Soldier freed after 5 days in NPA custody; five more still held captive in Mindanao

TULUNAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/27 April) — A soldier seized at an “Army” checkpoint manned by the New People’s Army (NPA) early morning of April 21 in Malasila town was released… »

Countercharge

Charged with “direct assault” in connection with the bloody dispersal of protesters in Kidapawan City on April 1 and presently out on bail, 78-year old Valentina Ebon Berdin of Arakan,… »

16 of 30 armed police fired their guns in Kidapawan dispersal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) — Sixteen of 30 members of the armed unit of the Civil Disturbance Management (CDM) contingent that dispersed a three-day baricade in Kidapawan City on April… »

PAO chief to police: drop charges vs farmers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – The chief of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) has asked the police to drop the cases against 81 persons, mostly farmers, who were charged with… »

El Nino, grassfire force ‘Silangan’ the crocodile out of its habitat

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/17 April) — Rising temperature, grassfire and destruction of its natural habitat have forced freshwater crocodiles to wander to areas inhabited by humans. An 8-feet long, 80-kilo… »

Detained farmers freed on bail; lawyers question validity of arrest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 April) – All 81 persons detained in the aftermath of the April 1 violent dispersal of a three-day barricade in Kidapawan City have been released on bail… »

Bail for detained farmers from P12K to P6K each; money raised but no ID, no bail

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/13 April) – The court here has reduced the bail from P12,000 to P6,000 each for the provisional release of 77 farmers detained for alleged “direct assault upon… »

Detained farmer-grandmother: “I grieve and weep for my family”

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 12 April) – Farmer Valentina Ebon Berdin, 78, smiles from across the fence of the Kidapawan City Convention Center recalling how she got detained along with… »

North Cotabato gov charged with 3 counts of graft

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/08 April) — After finding herself on the hot seat for the bloody dispersal of protesting farmers in Kidapawan City last week, North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza is… »

Firing at protesters in Kidapawan bloody dispersal: “judgment call,” says police

DAVAO CITY ( MindaNews/07 April) – The Provincial Police Office of North Cotabato was under fire Thursday at the Senate probe on the April 1 bloody dispersal of protesters along… »

Kidapawan barricade: They came to get rice; some say they didn’t know about the rally

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/06 April) – All of them admitted they joined the farmers’ barricade here last week so they could get a sack of rice from the provincial government of… »

Kidapawan mayor says “maximum tolerance” observed; Protesters say hunger knows no boundaries

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – Kidapawan Mayor Joseph Evangelista maintains that “maximum tolerance” was employed by the police at the barricade last Friday and that they were forced to fire… »

If rules had been observed, Mt. Apo should have been closed to climbers due to drought

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 March) – The Holy Week climb to Mt. Apo this year was, like last year, “controlled” due to the drought, with only 1,000 climbers supposedly allowed to… »

Barricade

Farmers and members of militant groups  in North Cotabato block a portion of  the Davao-Cotabato highway in Kidapawan City on March 30, 2016. The protesters (around 5,000 according to organizers… »

Farmers barricade Kidapawan highway to push for drought assistance

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 30 March) – Hundreds of farmers suffering from the long drought and members of militant groups barricaded a portion of the Davao-Cotabato highway in Kidapawan City… »

Military plane from Cebu arrives to help in firefighting effort in Mt. Apo

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 March) — A Bell UH-1Y Venon, or Super Huey, military aircraft from Tactical Operations Group Central Command arrived in Davao City from Mactan, Cebu on Monday afternoon… »

No grass

Farmer Melody Ababon feeds her cow chopped banana stalks as grasses have withered due to the drought in Libungan, North Cotabato. The province has declared a state of calamity due… »

Where have all the flowers of Batasan gone?

BATASAN, Makilala, North Cotabato (Mindanews /20 February ) – Where have all the flowers of this village gone? The drought has not spared the anthuriums planted under coconut, coffee or… »

M’lang airport’s first use: to fly a plane seeding clouds

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 20 February) – The M’lang airport in North Cotabato is now operational, but only for cloud seeding operations. The provincial government of North Cotabato on Wednesday… »

Impounded

At least 206 motorcycles and pedicabs have been impounded in Pikit, North Cotabato following the Lambat Bitag Operation of the Cotabato Police Provincial Office on Thursday, February 18. CPPO chief… »

North Cotabato provincial security chief shot dead in front of church

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 07 February) — Three unidentified gunmen shot dead the chief security officer of the North Cotabato provincial capitol in front of a Catholic church in Arakan,… »

Rat Hunting

Farmers and town officials of Kabacan in North Cotabato show the rats they caught in the farms Thursday (28 January 2016). The local government unit has offered a reward of… »

Rice-for-rats reward launched in NorthCot town

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 28 Jan) – Disaster and agriculture officials here, led by Mayor Herlo Guzman, have launched Thursday morning a massive rat hunting expedition to bolster the campaign of… »

Dry Spell

The effects of El Nino have been felt in the rice fields of Barangay Buayan in Mlang, North Cotabato these past few weeks, as shown in this picture taken 30… »

Security forces in Cotabato prepare for 2016 polls

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 November) – Military and police forces have stepped up efforts to address rising cases of violence in Cotabato City and neighboring areas in preparation for next year’s… »

Early Christmas

North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza leads the gift-giving to school children in Barangay Liliongan in the town of Carmen on Tuesday (17 Nov 2015). The gift-giving is an annual program… »

8 injured in Cotabato City and Kabacan blasts

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Nov) – Eight persons were wounded in three explosions in Cotabato City and Kabacan, North Cotabato Saturday night. At 6:14 p.m. the city was plunged… »

Morning in Bloom

Located at the foothills of Mount Apo, Makilala town in North Cotabato is a known producer of tropical fruits such as durian, mangosteen, lanzones and rambutan. The tropical fruit trees… »

NorthCot broadcaster wins Titus Brandsma Award

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Oct) – Veteran broadcaster Abner Francisco earned the 2015 Titus Brandsma Award Philippines for Leadership in Community Communications. The biennial Titus Brandsma Award Philippines is… »

4 years after Fr. Pops Tentorio’s murder, no case filed yet

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 October) – Four years, no case, no justice. Four years after the murder of Italian missionary Fausto “Pops” Tentorio in Arakan, North Cotabato by alleged members of… »

Hataman seeks second term as ARMM governor

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/16 October) – Incumbent Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman on Thursday filed his certificate of candidacy for the same position under the ruling Liberal Party.… »

North Cotabato wants cloud seeding done ahead of El Nino

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/02 September) – The North Cotabato provincial government has recommended the conduct of cloud seeding operations ahead of the El Nino phenomenon or dry spell which is expected… »

Kalivungan Festival

Participants do their best to win the street dancing competition for the Kalivungan Festival in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato on Tuesday (1 Sept 2015) as the province celebrates its 101st… »

Timpupo Fruit Festival

A man shows the bountiful fruit harvest of Kidapawan City during the opening of the Timpupo Fruit Festival on Wednesday (19 Aug 2015). Festival goers later feasted on the fruits… »

Kidapawan revives Timpupo Fruit Festival after almost a decade

KIDAPWAN CITY (MindaNews / 20 Aug) – It’s bringing back the glory days as fruits have once again bloomed in abundance in this city. Almost in every corner and along… »

7,300 families displaced by floods in North Cotabato

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/06 August) – At least 7,300 families have been displaced by floods spawned by the southwest monsoon in North Cotabato, officials and residents said. Most residents however… »

Thousands affected by floods in Maguindanao, North Cotabato

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/05 August) – Floods due to heavy monsoon rains in Maguindanao and surrounding provinces have affected at least 2,000 families or 6,000 persons in several towns of Maguindanao,… »

Temporary Shelter

Mother and child take shelter under a big umbrella during a heavy downpour as they continue to sell streetfood by the sidewalk in Kidapawan City noon Tuesday (4 August 2015).… »

Guest Speaker

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte shares his vision on Philippine agriculture during the 64th foundation anniversary of M’lang town in North Cotabato Monday (3 August 2015). Duterte proposes that irrigation… »

Rambutan Season

A vendor sells rambutan along the national highway in Midsayap, North Cotabato on Monday (3 August 2015). A kilo costs 40 pesos. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano

Rep. Catamco declared persona non grata by lumad group

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) – North Cotabato Representative Nancy Catamco has been barred from entering the Haran Evacuation Center in Davao City after she had been declared persona… »

UN extends P20M emergency aid to farmers of Liguasan Marsh

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 8 July) – Battered from armed conflict last February to El Nino in March and now bracing for the disasters brought by floods during the wet… »

Maguindanao, North Cotabato villagers arming against ‘aswang’

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/29 May) – Villagers in Barangay Poblacion here have armed themselves against a huge dog they described as “aswang” (Philippine version of a vampire) after it attacked… »

Good morning, Mt. Apo

Early morning view of Mt. Apo from Lake Venado camp site. Local tourism officials have limited the number of trekkers this year because of low level of  water brought about… »

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… »

Military heightens security measures in North Cotabato, Maguindanao

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/26 Feb) – The military has stepped up its security measures in North Cotabato and Maguindanao following a directive from Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Gregorio… »

‘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… »

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… »

Not Taking Sides

North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Mendoza, photographed here in a forum on extremisim Wednesday (18 Feb 2015), insists she is not supporting the MILF in its ongoing clashes with the BIFF… »

Flood Rescue

Rescuers maneuver their boat on Thursday (22 Jan 2015) toward boarding houses near the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) in Kabacan, North Cotabato where students are believed trapped after Wednesday… »

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