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Maute group storms Lanao del Sur jail, frees 8 members;  20 other prisoners escape

Maute group storms Lanao del Sur jail, frees 8 members; 20 other prisoners escape

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) -- Heavily armed members of the Maute terror group stormed the Lanao del Sur provincial jail in Marawi City late Saturday afternoon and ...

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Lumads caught in crossfire welcome ceasefire

Lumads caught in crossfire welcome ceasefire

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) -- The Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) of Bukidnon, many of them caught in the crossfire of the decades old conflict between the Philippine gov ...

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Disarm politicians in Sulu to win war vs Abu Sayyaf, Duterte urged

Disarm politicians in Sulu to win war vs Abu Sayyaf, Duterte urged

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) – The recent order of President Rodrigo Duterte to “destroy the Abu Sayyaf” is “only good for the headlines but will definitely not work in the ...

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President to Chief Justice: “you are again wrong”

President to Chief Justice: “you are again wrong”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNew/26 August) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has criticized anew Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for allegedly telling people not to allow arrest if there is no ...

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GPH-NDF’s ceasefire second after 1986

GPH-NDF’s ceasefire second after 1986

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) – Indefinite ceasefire. The Philippine government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) have each declared a unilateral ceasefire that too ...

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Duterte: prepare as country is “going to experience another spasm”

Duterte: prepare as country is “going to experience another spasm”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) -- “The Philippines is going to experience another spasm. When? I do not know. Sigurado? Sigurado ‘yan. So we prepare within our limited talent, o ...

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Duterte supports postponement of barangay elections

Duterte supports postponement of barangay elections

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he agrees with proposals to postpone the October 31 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, claimi ...

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GPH, NDF peace panels agree on 6 major agenda in Oslo talks

GPH, NDF peace panels agree on 6 major agenda in Oslo talks

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 August) -- The peace panels of the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front on Thursday reached agreement on six major agenda taken up ...

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Duterte is 5th President to wage war vs Abu Sayyaf

Duterte is 5th President to wage war vs Abu Sayyaf

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 August) – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military and police to seek out the Abu Sayyaf and destroy them. “Seek them out in their lairs and d ...

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GPH, NDFP agree to expedite peace talks

GPH, NDFP agree to expedite peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Aug) – The government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) agreed to accelerate the timetable to complet ...

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Duterte:  “I will release money and lands” to NPA guerrillas if peace nego succeeds

Duterte: “I will release money and lands” to NPA guerrillas if peace nego succeeds

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 August) – President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to give guerrillas of the New People’s Army (NPA) “money and lands” when the peace negotiations between the gove ...

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Lorenzana stays as Defense Secretary; Duterte still scouting for Ambassador to US

Lorenzana stays as Defense Secretary; Duterte still scouting for Ambassador to US

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 August) – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will remain in his post and not return to the United States as the Philippines’ Ambassador there, President R ...

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Duterte to change name of Malacañang Palace to “People’s Palace”

Duterte to change name of Malacañang Palace to “People’s Palace”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Aug) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte said that he will change within his term the name of the official residence of the country’s chief executive into “P ...

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NPA extends suspension of all offensive operations in Surigao provinces

NPA extends suspension of all offensive operations in Surigao provinces

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Aug) – The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army has extended up to Aug. 31 its suspension of all offensive operations in Surigao del S ...

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‘Matrix’ linking Sen. De Lima to drug personalities out

‘Matrix’ linking Sen. De Lima to drug personalities out

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Aug) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte released early Thursday a “matrix” which indicated the links of Sen. Leila de Lima to drug personalities inside the ...

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NDF submits 141 names for safe conduct passes

NDF submits 141 names for safe conduct passes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 August) – The National Democratic Front (NDF) has submitted a list of 141 names of consultants and other participants in the peace negotiations with the ...

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2 battalions from Davao Region to be sent to WestMinCom to help fight ASG

2 battalions from Davao Region to be sent to WestMinCom to help fight ASG

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Aug) – Two battalions of soldiers under the 10th Infantry Division in the Davao Region will beef up security forces in the Western Mindanao Command to h ...

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Duterte to use gambling funds for medicines

Duterte to use gambling funds for medicines

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Aug) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte said that he will use funds generated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to build "pharmaci ...

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Army nabs 8 people carrying IED in Lanao Sur

Army nabs 8 people carrying IED in Lanao Sur

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Aug) – Army soldiers and policemen intercepted a van carrying explosives intended by the Maute terror group to be blown in the cities of Cagaya ...

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Dengue kills 6 in Maguindanao

Dengue kills 6 in Maguindanao

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 Aug) – Health authorities in Maguindanao have expressed alarm over the rising dengue cases in the province, which to date have recorded ...

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SC issues 20-day status quo ante order re Marcos burial

SC issues 20-day status quo ante order re Marcos burial

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 August) – There will be no burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Edralin Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in the next 20 days following the iss ...

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10ID says soldiers did not encamp in Lumad school

10ID says soldiers did not encamp in Lumad school

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 August) – Soldiers did not occupy a Lumad school in a village in New Bataan town, Compostela Valley over the weekend, the 10th Infantry Division said in a ...

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GPH, NDF peace panels start talks on substantive agenda

GPH, NDF peace panels start talks on substantive agenda

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 August) -- Negotiations between the Philippine government and National Democratic Front started Tuesday with discussions on the remaining substantive agen ...

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Duterte tells Aquino appointees to submit courtesy resignations

Duterte tells Aquino appointees to submit courtesy resignations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 August) – The Palace on Monday evening asked all heads of offices appointed during the previous administration to submit courtesy resignations within seve ...

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Reds to free 5 cops in Surigao

Reds to free 5 cops in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 August) -- The New People’s Army will release this week five police officers held captive in the two Surigao provinces as a gesture of goodwill for the ...

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Economy needs 5.1-percent growth rate for 2nd half to reach GDP target

Economy needs 5.1-percent growth rate for 2nd half to reach GDP target

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 August) – The Philippine economy must grow by 5.1 percent for the second half of the year to realize the 6- to 7-percent increase in gross domestic produc ...

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200 fishermen from Mindanao jailed in Indonesia sent home

200 fishermen from Mindanao jailed in Indonesia sent home

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 August) -- Around 200 fishermen from this city and other parts of Mindanao who were jailed in Indonesia due to illegal fishing and immigration vi ...

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Duterte threatens to leave UN

Duterte threatens to leave UN

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Aug) --  President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to leave the United Nations (UN) amid its criticisms on the current administration’s campaign against illega ...

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Duterte: “Consider yourself resigned”

Duterte: “Consider yourself resigned”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 August) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has directed all appointed heads of different government offices to “consider yourself resigned” for allegedly fail ...

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3 members of armed group killed in Maasim

3 members of armed group killed in Maasim

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 August) -- Three members of an armed group were killed in an encounter with police operatives in the outskirts of Maasim town in Sarangani Provin ...

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Ceasefire!

Ceasefire!

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) – The guns will be silent by 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, August 21, as government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) have both declared a uni ...

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CPP declares unilateral ceasefire; orders release of two captives

CPP declares unilateral ceasefire; orders release of two captives

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 August) -- The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declared Friday evening a seven-day unilateral ceasefire starting 12:01 a.m. on August 21 to “cele ...

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NDF consultants Benito and Wilma Tiamzon freed for GPH-NDF talks

NDF consultants Benito and Wilma Tiamzon freed for GPH-NDF talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 August) – Two consultants of the National Democratic Front (NDF) were released Friday to enable them to participate in the formal resumption of the peace ...

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Reds attack marijuana plantations of paramilitary group

Reds attack marijuana plantations of paramilitary group

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 August) -- Communist rebels launched a series of attacks targeting marijuana plantations allegedly maintained by a Lumad paramilitary group along ...

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Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio pregnant with triplets

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio pregnant with triplets

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 August) – Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is expecting triplets. In her message read by City Information Office chief Jefry ...

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Parents of soldier slain in anti-drug raid ask Duterte to pursue war on drugs

Parents of soldier slain in anti-drug raid ask Duterte to pursue war on drugs

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/19 August) -- The parents of a soldier who was killed in an anti-illegal drug operation appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to prosecut ...

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251 new schools for the Lumads to be built in Mindanao soon

251 new schools for the Lumads to be built in Mindanao soon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Aug) – Education Secretary Leonor Briones announced Thursday that 251 new public schools with a total of 605 classrooms will be simultaneously built in ...

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Maguindanao barangay capt with cache of illegal firearms, drugs nabbed at checkpoint

Maguindanao barangay capt with cache of illegal firearms, drugs nabbed at checkpoint

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Aug) – Police here arrested Wednesday evening a barangay captain from Maguindanao for illegal possession of high powered firearms and illegal drugs. ...

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PH fastest growing economy in Asia

PH fastest growing economy in Asia

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Aug) – The Philippines is the fastest growing economy in Asia after it posted a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7 percent in the second quarter o ...

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CDO archbishop urges parishioners, churches to help in rehab of drug addicts, pushers

CDO archbishop urges parishioners, churches to help in rehab of drug addicts, pushers

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Aug) – Archbishop Antonio Ledesma on Wednesday called on his parishioners to open their hearts and communities to the more than 5,000 alleged d ...

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CDO court releases jailed NDF consultant attending Oslo talks

CDO court releases jailed NDF consultant attending Oslo talks

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Aug) – The Regional Trial Court here on Wednesday released a jailed National Democratic Front consultant even without payment of the P100,000 b ...

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Banana growers want to meet Sec. Lopez amid aerial spraying ban issue

Banana growers want to meet Sec. Lopez amid aerial spraying ban issue

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Aug) – The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) has expressed desire to meet Environment Secretary Gina Lopez to inform her of the ...

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China’s quarantine representatives to visit Mindanao

China’s quarantine representatives to visit Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Aug) – China’s quarantine office will send representatives to Mindanao to inspect the banana plantations here, Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Ass ...

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1 killed, another arrested in S. Kudarat anti-drug operations

1 killed, another arrested in S. Kudarat anti-drug operations

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews / 17 Aug) – A man was killed while another was arrested during operations by the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Task Force (RAIDSTF) in Barangay New ...

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2,000 volunteers respond to Marines’ call for reservist recruits in Maguindanao, S. Kudarat

2,000 volunteers respond to Marines’ call for reservist recruits in Maguindanao, S. Kudarat

KALAMANSIG, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 17 Aug) – The Philippine Marines was surprised over the weekend when about 2,000 residents showed up during a call for reservist recruits. ...

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Ozamiz City mayor and his children yield 16 guns

Ozamiz City mayor and his children yield 16 guns

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/16 August) — Sixteen high-powered firearms including several M16 Bushmaster assault rifles were surrendered by Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog ...

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30 gov’t employees in South Cotabato fired for drug use

30 gov’t employees in South Cotabato fired for drug use

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 August) -- At least 30 job order or contractual employees of the provincial government of South Cotabato have been dismissed from service after b ...

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Pinoy Aquaman ready for English Channel swim

Pinoy Aquaman ready for English Channel swim

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 August) -- Endurance swimmer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine ended last week his final phase of training for his attempt to cross the English Channel t ...

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Sison optimistic on resumption of peace talks

Sison optimistic on resumption of peace talks

Amalia B. Cabusao Editor in Chief, Mindanao Times UTRECHT, The Netherlands (MindaNews/15 August) – The founding chair of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is optimistic ...

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9 killed, 8 hurt in anti-illegal drug operation in North Cotabato

9 killed, 8 hurt in anti-illegal drug operation in North Cotabato

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews/15 August) -- Nine persons were killed and eight others were wounded in an anti-drug operation at dawn Sunday in a remote village of this town, ...

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