Magnitude 6 quake hits Talacogon

Magnitude 6 quake hits Talacogon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 Sept) – A magnitude 6 earthquake struck Talacogon in Agusan del Sur at 10:38 a.m. Sunday but there were no reports of deaths, injuries or damages to prope ...

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Reds attack marijuana plantations of paramilitary group

Reds attack marijuana plantations of paramilitary group

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/19 August) -- Communist rebels launched a series of attacks targeting marijuana plantations allegedly maintained by a Lumad paramilitary group along ...

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

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 E ...

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

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 this year as th ...

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Falcata Logs

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 ...

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

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 “just plain murder” and t ...

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Honors

Honors

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 ...

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Slain Agusan Sur mayor, son laid to rest

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 ...

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NPA claims responsibility for killing  Loreto mayor and son

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 s ...

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Abducted Agusan mayor, son killed by captors

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 night were killed by thei ...

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Agusan Sur mayor, son abducted in Butuan

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 City Monday even ...

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

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 Divi ...

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

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 ...

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Another ‘bakwit’ Banwaon child dies in Agusan Sur

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 ...

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Splitting Rattan

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 to be used into fu ...

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EU-supported project to protect thousands of Lumads in Mindanao

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 promot ...

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

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 i ...

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Salute

Salute

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 S ...

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

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 fight t ...

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NPA Raid

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 the gate of ...

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UPDATED: 13 NPAs killed in Agusan Sur attack – military

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 fo ...

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13 NPAs killed in Agusan Sur attack – military

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 ...

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Old Guns

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. M ...

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Signal 1 now over all 4 Davao provinces, 6 cities

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 sa ...

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Environmental Symposium

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. ...

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Lumad ‘bakwits’ from Agusan Sur move to Davao City

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 A ...

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2 soldiers killed in encounter with NPA in Agusan Sur town

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 Saturd ...

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On Alert

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 d ...

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

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 ...

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Caraga: poorest region no more

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 17 regions ...

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‘Lolong’ died of pneumonia, cardiac arrest – PAWB

‘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 Are ...

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Lechon tray

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 at shops in Ce ...

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

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 Bunawa ...

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

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 the ...

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Bunawan mayor: No regrets for keeping Lolong in eco park

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 ...

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Lolong’s Demise

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 ...

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Necropsy on Lolong inconclusive, more tests needed

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 the Protected Areas a ...

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Bunawan grieves over Lolong’s demise

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. R ...

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Bye Lolong

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 to ...

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

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 Commissi ...

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Nothing Left

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 Bong S. Sa ...

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

‘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 ...

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

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. Vi ...

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One-Mile Stare

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 by Erwin Mascarinas ...

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Makeshift Home

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 Sur on Dec. 6, 201 ...

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Agusan cops arrest leader, 6 members of Ondo Perez Group

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 Agus ...

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Lolong Bread

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 who is trying ...

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The woman farmers of Ibuan and Hawilian

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 e ...

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2 hostages freed; negotiators await minors’ release

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 ...

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Flood update: of 25 dead nationwide, 17 in Mindanao

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 Sunda ...

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