Military: we will leave if NPA leaves

Military: we will leave if NPA leaves

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Aug) – The military is willing to pull out its troops in the Lumad communities but the New People’s Army (NPA) should also do the same, said Maj. Gen. Ra ...

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Lumad ‘bakwits’ not kidnapped nor illegally detained – human rights activists

Lumad ‘bakwits’ not kidnapped nor illegally detained – human rights activists

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 July) – The 700 Lumad “bakwits” who stayed at the UCCP’s Haran Evacuation Center here were not kidnapped nor illegally detained, according to human right ...

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Displaced Lumads seek support of MisOr LGU’s help to talk with Army

Displaced Lumads seek support of MisOr LGU’s help to talk with Army

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) – Internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Higaonon tribe trooped to the provincial capitol of Misamis Oriental Thursday morning and ...

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Lumad ‘Bakwits’

Lumad ‘Bakwits’

Women and children comprise most of the Lumad evacuees from Balaodo, Barangay St. Peter in Malaybalay City who have been camping out in front of the provincial capitol since Wedne ...

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Lumad evacuees in Malaybalay want Alamara disarmed

Lumad evacuees in Malaybalay want Alamara disarmed

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/22 January) – Lumad evacuees from a mountain village of Malaybalay City are demanding the disbandment and disarming of alleged paramilitary men who they ...

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DeMISTYfied IN JOGJA: The memory still rankles

DeMISTYfied IN JOGJA: The memory still rankles

JOGJAKARTA (MindaNews/16 January) -- Alhamdulillah... it is heart-rending to see how our elders are once again putting themselves bodily on the line. This could only be for a wort ...

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Tired ‘Bakwit’

Tired ‘Bakwit’

After a whole night of alert status, a young boy takes a nap at the Kauran Gymnasium in the municipality of Ampatuan in Maguindanao on Wednesday (30 Dec 2015). The gym hosts 700 f ...

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4,000 spend New Year in evacuation camps in Maguindanao, S. Kudarat

4,000 spend New Year in evacuation camps in Maguindanao, S. Kudarat

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 2 Jan) – More than 4,000 evacuees from villages in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat greeted the New Year inside gymnasiums that serve as evacuation camps ...

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Mamanwa ‘bakwits’

Mamanwa ‘bakwits’

Mamanwa evacuees packed like sardines have been seeking shelter at Sitio Banban, Barangay Camam-onan, Gigaquit town in Surigao del Norte since November 13 when they heard firefigh ...

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1,000 Mindanawons join ‘Manilakbayan’

1,000 Mindanawons join ‘Manilakbayan’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Oct) – Around 1,000 lumads and human rights defenders from all over Mindanao will converge in Surigao City on October 18 to join the nationwide campaign ...

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Skirmishes trigger more evacuations in Surigao Sur town

Skirmishes trigger more evacuations in Surigao Sur town

MARIHATAG, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews / 2 Oct) – A fresh wave of fighting between Army soldiers and an unidentified armed group triggered a new round of evacuees in this town on F ...

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Church leaders call for disbandment of paramilitary groups in Surigao Sur

Church leaders call for disbandment of paramilitary groups in Surigao Sur

TANDAG CITY (MindaNews / 2 October) – Church leaders reiterated their calls for the disbandment and disarming of paramilitary groups that are being accused of sowing terror in Lum ...

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Soup for the Hungry

Soup for the Hungry

Volunteer church workers distribute hot soup to children of newly arrived evacuees at the town gymnasium in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur Friday (2 October 2015). More than 200 famil ...

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Learning the Hard Way

Learning the Hard Way

Manobo children try to continue with their daily chores as students at the evacuation site in Tandag City on Thursday (1 October 2015). Some 3,000 mostly Manobo Lumads fled their ...

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DISPATCHES: Military Abuses in Southern Philippines

DISPATCHES: Military Abuses in Southern Philippines

MANILA (MindaNews/19 April) -- Here’s a snapshot of the plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced people in the Philippine province of Maguindanao after an anti-insurgen ...

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NHA turns over P12.6-M new houses to Zambo ‘bakwits’   

NHA turns over P12.6-M new houses to Zambo ‘bakwits’  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/11 April) – The government on Friday turned over 50 loftable duplex housing units worth P12.6 million to families displaced during the 21-day standoff be ...

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Boy dies in Maguindanao evacuation center due to diarrhea

Boy dies in Maguindanao evacuation center due to diarrhea

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 26 March) – The Department of Health in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOH-ARMM) today reported, with sadness, the demise of one of ...

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All set for graduation in conflict-affected areas in Maguindanao

All set for graduation in conflict-affected areas in Maguindanao

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (March 25) – All is set for the elementary and high school graduation ceremonies in conflict affected communities in Maguindanao, an education official sai ...

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Never-ending evacuations

Never-ending evacuations

Sisters Saria Namawog (left) and Cartiquia Cartin (right) of Barangay Elian, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, have lived a life of never-ending evacuations. "We're too old to evacuate," they ...

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Maguindanao’s bakwits now 125,302; grandmas say they’re too old to evacuate   

Maguindanao’s bakwits now 125,302; grandmas say they’re too old to evacuate  

DATU SAUDI AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/22 March) – Three generations of families of sisters Cartiquia Cartin and Saria Namawog are among 125,302 residents who fled their vill ...

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Through Her Eyes

Through Her Eyes

An elderly woman of the Banwaon tribe tries to rest inside a makeshift tent in the evacuation center in Barangay Balit, San Luis town in Agusan del Sur on Tuesday (10 March 2015). ...

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Bakwit population in Maguindanao now 72,585

Bakwit population in Maguindanao now 72,585

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 March) – The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) or bakwits (evacuees) in 11 of 36 towns in Maguindanao due to the military operations against t ...

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Water Supply

Water Supply

Bakwits line up to get their water rations from a fire truck in Datu Salibo town, Maguindanao province on Saturday (7 March 2015). Fresh fighting between the military and the Bang ...

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‘Bakwits’ in Pikit advised to go home after joint AFP-MILF clearing operations

‘Bakwits’ in Pikit advised to go home after joint AFP-MILF clearing operations

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 24 Feb) – The military given the go signal for the internally displaced persons (IDPs or “bakwits”) in this town to return home after the Army a ...

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NHA asks construction firm to “remove and replace” 3 houses for Zambo ‘bakwits’

NHA asks construction firm to “remove and replace” 3 houses for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/03 November) – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has ordered the firm undertaking the construction of 158 housing units for the “bakwits” to “remove a ...

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Zambo health office conducts anti-measles vaccination for ‘bakwits’

Zambo health office conducts anti-measles vaccination for ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/05 August) – The City Health Office is conducting mass vaccination against measles at the evacuation centers and transitory sites that house thousands of ...

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Zambo opens 8th transitory site for ‘bakwits’

Zambo opens 8th transitory site for ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – The city government, in partnership with local and international agencies, has formally opened on Thursday the 8th transitory site in a bid to ...

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Zambo villages urged to construct evacuation centers

Zambo villages urged to construct evacuation centers

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/28 June) – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) urged every barangay here to have its own evacuation center where residents could seek shelter in times of c ...

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Zambo ‘bakwits’ receive P9.7M livelihood assistance from DSWD

Zambo ‘bakwits’ receive P9.7M livelihood assistance from DSWD

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 25 June) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has released P9.7 million to 42 Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) associa ...

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Half of refugees in sports complex not Zambo siege ‘bakwits’

Half of refugees in sports complex not Zambo siege ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/21 June) – The local government unit has discovered that almost half of the 2,478 families staying at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex were n ...

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More Badjao ‘bakwits’ in Zambo moved to transitory site

More Badjao ‘bakwits’ in Zambo moved to transitory site

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/31 May) – The local government has transferred another 30 Badjao families from R.T. Lim Boulevard, also known as “Cawa-Cawa” Boulevard, to the transitory ...

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100 Zambo ‘bakwits’ to complete livelihood skills training

100 Zambo ‘bakwits’ to complete livelihood skills training

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 29 May) – A total of 100 internally displaced persons (IDPs) or “bakwits” in this city are set to complete a month-long livelihood skills training Wedn ...

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WFP to resume food-for-work program for Zambo ‘bakwits’

WFP to resume food-for-work program for Zambo ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/17 May) – The World Food Programme (WFP) will resume next week its food-for-work program that would benefit some 6,000 families displaced by the Septembe ...

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City gov’t relocates Zambo ‘bakwits’ staying in Cawa-Cawa Boulevard

City gov’t relocates Zambo ‘bakwits’ staying in Cawa-Cawa Boulevard

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – The city government has transferred at least 32 families displaced by the September 2013 siege from R.T. Lim or Cawa-Cawa Boulevard to two el ...

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Fake ‘bakwits’ uncovered in Zambo

Fake ‘bakwits’ uncovered in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/10 April) – The local government has discovered 400 families pretending to be internally displaced persons (IDPs), or evacuees, staying along the shore o ...

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Zambo siege victims get housing aid

Zambo siege victims get housing aid

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/29 March)–-Thirty families displaced by last year’s deadly standoff here have initially received housing assistance worth P30,000. The standoff started o ...

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Celebrating the Bangsamoro: “They’ve run out of green cloth,” says Iqbal

Celebrating the Bangsamoro: “They’ve run out of green cloth,” says Iqbal

DAVAO  CITY  (MindaNews/26 March) – On Saturday, five days before the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro ...

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Nat’l gov’t releases P2.6B to NHA to build shelters for Zambo siege ‘bakwits’

Nat’l gov’t releases P2.6B to NHA to build shelters for Zambo siege ‘bakwits’

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 26 Feb) – Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has announced that the national government has already released P2.566 billion to the National Housing Aut ...

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Zambo health office steps up monitoring of evacuees

Zambo health office steps up monitoring of evacuees

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 February) – The City Health Office here has stepped up efforts to ensure that evacuees, the bulk of which are staying at the sports complex and R.T. L ...

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Surigao solon pushes passage of ‘bakwits’ bill

Surigao solon pushes passage of ‘bakwits’ bill

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/26 October)—Surigao del Norte Rep. Guillermo Romarate (2nd district), chair of the House Committee on Human Rights, has pushed the passage of a bill for “b ...

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Midsayap villagers: farmers by day, ‘bakwits’ by night

Midsayap villagers: farmers by day, ‘bakwits’ by night

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews/25 September) – Residents of barangays Bual Norte, Palongoguen and portions of Malingao in this town were trying to restore some normalcy in th ...

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Midsayap Bakwits

Midsayap Bakwits

Some 100 displaced families from Barangay Malingao in Midsayap, North Cotabato seek refuge at the Salunayan Elementary School following clashes between government forces and membe ...

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Fire victims, ‘bakwits’ high on priority list of Zambo gov’t

Fire victims, ‘bakwits’ high on priority list of Zambo gov’t

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 September)—As the armed conflict here entered Day 12 on Friday, Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar vowed to give top priority to the fire vic ...

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Zamboanga ‘Bakwits’

Zamboanga ‘Bakwits’

Internally displaced persons line up to register themselves in Lunzuran Barangay Hall in Zamboanga City Wednesday afternoon (18 September 2013) as the armed conflict here between ...

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Center for Children

Center for Children

Children of evacuees at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex in Zamboanga City join learning activities organized by volunteers at the temporary Day Care Center put up by ...

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Keeping high the children’s hopes

Keeping high the children’s hopes

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 15 Sept) – More than 90 children of evacuees are gathered at the temporary shelter provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ...

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NorthCot gov asks military to intervene in MILF-MNLF row

NorthCot gov asks military to intervene in MILF-MNLF row

CARMEN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 29 May) – North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza has asked the military on Wednesday to intervene in the row between the Moro Islamic L ...

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Evacuees from Sabah: 4,439

Evacuees from Sabah: 4,439

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) –  The number of evacuees who have arrived from Sabah since March 6 has reached 4,439 as of 11 a.m. on March 27, more than twice the March 17 total ...

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