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… »

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… »

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