With Parago gone, NPA will weaken in Davao Region – military

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – The military on Monday claimed that the killing of rebel leader Leoncio Pitao, popularly known as Commander Parago Sandoval, is a big blow to the… »

Duterte calls for ‘temporary ceasefire’ during Parago’s wake

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte appealed on Monday night to both the government forces and communist rebels for a “temporary ceasefire” during the wake of slain New… »

Parago vowed never to be captured alive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – “Karon, di na gyud ko padakop nila nga buhi” (I wouldn’t let them capture me alive this time), Leoncio Pitao, popularly known by… »

Maguindanao town declares state of calamity due to floods

SULTAN SA BARONGIS, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 29 June) – The municipal government here today has placed the entire town under a state of calamity due to rising flood water since… »

Civilian who tipped military on Parago to get P5.6M reward

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – A civilian tipster will get the P5.6-million reward following the killing of top New People’s Army (NPA) leader Leoncio Pitao, popularly known as… »

Maguindanao province, Army build Islamic school in former BIFF area

SALIPADA K. PENDATUN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 29 June) – More than a hundred young children by the roadside amidst rice fields chanted and waived their flaglets as military troops and provincial… »

NPA’s Parago, female medic killed in Paquibato encounter

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 June) – Leoncio Pitao alias Kumander Parago Sandoval of the New People’s Army and an “unidenfitied female rebel” believed to be a medic were killed in an… »

Dusit Thani finds home in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 June) — A Bangkok-based hotel and resort company has just made its mark in Asia by launching its brand of luxury serviced apartments in Mindanao. Dusit Thani… »

Lumad leader killed in Baganga

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 June) — A Lumad member of Barug Katawhan, an organization of Typhoon Pablo survivors, was shot dead Thursday evening (June 25) in the veranda of his house… »

SouthCot seeks urgent aid to rehab infra destroyed by floods

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 June) — South Cotabato officials appealed to the national government on Friday for immediate assistance to repair infrastructure destroyed by Wednesday’s floods South Cotabato Gov. Daisy… »

15 more HIV cases recorded in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 June) — Fifteen more residents of South Cotabato province have tested positive of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), bringing the total incidence in the… »

Thousands displaced by floods in Sultan Kudarat province

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/24 June) – Flashfloods brought about by continuous heavy rains since Tuesday night displaced nearly 5,000 families (around 25,000 individuals) in this city and the towns of Lambayong,… »

Butuan’s poetry-reading session through the years

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – It’s been three years now since poets, poetry enthusiasts, artists and friends climbed up a hill and gather around under the rambutan trees… »

Region 12’s RDC seeking intervention on rising HIV cases

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 is seeking the national government’s intervention over the rising incidence of the human immunodeficiency… »

SouthCot gets P1M grant from DOH for success in fight vs filariasis

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – The Department of Health (DOH) has released a P1-million grant to South Cotabato province as incentive for the area’s declaration as filariasis-free… »

3 die, 800 displaced in SouthCot, S. Kudarat floods

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) – Three people have died while around 800 residents were displaced in parts of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces as flashfloods and… »

Police in Region 12 ups campaign vs illegal drugs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) – The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 has committed to improve its accomplishments this year in terms of its campaign against the proliferation… »

‘Premature’: SC throws out petition vs BBL

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/23 June) – The Supreme Court dismissed the petition which sought to declare as unconstitutional the Bangsamoro Basic Law. According to www.abs-cbnnews.com in a report posted Tuesday afternoon,… »

2 soldiers killed in BIFF ambush

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 June) – Two soldiers were killed in an attack staged by suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters on mid-afternoon Monday, the military said. Capt.… »

DOH-XI urges public to avoid salty foods, ‘junk’ to prevent kidney diseases

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 June) – The Department of Health (DOH) in the region called on the public Monday to take care of their kidneys by avoiding salty foods. Dr. Maria… »

Duterte ranks 3rd, 4th among “Presidentiables” in Pulse Asia, SWS surveys  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 June) – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s rise in surveys on preferred candidates for President in 2016 has continued, with the latest Asia Pulse survey ranking him third among… »

Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida meets GPH and MILF officials in Tokyo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 June) — Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to peace and development in Mindanao, particularly in the Bangsamoro, during his meeting Saturday with… »

FAB, CAB questioned in Supreme Court

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 June) — A group that includes the Zamboanga Archbishop and a retired archbishop of Davao City filed with the Supreme Court on Friday a petition to declare… »

Army helps rehabilitate mosque in Mamasapano as gift of peace for Ramadhan

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 18 June) – As the month-long observance of Ramadhan starts today (Thursday), Muslims here can now pray more comfortably as soldiers and local residents rushed… »

ARMM’s trafficked survivors get assistance, skills training

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – At least 10 human trafficking survivors, mostly young women displaced during skirmishes in Maguindanao in 2013, have received livelihood assistance and training packages from… »

Malaybalay to use ‘unspent’ funds for P29M CDRRMC projects

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has approved two resolutions allowing the use of P29 million from available funds of… »

Decommissioning’s significance: “ a promise of peace after Mamasapano”

SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 17 June 2015) – Mindanao’s lone Cardinal, Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, attended the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in the… »

Delayed BBL passage = delayed decommissioning of MILF firearms, combatants

SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 17 June) – The continued delay in the passage of the proposed Bangsamro Basic Law (BBL) is affecting the timetable not only of the… »

PNoy and Murad: a chance to right the narrative; transformation, not surrender

SIMUAY, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/16 June) – For President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Tuesday’s ceremonial turnover of 55 high-powered firearms and 20 crew-served weapons of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front… »

British Embassy hails initial decommissioning of MILF weapons, fighters

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/16 June) — The British Embassy in Manila welcomed the first phase of decommissioning of weapons and fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. “The decommissioning of 50… »

3 killed in NPA raid in Bukidnon; 13 FAs seized

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 June) – Three people were killed in an attack Sunday by the New People’s Army in an interior town of Bukidnon. In a statement Monday, the NPA… »

Search and Rescue teams dispatched to hinterlands of Sultan Kudarat

LEBAK, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews / 14 June) – Search and Rescue teams composed of soldiers, police and Bureau of Fire personnel from this town, Esperanza and Senator Ninoy Aquino towns,… »

China’s reclamations to cause fishery crisis, scientist warns

CORON, Palawan (MindaNews / 14 June) — National scientist Dr. Angel Alcala warned that the ongoing Chinese reclamation and construction along the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea will… »

PNoy to witness decommissioning of MILF firearms, combatants

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – President Aquino will witness the first phase of the decommissioning processes in Maguindanao on Tuesday, June 16, with the ceremonial turnover of 55… »

Marcos says “large parts” of original BBL will be in the substitute bill

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – The chair of the Senate Committee on Local Government said they are not throwing away the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as he is certain that… »

“The Tripoli Agreement was succeeding. We had peace” – Marcos

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – The Tripoli Agreement of 1976 that was signed by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippine government (GPH) under then President Ferdinand Marcos,… »

ARMM Local Gov’t Secretary urges passage of BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 June) – The Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DILG-ARMM) has urged the Philippine Councilors League and… »

Setting free Pamana on Independence Day

MT. HAMIGUITAN, Davao Oriental (MindaNews / 12 June) — The flight of Philippine Eagle Pamana on Friday, Philippine Independence Day  meant a lot of things to the Philippine Eagle Foundation… »

BBL interpellations suspended until after SONA; only 8 of 38 Reps finished

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – The House of Representatives suspended interpellations on the substitute bill to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday before adjourning sine… »

Sen. Marcos told to include his father’s atrocities against Moros in his version of BBL

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – A human rights group wants Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., in his version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, to include the alleged atrocities… »

Leyte councilor nabbed for selling fake receipts, certificates during convention in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – The Philippine Councilors League (PCL) will be filing criminal administrative charges to a Leyte municipal councilor for allegedly selling fake official receipts and… »

Sara Duterte prefers her Dad not to run for president

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – Former Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said she preferred that her father not run for the presidency, citing Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s age.… »

10,000 jobs up for grabs during Independence Day jobs fair in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – Around 10,000 job vacancies will be up for grabs for job seekers here and the neighboring areas during the Independence Day or… »

5 nabbed in shabu raid in S. Kudarat

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – Police operatives seized around P1.3-million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and arrested five alleged drug couriers in a raid in… »

Marcos mulls pegging the funding of the Bangsamoro region

PASAY CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – A day after the public hearings at the Senate ended, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he is considering to peg the amount of… »

Mangrove rehab projects in PH lack science – expert

CEBU CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – Wrong practices have caused many mangrove rehabilitation projects in the Philippines to fail, an expert said Tuesday. Dr. Jurgenne Honculada-Primavera, a scientist known for… »

Sema: MILF “wanted the moon and stars and everything” but is getting only the rays of the sun

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – One of the vice chairs of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on Tuesday night said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

Pinoy ‘Aquaman’ conquers Chesapeake Bay

CHICAGO, Illinois (MindaNews / 10 June) – Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine completed the 8.1-kilometer swim across the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland Tuesday morning. Macarine’s sheer guts and determination made him the… »

ARMM wants ISO accreditation for Bangsamoro region

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – Taken aback when described as “musmos” or “sanggol” (infant) in a recent congressional hearing on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that centered… »

Malacañang loses hope that BBL can be passed before Congress adjourns

PASAY CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – Malacañang lost all hope on Tuesday that Congress will still be able to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law before it adjourns on June11. Communications… »

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