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 Aquino:
Greetings of Peace… »

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 member of the militant… »

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 their failure to arrest… »

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… »

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. The… »

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… »

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 parish… »

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 allowing mining in their ancestral domains, a… »

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 lumad leader. Umayamnon… »

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 the… »

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-minute State of the Nation Address… »

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 violations in the recent… »

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 Magpet, North… »

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 since taking office two… »

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 the provincial office of… »

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… »

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. In a statement… »

“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… »

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 Balindog… »

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 down and leaves… »

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 in… »

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 and the estimated cost of… »

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 and de-escalate the situation”… »

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 chief… »

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 caught in… »

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 Regulatory Board (PMRB) to immediately… »

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 York-based Human Rights Watch today said.… »

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 patched things up… »

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… »

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 tribe… »

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 kinship covenant in a gathering… »

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, and three others,… »

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 packages for various surgical and… »

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 compared to the… »

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… »

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 13, 2009 bombing in Patikul,… »

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 ancestors had used… »

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 canteen for snacks… »

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 Trial… »

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 Team”… »

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, sought the help… »

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… »

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 this morning the… »

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 tribe residing in… »

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 Comprehensive Agrarian Reform… »

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 the sun. With help from a fellow farmer, it took him about five minutes to detach the barbed wires and put down three wooden posts and let his colleagues enter the ranch with carpentry tools, round timber and tents for their temporary shelter.

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 the police… »

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… »

Cops ‘mauled’ by fellow NCOs question order dropping them from rolls

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 November) — The embattled junior police officers who claimed they were mauled inside a camp by their own senior non-commissioned officers said they will file… »

They all came for Father Fausto Tentorio

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/26 October) – Father Fausto Tentorio disliked ceremonies, especially those that drew attention to himself,  and if he were alive, Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz said as he… »

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