Coast Guard starts probe on ill-fated ferry

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – Coast Guard officials from Manila have started to investigate the ill-fated marine vessel Maharlika 2. The maritime investigation – spearheaded by Commodore Gilbert… »

MARINA reinspects marine vessels in Caraga for seaworthiness

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – Shortly after the sea mishap involving MV Maharlika 2 which sank off Pintuyan, Southern Leyte, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) called for reinspection… »

Halal slaughterhouse in Davao pushed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – Sheep and goat farmers here are asking for a separate slaughterhouse that would cater to halal products for export to Southeast Asian markets,… »

2 Marines fall in drug buy-bust operation in Pagadian

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – Joint police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives have arrested two Philippine Marines in an anti-drug operation Monday in Zamboanga del Sur,… »

3 of 6 Ateneo de Manila awardees are Mindanawons

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 September) – Three of six awardees honored by the Ateneo de Manila University during a Special Academic Convocation on Tuesday afternoon are Mindanawons: “Missionary and Peace-builder” Orlando… »

18 Zambo construction workers downed by food poisoning

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – Eighteen construction workers were downed by suspected food poisoning after they ate barracuda fish for breakfast and lunch Tuesday. Gilbert delos Santos, one… »

Cops looking at angles behind GenSan grenade bombing

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – Police authorities are looking at a number of angles as possible motive in the explosion at a plaza in front of the… »

7 hurt in GenSan blast

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 September) — Seven people were injured when a suspected improvised bomb exploded at a plaza located infront of the main city hall building here on Tuesday… »

Search and rescue ops for missing Maharlika 2 passengers called off; retrieval on

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 September) — From search and rescue, authorities have shifted to retrieval operations for the still unaccounted passengers of the ill-fated MV Maharlika 2 since Monday evening. Capt.… »

Sister ferry of ill-fated Maharlika 2 has ‘major deficiencies’– MARINA

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 September) – The seaworthiness of a sister vessel of the ill-fated M/V Maharlika 2 has come under question and its owner was already issued a suspension order,… »

Davao City lacks equipment for disposing dirt from drainage canals

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 September) — The Drainage Maintenance Unit of the City Engineer’s Office lacked equipment for the fast disposal of dirt gathered from drainage canals, DMU chief Yusof Jimlani… »

‘Ecstasy’ worth P3M seized in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 September) — Anti-drug operatives seized around P3 million worth of suspected “ecstasy” pills and arrested a suspected drug pusher in a buy-bust operation near a shopping… »

RDC-12 pushes for adoption of new business licensing system by LGUs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 September) — The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 is pushing for the adoption by all 50 local government units (LGUs) in the region of… »

Search continues for missing passengers of Maharlika 2; death toll climbs to 8

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 September) – The death toll from the roll-on, roll off ferry from this city that sank off Leyte Saturday evening had reached eight after the Philippine Navy… »

Ateneo de Manila honors Cardinal Quevedo, Agnes Locsin

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 September) – The Ateneo de Manila is honoring on September 16 six “exemplars in their respective fields,” two of them Mindanawons — Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo, OMI,… »

Davao City behind schedule in immunization drive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 September) — Davao City was behind its own schedule of reaching at least 50% of immunization coverage for measles, rubella, and polio by the second week of… »

GenSan mulls banning riding-in-tandem on motorcycles to curb crimes

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 September) — In a bid to address the spate of unsolved murders and criminal activities perpetrated by motorcycle-riding suspects, city officials are considering the possibility of… »

South Cotabato adopts P2.4-B AIP for 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 September) — The Provincial Development Council (PDC) of South Cotabato has endorsed around P2.4 billion worth of proposed development investments in various parts of the province… »

Dec. 17 is target date for passing Bangsamoro Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) – Calendared for first reading Monday, September 14, the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, now known as House Bill 4994, is targeted for passing by December 17… »

Dureza: extend Bangsamoro transition period to 2019

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 September) — A former Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and government peace panel chair in the talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is asking… »

Survivors: rescue took so long

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 September) – “Hinay kaayo” (Very slow. It took so long). Survivors of the ill-fated roll-on, roll-off ferry, MV Maharlika 2, said rescue operations took so long they… »

Sunken ferry update: 3 dead, 110 rescued; undetermined number still missing

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews /14 September) —  Coast Guard authorities here cannot how many passengers were actually on board the ill-fated ship MV Maharlika which sank off Pintuyan town in Southern… »

Anti-mining Lumad leader in Cagayan de Oro killed

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) — A leader of the Higaonon tribe who is a staunch anti-mining activist was gunned down by unidentified assailants while riding home on a… »

2 dead, 103 rescued from sinking ferry; manifest lists only 84 passengers and crew

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Sept) – Two persons were confirmed dead, 103 others were rescued while a still undetermined number of persons on board a ferry they had to abandon off… »

Ferry from Surigao reportedly sinks off Southern Leyte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 September) – A ferry carrying 58 passengers and 13 land-based vehicles bound for Liloan in Southern Leyte from the Lipata port here Saturday noon has remained missing… »

Suspension of military operations in Bukidnon sought to facilitate soldiers’ release

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – Government officials and the Philippine Independent Church in Northern Mindanao have sent an appeal to President Aquino and Defense Secretary Voltaire… »

GenSan hopes to bag Guinness record with display of 33 metric tons of tuna

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – Fish port workers here displayed and weighed around 33,610 kilograms or 33.61 metric tons (MT) of tuna in about 15 minutes on Thursday to… »

Lawyer to media outfits: Careful when reporting about Davao kids captured on CCTV while stealing jeepney driver’s money

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – A lawyer here handling cases of children in conflict with the law (CICL) has advised media outfit to be careful in airing children’s… »

Gunmen abduct Chinese national in Zamboanga Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – Suspected kidnappers seized Thursday a Chinese national in downtown Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, a military official disclosed. The incident took place a day after… »

Davao to do progressive approach in building 20-hectare sports complex

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – The city would prefer a more progressive approach in the construction of the 20-hectare sports complex facility at the University of the Philippines… »

3 more HIV cases recorded in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – Three more professionals here have tested positive of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), bringing the disease incidence in the area to 150.… »

Imagining the future Bangsamoro through the draft Basic Law  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 September 2014) — Among the country’s 17 regions, the future Bangsamoro, targeted to be set up by June 30, 2016, will be distinct from all the rest… »

Q and A with MILF-BTC’s Mohagher Iqbal “We have exerted everything possible and that’s what we got out of the process”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Sept) — Mohagher Iqbal, information chief of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has been chief negotiator of its peace panel since July 29, 2003 but had… »

Tuna spawns in Davao Gulf increase after closure to commercial fishing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 September) – Tuna spawns in the Davao Gulf have increased two months after it was closed to commercial fishing, an official at the Bureau of Fisheries and… »

SouthCot, NGO sign MOU on anti-mercury drive in mining town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 September) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has linked up with non-government environment group Ban Toxics in a bid to eliminate the use of mercury… »

ARMM business sector lauds BBL submission

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/10 September) –The business sector in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) welcomed the submission by President Benigno S. Aquino III of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

Alleged hazing inside GenSan police compound probed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 September) — Police officials here have launched an investigation into the involvement of one of its key officers in an alleged hazing activity involving several newly-hired… »

Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law finally submitted to Congress

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Sept) – The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is finally in Congress. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles and Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) chair Mohagher… »

GenSan eyes world record for largest fish display

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 September) — Fish port workers here will attempt on Thursday to put up a display of around 50 metric tons (MT) of tuna in less than… »

Abu bandits free midwife in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/10 September) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits released Tuesday a government health worker they seized last month in the province of Sulu, military officials disclosed Wednesday. Released was… »

EMB to summon those responsible for acid spillage in Davao’s streets

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Sept) – The Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will summon to a technical conference the consignee and broker of… »

Tuna exporters urged to increase shipments to Middle East, North Africa

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 Sept) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) urged producers and exporters of canned tuna here to increase their shipments to the Middle East and… »

Tuna industry players pushing for P959M GenSan airport expansion

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 9 Sept) – Tuna industry players here are pushing for the inclusion of the proposed P959-million expansion of the city airport here in the 2015… »

Suspect MERS-CoV patient tested negative, going back to Saudi

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Sept) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said the patient that was released by the Southern Philippines Medical Center last Friday for testing negative… »

2015 budget deadline set to Oct. 15, Davao councilors tell City Hall

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Sept) – The City Council committee on finance, ways, and means is giving a tentative deadline of October 15 to City Hall so that the latter’s budget… »

“We will Rise!” is theme of year after Zambo siege commemoration

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 September) – “We will Rise!” is the theme chosen by the Archdiocese of Zamboanga to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 9, 2013 siege that led… »

SouthCot urges ERC to hasten OK of $12M solar power project

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – South Cotabato officials urged the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to hasten the release of its final approval for the US$12-million solar power… »

OWWA-12 releases financial help to 38 former Libya OFWs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Region 12 has released a total P380,000 in financial assistance since last month to 38… »

15 barangays in Cotabato City flooded, 26 families evacuated

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Sept) – At least 15 barangays in Cotabato City are now submerged in flood waters after major tributaries surrounding the area increased the water level… »

Bangsamoro Basic Law done; submitted to Congress by Sept. 10

MANDALUYONG CITY (MindaNews/07 September) — The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is finally done. 14 members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the body mandated to draft the Bangsamoro Basic… »

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