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Bacani: “Read more and write”

Bacani: “Read more and write”

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) --  “Read more and write.” This was the challenge posed to the youth by lawyer Benedicto Bacani, founding director of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) ...

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An afternoon of poetry at the 1st Mindanao Book Festival

An afternoon of poetry at the 1st Mindanao Book Festival

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Feb) – Award-winning poet, writer, artist and professor Ricardo de Ungria was among a number of Mindanawon poets who joined the poetry reading during the opening of the 1st M ...

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Bonok-Bonok 2013

Bonok-Bonok 2013

BEAUTY. One of the queens of this year's Bonok-Bonok Festival in Surigao City on Sept. 9, 2013. MindaNews Photo by Vanessa Almeda ...

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Centennial Preparation

Centennial Preparation

North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza (in blue) and Senator JV Ejercito Estrada (second from left) lead the capsule laying for the Centennial Museum on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the provincial ca ...

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Mindanawons call for ‘pork’ abolition

Mindanawons call for ‘pork’ abolition

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) – Mindanawons from all walks of life marched together in cities across the island today to express their outrage over the reported misuse and abuse of the Priority Dev ...

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Surigao Sur environmental activist in hiding amid threats

Surigao Sur environmental activist in hiding amid threats

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 May) – An environment activist in Surigao del Sur is now on the run, seeking sanctuary in an unknown but safe places after unidentified men attempted to enter his home ear ...

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Rotating brownouts to return to Surigao Norte

Rotating brownouts to return to Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May)– Residents and businesses in Surigao del Norte will have to brace for recurring daily brownouts after enjoying uninterrupted power supply since the May 13 elections, an ...

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‘Dragon Slayer’ ‘Kaka’ Bag-ao punches hole to Ecleo dynasty

‘Dragon Slayer’ ‘Kaka’ Bag-ao punches hole to Ecleo dynasty

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/18 May)–Dubbed by the local media as the “Dragon Slayer,” Akbayan Rep. Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao finally punched a hole to the well-entrenched political dynasty of the Ecleos, a fam ...

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Ecleo daughter accepts mother defeated her

Ecleo daughter accepts mother defeated her

SAN JOSE, DINAGAT ISLANDS (MindaNews/17 May)–Geraldine “Jade” Ecleo, who lost to her reelectionist mother Glenda in the tightly contested gubernatorial race, will not contest the outcome of the electi ...

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Ecleos still dominate Dinagat politics

Ecleos still dominate Dinagat politics

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands (MindaNews/16 May) -- Despite having one family member lose the race for Dinagat Islands’ lone congressional district, the Ecleo family has remained the dominant political fo ...

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Party-list rep wins House seat against Ecleo in Dinagat

Party-list rep wins House seat against Ecleo in Dinagat

DINAGAT ISLANDS (MindaNews/14 May) – The Ecleo dynasty in the Province of Dinagat Islands is losing its grip with Akbayan party-list Rep. Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao elected as the new representative of the ...

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Rep. Bag-ao mulls raps vs Ecleo ally

Rep. Bag-ao mulls raps vs Ecleo ally

TUBAJON, Dinagat Islands (MindaNews/13 May) – A candidate for congresswoman of Dinagat is planning to file a case of gun ban violation and other charges against the vice mayor of Libjo town. Akbayan R ...

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In Dinagat, Loreto town under Comelec control

In Dinagat, Loreto town under Comelec control

SAN JOSE,  Dinagat Isands  (MindaNews/11 May) -- At least 84 combined troops from the police and military are now deployed in the entire province of Dinagat Islands with Loreto town under the control ...

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Campaign jingle against mining in Surigao: ‘Iska Pamilya, Iska Boto, Kontra mina’

Campaign jingle against mining in Surigao: ‘Iska Pamilya, Iska Boto, Kontra mina’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 May) – To counter alleged vote-buying schemes by pro-mining candidates, anti-mining advocates in Surigao del Sur are knocking on voters’ conscience with a ditty that will m ...

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Tribal barricade forces Marcventures to shutdown mining operation in Cantilan

Tribal barricade forces Marcventures to shutdown mining operation in Cantilan

CARRASCAL, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/04 May) – Besieged by tribal discontent and a strong Catholic Church-backed anti-mining opposition, Marcventures Mining and Development Corp. (MMDC) finally decid ...

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Fight vs illegal logging eyed as motive in murder of Lanuza tribal leader

Fight vs illegal logging eyed as motive in murder of Lanuza tribal leader

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 May) –The killing of a tribal leader in Lanuza, Agusan del Sur could have been triggered by his fight against illegal logging activities in a forest reserve in the locality, ...

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Manobo chieftain shot dead in Lanuza

Manobo chieftain shot dead in Lanuza

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/02 May) – A Manobo chieftain who headed an anti-illegal logging group was shot dead early Thursday morning on his way home from a neighbor’s wake. Nokie Calunsag, ...

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For Mother Earth

For Mother Earth

Young advocates dance to the local campaign jingle "Iska Pamilya, Iska Boto, Kontra-Mina" during the Earth Day Fun Run for Environment in Cantilan town in Surigao del Sur Saturday April 27. MindaNews ...

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10,000 run for environment in Surigao Sur

10,000 run for environment in Surigao Sur

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/29 April) – Backed by star power, an estimated 10,000 people from several towns and one city in Surigao del Sur staged a post-Earth Day fun run and rally to once a ...

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Surigaonons lash at power coop for spike in electric bills

Surigaonons lash at power coop for spike in electric bills

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 April) – Irate consumers flooded the Facebook site of the electric cooperative here over the past few days because of the steep surge of electricity bills while the daily ...

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Resign, anti-mining groups tell MGB-Caraga chief

Resign, anti-mining groups tell MGB-Caraga chief

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) – Anti-mining advocates from the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur marked the Earth Day celebration Monday with another protest at the Mines and Geos ...

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Save Mother Earth

Save Mother Earth

Priests from the Iglesia Filipina Independiente march along the national highway of Surigao City to commemorate Earth Day on Monday April 22, 2013. MindaNews photo by Vanessa Almeda ...

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Barricade at Surigao minesite divides Lumads

Barricade at Surigao minesite divides Lumads

CABANGAHAN, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/18 April) – The human barricade set up at the foot of an erstwhile protected watershed turned mining site is dividing the Manobo tribal community here. ...

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Surigaonon runners remember Boston marathon victims

Surigaonon runners remember Boston marathon victims

SURIGAO CITY  (MindaNews/18 April) -- Surigaonon runners gathered at the Surigao Provincial Grandstand at 5 p.m. Wednesday to express their solidarity, support and condolences to the victims of the Ap ...

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Barricade

Barricade

Datu Jimmy "Dagsaan" Bat-ao, tribal chieftain of the Manobo tribes in Lobo and Cabangahan in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, explains to  residents of Barangay Cabangahan why they barricaded the road leadi ...

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Manobos seek P150-M payment from mining firm for ‘desecration’ of sacred sites

Manobos seek P150-M payment from mining firm for ‘desecration’ of sacred sites

CABANGAHAN, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/15 April) – A group of Manobo tribesmen has blocked a road in this barangay for over a week now to demand payment for the alleged desecration of their ...

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Chiz finds DOE’s proposal to hike power rates in Mindanao ‘unacceptable’

Chiz finds DOE’s proposal to hike power rates in Mindanao ‘unacceptable’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 April) – Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero finds “unacceptable” the proposal of the Department of Energy that Mindanaoans should settle for higher power rates than suffer prolo ...

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Sen. Escudero on Sabah: Leave the talking to the President

Sen. Escudero on Sabah: Leave the talking to the President

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/09 April) – For Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero the heart of the Sabah issue is that the Philippines should not drop its claim to the disputed territory because “it is ours”, b ...

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Lyndon Barbers not withdrawing; brother Ace reconsidering

Lyndon Barbers not withdrawing; brother Ace reconsidering

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 April) – After three days of speculations, the Barbers brothers finally broke their silence and announced to a jubilant crowd of loyal supporters that they have reconsidered ...

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Damaged NGCP steel tower triggers 16-hour power outage in Surigao Norte

Damaged NGCP steel tower triggers 16-hour power outage in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/2 April) – A damaged 69-kilovolt (kV) steel tower of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) triggered a 16-hour power interruption in this city and several areas in ...

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Surigao opposition party hits campaign trail

Surigao opposition party hits campaign trail

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/2 April)—Candidates of local opposition party Koalisyon nan mga Oposisyon sa Surigao (Kosug) hit the campaign trail Monday with a proclamation rally attended by an estimated 4, ...

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Lumad leader freed to custody of Surigao Sur governor

Lumad leader freed to custody of Surigao Sur governor

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March)  – The arrested Lumad leader from Lianga town in Surigao del Sur is now out of jail and in the custody of provincial Governor Johnny Pimentel, a police official said ...

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Lumad leader arrested after radio interview in Tandag

Lumad leader arrested after radio interview in Tandag

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 March) – A Lumad leader from Surigao del Sur was arrested last Saturday by police in civilian clothes after coming out of a radio station in Tandag City in Surigao del Sur ...

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Women journalists, media workers gather for 1st all-women safety training

Women journalists, media workers gather for 1st all-women safety training

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY  (MindaNews/17 March) --  Twenty journalists and media workers completed the country’s first all-women safety training organized by the National Union of Journalists of the Philipp ...

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Anti-mining groups protest presence of mines chamber office in MGB

Anti-mining groups protest presence of mines chamber office in MGB

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 March) – Is it all right for an organization of mining companies to hold office at a building of the government agency that regulates the conduct of mining activities, the M ...

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MGB-13 insists it won’t enforce court order vs mining firm in Surigao Sur

MGB-13 insists it won’t enforce court order vs mining firm in Surigao Sur

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 March) -- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Caraga Region has refused yet again to enforce a court order stopping Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation from operati ...

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Environmentalists picket MGB regional office in Surigao

Environmentalists picket MGB regional office in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 March) – Exasperated residents from several towns in Surigao del Sur swooped down on the regional office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) here to push for the imp ...

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Surigao Norte pushes convergence for growth of MSMEs

Surigao Norte pushes convergence for growth of MSMEs

SURIGAO CITY(MindaNews/09 March) –In a bid to enhance the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Surigao del Norte, the provincial government gathered Friday various government line ...

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Surigao bishop on mining: ‘Let’s talk, not antagonize’

Surigao bishop on mining: ‘Let’s talk, not antagonize’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 March) – Debunking public perception that the Diocese of Surigao has been “silent” on mining and environment issues, Bishop Antonieto Cabahog says he is not a person who wi ...

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Surigao  officials  appeal to MGB for mining committee seats

Surigao officials appeal to MGB for mining committee seats

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/28 Feb)  --  Local officials affected by the planned streamlining of membership to three mining committees for environment and social development programs have appealed to the ...

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MGB-Caraga hit for ‘rationalizing’ LGU membership in committees under mining law

MGB-Caraga hit for ‘rationalizing’ LGU membership in committees under mining law

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/26 February) – Some local government officials in mining areas in Surigao have protested the move of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Caraga to “rationalize” their memberships ...

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Despite rising cost of fish in Surigao, officials assure there is enough supply

Despite rising cost of fish in Surigao, officials assure there is enough supply

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – Fish supply for Surigao del Norte and this city is still enough to feed local consumers, and even guests, authorities said. But despite this reality, the price of f ...

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First class

First class

Gregoria Tisang of the Bureau of Agriculture Statistics in Surigao City points to the "moymoy" freshwater fish. Ignored and sometimes thrown out for its low market value, the fish is now classified  " ...

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‘Underdog’ Barbers brothers vow good fight vs rival Matugas family

‘Underdog’ Barbers brothers vow good fight vs rival Matugas family

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/7 February) – Considered the “underdogs,” the Barbers brothers vowed to give their rival Matugas family a good fight in the May 2013 local political race. Ace and Lyndon Barber ...

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MGB-13 refuses again to enforce order vs mining firm

MGB-13 refuses again to enforce order vs mining firm

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/05 February) – Saying it wanted to clarify some legal issues first, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Caraga Region had again refused to enforce an almost 2-year old te ...

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Anti-mining advocate Regina Lopez

Anti-mining advocate Regina Lopez

Anti-mining advocate Regina Lopez talks to thousands of anti-mining supporters who filled to the rafters the Cantilan Gymnasium during a sympoisum in Surigao del Sur on January 21, 2013. MindaNews pho ...

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Gina Lopez rallies Surigaonons vs. mining

Gina Lopez rallies Surigaonons vs. mining

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews / 23 Jan) – Staunch anti-mining advocate Regina Lopez rallied residents in the seven towns of Surigao del Sur last Monday to oppose mining in eco-tourism sites. So ...

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Evacuees stay on as Lake Mainit’s water level remains critical

Evacuees stay on as Lake Mainit’s water level remains critical

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) --  Residents who fled their villages on January 16 when Lake Mainit in Surigao del Norte overflowed have not returned home as the water level in the lake remains a ...

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Illegal guns, ammo seized in Surigao City

Illegal guns, ammo seized in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 January) – Various loose firearms and ammunition were confiscated by police and intelligence operatives here Saturday noon in line with the nationwide drive “Oplan Paglalans ...

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Water supply in Surigao City interrupted by rains

Water supply in Surigao City interrupted by rains

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 January) – Continuous rains since early morning today forced the water district to suspend water supply by mid-morning. The Surigao Metropolitan Water District (SMWD) in a 1 ...

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