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 linked to the entry… »

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… »

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 message… »

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 Pimentel III echoing the… »

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

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… »

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 families or… »

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… »

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, Surigao… »

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… »

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 schools in the southern region of 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… »

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 2015). MindaNews… »

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… »

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 Daily Inquirer on… »

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 barangay hall of San… »

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 pact to… »

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. I… »

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), the displacement of… »

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, September 4,… »

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 of Lumads (Indigenous peoples)… »

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 the… »

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 Benigno S. Aquino presidency… »

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 Davao City… »

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… »

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 paramilitary elements at… »

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 del… »

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… »

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 Wednesday… »

‘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 provinces of Caraga Region. The… »

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 soon as its armed wing released two Army… »

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, Jorge Madlos,… »

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 del… »

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 coastal villages, as precaution to super… »

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… »

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 reiterate our call to… »

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 mining… »

‘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 Islands. Nerio Casil,… »

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… »

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 Volcanology and Seismology… »

Signal 1 now over all 4 Davao provinces, 6 cities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 January) —  The Davao region’s four provinces and six cities are now under Public Storm Warning Signal number 1, the weather bureau’s 11 a.m. advisory said. Signal… »

Zero casualty in Surigao Norte, Dinagat during ‘Yolanda’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/08 November) – Super Typhoon “Yolanda” displaced thousands of residents and damaged a number of homes, but left no casualties in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands provinces,… »

Banned Fishing Method

A liba-liba fishing boat docks at the Cantilan River in Surigao del Sur in this file photo taken Oct. 26, 2013. Authorities have banned liba-liba, or Danish seine fishing method,… »

Officials back royalty claims of Manobos who barricaded mine firm

PUYAT, Carmen, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/21 Oct.) – Officials had endorsed the ancestral domain claim and demand for royalty by a group of Manobos that recently staged a barricade against… »

2 mining firms in Caraga under close watch

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 July) – Two mining firms in Caraga Region are currently being closely watched by a multisectoral monitoring group – one firm for polluting a river,… »

Surigao Sur environmentalist fears for life; says mining, logging and politics behind threats

SURIGAO CITY(MindaNews/19 July)—“My life is now becoming harder,” said Chito Trillanes, who for two months now has been hiding in different safe houses afraid that he would be killed. Trillanes… »

Simply majestic

Largely unknown outside Caraga region, Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig City, is one of the best tourist attractions in the province of Surigao del Sur. MindaNews photo by Roel Catoto

Caraga: poorest region no more

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April) – Caraga region is no longer the  country’s “poorest region,” a title it held in 2006 and 2009.  In fact it dropped to sixth place among… »

NPA frees 7 Cafgus in Eastern Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 April) – The New People’s Army released Wednesday seven government militiamen captured by the rebel group in two separate incidents this week, the National Democratic Front-Mindanao said… »

Barricade at Surigao minesite divides Lumads

CABANGAHAN, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/18 April) – The human barricade set up at the foot of an erstwhile protected watershed turned mining site is dividing the Manobo tribal community… »

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