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At the BTA oathtaking, ‘Barong Bangsamoro’ symbolizes ‘Filipino by citizenship, Bangsamoro by identity’

MALACANANG (MindaNews / 23 February) – Men and women of the Bangsamoro in their colorful cultural attire and barong, stepped out of the elevators of the Manila Prince Hotel Friday noon, posed for souvenir photos – and selfies -- at the lobby while preparing for their date with history in Malacanang, the seat of power in the country.

Church people, activists, journalist tagged as ‘terrorists’ in ‘military hit list’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) – A “hit list” believed to have come from the military tagging church people, human rights advocates, lawyers and a...

Lanao Norte folk remember fears, hardships caused by war

DELABAYAN, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte (MindaNews/22 February) — This small community is still trying to overcome lingering fears caused by armed conflict and are...

Davao bus system to open 10,000 jobs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 February) – The city’s High Priority Bus System (HPBS) will require around 10,000 jobs when it gets fully implemented by 2021,...

Iqbal on Bangsamoro: “We have seen the dawn”

“We were young before and now we are old but we are lucky, so lucky enough that at least we have seen the dawn of what we intend to achieve… We have seen the dawn right now,” Iqbal said.

DOTr insists on proposed railway path in Davao City; says it’s cheaper

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 February) – The Department of Transportation will “reconsider and study” the concerns raised by owners of properties that would be affected...

Weak El Niño is here – Pagasa

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 February) – A weak El Niño is present in the tropical Pacific and will likely continue until the second quarter of...

Bangsamoro oathtaking reset to Feb. 22; but who will take oath?

MANILA (MindaNews / 20 February) – From February 21 to February 20 and finally, February 22. The oathtaking of 80 members of the Bangsamoro Transition...

Marbel Bishop Gutierrez laid to rest on his 80th birthday

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 20 Feb) – At 4:47 p.m. Wednesday, Marbel Bishop Emeritus Dinualdo Gutierrez was finally laid to rest by thousands of...

Duterte to talk to Misuari ‘to craft something more expansive’

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Feb) – President R. Duterte reiterated on Tuesday that he will talk to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding...

Fire guts 200 houses in Davao coastal barangay

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 20 Feb) – Around 200 houses, including stilt houses of Badjao families, had been destroyed after a fire broke out...

Duterte wants to talk peace again with communists

President Rodrigo R. Duterte told the military and the police to allow National Democratic Front (NDF) peace panel chair Fidel Agcaoili if he wants to return to the country to talk peace with his government (GRP) panel despite the President’s previous threats to arrest and detain communist consultants.

Where will the 80-member BTA plus 25 holdovers hold sessions and offices?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 Feb) -- The Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), the 80-member body that will govern the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) during the three-year transition until June 30, 2022, will take their oath this week and will begin work as soon as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) turns over the region to the transition government on February 25. But where will the BTA hold sessions and offices?

GenSan LGU provides Moro, Lumad residents easy access to civil registry services

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Feb) – Moro and B'laan tribal residents here may now avail of free civil registration services through a...

GenSan city hospital goes ‘paperless’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Feb) – The city government has adopted new management systems – mainly going “paperless” – in a bid...

DA approves P3-million grant for swine multiplier farm in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 19 Feb) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has approved a grant of around P3 million for the establishment...

South Cotabato to immunize 6,700 kids vs measles, other diseases

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 February) -- Health personnel in South Cotabato province are targeting to cover around 6,700 children for its ongoing catch-up immunization...

South Cotabato’s HIV/AIDS program may get WHO recognition

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 February) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is eyeing South Cotabato province's initiatives on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired...

Silk Road eyes investments in Mindanao, Palawan

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 February) – Chinese firm Silk Road Investment HK has expressed interest to invest in Palawan and Mindanao, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)...

Spain commits $50M for Marawi rehab

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 February) – The Spanish government has committed to provide some $50 million or roughly P2.617 billion to the planned rehabilitation of...

Bangsamoro Transition Authority to take oath Feb. 20; ARMM to BARMM turnover on Feb....

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Feb) – The 80-member Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) will take their oath of office on February 20 in Malacanang on the same day of the “ceremonial confirmation” of the canvass results of the January 21 and February 6 plebiscite on RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Davao-Gensan-Bitung route to resume this year

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Feb) -- Senior officials from the Philippines and Indonesia met at the sidelines of the 2019 BIMP-EAGA Strategic Planning Meeting in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia on February 14, to discuss the resumption of the Davao City-General Santos City-Bitung (D/GB) shipping route with a Manila-based shipping company, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) assistant secretary Romeo Montenegro said on Sunday.

Cocaine recovered in Dinagat, Siargao worth “almost 500 milion” pesos

(MindaNews / 16 Feb) – At least 77 bricks of suspected cocaine worth nearly half a billion pesos were recovered on the shorelines of Cagdianao in Dinagat Islands and San Isidro, Surigao del Norte between February 12 and 15.

NEDA committee to deliberate P30B Davao monorail proposal by Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corp.

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Feb) – The Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) is set to deliberate within...

LTFRB approves Davao City LGU’s request for intra-city bus special permits

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Feb) – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has approved the request of the City Government of...

8 killed in Army-NPA clash in Bukidnon on Valentine’s

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Feb) – There is no love between government soldiers and New People’s Army rebels on Valentine’s Day...

Be careful with your date, warns HIV/AIDS awareness advocate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Feb) – Valentine’s Day is a “love yourself day,” an official of Davao City Aids Council (DCAC) told the...

Construction of Davao regional government center pushed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Feb) – Different regional agencies signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a 68-hectare regional...

Rising measles cases noted in Sarangani

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 Feb) – Health personnel in Sarangani Province are closely monitoring several villages in at least two municipalities due...

SouthCot steps up anti-rabies vaccination campaign

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 14 Feb) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is set to expand its vaccination activities against rabies for...

Koronadal allots P20M for modern waste composting facility

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 14 Feb) – The city government has allotted P20 million for the construction this year of a modern large-scale waste...

Candidates, beware: Law bans bribery, cash gifts, donations

UNDER ELECTION laws, they were not yet officially considered to be candidates, and therefore not yet incurring campaign expenditures, until after the official campaign...

Money and the May 2019 elections: P2.4-B pre-campaign ads: Bong Go, Marcos, Roxas, Roque...

Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism TO THE last, they have pledged to fight poverty and corruption, promote health and education, protect the environment, and serve...

Mindanao railway project moving slow, says MinDA chief

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 February) – Phase 1 of the 1,550-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project is moving slow with only three years to accomplish it before...

Suspected measles cases increase in S. Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 February) – Health personnel in South Cotabato have stepped up their monitoring and vaccination activities against measles as suspected cases...

Sarangani enlists more scholars for Japan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 February) – The provincial government of Sarangani is set to enlist more scholars for an innovative skills training and internship...

Duterte: Bangsamoro law is “one of the great developments that happened in this country”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 February) – Calling it “one of the great developments that happened in this country” in the last three years, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he is glad the ratification of RA11054 or the Organic Act for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao “succeeded,” asked those who took up arms to bury them and urged everyone to “join us in government.”

Get the stories of ordinary people caught in conflicts, campus writers told

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/12 February) – Reporters must go beyond body counts in covering conflicts and get the stories of ordinary civilians affected by violence,...

PH, JICA to sign loan agreement for road projects in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Feb) – The Philippine government is set to sign a loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)...

Bangsamoro is ARMM + Cotabato City + 63 villages in North Cotabato

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 February) – Five provinces, three cities, 116 towns, and 63 barangays out of Mindanao’s 27 provinces, 33 cities, 422 towns and 10,084 barangays.

Japan wants more workers from the Philppines

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 Feb) -- Japan wants more workers from the Philippines to address the looming shortage in its labor market, Japanese...

Rehabilitating Moro drug dependents: “Islamization” as cure

BAGOINGED, Pikit, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 10 February) – A facility to “reform” drug dependents, built a few meters away from a mosque and guarded by members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF), the soon-to-be-decommissioned armed wing of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), has received around 150 “pasyente” (patients) since it opened on May 1, 2014, mostly turned over to them by parents.

Moro drug dependent: “uwi na ako kasi may anak na akong babae”

BAGOINGED, Pikit, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 10 Feb) – Maguindanaon tricycle driver “Alex” is looking forward to reuniting with his family next month to begin a new life as father to five, the youngest of whom, the only daughter, was born three weeks ago.

Japan’s Foreign Minister meets Domingez, Murad; reiterates support for BARMM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 February) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met here with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and later with Moro Islamic...
Diocese of Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez reads his statement in connection with the October 18 killing of a mother and her two sons in the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc., during a press conference Monday afternoon (October 22, 2012) at the bishop's residence in Koronadal City. Bong S. Sarmiento / MindaNews

Marbel Bishop Emeritus Dinualdo Gutierrez passes away

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 10 February) -- Outspoken Bishop Emeritus Dinualdo Gutierrez, who headed the Diocese of Marbel for almost four decades, died Sunday morning at a hospital here due to a lingering illness. He was 79.

DBP exec pushes for Islamic banking

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/9 February) – A top executive of the state-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) called on Mindanawon lawmakers to pursue the...

MinDA, DBP sign MOU on Mindanao projects

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/9 February) – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) forged Friday a memorandum of understanding with Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) formalizing...

Magnitude 5.9 quake jolts Siargao

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews / 8 Feb) – Residents and tourists here scampered for safety and ran out from their homes and resorts...

13 Midsayap villages opt for inclusion to BARMM

MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 8 Feb) – Thirteen villages in this town voted for inclusion in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao...

Pikit’s fate: 20 barangays remain with North Cotabato, 22 joining BARMM

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 08 February) -- Among the seven towns in North Cotabato where residents voted Wednesday on the proposed inclusion of...

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