About Walter I. Balane

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: The PH anti-drug campaign, a simplistic take from economics

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: The PH anti-drug campaign, a simplistic take from economics

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 14 Sep) – We saw how drug addiction affected our country in terms of its effect on the youth, ruined relationships of families and divided communities. The threat of illeg ...

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BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: The Elf Band and a lesson on pride of identity

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: The Elf Band and a lesson on pride of identity

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 August) -- I have been apprehensive about the decision to subscribe to P99 a month connection to cable television so that our home’s 3-year old son can watch what his cou ...

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Lumads caught in crossfire welcome ceasefire

Lumads caught in crossfire welcome ceasefire

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) -- The Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) of Bukidnon, many of them caught in the crossfire of the decades old conflict between the Philippine government (GPH) and the ...

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Last day

Last day

Thousands flock to the Commission on Elections office in Malaybalay City Satruday morning, July 30, the last day of registration for the October 2016 election of Barangay officials and officials of th ...

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BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Reflecting on the killings for “better Philippines” 

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Reflecting on the killings for “better Philippines” 

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – The world is very opinionated, thanks to social media. Even a nine-year old may now react directly to a shared post on a politician’s decision or a starlet’s narc ...

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BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS:  Poverty incidence and Bukidnon

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS:  Poverty incidence and Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – Poverty is among the biggest hurdles for Bukidnon. The provincial government should prepare and present a clear anti-poverty strategy. They need to show results b ...

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BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Follow through citizenship

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Follow through citizenship

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 7 June) – “The people have spoken,” the announcer said, then asked the old, come-backing and new officials to stand and be recognized as the “choice of the people.” A few ...

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BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: How not to get killed in media?

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: How not to get killed in media?

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 1 June) – I am reviewing my instructional materials (IMs) in journalism/media writing even if classes in our university resume only in August. June-July has become the “se ...

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Fiesta Fare

Fiesta Fare

Lechon (roast pig) ordered by customers for the feast in honor of Gingoog City's patron saint, Sta. Rita de Casia, are lined up for delivery on Sunday (May 22, 2016). MindaNews photo by Walter I. Bala ...

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IP leader’s daughter: we will respond to NPA’s statement after funeral

IP leader’s daughter: we will respond to NPA’s statement after funeral

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 22 May) -- The family of slain Umayamnon leader Datu Benjamin “Otto” Omao Sr., representative of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the City Council here has vowed to respond ...

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Datu Omao and the 8-point agenda for the Lumad in Malaybalay

Datu Omao and the 8-point agenda for the Lumad in Malaybalay

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 18 May) – Slain Umayamnon tribal leader Datu Benjamin Omao was the first ever selected to be the indigenous people’s mandatory representative in the history of the Malayba ...

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Malaybalay IP mandatory rep shot dead

Malaybalay IP mandatory rep shot dead

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 17 May) – Umayamnon tribal leader Benjamin “Otto” Omao was shot dead past 8 a.m. today by three unidentified gunmen who posed as solicitors in his office at the Indigenous ...

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Kaamulan rescheduling meant to accommodate Duterte – Gov. Zubiri

Kaamulan rescheduling meant to accommodate Duterte – Gov. Zubiri

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 April) -- The decision to move the Kaamulan street dancing competition to an earlier date was meant to accommodate Davao City Mayor and presidential candidate Rodrigo Dut ...

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Water ration

Water ration

Esmily Gayon attends to her set of pails for the water ration from the Malaybalay City Water District in Zone 1, Kalasungay,  Malaybalay City after it was declared that the village's water source has ...

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Unscheduled 5-hour brownout hits Malaybalay, 3 Bukidnon towns

Unscheduled 5-hour brownout hits Malaybalay, 3 Bukidnon towns

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 January) -- The entire city and the towns of Lantapan and Cabanglasan experienced power interruption from 6:38p.m to 11:45pm Tuesday. Ten of Talakag town's 29 barangays a ...

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BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: “Let our powers combine!”

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: “Let our powers combine!”

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 January) – Environmental advocacy of the youth figured in what I thought was a déjà vu experience last week. Our university radio station has initiated a participatory de ...

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PERSONAL ESSAY: Beyond the four walls: Reflections in a time of sickness 

PERSONAL ESSAY: Beyond the four walls: Reflections in a time of sickness 

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 January) -- I had my own visits to the doctor lately such that I call the season after the Christmas break as sickness season. I’m glad I have recovered. Stress has its o ...

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Minimal damage in Bukidnon but continuous rains render some roads impassable

Minimal damage in Bukidnon but continuous rains render some roads impassable

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 December) --  Tropical Depression Onyok which made landfall in Davao Oriental at 10:30 p.m. weakened into a low pressure area (LPA), but continuous rains rendered some ro ...

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BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS:  Minding governance

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Minding governance

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 November) – In a citizens forum, Melchor spoke about his dismay that a local government refused to extend support to a student athlete who was competing in a national spo ...

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Peace between Lumad, Moro to be featured in Kaamulan street dance tilt

Peace between Lumad, Moro to be featured in Kaamulan street dance tilt

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/23 October) – How the Lumad and Moro people of Mindanao achieved peace after years of hostilities between them will be featured in one of the eight entries to the Kaamulan 2 ...

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COMMENTARY: Beyond the four walls: Land and conflict

COMMENTARY: Beyond the four walls: Land and conflict

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/09 October) -- In our Principles of Economics class, we study why peace is important to the economy. We relate the absence of peace to wasting scarce resources such as land ...

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Malaybalay to use ‘unspent’ funds for P29M CDRRMC projects

Malaybalay to use ‘unspent’ funds for P29M CDRRMC projects

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has approved two resolutions allowing the use of P29 million from available funds of previous y ...

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Biz group says Bukidnon needs updated tax codes to draw investments

Biz group says Bukidnon needs updated tax codes to draw investments

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 May) – Bukidnon needs to reform its tax codes if it wants to attract more investors to the province, a business chamber official said. “At the start of the day, you are s ...

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CHR, LGU probe Wao killings as hundreds flee homes

CHR, LGU probe Wao killings as hundreds flee homes

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 29 Apr) – More than a thousand persons fled their homes in Barangay Park Area in Wao, Lanao del Sur following the reported killings of six people (not seven as earlier rep ...

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7 killed, 7 wounded in Wao village attacks; mayor, parish priest call for sobriety

7 killed, 7 wounded in Wao village attacks; mayor, parish priest call for sobriety

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNew / 26 April) – The mayor of Wao in Lanao del Sur has called for sobriety to prevent the escalation of violence that left seven residents dead and seven others injured over the ...

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Birdwatching temporarily suspended in Mt. Kitanglad

Birdwatching temporarily suspended in Mt. Kitanglad

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 25 Feb) – Birdwatching activities in the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park have been suspended effective Feb. 17, according to the Office of the Protected Area Superintende ...

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Coordination: key to ensuring birdwatchers, tourists not caught in crossfire in Kitanglad

Coordination: key to ensuring birdwatchers, tourists not caught in crossfire in Kitanglad

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews /17 Feb) – Coordination is key in ensuring birdwatchers and other tourists visiting Mt. Kitanglad’s attractions avoid a repeat of  what happened to seven foreigners and two ...

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Guide hurt as foreign bird watchers caught in Army, NPA clash

Guide hurt as foreign bird watchers caught in Army, NPA clash

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 Feb) -- A local tour guide was hurt when a group of foreign bird watchers he was helping got caught in an encounter between the Army and the New People’s Army Friday morn ...

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Town police chief, deputy killed in Bukidnon grenade attacks

Town police chief, deputy killed in Bukidnon grenade attacks

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – A Bukidnon town police chief and his deputy died when another policeman lobbed grenades at them after a gathering and dinner Monday night, reports said. The fata ...

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REFLECTIONS: Peace in a piece

REFLECTIONS: Peace in a piece

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – I hear the drum beats for war in any circle: in the news, in the faculty room, in the neighborhood store, in family gatherings, in meetings, even in church chats. ...

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Bukidnon youth leader cuts on expenses to save money for Pope’s visit

Bukidnon youth leader cuts on expenses to save money for Pope’s visit

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 January) – A youth leader obliged herself to cut on expenses so she can save money for the plane ticket to Manila as one of the delegates of the Diocese of Malaybalay to ...

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Waiting for the Pope

Waiting for the Pope

 Students of San Isidro College in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon take "groupie" photos as they watch the arrival of Pope Francis beamed live via satellite on a wide screen at the old SIC Gym late Thursday ...

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Malaybalay puts assistance for health workers in a trust fund

Malaybalay puts assistance for health workers in a trust fund

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – The city government here is using the scheme of creating a trust fund dedicated for its assistance to Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). Vice Mayor Roland Deticio s ...

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Bukidnon rubber industry needs to improve quality

Bukidnon rubber industry needs to improve quality

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 14 Jan) – The rubber industry is an emerging industry in Bukidnon but small rubber farmers need to improve quality of production to be able to command a good price, an off ...

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Bukidnon postpones Kaamulan 2015 to October

Bukidnon postpones Kaamulan 2015 to October

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 January) – Kaamulan, Bukidnon’s annual ethnic festival, will be held in October instead of March. Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri announced the postponement in his radio program ...

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New BSU President vows no tuition hike  

New BSU President vows no tuition hike  

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/11 January) -- The new President of the Bukidnon State University -- an educator from the Bukidnon tribe -- has vowed not to increase tuition “as of this time.” Dr. Oscar Bi ...

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Bus Inspection

Bus Inspection

Male passengers disembark for bus inspection Saturday (January 10, 2015) at a composite police-military checkpoint in Barangay Sinuda, Kitaotao, Bukidnon before entry to the Province of Bukidnon. The ...

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‘BBL not a perfect law; Peace in Bangsamoro needs good governance’

‘BBL not a perfect law; Peace in Bangsamoro needs good governance’

DAVAO CITY – The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should not be viewed as a perfect law that will solve all problems besetting the proposed political entity that will replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim ...

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Communities clueless on ASEAN economic integration, says educator

Communities clueless on ASEAN economic integration, says educator

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/05 January) – Communities need to be enlightened on the impact of the impending participation of the Philippines in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Econo ...

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Bukidnon politics 2014: 3 mayoral successions

Bukidnon politics 2014: 3 mayoral successions

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 01 January) -- An ambush, an ailment, and a case conviction forced three successions among Bukidnon mayors in 2014. In Maramag, ailing Mayor Alicia Resus was succeeded by ...

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High Water

High Water

Sawaga River, which passes through downtown Malaybalay City, swells from 0.83 meter around 10:40a.m. Sunday to 2.4 meters as of 4:50p.m. Monday as tropical storm Seniang dumps heavy rains across North ...

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Over 300 flee as rivers swell in Bukidnon; more evacuations set as Seniang sweeps N. Mindanao

Over 300 flee as rivers swell in Bukidnon; more evacuations set as Seniang sweeps N. Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 December) – Over 300 individuals from at least six villages in Bukidnon have fled as water levels in rivers and streams connected to the Pulangi River started to rise as ...

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Families bury kin, demand justice for Bukidnon bus bombing victims

Families bury kin, demand justice for Bukidnon bus bombing victims

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 December)– Expressions of love and calls for justice highlighted today’s burial of two Central Mindanao University (CMU) students who were among the 10 people killed in t ...

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Rural Transit’s control over bus service in Bukidnon resulted to security lapses – Zubiri

Rural Transit’s control over bus service in Bukidnon resulted to security lapses – Zubiri

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – It is possible that Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. (RTMI)’s control over the bus transportation service in Bukidnon contributed to the company’s alleged lapses in ...

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Marielle Achacoso: A girl whose dreams ended on Bus 2640

Marielle Achacoso: A girl whose dreams ended on Bus 2640

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/16 December) -- "Happiness is a positive cash flow" and "nothing is impossible" said two of the stickers placed by 17-year old Marielle Achacoso, a first year accountancy st ...

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LTFRB on Bukidnon bus blast: RTMI’s lapses won’t affect its franchise

LTFRB on Bukidnon bus blast: RTMI’s lapses won’t affect its franchise

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 December) -- The franchise of Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) won’t be affected despite having committed “lapses” in relation to the bombing of one of its buses Tuesda ...

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Bukidnon bus bomb suspect also tagged in 2006 Kabacan blast

Bukidnon bus bomb suspect also tagged in 2006 Kabacan blast

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 December) – Multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder charges were filed Thursday against an escapee for Tuesday’s bus bombing outside Central Mindanao University in ...

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Praying for Justice

Praying for Justice

Hundreds of students and employees of Central Mindanao University attend the ecumenical prayer rally late afternoon Wednesday to ask justice for the victims of the bus bombing near the school on Dec. ...

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Same group behind 2 bus bombings in Bukidnon?

Same group behind 2 bus bombings in Bukidnon?

MARAMAG, Bukidnon (MindaNews/11 December) – Police are looking into the possibility that the group behind the bombing of a passenger bus near the Central Mindanao University in Maramag, Bukidnon on Tu ...

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UPDATE: 10 killed, 42 injured in Bukidnon bus bombing

UPDATE: 10 killed, 42 injured in Bukidnon bus bombing

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 December) -- Ten people (not 11 as earlier reported) were killed and 42 others were wounded when a bomb exploded inside a bus cruising along the highway in Maramag, Bukid ...

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