Alleged NPA leader nabbed in Agusan Sur; rebels free 3 soldiers, militiaman

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/04 May) – An alleged commander of the New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested by policemen and members of the 23rd Infantry Battalion manning a Commission on Elections… »

Hashtag #nochoice: Agusan del Sur’s entire slate unopposed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /27 March) — As in past elections, it’s still all in the family in Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities but Agusan del Sur has made history… »

Falcata Logs

Workers load Falcata logs into a truck in Trento, Agusan del Sur on Wednesday (9 March 2016). Falcata plantations are aplenty in the Caraga Region. MindaNews photo by Roel Catoto

Human Rights Watch: execution of Loreto mayor and son ‘just plain murder’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 October) – The killing of the mayor of Loreto town in Agusan del Sur and his son by the New People’s Army (NPA) on October 19 is… »


Police officers serve as pallbearers during burial ceremonies for slain Mayor Dario Otaza of Loreto, Agusan del Sur Wednesday morning (28 Oct. 2015) in Butuan City. Otaza and his son were abducted and killed… »

Slain Agusan Sur mayor, son laid to rest

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews / 28 Oct) – Amid cries of justice, family members, friends and supporters buried Mayor Dario Otaza here Wednesday morning. The late mayor of Loreto town in… »

NPA claims responsibility for killing Loreto mayor and son

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 October) – The Southern Mindanao Regional Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) has claimed responsibility for killing Loreto mayor Dario Otaza and his son Daryl, allegedly… »

Abducted Agusan mayor, son killed by captors

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Oct) – The mayor of Loreto town of Agusan del Sur and his son abducted by armed men from his residence in Butuan City Monday… »

Agusan Sur mayor, son abducted in Butuan

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Oct) – Mayor Dario Otaza of the municipality of Loreto in Agusan del Sur, along with his son, was abducted in his residence in Butuan… »

At least 8 armed groups operate in Agusan Sur, Surigao Sur – Army

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/09 October) — At least eight armed groups are operating in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur provinces, an internal report by the 4th Infantry… »

Food poisoning cases in Caraga region reach 1,699; candy-maker denies responsibility

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 July) — Authorities in Caraga region are on alert after the number of food poisoning cases rushed to hospitals overnight since Friday in Surigao del… »

Another ‘bakwit’ Banwaon child dies in Agusan Sur

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/13 March) – A three-year-old Banwaon died at the evacuation camp in barangay Balit, San Luis town in Agusan del Sur at around 4:00 a.m. Thursday, the fifth child… »

Splitting Rattan

Workers split a rattan stem into smaller parts in Barangay Dona Flavia, San Luis town in Agusan del Sur Tuesday (10 March 2015). The rattan will be sent to Cebu… »

EU-supported project to protect thousands of Lumads in Mindanao

Press Release 09 March 2015 The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR) will launch on March 10, 2015 the “Healing the Hurt Project” to promote the Mindanao indigenous… »

PRESS RELEASE: After barangay chief killing, IPs evacuate in AgSur

January 26, 2015 National alliance of indigenous peoples’ group Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan (KAMP) expressed “serious concern” over rights violations committed against indigenous peoples in Agusan del Sur. Piya… »


Maj. Gen. Oscar Lactao, commander of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, salutes to waiting officers after coming down from the UH-1H Huey helicopter to attend the Joint Peace and Security… »

Military to arm 120 new Cafgus in NPA-infested Loreto town

LORETO, Agusan del Sur – Like the Spartans in the movie “300,” the militiamen yelled “Ahoo! Ahoo!” that rumbled in the hot, concrete gym here, indicating they are ready to… »

NPA Raid

Residents and police load a pick-up truck on another truck to be taken to the regional police office on Tuesday (July 15). Suspected NPA rebels used the vehicle to ram… »

UPDATED: 13 NPAs killed in Agusan Sur attack – military

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) — Suspected New People’s rebels attacked the compound of a Manobo chieftain in Prosperidad town, Agusan del Sur Tuesday morning but his followers fought… »

13 NPAs killed in Agusan Sur attack – military

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/15 July) — Suspected New People’s rebels attacked the house of a Manobo chieftain in Prosperidad town, Agusan del Sur Tuesday morning but his followers fought back… »

Old Guns

Soldiers check the vintage firearms surrendered by 97 alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) at the provincial capitol grounds in Patin-ay, Agusan del Sur, May 21, 2014. MindaNews… »

Signal 1 now over all 4 Davao provinces, 6 cities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 January) —  The Davao region’s four provinces and six cities are now under Public Storm Warning Signal number 1, the weather bureau’s 11 a.m. advisory said. Signal… »

Environmental Symposium

Rizalyn Cahayon, principal of Father Urios High School in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, talks about the importance of environmental protection during a symposium on Oct. 11, 2013. MindaNews photo by… »

Lumad ‘bakwits’ from Agusan Sur move to Davao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 August) — Some Lumads from villages in Loreto town in Agusan del Sur who were displaced by encounters last week between the military and New People’s Army… »

2 soldiers killed in encounter with NPA in Agusan Sur town

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/23 June) — Two members of the 26th Infantry Battalion were killed in an encounter with the New People’s Army (NPA) in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur late Saturday afternoon. Lt.… »

On Alert

Police personnel from the Provincial Public Safety Battalion conducts a checkpoint between the border of Bayugan City and the town of Esperanza in Agusan del Sur 19 June 2013, a… »

2 tribal leaders, 3 others killed in NPA attack in Agusan Sur

ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews / 20 June) – Two Higaonon tribal leaders and three others were allegedly executed by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in an attack here Tuesday… »

Caraga: poorest region no more

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April) – Caraga region is no longer the  country’s “poorest region,” a title it held in 2006 and 2009.  In fact it dropped to sixth place among… »

‘Lolong’ died of pneumonia, cardiac arrest – PAWB

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/26 February) – ‘Lolong’, which landed on the Guinness as the world’s largest crocodile in captivity, died of pneumonia and cardiac arrest, the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau… »

Lechon tray

A worker carves a lechon tray  from  gmelina wood at this shop in Barangay Mabuhay in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.  Priced at P20 each, the trays, are sold in bulk… »

DOT says Lolong’s death won’t affect tourism in Caraga region

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/17 February) —  The death of Lolong, the world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity,  will not affect tourism in the region and in the town of Bunawan in… »

Don’t catch more ‘Lolongs’ please, tribe asks

LORETO, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews/14 February) – An indigenous community living in Agusan Marsh urged the protection of the remaining crocodiles and other forms of wildlife in their area a… »

Bunawan mayor: No regrets for keeping Lolong in eco park

BUNAWAN, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews / 12 Feb) – Despite calls from animal welfare groups that Lolong must be returned to his natural habitat, the Agusan Marsh, Bunawan Mayor Edwin… »

Lolong’s Demise

Experts from Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, Palawan Wildlife and Rescue Center, and Davao Crocodile Park perform a necropsy on the belly of Lolong at the Bunawan Eco-Park in Agusan… »

Necropsy on Lolong inconclusive, more tests needed

BUNAWAN, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews / 12 Feb) – After more than four hours of conducting necropsy on the body of Lolong at the Bunawan Eco Park, the team from… »

Bunawan grieves over Lolong’s demise

BUNAWAN, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews) – People here were shocked by the sudden death of their icon Lolong, the world’s biggest captive crocodile at 20 feet 3 inches, Sunday night.… »

Bye Lolong

Workers place ice and rice husk to keep the body of Lolong, the world largest crocodile in captivity, from decomposing before a team of experts from Palawan will arrive tonight… »

POETRY: 3 X Pablo. by Ricardo M. de Ungria

3 X Pablo by Ricardo M. de Ungria [Ricardo M. de Ungria teaches at the University of the Philippine-Mindanao in Davao City. He was Chancellor at UP Mindanao (2001-07) and… »

Nothing Left

Aurelio Pescadio, 58, shows where his shop once stood in Trento, Agusan del Sur on Dec. 21. 2012. The shop of Pescadio sells bukag along the highway. MindaNews photo by… »

‘Pablo’ victim calls on ‘megastar’ Sharon Cuneta for help

TRENTO, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews/22 December)—A survivor of Typhoon Pablo here is wishing upon show business “megastar” Sharon Cuneta to help him rebuild their family’s shattered lives. “I hope Sharon… »

Vice governor says Agusan Sur ‘Pablo’ victims need more relief aid

VEREULA, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews/10 December) – Survivors of typhoon Pablo may die of hunger and starvation if no additional relief aid would arrive soon, an official warned. Vice governor… »

One-Mile Stare

A resident sits by a tent he had set up after his house was destroyed by Typhoon Pablo in Veruela town, Agusan del Sur on Dec. 6, 2012. MindaNews photo… »

Makeshift Home

 A couple lay out a table under a tent that will become their makeshift home after their houses was destroyed by typhoon Pablo in Sta. Josefa town in Agusan del… »

Agusan cops arrest leader, 6 members of Ondo Perez Group

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/ 03 November)— Authorities finally nabbed the leader and six members of the Ondo Perez Group, a notorious robbery and kidnap syndicate that operates in Agusan del Sur,… »

Lolong Bread

LOLONG BREAD. Lolong, the world’s largest crocodile in captivity, now has a bread named after him. The bread is being sold by a baker in Bunawan town, Agusan del Sur… »

The woman farmers of Ibuan and Hawilian

LANUZA, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/07 March) – Who says farming is plainly a man’s work, and women should not do it simply because they could hardly endure this backbreaking job… »

2 hostages freed; negotiators await minors’ release

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews/03 April) – Two of the 15 persons held hostage since 4 p.m. Friday earned their freedom quite unexpectedly 47 hours later. Teachers Hipolito Lastimado and Diosdideth Cabantac, were ordered by their abductors to go down to the poblacion of Barangay La Purisima where the Crisis Management Committee set up base, to get food and some medicines, especially as one of the two children with them had fallen ill.

Flood update: of 25 dead nationwide, 17 in Mindanao

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/06 January) –   Seventeen of the 25 persons nationwide who died from drowning or landslides brought about by flash floods spawned by heavy rains since Sunday were from… »

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