COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: We need to strengthen our faith, hope and love to continue advocating for peace

(Deliveredy by Fr. Roberto C. Layson, OMI, during the graduation rites at the Ateneo de Davao University on March 28, 2015. Fr. Layson and his friend, Mike Alon, were conferred… »

‘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… »

Two suspected bombers die as bomb accidentally explodes

PIKIT, North Cotabato, Philippines (MindaNews/27 January) – Crime does not pay. Two suspected bomb-carriers were killed when the bomb they carried prematurely exploded while they were on board a motorcycle.… »

WAYWARD AND FANCIFUL: Two men, two days before Christmas  

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 Dec) —  We did not have a car pass. The Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces elements doing sentry duty at the Simuay entrance to Camp… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

Sepa sa Manggis

Players from different municipalities in North Cotabato Province compete in Sepa sa Mangis, a traditional Maguindanaon game, on Thursday, August 29 in Pikit town. Sepa sa Manggis is one of… »


DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 August) — The Pikit-Aleosan boundary was home to Manobos until Maguindanaoan Muslims started to settle in the area around the 1950s. In the 1960s, Christian migrants from… »

2,000 flee as military, BIFF clash in North Cotabato

ALEOSAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/10 August)—An estimated 2,000 residents have sought refuge at an evacuation center in Aleosan, North Cotabato as clashes erupted between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom… »


Residents of Barangay Pagangan in Aleosan,  North Cotabato flee to safer grounds as clashes erupted Saturday between the military and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in the neighboring towns of… »

Cardava Bananas

A worker pile cardava bananas on a hauler truck along the national highway in Pikit, North Cotabato on Friday, 12 July 2013. The town is one of the cardava producers in… »

No Lights

Wafa Mabang, 48, uses the flashlight in her mobile phone to help her choose her candidates as she casts her vote at the Talitay Elementary School in Pikit, North Cotabato… »

6 dead, 10 hurt in 3-vehicle mishap in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/01 March) – Six persons died—five of them passengers of a pubic transport utility van—and 10 others were wounded in a three-vehicle collision along the highway in Pikit,… »

North Cotabato to open Fort Pikit as tourism destination

MAKILALA, North Cotabato (MindaNews/07 January) – The provincial government of North Cotabato will open historical Fort Pikit in Pikit town on Tuesday (January 8) as a new tourism destination. The… »

From the land of war ‘bakwits,’ help for Typhoon Pablo’s ‘bakwits’

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/20 December)  —  “Noon, kami ang palaging tinutulungan. Kami naman ngayon  ang tutulong” (We were always given assistance before. Now it’s our turn to help). Officials… »

Peace, the Rambo generation and stories from the frontlines, away from the frontlines

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 October) – I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have witnessed and documented the most historic event for Mindanao, the signing of the Framework Agreement on… »

‘Bakwits’ lament living life on the run

PIKIT, North Cotabato(MindaNews/25 August) – Most villagers in a refugee camp here are no longer strangers to evacuation. They have “mastered” the art of evacuation even if tensions are still… »


Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) supporters from Datu Paglas town take their lunch in front of a chapel in Barangay Takepan, Pikit on Friday before heading to Camp Darapanan, Sultan… »

Illegal lumber seized in Pikit

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/06 September) — Police confiscated on Monday along the highway in Pikit town, North Cotabato a truck loaded with alleged illegal lumber reportedly owned by a local politician.… »

NoCot journalists ask police to stop highway robberies in Pikit

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews) — After one of their colleagues was killed in a highway robbery Saturday night in Pikit town in North Cotabato, journalists in North Cotabato urged authorities to… »

Good Morning Pikit

BY HAND.  A farmer spreads fertilizer by hand in his ricefield in Barangay Panicupan, Pikit, North Cotabato. Pikit is one of the rice-producing towns in the province. Mindanews Photo by… »

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