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

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) – The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has not ordered a probe on the July 9...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Brigadier General Cesar Sedillo, Assistant Division Commander of the 6th Infantry Division answers questions from members of the Congressional Committee on Human Rights during a public hearing in Davao City on Friday, November 9. Sedillo was questioned regarding the killing of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto "Pops" Tentorio in Arakan, North Cotabato last year. Arakan is under the 6th ID. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

“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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
FORBIDDEN. TVI Resources Development (Phils), Inc., an affiliate of the publicly listed Canadian mining firm, TVI Pacific, has been barring entry not only of "illegal chemicals" and "illegal explosives" into the minesite at Sitio Balabag, Barangay Depore, in Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, but since April 5, also diesel fuel and other mining-related materials, claiming it has the right to do so as holder of a mining permit from government. Small-scale miners, however, maintain they have prior rights. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo.

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
File photo of Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie during an interview in North Cotabato on October 2010. Mindanews File Photo by Froilan Gallardo

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...

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...
NOISE BARRAGE. A worker flashes a V sign as he joins co-workers in staging a noise barrage in front of the administration office of the Pacific Cement Philippines Inc., in Kilomter 11, Surigao City . January 12, to urge management to release benefits due them. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Re-installed farmer beneficiaries of the Ocaya Ranch in Barangay Kuya, Maramag, Bukidnon build a hut in the 48-hectare land awarded to them by the Department of Agrarian Reform under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reform (CARPER) on Friday, December 2. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

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...

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...

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