In Defense of Farmers

Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida V. Rueda-Acosta talks to defense lawyers representing the farmers who were charged with “direct assault” after a hearing at the Municipal Trial Court in Kidapawan… »


Lola Valentina Berdin, 78, left Barangay Caridad in Arakan, North Cotabato for Kidapawan City on March 28, expecting to get a sack of rice from the provincial governor. She finally… »

Absentee Voting

A voter tries to find her name among hundreds in the list at the Commission on Election’s third district office at Magsaysay Park in Davao City on Thursday (28 April… »


Charged with “direct assault” in connection with the bloody dispersal of protesters in Kidapawan City on April 1 and presently out on bail, 78-year old Valentina Ebon Berdin of Arakan,… »

Leisure and Work

Young boys enjoy beating the summer heat at Sta Ana wharf while cleaning plastics and buckets being used as fish containers from Samal in this photo taken on April 25,… »

What if?

  A participant raises a question at the start of the two-day workshop of Titayan: Bridging for Peace at the Ateneo de Davao University on April 22, 2016. Delegates from… »


Friends of Peace convenor Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, Mindanao’s first cardinal, speaks at the opening of “Titayan: Bridging for Peace,” a symposium on inclusive political transitions in the Bangsamoro at the Ateneo… »

Fish from Samal

Porters at Bangkerohan public market in Davao City unload buckets of “moro-moro” from Samal Island at the dropping area in Pag-asa, Bangkerohan on April 18, 2016. Pag-asa serves as a… »

Kidapawan Farmers

Detained farmer Arnel Takyawan tries to stretch his injured leg while waiting for their arraignment at a Kidapawan City Trial Court in this photo taken Thursday (14 April 2015). Takyawan… »

Detained Lola

Farmer Valentina Ebon Berdin, 78, wants to return home to Barangay Ma. Caridad, Arakan, North Cotabato. She left her village on March 28, spent the night in Arakan gym, moved… »

Digong in Koronadal

Davao City mayor and Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte, also known as “Digong,” shares his thoughts on federalism during his campaign sortie in Rizal Park, Koronadal City on April 9, 2016.… »

In memoriam

Flowers and candles were offered for  farmers Darwin Sulang and Lito Salon and welder Enrico Fabligar  at the  Spottswood Methodist Mission Center in Kidapawan City on April 8, 2016, exactly a… »

Aerial Shot

The viral drone video footage of the dispersal of the protesters, and the ensuing clash between rallyists and policemen, in Kidapawan City last April 1 is shown during the hearing… »

Harvest in Drought

Farmers in Antipas town, North Cotabato harvest rice amid a severe El Niño phenomenon in this photo taken on April 5, 2016. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano


Farmers and members of militant groups  in North Cotabato block a portion of  the Davao-Cotabato highway in Kidapawan City on March 30, 2016. The protesters (around 5,000 according to organizers… »

Basket weaver

Rommel Lambas makes a living by weaving baskets in his house in Sitio Matti, Barangay Binaton, Digos City in this photo taken on March 28, 2016. He finishes at least three… »

Mt. Apo fire

Rye Glen Trinidad, head of the Mindanao Mountaineers Federation (in khaki polo) briefs members of the Bureau of Fire Protection on the Mount Apo trails in Barangay Kapatagan,  Digos City… »

In this village with no cellsite, mobile phone video helps bring justice to farmer

BARANGAY DEMOLOC, Malita Davao Occidental (MindaNews / 21 March) — In this village where there is no cellular phone signal, a mobile phone video on an act of torture has… »

River transport

A farmer crosses Demoloc river on his horse as children swim to beat the summer heat in  Barangay Demoloc, Malita in Davao Occidental province. MindaNews photo TOTO LOZANO

New Flag

Maj. Gen. Rafael Valencia, 10th Infantry Division commander, shows on Tuesday (15 March 2016) a photo of a new flag installed at a detachment in Barangay Demoloc, Malita, Davao Occidental.… »

Keeping It Clean

A personnel from the City Environment and National Resources Office picks up trash along San Pedro Street during Parada Davao in celebration of the 79th Araw ng Davao on Wednesday… »

How a Facebook post on torture of Tagakolu farmer prompted swift response from authorities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 14 March) — A 105-second video clip posted late afternoon of March 9 by a priest on the torture of a Tagakolu farmer and his 15-year old… »

Horse power

A farmer goes home after delivering sacks of copra at Purok Matamis, Barangay Demoloc, Malita in Davao Occidental on March 11, 2016. MindaNews photo by TOTO LOZANO

Anti-Mining Protest

Benedictine nun Sister Stella Matutina joins protesters outside the office of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region XI at Leon Garcia Street, Davao City on March 2, 2016 as they call… »

Lumad Rally

Datu Tungig Mansimoy-at, a lumad from Talaingod town in Davao del Norte, reiterates their call to stop alleged military attacks in their communities during a protest rally on Tuesday (1… »


Two-year old Demon Manayab clings on to his mother in the makeshift clinic while awaiting treatment inside UCCP Haran compound in  Davao City  on Feb. 24, 2016. A fire broke… »

Going Mobile

While taking a break from their rehearsals at the sidewalk of Roxas Ave. in Davao City, two musicians update themselves on the presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro City Sunday… »

Book signing

After purchasing copies of the book, O Susana! Untold Stories of Martial Law in Davao, next stop was to get the authors to sign their copies. Sixteen of the 34 authors of… »

Alternative Income

Isidra Batitao shows some of the “sayaf” or traditional hat by the Tedurays in South Upi, Maguindanao on Wednesday (17 February 2016). Isidra and other women in their community are… »

Presidential Campaign

Supporters of Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte gather in Davao City for a rally simultaneous with the launching of Duterte’s Presidential campaign in  Tondo, Manila with his running mate Alan… »

War vs rats

Farmer Delio Calibay digs the burrows made by rats at the rice paddy in Barangay Bangilan, Kabacan, North Cotabato in this photo taken on February 3, 2016. The local government has… »

Thigh-high no more

Farmer  Gina Akit shows how shallow the creek has become in Sitio Cocob, Barangay Kuya in South Upi town in Maguindanao due to drought. The water used to be thigh-high,… »


A sales attendant arranges malongs, imported batik and lace in their store at the barter trade in Cotabato City on February 2, 2016.  Despite the entry of new malls in… »


Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Hadj Murad Ebrahim says the MILF is still hopeful that President Benigno Aquino III can still push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Ritual in Mamasapano

An indigenous leader from Cordillera leaves the site of the Mamasapano encounter after a ritual together with the family members of the PNP Special Action Force personnel who perished in… »


MILF supporters say they want the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) passed, and not the “diluted” Basic Law of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR), during a one-day peace summit at… »


A Moro woman gathers pandan leaves, a raw material for mat- weaving, in  Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano town, Maguindanao on January 19, 2016. The village  made headlines following the January 25,… »

Market Day

Traders display dried fish at a sidewalk outside Datu Odin Sinsuat Public Market morning of June 19, 2016. Monday is “tabo” or the traditional market day of Datu Odin Sinsuat… »

Selfie with the Niño

A devotee poses for a selfie with her niño and Santo Niño statues while waiting for the mass to end at the Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague… »

Duterte shirts

A vendor sells Duterte shirts outside the gate of the Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague during the feast of Santo Niño in Davao City on January 15,… »

Restoring the Towers

Romeo Montenegro, director for Investment Promotion, International Relations and Public Affairs of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), discusses the government’s move to help restore toppled transmission towers of the National… »

Haran ‘bakwit’

A Manobo girl makes bracelets out of plastic beads at UCCP Haran compound in Padre Selga Street, Davao City on Monday (11 January 2016). Her family left their village in… »

PNoy opens coal plant

President Benigno Aquino III leads the inauguration of the 300-megawatt coal-fired powerplant of Therma South Incorporated (TSI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation at Binugao, Toril in Davao City on… »

Lumad March

Indigenous people march towards the Commission on Human Rights office at Quimpo Boulevard in Davao City on Monday (7 December 2015) as they denounce the alleged human rights violations committed by the… »

First time

Five-year old Ronnie “Nono” Perante III lights candles at the symbolic gravemarker of his father. Ronnie, at the site of the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on Saturday,… »


Five-year old Ronnie “Nono” Perante III, son of Goldstar Daily reporter Ronnie Perante, one of 58 victims of the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao, looks at the… »

Looking for Bombs

A Task Force Davao personnel inspects the bag of a passenger at the Sirawan checkpoint, Toril District, Davao City on Wednesday (18 Nov 2015) following a bombing incident wherein a passenger… »

Davao Blast

Davao City police SWAT members gather pieces of evidence at the crime scene where a passenger van was shattered by an improvised explosive device at Ecoland Drive around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday (18… »

A day’s work

Construction workers lay stones and concrete mix at a drainage maintenance project in Isla Verde, Quezon Boulevard, Davao City on November 14, 2015. MindaNews photo by TOTO LOZANO

Not over until it’s over

Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer, chair of the government peace panel updates members of the media on the Bangsamoro peace process Friday afternoon, November 13, 2015, at the Apo View Hotel… »

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