Bomb found in Lamitan school

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 November) – A baggage found in a school in Lamitan City in Basilan yielded an improvised explosive device, officials said Monday. The explosive was found around 7:50… »

No more rebels in Lake Sebu town – AFP

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 November) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has declared the entire municipality of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato as insurgency-free. South Cotabato provincial board… »

Rep. Rodriguez: Bangsamoro Basic Law passed by “end of February”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) — The new target for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law is “end of February,” Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chair of the 75-member… »

UPDATED: At least 15 hurt in Kabacan blast; Governor offers P100K reward money

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /16 Nov) — The governor of North Cotabato has offered a PhP 100,000 reward to anyone who could provide vital information behind Sunday’s blast in Kabacan town… »

“Pray for long-lasting peace” is this year’s Mindanao week of Peace theme

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) – This year’s theme for the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) is “We pray for long-lasting peace in Mindanao. Give, Share, Live and Proclaim Peace.” The… »

Revised Tourism Code promotes medical, agricultural tourism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) – Specialty practices in Davao City’s tertia hospitals have the potential to be part of medical tourism packages for local and foreign tourists, Councilor Mary Joselle… »

Sulu clash leaves 5 soldiers, 10 bandits dead

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – Five soldiers and 15 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed in an encounter Friday in the province of Sulu, a military official said. Capt. Ma.… »

Hundreds of families displaced, 2 civilians killed, 6 others hurt in Pikit clashes

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/15 November) – Two civilians were killed and three others were wounded in an artillery bombardment early Friday in Barangay Kabasalan here forcing at least 1,000 families… »

Police: Abu Sayyaf behind Nov. 9 twin blasts in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – The local police blamed the Abu Sayyaf for the recent twin bomb explosions that injured a K9 handler and a bomb-sniffing dog in this city.… »

Teen dies in Zambo fire

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 November) – A senior high school teenager perished in an almost two hour fire early Saturday in this city, a Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) official said.… »

Slain student leader laid to rest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /14 Nov) – The 23-year old former chair of the University Student Council of the University of the Philippines-Mindanao who was killed November 4 in an encounter… »

Goldberg reiterates US support to Mindanao peace process

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 November)– United States (US) Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg reiterated his government’s full support to the continuing peace process and the creation of the proposed… »

‘Treasures of Region 12’ product brand launched

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 November)– The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 12 has launched a new branding strategy to enhance efforts to promote various products from the… »

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Zambo port

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/14 November) – Government forces have arrested Thursday a security guard suspected of being an Abu Sayyaf Group member at a wharf here, a top police official disclosed.… »

‘Bank remains stable’: Majority owner refuses help for troubled SRBC

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) — Manila-based businessmen had offered help to save the Surigaonon Rural Banking Corporation (SRBC) from possible bankruptcy after it was hit by a withdrawal frenzy since… »

DOH-12 assures it can handle Ebola, MERS-CoV

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 November) — The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 assured on Thursday it was ready in case the deadly Ebola Virus and the Middle East… »

South Cotabato official seeks regulation of manufacture, use of firecrackers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 November) — A senior member of the South Cotabato provincial board is pushing for the passage within the next two weeks of an ordinance that seeks… »

Balsa Mindanao’s Francis Morales: “dauntless, tireless and selfless activist”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 Nov) – Francis Morales, Executive Director of Balsa Mindanao and secretary-general of the environmental rights group, Panalipdan Southern Mindanao, passed away Wednesday night at 11:21 p.m. at… »

Ten years later, still no justice for Gene Boyd

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 November) –  Ten Years. Still no justice. Family, friends and colleagues joined photojournalist Rene Lumawag in lighting candles at the the grave of photojournalist son Gene Boyd… »

Lawmaker says BBL should ensure welfare of ARMM employees

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 November) – The Bangsamoro Basic Law should ensure that thousands of employees of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will not be displaced once the Bangsamoro… »

Charges filed vs suspect in Bukidnon bus bombing

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 November) – Police have filed charges against a suspect in the bombing of a passenger bus last week in Maramag town in Bukidnon. Four passengers were injured… »

Cop seized by armed men in Surigao town

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 November) – Unidentified armed men snatched a novice policeman on Wednesday morning in Malimono town in Surigao del Norte, Senior Inspector Rosemarie Molabola, community relations head of… »

HIV cases increasing among young professionals in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 November) — Health authorities here have expressed alarm over the increasing number of young professionals in the city who were getting infected with the human immunodeficiency… »

Lawmaker urges SUCs to mainstream agri courses

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 November) — State universities and colleges must mainstream agricultural courses again, the chair of the House committee on higher education said Tuesday. Rep. Roman Romulo issued the… »

GenSan steps up moves to contain measles outbreak

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 November) — Health personnel here are targeting to fully contain in the next few weeks the continuing measles outbreak in parts of the city. Dr. Edgardo… »

Good for tuna industry: Philippines a step closer to EU’s GSP+ inclusion

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 November)–The Philippines is a step closer to getting included in the European Union’s (EU) Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) list, which once clinched would augur… »

Mass withdrawals hit bank in Surigao; owner infuses more capital

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/12 November) — Rumors that it was going bankrupt have triggered mass withdrawals from the Surigaonon Rural Banking Corporation Inc. (SRBC) since last month, the bank’s majority owner… »

Bomb defused in Basilan

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 November) – A bombing attempt was foiled late Monday in Isabela City, Basilan province, a police official said. Supt. Albert Larubis, Isabela City police chief, said this… »

More minors in human trafficking cases in Region 11– DSWD

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – A high number of minors has fallen victims to cases of human trafficking this year, according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development in… »

Surigao prepares for Ebola with expected influx of OFWs during Christmas

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November) — The Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City is now undertaking preparations against the possible entry of the dreaded Ebola virus in anticipation of the influx… »

2 rebels killed, 4 others wounded in Sultan Kudarat

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/11 November) — At least two rebels were killed, four others were wounded, and another one was captured in ongoing military operations conducted by the 33rd Infantry Battalion… »

UPDATE: 5th victim of summary killing in Tacurong dies

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – Regine Ole Dalogdog, the survivor of what police said could be a case of a drug-related summary execution in Tacurong City, died Monday night while… »

Costs, polls delaying completion of houses for Pablo victims, says DSWD

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – The rising costs of construction supplies, elections and adverse weather conditions have delayed the completion of houses for displaced survivors of typhoon Pablo until March… »

Survivor key to solving summary execution in Tacurong – police

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – Police are banking on the testimony of the lone survivor of an apparent case of summary execution in Tacurong City on Monday to provide clues… »

Police: Zambo blasts meant for cops

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – Late Sunday’s twin bomb explosions appeared to be meant for the first responders such as the explosive ordnance demolition (EOD) team and policemen, a police… »

UP Mindanao student leader killed in Army-NPA encounter

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 November) – Student leader Rendell Ryan Edpan Cagula, president of the University Student Council of the University of the Philippines-Mindanao in 2011-2012, former Davao City… »

5 years later, former residents in massacre site coming back

MASSACRE SITE, AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 10 Nov) – It’s been close to five years now since the infamous Maguindanao Massacre took place here in Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman of… »

Human head, leg found inside belly of tiger shark caught by Surigao fishermen

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Nov) – A group of fishermen here caught last week a huge tiger shark in the waters between Bohol and Camiguin islands, and found inside… »

4 found dead in Tacurong

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Nov) – Four people, two of them women, were found dead due to multiple gunshot wounds while another was in critical condition in what… »

Gunmen on motorbike kill town councilor in Zambo Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 10 November) – Gunmen aboard a motorcycle killed a town councilor in Zamboanga Sibugay last Sunday and injured his wife, police reported. Senior Supt. Robert Roy… »

Murder suspect bolts SouthCot jail

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Nov) – Jail personnel in South Cotabato province have launched a manhunt against a murder suspect who escaped from their custody while gathering firewood… »

SouthCot to build treatment facility for hospital waste

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Nov) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is planning to establish a treatment facility for various wastes generated by local government-managed and supported… »

K-9 handler injured as 2 IEDs explode in downtown Zambo  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 November) – A member of the Explosives Ordnance Demolition team was wounded when two improvised bombs exploded 15 minutes apart on Sunday evening at a massage parlor… »

House Committee on Bangsamoro goes to island provinces  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 Nov) — The 75-member House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (AHCBBL) will conduct public hearings in the island provinces of… »

Zambo, birthplace of scouting activity, hosts Boy Scouts’ Centennial Jamboree

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 November) – Zamboanga City, birthplace of the first scouting activity of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) 100 years ago, hosts the Centennial Jamboree that opened… »

Cagayan de Oro marks 1st anniversary of Yolanda

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/08 November) — Artist Nicolas Aca embraced the other performers after their heart-rending performance in front of the Magsaysay Park in Cagayan de Oro Saturday on… »

3 alleged drug pushers killed in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 November) — Three suspected illegal drug pushers were killed in a shootout with police anti-drug operatives in an outskirt village here on Friday night. Chief Insp.… »

Malacanang hit for barring Davao reporters from Bangsamoro forum

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 November) — The local chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) slammed Malacanang for barring around 20 reporters from covering the second day… »

South Cotabato steps up revenue collection for mining, quarry operations

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 November) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has intensified its tax education and collection efforts among mining and quarry operators in a bid to reach… »

4 charged for Chinese businessman’s kidnap in Zambo Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/07 November) – Police have filed criminal charges Thursday before the Zamboanga Sibugay Prosecutor’s Office against four people implicated in the kidnapping of a Chinese businessman almost two… »

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