UPDATE: Tropical Depression ‘Seniang’ nears Hinatuan; 13 Mindanao and Visayas provinces under PSWS 1

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 December) – Tropical Depression Seniang was moving closer to Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its advisory issued… »

LPA is now Tropical Depression ‘Seniang’; 10 Mindanao provinces under PSWS 1

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 December) — The low pressure area east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a tropical depression and was named “Seniang”, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and… »

Malaybalay high school batch initiates fund support for ALS learners 

MALAYBALAY CITY  (MindaNews/27 December) — Instead of the usual reunion party, the 1994 batch of high school graduates from Bukidnon State College (now university), is launching a financial support and… »

From Baclaran to Iligan Fr. Picardal: “I started as a solitary rider and ended with the biking community”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 December) – Fr. Amado Picardal finally arrived in Iligan City on December 23, two weeks after he left Baclaran Church, along Roxas Boulevard in Paranaque City, Metro… »

Cop arrested in gun smuggle try

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 December) – A policeman was arrested Wednesday while allegedly trying to smuggle high-powered firearms and gun parts in Basilan province. Supt. Albert Larubis, Isabela City police chief,… »

20 injured by firecrackers in South Cotabato, GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 December) — A 43-year-old man lost a finger while 19 others, mostly children, sustained various firecracker injuries in connection with the Christmas revelries in this city… »

Davao City celebrates 14th Christmas and New Year with no firecracker blasts  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 December) – Dabawenyos greeted their 14th Christmas without firecracker explosions and are preparing to welcome 2015 by blowing their party horns and yes, dancing, in the 2nd… »

Kidnapped Zambo businesswoman freed in Sulu  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 December) – A businesswoman kidnapped here four months ago was freed in Sulu Wednesday, Christmas Eve. Released was Michelle Panes, 36, who was abducted allegedly by suspected… »

CRUCIBLE: Abdulmari Imao: A Necrological Prayer

PASAY CITY (MindaNews/22 December) – First of all, we would like to pray for the repose of the soul of the late Abdulmari Imao; that he may have the safe… »

More residents employed in Region 12 in 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 December) — The number of employed residents in Region 12 has slightly increased this year as local industries continued with their expansions amid the area’s improving… »

Davao City okays training for handling of hazardous materials

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 December) – Training for the city’s first responders in the handling of hazardous materials will start next year, an official said. City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management… »

Businesswoman, niece charged for selling firecrackers in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/21 December) – A businesswoman and her niece were charged by the police for allegedly selling firecrackers in this city which recently passed an ordinance banning the use,… »

Smiles of the Season

Children riding a colorful motorela join the Paskorela on Dec. 20, 2014, an event that highlights the famous motorela in Cagayan de Oro City. Local inventor Raphael Floirendo, invented the motorela in… »

Troops arrest 4 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits carrying explosives

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 December)–Government troops have arrested last Wednesday four suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits transporting explosives and bomb-making materials in the province of Sulu, officials said Saturday. Ensign Ian Chester… »

Tourism or Mining?

A passenger boat travelling from Siargao Island to Surigao City passes by an open-pit mining area in the island of Hinatuan in the town of Taganaan, in Surigao del Norte… »

Reds declare truce for holidays, Pope’s visit

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 December) — The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has declared a ceasefire for the holidays and during the visit of Pope Francis… »

Midnight Mass

The St. Augustine Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro City is well-lighted for the Christmas midnight masses as taken on Dec. 19, 2014. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

Christmas Lights in CDO

A riot of lights adorns the Cagayan de Oro City hall on Dec. 19, 2014, which has become a major Christmas attraction in the area. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

One for the Climate

Bikers join Fr. Amado “Picx” Picardal (middle) for a photo opportunity as he arrives in Panacan, Davao City on Friday (19 Dec 2014). Picardal is on a 14-day journey covering… »

Climate Ride

Church workers welcome Fr. Amado “Picx” Picardal (middle) as he arrives at the Redemptorist Church in Davao City on Friday (19 Dec 2014). Picardal is on a 14-day journey covering… »

FROM BACLARAN TO ILIGAN Biking priest arrives in Davao City, next stop: Bukidnon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 December) — Cheers, applause and confetti greeted Fr. Amado Picardal as he appeared on the driveway of Redemptorist parish convent at 3:42 p.m. Friday, on the tenth… »

7 wounded in grenade blast in Maguindanao market

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/19 Dc) — Seven persons were wounded, including a young girl when a grenade exploded, followed by an exchange of gunfire at the public market in Poblacion 2,… »

Shariff Kabunsuan Festival

A colorful Guinakit fluvial parade at the Rio Grande de Mindanao highlights the celebration of the Shariff Kabunsuan Festival in Cotabato City Friday (19 Dec 2014). The Guinakit refers to… »

Old Carolers

Best friends Alfredo Panoy (left), 60, and Marcelo Son, 70, from Del Carmen, Iligan City, have been caroling together for years. What makes their style special is the use of… »

Yakan Wedding

A real traditional Yakan wedding takes place at the mock Basilan cultural village inside the ARMM compound on Thursday (18 Dec 2014). Both bride and groom wore face paints and… »

Region 12 police to make sure none among its ranks fire a gun during holidays

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 is targeting to maintain its clean record in terms of indiscriminate firing cases involving police personnel… »

2 boys get firecracker injuries in SouthCot town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – Health personnel in South Cotabato province have stepped up their campaign against the use of firecrackers and fireworks after it already recorded… »

Navy recaptures vessel loaded with smuggled rice

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 19 December) – The vessel loaded with 10,000 sacks of smuggled rice worth P20 million that escaped from the Bureau of Customs’ (BoC) holding area was… »

Fishing boat sinks off Basilan; 25 crewmen rescued

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/18 December) – A fishing boat sank early Thursday off Basilan province after seawater entered it through a hole on its wooden hull, an official said. Lieutenant Senior… »

Davao among cities with most rabies cases this year

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 December) — Davao City is among the top 10 cities in the country with the highest number of rabies incidences this year, with 10 cases as of… »

DOST releases over P36M to MSMEs in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 December) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region 12 has released some P36.65 million worth of “innovation support” this year to various micro,… »

Upgrading of South Cotabato provincial hospital starts in 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 December) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is targeting to begin early next year the upgrading of its provincial hospital following the approval of a… »

Davao City launch of Gaspar’s book on Yolanda set for Dec. 18

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 December) – Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar’s book, “Desperately Seeking God’s Saving Action” with the sub-title “Yolanda Survivors’ Hope Beyond Heartbreaking Lamentations” will have its Davao… »

Climate Ride

Fr. Amado “Picx” Picardal (right), who is on a 14-day journey covering 1,800 kilometers from Baclaran to Iligan City for his “Climate Ride,” is joined by MindaNews reporter Roel Catoto… »

Sendong Commemoration

Survivors and families of the victims of Typhooon Sendong, as well as sympathizers, stage a candle-lighting ceremony and threw flowers in the Mandulog River early morning Wednesday (17 Dec 2014)… »

3 Davao lumads injured in traffic accidents

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – Three lumads were injured in two separate traffic accidents Wednesday at the height of the holiday season’s influx of indigenous people coming down… »

Apprehended vessel loaded with smuggled rice disappears at Zambo port

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – Government authorities have launched a search for a vessel loaded with an undetermined amount of smuggled rice that suddenly disappeared at the holding… »

DOJ files graft charges against Napolcom official

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/16 December) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed on Monday criminal charges against a ranking government official who was arrested in an entrapment in this city. Charged… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Attitude matters a lot

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — Does a congressman or senator—or any public official, for that matter—have the right to be re-elected at taxpayers’ expense? Of course not, but… »

Koronadal to host 2015 Batang Pinoy games

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has chosen Koronadal City in South Cotabato as host of the 2015 edition of the Philippine Youth Games-National Batang… »

Cruise ship stranded in GenSan removed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) successfully moved to deeper waters early Tuesday afternoon a Panamanian cruise ship that ran aground last Friday off the… »

DA allots P792M for agri-related infra in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 December) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) is investing around P792 million for the development and upgrading of more farm-to-market roads and various vital agricultural support… »

Coast Guard readies salvage ops for grounded cruise ship in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 December) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is working on the immediate removal of a Panamanian cruise ship that ran aground off the coasts of this… »

Padyak para kay Boyd

Participants to the 4th Padyak para kay Boyd  bike along Marfori Subdivision in Davao City Sunday, December 14, en route to the finish line in Ma-a,  for the benefit of… »


Mount Calayo. a dormant volcano popularly known as Musuan Peak, stands close to the campus of Central Mindanao University in Musuan, Maramag, Bukidnon where a bus was bombed on Dec.… »

Napolcom official nabbed for extortion in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 December) – Policemen arrested a ranking government official for extortion in an entrapment operation Friday in this city. Arrested was Atty. Macapado Guro, the regional director of… »

‘Laws on dumping toxic waste into the sea inadequate’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 December) — Laws on dumping of toxic waste into the seas need to “adapt to changing times”, the City Legal Office said. Lawyer John-Christopher T. Mahamud, whose… »

Zamboanga Sibugay kidnap leader falls

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 December) – Police arrested a suspected leader of a kidnap-for-ransom-group Thursday in Zamboanga Sibugay province. Senior Supt. Robert Roy Bahian, Zamboanga Sibugay police director, identified the suspect… »

Landmark in honor of fisherfolk to rise in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — A landmark honoring the city’s fishermen and pioneers of its thriving fishing sector will soon rise in a coastal village here. Joseph Alvin Veneracion,… »

City gov’t wants construction of vital bridge in GenSan resumed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The city government is pushing for the resumption before the end of the month of the construction works on a vital bridge along the P1.135 billion… »

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