In drought-stricken village, depression led farmer to take his own life

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 07 February) — Depression led Teduray farmer Jimmy, a 36-year old father of three, to take his own life on Tuesday, February 2, in the… »

Tower 25’s lot owner demands payment of P40 million claims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 07 February) — A top official of the National Transportation Corporation (Transco) said the family who owns the lot where the bombed Tower 25 of the National… »

THAT WE MAY REMEMBER: February 7, 1974: The Jolo-caust

[This piece is a combination of chapters 19, 20 and 21 of “Bugs & Bytes in bigger print” published in 1999 by Said Sadain, Jr. editor of This piece… »

THAT WE MAY REMEMBER: A birthday cake that was not eaten; a town that has yet to rise from the ashes

(This piece was first published in on 7 February 2004, the 30th anniversary of the burning of Jolo and reprinted in the February 2011 issue of OUR Mindanao newsmagazine.… »

North Cotabato provincial security chief shot dead in front of church

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 07 February) — Three unidentified gunmen shot dead the chief security officer of the North Cotabato provincial capitol in front of a Catholic church in Arakan,… »

Army captain injured in clash with BIFF

DATU SALIBO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/06 February) – Three soldiers, including an Army captain, and two civilians were injured in clashes between government forces and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) from… »

Duterte’s proclamation rally in Tondo; nat’l campaign HQ in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 February) – Tondo in Manila, the symbol of urban poverty in the country, will be the venue for the first salvo of the lone Mindanawon Presidential candidate,… »

Task force formed to address attacks on transmission towers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 February) — Government has formed the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Security of Energy Facilities to address the series of attacks on transmission towers of the National… »

ML victims start campaign against return of Marcoses to Malacanang

Former political prisoners, other victims of the martial law regime and human rights advocates launched on Thursday a campaign to thwart attempts by the Marcoses to recapture Malacanang. Called CARMMA… »

UM to build modern sports complex

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 February) — The University of Mindanao will finish in two years a modern sports complex complete with facilities that can host national international at its 29-hectare Matina… »

Aguirre: It’s all systems go for Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /04 February) — “It’s all systems go,” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s legal counsel Vitaliano Aguirre said after the 1st Division of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday… »

3 soldiers killed, 4 injured in clashes with NPA in ComVal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 February) — Three soldiers were killed while three others were hurt in a series of clashes between members of the 46th Infantry Battalion and the… »

P15.8M crops in GenSan destroyed by El Nino

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — -Around P15.8 million worth of agricultural crops here have been destroyed due to the impact of the continuing dry spell triggered by the El… »

Army, police say arrival of MILF’s Bravo in Munai no cause for concern

BARANGAY KALIPAY, Gingoog City (MindaNews / 04 February) — The Philippine Army is closely monitoring the movements of Abdurahman Macapaar aka Commander Bravo, a commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation… »

SEC-Davao resisters 1,881 new business establishments in 2015

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 February) — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered a total of 1,881 new business and non-stock corporations in its extension office here in… »

Late Gov’s son is substitute candidate for SouthCot board member

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — A son of the late South Cotabato Gov. Hilario de Pedro III has been fielded as his substitute for the provincial board member race… »

DOLE-12 opens “Assist WELL” center for OFWs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 opened on Wednesday an integrated processing center of various assistance for repatriated and returning Overseas… »

KMU calls on lawmakers to favor overriding of veto in SSS pension hike

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Feb) – A labor group held a protest action in front of the Social Security Systems (SSS) office in Bajada here to encourage the lawmakers… »

SEC-Davao warns public on 5 firms with investment offerings

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Feb) – The Security Exchange Commission (SEC) has received reports of five companies with similar investment scheme as the Jacama Sales and Marketing that was… »

Famine looms in South Upi uplands as El Nino worsens

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews/02 February) – Teduray farmers in remote villages here expressed fears they may experience starvation if the drought that has plagued their communities here continues for another… »

Comelec regional directors reshuffled for 2016 polls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 February) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has designated a new regional director for Region 12 as part of a temporary reshuffle in preparation for the… »

Renaming of South Cotabato provincial gym after late governor pushed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 February) — South Cotabato officials are pushing for the renaming of the provincial gymnasium and cultural center in Koronadal City in honor of the late governor… »

Marawi folk blame Aquino for death of BBL

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/02 February) — Residents here blamed President Benigno Aquino III for the failure of Congress to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law before it adjourns next week. In a… »

Aboitiz coal-fired power plant to open Tuesday; brownouts to continue in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 February) — Aboitiz Power announced Monday its 150-megawatt second unit of Therma South Inc. will start commercial operation on Tuesday, a week after undergoing a corrective maintenance… »

Another first: ‘Pinoy Aquaman’ finishes 15-km swim in Bohol

PAMILACAN ISLAND, Baclayon, Bohol (MindaNews/01 February) — Sheer guts and determination led triathlete-lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine into another record-setting swim on Sunday. Macarine, 39, defied the rough waters to… »

Beyond PNoy: moving on in the Bangsamoro peace process

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /31 January) – “The BLBAR is dead; long live the BBL!” The Congress-proposed Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR) under the Aquino administration is dead,… »

Grassroots leader says non-passage of BBL poses new challenges for peace advocates

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 31 January) – A female leader of a grassroots organization here challenged peace advocates “to help find ways in peace-building” given that “ignorance of the… »

BBL passage, decommissioning, etc.. passed on to next administration

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) – The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the decommissioning of combatants and weapons of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and other… »

Who, what killed BBL?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) — The January 25, 2015 Mamasapano tragedy is to blame for Congress’ failure to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Senate President Franklin Drilon… »

Anti-mining activist dies in hospital after assassination attempt

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 Jan) — An anti-mining activist in Compostela Valley province was rushed to a hospital in Tagum City Wednesday night after an assassination attempt but expired early Saturday… »

Former SouthCot Gov. Hilario de Pedro III passes away

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 January) — South Cotabato province is mourning the sudden and unexpected passing of former governor Hilario de Pedro III. De Pedro died after reportedly… »

Maasim barangay chair nabbed for illegal drugs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — Anti-drug operatives arrested an incumbent village chair in Maasim town in Sarangani for possession of suspected metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu in a raid at his… »

Extortion behind foiled bombing of bus terminal

COTABATO City (MindaNews/29 January) – Extortion was behind the foiled bombing of a bus terminal in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao last Thursday. A group identifying itself as ISM and headed by… »

Philippine Eagle “Matatag” pushes on to unfamiliar habitats

by Jayson C. Ibanez / Philippine Eagle Foundation DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 January) — Philippine Eagle “Matatag”, a rehabilitated bird released over a year ago in Mt Apo (see has… »

Bangsamoro law won’t pass under PNOy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – The Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday announced they can no longer pass the law that would have… »

Q and A with MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “The two panels should sit down and plan what will happen to the peace process”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, 67-year old grandfather of nine, has been chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) since July 2003, days… »

Bomb planted in Maguindanao terminal fails to explode

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – A bombing attempt was foiled by concerned civilians who immediately reported a suspicious bag left at a bus terminal here early afternoon.… »

Rice-for-rats reward launched in NorthCot town

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – Disaster and agriculture officials here, led by Mayor Herlo Guzman, have launched Thursday morning a massive rat hunting expedition to bolster the campaign of… »

Samal’s bat cave overcrowded?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – The founder of the foundation that works on bats preservation said there is an overcrowding of these creatures for the past years that… »

DTI-11 to adapt new technology to assist new entreps

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region is planning to put in place a Data Banking and Analytics, a system… »

Balindong: “This House of Representatives has collectively failed the Bangsamoro people”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 January) – Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Pangalian Balindong of Lanao del Sur and two other Moro legislators stepped  out of the plenary hall of the House of… »

Napenas: US gov’t, CIA part of “Oplan Exodus” to get Marwan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — The Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine Naitonal Police (PNP) did not coordinate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the peace process… »

Murad to PNoy in recent meeting: passing BLBAR will throw away peace process

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 27 January) – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) looks forward to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) but not the… »

4 Lumad schools in Talaingod abandoned after killing of student

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — Schools for Lumads in four sitios of Talaingod, Davao del Norte have closed after the killing last Jan. 17 of a student, the Save Our… »

Quorum in House not for BBL but for Miss U Pia Wurtzbach

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — The House of Representatives mustered a quorum Tuesday not for the Bangsamoro Basic Law but for 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. Rep. Rufus… »

Unscheduled 5-hour brownout hits Malaybalay, 3 Bukidnon towns

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — The entire city and the towns of Lantapan and Cabanglasan experienced power interruption from 6:38p.m to 11:45pm Tuesday. Ten of Talakag town’s 29 barangays and another one in Valencia City, all under the Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative (Buseco) were also in darkness. In an advisory past 7pm, Buseco said the 69kV sub-transmission line from Maramag town to Brgy. Aglayan, Malaybalay tripped. The power utility did not explain why the trip-off occurred, except to say they were still coordinating with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). Elizabeth Ladaga, NGCP communications officer, however, told this reporter the transmission line is now owned and managed by the Bukidnon Sub-transmission Corporation (BSTC), a consortium composed of Buseco and First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative. The line was turned over to BSTC in June 2015, she added. BSTC general manager Nikki Tortola did not respond to text queries as of 8pm Tuesday. Ladaga said in a text message around 1:40a.m. Wednesday that the line was fully re-energized at 11:45p.m. Tuesday after BSTC personnel finished replacing two insulators and cleaning two others. Asked why Buseco said they had to coordinate with NGCP on the cause of the power interruption when the latter said BSTC should be asked about it: “True, BSTC still has to coordinate with (NGCP) Maramag substation because the Maramag-Aglayan line (owned by BSTC) is connected with the substation and relays and breakers are inside the Maramag substation,” she explained. The brownout occurred while midterm examinations were being held at Bukidnon State University forcing proctors and examinees to use mobile phone flashlights while waiting for generators to be turned on. An administration official said the auto start mechanism of the generators did not function and it had to be manually operated. Affected residents vented their ire on the unscheduled brownout on social media. (Walter I. Balane/Mindanews)

Police: Rebs telling Davao pols to pay campaign fees

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 January) — The city police office on Tuesday said some politicians have allegedly been asked by the New Peoples’ Army to pay permit-to-campaign fees. City police spokesperson… »

15 boats seized in Siargao for fishing in marine sanctuary

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews/26 January) — Fifteen boats suspected of being used in illegal fishing activities in this town have been seized since November last year, an official said.… »

DLPC eyeing other power sources as dry spell worsens

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 January) — Davao Light and Power Company will tap other power sources in Mindanao in anticipation of higher demand vis-a-vis declining supply from hydropower facilities caused by… »

1 killed, 2 nabbed in Davao drug buy-bust

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 January) — One suspect was killed while two others were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation around 5:20 p.m. on Monday at Purok 8, Brgy. 76-A, Bucana,… »

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