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No probe yet on Matalam raid but PNP chief urges victims’ kin to file complaints

No probe yet on Matalam raid but PNP chief urges victims’ kin to file complaints

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) – The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has not ordered a probe on the July 9 raid in Matalam, North Cotabato that left eight persons ...

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Parents of rape-slay victim cry for justice; seek Duterte’s help

Parents of rape-slay victim cry for justice; seek Duterte’s help

PARANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/06 July) – The parents of a 7-year-old girl raped and killed by her attacker has sought the help of President Rodrigo Duterte to obtain justice for ...

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IPs to President Aquino: on the Bangsamoro

IPs to President Aquino: on the Bangsamoro

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT April 7, 2014 HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO SIMEON AQUINO III President of the Republic of the Philippines Malacanang, Manila Your Excellency President Aq ...

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AI to PNoy: solve extrajudicial killings

AI to PNoy: solve extrajudicial killings

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 March) – Amnesty International called on the Aquino government to solve the “increasing number of extra judicial killings” in the country after another me ...

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Raps mulled vs officials for not arresting suspect in Lumad leader’s death

Raps mulled vs officials for not arresting suspect in Lumad leader’s death

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/06 March) – Leaders of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines said they may file administrative charges against certain government officials for ...

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AFP, PNP either clueless on Bagani armed group, or turning blind eye, solons say

AFP, PNP either clueless on Bagani armed group, or turning blind eye, solons say

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Nov) – The military and the police are either clueless about the existence of the Bagani armed group in Arakan, North Cotabato, or just turning a blind ...

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Dengue hits dozen Cotabato villagers; 4 year-old boy dies

Dengue hits dozen Cotabato villagers; 4 year-old boy dies

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/ 4 October)- At least 12 villagers in in Makilala, North Cotabato have been hospitalized since last week due to the dengue virus, a village official said ...

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Number of underweight children ‘high’ in Davao region – FNRI survey

Number of underweight children ‘high’ in Davao region – FNRI survey

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 September) --- The number of underweight children with ages 0-10 years in the four provinces of Davao region is high, according to the results of the 2011 ...

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Fr. Geremia assumes Tentorio’s parish in Arakan

Fr. Geremia assumes Tentorio’s parish in Arakan

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 27 Sept) – Fr. Peter Geremia, of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) and parish priest of Columbio in Sultan Kudarat, has assumed the ...

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Tribal leader prefers medicine-making over mining as livelihood means

Tribal leader prefers medicine-making over mining as livelihood means

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 September)—Harnessing the potentials of indigenous peoples to produce medicines from plants and herbs as a livelihood opportunity is better than allo ...

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Political, economic rights on top of Malaybalay Lumads’ 8-point agenda

Political, economic rights on top of Malaybalay Lumads’ 8-point agenda

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 Sept) – Political and economic rights are on top of the eight-point legislative agenda of the indigenous peoples in Malaybalay City, according to a l ...

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Robredo’s death a big blow to fight for justice for Fr. Pops Tentorio

Robredo’s death a big blow to fight for justice for Fr. Pops Tentorio

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 August) --  The unexpected death of  Local Governments Secretary Jesse Robredo has left a void not only in the campaign for good governance but also in th ...

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Bukidnon Lumad leaders on SONA: Silent again on indigenous peoples

Bukidnon Lumad leaders on SONA: Silent again on indigenous peoples

MALAYBALAY CITY  (MindaNew/23 July) --   “Silent again on indigenous peoples.” This was the reaction of Lumad (indigenous peoples) leaders here to President Aquino’s nearly 90-min ...

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Army official dares rights victims to file raps at CHR

Army official dares rights victims to file raps at CHR

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/ 21 July)—An official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) has called on the alleged victims of human rights viol ...

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Minors bare ordeal in North Cotabato military operation

Minors bare ordeal in North Cotabato military operation

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/20 July)—Two minors and their uncle came out in public yesterday to prove that children have been used as “guides” during a recent military operation in ...

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Rights group says abuses go unpunished under Aquino

Rights group says abuses go unpunished under Aquino

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 June) – President Benigno S. Aquino III has failed to fulfill his promise to hold accountable the security forces responsible for serious abuses sinc ...

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Groups behind 6 hydro power plants seeking Lumad consent in Bukidnon

Groups behind 6 hydro power plants seeking Lumad consent in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 June) – Companies behind six proposed hydroelectric power projects in Bukidnon have applied for a free and prior informed consent (FPIC) process with ...

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Lumads appeal for release of logs; Greens cry foul

Lumads appeal for release of logs; Greens cry foul

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – Tribal chieftains from Agusan del Sur and a town in Agusan del Norte have come out to claim ownership of some 2,400 confiscated Lauan logs seized ...

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No improvement in PH human rights situation – Human Rights Watch

No improvement in PH human rights situation – Human Rights Watch

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/21 May) – There has been no marked improvement in the country’s human rights performance since 2008, a New York-based human rights monitor said Monday. ...

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“Batang Karabaw“  should be in school instead of hauling logs

“Batang Karabaw“ should be in school instead of hauling logs

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY  (MindaNews/13 May) –  Children should be in school instead of  hauling logs,  the director of the Social Action Center (SAC) of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de ...

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Residents warned vs rabies

Residents warned vs rabies

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/12 May) – Residents here have been warned to be extra cautious in dealing with dog bites following the death last week of  a resident in Barangay Balindo ...

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Mamanwas want mining firm out of Surigao

Mamanwas want mining firm out of Surigao

CAGDIANAO, Claver, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/11 May) – Mamanwas vowed to continue barricading the mining site of Shen Zhou Mining Group Corporation here until the company shuts ...

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Bukidnon sugar industry to sign code of conduct to stop child labor

Bukidnon sugar industry to sign code of conduct to stop child labor

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 April) – Stakeholders of the Bukidnon sugar industry is scheduled to sign on Labor Day a voluntary code of conduct for the elimination of child labor ...

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Disparity between daily wage and cost of living: “heaven and earth”

Disparity between daily wage and cost of living: “heaven and earth”

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/29 April) – “Heaven and earth.” Adelaida Segumpan, Kilusang Mayong Uno (KMU) regional spokesperson said the disparity between the daily minimum wage rate ...

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IP support group on tension at Balabag mines: “cease provocations and de-escalate the situation”

IP support group on tension at Balabag mines: “cease provocations and de-escalate the situation”

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur (MindaNews/21 April) –  A support group for indigenous peoples (IPs) is calling for support to “multi-stakeholder action and calls to cease provocations a ...

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CHR-10 probes Bukidnon village chief’s death

CHR-10 probes Bukidnon village chief’s death

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 April) – A team from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) regional office in Cagayan de Oro is investigating the death of Dao, San Fernando village c ...

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Butuan ‘bakwits’ used as propaganda tool?

Butuan ‘bakwits’ used as propaganda tool?

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/18 April) – Are the internally displaced persons (IDPs, or “bakwits”) from Agusan del Norte’s hinterland areas who sought refuge in this city to avoid being ...

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Standoff  in Balabag as large and small-scale miners fight for rights over gold-rich area

Standoff in Balabag as large and small-scale miners fight for rights over gold-rich area

BALABAG, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur (MindaNews/15 April) -- The Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) on Friday passed an “urgent” resolution asking the Provincial Mining Regulat ...

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Dismantle paramilitary groups too, NY-based rights monitor urges Aquino

Dismantle paramilitary groups too, NY-based rights monitor urges Aquino

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 March) – President Aquino should dismantle all state-backed paramilitary groups along with private armies ahead of next year's elections, the New Yor ...

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Dialogue tempers rift between military, tribe

Dialogue tempers rift between military, tribe

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 March)—A brewing rift between the military and a tribal community in the coal-rich town of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato was averted after the parties pat ...

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Evacuees hold protest vs mil op in Agusan Norte capitol

Evacuees hold protest vs mil op in Agusan Norte capitol

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – Some 100 families or 425 evacuees in Agusan del Norte yesterday started a camp-in protest in the provincial capitol to demand a complete stop to ...

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Tribal river ritual celebrated to help spare Cagayan from another tragedy

Tribal river ritual celebrated to help spare Cagayan from another tragedy

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 March 2012) -- Indigenous People (IP) of the Higaonon tribe from the 13 barangays here and tribal leaders of Bukidnon together with the Manobo tr ...

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Lumad, Moro leaders reaffirm kinship, sign covenant

Lumad, Moro leaders reaffirm kinship, sign covenant

SONGCO, Lantapan, Bukidnon (MindaNews/09 March) – Representatives of eight Moro tribes and most of the Lumad or non-Islamized tribes in Mindanao yesterday signed a five-point kins ...

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Suspects in Fr. Tentorio slay charged

Suspects in Fr. Tentorio slay charged

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/24 February) – Authorities filed this week murder complaints against Jimmy Ato, who was arrested almost two months ago in Arakan town in North Cotabato, ...

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South Cotabato taps NGO for cheaper meds

South Cotabato taps NGO for cheaper meds

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 February) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has linked up with a local non-government organization to help provide cheaper medicine p ...

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More infections noted in Surigao City as sex workers increase

More infections noted in Surigao City as sex workers increase

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/1 Feb) – Freelance sex workers are dramatically growing in number in Surigao City, leading to an increase in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in 2011 ...

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Court orders rights activist brought to Sulu to face charges

Court orders rights activist brought to Sulu to face charges

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 January) -- Police whisked off Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie to the airport around noon yesterday for his flight back to Sulu based on the court order issued by ...

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Tulawie: “I am not evading the law”

Tulawie: “I am not evading the law”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 January) – Police and military intelligence operatives arrested early Saturday human rights defender Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie who was implicated in the May ...

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Bukidnon-Tagoloan tribe reclaims riverside sacred site

Bukidnon-Tagoloan tribe reclaims riverside sacred site

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 January) – Members of the Bukidnon-Tagoloan tribe today held a ritual symbolizing their recovery of a spring along the Sawaga River bank, which their ...

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Workers stage noise barrage over delayed payment of benefits

Workers stage noise barrage over delayed payment of benefits

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 January) -- Break time is protest time. Since Monday, workers of the Pacific Cement Philippines Incorporated have been spending their breaks not in the ...

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NBI agents return to court warrant for Tentorio’s killer minus his ‘person’

NBI agents return to court warrant for Tentorio’s killer minus his ‘person’

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 3 Jan) – Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from Northern Mindanao (Region 10) have returned the warrant of arrest to the Regional Tr ...

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Bishop says arrest of suspect in Fr. Tentorio’s killing  “key step” towards justice

Bishop says arrest of suspect in Fr. Tentorio’s killing “key step” towards justice

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 January) – Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz  is “not prepared to dismiss and make light of the results of the work of the NBI-PNP-Department of Justice T ...

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Brother of  suspect in Fr. Tentorio killing denies involvement; seeks politician’s help

Brother of suspect in Fr. Tentorio killing denies involvement; seeks politician’s help

KIDAPAWAN CITY  (MindaNews/31 December) --  Fearing for his life and his family’s, the brother of the primary suspect in the killing of Italian missionary in North Cotabato, sough ...

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Fr. Pops’ Murder Suspect

Fr. Pops’ Murder Suspect

NBI agents take off the handcuffs from Jimmy Ato, alleged gunman in the killing of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio, at the NBI regional office in Cagayan de Oro City on Dec ...

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Alleged gunman of Italian missionary nabbed

Alleged gunman of Italian missionary nabbed

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/29 Dec) – Posing as mining prospectors, National Bureau of Investigation agents went to a hinterland village in Arakan, North Cotabato and arrested ...

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Mamanwas rue ‘substandard’ housing units donated by mining firms

Mamanwas rue ‘substandard’ housing units donated by mining firms

CLAVER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/07 December) -- Who wouldn't want to live around rolling hills set against the backdrop of a scenic coastline? Definitely not the Mamanwa trib ...

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Group doubts DAR-South Bukidnon can deliver target by end-2011

Group doubts DAR-South Bukidnon can deliver target by end-2011

MARAMAG, Bukidnon (MindaNews/04 December) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) of South Bukidnon believes it can meet its target to distribute the lands covered by the Compre ...

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Agrarian reform beneficiaries reenter contested ranch in Maramag

Agrarian reform beneficiaries reenter contested ranch in Maramag

MARAMAG, Bukidnon (MindaNews/03 December) – Gonzalo Pinuti held his hammer tight as he detached the barbed wire from a fence of a former cattle ranch amid the blistering heat of t ...

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CHR to probe Davao extrajudicial killings anew

CHR to probe Davao extrajudicial killings anew

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/1 Dec) – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will probe anew the extrajudicial killings in the city that linked possible involvement of local officials and ...

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Surigao Mamanwas push for IP council representation

Surigao Mamanwas push for IP council representation

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Nov) – Members of the Mamanwa tribe in Agusan del Norte and some parts of Surigao del Norte  appealed to the city government to implement the law mandat ...

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