Murad: “what’s happening here is different from the Middle East”  

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 August) — Mindanao and the Middle East should not be compared because the situations in these areas are different, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair… »

Murad to Lumads: “We will not repeat the situation where a majority will oppress the minority”

CAMP DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 26 August) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is assuring Lumads (Indigenous Peoples /IPs) in the proposed Bangsamoro that they… »

State of calamity to be declared in flooded Sarangani town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 27 Aug) – Officials of the coastal town of Kiamba in Sarangani are set to declare the entire area under the state of calamity following… »

Construction boom expected as a result of climate change

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Aug) – Engineers here say that there is a “tremendous opportunity” for construction projects in the region because of climate change. In an interview held… »

Duterte denies saying some young Muslims to train with ISIS

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 August) – City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has denied categorically linking a group of Filipino Muslims, among them Davao citizens, to the Islamic State of Iraq and… »

Floods displace 200 families in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 August) — Around 200 families in the coastal municipalities of Kiamba and Maasim in Sarangani Province were displaced as flashfloods ravaged several villages in the area… »

Kauswagan: From war-torn town to Gawad Galing Pook awardee

KAUSWAGAN, Lanao del Norte (MindaNews/26 August) — This once war-torn town has been named the top recipient of “Gawad Galing Pook Award” in a decision released by a 15-member evaluation… »

9 MSMEs, firms in GenSan cited for role in local economy

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 August) — The city government has recognized nine local enterprises and companies for their contributions to the area’s thriving economy and micro, small and medium enterprises… »

Paragliding pilots from Taiwan, Indonesia rule Sarangani contest

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 August) — Top paragliding pilots from Taiwan and Indonesia dominated the 1st International Paragliding Accuracy Competition (IPAC 2014) held over the weekend in Maasim town in… »

134 VACW cases in Davao City blamed on cops, soldiers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 August) – A total of 134 cases of violence against women and children reported to the city’s Integrated Gender Development Division involved men in uniform, an official… »

GPH, MILF: awaiting “mutual acceptance” three years after the “rejections”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 August) – August 23, 2011, Day 2 of the supposed three-day peace talks between the Philippine government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at the Royale… »

Duterte: CCTV monitors should be monitored

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Aug) — Malls and other large private establishments should ensure that someone is monitoring the closed circuit television (CCTV) monitors to help prevent crimes.   Speaking at Sunday’s Gikan… »

Japanese company to invest in Zamboecozone

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 August) – A Japanese firm engaged in the processing of coconut by-products is set to invest millions at the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority and Freeport… »

8 would-be trafficking victims rescued in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/23 August) – Eight would-be victims of human trafficking were rescued here Thursday by policemen backed by operatives of the multi-agency Sea-Based Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF). They… »

SouthCot wants more localities to be in most competitive list

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 Aug) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is pushing for the inclusion by next year of more localities in the area in the… »

Kidnapped Zamboanga Sur school official freed after 7 months

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 22 Aug) – A public school official kidnapped almost seven months ago in Zamboanga del Sur was finally released by his captors late Tuesday after payment… »

MILF commander, village chief son killed in ambush by rival rebel commander in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Aug) – A brigade commander of Moro Islamic Liberation Front and his son, a barangay chairman, were killed in an ambush by a group of another… »

10 soldiers injured in Basilan ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 August) – Ten government soldiers were injured in an ambush Thursday staged by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in the province of Basilan, the military said. Capt. Franco… »

NPA rebels sued for arson in Koronadal City

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 August)– Police have filed arson charges against an alleged leader and several members of a New People’s Army (NPA) unit operating in the hinterlands of South… »

Task group formed to solve Zambo trader’s abduction

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/20 August) – A task group has been activated to address the abduction of a businesswoman seized here Monday evening by gunmen believed to be members of a… »

South Cotabato eyes new tourism circuit

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 August) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated an initial P2 million for the development a new tourism cluster or circuit in the area.… »

5 hurt in Cotabato City plaza explosion  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 19 August) – A soldier on security patrol and four other persons were hurt when a suspected improvised explosive device went off at around 8:30 p.m.… »

Gunmen seize businesswoman in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 August) – Gunmen clad in camouflage uniforms seized a businesswoman here Monday evening, while her husband managed to escape from the suspects, police said. Abducted was Michelle… »

DOTC, DBM urged to give priority to GenSan airport rehab

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 August) — City officials are seeking for the inclusion of the long-delayed rehabilitation of the city airport here in the national government’s infrastructure initiatives for next… »

NHA set to develop resettlement project in SoCot town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 August)– The National Housing Authority (NHA) has released an initial P1.8 million to set off the development of the P12 million resettlement project in Sto. Nino… »

In 2-day swing, Binay backs Bangsamoro, ‘denies early campaigning for 2016′

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/19 August)—Vice President Jejomar Binay has expressed support to the creation of the Bangsamoro government during a two-day swing in Maguindanao province and in this city. Heavily guarded… »

Davao cops to undergo close quarter battle training

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 August)–The Davao City Police Office Special Weapons and Tactics or SWAT team will undergo a training on close quarter battle, Senior Supt. Vicente Danao, city police director,… »

Abu Sayyaf demands P15M ransom for gov’t mechanic

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/18 August)–Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits have demanded P15 million ransom in exchange for the release of a government mechanic they seized last Saturday in Sulu. The bandits abducted… »

5 OFWs from Libya get 10K each

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 August)– The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Region 12 has released an initial P50,000 in financial assistance to five Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) from the… »

South Cotabato sanitary landfill in 2014 ‘Galing Pook’ shortlist

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 August)– South Cotabato province’s pioneering cluster sanitary landfill has been chosen by the Galing Pook Foundation as one of the 10 leading innovative local government-led initiatives… »

Bangsamoro Basic Law in Congress: less than 50 session days left ‘til yearend  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 August) – Four months after its submission to Malacanang (Office of the President), the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), reviewed and now “mutually acceptable” to government (GPH)… »

Draft Bangsmoaro Basic Law out of peace panels’ hands; back to BTC and OP  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 August) – After a month’s unsuccessful attempts by the government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels to come up with a “mutually acceptable” draft… »

Task Force Lasureco appeals to consumers: stop tampering with meters

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 17 August) — The Task Force Lasureco (Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative) has appealed to consumers in Lanao to stop tampering with their electric meters.  … »

2 Sulu motorpool mechanics abducted, one killed       

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 August) – An estimated 30 armed men stormed the provincial motorpool in Patikul, Sulu late Saturday night and abducted the mechanic and his assistant.  … »

DSWD to build more bunkhouses for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 August) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is constructing additional 30 bunkhouses for the evacuees who are housed at the city sports complex. City… »

12 Badjaos rescued off Sibutu; 7 others missing

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 August) – Twelve Badjaos who were aboard three motorized that sank late Tuesday off Sibutu in Tawi-Tawi were rescued by the Philippine Navy, but seven of their… »

Final draft Bangsamoro Basic Law goes to PNoy next week; Congress before end of August

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /15 August ) — The government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) announced Friday noon after a three-day exchange of papers and conversations here between Executive… »

GenSan tuna firms agree to assessment of compliance with labor laws

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 August) — Tuna industry stakeholders here have agreed to undergo an assessment by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regarding their compliance with various labor… »

NPA rebels strafe SMI security vehicle

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/15 August)–Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels fired on a vehicle providing security to controversial mining firm Sagittarius Mines, Inc. in Tampakan, South Cotabato on Friday afternoon, hours… »

5 civilians hurt in Maguindanao attacks; BIFF blamed

DATU PIANG, Maguindanao (MindaNews/15 August) – Five civilians were hurt in recent attacks by suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao. One of the victims was Amir… »

Lumad artists come together for ‘alternative’ celebration of Bukidnon Centennial

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 August) – Lumad artists in Bukidnon will be featured in a compact disc recording and concert in a project launched by different groups in the run-up to… »

Zambo OFWs from Libya get financial aid

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 August) – The government through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has started releasing financial assistance to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were repatriated from Libya. Hassan… »

3 cops wounded, heavy equipment burned, in NPA attack in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 August) — Three policemen were wounded while three heavy equipment were destroyed in separate attacks staged early Friday by suspected members of the New People’s Army… »

P2-M worth of shabu seized from alleged drug courier

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 August) – Some P2 million worth of shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride was seized from a suspected drug courier Wednesday, police said. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI… »

Maguindanao police chief among Metrobank’s outstanding police officers for 2014

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Aug) – Not everything coming from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is bad news, especially when talking about its police force. For the… »

Davao architect pushes conversion of fire-hit coastal area into promenade

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Aug) – An architect pushing for sustainable construction has suggested that the fire-hit area of Isla Verde in this city be converted to a promenade… »

Unemployment rate in Region 12 drops

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 Aug) – The number of unemployed residents in Region 12 has slightly dropped in 2013 as the area’s socio-economic situation continued to improve. Lawyer… »

DPWH-12 posts P33M savings in tourism road projects

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 Aug) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 12 has generated P33.46 million in savings in the implementation of various… »

Getting ‘organic’ certification too slow and expensive, say farmers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – Farmers’ groups and advocates of organic agriculture here said the practice of certifying products as “organic,” institutionalized by Republic Act 10068, is “too… »

DSWD-12 wants to enlist 105,232 more households into 4Ps program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 Aug) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 is targeting to enlist an additional 105,232 poor households in the… »

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