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Senator seeks suspension of juvenile protection law for lack of facilities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) – Senator Francis Escudero said he would seek the suspension of the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 for...

Lumads wonder what land to give the next generation

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/14 Apr) – The location of the early morning “Pamalas” ritual to ward off evil spirits from the “yutang kabilin”...

Tempest sinking in at Tampakan project’

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/28 March) – One of the worst fears expressed years back by the local Catholic Church over the massive Tampakan copper-gold project...

Davao rebel’s kin in hiding, fear military reprisal

DAVAO CITY -- Dry leaves litter the grassy alley leading to the house in Bago Galera, Toril District here that once belonged to the...

Sagittarius Mines halts work as tribal chief, wife killed

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 February) — A tribal chieftain who staunchly supported the Tampakan copper-gold project of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc was killed Tuesday night...

KMU affiliate loses in Dolefil union election; decries alleged harassment, vote-buying

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 February) — Allegations of harassment and other irregularities from the losing group greeted the outcome of the union certification election Tuesday...

Davao City’s dialysis is PHL’s cheapest; migration noted among kidney patients

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 February) – Hospitals and wellness centers here offer the country’s cheapest dialysis treatment, but a medical director of an upstart wellness...

Police still clueless on death of NPA leader’s daughter

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) – After almost two years, nothing has come out of the investigation into the death of Rebelyn Pitao, daughter of...

19 human trafficking victims intercepted

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/15 Feb) – Nineteen Malaysia-bound recruits to work in Malaysia were intercepted by authorities at the Zamboanga City port Monday afternoon, reports...

Lumad group opposes move to ban open-pit mine in Zambo Norte

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 February) – A group of Subanens in Zamboanga del Norte has expressed opposition to a proposed ordinance filed at the Sangguniang...

‘Respect our traditions,’ Lumads elders tell Pulangi hydro plant opposition

MALAYBALAY, Bukidnon (MindaNews/8 Feb) – A stakeholders’ forum on the proposed Pulangi 5 hydro electric power project in Kibawe town with about a thousand...

Hospital for poor children has yet to apply for permits, says DOH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 February) – A philanthropic organization that planned to put up a hospital for children here is yet to apply for a...

Check NorthCot Environment Code first before allowing Bt Talong field testing

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/05 February) – An environmentalist-lawyer has urged legislators in North Cotabato to  look into the province’s Environment Code before they allow the...

House to probe irregularities in royalty payments to Mamanwa tribe

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/2 Feb) – The House of Representatives will conduct an inquiry on the alleged irregularities concerning the multimillion-peso royalty payments made by...

House sets probe of cases vs anti-mining activists in Zambo Sur

GINABOT, Midsalip , Zamboanga del Sur (MindaNews/01 February) — The committee on indigenous peoples of the House of Representatives will conduct an inquiry into...

DepEd pushes for creation of Special Education Center in Samal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 January) --  The Department of Education (DepEd) is eyeing the Penaplata Elementary School to be the Special Education (SpEd) center to...

Lumads ask Bayog officials to name mining firms with conflicting claims

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur (MindaNews/28 January) — Indigenous communities here have asked the local government to reveal the identities of companies that have conflicting mining claims in this town. Timuay Lucenio Manda, barangay chairperson of Conacon, raised the question after municipal officials said that aside from failing to comply with legal requirements, some companies have conflicting mining claims that cover portions of the Lumads’ 30,000-hectare ancestral domain.

CA declares as null and void CMU titles over 3,000-hectare land; Lumads hail decision

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 January) -- “A landmark victory for indigenous peoples in Mindanao,” Bae Alma Binayao of the Manobo-Talaandig tribe, said of the Court of...

Barangay official appeals for help to ship donated computers from Manila to Davao

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/25 January)  A village leader here has appealed for help to ship to this city some 50 computers donated by a Rotary...

STI cases down Surigao City

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 January) – There were fewer cases of sexually transmitted infections  here in 2010 compared with the previous year, records from the...

New nurses need training – Davao hospital exec

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 January) — Competent, volunteer nurses working for free and new nursing graduates undergoing training to enter the profession are two separate...

Gov’t hospital in Davao City capable of treating meningococcemia – official

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 January)—A health official here assured the country’s biggest government hospital is equipped to handle diagnosis and treatment of highly contagious diseases...

Army ‘peace and dev’t teams’ accused of harassment, other abuses

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 January)—Accusations of harassment and other abuses against civilians and groups suspected of supporting the underground movement greeted the initial deployment of...

Captured NPA wants out of CIDG jail

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 January) — The New People’s Army guerrilla arrested on New Year’s Day in Toril District here said he wanted to be...

Captured NPA rebel rues trusting truce declaration

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 January) — The New People’s Army member who was arrested on New Year’s Day in Toril District here expressed regrets he...

Consumer group to work for more empowered consumers in 2011

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 December) - Promoting consumer welfare and protection will form the core of Konsumanteng Kagay-anon Inc.'s plans to work for...

Davao wants BPI to revoke UPMin permit to field test Bt eggplants

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 Dec) ¬- City Hall has asked the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) to revoke the permit of the University of the Philippines (UP) in Mindanao to conduct the field testing of the genetically-modified eggplants in the city. Mayor Sara Duterte said UP Mindanao failed to notify the city about the conduct of the field tests, a crucial requirement in the Department of Agriculture Administrative Order 8 governing the conduct of the field trials.

UP Mindanao bows to City Hall; uproots Bt eggplants

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 December) --- Amid loud cheers from organic farmers and people opposed to Bt eggplant, UP Mindanao complied late afternoon Friday with...

DARAB says Bukidnon sugar mill, not tribe, is owner of 230-hectare land

BUTONG, Quezon, Bukidnon (MindaNews/13 December) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) has reversed a decision it made in 1998 that favored...

Proposed Magna Carta for environment workers in gov't and NGOs filed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 December) - The Mindanawon chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources has filed a bill seeking to promote...

CA junks writ of amparo bid of MILF's Guerra

DAVAO CITY (Dateline Philippines through MindaNews/12 December)  The Court of Appeals has junked the petition for a writ of amparo filed by the wife...

UP professor lashes back at critics, defends controversial Bt eggplant

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Dec) - The University of the Philippines (UP) professor who headed the Bt Eggplant field testing here lashed back at critics,...

Groups demand release not only of Morong 43 but all political prisoners

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Dec) - Militant groups here said they are happy over the decision to release the Morong 43 but said President Aquino...

Davao City councilor asks colleagues to support calls for political prisoners' freedom

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 December) -- A city councilor today urged her colleagues to speak up for women victims of state violence and join calls...

Tribal leaders spurn caroling by Lumads

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 December) -- Tribal leaders have disapproved of what has become the practice of Lumads to come down from the mountains for...

R-12 schools set early listing of incoming high school freshmen, Grade 1 pupils

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/30 November) - In a bid to increase participation rate and reduce the number of dropouts among students in Region 12...

Naturally dyed cotton fabrics fight bacteria – DOST

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / November 20) - Cotton fabrics dyed with extracts from eight tropical plants have been found to combat pneumonia and abscess-causing...

Karapatan demands release of staffer's cousin from military custody

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) ---The human rights group Karapatan is demanding the release of a 23-year-old relative of one of its Davao volunteers taken...

P6M dengue budget proposed before surge of cases in Bukidnon

VALENCIA CITY (MindaNews/16 Nov) - The chair of the Department of Health's mosquito-borne disease program in Bukidnon, proposed in 2009 the inclusion in the...

Greenpeace hits report linking environment activist to Reds

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 November)---Greenpeace-Southeast Asia today hit a news report quoting a retired police official as saying that a Davao City-based environment activist went...

Int'l rights group asks gov't to drop charges vs Tulawie

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 Nov) -- An international group committed to defend human rights urged the Philippine government to drop all charges against Temogen Sahipa...

NorthCot Gov wants CHR to probe her on alleged torture of suspects

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/10 Nov) - North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza will submit herself to a full-blown investigation of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)...

Farmers oppose land use conversion for subdivision project in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/08 November) -- A group of agrarian reform beneficiaries and farmers engaged in organic farmers is opposing land use conversion...

Half of Mindanao's hospitals now phasing out mercury

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 November) -- The use of mercury in Mindanao's health sector has waned although it still failed to beat the passing...

GenSan court acquits 4 bomb suspects, earns praises of rights group

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/3 Nov) - Calling their cases "a straightforward violation of due process," a Regional Trial Court (RTC) acquitted at least four...

Police denies torture of suspects in bus blast; Malang says rights groups denied full...

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/30 October) --  A police officer who led the arrest of two suspects in the bloody bus bombing in North Cotabato denied...

Human Rights Watch to PNoy: Protect whistleblower-soldier, families of Trento 6

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 October) - The New York-based Human Rights Watch has asked the Aquino administration to protect a whistleblower-soldier who will testify tomorrow...

Residents claim no knowledge re field test of Bt Eggplant

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 October) - Field testing of the genetically-modified eggplant will reportedly start this month but residents in Barangay Oshiro, where the field...

Talaandigs celebrate life; dance to the beat of the drums

The tribe's art is everywhere in the Talaandig village in Songco. It is in their music, paintings, inside their houses and even on their doors. Children learn to beat the drums as soon as their hands can reach thecowhide canvases and Talaandig grandmothers see to it that this tradition is passed on by teaching the children how to dance to the beat of the drums.

ICRC urges villagers to link up with their staff on reported violation of IHL

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/17 October) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has urged villagers in North Cotabato and Maguindanao towns to link...

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