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… »

Pawnshop-jewelry store robbed in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – An undetermined number of jewelries were seized by unidentified robbers who stormed a pawnshop-jewelry store in Surigao City on Saturday afternoon. Richard Merca,… »

Pope Francis: “I ask that the poor throughout this country be treated fairly”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 January) — If Typhoon Amang had not cut short Pope Francis’ visit in Leyte on Saturday, Pope Francis would have personally told the priests, religious, seminarians who… »

Pope’s message on peace a “clarion call” to work harder; memorable for MILF, Muslims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) – Pope Francis’ message on the Bangsamoro peace process is “a clarion call” to everyone to work even harder, “collectively harnessing the power of… »

Mindanao’s revolutionary fronts’ common message to Pope Francis: peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) – Peace is the common message of Mindanao’s revolutionary fronts to Pope Francis — from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which signed a… »

Pope braves coming storm to meet typhoon victims in Tacloban

Joe Torres / ucanews.com TACLOBAN CITY (ucanews.com/17 January) –Pope Francis on Saturday braved a tropical storm and bumpy plane ride from Manila to Tacloban to meet with Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)… »

Bukidnon youth leader cuts on expenses to save money for Pope’s visit

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 January) – A youth leader obliged herself to cut on expenses so she can save money for the plane ticket to Manila as one of the delegates… »

Pope Francis to ‘Yolanda’ survivors: Hold on to Jesus, Mary

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 January) — Coming 14 months after super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) leveled Tacloban City, Pope Francis held a mass Thursday in Ground Zero and asked the… »

Civil society leaders ask Pope Francis to help 2 Samar islands affected by mining

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 January) – Civil society leaders asked Pope Francis “with great respect” to urge the government to investigate the situation of communities in two islands off Guiuan, Eastern… »

Pope Francis arrives in Tacloban for mass, audience with ‘Yolanda’ victims

MALAYBALAY CITY (Malaybalay City/17 January) — Pope Francis flew to Tacloban City Thursday aboard a Philippine Airlines Airbus 320 amid stormy weather and landed at around 8:45 a.m. without hitches.… »

Release of 3 Surigao cops held by NPA faces further delay

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/17 January) – It looks like the release of three policemen from Surigao del Norte who are being held captive by the New People’s Army will be delayed… »

ARMM launches program for better basic services, governance

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/17 January) – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao launched Thursday a World Bank-patterned program that aims to address problems in reproductive health, basic services and governance. Dubbed… »

Harsh security sees nuns detained over papal visit in Tacloban

TACLOBAN CITY (ucanews.com/16 January) — Officers from the Philippine National Police on Thursday detained a delegation of nuns from Mindanao en route to San Jose district in Tacloban, accusing them… »

Francis warns against ‘threats to the family’

MANILA (ucanews.com/16 January) — Pope Francis on Friday warned against what he labeled “threats to the family” including materialism, culture of the ephemeral and a lack of openness to life.… »

Broadcaster paralyzed in 2005 slay try dies without seeing justice

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Jan) – A radio commentator who survived an assassination attempt nearly 10 years ago but was paralyzed from the waist down, passed away on January… »

Region IX records increase of OFWs in 2014  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 January) – More Zamboanguenos left to work abroad in 2014 than in 2013, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Zamboanga Region… »

Pope: bringing peace to Mindanao “will result in just solutions”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 January) — President Aquino said nothing about the peace processes involving the Bangsamoro and the communist guerrillas in his speech to welcome Pope Francis in Malacanang but… »

Yolanda survivors paint Tacloban white

D’Jay Lazaro / ucanews.com TACLOBAN CITY — The color white covered the streets of Tacloban on Wednesday as Typhoon Haiyan survivors, religious representatives and civil society members working under the… »

NDFP welcomes Pope Francis; asks Pontiff to ‘listen to cry of Yolanda victims’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – Even the communist-led revolutionary movement has been obliged to join the rest of the country in welcoming Pope Francis, who arrived late afternoon Thursday amid… »

Retired police officer recalls struggle with Bolivian painter who tried to kill Pope Paul VI in 1970 Manila visit

On November 27, 1970, Bolivian artist Benjamin Mendoza, wearing a priest’s cassock, slashed Pope Paul VI with a dagger after he managed to slip through airport security in Manila. Manila… »

Political prisoners ask Pope to help in appeal for release

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – Political prisoners in the region have appealed for their release in time for the arrival of Pope Francis, according to a statement sent… »

NDF cancels release of cops coz of AFP’s refusal to pullout community organizers

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – The National Democratic Front in the Philippines-Northeastern Mindanao Regional (NDFP-NEMR) has called off the release of the three policemen who are captives of… »

NDFP welcomes Pope Francis; urges pontiff to ‘listen to cry of Yolanda victims’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – Even the communist-led revolutionary movement has been obliged to join the rest of the country in welcoming Pope Francis, who arrived late afternoon Thursday amid… »

Pope calls for religious freedom as he canonizes Sri Lanka’s first saint

Joe Torres and Quintus Colombage / UCAnews COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (MindaNews/15 January) — Pope Francis called for respect of “religious freedom as a fundamental right” in Sri Lanka as he… »

Malaybalay puts assistance for health workers in a trust fund

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – The city government here is using the scheme of creating a trust fund dedicated for its assistance to Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). Vice… »

P959M expansion project for GenSan airport to start this month

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) will begin this month preparatory works for the P959-million expansion project for the international airport… »

DPWH to build P11.7M overpass in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allocated around P11.7 million for the construction of a pedestrian overpass along a… »

3 construction workers rescued in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – Government forces have rescued three employees of a construction firm undertaking a government project an hour after suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits seized them… »

Church coordinating with police, military re threats vs Pope

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – Church officials here are in regular contact with local police and military officials to see if there is a security threat… »

CDO journalists back broadcaster getting death threats

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Jan) – Journalists in this city have banded together after a Bombo Radio broadcaster received threatening text messages for his commentaries on extra-judicial… »

Region 12 crimes drop by 23% in 2014

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 Jan) – Crime incidence in Region 12 has dropped by about 23 percent last year as the peace and order situation in most parts… »

Surigao suspends classes due to rains

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Jan) – Classes here have been suspended because of torrential rains since Tuesday, a government official announced. This despite the weather bureau’s advisory that the… »

Bukidnon rubber industry needs to improve quality

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 14 Jan) – The rubber industry is an emerging industry in Bukidnon but small rubber farmers need to improve quality of production to be able to… »

Toppled tower in Maguindanao causes blackouts

PAGALUNGAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 14 Jan) – A steel tower of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in a remote village here was toppled allegedly by the Bangsamoro… »

DOLE-12 rolls out paperless processing of construction safety, health programs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 Jan) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 has started the region-wide rollout of a new “paperless” system for the… »

200 CdeO residents fly to Manila for Pope Francis

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/13 Jan) — At least 200 residents here are leaving for Manila o n Wednesday to participate in the activities lined up for the visit of Pope… »

2 Mindanawons among 14 PNoy journalists in the Pope’s entourage  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 13 Jan) – Two Manila-based Mindanawon reporters are among 14 Filipino journalists in the entourage of Pope Francis from the Vatican to Sri Lanka, the Philippines and… »

Flying high with Pope Francis

(ON BOARD THE PAPAL PLANE TO SRI LANKA / 13 Jan2015) –“I thank you for your company in this trip, and I wish you a good trip,” the Pope told… »

Quevedo hopes media disseminates framers’ statement on Bangsamoro Basic Law

UPDATED as of 7:20 a.m. 14 Jan 2015 DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Jan) – Mindanao’s lone Cardinal is grateful to the surviving members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission (ConCom) that drafted… »

Framers of 1987 Constitution: Bangsamoro is “about people, not about constitutionality of words”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 January) — “Bangsamoro is about the development of people, not about the constitutionality of words,” surviving members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission (ConCom) that drafted the 1987… »

Dabawenyo President of NY university honored

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Jan) — The Davao City Council on Tuesday honored a Dabawenyo who was elected president of a university in New York last year. In a resolution, the council honored… »

Reds postpone release of 3 cops in Surigao Norte; cite continuing military drive

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 January) – The New People’s Army last week announced it has put on hold the planned release of three policemen in Surigao del Norte it has held… »

Samal resort owners ask CA to junk ordinance banning jetties

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 January) – Members of the Samal City Resort Operators Association (SCROA) have asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to reconsider their petition to junk an ordinance by… »

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