US Embassy on Mamasapano: “we just assisted in evacuation of dead and wounded”

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 January) – US troops were not involved in the operations Sunday to get high-value targets Zulkifli bin HIr aka Marwan of the Jemaah Islamiyah and Abdulbasit Usman… »

“He is coming home now, but inside the casket”

CAMP SIONGCO, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/27 January) — The bodies of two Moro members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP-SAF) who were killed along… »

Two suspected bombers die as bomb accidentally explodes

PIKIT, North Cotabato, Philippines (MindaNews/27 January) – Crime does not pay. Two suspected bomb-carriers were killed when the bomb they carried prematurely exploded while they were on board a motorcycle.… »

Marines land in Cotabato; “just routine,” officials say  

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — A battalion of battle-hardened Philippine Marines arrived at dusk Tuesday from various staging points in Sulu and Palawan but military officials quickly allayed fears they would be… »

NEWS ANALYSIS: Six-million dollar questions on the Mamasapano tragedy

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 January) – Social media has been awash with commentaries on the clash on Sunday (January 25) between members of the Special Action Force, an elite police unit,… »

Suspected Abu, 7 others bolt Basilan jail

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/27 January) – A suspected Abu Sayyaf bandit and seven other people accused of different crimes escaped early Tuesday from the provincial jail in Isabela City, Basilan province,… »

Processing unit for PDRP projects under study

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — In a bid to fast track the implementation of projects under its flagship Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP), the Department of Agriculture (DA) is… »

DA eyes P7.5-B for flagship program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 January) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) is targeting to implement around P7.5 billion worth of infrastructure and enterprise development projects this year under its flagship… »

Mamasapano clash between SAF and MILF/BIFF: how to explain this tragedy?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 January) – At least 43 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police were killed Sunday in clashes with the Moro… »

3 Zambo blast suspects charged

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 January) – Police on Monday filed criminal charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office against three people implicated in the recent bomb explosion in this city. Two people… »

Duterte shoots down proposal to install CCTVs in buses

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 January) – The city council will be reconsidering a proposed ordinance requiring all buses plying the city to install CCTVs following Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s comment that… »

Mining, quarry revenues in South Cotabato drop in 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 January) — South Cotabato’s mining and quarry revenues dropped by around P1.25 million last year as officials noted a slowdown in small-scale mining operations in the… »

Poverty reduction program for fisherfolk launched in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 January) — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has allocated around P55 million for the implementation this year of a new socio-economic initiative for… »

Dozens feared dead in clash between elite police force from Manila and Moro rebels

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/25 January) — A police law enforcement operation ended in a bloody firefight in Mamasapano town, Maguindanao Sunday that left dozens of elite police personnel dead. Dozens… »

President Aquino visits Zambo blast victims

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – President Benigno S. Aquino III visited Sunday different hospitals in the city where some victims of Friday’s bomb explosion were confined. Two persons were killed… »

New CDO bridge defaced; opening postponed to Feb. 8

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/25 January) — Vandals have defaced the newest bridge in the city prompting authorities here to move its inauguration from Feb. 6 to Feb. 8. Department… »

Gunmen seize Korean businessman in Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – Gunmen believed to be kidnappers abducted late Saturday a Korean businessman in Zamboanga Sibugay. Insp. Dahlan Samuddin, Police Regional Office-9 information officer, identified the victim… »

Ombudsman orders filing of graft charges vs DavOr officials

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 January) –The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the filing of graft charges against local government officials of Davao Oriental for the alleged anomalous purchase of heavy… »

SouthCot clears debris off Lake Holon

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 January) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has launched massive clearing operations at the critical crater-lake Holon in T’boli town to prevent possible flashfloods in… »

Death toll in Zambo blast: 2

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/24 January) – The death toll in Friday’s explosion near a bus terminal here has reached two as one of 53 injured died in the hospital. Dr. Rodelin… »

UPDATE: Powerful blast kills 1, injures 48 in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/23 January) – A person was killed while the wounded climbed to 48 from the earlier 33 reported in a suspected car bomb explosion Friday in this city,… »

Moro political clans slam Mangudadatu for inclusion in Ampatuan Massacre case

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 January) – Members of prominent political clans here and in Maguindanao province have joined forces to condemn what they claimed as “political harassment” after they were included… »

Duterte on the presidency: ‘I’m waiting for signs from God’

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/23 January)—Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is not closing his doors to running for the country’s presidency in 2016, revealing in his “listening tour” here, the first of… »

Police bust P5M illegal drugs in South Cotabato in 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 January)– Police operatives in South Cotabato seized at least P5 million worth of illegal drugs in various operations last year within the province’s 10 towns and… »

UPDATE: 2 dead, 10,000 displaced in North Cotabato floods

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/23 January)—Two persons were killed in the flashfloods that hit parts of North Cotabato since Wednesday night, an official said on Friday. Cynthia Ortega, chief of the… »

Floods wreak havoc in North Cotabato

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – Heavy rains Wednesday night flooded many parts of North Cotabato, trapping residents and students and triggering evacuations. The municipal government of Kabacan… »

Another Davao grad tops PRC exam

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – Another graduate from one of the universities in this city topped yet another licensure examination administered by the Professional Regulation Commission, this time… »

CDO’s newly opened bridge is closed again, until inauguration

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – The newest bridge in the city that was opened for vehicular traffic for five days last week was closed again by… »

Hataman calls for probe on burning, closure of schools in Marawi

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman has called an investigation on the reported burning and closure of schools in Marawi City,… »

More troops coming to Caraga, says 4ID commander

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – More soldiers will be deployed to the Caraga Region but more for “development and not war,” according to Maj. Gen. Oscar… »

Gov’t troops capture 2 Abu Sayyaf camps in Basilan clashes

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 21 January) – Government forces captured two Abu Sayyaf camps in Basilan following separate clashes Tuesday that led to the death of two of the group’s… »

200 paragliding experts from 15 countries joining Sarangani World Cup

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – Around 200 top paragliding pilots and crew from 15 countries are expected to join the first leg of the 2015 Paragliding Accuracy… »

Bombing attempt in Basilan foiled

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 22 January) – Authorities have foiled a bombing attempt late Wednesday in Isabela City in Basilan, a police official said. Supt. Albert Larubis, Isabela police chief,… »

DOT-12 to do promotions in South Korea

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – In a bid to draw more foreign tourists or visitors, the Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 12 is planning to organize… »

Surigao Norte declares 10-day ceasefire to pave way for cops’ release by NPA

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – The provincial government of Surigao del Norte, through its Provincial Crisis Management Committee, has sought a 10-day extension of the ceasefire between communist… »

UP geologists tapped to check GenSan’s vulnerability to landslide, flooding

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – The city government has tapped geology experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) for a comprehensive study on the city’s landslide… »

MILF’s Camp Abubakar eyed as arms storage facility during decommissioning process

CAMP IRANUN, Barira, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – The Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB) tasked to oversee the process of decommissioning the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) forces and weapons is… »

Surigao City implements fare cut on tricycles

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – The huge drop of prices of petroleum products in the global market has pushed the city government to implement a one-peso reduction on… »

Police in Region 12 prepares for SK elections

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 has placed the entire region under heightened alert in preparation for next month’s Sangguniang Kabataan (SK)… »

Dabawenyo tops dentistry exam, 2 others in Top 10

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Jan) – A Dabawenyo topped last year’s Dentistry Licensure Examination while two others landed in the top 10, according to a release of the Professional… »

Pope names Cardinal Quevedo special envoy to Japan event

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) – Pope Francis has designated Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, Archbishop of Cotabato, as his Special Envoy to the celebration of the 150th Rediscovery of the “Hidden Christians”… »

CDO broadcaster gets death threats

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) – DXIF-Bombo Radyo anchorman Junel Ucat revealed in a dialogue Tuesday between journalists and the city police office that he received last Jan. 12… »

Drug buy-bust in Zambo yields bomb materials

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 January) – It was supposed to be a drug buy-bust operation, but aside from confiscating suspected shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride police also said they seized bomb-making components… »

Escape plan of Abu suspects at Zambo jail foiled

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 January) – Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel on Monday foiled a plan by suspected Abu Sayyaf members to escape from a detention facility in this… »

Village leader preempts blast in North Cotabato

PIGCAWAYAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/20 January) — A village leader prevented a bombing attempt here by quickly reporting to the nearest police detachment, about 12 hours after another improvised bomb went… »

NGCP tower in N. Cotabato damaged in bomb attack

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 January) – Less than a week after a bomb toppled a transmission tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines in Maguindanao, another blast damaged a… »

NPA frees ComVal provincial jail warden

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 January) — The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Southern Mindanao announced the release Monday of a jail warden being held by the New People’s Army… »

Barangay official nabbed for possession of bomb-making components

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 January) – A barangay official was arrested Sunday for illegal possession of bomb-making components in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. Arrested was Barangay Councilor Bassal Turabin, 50, of… »

Pope says there should be more women representation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 January) – Pope Francis verbalized what women viewers immediately noticed in his encounter with the youth at the University of Santo Tomas Sunday morning: that of three… »

Ecumenical leaders ask Pope to endorse resumption of GPH-NDF peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Jan) – Ecumenical leaders have appealed to Pope Francis to “add his voice” in calling the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front to return… »

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