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Survivor leads World Press Freedom day rites

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/2 May) – A radio commentator who survived a slay attempt in 2005 will be at the center of  the celebration of World Press Freedom Day by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in Kidapawan City. 

The activity will be held in a still undisclosed place where former radio commentator Alberto Martinez can be reached. Martinez has been in hiding since 2008 at the start of the trial of the frustrated murder case against his three assailants.

Improve reportage by learning Mindanao history, language, governance, peace processes, etc..

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 May) – Here’s an invitation to learn good journalism practices and improve reportage on local and Mindanao issues.

The 2nd Mindanao Summer Institute of Journalism, initiated by MindaNews in partnership with the Ateneo de Davao University, is offering from May 3 to 27 a combination of  lectures, trainings and workshops on at least 14 topics, including a basic Mindanao language course.

Sun.Star Davao wins 2 awards

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 April) – Sun.Star Davao won the Philippine Press Institute’s Civic Journalism Community Press Awards for environmental reporting and business and economic reporting.

PNP invites Davao media to security training: bring your own firearm

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) --  You have a 9 mm or a .45 pistol? 

The regional police information officer here sent out invitations to journalists for a training on “threat detection, counter surveillance and personal security” and “gun safety and actual firing/marksmanship” on April 25 and 26.

MindaNews reporter is one of 10 fellows at Asian Center for Journalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 April) – A Bukidnon-based reporter of MindaNews is one of  10 Asian journalists who have been awarded fellowships for MA Journalism at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Asian Center For Journalism (ACFJ) at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Right of Reply bill violates press freedom, lawmakers say

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/2 Apr) -- The controversial right of reply bill “violates press freedom” that could lead to a dreadful situation where media is dictated what to say or write. 

This was the consensus among lawmakers and lawyers in a forum organized by the Kidapawan chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) broadcast over radio stations in North Cotabato today.

Leticia 'Jane' Subang-delos Reyes writes 30

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 March) --  Journalist Leticia ‘Jane’ Subang-delos Reyes, passed away  Sunday night, March 29 at the FEU hospital in Metro Manila. She was 50.  

Subang, a graduate of Davao City High School (Batch 1975), and the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, worked as reporter of the defunct Business  Day and was assigned to cover Davao City from late 1984 to early 1986.

SE Asian journalists to GMA: "stopping killing of journalists could be your legacy"

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) -- A multi-country mission from the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) has called on the Arroyo administration to intensify efforts to prosecute the killers of journalists and to arrest the suspected masterminds in the March 24, 2005 killing of  Marlene Garcia-Esperat, a Department of Agriculture employee who became an anti-corruption crusader and columnist for a weekly newspaper in Tacurong City.

Esperat was gunned down inside her residence, in front of her young sons, while having dinner on that Maundy Thursday four years ago.

Radio anchor shot in de Oro; in critical condition

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 February) --  Mindanao Cross editor in chief Guillermo “Boy” Mendoza Hagad, who passed away on January 31 in a hospital in Cotbato City will be buried at around 9 a.m. Wednesday (February 4) at the Marian Hills Memorial Park in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

Mindanao Cross' editor in chief passes away

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 January) – The editor in chief of the Cotabato City-based Mindanao Cross passed away at around 3 a.m. Saturday at the Cotabato Medical Regional Hospital. He was 70. 

2 Mindanawons complete Photojournalism diploma course

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 January) – Two senior Mindanawon journalists will be among fellows who will receive their Diploma in Photojournalism from the Ateneo de Manila University’s Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism in Quezon City at 6 p.m. on Monday.


Valencia's ex-mayor Galario: from radio adversary to broadcaster

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/8 Jan) – He used to be a staunch critic of the broadcast media, even padlocking radio stations in Valencia City during his two-term stint at city hall. But guess who is now a broadcaster himself -- operating, programming, and going on-air in his own radio station.

Adonis posts bail but warden says he can’t leave jail

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 May) -- Davao City-based journalists trooped to the Davao Penal and Prison Farm (DPPF) in Davao del Norte this afternoon to fetch jailed broadcaster Alexander Adonis after the court allowed him to post bail for his second libel case but returned home without him.

American professor, Indonesian journalist team up for Narrative Reporting course

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 May) – An American professor from the George Washington University and an Indonesian journalist will team up for a “Narrative Reporting” course for print journalists here, the first time this subject will be taught in an island where so many stories are waiting to be written, and written well.

Grenade lobbed in compound of suspected mastermind in Esperat slay; no one hurt

Grenade lobbed in compound of suspected mastermind in Esperat slay; no one hurt

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/April 10/Thursday) – A grenade was lobbed in the gated, high-walled residential compound of Osmena Montaner, finance director of the Department of Agriculture in Region 12 who was pinpointed by a state witness as one of the masterminds in the 2005 killing of Tacurong City newspaper columnist Marlene Esperat.

Esperat’s sons graduate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 March) – Marlene Esperat did not live to see her two youngest sons graduate from elementary and high school.

Three years ago today, the 45-year old columnist ("Madame Witness") of The Midland Review was gunned down while having dinner inside her house in Tacurong City, in the presence of her sons Kevin Jorge, then 15, and James Derreck, then 10.

Esperat murder 3 years later: triggermen punished but where are the masterminds?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 March) – Three years after the March 24, 2005 murder of  Tacurong City columnist Marlene Esperat, the hired killers are serving their life terms in prison but  the alleged masterminds have continued to elude arrest.

Police: arrest warrants served but masterminds in Esperat slay have fled

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/07 March)  – The warrants for the arrest of the alleged masterminds in the March 2005 killing of Tacurong City columnist Marlene Esperat have been served in their residences here but the two suspects have fled, city chief of police Willie Dangane told MindaNews today.

31 days later, arrest warrants vs alleged masterminds in Esperat slay still unserved

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 March)  – It’s been 31 days since the jusge issued the warrant of arrest against the two alleged masterminds in the March 2005 killing of  Tacurong City columnist Marlene Esperat but police units in Region 12 (Southwestern Mindanao) have yet to receive a copy of the arrest warrants.

Esperat lawyer: warrants of arrest vs masterminds sent to local police 3 weeks ago...

MAKATI CITY (MindaNews/28 February) --  Warrants of arrest versus the pinpointed masterminds behind the March 2006 killing of Tacurong City columnist Marlene Esperat have been issued and sent to the Philippine National Police regional offices in Region 12 (Southwestern Mindanao) and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Nena Santos, lawyer of  Esperat’s family told an international conference on Impunity and Press Freedom at the Manila Peninsula hotel here.

Davao journalists discussimprovement of reportage on human rights

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 February) – Journalists here discussed on Saturday  multi-faceted problems behind poor reportage on the growing cases of human rights violations and drew up plans to ensure that the media takes back its duty as effective “guardian and monitor of society.”

On Lintuan’s burial: “what peace if justice is not served?”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 December) –  The remains of radio commentator Fernando "Ferdie" Enrique Lintuan, were laid to rest at the Buhangin Memorial Park at noon today, amid calls for justice and help for his four sons.

“Possible suspect” in Lintuan’s slay nabbed but ..

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 Dec) –  The police on Saturday evening announced the arrest of a  “possible suspect” in the December 24 killing of DXGO radio commentator Fernando "Ferdie" Lintuan.

The announcement was made by Southern Mindanao regional police director Chief Superintendent Andres Caro at the AFP-PNP Press Corps party at the Garden Oasis, on the evening before Lintuans’ burial.

“How will we survive,” Lintuan’s son asks aunt

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Dec) – A cousin of slain radio commentator Fernando “Ferdie” Lintuan tearfully recounted in a press conference here today how on the day his body was brought to the Cosmopolitan Funeral Parlor, the first thing Jan Marc, Lintuan’s eldest son, asked was how he and his three brothers can survive.

Duterte denies hand in Lintuan’s killing; Nograles denies hiring Palparan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 December) --  Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has called on his “political colleagues” to “stop riding” on the December 24 killing of radio commentator Fernando “Batman” Lintuan and to let justice take its course because “clearly the issue here is justice and press freedom, not politics.”

Ferdie Lintuan reserved a P10 daily fund for youngest son

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 December) – Fernando “Ferdie” Lintuan never left home without leaving an extra P10 for his youngest son, Von Carlo, 10, a “reserve fund” of sorts that started when his wife died two years ago.

Davao broadcaster killed Christmas Eve

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 December) – A radio commentator was killed by a motorcycle-riding gunman just as he was leaving DXGO Aksyon Radyo with two colleagues aboard his car at around 10 a.m. today.

Fernando “Batman” Lintuan sustained a gunshot wound in the head, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Davao (NUJP-Davao) reported.

Mindanawon photojournalists granted full scholarship at Asian Center for Journailsm

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 October) – A veteran Mindanawon photojournalist from this city and another veteran journalist based in General Santos City have been granted full scholarships for a Diploma in Photojournalism at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at the Ateneo de Manila University.

2 volunteer radio announers survive slay attempt

KDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/25 October) --  Two volunteer radio announcers survived a slay attempt around 8:45 a.m. Thursday in Digos City.

Iligan police files “frustrated murder” raps vs suspects in radioman’s shooting

(with cartographic sketches of suspects)

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/10 October) – City police chief Virgilio Ranes presented to the media today cartographic sketches of three suspects in the shooting of a radio commentator Monday morning in Tibanga Highway as a complaint for “frustrated murder”  was filed against them.

CDO press club condemns shooting of Iligan radio commentator

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews/09 October) -- The Cagayan de Oro Press Club (COPC) has called on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Iligan Mayor Lawrence Cruz and the city and regional police officials, and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to immediately act on the case of Iligan radio commentator Jose “Joe” Pantoja who was shot thrice at close range early Monday morning.

MindaNews’ Timonera wins 2nd prize in “Everyday Islam” photo contest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 October) – MindaNews editor Robert “Bobby” Timonera of Iligan City won the second prize in the professional category of the “Everyday Islam” photo contest sponsored by the British Embassy and Newsbreak.

“The Moro Times” is one year old

GREENHILLS, San Juan (MindaNews/25 July) – Senators Aquilino Pimentel and Loren Legarda and other dignitaries today congratulated the “crazy dreamers” behind the country’s first Moro newspaper, “The Moro Times,” on its first anniversary.

“This is an idea whose time has come,” Legarda said.

Dabawenya is lone woman in Digital Photo assignment

DAVAO CITY (Press Release) -- Prestigious international magazine Digital Photographer Philippines (DPP) launched a partnership with Sony Ericsson and Seair to fly five photographers to select destinations in the Philippines and provide them with a photographic challenge and adventure.

Gov’t broadcaster killed in Tawi-tawi

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/25 June) – A government radio broadcaster was killed in an ambush this morning in Bongao, Tawi-tawi. 

Song for Gene Boyd featured in 1st Manila Reggae Summit

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 June) – A song composed by Mindanawon singer-composer Popong Landero for slain MindaNews photo editor Gene Boyd Rodriguez Lumawag, is among those featured in the 1st Manila Reggae Summit at the Paseo de Maynila on June 16.

Reward money up for Gene Boyd?s alleged killers but ARMM police says one is...

ZAMBOANGA CITY  (MindaNews/07 June) --  Brothers Omar and Iting Sailani, alleged killers of MindaNews photo editor Gene Boyd Lumawag have been classified as high profile criminals with the offer of P3 million reward each for information  leading to their arrest.

Western journalists ask: “what’s the politically correct term?”

HONOLULU, Hawaii (MindaNews/ 09 May) – Journalists from the West, in particular, are still struggling for politically-correct terms to describe the rebellion in the Middle East and in countries with predominantly Muslim populace in Southeast Asia.