Quiboloy followers implicated in food poisoning assured of legal help

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – Followers of international evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy who were arrested for selling candies that were believed to be the cause of food poisoning in Caraga… »

Ampatuan patriarch in coma

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – Andal Ampatuan, Sr., former Maguindanao governor and patriarch of a clan that ruled the province for at least a decade, and principal suspect in the… »

Labor Sec. reminds employers on “correct pay” during Eid’l Fitr

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – The Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued a reminder to employers to “observe and comply with the pay rules” on… »

Philippine Eagle nest found in Apayao, thanks to IP habitat conservation scheme

Jayson C. Ibañez Director-Research and Conservation Philippine Eagle Foundation In July of 1896, a local Samareño acting as guide to British Ornithologist John Whitehead brought back to camp one of… »

Marcos: “BBL is dead if the Supreme Court voids the peace agreements”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 July) –   The Senate Committee on Local Government will continue working on the crafting of a substitute bill to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law… »

Bishops want a Bangsamoro Basic Law “rooted in social justice and promotes social justice”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – The country’s Catholic bishops adopted during its recent plenary assembly the Mindanao Catholic Bishops’ statement on the peace process and the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)… »

Civil society group says local politics behind Pantar ambush

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews /14 July) – A long-standing political rift was behind the ambush of Army troopers in Pantar town, Lanao del Norte on Monday, an official of a civil… »

Datu Unsay teachers learn Arabic

DATU UNSAY, Maguindanao (MindaNews/14 July) — They teach at daytime, but after classes in the afternoon they themselves would take on the role of students, their routine for the entire… »

Koronadal supports calls to ban aerial spraying

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — The city government joined calls on Tuesday for the immediate banning of aerial spraying activities in agricultural plantations in parts of South Cotabato. City Mayor… »

Convention center eyed in Koronadal City

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/14 July) — The city government is planning to build a multimillion modern convention center in a bid to draw more major events and visitors or tourists to… »

Soldier killed, 7 injured in Pantar ambush

ILIGAN CITY (Mindanews/13 July) – A soldier was killed while seven others were wounded in an ambush along the national highway in Pantar town, Lanao del Norte at around 7:40… »

NPA says 1 soldier killed, 7 others wounded in Gingoog attack

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 July) – An Army soldier was killed and seven others were wounded in a raid Saturday on a unit of the 58th Infantry Battalion in Gingoog City,… »

80% of gov’t buildings in Davao City not PWD-friendly – official

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 July) — At least 80 percent of the government buildings in the city are inaccessible to persons with disabilities (PWDs), an official said. In Monday’s Kapehan sa… »

Creation of National Cacao Council pushed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 July) – The Cacao Industry Development Authority of Mindanao Inc. (Cidami) is pushing for the creation of a National Cacao Council that will oversee the growth of… »

What people have forgotten about the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – Which BBL? Whose BBL? For whom is the BBL? The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to Congress in ceremonial rites held in Malacanang on… »

Rufus: BBL deliberations to resume August despite petitions in Supreme Court

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 July) – The House of Representatives will resume deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) next month without waiting for the Supreme Court’s ruling on the… »

Stakeholders: no to P17B port modernization project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) — Stakeholders in the Davao Region have appealed to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to review the P17 billion Sasa Port Modernization project claiming there… »

DRR awareness high, preparedness low; July 23 is quake/tsunami drill in DC

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) – Aware, yes; prepared, no. The city’s 911 chief Emmanuel Jaldon said the residents’ level of awareness of disaster risk reduction and management is high but… »

More automated weather stations installed in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 July) – More automated weather stations (AWS) will be installed in Mindanao this year: at least 11 in the Davao region — eight in Davao City and… »

Food poisoning cases in Caraga region reach 1,699; candy-maker denies responsibility

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 July) — Authorities in Caraga region are on alert after the number of food poisoning cases rushed to hospitals overnight since Friday in Surigao del… »

Dengue cases in Davao City down by 40% in 1st half of 2015

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 July) – The City Health Office (CHO) here has recorded around 1,800 suspected dengue cases in the first semester of 2015, down by 40 percent… »

Rice retailers’ revenues down by 30%

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /11 July) — The Confederation of Grains Retailers Association of the Philippines (Grecon)-Davao on Friday said the revenues of rice retailers in Davao Region have dropped by… »

Thousands pay tribute as NPA’s Commander Parago is laid to rest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 July) – In a scene reminiscent of the Martial Law years, at least 10,000 people from different parts of Mindanao came to pay their last respects Friday… »

Close to 300 pupils, students in Surigao Sur town downed by food poisoning

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 July) – At least 286 students and pupils from the town of Cagwait in Surigao del Sur were rushed to various hospitals after allegedly eating… »

Surigao Sur native is new AFP Chief of Staff

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 July) – A native of Cantilan, Surigao del Sur is the new Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff. In turnover rites in Camp Aguinaldo Friday,… »

UN extends P20M emergency aid to farmers of Liguasan Marsh

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 8 July) – Battered from armed conflict last February to El Nino in March and now bracing for the disasters brought by floods during the wet… »

Mindanawon journalists win 2015 EU Peace Journalism Awards

Mindanawon journalist Jefry Tupas of the Davao City-based Newsdesk is the Grand Winner of the EU Peace Journalism Awards. Tupas won the grand prize for his article, “The Teachers of… »

Davao allots P15M budget for Kadayawan 2015

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 July) – Some P15 million will be allocated for the Kadayawan Festival next month, an official said. This year’s budget is P3-million higher compared to… »

Duterte’s net worth rose by P1.35M in 2014

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 July) – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s net worth grew by P1.35 million last year, his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) showed. Duterte, in his… »

Renewable energy firm investing P95B for hydro plants in Mindanao

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 8 July) – Renewable energy company Euro Hydro Power (Asia) Holdings Inc. (EPHI) is investing P95 billion for the establishment of hydro power projects… »

SouthCot’s T’nalak fest to open Thursday

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 July) – It’s all systems go for South Cotabato province’s 10-day 49th foundation anniversary celebration and 16th T’nalak Festival that will formally open on Thursday. South Cotabato… »

Police places entire SouthCot on heightened alert during festival

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 8 July) – Police authorities placed the entire South Cotabato province under heightened alert in connection with its 49th foundation anniversary celebration and 16th T’nalak Festival that… »

Mangudadatu to visit ailing Ampatuan massacre principal suspect if…

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/07 July) — Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu said he was willing to visit ailing former governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., a principal suspect in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre, if… »

BIFF attacks a show of force – Army

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/07 July) – The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has been staging attacks to create the impression that it remains a force to reckon with, 6th… »

Groups bring ‘militarization’ of Lumad schools to CBCP’s attention

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/06 July) – After the Department of Education refused to heed calls for the pullout of government troops from schools for indigenous peoples in Southern Mindanao, Gabriela Rep.… »

“Do not panic,” Duterte tells public; asks CIDG to take over probe on “fake rice”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 July) – “Do not panic,” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte urged the public on Sunday, as he asked the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to take over the… »

Victims’ kin on Ampatuan Sr.’s hospitalization: independent evaluation please

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/04 July) – Relatives of victims of the November 23, 2009 massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao agree it is the right of Andal Ampatuan, Sr., to be hospitalized… »

36 pupils in Butuan hospitalized for suspected food poisoning

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/03 July) – Thirty-six schoolchildren were rushed to the Agusan del Norte Provincial Hospital here for suspected food poisoning Friday. The children, all pupils of Doongan Elementary School,… »

6.1-magnitude quake jolts parts of Mindanao, Eastern Visayas

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/03 July) – A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Surigao del Norte, other parts of Mindanao and Eastern Visayas at 2:43 p.m. Friday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology… »

Floods, strong winds batter Southwestern Mindanao

LEBAK, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/03 July) – Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds continued to batter Maguindanao and neighboring provinces as of Friday, causing floods that have destroyed millions of pesos… »

17 houses damaged by strong winds in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 July) — Seventeen houses were damaged in Tupi town in South Cotabato after strong winds battered three of its villages on Thursday afternoon. Emil Sumagaysay, Tupi… »

US Senate asked to keep restrictions on military aid to PH

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 July) – The United States Senate has been asked to retain key provisions from past legislation restricting military funding to the Philippines due to the alleged failure… »

‘Part of normalization’: Army brigade leaves Camp Abubakar

BARIRA, Maguindanao (MindaNews/01 July) – An Army brigade has been pulled out of Camp Abubakar, a former major camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in this town, a… »

57,000 senior high school enrollees expected next school year in Region 12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 July) — Around 57,000 students in Region 12 are expected to enroll in the next school year in the senior high school program of public schools… »

P400M for road upgrading in Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 July) — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allocated around P400 million for the upgrading of two vital sections of the national roads in Sarangani and Sultan… »

With Parago gone, NPA will weaken in Davao Region – military

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – The military on Monday claimed that the killing of rebel leader Leoncio Pitao, popularly known as Commander Parago Sandoval, is a big blow to the… »

Duterte calls for ‘temporary ceasefire’ during Parago’s wake

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 June) – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte appealed on Monday night to both the government forces and communist rebels for a “temporary ceasefire” during the wake of slain New… »

Parago vowed never to be captured alive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – “Karon, di na gyud ko padakop nila nga buhi” (I wouldn’t let them capture me alive this time), Leoncio Pitao, popularly known by… »

Maguindanao town declares state of calamity due to floods

SULTAN SA BARONGIS, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 29 June) – The municipal government here today has placed the entire town under a state of calamity due to rising flood water since… »

Civilian who tipped military on Parago to get P5.6M reward

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – A civilian tipster will get the P5.6-million reward following the killing of top New People’s Army (NPA) leader Leoncio Pitao, popularly known as… »

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