Setting free Pamana on Independence Day

MT. HAMIGUITAN, Davao Oriental (MindaNews / 12 June) — The flight of Philippine Eagle Pamana on Friday, Philippine Independence Day  meant a lot of things to the Philippine Eagle Foundation… »

BBL interpellations suspended until after SONA; only 8 of 38 Reps finished

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – The House of Representatives suspended interpellations on the substitute bill to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday before adjourning sine… »

Sen. Marcos told to include his father’s atrocities against Moros in his version of BBL

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – A human rights group wants Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., in his version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, to include the alleged atrocities… »

Leyte councilor nabbed for selling fake receipts, certificates during convention in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – The Philippine Councilors League (PCL) will be filing criminal administrative charges to a Leyte municipal councilor for allegedly selling fake official receipts and… »

Sara Duterte prefers her Dad not to run for president

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – Former Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said she preferred that her father not run for the presidency, citing Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s age.… »

10,000 jobs up for grabs during Independence Day jobs fair in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – Around 10,000 job vacancies will be up for grabs for job seekers here and the neighboring areas during the Independence Day or… »

5 nabbed in shabu raid in S. Kudarat

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) – Police operatives seized around P1.3-million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and arrested five alleged drug couriers in a raid in… »

Marcos mulls pegging the funding of the Bangsamoro region

PASAY CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – A day after the public hearings at the Senate ended, Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he is considering to peg the amount of… »

Mangrove rehab projects in PH lack science – expert

CEBU CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – Wrong practices have caused many mangrove rehabilitation projects in the Philippines to fail, an expert said Tuesday. Dr. Jurgenne Honculada-Primavera, a scientist known for… »

Sema: MILF “wanted the moon and stars and everything” but is getting only the rays of the sun

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – One of the vice chairs of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law on Tuesday night said the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)… »

Pinoy ‘Aquaman’ conquers Chesapeake Bay

CHICAGO, Illinois (MindaNews / 10 June) – Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine completed the 8.1-kilometer swim across the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland Tuesday morning. Macarine’s sheer guts and determination made him the… »

ARMM wants ISO accreditation for Bangsamoro region

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – Taken aback when described as “musmos” or “sanggol” (infant) in a recent congressional hearing on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) that centered… »

Malacañang loses hope that BBL can be passed before Congress adjourns

PASAY CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) – Malacañang lost all hope on Tuesday that Congress will still be able to pass the Bangsamoro Basic Law before it adjourns on June11. Communications… »

National Greening Program won’t address climate change – former DENR exec

CEBU CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – The government’s National Greening Program or NGP won’t address the threats posed by climate change, a former environment official said Tuesday. Raoul Geollegue, former regional… »

Davao City health office says it needs more personnel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) — The City Health Office needs to double its current number of personnel to cope with a bigger population and give each barangay access to community-level… »

Rep wants seats for Moro, Lumads in SUC governing bodies

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/09 June) – A Moro member of the House of Representatives has filed a bill giving Moro and Lumads (Indigneous Peoples) membership in the governing bodies of the… »

5 villages in GenSan prone to landslide

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 June) — The city government has identified five barangays here as highly vulnerable to landslides and related disasters. Dr. Agripino Dacera, City Disaster Risk Reduction and… »

House will pass BBL after SONA; Iqbal says “come what may”

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 08 June) — The House of Representatives will finish its interpellations on HB 5811, the substitute bill to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), on Wednesday before… »

Last Senate hearing on BBL to focus on control of Lake Lanao

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/08 June) — Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will focus on who will control and manage Lake Lanao, the country’s second largest lake and main source of electricity in… »

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ to cross Chesapeake Bay

TROY, Michigan (MindaNews/08 June) — Triathlete-lawyer Ingemar P. Macarine will attempt another first in swimming history on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 (Wednesday in the Philippines) when he crosses a 4.4-mile… »

Phil. Embassy in KL seeks probe on tragic death of South Cotabato worker in Johor

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 June) – The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has asked Malaysian authorities to probe the death in Johor Bahru of a Filipina worker from Polomolok in South… »

Senator Rasul to Senator Marcos: invite your mother to talk about Tripoli Agreement

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/06 June) –   Former Senator Santanina Rasul is urging Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., to invite his mother, Imelda Romualdez Marcos, to his June 9 public hearing at the… »

House not likely to meet June 11 deadline to pass BBL

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/05June) — The House of Representatives is not likely to meet its June 11 deadline to pass the Committee-approved Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) with only a total of… »

Mindanao SMEs join international halal conference in bid to break into billion-dollar global food market

PASAY CITY (MindaNews / 4 June) – In just two hours since they started the display of fresh tuna products from General Santos City during the Philippine Halal Assembly expo… »

Day 2 of BBL interpellations at the House suspended anew due to lack of quorum

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/03 June) – Day 2 of the interpellations on the Committee- approved Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was suspended anew due to lack of quorum as majority of the… »

Marcos junks BBL, to present new version

PASAY CITY (MindaNews / 3 June) – Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.  has rejected the draft  Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in its present version as Mindanao governors continued with their opposition… »

Rodriguez: quorum problems affecting June 11 target for BBL approval

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/03 June) – Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez admitted Tuesday night that the issue on quorum is affecting their June 11 target to approve House Bill 5811,… »

Teenager among 52 fishermen repatriated from Indonesia

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 June) – A 16-year-old kid is among the 52 fishermen repatriated from Indonesia who arrived here Tuesday morning. Robert Gordo didn’t expect to be among… »

BBL’s substitute bill at the plenary: a night of speeches but who was listening?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 02 June) – “Be on the right side of history,” Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic… »

DA-12 assures no rice shortage despite El Nino

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 June) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 played down fears of a possible rice shortage as a result of the onslaught of the… »

DepEd to hire 1,879 teachers in R-12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 June) — The Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 12 is targeting to complete within the week the hiring of an additional 1,872 teachers for various… »

59 OFW dependents in R-12 get scholarships from OWWA

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 June) — The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Region 12 has enlisted an additional 59 scholars for school year 2015-2016 under a program for dependents… »

BBL’s substitute bill submitted to plenary

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/01 June) — After eight months of consultations, 51 public hearings, executive sessions and meetings, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) submitted its substitute… »

House Committee’s “Bangsamoro” is “less than ARMM”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) – The House of Representatives will meet in plenary on Monday, June 1 until Congress adjourns sine die on June 11, to deliberate and vote on… »

Close to 1M enrollees show up on opening of classes in R-12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 June) — Nearly one million pupils and students in Region 12 trooped to various public schools on Monday for the formal opening of classes of school… »

GPH, MILF peace panels urged to return to nego table, agree on new timetable

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May) — A former member of the government (GPH) peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is proposing that the peace panels… »

Region 12: no shortage in classrooms

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/31 May) — The Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 12 is not expecting any shortage in the region this year in terms of classrooms and related… »

17 colleges, universities in Region 12 to increase fees

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 31 May) — Seventeen colleges and universities in Region 12 will implement an average of five to seven per cent increase in tuition and other… »

5% budget for disaster preparedness “not enough”

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /30 May) — Local leaders from the region said the 5% allocation for the disaster preparedness budget, which is taken from each local government unit’s (LGU)… »

UPDATED: Group hits ‘absurd’ cartoon series on Muslims, Islam; Rappler says no intent to promote stereotypes

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 May) – A media monitor hit an online news outfit for releasing a comic series that allegedly maligns Muslims and Islam. In a statement Friday addressed to… »

Maguindanao, North Cotabato villagers arming against ‘aswang’

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/29 May) – Villagers in Barangay Poblacion here have armed themselves against a huge dog they described as “aswang” (Philippine version of a vampire) after it attacked… »

Rodriguez’ sponsorship of proposed BMoro law reset for Monday

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/27 May) – The chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) was supposed to deliver his sponsorship speech Wednesday afternoon on what his… »

.5M people benefit from multi-donor program for conflict-torn areas in Mindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/27 May) — Some 500,000 people in 214 conflict-affected villages in Mindanao have been reached by a multi-donor program in support to the peace process since 2006. The… »

Maguindanao unveils peace monument, courtesy of Korean peace advocates

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 26 May) – While most city and municipal halls or plazas have the statue of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, Maguindanao province opted not to put a… »

PTA dues from previous school year no longer collectible – DepEd

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) – The Department of Education declared through a memorandum that all payable Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) dues from the previous school year were expired and… »

Davao LGU willing to shoulder students’ miscellaneous fees

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) – The city government is willing to shoulder the miscellaneous fees of students from elementary, high school and college, according to Councilor Edgar Ibuyan.… »

NorthMin leaders add to calls for hastening BBL passage

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) ­– Leaders of Northern Mindanao have collectively expressed “all-out support” for the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), asking Congress “to pass the measure… »

Hasten action on BBL, Hataman asks Senate

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman has asked the Senate to follow the example of the House of… »

Duterte wants to cross examine Human Rights Watch

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) – Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte said he is ready to cross-examine the Human Rights Watch, which last week urged the Philippine government to investigate… »

Groups launch facility to lessen conflict between IPs, business

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) – The Mindanao Business Council (MinBC) is setting up a facility that will guide businesses in going through the local landscape in… »

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