Reds to free 5 cops in Surigao

Reds to free 5 cops in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 August) -- The New People’s Army will release this week five police officers held captive in the two Surigao provinces as a gesture of goodwill for the ...

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Ugly Island

Ugly Island

UGLY ISLAND. Hinatuan Island in Tagana-an town in Surigao del Norte is being mined by Hinatuan Mining Corporation, a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corporation. The mining company repo ...

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12-hour blackout to hit Surigao provinces on Sunday

12-hour blackout to hit Surigao provinces on Sunday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/24 June) -- Most areas of Surigao del Norte and parts of Surigao del Sur will experience a 12-hour blackout from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, three power ut ...

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Crystal Clear

Crystal Clear

Children take turns jumping into the crystal clear waters of Enchanted River in the municipality of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur Friday (20 May 2016). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timo ...

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Shallow Waters

Shallow Waters

A boatman negotiates the shallow waters off Barangay Talisay in the municipality of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur during low tide on Friday (20 May 2016) to ferry picnickers into a ...

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From Mindoro to Surigao del Sur

From Mindoro to Surigao del Sur

Soldiers of the Army’s 16th Infantry Battalion from Mindoro arrived by C-130 plane in Tandag, Surigao Del Sur on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2015 for deployment against the New People’s A ...

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Army battalion lands in Tandag for deployment vs NPA

Army battalion lands in Tandag for deployment vs NPA

TANDAG, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/21 January) -- An Army battalion of around 500 men and officers arrived here Wednesday on board a C-130 cargo aircraft from Mindoro for deployme ...

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MINDANAO 2015: A violent year for the Lumads (Second of two parts)

MINDANAO 2015: A violent year for the Lumads (Second of two parts)

‘Unholy Alliance,’ Impunity Evacuees from Han-ayan said some 30 soldiers of the 75th Infantry Battalion accompanied Bobby Tejero, his older brother Loloy, and Gareto Layno, the Ma ...

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MINDANAO 2015: A violent year for the Lumads (First of two parts)

MINDANAO 2015: A violent year for the Lumads (First of two parts)

On Sept. 1, in Sitio Han-ayan, Brgy. Diatagon in Lianga town in Surigao del Sur, members of the paramilitary group Magahat-Bagani allegedly killed three Lumad (indigenous peoples) ...

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Blackout to hit Surigao provinces on Saturday

Blackout to hit Surigao provinces on Saturday

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/04 December) -- Power consumers in Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur were told to brace for a 12-hour blackout on Saturday (Dec. 5). Bambie Capulong, s ...

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Int’l probe body links Lumad killings, mil ops to mining interests in Surigao Sur

Int’l probe body links Lumad killings, mil ops to mining interests in Surigao Sur

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 November) -- The creation of paramilitary groups accused in the killing of Lumad leaders and ongoing military operations in Surigao del Sur are linke ...

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At least 8 armed groups operate in Agusan Sur, Surigao Sur – Army

At least 8 armed groups operate in Agusan Sur, Surigao Sur – Army

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/09 October) — At least eight armed groups are operating in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur provinces, an internal report by the 4th Infantry Divi ...

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Tandag Diocese renews call to bring Lumad killers to justice

Tandag Diocese renews call to bring Lumad killers to justice

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/09 October) – The Diocese renewed its call to bring the suspects in the killing of three Lumad leaders in the province to justice. In an apostolic messa ...

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Senate probe on Lumad killings: “apparent unholy alliance” and denials

Senate probe on Lumad killings: “apparent unholy alliance” and denials

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/04 October) – The two-day Senate probe on Lumad killings ended Friday afternoon with Mindanawon senators Teofisto Guingona III and Aquilino ...

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Fishers’ Row

Fishers’ Row

Fishing boats line the stretch of Dawis River in Tandag City on a foggy Friday morning (October 2, 2015). MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno ...

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Skirmishes trigger more evacuations in Surigao Sur town

Skirmishes trigger more evacuations in Surigao Sur town

MARIHATAG, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews / 2 Oct) – A fresh wave of fighting between Army soldiers and an unidentified armed group triggered a new round of evacuees in this town on F ...

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Soup for the Hungry

Soup for the Hungry

Volunteer church workers distribute hot soup to children of newly arrived evacuees at the town gymnasium in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur Friday (2 October 2015). More than 200 famil ...

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Learning the Hard Way

Learning the Hard Way

Manobo children try to continue with their daily chores as students at the evacuation site in Tandag City on Thursday (1 October 2015). Some 3,000 mostly Manobo Lumads fled their ...

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Soldiers escorted killers of Lumad leaders, witnesses say

Soldiers escorted killers of Lumad leaders, witnesses say

TANDAG CITY (MindaNews/01 October) – Some 30 Army troopers were with the members of the paramilitary group Magahat who reportedly killed three Lumad leaders in a village in Lianga ...

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Platoon leader to face court martial over lumad killings in Surigao del Sur

Platoon leader to face court martial over lumad killings in Surigao del Sur

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Sept) – A platoon leader will be facing court martial proceedings for the killings of lumads in Surigao del Sur recently, Army officials said. ...

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Human Rights Watch: Paramilitaries Attack Tribal Villages, Schools; Military Supporting Abusive Forces in Mindanao

Human Rights Watch: Paramilitaries Attack Tribal Villages, Schools; Military Supporting Abusive Forces in Mindanao

PRESS RELEASE Human Rights Watch (Manila, September 24, 2015) – The Philippine military has repeatedly stood aside while paramilitary forces have attacked indigenous villages and ...

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#StopLumadKillings! Stop the Attacks on the Lumad, Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao

#StopLumadKillings! Stop the Attacks on the Lumad, Indigenous Peoples in Mindanao

STATEMENT We have long been alarmed at the situation of the Lumad – the indigenous peoples in Mindanao.  The past years have seen a rise in attacks against Lumad communities and k ...

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Lumad Hearing

Lumad Hearing

Indigenous people appear before Commission on Human Rights' public inquiry on the human rights situation of lumads in Mindanao at a hotel in Davao City on Thursday (24 September 2 ...

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Election problem seen in Surigao del Sur if conflict in Lumad areas not resolved

Election problem seen in Surigao del Sur if conflict in Lumad areas not resolved

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) – The head of the Commission on Election (COMELEC) in Surigao del Sur has expressed concerns that the displacement of indigenous people a ...

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COMMENTARY: We Want to Speak, Hear Us

COMMENTARY: We Want to Speak, Hear Us

An Open Letter of MICHELLE CAMPOS, ALCADEV Graduate and Daughter of Dionel Campos, Chairperson of MAPASU to SOLITA COLLAS-MONSOD, in response to her article in the Philippine Dail ...

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Molmol the Parrot Fish meets school children and communities

Molmol the Parrot Fish meets school children and communities

"Hello Molmol,goodbye Nemo!" giggled the mothers huddled together as they watched their children do a theatrical reading of "Ang Dangpanan ni Molmol" (Molmol's Refuge) in the bara ...

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Eastmincom chief calls on Lumads to sign peace pact

Eastmincom chief calls on Lumads to sign peace pact

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Sept) -- The chief of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) has called on what he described as “feuding” Lumads (Indigenous Peoples), to sign a peace ...

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PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Let us restore the rule of law in Surigao

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Let us restore the rule of law in Surigao

(Privilege speech delivered by Senator Teofisto Guingona III at the Senate on September 14, 2015) Mr. President, before I proceed with my speech, I notice there are students here. ...

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4-year old Lumad bakwit dies; House, Senate urge probe on Lumad killings

4-year old Lumad bakwit dies; House, Senate urge probe on Lumad killings

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 Sept) – The House of Representatives and the Senate have filed separate resolutions to investigate the recent killing of Lumads (Indigenous Peoples), th ...

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Surigao Sur Evacuees

Surigao Sur Evacuees

Displaced villagers from barangay Buhisan, San Agustin town in Surigao del Sur, many of them children, find refuge at the sports center turned evacuation area in Tandag City, Sept ...

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Surigao Sur Gov to Army: disband, disarm Bagani forces

Surigao Sur Gov to Army: disband, disarm Bagani forces

TANDAG CITY (MindaNews/05 September) -- Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel wants the Philippine Army to “disband and disarm” the Bagani Forces, a paramilitary group composed ...

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STATEMENT: On the Lianga and Pangantucan Lumad Massacres in Mindanao

STATEMENT: On the Lianga and Pangantucan Lumad Massacres in Mindanao

STATEMENT On the Lianga and Pangantucan Lumad Massacres in Mindanao by the National Council of Churches in the Philippines “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of ...

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STATEMENT: Attacks on Mindanao Lumad schools and communities intensify as Aquino’s military goes berserk for Oplan Bayanihan

STATEMENT: Attacks on Mindanao Lumad schools and communities intensify as Aquino’s military goes berserk for Oplan Bayanihan

STATEMENT Attacks on Mindanao Lumad schools and communities intensify as Aquino’s military goes berserk for Oplan Bayanihan by Save Our Schools Network The last year of the Benign ...

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Seeking Justice

Seeking Justice

Isidro Indao, spokesperson of Kahugpungan sa Mag-uuma sa Kitaotao condemns the killing of Lumad leaders in Lianga, Surigao del Sur during an indignation rally at Freedom Park in D ...

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In Bislig City : An abandoned paper mill and boating in Bislig River

In Bislig City : An abandoned paper mill and boating in Bislig River

BISLIG CITY (MindaNews / 1 Sep) – All this time but until now, Bislig City was all Tinuy-an Falls to me. I was here first time in the late 1990s and camped near the edge of the fa ...

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Lumad school director, 2 others killed in Lianga, Surigao Sur

Lumad school director, 2 others killed in Lianga, Surigao Sur

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 1 Sept) – The executive director of an alternative learning center for Indigenous Peoples (Lumads) and two other members were killed allegedly by paramilit ...

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Food poisoning cases in Caraga region reach 1,699; candy-maker denies responsibility

Food poisoning cases in Caraga region reach 1,699; candy-maker denies responsibility

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 July) -- Authorities in Caraga region are on alert after the number of food poisoning cases rushed to hospitals overnight since Friday in Surigao ...

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Close to 300 pupils, students in Surigao Sur town downed by food poisoning

Close to 300 pupils, students in Surigao Sur town downed by food poisoning

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/10 July) – At least 286 students and pupils from the town of Cagwait in Surigao del Sur were rushed to various hospitals after allegedly eating duri ...

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2 soldiers killed, 12 hurt in NPA ambush in Surigao Sur

2 soldiers killed, 12 hurt in NPA ambush in Surigao Sur

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – Two soldiers were killed while 12 others were wounded in an ambush by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Surigao del Sur on Wednesda ...

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‘Seniang’ causes blackouts in 3 provinces in Caraga

‘Seniang’ causes blackouts in 3 provinces in Caraga

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/30 December) – Tropical storm Seniang toppled a transmission line of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines causing power outage in three provinc ...

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Madlos: release of captured soldiers an act of goodwill to re-start peace talks   

Madlos: release of captured soldiers an act of goodwill to re-start peace talks  

MARIHATAG, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/27 December) -- The National Democratic Front (NDF)-Mindanao on Friday said peace talks with the Philippine government will likely restart so ...

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Madlos claims “more than 300 NPA raids” vs military, paramilitary in 2014   

Madlos claims “more than 300 NPA raids” vs military, paramilitary in 2014  

MARIHATAG, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews / 27 December) – The New People’s Army conducted “more than 300 raids” against government troops and paramilitary forces in Mindanao in 2014, ...

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Show of force

Show of force

 New Peoples Army rebels stand with their AK 47 rifles during the celebrationof the 46th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines in a village in Marihatag, Surigao d ...

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Preemptive evacuation ordered in 17 towns, 2 cities in Surigao Sur

Preemptive evacuation ordered in 17 towns, 2 cities in Surigao Sur

BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/05 December)—Surigao del Sur Gov. Johnny Pimentel has instructed officials of 17 towns and two cities to conduct preemptive evacuations, especially along co ...

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Effects of Mining

Effects of Mining

This is how massive mining operations look like from the air. Taken above the municipality of Carrascal in Surigao del Sur on Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascari ...

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Tandag Diocese says no to mining

Tandag Diocese says no to mining

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/02 October) -- The Diocese of Tandag issued a pastoral statement Thursday categorically opposing mining in the province of Surigao del Sur. “Today, we reit ...

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View of the Mines

View of the Mines

A mining company bus ferries workers through the Carac-an Bridge in Madrid town, Surigao del Sur on Saturday, 20 Sept 2014. Seen in the background is the ongoing large-scale minin ...

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‘Liba-liba’ fishing still rampant in eastern Mindanao seaboard despite ban

‘Liba-liba’ fishing still rampant in eastern Mindanao seaboard despite ban

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/31 May)—Despite the ban, the illegal liba-liba or Danish seine fishing remains rampant in the waters off Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Isl ...

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A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A Double Sur Treat

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A Double Sur Treat

I was just checking out the latest postings on my Facebook wall, when I noticed an interesting article in Huffington Post about the “15 Places To Go Before They Get Famous”. Acces ...

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4.8-magnitude quake jolts Surigao del Sur

4.8-magnitude quake jolts Surigao del Sur

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 April) -- A magnitude 4.8 earthquake of tectonic origin shook parts of Surigao del Sur shortly before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of ...

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