Home for Christmas: 2 Army soldiers held by NPA freed

MONTEVISTA, Compostela Valley (MindaNews / 21 December)– The Christmas wish of the families of two Army soldiers held by the New People’s Army (NPA) since December 2 has been granted:… »

Duterte orders removal of “run for President” materials  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 Nov) — Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the removal of campaign materials in the city that urge him to run for President in 2016.… »

Duterte to police: “When physically overpowered, shoot back. It’s self defense”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 Nov) — Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte does not want a repeat of the mauling incident of an armed police officer as he asked the police to shoot… »

Massive gov’t construction projects behind Davao’s heavy traffic – contractor

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Sept) – A contractor here said that the rise in construction activities in the city due to the influx of funding for government projects has… »

Duterte blames contractors for heavy traffic

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 3 Sept) – Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte blamed the heavy traffic in the city’s streets on contractors some of whom he accused of having not enough… »

Dutertes bow out of ALS Ice Bucket challenge

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Aug) – Two Dutertes have bowed out of the ALS ice bucket challenge, after being challenged in public by different people who took on the… »

Duterte: CCTV monitors should be monitored

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Aug) — Malls and other large private establishments should ensure that someone is monitoring the closed circuit television (CCTV) monitors to help prevent crimes.   Speaking at Sunday’s Gikan… »

TURNING POINT: Misplaced Empathies

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 14 Aug) – “If I were in his shoes I would have done the same thing.” This was the common reaction to a video footage… »

Kadayawan Opening

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte do the ceremonial lighting at the opening program of the 29th Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival 2014 at Aurora Quezon Park, in front of City… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: On fighting back tears

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 August) — When  I wrote last time mentioning about President Aquino holding back tears during the SONA (State of the Nation Address), I got several comments from… »

Police official dragged to King’s murder case comes out

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) – Police Supt. Leonardo Felonia, of the Regional Intelligence Unit XI who was dragged to the murder case of businessman Richard Lim King, came… »

Duterte: ‘We’ll never have food security’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews s/ 29 May) – City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said during a forum here on malnutrition Wednesday that the Philippines may never achieve food security. “I don’t think… »

Mindanao dragon boat teams seen to shine

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 May)—The newly-formed Mindanao dragon boat teams competing here in the first Mindanao dragon boat festival show a lot of promise, event organizers observed on Saturday. The two-day… »

Duterte urged to use aerial drones for disaster, emergency response

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 April) — The chief of the city’s Public Security and Safety Command Center (PSSCC) here has recommended to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte the use of aerial… »

Safety for info givers on cocaine bricks assured

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 March) — Mayor Rodrigo Duterte assured those who will help identify the location of the missing 11 bricks of cocaine that their identities will be… »

Duterte for President gains more supporters, including MNLF-Misuari faction

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 March) — The Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) under founding chair Nur Misuari will support “110%” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte  in case he decides to run… »

Duterte urges farmers to plant cacao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 Feb) — Farmers should take advantage of the shortage in cacao supply in the country and the world by planting the crop, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said. In… »

Duterte to rice traders: no illegal act, no problem with me

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Jan) – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday assured rice traders that the city government would protect them as long as all their transactions were legal.… »

Shut Up!

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte tells the Commission on Human Rights to shut up when the CHR said his death threats to rice smugglers was “unethical” and “unbecoming of a… »

Duterte to CHR on death threat to rice smugglers: Shut up

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 9 Jan) – Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte lambasted the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for saying that his death threats against rice smugglers operating in the… »

Another Duterte in Davao City gov’t

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 December)–There’s another Duterte holding key position in the city government. January Duterte, wife of Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, was elected Wednesday the president of the city’s Association… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Do you believe in Rody Duterte?


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 October) —  It’s been a long while since I last listened to Mayor Rody Duterte deliver a speech. Until last Friday when I was invited by Businessman… »

Duterte says won’t debate with CHR, Palace on death of kidnap suspects

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – Saying it would not look good arguing with ladies, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte today dismissed the idea of debating with Commission on Human Rights chair Loretta… »

3 suspected kidnappers killed; Duterte orders lockdown

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 July) —  A Chinese businesswoman kidnapped on July 5 in Quezon City was rescued here on Thursday during a noontime operation that left three suspects dead and… »

Common Touch

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte mingles with his constituents after his inauguration at the city hall grounds morning of June 30, 2013. Duterte renewed his vow to fight all forms… »

Duterte assures continued assistance to kin, survivors of Davao wharf blast

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/3 April)– Acting Mayor Rodrigo Duterte assured Tuesday continued educational assistance for survivors and families of the victims of the Sasa wharf bombing here in 2003 that killed… »

Farmers’ groups blame land-use conversion, deforestation for flooding in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 Jan) ¬– Farmers’ groups here blamed land-use conversion and deforestation for the cause of flooding in 15 villages in this city and other areas in… »

Cacao yields in Davao region high but…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 November) – Local cacao farmers have been enjoying good harvests since October, but they have been bugged by a lack of post-harvest facilities, particularly for solar drying… »

Duterte’s P5M bounty for ‘Baktin’ done in ‘anger, haste’—militants

DAVAO CITY(MindaNews/ 27 October)—Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s P5 million bounty for the head of alleged carnapping syndicate leader Ryan “Baktin” Yu was apparently “borne out of anger and in haste… »

Davao City councilor urges military to relocate posts in Paquibato

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 October) — Councilor Leah Librado-Yap proposed Tuesday a resolution urging the military to relocate their posts in Paquibato District here. In a privilege speech at the regular… »

Rody Duterte running for mayor; son Paolo unopposed as vice mayor

DAVAO CITY(MIndaNews/ 5 October) — Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will run for mayor, a post he held for about two decades. Councilor Melchor Quitatin filed the certificate of candidacy (COC)… »

Duterte’s COC

Councilor Melchor Quitain, a lawyer, files the certificate of candidacy of Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday at the Commission in Elections. Duterte will run for mayor in… »

From the People of Davao City

FROM THE PEOPLE OF DAVAO CITY A convoy of trucks filled with relief goods from the city government of Davao make a stop at Barangay San Miguel, Manolo Fortich in… »

Davao donates P3M to ‘Sendong’ victims

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 Dec) – The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Davao City has unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to donate P3 million from the calamity fund for the… »

Davao City convenese special session for financial aid to victims in CDO, Iligan

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/18 December) — Mayor Sara Duterte has called for a special session of the City Council tomorrow (Monday) to pass an ordinance authorizing the release of  a portion… »

Davao City council overrules mayor’s veto of ordinance favoring Aboitiz coal plant

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) — Twenty-one councilors voted on Monday to override Mayor Sara Duterte’s veto of an ordinance reclassifying a parcel of land in Barangay Binugao, Toril District from… »

Davao’s Cacao Industry

Jover Onas, a worker at the Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines’ Cacao Agribusiness Zone Center in Talandang, Tugbok District, Davao City makes sure that the cacao beans are evenly spread… »

Kadayawan Festival 2011

[slidepress gallery=’21kadayawan’] Kadayawan, touted as the “King of Festivals” in the country, is an annual thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and a celebration of a rich culture. The festival will… »

Maranao wins Hiyas sa Kadayawan 2011 title

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 August) – Sixteen-year old Rahima Usman from the Maranao tribe was crowned Hiyas sa Kadayawan 2011 on Wednesday evening at the Davao Recreation Center. Usman, a nursing… »

‘Access fee’ for photographers in Kadayawan Festival not compulsory – Sara

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 August) – Mayor Sara Duterte clarified on Monday that the P500 “access fee” for photographers is not compulsory to those who wish to shoot the highlights of… »

Emergency loan for flood victims in Davao available at GSIS

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 July) – The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has allotted a total of P269,000 for emergency or calamity loans for its members affected by the recent flashflood… »

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: My famous cabinet prayer

“PUNCHIN’  LADY MAYOR”– I met a newly-arrived Canadian the other day in Manila and the first thing she asked when she learned that I was from Davao was; “Wow. How’s… »

Bishop lauds Mayor Duterte for “forcing the issue”

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/04 July) – Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo may find it unbecoming of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to throw punches at a court sheriff over a demolition… »

Duterte the Punisher to Duterte the Puncher: “I am proud of you”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 July) — In  July 2002, then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte graced the pages of Time Magazine as “The Punisher.” Nine years later, on July 1, 2011, his daughter… »

Don’t get too personal with PNoy on RH Bill, VM Duterte tells Church

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) — Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has asked the Catholic priests and bishops not to become too personal in arguing with President Aquino on the controversial Reproductive… »

69th IB not Sara was our target — NPA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 February) — The Communist New People’s Army (NPA) said they targeted the 69th IB troops, not Mayor Sara Duterte, in a January 30 ambush in Paquibato that… »

BPI suspends UP Mindanao biosafety permit

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 Jan) – The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) has suspended the biosafety permits of the University of the Philippines in Mindanao (UP-Mindanao) and another field testing site… »

NPA arrest could have jeopardized long standing agreement with rebels – Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Jan) – Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the arrest of the New People’s Army (NPA) fighter on New Year’s Day could have jeopardized a long standing agreement… »

VM Duterte wants regional police chief out for New Year’s day arrest of NPA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 January) – Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte warned he would demand the ouster of the regional police director and withdraw the city government’s support to the police if… »

Suspected vigilante sued for murder

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 January) — The City Prosecution Office indicted an electrician, whose pistol was linked to eight incidents of summary killings in the city, for the death of a… »

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