Troops kill 5 Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 November) – Five suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf were killed as government forces overran a bandit camp following a clash in Basilan province Sunday, a military… »

Hero’s welcome greets “Pacman” in GenSan, Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 November) — Boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao returned home late Monday afternoon amid a rousing hero’s welcome that drew thousands of residents to… »

Town police chief in South Cotabato sacked

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 November) — The South Cotabato Provincial Police Office has relieved the chief of police of Sto. Nino town over accusations that he mistreated a minor during… »

Hero’s welcome awaits ‘Pacman’ in GenSan, Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 November) — A hero’s welcome will be laid out by the local governments of this city and nearby Sarangani Province for the scheduled homecoming of boxing… »

Justice Secretary de Lima brings “good and bad news” on Ampatuan Massacre case

MASSACRE SITE, Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews/23 November) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima attended the commemoration of the massacre that took place here five years ago, announcing “good news” as well… »

2 killed, 25 hurt in bomb explosion in North Cotabato town

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 Nov) — At least two persons were killed and 25 others were injured when a homemade bomb exploded at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in M’lang, North Cotabato.… »

“All possible legal resources” provided to help speed up Ampatuan Massacre trial but..

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 23 Nov) — The Supreme Court has provided the judge handling the Ampatuan Massacre trial with “all possible legal resources to speed up the disposition of… »

Palace hails ‘Pacman’ as role model

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 November)-Malacanang lauded boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao for his convincing victory over American Chris Algieri in their fight in Macau, China Sunday. Communications Secretary… »

Suspected Abu Sayyaf leader, soldier slain in Sulu shootout

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/23 November) – A suspected commander of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) with P5.3 million cash reward for his capture and a soldier were killed while another was… »

Grenade explosion injures 2 teenagers in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/23 November) – Two teenagers were wounded in a grenade explosion late Saturday near the residence of an elected official in Barangay Buenavista, this city, the police said.… »

19 months left for PNoy to fulfill vow of justice for Ampatuan Massacre victims

MASSACRE SITE, Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 November) – “We will not rest until justice has been served,” President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, then barely five months into his six-year term in… »

Surigao City mulls privatization of garbage collection

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 November)—Citing the growing operational expenses in garbage collection, the city government is considering to privatize it. Atty. Manuel D. Delani, city legal officer, said the local government… »

Snail-pace trial for Ampatuan Massacre very frustrating—IFJ

AMPATUAN MASSACRE Site, Maguindanao (MindaNews/21 November)—The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has urged President Benigno Aquino III to act swiftly in resolving the Ampatuan Massacre case before his term ends… »

Zambo allots P10.5-M for traffic lights upgrade, Christmas decors

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 November) – The city government has allocated P10.5 million to upgrade traffic lights and to decorate various public places this Yuletide season. Engr. Rene Dela Cruz, chief… »

Surigao Norte police placed on red alert after abduction of 2 more cops

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) — Police stations in Surigao del Norte have been placed on red alert following the series of abductions of policemen by suspected New People’s Army rebels… »

Cement plant in Surigao extends suspension of operations

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) – Cash-strapped Pacific Cement Company Inc. (PACEMCO) has decided to extend the suspension of its plant operations for three months to complete the ongoing negotiations for… »

Dozens displaced, 27 houses burned in rido in North Cotabato

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) — A rido involving members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front erupted near the boundary of Aleosan and Midsayap towns… »

Banana exporters ask help from DA, DTI to know demand abroad

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) — The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Trade and Industry should arrange for a business mission abroad to determine the demand for export-grade bananas… »

New 20MW power plant launched in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – Power supply in Mindanao will get an additional 20 megawatts (MW) soon. This after Peakpower Soccsargen, Inc. (PSI) finally inaugurated today (Thursday)… »

Gov’t wants to take over Maguindanao electric utility

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre, electricity supply for the entire province of Maguindanao is in danger… »

Dutch web browser game being developed in Davao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – A Dutch firm has tapped a Davao-based BPO company for the development of an upcoming web browser game. Maata Games of… »

Davao traffic enforcer caught on video accepting bribe terminated

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – The traffic enforcer caught on video accepting a bribe from an apprehended motorist has been terminated after 14 years of service with the… »

Banana growers still struggling 2 years after Pablo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – Two years after super typhoon Pablo devastated vast plantations, the banana industry is still struggling to recover, the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association… »

Japan recession not to affect banana industry, growers say

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) –Banana growers and exporters are confident that the recession in Japan will not affect the local banana industry. Last Monday, international news agencies reported… »

Theme park to showcase Sarangani’s rich history, culture during 12th MunaTo Festival

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – A theme park featuring Sarangani Province’s rich history and culture will open at the provincial capitol grounds in Alabel town next week… »

SouthCot offers scholarships for aspiring lawyers, doctors

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Nov) – Aspiring lawyers and doctors in South Cotabato province could avail of scholarship grants starting next year through the provincial government’s flagship Kabugwason-Paglaum Scholarship… »

Ampatuan Massacre witness and would-be witness ambushed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Nov) – A witness in the Ampatuan Massacre was killed and another one was seriously wounded in an ambush Tuesday in Shariff Aguak town in… »

Surigao tourist island considered for isolation area for Ebola patients

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Nov) – Officials here are considering to use a small island four kilometers away as isolation area in case Ebola cases reach this city. Dr.… »

ARMM marks 25th anniversary; its ‘last,’ says Hataman

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 19 November) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is resigned to the fact that it will no longer go beyond 25 years, which it… »

SouthCot town police chief probed for manhandling minor

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Nov) – Police authorities in Region 12 have ordered an investigation into the alleged manhandling of a minor over curfew violations by a town… »

Sarangani provincial gov’t endorses Mt. Latian biodiversity conservation program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Nov) – The provincial government of Sarangani has endorsed the implementation of a conservation program for an identified key biodiversity area in the province.… »

10 soldiers injured as truck plunges into ravine in Zambo Sur

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 19 Nov) – Ten soldiers, including an officer, were injured Monday when the vehicle they were riding plunged into a deep ravine in the town of… »

Surigao town mayor faces raps for infra projects irregularities

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Nov) – For implementing infrastructure projects that allegedly did not meet specifications in the plan, a formal complaint was lodged before the anti-graft court against… »

Davao traffic enforcer caught on video accepting bribe grounded

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Nov) – The Traffic Management Center (TMC) has grounded one of its enforcers caught on video while allegedly receiving a bribe, which was then circulated… »

Kidnap gang member captured in Zambo Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 8 Nov) – A suspected member of a kidnap-for-ransom-group (KFRG) was wounded and captured following a shootout on Saturday with government operatives in Zamboanga Sibugay, belated… »

Protesters block runway in South Cotabato to stop aerial spraying

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 November) — Hundreds of residents barricaded the runway of the community airport in Surallah town in South Cotabato on Monday in protest of the aerial spraying… »

Third in November: 2 more cops seized by armed men in Surigao town

ALEGRIA, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/17 November) – Two policemen were seized by suspected communist rebels in Surigao del Norte on Sunday afternoon bringing to three the total number of policemen… »

5th year: Kin of Ampatuan Massacre victims set awareness campaign

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 November) — Relatives and colleagues of media workers who were slain in the gruesome November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre are set to launch a series of… »

Bomb found in Lamitan school

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 November) – A baggage found in a school in Lamitan City in Basilan yielded an improvised explosive device, officials said Monday. The explosive was found around 7:50… »

No more rebels in Lake Sebu town – AFP

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 November) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has declared the entire municipality of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato as insurgency-free. South Cotabato provincial board… »

Rep. Rodriguez: Bangsamoro Basic Law passed by “end of February”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) — The new target for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law is “end of February,” Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the 75-member… »

UPDATED: At least 15 hurt in Kabacan blast; Governor offers P100K reward money

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /16 Nov) — The governor of North Cotabato has offered a PhP 100,000 reward to anyone who could provide vital information behind Sunday’s blast in Kabacan town… »

“Pray for long-lasting peace” is this year’s Mindanao week of Peace theme

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) – This year’s theme for the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) is “We pray for long-lasting peace in Mindanao. Give, Share, Live and Proclaim Peace.” The… »

Revised Tourism Code promotes medical, agricultural tourism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) – Specialty practices in Davao City’s tertia hospitals have the potential to be part of medical tourism packages for local and foreign tourists, Councilor Mary Joselle… »

Sulu clash leaves 5 soldiers, 10 bandits dead

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – Five soldiers and 15 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed in an encounter Friday in the province of Sulu, a military official said. Capt. Ma.… »

Hundreds of families displaced, 2 civilians killed, 6 others hurt in Pikit clashes

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/15 November) – Two civilians were killed and three others were wounded in an artillery bombardment early Friday in Barangay Kabasalan here forcing at least 1,000 families… »

Police: Abu Sayyaf behind Nov. 9 twin blasts in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – The local police blamed the Abu Sayyaf for the recent twin bomb explosions that injured a K9 handler and a bomb-sniffing dog in this city.… »

Teen dies in Zambo fire

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – A senior high school teenager perished in an almost two hour fire early Saturday in this city, a Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) official said.… »

Slain student leader laid to rest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /14 Nov) – The 23-year old former chair of the University Student Council of the University of the Philippines-Mindanao who was killed November 4 in an encounter… »

Goldberg reiterates US support to Mindanao peace process

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 November)– United States (US) Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg reiterated his government’s full support to the continuing peace process and the creation of the proposed… »

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