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Cops ‘mauled’ by fellow NCOs question order dropping them from rolls

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/11 November) — The embattled junior police officers who claimed they were mauled inside a camp by their own senior...
Military officers led by Maj. Gen. Arthur Tabaquero, Eastern Mindanao Command chief, attended the funeral mass for slain Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio at Our Lady of Mediatrix in Kidapawan City on Tuesday. Mindanews Photo by Rene Lumawag

They all came for Father Fausto Tentorio

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/26 October) – Father Fausto Tentorio disliked ceremonies, especially those that drew attention to himself,  and if he were alive, Kidapawan Bishop...

Fr. Fausto Tentorio laid to rest

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/25 October) –  When the 39-year Italian missionary Fr. Tullio Favali was gunned down by a paramilitary group on April 11, 1985,...

Final Touches

FINAL TOUCHES. Workers prepare the plot where Fr. Fausto Tentorio's remains will be buried Tuesday near another Italian PIME martyr, Tullio Favali who was...
Parishioners and friends of slain missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio line up to see his remains at the Notre Dame of Arakan, North Cotabato on Sunday, October 23. Fr. Tentorio was the school director. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

PIME unfazed; will continue to work in Mindanao

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/24 October) – Three of their colleagues have been killed since 1985 and two others have been kidnapped since 1998 in...

The email that did not come: Brother recalls times shared with slain priest

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/24 October) – In the last five years, slain Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio had been consistently writing emails to his family back in Leco, Italy every week. His elder brother Felici, who arrived in this town on Saturday, told Mindanews that he usually wrote emails to Fr. Tentorio on Fridays or Saturdays. And the priest would usually reply on Mondays. But when Felici checked his emails on October 17, Monday, he was wondering why there was none from his brother.

Rite of welcome

KIDAPAWAN CATHEDRAL. Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz officiates the "rite of welcome for the deceased priest to the church" at the Our Lady of...
Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz with Fr. Fausto Tentorio's brother, Felix and his family at the Our Lady of the Mediatrix Cathedral in Kidapawan City Monday noon. MindaNews photo by Carolyn O. Arguillas

Funeral march for Tentorio: as it was in 1985 for Favali

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/24 October) –  As it was for slain Italian missionary Tullio Favali 26 years ago, thousands of parishioners, sympathizers and protesters will...

Tentorio’s remains moved to Notre Dame in Doroluman

ARAKAN, North Cotabato – Some 500 farmers, Lumads (indigenous peoples), students and churchworkers marched five kilometers from the Our Mother of Perpetual Parish in...

Theatre group pays tribute to slain Italian priest

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/23 October) -- The Davao-based Kaliwat Theatre Collective on Saturday paid tribute to Fr. Fausto Tentorio at the Our Mother of...

Fr. Tentorio: missionary murdered 6 days before World Mission Sunday

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/22 October)  --  When he joined the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME),  Father Fausto Tentorio signed a declaration that in...

COMMENTARY: Fr. Pops and his people’s dreams

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/22 October) -- October 17 as I was travelling from Columbio to Kidapawan a close friend called “Fr. Pops was shot!”...

State agents killed Fr. Tentorio?

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/21 October) -- Government prosecutors have entertained the possibility that state agents were behind the killing of Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio,...

AFP killed Fr. Pops, say church leaders

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 October) – Militant church leaders and organizations have pointed accusing fingers at the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the murder...

Sarangani village water not safe for drinking due to coliform

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/20 Oct) – Health officials in Sarangani have warned residents in a diarrhea-stricken village in Maasim town against drinking from all...

Two kinds of bullets used in killing priest; killer was “highly-trained shooter”

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/19 October) -- Results of the autopsy conducted on the slain Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio, showed two kinds of bullets were...

Fr. Tentorio’s funeral set on Oct. 25

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 October) --  He was about to enter his vehicle in the garage of his convent in Arakan, North Cotabato, to drive...

Groups say anti-mining stance “possible, if not probable cause” of priest’s slay

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/19 October) – His anti-mining advocacy and  active defense of indigenous peoples’ rights could be the “possible, if not probable, cause” for...

Underscoring the culture of impunity sweeping the rural areas of Mindanao

Underscoring the culture of impunity sweeping the rural areas of Mindanao, Fr. Faustino "Father Pops" Tenorio, an Italian PIME priest, was gunned down this...
Fr. Giovanni Vettorello, assistant parish priest of the Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Arakan, North Cotabato, and parish staff Gigie Liboon share snippets of the life and work of Fr. Fausto "Pops" Tentorio on Monday, October 17, 2011 outside the Somo Funeral Parlor in Arakan as they wait for the embalming of Fr. Pop's remains to be finished. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

Everyone knew “Tatay Pops” — from grandparents to grandchildren

ARAKAN, North Cotabato –  “I learned a lot from his experience here in his pastoral work Everyone knew him here -- from grandparents to...

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: A friendship with Pops across 34 years

CEBU CITY (MindaNews/18 October) -- The first text came just before 10 a.m. on the 17th of October, 2011  with these words - Fr....

Slain priest’s mahogany tree: “Use this for my coffin”

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/17 October)  -  Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio aka Tatay Pops, had pointed to a particular mahogany tree  among the hundreds...
HERE, HERE. A police officer points to where one of the empty shells from a 9mm pistol was recovered at the convent's carport in Arakan, North Cotabato, where Italian missionary, Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME, was killed shortly before 8am Monday. Mindanews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

Gunman shot priest at close range, made sure he was dead

ARAKAN, North Cotabato –  Silence filled the Our Mother of Perpetual Help parish as hundreds of people gathered and waited for Fr. Fausto Tentorio’s...

COMMENTARY: Martyr for Justice and Peace

BANGKOK (MindaNews/17 October) -- I have no hesitation to call Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME, as a martyr for justice and peace. He is a...

Italian priest gunned down in North Cotabato

An Italian priest who has been serving Mindanao for decades and who was head of the Tribal Filipinos Apostolate of the Diocese of Kidapawan was gunned down at around 8:30 Monday morningjust as he was preparing to leave his convent in Arakan Valley, North Cotabato, for the 9 a.m. Presbyterium in Kidapawan City.

Army denies MILF claim of torture of suspected bomber

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/26 Sept) – The Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Battalion has denied allegations by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that soldiers tortured a...

Impasugong proposed as Bukidnon’s tribal capital

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 September) – Impasugong, Bukidnon’s 134-year old town has been proposed to be declared as the tribal capital of the province. Provincial Board...
MOTHER IN GRIEF. Rosita Gica sits beside the coffin bearing his son, Welcie, who was killed on August 24 by security guards of a ranch owner in Maramag town, Bukidnon. Rosita and the farmers belonging to the Panalsalan Dagumbaan Tribal Association (Padata), brought the remains of Welcie to the regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous People in Cagayan de Oro City on Thursday, Sept 1.. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

Bukdinon Lumad farmers decry killing of Higaonon farmer

Early in the morning of  Thursday, September 1, residents near the regional office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) along the corner...

Fight vs. child labor on in Region 12

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/25 August)— The Department of Labor and Employment in Region 12 (DOLE-12) is trying to break the vicious cycle of rampant child...

GenSan steps up anti-dengue drive

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 August)  – The city government has intensified its campaign for the immediate diagnosis and treatment of suspected dengue cases in...

‘Bukidnon has most number of trafficked children’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/27 July) -- Most of the children who became victims of trafficking in Northern Mindanao or Region 10 came from Bukidnon, Ma....
HUMAN RIGHTS. Dr. Aurora Parong, director of the Amnesty International Philippines, said the human rights situation under President Benigno Aquino III improved "only a little" during a media briefing in Davao City on Friday, July 15, 2011. MindaNews photo by Ruby Thursday More.

AI report: political killings, ‘disappearances’ continue under PNoy

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – Pointing out the government’s alleged inability to resolve political killings and to stop more of these incidents from recurring,...

Health secretary warns of rat-borne disease in flooded areas

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 July) – Leptorpirosis is the new problem flooded communities may to face after the water had subsided, Health Secretary Enrique Ona...

5.2M Pinoy families have no health insurance – Sec. Ona

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/12 July) -- Some 5.2 million families in the country have not enrolled with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth),...

Dengue cases in R12 drop by 78%

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 June) – Dengue cases in Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao have dropped by at least 78 percent in the last...

Bukidnon to combat low TB detection with multi-sector alliance, info drive

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/11 June) -- The Bukidnon Provincial Health Office is spearheading the formation of a Bukidnon multi-sectoral alliance for the control of tuberculosis...

Mom turned away by Bukidnon hospital gives birth to triplet in ambulance; one baby...

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/05 June) --  The municipal health officer of Pangantucan has asked the Sangguniang Panglalawigan (provincial board) to look into the provincial hospital...

Schisto endemic in 53 Bukidnon barangays, says DOH

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 May) – Schistosomiasis is endemic in 53 of Bukidnon’s 464 barangays with five of these villages having an infection rate of...

Farmers demand extension of land use and relocation from CMU

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 May) --  It’s planting season but these farmers are in the picketlines, not in the ricefields. Farmers belonging to the Buffalo Tamaraw...
Farmers belonging to the Davao Oriental Farmers and Farmworkers Alliance (DOFFA) continue their protest at the Department of Agrarian Reform regional office in Davao City on Wednesday, May 25. Now on their second day of protest, the farmers are demanding for the ouster of DAR Regional Director Yusoph Mama for exempting two large estates covering a total of 529 hectares in Davao Oriental from CARP coverage. MindaNews photo by Ruby Thursday More

DAR-XI’s director a no show in scheduled dialog with farmers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 May) – As the farmers’ protest at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-XI entered its second day, regional director Yusoph Mama was a no show in the scheduled dialogue that would have discussed what the farmers claim are illegal exemption of large real estates in Davao Oriental from coverage of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Community help key to containing schisto in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 May) – The Department of Health can control schistosomiasis in Bukidnon with the help of the community using a mix of...

7 new HIV-AIDS cases recorded in Zambo City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/22 May) –  The City Health Office here has recorded seven new cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immunodeficiency Acquired Syndrome (HIV-AIDS),  from...

On RH bill: Purple Ribbon says the “ayes” have it

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/20 May) -- If voting on the controversial Reproductive Health Bill were done now, it will muster at least 123...

Discrimination, stigma removal are challenges in fighting HIV/AIDS

TAGAYTAY CITY (MindaNews/20 May) –  The negative public attitude towards persons living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) such as discrimination and stigmatization, is a...

28 HIV-AIDS cases in Gensan; none involve sex workers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 May) -- Despite the nature of their work commercial sex workers in General Santos City have so far been free...

Bukidnon seeks WHO help on schistosomiasis

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/15 May) --  The Bukidnon Provincial Board has passed a resolution requesting the World Health Organization (WHO) to intervene and provide financial...

Lumads decry killing of leaders

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 May) – The Lumad communities have express alarm over the consecutive killing of three tribal leaders in Monkayo, Compostela Valley these...

Bukidnon at the bottom in TB detection in NorthMin

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 May) – The Province of Bukidnon has a lackluster record in detecting tuberculosis cases. It is, in fact, at the bottom...

BJMP-11 lacks money for inmates’ medicine

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/9 May) – The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Southern Mindanao’s budget for medicine is so small that it can...

Bagobo-K'latas in Kahusayan protest alleged encroachment of their land

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 Apr) – On the second day of their march for justice and land, at least 300 Bagobo K’lata lumads and farmers...

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