Maguindanao towns to get level 2 water systems

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/28 September) – Residents of two towns in Maguindanao will benefit from level 2 water system projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways–Autonomous Region in Muslim… »

Kidnappers and Samal 4 victims now in Sulu? 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Sept) —  The three foreigners and a Filipino abducted nearly midnight Monday from the Holiday Oceanview Resort in the Island garden City of Samal  have been brought… »

Murad: “Whatever happens to the BBL we should accept as the will of Allah”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Sept) – The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has issued an appeal “to everyone to hold fast to the Peace Process” even… »

Probe use of discriminatory language in describing suspects

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 Sept) — The Department of Justice has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the use of discriminatory language on an artist’s sketch of a… »

Duterte to Luneta crowd: give me time to do “some final soul-searching”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Sept) – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte did not show up at the Quirino grandstand rally in Luneta Saturday afternoon, but sent word to the thousands of… »

Trekking the caves and waterfalls of Hindang

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 26 Sept) – Ever since I embraced distance running as a hobby, I’ve been exploring, on foot, my hometown’s hinterlands, beautiful mountain landscapes and scenic spots… »

Platoon leader to face court martial over lumad killings in Surigao del Sur

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Sept) – A platoon leader will be facing court martial proceedings for the killings of lumads in Surigao del Sur recently, Army officials… »

Charges vs 15 human rights defenders helping lumads dismissed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Sept) – The City Prosecutor’s Office recommended the dismissal of kidnapping and serious illegal detention complaints filed against 15 human rights defenders who supported some… »

Solon calls for military pullout, disbandment of Alamara

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – A partylist representative on Thursday called for total pullout of military troops and disbandment of the paramilitary group “Alamara” who the lumads claimed have perpetrated… »

Election problem seen in Surigao del Sur if conflict in Lumad areas not resolved

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – The head of the Commission on Election (COMELEC) in Surigao del Sur has expressed concerns that the displacement of indigenous people… »

Mamasapano mayor worried over innocents tagged as behind SAF 44 killing

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – Municipal Mayor Benzar Ampatuan  expressed concerns over the safety of innocent civilians in his town tagged by a government panel probing the January 25 Mamasapano… »

Preggies compete in Maguindanao pageant

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – It’s not just the young ladies anymore who can compete in beauty pageants. In this municipality, pregnant women climbed up the stage… »

Authorities have no clue yet on group behind Samal kidnapping

ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL (MindaNews/24 Sept) — The joint military and police forces have not established the identity of the group that abducted three foreigners and a Filipina at… »

Mother of conjoined twins seeks help for babies’ operation

DATU HOFER, Maguindanao (MindaNews/23 September) – A mother who gave birth last week to conjoined twins has asked for help for an operation that would separate her babies. Mimi Sabpa,… »

President of mining firm among 3 foreigners kidnapped in Samal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 September) – Armed men on board two pumpboats stormed a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte late Monday night,… »

‘Reds collect P1.3B revolutionary taxes in Eastern Mindanao’

‘Reds collect P1.3B revolutionary taxes in Eastern Mindanao’ KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/22 September)—An international peace group has revealed that businesses in Eastern Mindanao alone, a region with a strong mining industry,… »

Butuan university to host peace confab for academics

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/22 September) – Caraga region’s top university will host a peace conference among schools and universities across the country to get perspectives from scholars and academicians on the… »

Next steps in MILF decommissioning process depend on BBL, says JNC member

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 September) – The next steps in the decommissioning process for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will depend on the progress in the deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

Duterte urges daughter Sara to run for mayor

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 September) — Four weeks before the filing of certificates of candidacy for the 2016 elections, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte appealed to daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to consider… »

Davao Chocolate Festival opens Friday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 September) — The Davao Chocolate Festival returns this year with hopes to give more cacao farmers and chocolate makers in the region a platform to showcase cacao-based… »

No bio, no boto: 187,639 voters in Davao City may not be able to vote in 2016 unless…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Sept) – You’re a registered voter but can you vote on May 9, 2016? Better check the website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to find out… »

Duterte to police: arrest tuna vendors deceiving buyers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Sept) — Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday ordered the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) to arrest and file charges against vendors selling tuna coated with pig’s blood… »

Eastmincom chief calls on Lumads to sign peace pact

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Sept) — The chief of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) has called on what he described as “feuding” Lumads (Indigenous Peoples), to sign a peace pact to… »

REMEMBERING MARTIAL LAW: With Mao in Marawi and other memories of Martial Law

Dewdrops tried to cling on to the grass blades that covered the golf course of Mindanao State University as the sun rose behind the Sleeping Lady Mountain. We sat on… »

REMEMBERING MARTIAL LAW Torture and Martial Law: ‘Ka Jerry’

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 Sept) – When Hugo “Ka Jerry” Orcullo shared lunch with close friend Eliseo “Ely” Patlunag in his house in downtown Cagayan de Oro on October… »

UPDATE: 1 killed, 30 hurt in Zambo bus blast

At least one person was killed while 30 others were injured following an explosion inside a bus in Zamboanga City, the city government said Friday. In its Twitter account, the… »

5 Mindanao provinces under tsunami alert

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – A tsunami alert has been raised over 20 provinces, five of them in Mindanao, after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake rattled near the coast… »

BIFF insists they killed Caucasians during encounter with SAF

MAMAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – A spokesman of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) involved in the killing of 44 elite police troops has confirmed they killed three Caucasian-looking… »

DA-12 allots P44M for El Niño interventions

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – The Department of Agriculture in Region 12 has allotted an initial P44.2 million for various interventions against the foreseen onslaught of a… »

GenSan’s tuna industry urges government to study labor practices in fishery operations

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – Tuna industry players here urged the national government to conduct an in-depth study and impact assessment on the viability of the country’s… »

LTO-11 has 58,000 unissued licenses backlog

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Sept) – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) 11 has recorded a total of 58,009 backlogs in the issuance of driver’s license in the Davao Region… »

Accusations of human rights violations a ‘black propaganda’ – military

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Sept) – Amid allegations of human rights violations committed by some military personnel, the spokesman of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) hit militant groups on Wednesday, calling… »

Aboitiz’s coal-fired plant in Davao to start operation Friday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Sept) – Therma South Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp., announced on Tuesday that the first of two units of its coal-fed… »

Cop in illegal drug trade in Davao shot dead

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Sept) – A police officer detailed at the Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (RPHAU) of Regional Police Office (PRO) 11 was shot dead during… »

PH banks on backing of int’l community on territorial row with China

DAVO CITY (MindaNews/15 September) — The Philippine government will rely on the support of the international community if the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea in The Hague,… »

WB to remain a Mindanao dev’t partner

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/15 September)—Reiterating their support to the Mindanao peace process, a senior World Bank official (WB) yesterday vowed to sustain the Bank’s assistance to various development initiatives in the… »

Red tide alert still up in Mati

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 September) — The red tide alert covering Balete Bay in the northwestern side of the Pujada Bay, in Mati, Davao Oriental remains, the Bureau of Fisheries and… »

Population of invasive starfish species increasing in Samal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 September) — A species of starfish called crown of thorns is growing in number off the coast of Samal Island in Davao del Norte prompting the Bureau… »

LGUs in Region 12 urged to heighten preparations for El Nino

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 September) — The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) of Region 12 advised local government units in the area to step up their preparations… »

Duterte lashes back at veteran journo, denies having cancer

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Sept) – Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte lashed back at the veteran journalist and at the same time denied the latter’s Facebook post stating that the… »

Rufus to run for Cagayan de Oro mayor

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Sept) – Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District) is running for mayor of this city in the May 2016 elections. “Cagayan… »

US-based NGO wants to help Mindanao farmers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Sept) – A United States-based non-government organization is seeking to further strengthen the organized farmers, cooperatives, and associations in Mindanao in a bid to improve… »

NPAs burn two vehicles in DavOr

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Sept) – Members of the New People’s Army (NPA) allegedly burned two vehicles around 7 p.m. Saturday at Sitio Mangway, Brgy. Pintatagan, Banaybanay town, Davao Oriental.… »

Mindanao coconut farmers get boost

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Sept) – Mindanao coconut farmers get another boost, receiving almost half of the P600 million budget allocated by the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) for its… »

Manila-bound PAL plane makes emergency landing in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Sept) – A Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight bound for Manila made an emergency landing at the Davao International Airport here at 1:33 p.m. Friday, some 30 minutes… »

Malaysian plane in GenSan to unload Aboitiz coal plant equipment

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/11 September) — It was not an emergency landing nor a foreign plane’s commercial maiden voyage in this thriving port city, the “Tuna Capital of the Philippines.”… »

Groups conduct study on cacao farming to improve production

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 September) — Champions of the cacao industry in Mindanao have started a four-year comprehensive research on cacao nutrition in a bid to improve the quality and production.… »

PH budget transparency, 64; Congress budget oversight, 36

THE PHILIPPINES scored 64, on a scale of 0 to 100, for transparency of eight budget documents in the latest Open Budget Survey (OBS) 2015, a report on 102 countries… »

Wanted: ship for Mindanao-Sulawesi trade

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/10 September)— Direct trade exchange between Mindanao and North Sulawesi in Indonesia remains stalled due to the lack of cargo vessel to service the shipping lane. Rey Billena,… »

Australian national arrested at Davao airport for carrying gun

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Sept) – An Australian national in  possession of a disassembled firearm was arrested at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the F. Bangoy International airport. Authorities… »

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