TURNING POINT: Tantrum Diplomacy

TURNING POINT: Tantrum Diplomacy

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 27 Sep) – When a sovereign state signs a covenant with the United Nations, it is morally bound to uphold and observe what is agreed upon in t ...

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TRANSLATING DIGONG: Translating Digong: Take Two

TRANSLATING DIGONG: Translating Digong: Take Two

[The UP Mindanao College of Humanities and Social Sciences (in Davao City) organized an event last September 19 themed “Translating Digong: A Forum on the Public Persona of Presid ...

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Duterte to UN, EU: respect and fair treatment

Duterte to UN, EU: respect and fair treatment

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called for respect and fair treatment from the United Nations (UN), other states and international ...

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TRANSLATING DIGONG: Decoding Digong from a Distance: Political Rhetorics and Mediation of a Public Persona

TRANSLATING DIGONG: Decoding Digong from a Distance: Political Rhetorics and Mediation of a Public Persona

[Note from the author as posted on her Facebook wall on September 19, 2016. “Below is the brief that I prepared for Translating Digong, A Forum on the Public Persona of President ...

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Moro group backs Duterte on ejecting US forces from Mindanao

Moro group backs Duterte on ejecting US forces from Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Sep) – A Moro group lauded the recent statement of President Rodrigo R. Duterte that the remaining United States military forces leave Mindanao and urge ...

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CRUCIBLE: Du30, Peace Process, and the Moro Struggle

CRUCIBLE: Du30, Peace Process, and the Moro Struggle

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 14 Sep) – The rise of President Du30 is expected to open a new chapter in Mindanao peace process especially with the Administration’s proposal of federali ...

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Duterte is 5th President to wage war vs Abu Sayyaf

Duterte is 5th President to wage war vs Abu Sayyaf

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 August) – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military and police to seek out the Abu Sayyaf and destroy them. “Seek them out in their lairs and d ...

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Duterte to change name of Malacañang Palace to “People’s Palace”

Duterte to change name of Malacañang Palace to “People’s Palace”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Aug) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte said that he will change within his term the name of the official residence of the country’s chief executive into “P ...

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‘Matrix’ linking Sen. De Lima to drug personalities out

‘Matrix’ linking Sen. De Lima to drug personalities out

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Aug) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte released early Thursday a “matrix” which indicated the links of Sen. Leila de Lima to drug personalities inside the ...

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THE SMILING FOREHEAD: My President Goes to War

THE SMILING FOREHEAD: My President Goes to War

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 11 Aug) – That eerie and chilling sight and sound would not leave me for days. It kept running through my head like a sad song; waking my sleep like an ...

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Duterte to Supreme Court: don’t get in the way

Duterte to Supreme Court: don’t get in the way

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 10 Aug) – President Rodrigo on Tuesday night warned Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno he will declare martial law if the Supreme Court gets in the way o ...

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MIND DA NEWS: Approved, Authorized But Wrong

MIND DA NEWS: Approved, Authorized But Wrong

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 Aug 2016) – President Rodrigo R. Duterte, with due respect to the 16 million Filipinos who elected him, has approved and authorized the burial ...

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COMMENT: Notes from SONA 2016

COMMENT: Notes from SONA 2016

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 4 Aug) – With his first State of the Nation Address last July 25, President Rodrigo R. Duterte broke protocol, precedents and tradition. As he ent ...

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LOLA GOT’S LUTONG BAHAY IN AMERICA: Flying the Orange Train

LOLA GOT’S LUTONG BAHAY IN AMERICA: Flying the Orange Train

Touchdown in San Jose, CA. The weather outside is remarkably better than the hair-dryer air in Vegas. Pleasant. Comfortably cooler. On the plane, I sat with a Pinay and her son. A ...

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President to spend 10 days in Mindanao

President to spend 10 days in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 August) – The country’s 16th President and first Mindanawon to lead the nation will spend 10 days in Mindanao when he returns this week from Malacanang ...

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Duterte “patiently waited” for NDF’s response; CPP calls for simultaneous declaration of unilateral ceasefire on August 20

Duterte “patiently waited” for NDF’s response; CPP calls for simultaneous declaration of unilateral ceasefire on August 20

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 July ) – President Rodrigo Duterte “patiently waited” for two more hours past his 5 p.m. deadline on Saturday for the National Democratic Front (NDF) to ...

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Dureza: August 20 GPH-NDF talks in Oslo still on

Dureza: August 20 GPH-NDF talks in Oslo still on

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – The first round of formal peace talks between government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will proceed as scheduled on August 20 to 2 ...

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Jacinto named DENR Usec and MGB chief

Jacinto named DENR Usec and MGB chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 30 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed geologist Mario Luis Jacinto as Undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DE ...

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COMMENTARY: Burma (Myanmar) and the Philippines: change is coming?

COMMENTARY: Burma (Myanmar) and the Philippines: change is coming?

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 30 July) -- In mid-2015 I wrote an article on the similarities and differences of Burma and the Philippines at a time when both countries were pre ...

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24 hours

24 hours

President Rodrigo Duterte gives the National Democratic Front 24 hours or up to 5 p.m. on July 30 to declare a ceasefire, too, or he will lift the unilateral ceasefire he declared ...

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Duterte gives NDF up to 5 p.m. July 30 to reciprocate ceasefire or else..

Duterte gives NDF up to 5 p.m. July 30 to reciprocate ceasefire or else..

ASUNCION, Davao del Norte (MindaNews / 29 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday gave the National Democratic Front (NDF) 24 hours or up to 5 p..m. on July 30 to declare a ce ...

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NDFP welcomes unilateral ceasefire

NDFP welcomes unilateral ceasefire

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 July) – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has welcomed the declaration of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for a unilateral ceasefire ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Mindanao as Land of Promise: A Dream Revisited

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Mindanao as Land of Promise: A Dream Revisited

Three “wise” men at the top of the political power structure of the Republic of the Philippines: will it truly make a difference for the Mindanawons who have been pushed to the ma ...

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Duterte in Buluan

Duterte in Buluan

President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes a point in his speech in Buluan, Maguindanao, after inspecting a biomass power plant project inside an oil palm plantation on Friday, July 22, ...

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Nur still a fugitive but…

Nur still a fugitive but…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 19 July) -- The Duterte administration will officially deal with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari, presently a fugitive, onl ...

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Duterte to HR groups on killings: “do not keep on harping; go out and collect evidence”

Duterte to HR groups on killings: “do not keep on harping; go out and collect evidence”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte called on human rights groups to investigate alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) of suspects in his war on drugs. “D ...

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Peter Lim meets with Duterte; claims he is not the druglord Peter Lim

Peter Lim meets with Duterte; claims he is not the druglord Peter Lim

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 July) – A Cebu-based businessman named Peter Lim met with President Rodrigo Duterte Friday night at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional ...

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1 killed, 3 arrested, village chief flees war on drugs in Midsayap

1 killed, 3 arrested, village chief flees war on drugs in Midsayap

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 16 July) – A suspect was killed while three others were arrested Friday dawn during a raid on suspects involved in the illegal drugs trade bu ...

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Moving forward

Moving forward

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim talks about moving forward in the peace process with government in an interview in the garden fronting the MILF Central Co ...

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PNP stats on the drug war: In 2 weeks: 135 killed, 1,844 arrested, 66K ‘surrenderees,’ 43K homes ‘visited’

PNP stats on the drug war: In 2 weeks: 135 killed, 1,844 arrested, 66K ‘surrenderees,’ 43K homes ‘visited’

BY OFFICIAL POLICE DATA, from July 1 to 13 this year, the Duterte administration's war on crime has already chalked up big, if macabre, numbers: 135 persons killed or about 10 per ...

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PNP stats, May 10-July 10, 2016: In 9 wks, drug war tally: 192 killed, 8,110 arrested, 35K ‘surrendered’

PNP stats, May 10-July 10, 2016: In 9 wks, drug war tally: 192 killed, 8,110 arrested, 35K ‘surrendered’

THE WAR on drugs in the last nine weeks -- or even before Rodrigo R. Duterte took his oath as president a fortnight ago on June 30 -- has yielded ever bigger numbers of casualties ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (2)

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic (2)

Constitutonal change options CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 July) – Now that President Duterte has clearly expressed his preference for a constitutional convention (ConCon) as ...

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Gabriela calls on Duterte to include women’s agenda in his first SONA

Gabriela calls on Duterte to include women’s agenda in his first SONA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 July) – The feminist group Gabriela called on President Rodrigo R. Duterte to include the four-point women’s agenda crafted by women across the country ...

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780 drug pushers, users yield in Surigao Norte

780 drug pushers, users yield in Surigao Norte

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 July) – At least 780 persons who claimed to be pushers and users of illegal drugs have surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Surigao ...

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Federalism first; BBL if it fails

Federalism first; BBL if it fails

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) – Federalism first, Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) if it fails. This is the preview of the Bangsamoro peace roadmap that President Rodrigo Duterte ann ...

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Duterte: US intervention in MidEast invited terrorism in America

Duterte: US intervention in MidEast invited terrorism in America

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) -- US intervention in the Middle East countries invited terrorism in America, President Rodrigo Duterte told a crowd of Moro religious and political ...

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Hariraya Eid’l Fitr

Hariraya Eid’l Fitr

President Rodrigo Duterte talks about his peace roadmap before Moro religious and political leaders at the Mindanao Hariraya Eid'l Fitr 2016 at SMX Convention Center in Davao City ...

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RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Towards a federal republic

1st of four parts CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 08 July) -- Of the centerpiece advocacies that President Duterte consistently articulated during the campaign, other than eradic ...

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Peace dominates Eid’l Fitr greetings; Duterte home to celebrate Eid’l Fitr

Peace dominates Eid’l Fitr greetings; Duterte home to celebrate Eid’l Fitr

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte returned home Thursday night on board a commercial aircraft to attend the Mindanao Hariraya Eid’l Fitr 2016 at the SMX C ...

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Duterte to  VP Robredo: “Can you be the Housing Secretary?”

Duterte to VP Robredo: “Can you be the Housing Secretary?”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 July) – “Pwede ka Housing, Ma’am? Can you be the Housing Secretary?,” President Rodrigo Duterte asked Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday afternoon, ...

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Passenger Rody

Passenger Rody

A Philippine Air Lines steward greets President Rodrigo Duterte at the economy section of the aircraft that would bring him to Davao City from Manila on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Du ...

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P1.6M worth of drugs seized in SouthCot in first half of 2016

P1.6M worth of drugs seized in SouthCot in first half of 2016

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 7 July) – Police operatives in South Cotabato recovered around P1.59 million worth of illegal drugs in various operations in parts of the province ...

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Dureza awaiting call from Abu Sayyaf re Norwegian captive

Dureza awaiting call from Abu Sayyaf re Norwegian captive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 July) – Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza is awaiting a call from the alleged spokesperson of the Abu Sayyaff Group who reportedly ...

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CPP heeds Duterte’s call for cooperation in war vs prohibited drugs

CPP heeds Duterte’s call for cooperation in war vs prohibited drugs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 July) -- The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has heeded the call of President Rodrigo Duterte for cooperation in the war against prohibited dru ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Advancing the Mindanao Arts and Culture Agenda

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Advancing the Mindanao Arts and Culture Agenda

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 July) - In the run up to the inauguration of President Rody Duterte, a number of civil society groups had their own summit to bring to the attention of ...

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HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Words of Caution

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Words of Caution

Ang Presidente sa Pilipinas karon usa ka Bisayâ, usa ka Mindanawon ug dilì taga-“imperial Manila” nga giingon. Niini kitang mga Bisdak ug Mindanawon angay lang magmapagarbohon. Ap ...

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Duterte Comes Home

Duterte Comes Home

President Rodrigo Duterte greets bystanders using an onboard megaphone along Quirino Avenue, Davao City on Friday night (July 2, 2016) as his convoy stops due to a traffic jam. Du ...

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Duterte spends first weekend as president in Davao

Duterte spends first weekend as president in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 July) – Still clad in the barong outfit that he used in two turnover ceremonies Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte “toured” a major thoroughfare of the cit ...

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LATE BLOOMS: Sailing on

LATE BLOOMS: Sailing on

It is time for us to the old captain to now give some thanks and to bid farewell -- although not a few would rather say still: good riddance, may we see you soon in jail! With hop ...

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Last wave

Last wave

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte waves his city goodbye as he boards a private jet to Manila, for his new journey starting at noon of June 30, 2016 as the 16th President of the Ph ...

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