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Mangudadatu: “If I do something wrong, tell me”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 January) – “Tao lang ako. Kung may nakikita kayong mali ko, sabihan nyo ako” (I’m just human. If I do something...

Mayor Reshal Ampatuan’s security escorts disarmed

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/17 January) – Police and Army personnel confiscated eight high-powered firearms from the security escorts of Mayor Reshal Ampatuan on Thursday...

Engr. Ampatuan: “Please end mindset that any Ampatuan is bad”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 January) --  A member of the Ampatuan clan has appealed to the public to spare clan members who are not involved...

Plunder charges filed vs Ampatuans; Ampatuans not involved in massacre decry inclusion as respondents

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 January) – Relatives of  some of the victims of the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre filed on Friday charges of plunder,...

Bishop, 300 others bike to massacre site, sign covenant on Spaces for Peace

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/30 November) - Bishop Colin Bagaforo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato  led some 300 bikers and motorcycle riders Monday, in a visit...

Whatever happened to the "freeze the assets of the Ampatuans" order under GMA, the...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 November) --  Whatever happened to the promises made by government officials immediately after the massacre of 58 persons in Ampatuan, Maguindanao...

State of emergency in Maguindanao to be lifted after December

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 November) - The provincial government of Maguindanao has recommended the lifting of the  year-long state of emergency over Maguindanao but it...

All is quiet now on the street where the Ampatuans used to live

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 November) --  The neighbors have gotten used to the silence. The armed men are gone and ice drop peddlers now pass...

Outcome of Ampatuan Massacre case seen as crucial to ending impunity

MANILA (MindaNews/26 November)---Failure to resolve the Ampatuan Massacre and deliver justice to the victims will worsen the culture of impunity that has come to...

Maguindanao one year ago: Day Four

Before daybreak, without warning, government forces as planned took over and occupied the ARMM facilities in Cotabato City including other buildings and premises in Maguindanao province. Armed elements loyal to the Ampatuans were taken by surprise and gave up their firearms without resistance.

Maguindanao one year ago: Day Three. By Jesus G. Dureza

I visited a funeral parlor in Marbel. Some bodies were not identified yet. I talked with the relatives, many parlor-hopping, visiting every funeral parlor and looking at mangled bodies hoping to identify missing loved ones. I motored back to the 601st Army brigade headquarters. We were frantic for some sworn statements so the legal process could start. It was the

On the Deadly Trail: the Ampatuan Massacre (3)

On the Deadly Trail:  the Ampatuan Massacre Last of three parts Part 3: Retrieving the core values of journalism by Germelina A. Lacorte/MindaNews DAVAO CITY...

Witnesses key to finding remains of 58th victim in Ampatuan Massacre

MASSACRE SITE, Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews/24 November) -- Government is looking for witnesses who could shed light on where the 58th victim, Reynaldo "Bebot" Momay,...

Bukidnon journalists mark anniversary of Ampatuan Massacre

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/24 November) -- Journalists in Bukidnon yesterday marked the first anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre with an exhortation to learn from the...

On the Deadly Trail: the Ampatuan Massacre (2)

In Davao City, a kongko refers to someone who asks favor, oftentimes cash, from sources after an interview. The term, coined in the 1990s, refers to someone who poses as a media person to extort cash from politicians or businessmen.

Maguindanao one year ago: Day Two. By Jesus G. Dureza

2nd of a 4-part series Nov 24 (Tuesday) At the break of dawn, Sec Bert Gonzales  and I took  the earliest flight to Gen Santos City.   ...

De Lima: "What is at trial are not just the accused but our whole...

MASSACRE SITE,  Ampatuan, Maguindanao (MindaNews/23 November) -- Justice Secretary Leila de Lima assured residents of Maguindanao thatthey have government's commitment "to do all that...

On the Deadly Trail: the Ampatuan Massacre (1)

Part I: Wrong Time, Wrong Place 1st of three parts By Germelina A. Lacorte / MindaNews DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 Nov) -- On the evening of November 22,...

Maguindanao one year ago: Day One (By Jesus G. Dureza)

1st of 4 parts (Note: Right after the Maguindanao incident, Dureza, then presidential adviser for Mindanao, wrote a personal account as "crisis manager" which was...

Journalists' group hits P-Noy for failing to dismantle private armies

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 Nov) - A year after the Ampatuan massacre that killed 58 people, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)...

Bukidnon journalists mark 1st anniversary of Ampatuan Massacre

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/22 Nov) - Members of the Bukidnon news media are commemorating the first anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre with a mass on...

Online? Go send P-Noy a postcard to demand justice, end to impunity

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 November) -  If you're online -- whether in the Philippines or abroad --  can you spare a few seconds to demand...

2 hurt in bomb explosion in Shariff Aguak

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/21 November) - A homemade bomb exploded in Shariff Aguak town, Maguindanao at 6:30 Sunday morning, injuring two persons two days before...

More sectors join calls for live coverage of Ampatuan Massacre trial; Senate resolution filed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 November) - More calls for live coverage of the hearings in the  multiple murder cases filed on behalf of the victims...

Another suspect in Ampatuan massacre nabbed in Glan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 November) - Police operatives in Sarangani Province arrested another former militiaman from Datu Unsay town in Maguindanao who was allegedly...

Another suspect in Maguindanao massacre nabbed

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/07 November) -- Authorities nabbed in Cotabato City another suspect in the Maguindanao massacre, bringing to 79 the number of those charged...

Relatives of cops linked to Ampatuan Massacre want separate probe

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/4 Nov) -- Relatives of former policemen accused of participating in the Ampatuan Massacre last year are appealing to the government, through...

Leo Dacera: prosecutor in cases vs Ampatuans dies

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 November) -- Senior State Prosecutor Leo Dacera, one of the lead prosecutors in the cases filed against the Ampatuans following...

Reynafe Momay-Castillo: in search of her father’s remains

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat (MindaNews/30 October) -  "Saan kami pupunta? Sinong tutulong sa amin?" (Where will we go? Who will help us?) Reynafe Momay-Castillo has been...

MONITORING MAGUINDANAO From Ampatuan to Mangudadatu (3): Starting from Zero

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/20 October) - He would have delivered his State of the Province Address (SOPA) in early August. In fact, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan...

MONITORING MAGUINDANAO From Ampatuan to Mangudadatu(2): Mobile Capitol

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/19 October) --  Governor Esmael Mangudadatu may refer to his office as "Satellite Office" but several Maguindanao residents believe the governor has...

MONITORING MAGUINDANAO From Ampatuan to Mangudadatu (1): Changing the image of Maguindanao

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/18 October) -  Maguindanao Governor Esmael "Toto" Gaguil Mangudadatu lives in a two-storey house here that relatives refer to as the "White...

Gov wants new image for Maguindanao

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/10 October) - Governor Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu is tired of the "negatibong imahe" (negative image) of Maguindanao. The country's third poorest province, he...

Ampatuan Massacre suspect nabbed in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 October) - Police and Army personnel in Sarangani Province captured Thursday a fugitive aide of Ampatuan Massacre principal suspect Andal...

Maguindanao politician says witness vs. Dureza not credible for being ‘gay’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 September) – A self-confessed close friend of former secretary Jesus Dureza who tried to defend the latter from accusations he received...

Dureza denies receiving millions from Ampatuan Sr.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/15 Sept) -- Former press secretary Jesus Dureza today laughed off accusations he received millions of pesos for his alleged role in...

Dureza denies offering Andal Jr. Presidential custody; says he will “testify if asked”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 Sept) – Former Presidential Adviser for Mindanao Jesus Dureza said he will give his “full testimony” in court “if asked to...

Police suspect in Ampatuan Massacre nabbed in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/03 September) --  Police operatives in Sarangani province captured Thursday a fugitive policeman who was among the 189 suspects earlier ordered...

Maguindanao “going to normalcy” but still under a state of emergency

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/01 August)  -- Maguindanao is now “going to normalcy,” police and military officials say, even as it remains under a state of...

Victims’ lawyer questions release of vehicle evidences in Ampatuan Massacre

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 August) – A private prosecutor for the families of several victims in the November 2009 Ampatuan massacre has questioned the...

58 trees planted in honor of Ampatuan Massacre victims

KIDAPAWAN CITY  (MindaNews/24 August) --  Fifty-eight seedlings of the hardwood Lawaan species were planted on Monday  at the foot of Mount Apo, the country’s...

Trial date set for September 1 in Philippines massacre trial

Manila, August 17, 2010—The opening trial date for 17 men accused of murder and other crimes in the killing of 57 people—32 of them...

Maguindanao: two temporary offices, two abandoned capitols

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao (MindaNews/11 August) --  Five weeks into the new administration,  two provincial capitols await occupants, as the new governor holds office “temporarily”...

MILF passes resolution denying sanctuary to Ampatuan family and followers

DARAPANAN, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao (MindaNews/09 August) –  No entry. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Central Committee has just passed a resolution denying sanctuary to...

AFP recommends lifting of state of emergency in Maguindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines is now recommending the lifting of the state of emergency in Maguindanao, Chief...

Ampatuan Massacre case: “strategy of delay and pattern of harassment”

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 July) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima described it as “a strategy of delay and pattern of harassment.” Eight months after...

Justice Secretary on Ampatuan Massacre: “Never Again”

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/24 July) -- “Never again.” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima assured families of the victims in the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre that justice would prevail and that no such massacre can happen again. In a meeting with the families of the 58 victims at the Genalin Forest Garden Resort here Saturday to commemorate the 8th month since the massacre, De Lima, who had met with the victims’ families months ago while serving as chair of the Commission on Human Rights, said, “the clarion call/battlecry is – NEVER AGAIN. Never again should our people be traumatized by horrific, bestial events such as what occurred in the hilly area in Barangay Salman, municipality of Ampatuan eight months ago. Never again should the powerful, corrupt and evil be allowed to elude or evade accountability.”

Wanted: better printers for “Wanted” posters

TACURONG CITY (MindaNews/24 July) – Wanted: better printers for “Wanted” posters. None of the “Wanted Maguindanao Massacre suspsects” posters or tarpaulins showing the photographs of...

CIDG turns to public for help in the arrest of 189 suspects in Ampatuan...

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 July) – Eight months after the massacre of at least 58 persons, 32 of them from the media, the Criminal...

Transfer of detained ex-Maguindanao police chief to Koronadal jail sought

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 July) – Jail officials here have sought for the immediate transfer of a detained former police official of Maguindanao to...

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