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Body of drowned Apo climber retrieved

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/08 April) -- Divers from the Philippine Air Force  retrieved shortly before noon today the body of Ian Caasi, a mountain climber who drowned Maundy Thursday in Mt. Apo’s Lake Venado.

Child-focused groups urge CHR to probe Grecil case

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – Child-focused groups here are urging the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to “conduct an urgent investigation and act on” the killing of a nine-year old girl during an encounter between government forces and the New People’s Army (NPA) in New Bataan, Compostela Valley on March 31.


Mountaineer drowns in Apo’s Lake Venado

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/07 April) – Scuba divers from Davao City have been sent to Mt. Apo to help retrieve the body of a mountaineer who drowned in Lake Venado on Maundy Thursday.

72-yr old killed in Good Friday fire

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/07 April) -- A 72-year-old man died when a fire of
unknown origin razed a storehouse along Gana Subdivision, Kidapawan City
shortly before 6:00 p.m. on Good Friday.

New Moro laweyrs challeged to serve

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/05 April) -- More than 30 Muslims passed the 2007 bar examinations with one making history: Al-shwaid L. Ismael  of the University of Cebu landed eighth , garnering 85.65 %.

MindaNews’ 1st business manager is now a lawyer

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 April) – Danilo “Danny” Balucos, MindaNews’ first business manager, is now a lawyer.
Balucos, who also worked previously at the Mindanao Business Council, was among 49 passers of the 2006 bar exams from the Ateneo de Davao University and among the 1,893 new lawyers in the country.



ComVal Gov awaits report on killing of 9-yr old girl

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 April) – Compostela Valley Governor Jose Caballero on Wednesday night said he has yet to receive a report on the killing of a nine-year old girl in New Bataan, Compostela Valley last Saturday, during an encounter between government forces and the New People's Army.

Parents of slain 9-year old girl: “our child was no NPA”

NEW BATAAN, Compostela Valley (MindaNews/03 April) --  “Dili NPA ang among anak” (Our daughter was not a member of the New People’s Army), Gregorio Galacio and Virginia Buya said of their eldest daughter Grecil,  9, whom the military and the media identified to be a “child soldier” of the NPA killed in an encounter Saturday morning just outside their house in Purok 6, Barangay Kahayag, New Bataan, Compostela Valley.

4 years after the seaport bombing: ?The scar is still there; the pain is...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 April) -- Four years after a powerful bomb exploded and killed 16 people and wounded 55 at the Davao International Seaport, the painful memories of that evening four years ago today, linger.

For justice to bomb victims, Duterte pins hope on resumption of peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 April) -- Four years after promising to bring justice to the victims of the Sasa wharf bombing in 2003, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he is looking at the resumption of the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for hope.

WB set to begin MRDP Phase 2

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 April) -- The World Bank plans to institutionalize a decentralized system of delivery for agriculture and fisheries services in Mindanao through the second phase of the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP2) that will start this second quarter.

Duterte: TFD is here to stay

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 April) -- Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has brushed aside calls for the pullout of the military’s Task Force Davao, saying the city still needs it to thwart terror threats.

Group fears reversal of aerial spray ban in Davao City after elections

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 April) – An alternative law group has raised fears the new city council that will emerge after the May 14 elections might reverse the ordinance banning the use of aerial spraying by banana plantations.

Be proud of your identity, Moro grads told

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 April) --Two young politicians have urged Moro graduates from tertiary institutions here to “stand out proud” and “never allow discrimination and being a part of the cultural minorities hinder (their) dreams and aspirations.”

Sarangani ustadzes lectured on reproductive health

ALABEL, Sarangani (MindaNews/01 April) — Eighty five ustadzes or Islamic teachers from the six municipalities of Sarangani Province attended a lecture on the fatwa (Islamic ruling) on reproductive health and family planning, as adopted by the Assembly of Darul-Iftah (House of Opinion) of the Philippines last November 22, 2003 and during the Muslim Religious Leaders’ Assembly last March 10, 2004,

Mindanao halal certifying body formed

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 April) – Efforts by the national government to unify the country’s various halal certification bodies have finally paid off with the setting up in this city last week of the Mindanao Halal Authority (MINHA).

COMMENT: On Pacquiao?s HS ?Graduation?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/27 Feb) – Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, the boxing idol, should not be questioned for “graduating” from high school, an occasion that Education Secretary Lesli Lapus celebrated as a media event honoring someone of national importance.

COMMENT: Advent of Cheap Medicine

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MIndaNews/25 February) --  With Senate Bill 2263 already passed and House Bill 6035 passed on second reading, the Filipinos – all, not just the poor – will soon be relieved of the scandalously high prices of medicines of the multinational drug corporations.

COMMENT: Tough for PGMA

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 Feb) – No bold statements can hide the fact: The extrajudicial killings are a nut too tough for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, her advisers, and her police and military generals to crack. Their words are too remote from reality.

COMMENT: Do Alone, Not Help

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 Feb) --  On the invitation of the Arroyo government, teams from the European Union and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights are here to look into the unabated extrajudicial killings. 

COMMENT: Dance of Continents

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / January 12) – With exception of geologists, very few, if any, are aware that continents have been, are, and will ever be in continuous motion - the dance of continents?

Moro group says gov?t hiding real HR situation from UN

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/17 February) -- A Moro party-list group accused the government of keeping the country’s human rights situation under wraps and of “finding ways to stop the human rights victims from presenting their case to the United Nations.”

COMMENT: There Must Be a ?Twelfth?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / February 16) – The Journalist’s Code of Ethics, published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer recently, was adopted by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines during its founding on July 30, 1988. As a covenant, all NUJP members are bound to it under the pain of expulsion.

COMMENT: Mayor’s resolve on test

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/14 February) – A day before meeting with Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte signed last February 8 the city’s ordinance banning aerial spraying in banana plantations. Now, his resolve to implement the ordinance is on test.

COMMENT: Third Force: A Futility (2)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 Feb) – A “Third Force” to contest the coming May midterm election against the Arroyo and Estrada political forces is commonly understood as a political group – a party or a coalition of leaders – with complete senate slate capable of conducting a nationwide campaign and getting regional and local support.

COMMENT: Third Force: A Futility?

(First of a Series)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/8 Feb) – At no time other than today do the Filipinos need a Third Force to free them from the grip of politicians in power and politicians in opposition whose only reason for being is for the first, survival, and for the second, revival.

COMMENT: In the Morning After

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/7 Feb) – In the morning after, we hear more from the horses’ mouths. MNLF Ustadz Habier Malik’s 50-hour hostage taking of Undersecretary Ramon Santos and Marine Brig. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino obtained more than an assurance that the Jeddah tripartite conference would be held March 17 and 18.

COMMENT: Facing the realities

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 February) --  Dismiss the drama and the rationalization. Why hide, evade?  Let’s face the realities. 

Undersecretary Ramon Santos, Brig. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino and their group were held by Ustadz Habier Malik against their will in order to obtain from the government and the Organization of Islamic Conference a definite date of the tripartite conference to review the implementation of the 1996 GRP-MILF Peace Agreement. Not taken hostage?

COMMENT: Madness on the rise (Parts 1 and 2)

1st of two parts

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 Jan) – It’s election time. Madness is on the rise! Both in the national and the local scenes.

COMMENT: The Other View

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/01 February) -- Persistently and consistently, the argument against every proposal to increase minimum wage is that this will result in closure of small business establishments and retrenchment in others, hence, the loss of jobs. Besides, prices of goods and services will go up.

COMMENT: Still No Luck

GENERAL SANT0S CITY (MindaNews/31 January) --  After waiting for six years, labor breathed a sigh of hope only to be dashed, shortly after, against rock-hard oppositions. Last December the House of Representatives passed the P125-wage increase bill. But Malacañang frowned and brandished the presidential veto. 

COMMENT: Madness on the Rise!

(First of Two Articles)

 
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 Jan) – It’s election time. Madness is on the rise! Both in the national and the local scenes.

COMMENT: Notable Items

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/24 Jan) – Browsing is a rewarding pastime. Books, newspapers, magazines and on-line items have much to keep the mind active and to make life, as the cliché goes, “worth living”. An active mind is the key to long life.

COMMENT: More on HB 4701

GENERAL SANTOS CTY (MindaNews/23 January) --  Former Education Undersecretary Juan Miguel Luz’s commentary in the January 22 Philippine Daily Inquirer, “ ‘English First’ policy will hurt learning”, recognizes the decline in English proficiency among Filipinos but warns that HB 4701 -- the Gullas Bill -- is not the solution. 

COMMENT: Not the cause but the effect

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / January 19) – Two months after the House of Representatives had passed House Bill 4701, the English as Medium of Instruction Act, co-author Rep. Luis Villafuerte of Camarines Sur blamed the poor state of English proficiency among Filipinos today to the bilingual policy which he called policy of linguistic juggling.

COMMENT: Beholden justice

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 Jan) -- Just very recently, an American soldier in South Korea raped a Korean woman – a 23-year-old raping a 67-year-old. Hours after South Korean police had arrested the soldier, Maj. Gen. John Morgan, acting commander of the 8th Army, issued an apology.

COMMENT: An ocean apart

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 Jan) – Basically, the justice system of the United States and of the Philippines are the same. Ours is modeled after that of the US in the tutor-pupil tradition. Our courts – especially the Supreme Court – cite US jurisprudence in their decisions. So do Filipino lawyers in their pleadings.


Voters urged to check precinct list to avoid disenfranchisement

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 January) --  Voters, beware!
If you do not want to be disenfranchised, find out if your names are on the list of voters days or weeks before the election, not on election day itself, Melcar Unso, Comelec regional information officer in Southeastern Mindanao, said.

 

Election period starts, gun ban on

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/14 January) -- The five-month election period, including the gun ban, starts Sunday and ends June 13, the Commission on Elections said.

COMMENT: Mac, Congress disagrees

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 Jan) – On September 28, 2006, Dr. Macario D. Tiu wrote in his “Bisag Unsa” MindaViews column his advocacy of the native tongue as medium of instruction in our schools. Entitled “Mother Tongue Education”, it was written in Bisaya.


COMMENT: Is Paredes right?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 January) --  MATALAM Mayor Bernardo Magbanua Valdevieso deserves commendation for admitting his inability to perform his duties well due to poor health and turning over the mayorship to his vice mayor. He could have just filed a leave designating his vice mayor as acting mayor. Anyway, he just had six months left of his term.

COMMENT: On P125 wage increase

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – House Bill 345 proposing a P125-wage increase over a three-year period starting this year speaks a lot of how our legislators – the representatives of the people – regard the labor sector.  Are they just to these poorer members of their constituencies?

COMMENT: Zero Respectability

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/4 Jan) – In allowing the transfer, without court order, of US Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith from the Makati City jail to the American Embassy at midnight last December 29, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sacrificed Philippine sovereignty to the Visiting Forces Agreement.

COMMENT: A riddle and a challenge

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 January) --  Maguindanao has the fastest town-birth rate in Mindanao – or, perhaps, in the entire Philippines.  In 1995, it only had 18 municipalities.  By the end of 2006, the 18 had multiplied to 33 with the province itself splitting to two, its daughter named Shariff Kabunsuan.

The Bud Dajo Massacre a hundred years later: will America apologize? (2)

Last of two parts BUD DAJO, Patikul, Sulu (MindaNews/17 October) -- February 2004. At the opening of the Philippine Center for Photojournalism’s “Tanaw Mindanaw” photo...

The Bud Dajo Massacre a hundred years later: will America apologize? (1)

1st of two parts  BUD DAJO, Patikul, Sulu (MindaNews/15 October) – History books refer to it as the “Battle of Bud Dajo” although it was...

Clarita Alia on summary executions: “How many more mothers will cry, how many more...

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 March 2005) -- Clarita Alia's youngest son, Fernando, 12, does not live with her anymore. She sent him away, afraid he would...

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