DepEd-12 to military, BIFF: Spare schools, children from fighting

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 Feb) – The Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 12 called on the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Friday to spare the… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Catapang’s War

Ay, Gregorio Pio A-Tapang A-Tao… DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Feb) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff’s ill-timed, ill-advised declaration of all-out war against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom… »

Mind da News: To See Is to Believe

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, February 27, 2015 – The fatal difference that went against the 44 PNP SAF commandos who perished in the Mamasapano mis-encounter last January 25 was the failure… »

MILF commander who stopped Mamasapano clash shuns interview with BOI

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/26 Feb) – A commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front who was instrumental in stopping the clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25 has refused to… »

Inside Camp Darapanan

MILF Vice Chair for Political Affairs Ghazali Jaafar (left) welcomes the PNP Board of Inquiry led by Director Benjamin Magalong (center) in the MILF’s Camp Darapanan, Simuay, Sultan Kudarat municipality… »

In Memoriam: Mamasapano

You say you grieve for forty-four souls who fell as they danced with Death in the dawn They were your sons husbands fathers lovers friends This is our land And… »

‘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… »

Over 20 houses burned as Army, MILF continue operations vs BIFF in North Cotabato

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/22 Feb) – Over 20 houses were reportedly burned in the outskirts of this town as government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) continued separate… »

Bakwit Family

A family rests at the day care center in Barangay Inug-ug, Pikit town in North Cotabato where they fled to escape the fighting between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and… »

On Guard

A Moro Islamic Liberation Front blocking force secures an area in Sitio Balibet, Barangay Bulol in Pikit, North Cotabato, site of clashes in the past days against the Bangsamoro Islamic… »

4 BIFF members killed in artillery fire – MILF

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/22 Feb) – Four members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed in artillery attacks directed at the borders of Maguindanao and North Cotabato on… »

CHR brings forensic experts in the house where Marwan was killed

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews /22 Feb) – A team from the Commission on Human Rights visited the site of the January 25 encounters in Mamasapano, Maguindanao Friday in the company of… »

BIFF says it won’t return SAF weapons

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 February) – The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Friday rejected calls by government to surrender all firearms taken from the police commandos who died in a… »

NorthCot on heightened alert following threats from BIFF

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 19 Feb) – North Cotabato is on heightened alert following threats from the spokesperson of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) that it would attack the… »

PEACETALK. Why hold the Bangsamoro Basic Law hostage to the Mamasapano inquiry?

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/18 Feb) — Government policy on “the primacy of the peace process” cannot be run down or its continuity turned around without addressing the root causes of violence.… »

PEACETALK: Man’s inhumanity to man

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/17 Feb) — Last Wednesday’s congressional committee hearing on the botched Mamasapano police operation was painful to watch. Unlike the Senate hearings effectively chaired by Senator Grace Poe,… »

Displaced

Hundreds of evacuees displaced by the fighting between MILF and BIFF rebels find temporary shelter at the gymnasium in Pagalungan, Maguindanao on Sunday, 15 February 2015. MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh… »

Civilians flee as MILF, BIFF clash

PAGALUNGAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/16 February) – Hundreds of Moro civilians from outlying villages here and in nearby Pikit, North Cotabato fled following clashes since Saturday night between rivals Moro Islamic Liberation… »

ESSAY: Samaon Sulayman, in memoriam

MANILA (MindaNews/16 Feb) — He was conferred the Living National Treasure distinction, and the State provided him a monthly stipend to allow him to persist with his art. Samaon Sulayman,… »

TURNING POINT: Enemies as Partners in Peace

NAAWAN, Misamis Occidental (MindaNews/15 Feb) — For one who is publicly known as among those who are eyeing the highest post of the land in 2016, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano… »

Mangudadatu urges Maguindanaoans to help arrest ‘wounded’ Usman

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/13 February)—Maguindanao Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu challenged Friday his fellow Maguindanaoans to help locate Filipino terror suspect Abdul Basit Usman, whom the official claimed was wounded in the… »

Q and A with MILF Commander Haramen on Mamasapano: “Walang eroplano, walang bazooka”

SITIO AMILIL, Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/12 Feb) — The few residents living along the highway in Barangay Tuka saw the signs of war when several truckloads of “sundalo” in… »

COMMENT: Aquino Speech 2: Posers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 February)– President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s address to the nation last January 28 was an apology; the second one last February 6 was an assurance.… »

MILF, supporters hold peace rally in Tawi-tawi to support BBL

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – About 300 members and supporters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Tawi-tawi staged a rally in the capital municipality of Bongao… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: In Mamasapano

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/09 February) — “We regret the death of our brothers in the SAF, but we cannot do anything about that now. Search our hearts, and you will see… »

TURNING POINT: Heroes, Victims and Justice

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/09 February) — The PNP SAF fallen 44 died in the performance of their duty – to bring to justice the most dangerous terrorists in this part… »


COMMENT: Marwan Dead at Pyrrhic Cost

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/8 February)– The question now is no longer “Is Marwan (alias of Jemaah Islamiyah bomb-terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir) dead?” His death has been confirmed by the US… »

COMMENTARY: President Aquino’s Second Address on Mamasapano

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 Feb) — Today’s reading from Hebrews says: “Obey your leaders and defer to them, for they keep watch over you and will have to give an account,… »

COMMENTARY: Demanding justice without abandoning the desire for peace

by Paul Adolfo Peace and genuine autonomy have been very elusive in Mindanao, and for us as a nation. Several attempts to end the conflict between the Government and the… »

PNoy accepts Purisima resignation; blames ex-SAF chief for Mamasapano debacle

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/06 February) – President Benigno Aquino III on Friday announced he had accepted the resignation of suspended Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima, who had come… »

Man roaming around Mamasapano clash site held by MILF

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/06 February) – A man who was found roaming around the site of the Jan. 25 encounter between police commandos and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was held… »

COMMENTARY: Do we blame the fighters or the decision makers?

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – As the morning sun burned away the mists over Central Mindanao on January 29, 42 flag-draped caskets were lined up on the tarmac… »

COMMENT: BBL Innocent Victim?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Feb) – The 12-hour encounter, more or less, between the Moro rebels and the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in Barangay Tukanalipao,… »

Quevedo on Mamasapano: “Justice should not be selective but inclusive”

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/ 03 Feb) — Justice should not be equated with revenge and should not be selective but inclusive, for all those who were killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, Mindanao’s… »

Police commando says Mamasapano clash a case of ‘pintakasi’

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/03 February) – A police officer who is a veteran of armed conflict in Maguindanao described the clash in Mamasapano town on Jan. 25 as a classic case… »

Gov. Hataman: Public ignores civilians slain in Mamasapano clash

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/02 February) – The clash in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25 also claimed the lives of four civilians, Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao… »

GenSan city council cites 44 slain SAF members

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 February) — The city council here cited as heroes the 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (SAF) who were slain in a clash… »

US Embassy on Mamasapano: no US casualties, no help in intel, no drones

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 Feb) – “No US casualties, no help on intelligence, no drones.” This sums up the response of Kurt Hoyer, press attaché and the spokesperson of the United… »

In pursuit of Marwan, deaths in the marshland

TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano, Maguindanao (MindaNews/ 01 Feb) — “Hindi namin namalayan ang pagpasok nila. Nagising kami nang nagputukan na” (We did not notice their entry. We woke up to the sound… »

ADVOCACY MindaNOW: Mamasapano: What next?

DAVAO CiTY (MindaNews / 01 Feb) — For those many  of us who are watching from the sidelines and from  a distance the  events unfolding, it’s been an emotionally draining… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: War in our hearts

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/01 February) – Is it grief for the death of the 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force or deep-running revulsion for the Moro people in general… »

Residents report seeing mines in Mamasapano clash site

MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao (MindaNews/31 January) –The site of the bloody clash Sunday in Mamasapano, Maguindanao between government forces and rebel groups remains unsafe due to the possible presence of unexploded ordnances… »

Mind da News: An Inconclusive Apology

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, January 30, 2015 — In a 23-paragraph, 2,328-word speech to the nation last January 28 on the January 25 Mamasapano PNP-SAF covert operation turned massacre, President Benigno… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: Letting MILF, BIFF, ASG or others carve out Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — There isn’t a square meter of land or underwater area within the jurisdiction of our Republic that does not fall under the jurisdiction… »

Mass held in GenSan for 44 SAF members slain in Mamasapano

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 January) — The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 offered a memorial service here on Friday morning as they joined the entire country in mourning the killing… »

THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: It’s time for a federal system in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – The helter-skelter way our government conducts peace-building keeps on backfiring. They seem never to learn. It reminds one of The Gang… »

IP group hits Sen. Cayetano for ‘fanning anti-Moro sentiment’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 29 January) – An indigenous peoples’ alliance accused Senator Alan Peter Cayetano of fanning anti-Moro sentiment and of being “painfully unversed in the intricacies of the… »

Fallen Policemen

Fellow police officers carry the caskets of slain policemen involved in the Mamasapano clash to be loaded into Philippine Air Force C-130 planes that will take them to Manila Thursday morning… »

PNP holds sendoff ceremony for slain cops

AWANG AIRPORT, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 29 Jan) – The Philippine National Police held a sendoff ceremony for 42 policemen slain in Mamasapano whose remains were airlifted to Villamor Airbase… »

COMMENTARY: Mamasapano, the President, and the Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /29 January) — The President has called for a day of mourning for those who perished in Mamasapano. When we fly our flags at half mast on… »

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