Taiwan eyes stronger relations with PH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) – Taiwan wanted to forge stronger cooperation with the Philippines in various fields under incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, a Taiwanese envoy said Tuesday. “I believe in… »

Duterte to take oath in Rizal Hall; no lunch but pritong saging will be served

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 June) — It will be a different kind of inauguration on Thursday noon, June 30, 2016, when Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the first Mindanawon to lead… »

Martial law no solution to Abu Sayyaf menace — Gov. Hataman

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman has doubted the wisdom of putting Sulu and Basilan provinces under martial law in a bid to address… »

Robbers hit rural bank in Surigao Norte; another robbery foiled in Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — A rural bank in Placer, Surigao del Norte fell victim to a group of robbers while another robbery attempt targeting a shipping company in Surigao… »

Surneco assures no brownout despite power plant maintenance shutdown

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) — A scheduled maintenance shutdown of a power supplier of Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative won’t result in a brownout as a standby modular generation set… »

Canada sends more humanitarian assistance to conflict areas in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – The Government of Canada announced it is providing additional Cad$ 1.25 million (approximately PhP 43.75 million at P35 to one Cad$) in humanitarian… »

3 suspected drug dealers killed in Surigao Norte this month

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June)– Three suspected drug dealers have been killed in Surigao del Norte within the first week of this month, police said. The latest incident occurred on June… »

Makabayan bloc still undecided on joining House ‘super coalition’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June) – Members of the Makabayan Bloc in Congress will decide within the month if they will join or not the “super coalition” of Davao del Norte Rep.… »

Palace condemns death of Canadian hostage in Sulu

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 June) — Malacañang has condemned the killing Monday of Canadian Robert Hall by the bandit group Abu Sayyaf, an article posted Tuesday in pcoo.gov.ph, the website of… »

Canada’s Trudeau: “justice, however long it takes”

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is holding the Abu Sayyaf “fully responsible for this cold-blooded and senseless murder” of kidnap victim Robert Hall,… »

Duterte names 3 more Cabinet secretaries

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 June) — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has finally named his secretaries for the departments of Health, Tourism and Trade and Industry. Health Secretary is Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial,… »

Lawmaker to re-file bill giving Ombudsman wider powers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – The Ombudsman should be given wider powers in running against corrupt government officials, reelected Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said. Zarate told reporters during… »

Makabayan bloc eyes malverse raps vs PNoy, appointees

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – The Makabayan Bloc in Congress will file charges against outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III and some of his appointees for technical malversation, the Disbursement… »

Cayetano wants P50K minimum salary for cops

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) – Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said he will propose to increase to P50,000 minimum salary for members of the Philippine National Police in support to the… »

Suspected illegal drug peddlers who surrendered in Surigao town reach 53

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/13 June) — The number of self-confessed illegal drug peddlers in this town who have surrendered to authorities has reached 53 as of Monday, a police… »

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ swims from Bohol to Cebu

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 June) — Endurance swimmer and triathlete Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine did another first in the open water on Sunday by swimming a 16-83-kilometer stretch from Bohol to… »

1,500 cops deployed in DC as thousands of students return to school

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 June) — Some 1,500 police authorities will be deployed to secure the schools here when classes for schoolyear 2016-2017 begin on Monday, June 13. Senior… »

5 Mindanao provinces and 4 cities did not vote for Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 June) – Not all of Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities voted for Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the first Mindanawon to become President of… »

Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 June) – No negotiations. The Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will have to “face the full force of the law for their… »

Marcos thanks Duterte for father’s hero’s burial and no Cabinet post for Leni

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 June) – Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., defeated vice presidential bet met with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte late Friday night until 3 a.m. Saturday and thanked him for, among… »

Family feud: PWC members choose new officers; election questioned

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – At least 12 members of the Philippine Women’s College in Davao City elected a new set of board of trustees and a new school president… »

Davao prepares ‘Duterte tour package’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 June) – A “Duterte tour package” is already in the works and could be released next month amid the growing popularity of the city owing to the… »

Wife of Duterte’s campaign spokesperson named agriculture undersecretary

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) — The wife of President- elect Rodrigo R. Duterte’s campaign team spokesperson Peter T. Laviña has been named as agriculture undersecretary. Laviña, in his Facebook post Thursday confirmed… »

Congress under Duterte: Mindanawons as Senate President and House Speaker

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) — For the first time in Philippine history, Mindanawons are leading the executive and legislative branches of government with Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte as President… »

Koko Pimentel as Senate President: like father, like son

]DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 June) – Father and son do not only share the same name –Aquilino Pimentel – and the same post years apart, they will also go… »

Difficulty in facilitating Sison’s return seen

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 June) – There might be some difficulties in facilitating the return of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chair Jose Maria Sison in the… »

Next Senate President: Koko Pimentel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 June) – The next Senate President will be a Mindanawon, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, outgoing Senate President Franklin Drilon announced in a press conference in… »

Outgoing House Speaker wants Duterte’s mandate ‘become a reality’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 June) – Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr., who earlier confirmed his support for incoming Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez’s bid for the… »

Davao City needs new water source before 2019

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Wed) – The Davao City Water District (DCWD) needs to explore more sources of water that can be tapped to immediately crank up the supply… »

Paying OJTs possible, says DOLE official

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 June) – The proposal of incoming Education Secretary Leonor Briones to pay on-the-job (OJOT) students for their service would be possible but guidelines should be… »

10 SouthCot provincial employees facing dismissal over drugs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 June) – At least 10 employees of the provincial government of South Cotabato are facing possible dismissal from service after yielding positive of using… »

SouthCot LGU allots P28M for scholarship program

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 June) – The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated around P28 million for the implementation of its flagship Kabugwason Paglaum Scholarship Program (KPSP)… »

2 Mati cops nabbed after being found positive of shabu use

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 7 June) – Two police officers in Mati City, Davao Oriental were arrested after they tested positive for using shabu in a surprised drug test over… »

DepEd-Region 11 admits first year of K-12 might be difficult

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 June) – The Department of Education (Deped) in Davao Region said it could not assure a smooth implementation of the K-12 program this year even if the… »

IDIS opens 2017 Lunhaw Awards for best environmental, agri initiatives

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 June) – The Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) has opened the 2017 cycle of Lunhaw Awards for the best local environmental and agricultural initiatives. IDIS executive director Mary… »

Philippines must catch up with ASEAN neighbors – Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 June) — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said the country must catch up with its neighbors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He acknowledged that… »

Realign PAGCOR funds to support health and education

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 June) — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed Saturday to realign all revenues of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to programs that will support health… »

Duterte to big miners: “you have to stop;” small miners: “we will support you”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 June) — Large-scale firms engaged in destructive mining in Mindanao have no place under the Duterte administration as President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to give priority and assistance… »

Andanar: nat’l communications policy will bring President’s message down to barangays

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 June) — Incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) head Martin Andanar said on Saturday that he will push for a strategy that can help his… »

Heavy downpour cuts short Duterte’s thanksgiving party speech

DAVAO CITY ( MindaNews / 05 June) — A heavy downpour on Saturday night cut short the speech of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, stranded thousands of supporters, and jacked up traffic… »

Cagayan de Oro City needs to revise 1994 curfew ordinance on minors

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/ 04 June) – A 1994 ordinance imposing curfew for minors is now being implemented by the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) and the Cagayan… »

40 suspected shabu peddlers in Placer “surrender,” vow not to engage in illegal drugs

PLACER, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews / 04 June) — At least 40 suspected shabu drug pushers in this mining town have voluntarily “surrendered” to authorities and vowed not to engage… »

Thousands attend Duterte’s victory party

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 June) — Thousands of party-goers gathered at the Davao Crocodile Park, venue of the “One Love. One Nation. Thanksgiving Party” to celebrate the victory of… »

ARMM’s Darul Ifta’ sets moon sighting for Ramadan on Sunday

COTABATO CITY (ARMM BPI / 03 June) — The Regional Darul Ifta’ in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RDI-ARMM) has set a moon sighting across the region on Sunday,… »

5 more added to official family, Duterte might be acting DENR chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /03 June) – Five more names have been added to the official family of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte who, according to his Executive Assistant, might serve in a… »

Maglungsod vows to end contractualization, pushes for wage increase

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 June) — Incoming Labor undersecretary Joel Maglungsod, whom President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vows to end contractualization of workers, push for an increase in wages and ensure… »

Duterte on abducted police chief: “Sorry for that guy. I leave his fate to the NPA”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 June) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will no longer rescue the police chief of Governor Generoso town in Davao Oriental who was abducted by the New People’s Army… »

Duterte to media: “boycott me”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 03 June) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night said he will not apologize for his remarks on the media killings, dared the media to boycott his… »

Incoming PNP chief optimistic about Oplan Tokhang’s nationwide implementation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 June) — Incoming Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa is optimistic that he will succeed in bringing Oplan Tokhang (Toktok-Hangyo or Knock and… »

CHR report on Kidapawan dispersal muddles legitimacy of farmers’ protest – Karapatan

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 June) — The report of the Commission on Human Rights on the bloody dispersal of protesters in Kidapawan City two months ago “parroted” attempts by government “to… »

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