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… »

Floods wreak havoc in North Cotabato

KABACAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 22 Jan) – Heavy rains Wednesday night flooded many parts of North Cotabato, trapping residents and students and triggering evacuations. The municipal government of Kabacan… »

Village leader preempts blast in North Cotabato

PIGCAWAYAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/20 January) — A village leader prevented a bombing attempt here by quickly reporting to the nearest police detachment, about 12 hours after another improvised bomb went… »

Broadcaster paralyzed in 2005 slay try dies without seeing justice

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Jan) – A radio commentator who survived an assassination attempt nearly 10 years ago but was paralyzed from the waist down, passed away on January… »

1 killed, 25 injured in M’lang bombing

M’LANG, North Cotabato (MindNews/31 Dec) – One person was killed while 25 others were injured when an improvised bomb exploded at the public market here at around 3:45 p.m. December… »

Sketch Artist

Sketch artist Sherwin Binas shows off his skill during an exhibit at the Mlang plaza in North Cotabato Tuesday (16 Dec 2014). MindaNews photo by Geonarri Solmerano

Army’s 10ID beefs up security measures amidst bombings in NorthCot

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Nov) – The Army’s 10th Infantry Division has beefed up its security measures to prevent “spillover” of the spate of bombings in North Cotabato to… »

2 killed, 25 hurt in bomb explosion in North Cotabato town

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/23 Nov) — At least two persons were killed and 25 others were injured when a homemade bomb exploded at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in M’lang, North Cotabato.… »

‘Blood Bucket’ Challenge

Members of the human rights group Karapatan-North Cotabato commemmorate the 42nd anniversary of martial law on Monday (22 Sept 2014) by pouring red-colored liquid on their bodies, apparently a parody… »

Quakes hit North Cotabato

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 September) – A series of earthquakes hit North Cotabato on Saturday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in a bulletin. The first, a… »

Kalivungan Festival

Participants of the street dancing do their best during culmination of the week-long Kalivungan Festival Monday in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato. Formerly known as the Cotabato Empire, the province of North… »

Beef for Sale

Vendors sell beef in time for Eidl Fitr (end of Ramadan) in Pikit, North Cotabato on Tuesday, 29 July 2014. Vendors say they performed “sumbali,” a Muslim ritual of sacrifice… »

War-weary Moros ask gov’t to pass BBL

PIGCAWAYAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/29 July) – Tired of war and running for dear life whenever fighting occurred, many Moros are asking both the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front to… »

Gun Safety

A lady journalist gets tips from a policeman how to handle a gun during Friday’s (25 July 2014) personal safety and gun safety seminar for media practitioners at the provincial… »

Ramadan greetings

Evenings at the town plaza of Muslim-dominated towns during Ramadan are a sight to behold, such as this plaza in Pikit, North Cotabato.  The Islamic month of fasting started on… »

PEACETALK: It’s because we are different that we have so much to share

(Author’s sharing on the “Story of the Church in Pikit” at the International Conference of Cotabato at the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City on June 7, 2014)  A church… »

Temporarily Closed

The local government of Alamada has temporarily closed Asik-asik Falls following a diarrhea outbreak in the area. File photo taken 4 February 2014. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco | Read… »

Diarrhea outbreak pushes officials to temporarily close Asik-asik Falls

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 May) – The famous Asik-asik Falls in Alamada, North Cotabato is now temporarily off limits to tourists following the diarrhea outbreak that left eight people… »

NorthCot media, CSOs seek right to information ordinance

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/09 May) – A group of journalists and civil society organizations (CSOs) in North Cotabato have submitted last Wednesday to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan a draft of the “People’s… »

COMMENTARY: Policies and Politics of the Mindanao Power Crisis

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews/09 May) — I was browsing over my Facebook account one afternoon in May 2014. Some of my Facebook friends and I thought that we can make… »

Cowboys’ Turf

Cowboys try to wrestle a cow to the ground during the rodeo competition in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato on Monday (May 5, 2014). Rodeo is one of the events for the… »

NorthCot registers highest tourist arrivals in Region 12

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / April 21) – The province of North Cotabato recorded the most number of tourist arrivals in Southwestern Mindanao (Region 12) in 2013. Regional Director Nelly Dillera, of… »

Beauty titlist Lastimosa gets hero’s welcome in NorthCot

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 9 April) – Beauty titlist Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa was surprised to see the gymnasium at the Cotabato provincial capitol complex packed with thousands of well-wishers who travelled… »

6-hour brownouts loom in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/7 April) – Power consumers in North Cotabato will have to brace for brownouts lasting six hours, or even longer, starting next week. Vicente Baguio, spokesperson of the… »

NorthCot’s ‘champion’ of women’s and children’s rights succumbs to illness

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/5 April) – North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Talino-Mendoza and other women advocates have expressed their grief over the death of the province’s “champion on gender equality and advocate… »

Mountain Bike Challenge

Bikers pedal their way up to the UK Peak in Aleosan, North Cotabato during the mountain bike challenge on April 4.The race is among the highlights of Aleosan’s Kasadyahan Festival,… »

Mayor, vice mayor in NorthCot heed suspension order

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/5 April) – The North Cotabato provincial board has slapped a 30-day suspension against Mayor Romeo Arana and Vice Mayor Albert Luis Garduque of Midsayap town in connection… »

The men and women in Pikit gathering

Invalid Displayed Gallery They had suffered the most in times of war, fleeing to evacuation centers where they stayed for weeks, sometimes months. The town plaza in Pikit, North Cotabato… »

Thousands in former war-torn NorthCot town celebrate CAB signing

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 27 March) – Thousands of Moro men and women gathered at the town plaza here to celebrate the signing of the of the Comprehensive Agreement on… »

Mabuhay Bangsamoro!

A Moro woman raises a flaglet during a gathering in Pikit, North Cotabato on Thursday (27 March 2014) to celebrate the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in… »


Moro youth flash the peace sign along the national highway in Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan, North Cotabato on Thursday (27 March 2014), during the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the… »

NorthCot town officials have mixed feelings on CAB

ALEOSAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 26 March) – On the eve of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on… »

UK Peak: Aleosan’s natural watchtower

ALEOSAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/21 March) — What comes to your mind when you would hear the name of this sleepy town? For sure, you would always think of war. You… »

2 soldiers killed in another NPA landmine attack

MAKILALA, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 15 March) – Two more soldiers died and three others were wounded in another landmine explosion supposedly perpetrated by the New People’s Army this morning,… »

Rosita’s Pond Resort

A resort worker paddles across the pond in Rosita’s Pond Resort in Aleosan, North Cotabato on Wednesday, March 5. The resort offers organic-fed tilapia, hito (catfish) and haluan (mudfish). MindaNews… »

From Rice to Watermelon

Farmer Ramil Delgado applies liquid fertilizer to watermelon in Barangay Sibsib, Tulunan, North Cotabato on Monday, 3 March 2014. Farmers here shift from rice farming to watermelon as the dry… »

Daday Falls

HIDDEN TREASURE. Daday Falls in Sitio Mimbalawag, Barangay Dado in Alamada, North Cotabato. MindaNews photo by Keith Bacongco | Read Story

Daday Falls: A hidden gem of Alamada

ALAMADA, North Cotabato  (MindaNews/08 February) – Hidden by the rugged terrain of Barangay Dado is a towering falls whose water cascades through a river between deep ravines all the way… »

DA seeks privatization of 3 agri facilities in R-12

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 February) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) is pushing for the privatization this year of three corn post-harvest processing and trading centers in Region 12 that… »

Double Tire

They call this jeep as “double tire” because of the extra rear tires to handle the heavy load, like the sacks and sacks of corn shown in this picture taken… »

Old Farmer

Farmer Domingo Ambot, 72, crosses the river to fetch drinking water in Barangay Mirasol, Alamada, North Cotabato on Tuesday, 4 February 2014. Ambot says he hauls about 40 liters of… »

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