Families bury kin, demand justice for Bukidnon bus bombing victims

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 December)– Expressions of love and calls for justice highlighted today’s burial of two Central Mindanao University (CMU) students who were among the 10 people killed in the… »

Fire razes police barracks in Cotabato City

COTABATO CITY(MindaNews/20 December)—A police barracks and a house were razed by fire at around 2:30 p.m. today in PC Hill, Rosary Heights 1 here. Citing initial investigation, Fire Insp. Jame… »

Troops arrest 4 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits carrying explosives

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 December)–Government troops have arrested last Wednesday four suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits transporting explosives and bomb-making materials in the province of Sulu, officials said Saturday. Ensign Ian Chester… »

Reds declare truce for holidays, Pope’s visit

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 December) — The Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has declared a ceasefire for the holidays and during the visit of Pope Francis… »

FROM BACLARAN TO ILIGAN Biking priest arrives in Davao City, next stop: Bukidnon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 December) — Cheers, applause and confetti greeted Fr. Amado Picardal as he appeared on the driveway of Redemptorist parish convent at 3:42 p.m. Friday, on the tenth… »

Murad to head MILF political party; assembly on Dec 23-25

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/19 December) — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is busy completing the requirements to set up a regional political party – the United Bangsamoro Justice Party or… »

7 wounded in grenade blast in Maguindanao market

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/19 Dc) — Seven persons were wounded, including a young girl when a grenade exploded, followed by an exchange of gunfire at the public market in Poblacion 2,… »

Rural Transit’s control over bus service in Bukidnon resulted to security lapses – Zubiri

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – It is possible that Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. (RTMI)’s control over the bus transportation service in Bukidnon contributed to the company’s alleged lapses… »

Region 12 police to make sure none among its ranks fire a gun during holidays

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 is targeting to maintain its clean record in terms of indiscriminate firing cases involving police personnel… »

2 boys get firecracker injuries in SouthCot town

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – Health personnel in South Cotabato province have stepped up their campaign against the use of firecrackers and fireworks after it already recorded… »

Navy recaptures vessel loaded with smuggled rice

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 19 December) – The vessel loaded with 10,000 sacks of smuggled rice worth P20 million that escaped from the Bureau of Customs’ (BoC) holding area was… »

Fishing boat sinks off Basilan; 25 crewmen rescued

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/18 December) – A fishing boat sank early Thursday off Basilan province after seawater entered it through a hole on its wooden hull, an official said. Lieutenant Senior… »

Davao among cities with most rabies cases this year

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 December) — Davao City is among the top 10 cities in the country with the highest number of rabies incidences this year, with 10 cases as of… »

Priest starts Mindanao leg of ‘Climate Ride’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/18 December) – After finishing the Baclaran-Leyte route on Tuesday, Redemptorist priest Fr. Amado Picardal began the Mindanao leg of his bike tour for the climate Wednesday from… »

DOST releases over P36M to MSMEs in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 December) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region 12 has released some P36.65 million worth of “innovation support” this year to various micro,… »

Upgrading of South Cotabato provincial hospital starts in 2015

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 December) — The provincial government of South Cotabato is targeting to begin early next year the upgrading of its provincial hospital following the approval of a… »

Davao City launch of Gaspar’s book on Yolanda set for Dec. 18

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 December) – Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar’s book, “Desperately Seeking God’s Saving Action” with the sub-title “Yolanda Survivors’ Hope Beyond Heartbreaking Lamentations” will have its Davao… »

4.6 quake hits Northern Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 on the Richter scale shook the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan and the provinces… »

2015 Aquino journalism fellow is a Mindanawon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – Journalist and editor Amalia B. Cabusao has been chosen as the journalism fellow of the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Fellowship for Professional Development,… »

3 Davao lumads injured in traffic accidents

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – Three lumads were injured in two separate traffic accidents Wednesday at the height of the holiday season’s influx of indigenous people coming down… »

Apprehended vessel loaded with smuggled rice disappears at Zambo port

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 17 Dec) – Government authorities have launched a search for a vessel loaded with an undetermined amount of smuggled rice that suddenly disappeared at the holding… »

Placer folk complain of ‘different taste’ of potable water; officials say it’s still safe

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/16 December) – Residents have complained of a change in the quality of their potable water supply since late last month and some even claimed to… »

DOJ files graft charges against Napolcom official

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/16 December) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed on Monday criminal charges against a ranking government official who was arrested in an entrapment in this city. Charged… »

After 3 years, 300 ‘Sendong’ victims still unidentified

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — Over 300 victims of tropical storm Sendong (international name: Washi) buried in unmarked graves here and in nearby Iligan City have remained unidentified… »

Koronadal to host 2015 Batang Pinoy games

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has chosen Koronadal City in South Cotabato as host of the 2015 edition of the Philippine Youth Games-National Batang… »

Cruise ship stranded in GenSan removed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 December) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) successfully moved to deeper waters early Tuesday afternoon a Panamanian cruise ship that ran aground last Friday off the… »

Caraga placed on high alert after Bukidnon bus blast

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/15 December) – Security measures have been stepped up in Caraga region right after the bombing of a passenger bus in Maramag, Bukidnon last week, the regional office… »

DA allots P792M for agri-related infra in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 December) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) is investing around P792 million for the development and upgrading of more farm-to-market roads and various vital agricultural support… »

Coast Guard readies salvage ops for grounded cruise ship in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/15 December) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is working on the immediate removal of a Panamanian cruise ship that ran aground off the coasts of this… »

FROM BACLARAN TO ILIGAN: Biking priest takes break in Tacloban Monday; moves to Mindanao by Tuesday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Dec) – Biking priest Amado “Picx” Picardal arrived in Tacloban late Sunday afternoon, December 14 and will take a day’s rest Monday before moving to the Mindanao… »

Talentadong Pinoy’s  grand winner is a Mindanawon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Dec) — Davao and Mindanao’s only representative is the grand winner of TV 5’s reality talent show, Talentadong Pinoy. In Saturday night’s Talentadong Pinoy 2014: The Mighty… »

Suspect in Belmonte ambush arrested; denies allegations

LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 14 December) —Authorities arrested on Saturday one of the suspects in the December 11 ambush-slay attempt on Iligan’s lone representative to Congress, Vicente “Varf” Belmonte,… »

Inclusion of 39 North Cotabato barangays in BBL highlights public hearing in Midsayap

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews/13 December)  — Questions on the possible implications of including 39 barangays in North Cotabato in the Bangsamoro dominated the House public hearing on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Napolcom official nabbed for extortion in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 December) – Policemen arrested a ranking government official for extortion in an entrapment operation Friday in this city. Arrested was Atty. Macapado Guro, the regional director of… »

LTFRB on Bukidnon bus blast: RTMI’s lapses won’t affect its franchise

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 December) — The franchise of Rural Transit Mindanao Inc. (RTMI) won’t be affected despite having committed “lapses” in relation to the bombing of one of its buses… »

‘Laws on dumping toxic waste into the sea inadequate’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 December) — Laws on dumping of toxic waste into the seas need to “adapt to changing times”, the City Legal Office said. Lawyer John-Christopher T. Mahamud, whose… »

Residence of suspended Shariff Aguak mayor attacked

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/13 December) – Bursts of gunfire followed by the explosions of two grenade launchers hit the compound of suspended Shariff Aguak Mayor Bai Zahara Ampatuan Friday evening.… »

Zamboanga Sibugay kidnap leader falls

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/13 December) – Police arrested a suspected leader of a kidnap-for-ransom-group Thursday in Zamboanga Sibugay province. Senior Supt. Robert Roy Bahian, Zamboanga Sibugay police director, identified the suspect… »

Bukidnon bus bomb suspect also tagged in 2006 Kabacan blast

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 December) – Multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder charges were filed Thursday against an escapee for Tuesday’s bus bombing outside Central Mindanao University in Maramag, Bukidnon that… »

Ex-US Marine survives ambush in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — A retired U.S. Marine survived an ambush attempt Tuesday in a remote village in this city. A police report said Mark Ernest Southworth, 56, was… »

Bukidnon bus bombing: Bus firm management got text messages to pay up or else…

MANILA (MindaNews/12 December) – The Rural Transit in Mindanao Inc. received a flurry of text messages from unknown persons to pay P50 thousand a month or one of their buses… »

Who’s behind the Bukidnon bus blast?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) – Who’s behind Tuesday’s bombing inside a passenger bus in Maramag, Bukidnon? Less than 24 hours after the blast that killed 10 persons, five of them… »

Landmark in honor of fisherfolk to rise in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — A landmark honoring the city’s fishermen and pioneers of its thriving fishing sector will soon rise in a coastal village here. Joseph Alvin Veneracion,… »

City gov’t wants construction of vital bridge in GenSan resumed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The city government is pushing for the resumption before the end of the month of the construction works on a vital bridge along the P1.135 billion… »

30 human trafficking victims rescued, 3 illegal recruiters fall in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 December) – The local police rescued 30 human trafficking victims and arrested three suspected illegal recruiters late Wednesday, an official announced Friday. Senior Supt. Angelito Casimiro, Zamboanga… »

Biz leader calls for creation of Islamic banking department in Bangsamoro

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — A business leader from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao called for the creation of an Islamic banking department as one of the provisions of… »

MGB-Caraga wants cease and desist order vs mining firm lifted

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — A mining firm in Surigao del Norte has obtained a recommendation from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Caraga regional office in Surigao City for the… »

Power shortage looms in Mindanao after Christmas

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/11 December) – Mindanao will experience a new round of power shortage starting Dec. 26 as the National Power Corporation-Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (NPC-PSALM) will… »

Kidnapped fish breeder freed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 December) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits released late Tuesday a Malaysian-Chinese fish breeder they seized six months ago in Sandakan, Sabah, a military official disclosed. Released was… »

Ampatuan massacre witness survives ambush

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 December) — A former mayor of a Maguindanao town and two of his companions were wounded after his convoy was ambushed at the boundary of Guindulungan… »

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