Canadian PM condemns beheading of Abu kidnap victim

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 April) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued on Tuesday a statement condemning the death of Canadian national John Ridsdel in the hands of the Abu Sayyaf… »

Presidential bets vow to end labor contractualization

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 April) — All Presidential candidates promised to put a stop to “endo” or labor contractualization in the country if they win. The candidates spoke before the final… »

Cardinal Quevedo convenes sympo on Bangsamoro transition from Aquino to next admin

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 April) – A symposium to tackle the Bangsamoro peace process as it transitions from the Aquino administration to the next will be convened by Mindanao’s… »

US Embassy Manila donates barracks to Sulu police

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 April) – The United States Embassy in Manila donated to the Philippine National Police (PNP) a newly-refurbished building at the Sulu Training Center in Camp… »


(Statement issued by LEONCIO B. EVASCO, JR., National Campaign Manager of Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte on 19 April 2016) Many still do not know the character and personality of presidential… »

Sulu-based women’s group: reopen the border between Sabah and Sulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April)—A Sulu-based women’s organization has called on the Malaysian government to “immediately reopen” its borders in Sabah to travelers and commercial traders from southern Philippines,… »

Duterte takes solo lead in Pulse Asia poll

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 April) — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has overtaken Senator Grace Poe in the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia and commissioned by ABS-CBN. The survey results,… »

Duterte to Binay: You’re a butcher of people’s money

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April) — Presidential candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte lashed back at Vice President Jejomar Binay who earlier called him “berdugo” (butcher) of the poor. In an emailed statement… »

Police used excessive force in Kidapawan dispersal, says HR monitor

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — The police may have used “unnecessary lethal force” in breaking up a barricade by farmers in Kidapawan City on April 1, the New York-based Human… »

Duterte tops latest SWS survey

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — Davao City Mayor and presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte grabbed the lead in a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) from March 30 to… »

Pacquiao wins “farewell fight”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 April) – World boxing icon Manny Pacquiao won against American boxer Timothy Bradely in what was dubbed as his “farewell fight” in Las Vegas Saturday night (Sunday… »

North Cotabato gov charged with 3 counts of graft

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 April) — After finding herself on the hot seat for the bloody dispersal of protesting farmers in Kidapawan City last week, North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza is… »

25 families flee coz of forest fires in Mt. Matutum

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Apr) – At least 25 families in an upland village in Polomolok town in South Cotabato have evacuated due to the grass and forest… »

Trekking restricted in SouthCot’s Lake Holon

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Apr) – The municipal government of T’boli in South Cotabato has restricted trekking activities to the famed crater-lake Holon following the occurrence of two… »

Grassfire on Mt. Kitanglad as Mt. Apo still on fire after a week  

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 02 April) — Another mountain is on fire in Mindanao, exactly a week after a fire that started at the peak of Mt. Apo on March… »

Progressive groups, presidential bets condemn dispersal of Kidapawan protesters

Various groups, including the camps of presidential candidates, condemned the dispersal Friday of farmers who blocked a portion of the Cotabato-Davao highway in Kidapawan City to demand food assistance from… »

Mt. Matutum closed to trekkers to prevent more fires

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 April) — Mt. Matutum, South Cotabato province’s highest peak, has been closed indefinitely to trekkers following a series of grass and forest fires that already destroyed… »

Start of the Fire

A group of mountaineers and bikers from Cotabato City saw the beginning of the fire at Mt. Apo, as shown in this picture taken at 4:59 p.m. on Saturday (26… »

FASTLANES: The crowd as untruth and the myth of winnability

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) — The second presidential debate in Cebu created a stir for the action. The organizers promised a brawl, like the ‘in-your-face’ style of news… »

Film showing, photo exhibit mark second anniversary of CAB signing

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 March) – A photo exhibit, a film showing, and presentation of plaques of appreciation will mark the observance of the second anniversary of the signing of the… »

GenSan allots P24M for farmers hit by drought

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 March) — The city government has allocated an initial P24 million for assistance to farmers who are directly affected by the worsening long dry spell in… »

P90M spent on dev’t projects in GenSan, South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 March 2016) — Around P90 million worth of development projects were implemented last year in this city and parts of South Cotabato through the efforts of the… »

SIDEBAR: Top bets zip it, won’t talk

By the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism ONLY THREE candidates responded by email and text message to letters that PCIJ sent to 23 of those running for president, vice president,… »

DOT-12 pushes for development of new paragliding site in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 March) — The Department of Tourism in Region 12 is pushing for the development of a newly-opened paragliding fly site along the hilly foothills of the… »

Region 12 has highest employment rate in the country

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 March) – Region 12 posted a 97.7% employment rate in 2015, the highest not only among regions in Mindanao but in the entire country, Ofelia Domingo,… »

Region 12 records 3.16 million tourist arrivals in 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 March) — Tourist arrivals in Region 12 have reached nearly 3.16 million in 2015, the highest for the region in the last four years, Nelly Nita… »

PEACETALK: What next in the Mindanao peace process?

by KRISTIAN HERBOLZHEIMER  and  EMMA LESLIE, Conciliation Resources The non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by Congress did not come as a surprise. It was a scenario foreseen by… »

DOT-12 approves release of P7.56M for tourism projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 1 March) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) has approved the release of around P7.56 million in grants to fund the implementation of various tourism… »

Region 12 prepares for travel & trade expo in Makati

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 1 March) – Region 12 stakeholders have stepped up their preparations for an upcoming regional travel and trade expo that will be held in Makati… »

Duterte asks MILF to maintain peace with gov’t

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 February) — Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has personally appealed to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front central committee to keep the peace between its group… »

From Danao to Davao

Presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte wipes his tears as he recalls his childhood before his townmates in Danao City on Thursday, February 25. Duterte’s family hails… »

After the Fire

A makeshift camp of lumads from Talaingod inside UCCP Haran compound, Padre Selga Street, Davao City was torched by unidentified men early morning of February 24, 2016. Five persons were… »

El Niño destroys P90M worth of crops in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Feb) – Around P90 million-worth of agricultural crops have been devastated in parts of South Cotabato province due to the impact of the continuing… »

Zambo Sur broadcaster shot to death

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 17 Feb) – A radio broadcaster in the municipality of Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur was shot to death Tuesday evening, according to the National Union of… »

GenSan, Koronadal to host festival of talents, campus journalists’ meet

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Feb) – It’s all systems go for the 2016 National Festival of Talents (NFOT) and National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) that are slated next… »

De Oro media indignant over “discrimination” in Feb. 21 Presidential Debate

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews /14 Feb) – “A clear case of discrimination towards the province-based media.’ Journalists here are indignant over the issuance of a guideline by Manila-based organizers… »

Badjao wedding

BADJAO WEDDING. A Sama Badjao groom wraps his arm around his bride. Fourteen Badjao couples were wed in traditional rites along the beach in Barangay Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City… »

Presidential bets present Bangsamoro peace agenda in dialogue with peace groups

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 February) – Presidential candidates will discuss before peace groups and Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando Quevedo, how they will move forward the Bangsamoro peace process when… »

ML victims start campaign against return of Marcoses to Malacanang

Former political prisoners, other victims of the martial law regime and human rights advocates launched on Thursday a campaign to thwart attempts by the Marcoses to recapture Malacanang. Called CARMMA… »

P15.8M crops in GenSan destroyed by El Nino

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — -Around P15.8 million worth of agricultural crops here have been destroyed due to the impact of the continuing dry spell triggered by the El… »

Late Gov’s son is substitute candidate for SouthCot board member

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — A son of the late South Cotabato Gov. Hilario de Pedro III has been fielded as his substitute for the provincial board member race… »

DOLE-12 opens “Assist WELL” center for OFWs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 opened on Wednesday an integrated processing center of various assistance for repatriated and returning Overseas… »

Comelec regional directors reshuffled for 2016 polls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 February) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has designated a new regional director for Region 12 as part of a temporary reshuffle in preparation for the… »

Renaming of South Cotabato provincial gym after late governor pushed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 February) — South Cotabato officials are pushing for the renaming of the provincial gymnasium and cultural center in Koronadal City in honor of the late governor… »

Anti-mining activist dies in hospital after assassination attempt

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 Jan) — An anti-mining activist in Compostela Valley province was rushed to a hospital in Tagum City Wednesday night after an assassination attempt but expired early Saturday… »

Former SouthCot Gov. Hilario de Pedro III passes away

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) — South Cotabato province is mourning the sudden and unexpected passing of former governor Hilario de Pedro III. De Pedro died after reportedly… »

Maasim barangay chair nabbed for illegal drugs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — Anti-drug operatives arrested an incumbent village chair in Maasim town in Sarangani for possession of suspected metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu in a raid at his… »

Rat Hunting

Farmers and town officials of Kabacan in North Cotabato show the rats they caught in the farms Thursday (28 January 2016). The local government unit has offered a reward of… »

4 Lumad schools in Talaingod abandoned after killing of student

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — Schools for Lumads in four sitios of Talaingod, Davao del Norte have closed after the killing last Jan. 17 of a student, the Save Our… »

Forest fire eats up part of Lanao Sur’s ‘Sleeping Lady’ mountain

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 22 January) – Fire of still undetermined origin razed a cogonal area in the mountains of Butig, Lanao del Sur, late Thursday afternoon and has yet… »

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