Duterte vows a government for the “helpless, hopeless, and defenseless.”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 June) – Three days before taking his oath as the 16th President of the Philippines, outgoing Mayor Rodrigo Duterte vowed, as he did for this city, a… »

As you look at the portraits, feel that hope

(Speech delivered at the opening of the photo exhibit, “Rody Duterte: Through the years,” at the second floor of the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on June 23, 2016. The… »

Former Abu Sayyaf captive to officials and media: Please be sensitive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 June) – A humanitarian worker who was held captive by the Abu Sayyaf for 61 days in 2008 appealed to officials and the media to please be… »

Kidnap victim’s release allegedly a “gesture of goodwill”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 24 June) – “No ransom” was reportedly paid to the Abu Sayyaf to secure the release early Friday morning of the lone Filipina among four victims kidnapped… »

Digong’s ‘Barong’ Designers

Designers Bonie Adaza (right) and Chad Pulache, of Chardin haberdashery in Davao City, made the Barong Tagalog for the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte. MindaNews photo by Antonio L.… »

Lopez as environment secretary to adjust to Duterte’s stand on responsible mining – Abella

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – Gina Lopez, the ardent anti-mining advocate who is the latest to join President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte’s cabinet as environment secretary, will adjust to… »

Duterte’s inauguration ‘barong’ to have Mindanao ethnic touch

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 June) – Chardin, a four-decade old haberdashery here, has prepared a dozen Barong Tagalog made from a synthetic non-itchy fiber just for the inauguration of… »

Hearing the Business Sector

President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte speaks before the country’s business leaders during a two-day consultative workshop at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City Tuesday (21 June 2016), where he promised… »

Duterte inauguration to livestream on Facebook

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 June) – Talks between incoming Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) secretary Martin Andanar and Elizabeth Hernandez, Facebook head for Public Policy in Asia Pacific,… »

Duterte reiterates call for 3 highranking PNP officials to resign

ALABEL, Sarangani (MindaNews / 22 June) – Retire now or I will ask for your resignation in public, President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte reiterated this warning on Wednesday to three highranking officials of… »

Chamber prexy: Duterte is the captain of the ship

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 June) – President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte is the “captain of the ship” of the business community in the Philippines, one of the country’s business leader… »

Business Leaders

Businessmen Guillermo Luz and Jaime Zobel de Ayala attend the “Sulong Pilipinas Economic Forum” at the SMX Lanang in Davao City on Wednesday (21 June 2016). The two-day forum aims… »

Duterte welcomes biz leaders’ recommendations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 June) – President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte vowed that they will study the 10 recommendations of business leaders to his socio-economic agenda during the two-day consultative… »

Duterte administration eyes peace pact with NDF “in 9 to 12 months”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 June) – The Duterte administration is eyeing the forging of a peace agreement with the National Democratic Front (NDF) “in nine to 12 months” because… »

Biz leaders gather in Davao for consultation on Duterte’s socioeconomic agenda

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 June) – Some 300 business leaders from all over the country are expected to gather here for a two-day consultative meeting on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s… »

COMMENTARY: DU30 wants you!!! (Getting Employed in the Regime of Change)

RADJAH BUAYAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 19 June) — President Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has implied that he wanted only the best and the brightest for his government. His administration will formally start… »

Peace talk

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim spent around 20 minutes to talk peace during a one-on-one meeting Friday night at Hotel Elena… »

One-on-one meeting: Duterte and Murad talk peace

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 June) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte met with leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) late Friday night to… »

Brothers all

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte listens as Datu Abul Khayr Alonto (right) of Lanao del Sur, chair of a faction the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) expounds on an issue during a… »

Photo Exhibit

Photojournalist Rene B. Lumawag talks about his exhibit of photographs of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte spanning three decades. Photo courtesy of MANMAN DEJETO               Read… »

‘Pulong’ Duterte apprehended for over speeding

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) – Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte, son of the president-elect, was apprehended Friday morning in Bangkal here for violating the speed limit policy. Duterte posted on… »

Austrian Envoys

Ambassador Josef Muellner (left) and Honorary Consul Dr. Peter Faistauer, while waiting for their meeting with president-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte in Davao City Friday evening (17 June 2016), where they intend… »

Austrian ambassador set to meet Duterte late Friday night

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) – Ambassador Josef Muellner is expected to meet President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte here either late Friday night to discuss with him about strengthening economic… »

Through the Years: photo exhibit on Duterte opens June 23

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 June) – Veteran photojournalist Renato “Rene” Lumawag will hold a “Rody Duterte Through the Years” photo exhibit at the Abreeza Mall here from June 23 to July… »

Abella assigned as spokesperson; Panelo as chief legal counsel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 June) – Former pastor Ernesto “Ernie” Abella will now take on the post as the presidential spokesperson, the position which President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte temporarily… »

Duterte supporters challenged to plant trees on Arbor Day

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 June) – The environment group Green Philippines launched a “Dutertree Challenge” that calls supporters of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to plant trees on June 25, Arbor… »

After 4 years, GPH and NDF to resume peace talks third week of July

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 June) – After four years in limbo, formal peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will resume on the third… »

Duterte to take oath in Rizal Hall; no lunch but pritong saging will be served

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 June) — It will be a different kind of inauguration on Thursday noon, June 30, 2016, when Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the first Mindanawon to lead… »

A day with Ambassadors

It was a day with Ambassadors for President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, June 13, 2016. He received in succession the United States Ambassador, Philip Goldberg (in photo), United Kingdom Ambassador… »

5 Mindanao provinces and 4 cities did not vote for Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 June) – Not all of Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities voted for Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the first Mindanawon to become President of… »

Marcos thanks Duterte for father’s hero’s burial and no Cabinet post for Leni

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 June) – Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., defeated vice presidential bet met with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte late Friday night until 3 a.m. Saturday and thanked him for, among… »

Congress under Duterte: Mindanawons as Senate President and House Speaker

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 June) — For the first time in Philippine history, Mindanawons are leading the executive and legislative branches of government with Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte as President… »

Koko Pimentel as Senate President: like father, like son

]DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 June) – Father and son do not only share the same name –Aquilino Pimentel – and the same post years apart, they will also go… »

THE POINT BEING: Small-town thinking

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 08 June) — Shortly after the counting trends showed that candidate Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the pack of presidential aspirants, criticism surfaced that his was going… »

Realign PAGCOR funds to support health and education

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 June) — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed Saturday to realign all revenues of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to programs that will support health… »

Duterte to big miners: “you have to stop;” small miners: “we will support you”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 June) — Large-scale firms engaged in destructive mining in Mindanao have no place under the Duterte administration as President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to give priority and assistance… »

One Love. One Nation.

A party-goer waves the Philippine Flag at the “One Love. One Nation” thanksgiving party on June 4, 2016 at the Crocodile Park in Davao City to celebrate the victory of… »

Andanar: nat’l communications policy will bring President’s message down to barangays

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 June) — Incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) head Martin Andanar said on Saturday that he will push for a strategy that can help his… »

Heavy downpour cuts short Duterte’s thanksgiving party speech

DAVAO CITY ( MindaNews / 05 June) — A heavy downpour on Saturday night cut short the speech of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, stranded thousands of supporters, and jacked up traffic… »


Matod pa, pasagdan lang usâ kuno si Tatay sa iyang pagpinilyo kay totál pag-abot sa buwan sa Hulyo pagbugoy-bugoy undangon na kuno ug siya na magseryoso. Na hala sige, magpaabot… »

Thousands attend Duterte’s victory party

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 June) — Thousands of party-goers gathered at the Davao Crocodile Park, venue of the “One Love. One Nation. Thanksgiving Party” to celebrate the victory of… »

Duterte on abducted police chief: “Sorry for that guy. I leave his fate to the NPA”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 June) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will no longer rescue the police chief of Governor Generoso town in Davao Oriental who was abducted by the New People’s Army… »

Mega tent

It takes at least six technical persons and three man-hours to set-up a 40 by 60 ft. “mega tent” which will be used for the “One Love, One Nation” victory… »

Duterte to media: “boycott me”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 03 June) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night said he will not apologize for his remarks on the media killings, dared the media to boycott his… »

Incoming PNP chief optimistic about Oplan Tokhang’s nationwide implementation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 June) — Incoming Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa is optimistic that he will succeed in bringing Oplan Tokhang (Toktok-Hangyo or Knock and… »

NUJP: media corruption noted but not justification for killing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 June) – The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP ) said it does not gloss over the fact that corruption is among the most pressing… »

COMMENTARY: On federalism and local development

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews / 1 June) – Will federalism actually lead to economic progress for regions outside of “Imperial Manila”? A resounding “Yes!” is the hard sell used by barnstorming… »

Duterte Cabinet

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte presents members of his Cabinet during a press conference at “Malacanang of the South” inside the Department of Public Works and Highways compound in Panacan, Davao City… »

P3 million for every drug lord captured dead or alive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 June) – Even before he could assume the country’s highest post, President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte has offered P3 million to police officers who can capture… »

About MindaNews

Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center (MNICC) is a cooperative composed of independent, professional journalists who believe and practice people empowerment through media. We also believe that Mindanao is not all bad news and that our responsibility as journalists and information providers is to ensure a mixed balance of reports beyond the usual fare published in national newspapers or aired on radio and TV.