 others killed in Lianga, Surigao Sur

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Sept) – The executive director of an alternative learning center for Indigenous Peoples (Lumads) and two other members were killed allegedly by paramilitary elements at… »

Buy Kublai Millan merch and support an orphanage

DAVAVO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Sep) – Art pieces by Mindanawon artist Kublai Millan find print in mugs, shirts, coloring books, and key chains for the benefit of an orphanage.… »

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