Bishop Escaler passes away at age 93

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Nov) – Bishop Federico Escaler, the first Bishop of the then Prelature of Kidapawan in North Cotabato and the Prelature of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay,… »

Blast Site

Bomb experts check on the blast site just outside the Army’s 6th Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion at PC Hill in Cotabato City Wednesday night (25 Nov 2015). None was… »

Joey Ayala is back for homecoming concert in Ateneo de Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 November) — Multiawarded singer-songwriter Joey Ayala is back in Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) for a homecoming concert on Monday, November 23. Initiated by ADDU’s… »

Another Ampatuan massacre suspect arrested

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 November) — Police operatives arrested on Tuesday another suspect in the Ampatuan massacre after nearly six years in hiding in nearby Sarangani Province. Supt. Romeo Galgo,… »

P6M in illegal drugs seized in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 November) — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 12 has recovered nearly P6 million worth of illegal drugs in various operations this year in parts… »

Isabela City vice mayoralty bet injured in shooting incident

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/15 November) – A former town official who is seeking the post of vice mayor in Isabela City, Basilan was injured when motorcycle-riding gunmen shot him early Sunday… »

PNoy, MILF condemn terror attacks in Paris

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) issued separate statements Saturday and Sunday condemning the series of coordinated attacks in… »

4 Mindanawons among 38 new diplomats

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Nov) – The Department of Foreign Affairs announced on Friday that 38 examinees of the five-phase Foreign Service Officers Exam passed, out of 143 who passed the… »

A Gentle shaft of light shines on Kadtabanga through Shariah

  COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) – It’s not every day that one encounters a great woman Moro leader who not only commands respect and allegiance from her fellow leaders from… »

Davao 2003 bombing suspect nabbed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Nov) – Authorities arrested on Wednesday the bomber believed to be behind the Sasa Wharf explosion in 2003 and the bombing of the Davao City… »

SouthCot pork producers to start sending products to Middle East early 2016

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Nov) – Pork producers here and nearby South Cotabato province will finally start early next year the shipment of cut pork meat products to… »

DA-12 releases P20M for abattoir complex in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Nov) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has released an initial P20 million for the development of a modern regional abattoir complex here. Engr.… »

Troops kill 2 Abu Sayyafs in Sulu clash, Army claims

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 12 Nov) – Two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed in a clash in the hinterlands of Sulu early Thursday, the military… »

DA wants to avail of $450M more from World Bank for flagship PRDP

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 11 Nov) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) will propose for an additional loan and grant package of around US$450 million from the World Bank for… »

DA releases P538M for machineries, project grants for farmers in Region 12

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 11 Nov) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) released on Wednesday around P538 million worth of farm machineries and project grants to farmers’ groups and local government units… »

Tawi-tawi hosts 1st Int’l conference on Sama Badjao  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 Nov) — The Sama Studies Center of the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Tawi-tawi is hosting the 1st International Conference on the Sama Badjao (Sama Dilaut) at… »

Suu Kyi eyes national reconciliation if NLD wins majority of Myanmar parliament

YANGON, Myanmar (MindaNews/06 November)—Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi vowed to pursue national reconciliation if her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), wins a majority of parliament seats… »

Comelec holds special voters’ registration in remote Zambo Norte town

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 5 Nov) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is conducting a five-day special voters’ registration in the municipality of Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte as it granted… »

British arrested for pornography, cybercrime

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 4 Nov) – A British national was arrested in Pagadian City Tuesday allegedly for pornographic activities, according to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). Chief… »

Group says mining project threatens biodiversity in Southern Mindanao, neighboring regions

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 November) — An impending mining project in Southern Mindanao threatens the area’s biodiversity as well as the ecology of neighboring regions, an environment group said citing a… »

13 films to compete in Mindanao’s only int’l film fest

A total of 13 films will vie in the third edition of SalaMindanaw International Film Festival from November 18 to December 2 in the cities of General Santos and Cotabato. Six… »

3 soldiers injured in clash against Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/02 November) – Three soldiers were wounded in a clash with the Abu Sayyaf on Monday as the military offensive continued in the province of Sulu. Brig. Gen.… »

Mindanao eyed as manufacturing hub of rubber products

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/02 November) – The scheduled two-day Philippine Rubber Investment and Market Encounter (PRIME) 2015 on Nov. 10 and 11 in Davao City aims to position Mindanao as the… »

Korean kidnap victim dies in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/01 November) – A 73-year-old Korean national held captive for nine months and seven days by the Abu Sayyaf was found dead late Saturday evening in Patikul, Sulu,… »

Displaced Sama Bangingi families receive new houses on stilt in Zambo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 November) — Fifty families from the Sama Bangigi fisherfolk whose houses were burned down during the September 2013 standoff in Zamboanga City between government forces and the… »

Troops discover improvised bomb in Jolo cemetery

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/31 October) – An improvised bomb placed inside a bag was left on top of a tomb at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Jolo, Sulu, at around 7… »

15 killed, 13 injured in Zambo dawn fire

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/31 October) – Fifteen persons, six of them children aged 1 to 10, were killed while 13 others were injured in a dawn fire Saturday that destroyed P8… »

No Bio, No Boto

Voters look for their names at the Commission on Elections office in Malaybalay City on Friday (Oct. 30, 2015), a day before the deadline of voters’ registration and validation for… »

PRO-9 adopts ‘Oplan Puntod’ to ensure peaceful ‘Undas’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/30 October) – The Police Regional Office-9 has placed all its personnel on full alert to ensure the peaceful observance of the All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days… »

Human Rights Watch: execution of Loreto mayor and son ‘just plain murder’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 October) – The killing of the mayor of Loreto town in Agusan del Sur and his son by the New People’s Army (NPA) on October 19 is… »

BFAR-12 allots P5.7M for 2 fish landing centers in coastal communities

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 Oct) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 12 has allocated around P5.7 million for the development of two community… »

Nat’l gov’t to push operations vs illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 Oct) – The national government will prioritize the country’s major fishing grounds, including tuna-rich waters, for its enhanced enforcement operations against illegal, unreported and… »

2 escape unscathed in Sulu roadside bomb explosion

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 Oct) – Two people were lucky enough to escape unscathed on Tuesday in a roadside bombing perpetrated by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group… »

A Day in Court for the Bangsamoro

Datu Michael Mastura (fifth from left, beside Sister Arnold Marie Noel) files his urgent motion for intervention before the Supreme Court in the presence of ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman (to… »

Improvised bomb found in Lamitan City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/27 October) – The police and military foiled a bombing attempt by suspected members by the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan province, an official said Tuesday. Senior Supt. Oscar… »

Haze from Indonesia forest fires thinning out in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 October) — The haze from the forest fires in Indonesia that earlier blanketed this city and neighboring areas has thinned thinned out in the last two… »

Village officials close Lumad school named after slain missionary Fausto Tentorio

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 October) – A school named after slain Italian missionary Fausto “Pops” Tentorio for Lumad (Indigenous Peoples) children in Barangay White Kulaman in Kitaotao, Bukidnon was “permanently closed”… »

NPA claims responsibility for killing Loreto mayor and son

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 October) – The Southern Mindanao Regional Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) has claimed responsibility for killing Loreto mayor Dario Otaza and his son Daryl, allegedly… »

4 Abu Sayyaf suspects nabbed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/24 October) – Four suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), one of them a woman, were arrested early Saturday in Sulu as military offensive against the… »

Cases of dog bites rise in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 October) – Cases of dog bites have increased in the last nine months prompting the city government to step up its anti-rabies vaccination activities for pet… »

2 soldiers wounded in clash with Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/October 23) – Two soldiers were wounded in a clash with suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits as the military operations continue in the hinterlands of Sulu, a top military… »

DOH-12 dispels fears of health problems from haze

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 October) — With the area’s air quality still at “safe levels,” the Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 allayed fears on Friday of serious health… »

Air quality in Region 12 declared safe despite haze from Indonesia forest fires

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 October) — Air quality in this city and other parts of Region 12 has remained at safe levels despite the presence of haze, believed to have… »

Koronadal ready for Mindanao leg of Batang Pinoy Games

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 October) — It’s all systems go for the Mindanao qualifying leg of the 2015 Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy that will formally open on Saturday, Oct. 24, in nearby… »

Boy, 3, wounded in Sulu firefight

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 October) – A three-year-old boy was hit by a stray bullet in a firefight initiated by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits on Wednesday in Patikul, Sulu. Brig. Gen.… »

Raise labor standards in tuna industry

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 October) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 has stepped up its interventions to facilitate the tuna industry players’ compliance with international… »

Mindanao hospital receives new eye care equipment

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 October) — The Southern Philippines and Medical Center (SPMC) received on Tuesday afternoon a brand new retinal camera equipment worth USD $125,000 (approximately PhP 5.25 M) to… »

Mining exec kidnapped May 3 freed Tuesday

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/21 October) – The finance officer of a mining firm who was kidnapped from a hotel in Bongao, Tawi-tawi on May 3 was freed in Indanan, Sulu on… »

South Cotabato pushes preparations for El Nino

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 October) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has continued with its preparations against the possible onslaught of a strong El Nino Phenomenon despite the province’s… »

Region 12 placed under ‘blue alert’ as typhoon Lando enters PH

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 October) — The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Region 12 has raised the “blue alert” status in the entire area in connection with… »

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