DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 March) – When the clock strikes 8:30 p.m. March 28, city officials led by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will join the world in celebrating Earth Hour by doing a ceremonial switching off of lights at the People’s Park along Camus Street, simultaneously with “SM City – Davao, NCCC Mall, streetlights in main thoroughfares and other business establishments in the city.”
The signing of the Memorandum of Subsidiary Arrangement (MSA) for the PRMF, Australia’s “single largest grant project in the Philippines to date,” was held at the Crowne Plaza in Ortigas Friday morning.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 March) -- Health officials in South Cotabato urged residents to practice “healthy lifestyles” to ensure their protection against life-threatening diseases during the hot summer season.
Dr. Edgardo Sandig, provincial health officer, said residents should maintain proper diet, practice proper sanitation and maintain regular exercise to help build up their natural protection against diseases.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / March 27) – Power supply in southern Mindanao returned to normal levels Friday following the completion of repair works on power lines earlier damaged by a bomb attack in North Cotabato and strong wind in Bukidnon.
Manuel Abellanosa, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)-Mindanao head, said in a press statement that power service interruptions that affected at least five cities and five provinces in the area during the last 10 days, are over.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/26 Mar) – Various sectors in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are hopeful that the World Bank (WB) will pour in another development package for the region.
The WB’s current project in the autonomous region, which will end this June, is being carried out by the ARMM Social Fund Project (ASFP).
MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 Mar) -- You have a date with the Talaandigs on 10-10-10.
Visual artists from the Talaandig tribe are mounting a thousand and one paintings in the streets of Songco in Lantapan town next year in what they call a cultural revolution in time for the commemoration of the Talaandig Day.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/26 Mar) – At least a hundred volunteers will be mobilized for a reforestation campaign planting 6,250 seedlings at a portion of the peak of Mt. Apo next month.
Lawyer Ermelo Libre, executive director of the Mt. Apo Foundation Inc. (MAFI), told MindaNews that this tree planting activity, using an indigenous species called tinikaran, is just an initial effort to reforest the Ma-ag area near the peak of the country’s tallest mountain.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/26 Mar) -- Elements of the Explosive Ordnance Division (EOD) of the police force in General Santos City recovered a fragmentation grenade near the Holy Trinity College campus in that city on Wednesday.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 Mar) – Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro stressed on Wednesday that the military should not be part of the investigation body that would look into the March 4 abuction-slayof Rebelyn Pitao, daughter of a commander of the New People’s Army. But he assured the Armed Forces will cooperate in the ongoing investigation to save the reputation of the organization.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/24 March) – Extortion is believed to be behind the two bomb blasts here Sunday night, the first injuring 10 persons, police said.
The first explosion happened at the city overpass at around 7 p.m. and the second, three hours later, in an abandoned lot in Barangay Nuangan, an area alleged by police as a haven of terrorists.
She called her husband a “good man.” In a “luksang parangal” (tribute) organized by local militant groups for him last Saturday night at his home in Barangay Mabini, she said “my husband even had no personal enemies. But he was very vocal against mining.”
Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez of the Diocese of Marbel was more straightforward. “He was killed because of his advocacy against mining…he was a protector of the integrity of creation,” he said in his homily.
DIPOLOG CITY (MindaNews/22 March) -- As he emerged from the plane surrounded by relatives and friends, the band played and the chanting of “Welcome home Sir Nonong” grew even louder.
Former Representative Romeo G. Jalosjos, Jr., freed from detention March 19 after serving 13 years at the national penitentiary as a convicted rapist, was accorded a “hero’s welcome” at the airport here on Saturday, March 21.
ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/21 March) – An undetermined number of Maranao civilians returned back to evacuation centers to avoid getting caught in a crossfire between government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) forces in the boundary of Munai, Lanao del Norte and Madalum in Lanao del Sur.
“Electrifying,” said a resident as yellow ribbons tied on trees and electric posts and yellow flaglets gave the national highway of Zamboanga del Norte – from Kalawit to Dipolog-Dapitan and all the way to Rizal town – a festive atmosphere.
MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / March 20) – A City Council committee will review the ordinance granting a package of tax incentives to a shopping mall here after Vice Mayor Ignacio Zubiri described some of the incentives as unfair and demanded that be taken out.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 March) – Appealing to the kidnappers’ “sense of humanity,” the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) in a statement, asked them to “avoid taking any action that could endanger the
lives” of ICRC staff members Mary Jean Lacaba, Eugenio Vagni and Andreas Notter.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 March) -- The city government has approved the recommendation of Task Group Rebelyn for a reward of half a million pesos for anyone who could provide information on the abductors and killers of 20-yer old teacher Rebelyn Pitao, daughter of a commander of the New Peoples’ Army.
This as Supt. Quirubin Manalang, spokesperson of Task Group Rebelyn, said the Land Transportation Office informed them the plate number of the white van used in abducting Rebelyn is “fictitious.”
Mayor Florencio T. Flores Jr. told this reporter they are leaving it to the City Legal Office to study the right move after the City Engineers’ Office certified that the firm, H.R. Lopez Co., Inc., has not finished the project despite the nine-month extension.
MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 March) -- Twenty six persons were arrested in 38 crime incidents reported to the Malaybalay City Police Office during the recently-concluded Kaamulan Festival, P/Supt. Marlou L. Martinez said.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/19 March) -- A bonsai plant nurtured by an obstetrician-gynecologist from General Santos City won the Mindanao Bonsai contest held last week in Davao City.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/18 Mar) – Army bomb experts preempted an attempt to topple an electrical transmission tower in Tulunan, North Cotabato earlier today.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/17 March) – A grandmother and her 11-year old grandson were seriously injured when a grenade exploded a few meters away from their house in Barangay Ginatilan, Pikit, North Cotabato, 7:45 p.m., Monday.
Sheikh Samaon Mustapha, Land Transportation Office regional director, said they will soon deploy female traffic enforcers in various parts of the region as part of its efforts to help clean up their male-dominated enforcement unit of corrupt personnel.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 March) -- Some 200,000 people are expected to participate in the Mindanao People Power Day on March 18 to ask government to immediately declare a ceasefire and work for the resumption of the stalled peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/16 March) – A village councilor was killed and five others were seriously injured when a lone assailant lobbed a fragmentation grenade in front of the house of a village chieftain in Pikit, North Cotabato, around 7:30 p.m., Sunday.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 March) – Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Avelino Razon called it “the path towards peace in Mindanao” but amending RA 9054 to fully implement the 1996 peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is an “exercise in futility” as the better move, says Cotabato Mayor Muslimin Sema, is for the MNLF and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to have a “common position.”
In Northern Mindanao, yes, according to the regional director of the Commission on Population (PopCom) who has hailed Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma’s “principled collaboration” with the commission on the natural family planning program.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 March) – Filipino war veterans based in Mindanao who are availing of the US $9,000 one-time benefit from the US government but were unable to file their application at the local veterans office here, in Cagayan de Oro or Zamboanga on February 24 to 26 can now get their application forms online.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 March) -- Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Friday withdrew his support from the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ counter-insurgency campaign in the Paquibato district, this city after a farmer was killed by unidentified men the other day.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / March 13) – A village councilor in a town in Sultan Kudarat was killed while two others, including the village chair, were wounded when suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrillas ambushed them in a remote village in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat, at 8 am today, police reports said.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/12 March) – A seven-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet when a policeman and a suspected hired killer exchanged fire along a busy street in Cotabato City, around 7 p.m., Wednesday.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/12 March) -- Different kinds of fossilized seashells and corals were accidentally discovered by the engineering personnel of Magpet, North Cotabato while quarrying in the mountainous portion of Barangay Mahongcog last week.