Fate of BBL depends on Moro people’s assertion – MILF peace negotiator

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 December) – The future of the Bangsamoro Basic Law depends on the assertion of the Moro people for their rights, a member of the Moro… »

Davao City approves P1.6B in property investments

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Dec) – The Davao City Building Office approved a total of P1.646 billion worth of high-rise and medium-rise developments from January to November 18 this… »

Davao lacks international grade warehouse

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Dec) – This city lacks international grade warehousing facilities to house the supply of goods for the consumption industry to take advantage of Davao’s strategic… »

Yuletide season arrives in ‘Kampilan’ Division

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 30 Nov) – Major Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, commander of the 6th Infantry “Kampilan” Division, switched on a huge Christmas tree Sunday night, signaling the opening… »

Anak OFW Festival set on Dec. 6

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /30 Nov) – A migrants’ group will hold the 6th Anak OFW Festival on December 6 at the People’s Park in Davao City where around 150 to… »

Federalism good for island nations like PH – DBM exec

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Nov) – An official from the Department of Budget and Management agreed that island nations like the Philippines should be headed for a form of… »

Next president need not be from Mindanao to understand Mindanaoans’ plight – Binay

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Nov) – Vice President Jejomar Binay has claimed that the next president does not have to come from Mindanao in order to understand the plight… »

Binay vows “enhanced decentralization” and greater share of IRA for poorest towns

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 November) –Vice President Jejomar Binay on Sunday vowed to “explore reorganizing governance, including enhanced decentralization and greater share” of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for… »

“One defeat does not really mean big to me” – Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 November) – If Mayor Rodrigo Duterte loses in the 2016 Presidential race, it will be his first electoral defeat since 1988 but he says he would not… »

Bishop Escaler passes away at age 93

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Nov) – Bishop Federico Escaler, the first Bishop of the then Prelature of Kidapawan in North Cotabato and the Prelature of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay,… »

97 police trainees hospitalized in Surigao City; now back in training school

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 November) — At least 97 trainees of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were rushed to the Caraga Regional Hospital on Friday afternoon in Surigao City after complaining… »

Duterte: “Davao City will be my Exhibit A”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 November) — Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he doesn’t have the “superiority and talent, managerial ability and all” but a what he can offer the country is what… »

Marcos: Senate “might still manage” to pass Bangsamoro law by Dec. 16

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 November) – Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. is confident the Senate “might still manage” to pass the Bangsamoro law by December 16 this year but it will not… »

Fewer applicants for driver’s licenses in Surigao blamed on new LTO order

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/27 November) – The number of applicants for driver’s license dropped to an all-time low in Surigao del Norte after the Land Transportation Office imposed a new requirement,… »

Duterte files COC for president, leads in Surigao City survey

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/27 November) – Tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte led all other presidential aspirants in a random survey conducted by a local radio station Friday. Duterte filed… »

8 members of ISIS-inspired group killed in SK clash

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 November) — Eight members of an armed group believed to be inspired by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria were killed in four-hour gun battle with… »

Mindanao electric co-ops seek 155MW power deal with Alsons

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – Electric cooperatives in Mindanao want to corner energy supplied by two diesel power plants of the Alcantara-owned Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc., whose 18-year… »

Embarrassed tourism officials in CDeO call on organizers of int’l beauty pageant

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 26 November) – Embarrassed tourism officials have invited organizers of an international beauty contest here after one of its contestants left in a huff… »

Surigao City to address illegal structures

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – To address the problem of illegal structures built around the city, the city government is bent on creating the Office of Building Official… »

Another blast rocks Cotabato City; no one injured

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 26 November) – An improvised explosive device (IED) went off at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, destroying a portion of the wooden perimeter fence of the main sentry… »

Mindanao to rely more on coal and diesel as El Niño threatens hydro plants

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Nov) – A new power utilization scheme that will be more dependent on coal and diesel instead of the usual hydroelectric plants for Mindanao is… »

Surigao City mulls no-helmet policy to prevent crimes

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Nov) – A legal officer of the city government here said it may be possible to ban the use of helmets as a deterrent to… »

Surigaonons ask: Where are the generators?

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Nov) – Power consumers here are asking why the multimillion-peso modular generator sets purchased by the Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc., (SURNECO) were not… »

17-hour blackout hits Surigao City, 2 Surigao Norte towns

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 November) — A prolonged blackout in the city on Sunday and Monday drew flak from residents who blamed it on the local power distribution firm. Sunday’s scheduled… »

2 Mindanawons among 5 winners of Titus Brandsma Awards

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/24 November) – The prestigious Titus Brandsma Awards is honoring five individuals this year, two of them Mindanawons: broadcast journalist Abner Francisco for Leadership in Community Communication and… »

Census leaves out PWDs, angers disability council

Described as a “complete enumeration” of the entire Philippine population, the 2015 Census has ignored crucial data on a significant sector: persons with disabilities (PWD). The exclusion of questions on… »

Davao City Council approves P6.315-B budget for 2016

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 November) – The City Council approved on third and final reading on Tuesday the proposed P6.315 billion budget for 2016, up by 8.7 percent from the budget approved for… »

4 coal-fired power plants to be commissioned in 2016

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 November) — Four units of coal-fired power plants with a combined power capacity of 550 megawatts will be connected to the Mindanao grid in the first half… »

Int’l groups dismayed at ‘glacial’ pace of justice for Ampatuan Massacre victims

MANILA (MindaNews / 22 Nov) – Six years after the massacre of 58 persons, 32 of them from the media, the world is dismayed at the slow pace of justice… »

6 years after Ampatuan Massacre, justice is “dulom pa sa alkitran”

MASSACRE SITE, Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 November) – Monday, November 23, 2015, is exactly six years since that Monday morning massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao of 58 persons, 32 of them from… »

Drilon says BBL still a “top priority’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 November) – The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is still a “top priority,” Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said as he gave assurance… »

Duterte: “I am running for President”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 November) — Dismayed over the 5-4 decision of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) that Senator Grace Poe is a qualified presidential candidate, Davao City mayor… »

Joey Ayala is back for homecoming concert in Ateneo de Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 November) — Multiawarded singer-songwriter Joey Ayala is back in Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) for a homecoming concert on Monday, November 23. Initiated by ADDU’s… »

10 injured in Sultan Kudarat blast

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Nov) —  At least 10 persons, including a six-year old boy, were injured in an explosion along the national highway fronting the Capitol grounds Saturday… »

Army soldier freed after 133 days in captivity

SUGBONGCOGON, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/20 Nov) – Flanked by top cadres of the New Peoples Army, a frail-looking Private First Class Adonis Jess Lupiba of the Philippine Army walked the last… »

Security forces in Cotabato prepare for 2016 polls

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 November) – Military and police forces have stepped up efforts to address rising cases of violence in Cotabato City and neighboring areas in preparation for next year’s… »

Don’t blame Muslims on Davao bombing – MNLF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Nov) – A leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) appealed not to put the blame on Muslims the bombing incident in Davao City… »

Davao City confident to sustain JICA project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Nov) – The City Government of Davao has a high possibility of sustaining the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded P4-million worth technology that converts used… »

41 flights cancelled at Davao airport due to APEC Summit

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Nov) – A total of 41 flights from Davao to Manila and vice versa have been cancelled from November 15 to 20 to give way for… »

DILG reinstalls Moreno

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Nov) – The Department of Interior and Local Government on Wednesday reinstated dismissed Mayor Oscar Moreno pending the resolution of his administrative case by the… »

P100,000 reward offered for those behind NorthCot blasts

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 18 Nov) – Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza bared on Tuesday that a P100,000 reward has been raised for the arrest of the mastermind behind the grenade blasts in… »

Davao airport security tightened after van explosion

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Nov) – Security measures at the F. Bangoy International Airport have been tightened after an explosion inside a commercial van occurred along Ecowest Drive fronting… »

1 injured in blast inside commercial van; VM Duterte says “relax lang”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 November) – An explosion inside a commercial van whose passengers had earlier disembarked injured slightly the driver’s assistant but OIC Mayor Paolo Duterte repeatedly said… »

Another Ampatuan massacre suspect arrested

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 November) — Police operatives arrested on Tuesday another suspect in the Ampatuan massacre after nearly six years in hiding in nearby Sarangani Province. Supt. Romeo Galgo,… »

P6M in illegal drugs seized in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 November) — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 12 has recovered nearly P6 million worth of illegal drugs in various operations this year in parts… »

DILG averts trouble in CDO as residents await resolution of mayoralty issue

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 16 Nov) – Trouble was averted at City Hall Monday after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) asked dismissed mayor Oscar Moreno and… »

Biz leaders blame policy problems for Mindanao’s slow economic growth

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Nov) — Local business leaders are blaming Mindanao’ slow economic growth on ambiguities in some government policies, insecurities in land ownership, and conflicts. From 2010… »

Ferrer on BBL passage: not much time but “we’re still hoping”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 November) – “It’s not over until its over,” the chair of the government (GPH) peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said… »

Lumad school blames military for burning teachers’ cottage

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 November) – A network of schools for the Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) is holding the military accountable for the November 12 burning of a teachers’ cottage in its… »

Duterte warns drivers of “colorum” vehicles

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 November) – Mayor Rodridgo Duterte on Sunday warned drivers of “colorum” vehicles that they would be arrested and announced that unregistered van terminals will be… »

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