Kidnap victim’s release allegedly a “gesture of goodwill”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 24 June) – “No ransom” was reportedly paid to the Abu Sayyaf to secure the release early Friday morning of the lone Filipina among four victims kidnapped… »

Kidnap victim freed by Abu Sayyaf; will be presented to Duterte in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) –The lone Filipina among four victims kidnapped from a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal was freed by the Abu Sayyaf early… »

Injured cop in Sarangani blast dies

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – One of the six police officers who were injured in a grenade explosion on Monday in Maasim, Sarangani Province has succumbed to… »

Oath Taking

Senator-elect Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao takes his oath of office in front of his mother and wife at the provincial gymnasium inside the Sarangani capitol compound Wednesday afternoon (22 June 2016).… »

Hearing the Business Sector

President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte speaks before the country’s business leaders during a two-day consultative workshop at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City Tuesday (21 June 2016), where he promised… »

Duterte reiterates call for 3 highranking PNP officials to resign

ALABEL, Sarangani (MindaNews / 22 June) – Retire now or I will ask for your resignation in public, President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte reiterated this warning on Wednesday to three highranking officials of… »

Rains force suspension of classes in 3 South Cotabato towns

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 June) — Classes in primary, elementary and high schools in three municipalities in South Cotabato province were suspended early Tuesday due to the continuing heavy rains.… »

Police still clueless on Maasim blast

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 June) — Police authorities are eyeing several angles into the grenade explosion in Maasim in Sarangani on Monday night that injured six police officers, including the… »

DENR post offered to anti-mining advocate Gina Lopez

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 June) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has offered anti-mining advocate Gina Lopez, also chair of the ABS-CBN Foundation, the post of Secretary of the Department of… »

Canada sends more humanitarian assistance to conflict areas in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – The Government of Canada announced it is providing additional Cad$ 1.25 million (approximately PhP 43.75 million at P35 to one Cad$) in humanitarian… »

Palace condemns death of Canadian hostage in Sulu

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 June) — Malacañang has condemned the killing Monday of Canadian Robert Hall by the bandit group Abu Sayyaf, an article posted Tuesday in, the website of… »

10 SouthCot provincial employees facing dismissal over drugs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 June) – At least 10 employees of the provincial government of South Cotabato are facing possible dismissal from service after yielding positive of using… »

SouthCot LGU allots P28M for scholarship program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 June) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated around P28 million for the implementation of its flagship Kabugwason Paglaum Scholarship Program (KPSP)… »

LATE BLOOMS: It’s Over, Let’s Begin

The campaign period’s already finished, counting of the votes has been completed, and the final winners have been declared: why with attack-defense remain obsessed? For what worthwhile purpose and useful… »

CHR report on Kidapawan dispersal muddles legitimacy of farmers’ protest – Karapatan

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 June) — The report of the Commission on Human Rights on the bloody dispersal of protesters in Kidapawan City two months ago “parroted” attempts by government “to… »


Coast Guard personnel attend to fishermen repatriated from Indonesia during their arrival at the Makar Port in General Santos City Sunday. Arrested by Indonesian naval personnel when the Filipino fishermen… »

93 fishers repatriated from Indonesia

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 May) – The Indonesian government has repatriated 93 more fishermen from this city and other parts of Mindanao who were earlier jailed due to… »

Mat Weaver

Cynthia, a mat weaver in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, prepares the plastic strands that would help put the nipa leaves in place as she weaves mats last Sunday (29 May 2016).… »

Number of illegal vendors in Davao City drops due to night market

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 March) — The number of illegal vendors – ambulant sellers who used to block the sidewalks of downtown Davao – has ropped in the… »

Royal Council of the Sulu Sultanate to present stand on Sabah and Federalism soon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 May) — The Royal Council of the Sulu Sultanate will present its final position on the Sabah issue and Federalism after its meeting on June… »

Armed men attack Gov. Generoso town, seize police chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 May) – Armed men attacked the police station of Governor Generoso town (formerly Sigaboy) in Davao Oriental at around 8 p.m. Sunday and seized its police chief.… »

Davao City holds 1st LGBT Pride March on June 1

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) – Some 250 LGBT and Gender Equality advocates across the Davao region are expected to participate in the first LGBT Pride March from Freedom Park to… »

Keeping Davao City restos alive with live grouper

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 May) — The recent surge in visitors coming to Davao as a result of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s impending ascension to the presidency has benefited many local businesses,… »

NUJP: Panelo appointment spells doom for Ampatuan Massacre case

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 May) — The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines has expressed “serious misgivings” over reports presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte was planning to appoint a former counsel… »

7 killed, 8 hurt in Sarangani road accident

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 May) — Seven people were killed while eight others were injured after a passenger van collided head-on with a boom truck along the national highway in… »

Poll winners in Sarangani proclaimed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 May) — The provincial board of canvassers (PBOC) of Sarangani proclaimed the province’s winning candidates on Sunday, nearly a week after the May 9 general elections.… »

4 active and former media workers reelected in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 May) — Four former and active media practitioners, all of them women, have been reelected to the local legislative bodies here and other parts of Region… »

SK governor-elect to prioritize improvement of health facilities

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 May) — Incoming Sultan Kudarat Gov. Datu Pax Mangudadatu will prioritize the expansion of their provincial hospital and the enhancement of various key services in the… »

Technical glitches delay proclamations in some Region 12 areas

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 May) – The proclamation of some winning candidates in parts of Region 12 are facing delays due to various technical problems that affected the… »

UPDATED: Duterte leads by at least 6 million votes; opponents concede

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) – After Senator Grace Poe, two other opponents of presidential front runner Rodrigo Duterte have also conceded on Tuesday. In a press conference in Quezon City… »

Former governor Pax Mangudadatu returns to SK capitol

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — After a six-year break from politics, former Sultan Kudarat Gov. Datu Pax Mangungudatu is returning to the provincial capitol. Mangudadatu, who ran under local… »

Pacquiao siblings win in GenSan, Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — The family of boxing icon and outgoing Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao has remained a dominant force in local politics here and nearby province.… »

Pacquiao allies dominate GenSan polls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 May) — Incumbent City Mayor Ronnel Rivera posted a convincing win in Monday’s elections for his second consecutive term at the city hall. Rivera, who ran… »

Police: Polls in Region 12 generally peaceful

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 May) — A grenade exploded in Cotabato City on Monday, but the Police Regional Office (PRO)-12 declared the conduct of Monday’s general elections in parts of… »

Defective VCM

A poll clerk at clustered precinct number 58 in Carpenter Hill Elementary School in Koronadal City receives the filled up ballot of a voter for temporary safekeeping after its assigned… »

Pacquiao confident of winning Senate race

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 May) — Boxing icon and senatorial aspirant Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao expressed confidence he could land a Senate seat as he cast his votes before noon on… »

Oldest Voter In Town

Serafin N. Ramos Sr., 95, emerges from Precinct 0012A at Malalag Central Elementary School after casting his vote at 10am. Ramos, who is said to be the oldest voter in… »

Defective VCMs, erroneous ballots mar voting in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 May) — The conduct of the elections in Region 12 has been “generally smooth” despite the reported technical problems with the vote-counting machines in some polling… »

9 liquor ban violators arrested in Koronadal City

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 May) — Police operatives arrested nine residents in nearby Koronadal City on Monday morning for alleged violation of the liquor ban in line with the general… »

10 municipalities in Region 12 declared ‘areas of concern’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 May) – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Region 12 has declared 10 municipalities in the region as areas of concern or election watch… »

18 private schools in Region 12 want tuition fee hike

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 6 May) – At least 18 private colleges and universities in parts of Region 12 are seeking another round of increases in June in their… »

No brownouts on election day in GenSan, neighboring areas – NGCP

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 May) – This city and the neighboring areas will not experience any rotational brownouts during the May 9 general elections, the National Grid Corporation of the… »

P200M sanitary landfill complex in GenSan opens

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 May) – The city government finally opened its P200-million sanitary landfill complex, which is considered as the biggest so far in Mindanao. Mayor Ronnel… »

SouthCot’s P5M hospital waste treatment facility to open soon

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 May) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for the operationalization before yearend of its P5-million treatment facility for hospital wastes. Elbe… »

COMMENTARY: More work after May 9

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/04 May) — The crazy festive mood of this year’s election season commenced when the Archangel Lucifer, the Far East Hitler, an Intergalactic Space Ambassador and a host… »

Explosives found in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 May) — Army and police personnel recovered on Monday a cache of improvised high-powered explosives believed owned by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a makeshift… »

590 cops deployed in Region 12 for May 9 polls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 May) — The Police Regional Office (PRO)-12 deployed on Tuesday 590 police personnel to the region’s provincial and city police units in preparation for the May… »

No election ‘hotspot’ in Region 12 — Comelec

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 May) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Region 12 has not declared any “hotspot” in the region in connection with the May 9 general elections. Lawyer Francisco… »

South Cotabato seeks P422M for 7 tourism projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 May) — Tourism stakeholders in South Cotabato are seeking around P422 million in investments for the development of seven tourism projects in the province. Cesar Sulit… »

Pagsalop sa Adlaw: Photography in Motion by the UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 May) — The University of the Philippines Mindanao Dance Ensemble will be staging its annual contemporary dance theater concert at 6 p.m. on May 5… »

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