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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,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.
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.
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 (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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/16 Apr) – The killing of the election registrar in Tulunan town in North Cotabato could be due to political feud, according to Vice Gov. Manny Piñol.
Earlier, the son of Francisco Mecutuan Jr. also said that politics could have caused his father’s death. But Lonlon Mecutuan refused to elaborate, saying they do not want their lives to be in jeopardy.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 April) – The 57-country Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is setting up an “independent permanent human rights commission,” the OIC Newsletter reported.
The pan-Islamic body held its first meeting on the proposed human rights commission on April 12, with OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu presiding.
(In this concluding section, humanitarian worker Milet Mendoza, who was held captive in Basilan by the Abu Sayyaf from September 15, 2008 to November 14, 2008, provides further reflections on her experience. This, she explains, is being done to convey an inside view of what it is like to be a kidnap victim and hopefully produce a more informed approach to addressing the problem of kidnapping in the South and helping victims recover from an experience they will never forget. (Ms Mendoza gave MindaNews permission to run this two-part series- MindaNews ed)
Transforming the Negative to Positive
Is it possible to transform an experience as horrifying to a victim as being kidnapped to something that would turn out to be positive in the long-term? To me it is. The ability to do so, however, depends on so many circumstances: the victim’s background and personal disposition, the conditions under which he or she were kept while in captivity, and the manner in which the victim is treated after release. Essential to this is the understanding and support one receives from immediate family circle and friends. My own captivity experience, negative as it may have been, is something I had desired from the outset to turn into something positive not just for myself but for others as well. I did not want such an experience to be “wasted” without benefitting from it somehow. This was to be an important step for my healing, but obviously would have to be done at my own pace.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 Apr) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has launched a free training program on information technology (IT) for relatives and dependents of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — An election official in Tulunan, North Cotabato, was gunned down by two unidentified motorcycle-riding men in M’lang, of the same province, around 4 p.m. today.
SPO4 Albert Claudio, deputy chief of M’lang police, identified the victim as Francisco Mecutuan Jr., Commission on Elections officer of Tulunan and a resident of Matalam, North Cotabato.
Humanitarian Milet B. Mendoza was held captive for 61 days from September 15, 2008 by the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan. She concludes her captivity story with some insights on how to understand and approach the kidnapping problem in the complex areas of conflict. This will be published in two parts.
(Note to readers: this is supposed to be the third part of Ms Mendoza's series on her captivity but she has opted to do a two-part post-Lenten reflection on Moving Forward. Ms Mendoza gave MindaNews permission to run this two-part series – MindaNews ed)
An Inexplicable Calling
I have been fortunate to have worked in Mindanao for many years and particularly to have worked with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Central Mindanao as well as the Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa) area. As a program coordinator for Tabang Mindanaw, I coordinated humanitarian assistance for hundreds of thousands of indigenous Filipinos during the El Niño in April 1998 in Southern Central Mindanao, and also during the all-out-war between Philippine government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Central Mindanao which displaced hundreds of thousands of the civilian population from 2000 to 2003.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 April) – “You don’t want me to have a rest?”
This was somewhat the bewildered reply from Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Alexander Yano when asked if he did not, at all, lobby for an extension of his tour of duty as the country’s top military official.
BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/14 April) — In its campaign against criminality, especially against the menace of drugs, this city has organized a 300-strong fully armed peace keeping task force composed of Army soldiers and paramilitary men trained in Davao City, to be deployed in its 86 barangays.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 Apr) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao is pushing for the full transfer by June of all regional departments, bureaus and offices of the national government to Koronadal City, the region’s designated regional seat and center.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 April) – Nationwide, 66% of voting-age Filipinos are against amending the Constitution to allow Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to remain in office after June 30, 2010, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported.