Sad Homecoming

A police chaplain consoles Merlyn, the widow of Inspector Joey Gamutan, during the arrival honors Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Zamboanga International Airport. Gamutan, who is from Isabela City,… »

Flavors of the American South find home in Davao’s Huckleberry

Huckleberry Southern Kitchen and Bar is now open and ready to serve a contemporary taste of the American South. Southern cuisine is known as comfort food, and Huckleberry offers time-honored… »

Statement of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno on the recent Maguindanao Encounter

In the wake of the recent deaths in Mamasapano, Maguindanao involving officers and members of the Philippine National Police – Special Action Force and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, I… »

A Test of Our Commitment to Peace

(Statement of the Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc. on the tragic death of over 40 members of the PNP-Special Action Force in Maguindanao Province last January 25, 2014) As an… »

1 killed, 7 wounded in blast, ambuscades in Basilan, Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 January) – One person was killed while four others were wounded in a bomb explosion and in an ambush in the hinterlands of Basilan province, officials said… »

Staying the Course, Challenges to Peace

Statement of the Initiatives for International Dialogue It is with profound shock and sorrow that we view the events as yet unfolding in the surrounds of Mamasapano in Maguindanao. Our… »

GPH, MILF peace panels sign TOR of decommissioning body

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 January) – The peace panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the Terms of Reference of the Independent Decommissioning Body during their special… »

Mass held in GenSan for 44 SAF members slain in Mamasapano

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 offered a memorial service here on Friday morning as they joined the entire country in mourning the killing… »

Zambo City registers less dengue cases

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 January) – The number of dengue cases in the city decreased by 1,221 in 2014 compared to that in 2013, the City Health Office said. Dr. Rodelin… »

South Cotabato allots P2.4M for tourism planning

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has set aside some P2.4 million for the crafting of the comprehensive tourism master plans of seven municipalities… »

Peace Walk

Mamasapano school children stage a “peace walk” Thursday as they marched around town calling for an end to the violence in their municipality. MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera | Read… »

IP group hits Sen. Cayetano for ‘fanning anti-Moro sentiment’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – An indigenous peoples’ alliance accused Senator Alan Peter Cayetano of fanning anti-Moro sentiment and of being “painfully unversed in the intricacies of the… »

Reclamation project developer in Davao told to give importance to mitigating traffic

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – Developers of a reclamation project here that would develop the coast along Magsaysay Park to Bucana into a mixed-use project would need to… »

BFAR to stop issuing commercial licenses due to overfishing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said it will stop issuing commercial fishing licenses starting June this year due over exploitation of… »

Corn production in Region XI up by 23.5% in 2014

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – The Davao Region’s corn production last year increased by 23.5 percent compared to the previous year, harvesting a total of 280,293 metric tons… »

DA includes GenSan as priority area in PRDP program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 has adopted this city as among the priority expansion areas in the region this… »

Megaworld’s Davao Park District project gaining ground

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – The 11.2-hectare Davao Park District, the first township development in Mindanao of property developer Megaworld, has been gaining ground as it already attracted… »

PhilHealth to expand coverage to 11,000 more households in conflict areas

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will expand to 11,000 households this year the coverage of its health insurance program for residents… »

Davao flies flag at half mast

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday ordered the city’s flags be flown at half mast in a show of sympathy to the fallen Special Action… »

Cleanup of Davao’s polluted rivers urged

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – The committee on environment of the city council here is asking the City Mayor’s Office to assign an environmental sanitary specialist at the… »

Korean businessman’s abductors identified

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – The police has tagged members of a kidnap-for-ransom-group with ties to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) as the ones behind the abduction of… »

Task Force rescues 5 from trafficking

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – The multi-agency Sea-based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) rescued Monday five would-be trafficking victims and arrested the alleged Malaysian recruiter in this city. Senior… »

Suspected Abu, 7 others bolt Basilan jail

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/27 January) – A suspected Abu Sayyaf bandit and seven other people accused of different crimes escaped early Tuesday from the provincial jail in Isabela City, Basilan province,… »

Processing unit for PDRP projects under study

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — In a bid to fast track the implementation of projects under its flagship Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP), the Department of Agriculture (DA) is… »

DA eyes P7.5-B for flagship program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) is targeting to implement around P7.5 billion worth of infrastructure and enterprise development projects this year under its flagship… »

Davao’s pioneering gift shop plans a facelift

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — The Alcantara Group, one of the largest and most diversified Filipino-owned conglomerates in the country, is planning to improve its Aldevinco Shopping Center here to… »

3 Zambo blast suspects charged

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 January) – Police on Monday filed criminal charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office against three people implicated in the recent bomb explosion in this city. Two people… »

Duterte shoots down proposal to install CCTVs in buses

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 January) – The city council will be reconsidering a proposed ordinance requiring all buses plying the city to install CCTVs following Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s comment that… »

Mining, quarry revenues in South Cotabato drop in 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 January) — South Cotabato’s mining and quarry revenues dropped by around P1.25 million last year as officials noted a slowdown in small-scale mining operations in the… »

Poverty reduction program for fisherfolk launched in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 January) — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has allocated around P55 million for the implementation this year of a new socio-economic initiative for… »

President Aquino visits Zambo blast victims

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – President Benigno S. Aquino III visited Sunday different hospitals in the city where some victims of Friday’s bomb explosion were confined. Two persons were killed… »

Gunmen seize Korean businessman in Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – Gunmen believed to be kidnappers abducted late Saturday a Korean businessman in Zamboanga Sibugay. Insp. Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office-9 information officer, identified the victim… »

Ombudsman orders filing of graft charges vs DavOr officials

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 January) –The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of graft charges against local government officials of Davao Oriental for the alleged anomalous purchase of heavy… »

Investments in DavNor grow by almost P20M in 2014

DAVAO CITY(MindaNews/25 January) – Investments in Davao del Norte in 2014 reached P8.494 billion last year or P19.652 million more than the 2013 figure, according to data from the Board… »

SouthCot clears debris off Lake Holon

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 January) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has launched massive clearing operations at the critical crater-lake Holon in T’boli town to prevent possible flashfloods in… »

Death toll in Zambo blast: 2

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/24 January) – The death toll in Friday’s explosion near a bus terminal here has reached two as one of 53 injured died in the hospital. Dr. Rodelin… »

Zambo Blast

Government security forces assess the impact of the explosion in Zamboanga City on Friday, 23 January 2015. MindaNews contributed photo by Charlie Saceda

Zambo Blast

Medical personnel attend to the victims of the explosion in Zamboanga City on Friday, 23 January 2015. MindaNews contributed photo by Charlie Saceda

PRESS RELEASE: Krav Maga training to be held Davao

Krav Maga training to be held Davao The International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) in the Philippines and its local training center in Davao will be holding its first Krav Maga… »

UPDATE: Powerful blast kills 1, injures 48 in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/23 January) – A person was killed while the wounded climbed to 48 from the earlier 33 reported in a suspected car bomb explosion Friday in this city,… »

Duterte for President?

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he “will wait for signs from God” whether to run in the 2016 presidential race. He was in Butuan City on January 22, 2015… »

Let the Court Decide

Policemen guard the road during the rally in Cotabato City by some members of Moro political clans and their supporters on January 22, 2015. They decried their inclusion as new… »

Police bust P5M illegal drugs in South Cotabato in 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 January)– Police operatives in South Cotabato seized at least P5 million worth of illegal drugs in various operations last year within the province’s 10 towns and… »

Flood Rescue

Rescuers maneuver their boat on Thursday (22 Jan 2015) toward boarding houses near the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) in Kabacan, North Cotabato where students are believed trapped after Wednesday… »

Another Davao grad tops PRC exam

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – Another graduate from one of the universities in this city topped yet another licensure examination administered by the Professional Regulation Commission, this time… »

PRESS RELEASE: Plana FORMA goes to Davao for another popup

Plana FORMA goes to Davao for another popup Classes on January 23-24 will be led by Plana FORMA senior trainers Celine Encarnacion and Gino Ong in the Fairlane Clubhouse in… »

Gov’t troops capture 2 Abu Sayyaf camps in Basilan clashes

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 21 January) – Government forces captured two Abu Sayyaf camps in Basilan following separate clashes Tuesday that led to the death of two of the group’s… »

200 paragliding experts from 15 countries joining Sarangani World Cup

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – Around 200 top paragliding pilots and crew from 15 countries are expected to join the first leg of the 2015 Paragliding Accuracy… »

Bombing attempt in Basilan foiled

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 22 January) – Authorities have foiled a bombing attempt late Wednesday in Isabela City in Basilan, a police official said. Supt. Albert Larubis, Isabela police chief,… »

DOT-12 to do promotions in South Korea

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – In a bid to draw more foreign tourists or visitors, the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 12 is planning to organize… »

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