MILF’s Murad to Duterte: “We will partner with you and your administration”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 May) –The chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has congratulated presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte for his “historic victory” during the May 9 Presidential election and… »

COMMENTARY: Mindanawons weigh in on Duterte Presidency

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 May) — If the rise of “promdi” Rody Duterte to the presidency is phenomenal in itself, what does one call the prospects of a Mindanao economic “rebirth”… »

Photography in motion

The University of the Philippines-Mindanao Dance Ensemble interprets Gene Boyd Lumawag’s “Balloon Lady” in “Pagsalop sa Adlaw,” at the Atrium in Abreeza Mall, Davao City on May 5, 2016. “Pagsalop”… »

Canadian kidnap victim executed by Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) – The severed head of a Canadian national was found in front of the municipal town hall in Jolo, Sulu Monday, the deadline set… »

Naval TF TawiTawi  chases Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 April) — The Naval Task Force Tawi-Tawi was in hot pursuit Sunday night of a speedboat with heavily armed men on board, believed to be combat fighters… »

Mindanao salary rates competitive – study

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 April) – A study conducted by an online employment market place in the Philippines said salary rates of workers in the Mindanao area are competitive… »

Duterte in Koronadal: “We have to change the government”

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 10 April) – A huge crowd of supporters of Davao City mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte, standard bearer of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP-Laban) gathered at… »

Energy Secretary assures suffiicient power supply in Mindaano in May polls

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 April) — Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada assured there would be sufficient power supply in Mindanao during the May 9  automated local and national elections. In an e-mailed statement Saturday, Monsada emphasized that Filipino… »

Mindanao gets P12-B for rural development projects

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / Mindanao has received around P12 billion from the World Bank’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) for infrastructure projects this year to assist farmers develop commodities and to provide farm-to-market roads. The amount is… »

Winners all before May 9: 4 Mindanao Govs, 5 city mayors, 7 reps

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) – Of Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities, four candidates for governor, five for city mayor and seven for representative in Congress have won even before… »

PEACE STALK: Department of Peace in the Republic of the Philippines

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 March) — Cabinet-level Departments, and their corresponding budget allocations, are indications of a government’s priorities. During this election season, we often hear presidential candidates promising… »

MinDA eyes better road network for Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 March) – The Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) central office in Manila will use as criteria for project identification the five development corridors that will… »

Mindanao’s vote-richest: Davao City, Bukidnon, SouthCot

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 March) – Davao City, home to the lone Mindanawon Presidential candidate, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, is the vote-richest among Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities, with nearly a… »

“O Susana” book on martial law sets record: 450 copies sold on launch date

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) — “O Susana: Untold Stories of Martial Law in Davao” has set a record in book launchings in Davao City and perhaps the rest of Mindanao:… »

Book signing

After purchasing copies of the book, O Susana! Untold Stories of Martial Law in Davao, next stop was to get the authors to sign their copies. Sixteen of the 34 authors of… »

BOOK REVIEW: For their stories are also ours

TITLE: O Susana! Untold Stories of Martial Law in Davao AUTHOR: 34 authors, edited by Macario D. Tiu Book design by Shaun Bonje Artwork by Nonoy Rodriguez Published by the… »

O Susana: truly a powerful weapon against deception and forgetting Mac Tiu

(Introduction by Dr. Macario D. Tiu to the book, “O Susana! The Untold Stories of Martial Law in Davao,” written by 34 authors and edited by him. Published by the… »

Luzon has 55.95% of total voting population; Mindanao and Visayas: 44.05%

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 February) — The island of Luzon, home to 12 of 15 Philippine presidents, has 55.95% of the voting population nationwide, with Visayas and Mindanao accounting… »

New Davao biz chamber prexy says Mindanao should resolve power woes to sustain growth

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – The new president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Inc. (DCCCII) said on Tuesday that Mindanao has to improve its power supply… »

Grassroots leader says non-passage of BBL poses new challenges for peace advocates

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 31 January) – A female leader of a grassroots organization here challenged peace advocates “to help find ways in peace-building” given that “ignorance of the… »

New Ateneo chapel proclaims Mindanao faith, dialogue of cultures

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 December 2015) — In joyful ceremonies, His Grace Romulo G. Valles, D.D., Archbishop of Davao, presided over the blessing of the new Ateneo chapel along Roxas Avenue… »

BOOK REVIEW. A story we need to share: Si Menda ug ang Bagani’ng Gitahapan nga mao si Mangulayon

 TITLE: Si Menda u gang Baganin’ng gitahspan nga mao si Mangulayon AUTHOR: Melchor M Morante (aka Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR) Cover design by Kenneth Gallamaso, CSsR Published and printed by… »

Mindanao’s weather forecast 21 December

Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Winds will be moderate to strong coming from the Northeast to North and the coastal waters will… »

Onyok makes landfall; weakens into LPA

DAVAO CITY CITY (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – Tropical Depression Onyok made landfall over Caraga and Manay towns in Davao Oriental at 10:30 p.m. Friday  but weakened into a low… »

Onyok slows down, will weaken into LPA upon landfall in Davao Oriental

DAVAO CITY CITY (MindaNews / 18 Dec) – Tropical Depression Onyok has slowed down and weakened and is expected to further weaken into a low pressure area (LPA) upon landfall… »

Storm signal 1 now over 23 of Mindanao’s 27 provinces

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Dec) – As Tropical Depression Onyok accelerated and moved closer to Surigao del Sur-Davao Oriental, a total of 23 out of Mindanao’s 27 provinces have… »

BOOK REVIEW: History written as a matter of fact

TITLE: Davao in the Pre-Conquest Era and the Age of Colonization AUTHOR: Karl M. Gaspar, CSsR Design and layout by Abraham A. Garcia, Jr. Published and printed by Aletheia Printing… »

THE LOT OF THE LUMADS: Human Rights Challenges of the Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao

(Mr. Ola Almgren, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator delivered this speech as reactor of the Pipelines Session on The Lot of the Lumads” organized by the Office of the… »

“Rido” wins National Book Award for Social Sciences

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – The expanded edition of “Rido: Clan Feuding and Conflict Management in Mindanao,” won the National Book Award for Social Sciences category in the 34th National… »

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Affectionately remembering Bishop Federico Escaler, SJ

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Nov) — Before going to bed in the evening of 28 November  2015, I stood at the veranda of the convent in the Nuing Mission… »

Bishop Escaler passes away at age 93

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Nov) – Bishop Federico Escaler, the first Bishop of the then Prelature of Kidapawan in North Cotabato and the Prelature of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay,… »

Biz leaders blame policy problems for Mindanao’s slow economic growth

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Nov) — Local business leaders are blaming Mindanao’ slow economic growth on ambiguities in some government policies, insecurities in land ownership, and conflicts. From 2010… »

World Bank: Mindanao needs additional P350-B worth of investments

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Nov) — Mindanao will need additional P350 billion worth of investments to improve education, health, and infrastructure systems, having been left out for decades in… »

Moreno gets 60-day reprieve

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews /14 November) — Embattled Mayor Oscar Moreno won a 60-day reprieve after the Court of Appeals on Friday issued a “status quo ante,” a day… »

Gov’t seeks ISO accreditation for rubber testing laboratory

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Nov) – With the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) taking effect by end of the year, players in the rubber industry are hoping to have the… »

PEACETALK: Rethinking the Mindanao Divide

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/07 November) — In Mindanao aboriginality is distinguished between Lumad and Moro. The latter is a term derived from the English word, Moor, which the Spanish used to… »

Business, int’l groups push for passage of “acceptable” BBL

DAVAO CITY (MindNews/04 Nov) – Thirteen business groups in the country, including the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines Mindanao Business Council and ARMM Business Council, have jointly… »

Highway risk

Smog from Indonesian forest fires blankets the highway in Barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City on Oct. 23, 2015. The government weather agency, PAGASA, said visibility has dropped to only… »

PEACETALK: Launching the Mindanao Peace Games (MPG)

[Welcome Address to the administrators and sports officeals of the founding schools: Faber Hall, Community Center of the First Companions, Ateneo de Davao University on Oct 16, 2015] Towards the… »

SOJOURNER’S VIEW: The tragic reality of hunger in the Land of Promise

Hunger is a global reality that continues to haunt millions of people across the planet. “Hunger is a serious global issue that affects millions in developing countries, particularly Asia. According… »

PEACETALK: Notes on the Holiday, by a Girl Living in the ARMM

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/24 Sept) — Before anything else, I’d like to say to our Muslim brothers and sisters, “Eid Mubarak!” It’s a non-working holiday here in the ARMM (Autonomous Region… »

REMEMBERING MARTIAL LAW: With Mao in Marawi and other memories of Martial Law

Dewdrops tried to cling on to the grass blades that covered the golf course of Mindanao State University as the sun rose behind the Sleeping Lady Mountain. We sat on… »

RIVERMAN’S VISTA: Mindanao Specter over APEC Summit

  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews /19 Sept) — The Philippines will have a good moment in the sun in November when we host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’… »

Wanted: ship for Mindanao-Sulawesi trade

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/10 September)— Direct trade exchange between Mindanao and North Sulawesi in Indonesia remains stalled due to the lack of cargo vessel to service the shipping lane. Rey Billena,… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOW: A continuing proxy war in Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 September) – It was during Martial Law that the military started using subalterns in the campaign against the communist-led New People’s Army (NPA). In areas that were… »

COMMENT: Neglect Most Evident

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 September) – By coincidence, our urgent trip to Cotabato City last September 4 and the September 3 report of The Philippine Star that we… »

P260-B for Mindanao under PNoy, twice the amount allocated by Erap and GMA

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 September) – The Aquino administration has allotted P260 billion for Mindanao in five years, twice the P130 billion combined allocation by former Presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria… »

DISPATCHES: Killings of Philippine Tribal Members Spark Public Furor

It’s been a bloodbath for the Lumad, the collective name for the indigenous peoples of the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. On August 18, Philippine government soldiers allegedly killed five… »

PEACETALK: With Trust and Faith, Peace is possible

TIRANA, Albania (MindaNews/09 Sept) — On March 27, 2014, we, the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), respectively represented here by myself and Prof. Abhoud Lingga, signed the… »

PEACETALK: Peace is always possible

TIRANA, Albania (MindaNews / 08 September) — We thought that there was no possibility for peace in Mindanao after prolonged conflict when more than 50,000 people died, more than a… »

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