Project NOAH starts thermal scanning on Mt. Apo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Apr) – A team from Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) started on Wednesday morning the thermal scanning of the portion of Mt. Apo damaged by massive fire that lasted for more… »

Cardinal Quevedo convenes sympo on Bangsamoro transition from Aquino to next admin

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 April) – A symposium to tackle the Bangsamoro peace process as it transitions from the Aquino administration to the next will be convened by Mindanao’s… »

5 cops abducted by NPA not prisoners of war, says Davao Region’s top cop

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Apr) – The five police officers who were reportedly abducted by the New People’s Army (NPA) last Saturday in Paquibato District in this city are… »

Fire out declared in Bukidnon’s Kitanglad and Kalatungan

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Apr) – After two weeks of continuous cloud seeding, rains finally blanketed Mt. Kitanglad, putting out the fires that threatened the 47,270-hectare national… »

DTI service caravan set in Davao City to help MSMEs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Apr) – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 11 will stage a three-day service caravan here that will gather under one roof the agency’s services and even that… »

Sonar scanner deployed to look for missing soldier off Samal Island

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Apr) – A private company deployed since Monday a sonar scanner to look for the soldier who went missing after a proficiency dive at Angel’s… »

US Embassy Manila donates barracks to Sulu police

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 April) – The United States Embassy in Manila donated to the Philippine National Police (PNP) a newly-refurbished building at the Sulu Training Center in Camp… »

Duterte camp confident he will still lead the race despite..

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — Mayor Rodrigo Duterte continues to lead the Presidential race with 32% and 33% in the latest surveys conducted by Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations… »

Two NGCP towers bombed in North Cotabato

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) — Two towers of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in North Cotabato were bombed on Tuesday morning. Towers 95 and 96, located in Brgy.… »

Davao City okays ordinance on separate area for halal products

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) —  The Davao City Council approved on third and final reading Tuesday An ordinance requiring a separate area for halal products in business establishments. The measure, authored by Councilor… »

Duterte in 1989: “Shoot-to-kill can never be shoot-to-live”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /18 April) – “When the order is shoot-to-kill, it can never be shoot-to-live,” Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte said after a bloody end to a hostage-taking in August… »

Duterte says he doesn’t care if rape joke will cost him the presidency

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 April) – Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is not afraid that his statement on the alleged rape of an Australian missionary held hostage and killed in August 1989… »

P3M allotted for fire victims in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 April) — The City Social Services and Development Office will release some P3 million worth of assistance to families displaced by a massive fire on Friday afternoon. The… »

Search for missing military diver continues

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 April) — Search and rescue teams continued scouring the coast of Talikud Island and its immediate environs on Monday after failing to find the military officer who went missing… »

Less brownouts in Davao as TSI1 is back on lin

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 April) — Customers within the franchise area of Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) will experience less brownouts from five hours, after the first 150-MW unit of Therma… »

El Nino, grassfire force ‘Silangan’ the crocodile out of its habitat

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/17 April) — Rising temperature, grassfire and destruction of its natural habitat have forced freshwater crocodiles to wander to areas inhabited by humans. An 8-feet long, 80-kilo… »

Sulu-based women’s group: reopen the border between Sabah and Sulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April)—A Sulu-based women’s organization has called on the Malaysian government to “immediately reopen” its borders in Sabah to travelers and commercial traders from southern Philippines,… »

DENR 11 to seek ASEAN’s help to rehab, conserve and protect Mt. Apo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 April) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Davao Region is planning to seek help from the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity (ACB) for funding support for the rehabilitation, conservation, and… »

Detained farmers freed on bail; lawyers question validity of arrest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 April) – All 81 persons detained in the aftermath of the April 1 violent dispersal of a three-day barricade in Kidapawan City have been released on bail… »

4 Indonesian sailors believed kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 April)– Gunmen of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) attacked an Indonesian tugboat with 10 sailors on board, as it was plying Philippine waters Friday night. The tugboat… »

Al-Barka mayor seeks more support to education as “wars here will not help the youth”

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 April 2016) — Al-Barka Mayor Darussalam Majid reiterated his appeal for more support to education for his young constituents, following the series of armed encounters in the… »

‘Fire in Mt. Apo placed under control’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — Fire on the country’s highest peak, Mt. Apo, had not been completely put out as of Thursday evening but had been placed “under control,” an… »

Prices in ARMM island provinces rise due to closure of Malaysian border – official

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — Malaysia’s closure of its border with southern Philippines has caused a spike in prices of commodities in the island provinces of the Autonomous Region in… »

UP Mindanao prof says libel complaint by former school official baseless

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) — A professor at the state-run University of Philippines Mindanao said the libel complaint filed against 19 of them by a former university official are baseless and an attack to… »

2,000 residents affected in Basilan conflict

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 April) – As a ceasefire was declared today, over 2,000 residents are presently affected by the recent armed conflict in Baguindan village in Tipo-Tipo town… »

Maguindanao roadside bombing survivor says attack strengthened his resolve to win

SOUTH UPI, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 14 April) – The mayoralty candidate in Maguindanao who survived a roadside bombing Wednesday afternoon said the attempt on his life will never stop him from seeking… »

Smartphone app makes cloud seeding operations easier, more accurate

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Apr) – Whereas cloud seeders used to rely mainly on two-way radios to do their jobs of locating seedable clouds and dispatching aircraft… »

MinDA asks electric coops to review contract portfolios

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 April) – An official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has asked the electric cooperatives in Mindanao to review their power portfolios to prevent overcontracting once the… »

DPWH-11 bids out major infra projects

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Apr) – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 11 has completed the bidding of all the major infrastructure projects lined up for implementation in… »

Bail for detained farmers from P12K to P6K each; money raised but no ID, no bail

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/13 April) – The court here has reduced the bail from P12,000 to P6,000 each for the provisional release of 77 farmers detained for alleged “direct assault upon… »

3 wounded as bomb explodes on mayoralty bet’s convoy in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Apr) – A mayoralty candidate in South Upi, Maguindanao survived an assassination attempt while three of his companions were wounded as a powerful improvised explosive… »

Mindanao salary rates competitive – study

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 April) – A study conducted by an online employment market place in the Philippines said salary rates of workers in the Mindanao area are competitive… »

Aboitiz’s TSI still in its ‘infancy stage’ – MinDA official

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Apr) – The 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant of Therma South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power, in Brgy. Binugao, Toril is still taking “baby steps” before… »

Davao IT firm to stage Hackademy to help fresh computer grads land jobs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Apr) – A homegrown IT company here is holding a crash course on programming using the computer language “Python” which seeks to further develop the skills of local software programmers to… »

Davao IT company to launch computer software to boost small and big enterprises

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Apr) – An IT company based here is launching this year a computer software that it claims will boost the efficiency of the small and big enterprises by providing… »

Duterte takes solo lead in Pulse Asia poll

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/12 April) — Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has overtaken Senator Grace Poe in the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia and commissioned by ABS-CBN. The survey results,… »

Duterte to Binay: You’re a butcher of people’s money

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April) — Presidential candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte lashed back at Vice President Jejomar Binay who earlier called him “berdugo” (butcher) of the poor. In an emailed statement… »

If Enrile was granted bail, detained farmers’ bail must be reduced on humanitarian grounds

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/ 12 April) – If Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was allowed by the Supreme Court to post bail on humanitarian grounds, there is no reason for the court… »

Detained farmer-grandmother: “I grieve and weep for my family”

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 12 April) – Farmer Valentina Ebon Berdin, 78, smiles from across the fence of the Kidapawan City Convention Center recalling how she got detained along with… »

Police used excessive force in Kidapawan dispersal, says HR monitor

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — The police may have used “unnecessary lethal force” in breaking up a barricade by farmers in Kidapawan City on April 1, the New York-based Human… »

Court sets new bail hearing for Kidapawan protesters

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/ 11 April) – Farmers detained here for alleged “direct assault upon an agent of a person in authority” following the violent dispersal of the barricade along the… »

Duterte tops latest SWS survey

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — Davao City Mayor and presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte grabbed the lead in a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) from March 30 to… »

App launched to boost Duterte’s presidential bid

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 April) — A mobile application was launched on Saturday to allow supporters of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte to take part in his nationwide campaign. Davao City-based Rolly Rulete,… »

VP Binay hit for saying evidence in Ampatuan massacre weak

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 April) – A member of the Mangudadatu political clan of Maguindanao expressed alarm over the statement issued by United Nationalist Alliance presidential aspirant Vice President Jejomar Binay… »

A thousand families fleeTipo-tipo village after military-Abu Sayyaf clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/10 April) – The Crisis Management Committee of Tipo-tipo town in Basilan has reported that at least a thousand families have fled Baguindan where an encounter between government… »

Boxing fans happy that Pacquiao retires a champ

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 April) — Filipino boxing fans including those who traveled for five hours to watch the live telecast of world boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s retirement match were all praises… »

Deaths foretold: children killed by unexploded bomb in Sitio Kibaritan

(Author’s disclaimer: This is not an official report. This is a written account of what I heard and saw). A small community of settlers in the 1950s resides in Sitio… »

Pacquiao wins “farewell fight”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 April) – World boxing icon Manny Pacquiao won against American boxer Timothy Bradely in what was dubbed as his “farewell fight” in Las Vegas Saturday night (Sunday… »

Duterte in Koronadal: “We have to change the government”

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – A huge crowd of supporters of Davao City mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte, standard bearer of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP-Laban) gathered at… »

Energy Secretary assures suffiicient power supply in Mindaano in May polls

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 April) — Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada assured there would be sufficient power supply in Mindanao during the May 9  automated local and national elections. In an e-mailed statement Saturday, Monsada emphasized that Filipino… »

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