Bukidnon’s bid for ‘Soil Painting Capital of the World’ shelved

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – International artist and musician from the Talaandig tribe Rogelio “Waway” Saway said they are hoping to put Bukidnon in the world map through arts, particularly… »

Mindanawons join protests vs Israeli invasion in Gaza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 July)- The international outrage against Israel’s invasion in Gaza has sparked protest rallies in some parts of Mindanao. Around 30 Muslim students joined by their… »

All set for Koronadal’s 4th Tree Growing Festival

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/28 June)– It’s all systems go for the launching on Sunday of the city’s 4th Tree Growing Festival, a massive greening initiative that targets the planting of around… »

Strong current stops ‘Pinoy Aquaman’ from crossing Surigao Strait

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 May)—Touted here as the “Pinoy Aquaman,” lawyer-triathlete Ingemar Macarine tried but failed to conquer Wednesday the treacherous Surigao Strait, which connects Mindanao to the Visayas. Although the… »

DA pushes single brand for dairy products

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 May)– The Department of Agriculture (DA) is pushing for the creation of a single brand for the country’s dairy and dairy products in a bid to… »

Davao City investment arm urges solar energy ventures

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 May)—With the power crisis besetting Mindanao, the Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) is encouraging more energy investments in the city to augment supply. Speaking at Thursday’s… »

Reds storm mining firm in Agusan Norte

TUBAY, Agusan del Norte (MindaNews/5 April)–Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels raided at around 1 a.m. Saturday a mining firm here, burning four dump trucks, destroying machineries and seizing the… »

NorthCot’s ‘champion’ of women’s and children’s rights succumbs to illness

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/5 April) – North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Talino-Mendoza and other women advocates have expressed their grief over the death of the province’s “champion on gender equality and advocate… »

Negotiations over; GPH, MILF initial Bangsamoro pact

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – After 17 years, the Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) finally ended peace negotiations on Saturday, March 22, with the initialing of… »

Solon sees ‘vibrant’ interfaith dialogue under Archbishop Dela Cruz

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 March) – Zamboanga City Second District Rep. Lilia Nuño has vowed to work closely with Kidapawan Bishop Romulo Dela Cruz in promoting more interfaith dialogues as she… »

LPA spotted east of Surigao

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/20 March)–A low pressure area spotted 270 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 4 a.m. on Thursday will bring light to moderate rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms… »

Football: Building a better world

ZAMBOANGA City (MindaNews/8 March)—Football. To others, it is a mere sport of kicking a ball into goal posts. But for Sharifa Mae Jumar, it was a window of opportunity. “Malaking… »

MNLF, politicians urged to rally behind GPH-MILF peace pact

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – Civil society leaders in Mindanao on Wednesday called on the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and political leaders to back the peace process between the… »

Canadian walking around the world for peace bound for Iligan

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/2 May) — Jean Béliveau is no ordinary French Canadian from Montreal.

Béliveau has walked 51,000 kilometers across 51 countries, and has used 51 pairs of shoes in the process, to promote world peace since he left home on August. 18, 2000.

The 53-year-old former plumber has been walking across our planet for the past nine years.

Mindanao’s 600,000 IDPs in 2008 is biggest worldwide

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 May) – The internal displacement of 600,000 residents in Mindanao last year due to renewed skirmishes between government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrillas was “the biggest new displacement in the world” out of 4.2 million newly displaced in  2008, the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) said in its April 2009 report launched May 1 in New York.

ARMM poll monitors plan for 2010, 2011 polls

KIDAPAWAN CITY  (MindaNews/01 May) – Election monitors in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have gathered in Zamboanga City to improve poll monitoring in 2010 and the ARMM elections in 2011.

“Be transparent,” Dipolog City Council urged as author of liquor rule says critics are "misinformed"

DIPOLOG CITY (MindaNews/01 May) — “Keep the public informed and be transparent.”

This was the gist of the letter signed by Edwin Capili, president of the Hotels Resorts Restaurants Association of Dipolog (HRRAD), which was sent April 30 to the Sangguniang Panlungsod here.


North Cot sets up Citizens' Food Watch

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/m01food) –  A group of 83 professionals from the academe, business, and peoples’ organizations in North Cotabato has organized a Citizen Food Watch to monitor the food sufficiency in the province.

Lawyers' group wants Erap tried for war crimes

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 April) – A group of Mindanao-based lawyers is pushing for the indictment of ousted president Joseph Estrada before an international court for his role in the “all-out-war” launched by government forces against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) nine years ago.

Labor dep't sets 3 job fairs in R-12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 April) — The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) will simultaneously launch at least three major jobs fairs in Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao on Friday as part its continuing initiative to help local workers affected by the economic crisis.

Boy killed, 3 others hurt in blasts

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/28 April) – A boy was killed and three others were wounded in two separate explosions that rocked Maguindanao and North Cotabato provinces Monday. 

The first explosion took place around 3 p.m. killing Jason Samad, 10, of Barangay Bagong Upam in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.  His father Kamid was seriously injured, reports from the Maguindanao police said.

Hold 2010 polls earlier in ARMM?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 April) –  The Commission on Elections’ “revised implementation calendar” shows a different date for the 2010 elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM): April 20, instead of May 10.

For Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, ARMM Solicitor General, the proposal to hold next year’s polls much earlier in the ARMM provinces of Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Lanao del Sur and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan has “legal impediments.”

Datu Piang's bakwits: a death, a birth and 853 more families

DATU PIANG,Maguindanao  (MindaNews/26 April) –  As two-month old Baina, the firstborn son of Al and Sarah Alon, was dying from a preventable disease  in one of the rooms at the Datu Gumbay Piang Central Elementary School here on Sunday, April 26,  a baby girl was born in another room nearby.

Like Baina, the still unnamed baby girl, the eighth child of Samira Indosan,  was born to parents displaced from Barangay Balanaken over six months ago and who have been living in the elementary school since.

2 killed in Tagoloan, Lanao Norte strafing

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/April 26, 2009)—  Two persons were killed when some 40 unidentified armed men strafed residents in Sitio Palianon, Tagoloan, Lanao del Norte Saturday.

Protests greet entry of mining firms in Cantilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR (MindaNews/25 April)   Hundreds of farmers, environmentalists, local government officials and religious groups from the southern towns of Madrid, Carrascal and Cantilan will stage a four-kilometer march from the National Irrigation Administration in Barangay Calagdaan to the municipal plaza of Cantilan to dramatize their opposition to the entry of two mining firms in the area.

 

Dipolog City Council gets flak for plan to regulate selling and serving of liguor

DIPOLOG CITY (MindaNews/25 April) — As the City Council is moving regulate the  selling and serving of liquor and other alcoholic drinks from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m., members of the Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants Association of Dipolog (HRRAD)  are asking the Council “to immediately drop the proposed ordinance from its business of the day.”

PDEA chief asks DILG to probe ambush-slay of agents

KIDAPAWAN CITY  (MindaNews/23 April) –  The chief of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to look into the alleged involvement of at least three village officials in Maguindanao in last week’s ambush of PDEA-12 agents while on their way to arrest a suspected drug lord in the area.

Region 12 sellers earn P12-M in national trade fair

GENERAL SANTOS CITY  (MindaNews/23 April) — Entrepreneurs from Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao earned  some P12 million in sales during the recent National Trade Fair (NTF) 2009 at the SM Mall of Asia, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported.

Kiamba declares support for coal plant construction in nearby town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 April) — Local officials of Kiamba town in Sarangani have declared support for the planned construction of a 200-megawatt coal-fired power plant in nearby Maasim town, claiming it would bring economic advantage to their municipality.

Ampatuans and Masturas unite

COTABATO CITY  (MindaNews/23 April) — Two powerful political clans in Maguindanao  reconciled during a breakfast meeting Wednesday in a Makati City hotel.

The “unity gathering” of  the Ampatuan and Mastura clans was organized by the League of Municipal Mayors in Maguindanao.

City Council's nod on lottery sparks controversy in Butuan

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/22 Apr) — A “no objection” resolution allowing the operation of a state-run small town lottery (STL) drew varied reactions here as it was approved by the city council without a public consultation to determine the people’s sentiments on the issue.
“Not every thing legal is moral,” Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos said in reaction to the resolution expressing "no objection" to the lottery of the Philippines Charity Sweepstake Office (PCSO).


Motorcycle-riding, armed gunmen kiill 2 sisters; witnesses mum

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/22 April) — THREE unidentified motorcycle-riding men wearing ski-masks gunned down two sisters in a daring attack witnessed by many villagers in Kabacan, North Cotabato,  at a little past 4 p.m., Tuesday.

Heavy mortar shelling frightens, kills Ustadz

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/21 April) — An ustadz allegedly suffering from nervous breakdown caused by heavy artillery shelling launched from the command post of the 54th Infantry Battalion here, died Monday in front of his students. 

Ustadz Ayub Guiamlod, 53, died around 10 a.m. in front of his students at the Jamaatul Jabar Madrasah, near the Datu Saudi Uy Ampatuan Compound evacuation center in Datu Piang, Maguindanao. His students said he fell to the floor trembling upon hearing the second round of artillery fired that morning.

Q and A with Mylene Amerol-Macumbal: "Don't be afraid to dream. There is nothing impossible…"

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/21 April) — Mylene Amerol-Macumbal, whose average in the recent bar exams was just .05 point shy of that of the first placer, attributes a big part of her success to her husband, Judge Arassad Macumbal.


Election official shot in Libungan

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/21April) — An unidentified gunman shot and seriously injured the election officer of Libungan, North Cotabato, around 10:30 p.m., Monday. 

Joel Celis, election officer of President Roxas, also in North Cotabato, identified the victim as Lyndon Gutierrez.


Bombs render Iligan bridge unsafe for passage

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/20 April) —  Bombs exploded on both sides of Agus Bridge here destroying parts of its steel beams and leaving a crack that could make it collapse anytime.

The bridge, which connects Iligan City to Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and the Zamboanga provinces, has been rendered unsafe for passage.

Bus bombed in Kabacan, 4 hurt

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — Four passengers were wounded when an improvised bomb exploded inside a bus in Kabacan, North Cotabato at around 1:40 p.m., today.

The explosion took place inside a Rural Transit bus with body number 2772 and plate number KVS 700 as it passed in front of Sugni Superstore, which is along the national highway in Barangay Poblacion, Kabacan.

Cotabato City jailbreak: 15th escapee is a minor

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – A minor who was among those who escaped from the Cotabato City Jail on Thursday night and who surrendered on Sunday to Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema was not included in the list of escapees submitted earlier by former warden Insp. Panga Arab.

The minor, who is facing a robbery case, brought to 15 the number of escapees.

7-month old baby killed in Ipil strafing

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay (MindaNews/20 April) – Seven-month old Nuraine Abdulgani, adopted child of former village chief Ismael Abdulgani was recovering from an illness and was in deep sleep at around 1 a.m. Saturday, April 18 when gunshots rang out and bullets pierced the walls of their house in Barangay Tenan.

Nuraine never woke up. One of the bullets hit the side of her body, killing her.

3rd GSIS Summer Youth Training Workshop starts

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/20 April) —  Want your kids to acquire new skills this summer?

Children from six to 16 can improve their grammar and communicative skills, learn to write news, take photographs, and tell a digital story, during the 3rd GSIS Summer Youth Training Workshop from April 21 to May 2.

Inter-religious group says unsolved killings, kidnappings may hamper peace efforts

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay (MindaNews/19 April) – Artemio  was closing his small billiard center in front of his house at a little past 10 p.m. on April 4 when a gunshot broke the silence of  night. Then another.
“He was already dead when I found him lying on the floor,”  Artemio’s wife, Liza said in the dialect.


Anthropologist wants Bukidnon's historical landmarks identified, marked

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 April) –  Loloy Maquiling stands outside a cockpit in Brgy. Casisang gutted by fire months before. A renovation is ongoing at Malaybalay’s Navarete Sports Complex, but cockfights have continued.

Maquiling and other cockpit aficionados do not know that just across the highway is a place sacred to the early settlers and inhabitants of Bukidnon. 

Dureza and others in tribe’s ancestral domain vow to submit to tribal process

SINUDA, Kitaotao, Bukidnon (MindaNews/19 April) — In a precedent-setting meeting Saturday at the Office of the Supreme Tribal here, at least 25 non-Lumad occupants of  the Matigsalug-Manobo’s ancestral domain,  led by Presidential Legal Counsel Jesus Dureza, vowed to submit to the  process of formally seeking the tribe’s consent for use of their land.

“I will be the example. Unahon nako akong sarili nga magsubay gayud sa inyong proseso (I will lead by following your process),” said Dureza who has been operating the Seagull Mountain Resort in Lorega, this town since 1994.

Second ICRC worker freed

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/18 April) – Swiss national Andreas  Notter  of the International Committee  of the Red Cross (ICRC)  was freed Friday evening, leaving only one of three ICRC workers abducted January 15 in Sulu, in the hands of  the captors.

Notter was freed after 93 days in captivity and 15 days after Filipino national Mary Jean Lacaba was freed.

Cotabato City takes custody of woman accused of escape

KIDAPAWAN CITY  (MindaNews/18 April) — The Cotabato City police now has in its custody the woman accused of having helped 14 inmates  escape from the Cotabato City jail on Thursday night.   
   

“She is under our tight watch,” said Cotabato City PNP director, Chief Supt. Willie Dangane.

Bukidnon council wants "questionable" raising of oil prices classified as "heinous crime"

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / April 17) – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bukidnon  has asked Congress to classify as “heinous crime,” economic plunder,” or even “crime against humanity”  the raising of oil prices under “unjust and questionable” circumstances.

Surveyors find no common landfill site for Malaybalay, Valencia

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / April 17) -  A Korean consortium looking for a common landfill for this city and Valencia City has found a suitable place in the latter. But a councilor here expressed fear it may cause problem if the two cities would insist on a shared area.

Town accountant in Maguindanao slain in ambush

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / April 17) – Gunmen shot dead a municipal accountant of Parang, Maguindanao along the highway in Parang town on Thursday, police said.

Insp. Louie Pereras, chief of Parang PNP, identified the victim as Ereneo ‘Nonoy’ Frondoza, municipal accountant of Parang, Maguindanao, and resident of Barangay Sarmiento, Parang.

14 inmates, mostly high-profile, bolt Cotabato City jail

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / April 17) – Fourteen inmates, most of them considered ‘high-risk criminals’, escaped from their detention cells at the Cotabato City Jail on Thursday night.

DTI: Enlist as "super consumer"

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / April 17) – Tired of getting shortchanged by dubious practices and sub-standard services of commercial establishments and service shops in your areas? Be one of the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) “super consumers.”

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