GENERAL SANTOS CITY – In 1837, short stories and sketches of American author Nathaniel Hawthorne which had already appeared in gift-books and magazines under a pseudonym were collected and published as Twice-Told Tales. The book is among the gems in the treasury of American literature.
SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews/16 May) – As expected, Maguindanao province delivered 12-0 in favor of the Administration’s Team Unity, with Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson leading the slate in about 73% of the precincts canvassed at the provincial capitol here as of 11 a.m. today.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/16 May) -- Chairman Benjamin Abalos of the Commission on Elections said that the official count of the votes of senatorial candidates will be over in a week's time -- maybe more.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Bantay Boto (Ballot Watcher) emerged in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report last May 9. Identified as a “new watchdog coalition” composed of retired generals and seven organizations of active military and police personnel, it revealed Oplan Mercury Rising – a plan to cheat in the May 14 election nationwide.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 May) -- Whether in senatorial, congressional or local election, the vital question is not just “Who will win?” but “Who will win cleanly and honestly with the true mandate of the people?”
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / May 11) – Is there such a thing as a vote-buying galore or spree in Philippine elections? Is it going on now? Will there be one on Monday, May 14, and in succeeding days?
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/8 May) – “Syndrome” is “a group of signs and symptoms that occur together and characterize a particular abnormality or condition”. We are sick of NPS (New Politics Syndrome) that is undermining our elections and weakening our democratic system.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / May 4) – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said she would issue an executive order stopping withholding tax deduction from salaries of minimum wage workers. This is justice long delayed but still denied
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GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/2 May) – How do you like Labor Day in the Philippines celebrated? As International Workers Day, May Day in the United States, or United States Labor Day? The first two are on May 1. The third is on the first Monday of September.
KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/29 April) – A day after the Palarong Pambansa (National Games) concluded here over the weekend, explosives experts detonated
a bomb on Sunday morning that was sneaked into a police outpost in nearby Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat, about 35 kilometers northwest from here.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / April 27) – The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) said that fixers are making money in pretense of helping members of the Indigenous People (IP) in accessing blood from the PNRC blood bank in this city.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / April 27) – The militant Bayan Muna Partylist group in North Cotabato said it was surprised by charges of murder leveled against three of their members and claimed that even the mother of the victim was surprised when she was informed she was the complainant.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 April) -- Her presence in my life is as steadfast as my own mother and it always feel like coming home when I visit her house. I call her mommy, she being my best friend’s mom.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 April) – Help for thousands of displaced persons in Sulu has been delayed as politicians, banned from taking a direct role in the distribution of goods during this election period, are allegedly hindering the process.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 April) – Religious leaders are the first line of defense against religious extremism and they should be protected against harassments, a Moro lawyer said.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 Apr) -- Military operations against a Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) commander in Sulu will not affect the government's commitment in attending the tripartite meeting in Jeddah with the MNLF and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), according to the government's peace process adviser.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/25 Apr) -- The Tuesday night grenade blast in Pikit, North Cotabato that injured three workers of the Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM), a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), could be the handiwork of extortionists or could also be because of politics, police said.
KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/25 Apr) -- The Bureau of Local Government Finance has increased the real property tax collection target of South Cotabato for this year to P160 million as a result of the general revision of the assessed value of real properties in the province.
KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/25 Apr) -- The Provincial Development Council (PDC) of South Cotabato has approved the allocation of P1.103 million for the implementation of a vegetable seeds production project.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/25 Apr) – The wife of a slain murder suspect is set to file charges against the chief of police of Arakan town in North Cotabato whom she accused of masterminding the killing of her husband on March 19.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/23 Apr) – Tribal leaders and environmental advocates launched over the weekend a campaign that aims to mobilize one million people for the protection of Mindanao’s remaining forests.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/24 Apr) – Thirty print, TV and radio journalists from southwestern Mindanao have been trained on election reporting in a one-day workshop over the weekend.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNew/24 Apr) – The Canadian government announced it is adding P40 million to the Mindanao Trust Fund raised by the World Bank for reconstruction and development projects in the island-region's conflict affected areas.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/24 Apr) – Three staffmembers of the Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM), which is under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), were wounded when a grenade exploded just in front of their office in the poblacion of Pikit, North Cotabato around 7 p.m. tonight, sketchy reports reaching MindaNews said.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Apr) – "We should stop blaming and start working on what can be improved," the president of a mountaineers’ federation said amidst a plan by environment and tourism officials to ban a climbers’ group from Mt. Apo.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Apr) -- The Mindanao Economic Development Council announced the inclusion of the airports in General Santos and Puerto Princesa cities among areas where airlines in the BIMP-EAGA sub-region can bring both cargo and passengers.
KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 April) -- Authorities have stepped up security measures here as the United States issued an advisory warning its citizens against traveling to this city for the annual Palarong Pambansa.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/23 Apr) – One was killed and more than 30 other jeepney passengers were seriously injured when the vehicle lost its brakes and turned upside down along a blind curve along Kilometer 114 in Barangay Paco, this city 1 p.m. Sunday.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Apr) – The Mt. Apo Range Natural Park Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) will ban the mountaineering group Mindanao Alliance Mountaineering Club (MALMOC) from Mt. Apo, an environment official said.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Apr) – An important local government report could have been a good tool for voters to assess if incumbent officials are worthy of reelection, an interior and local government official said.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Apr) -- National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales cancelled a security briefing among government heads here in the last minute.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 April) – “Road safety is no accident.” This is the theme of the First United Nations’ Global Road Safety Week on April 23 to 29. The holding of a week devoted to road safety was decided upon in a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in October 2005.
KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/22 April) -- Police and military authorities arrested two suspects who are believed to have been behind the morning blast in Midsayap, North Cotabato Sunday.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 April) -- Travel advisories issued by the American and Australian governments have some basis but threats of terror attacks are isolated cases and do not represent the general picture of the security situation in Mindanao, a military official said.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 April) – Gone are the days when writing a candidate’s name on condoms could spell his or her defeat. At least this is what a nationwide survey conducted in March by Pulse Asia showed.
KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/20 April) -- Non-government organizations and private companies based in South Cotabato joined hands with the provincial government in launching a comprehensive nutrition program aimed at reducing significantly cases of malnutrition in several parts of the province.
KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/19 April) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the provincial government of South Cotabato have allocated some P16.8 million for the implementation of "food security projects" in Koronadal City and three other municipalities in South Cotabato.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said it can release results of the probe on the March 31 killing of nine-year old Grecil of New Bataan, Compostela Valley, only next week as its investigation suffered several constraints, including continued military operations in the area.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 April) – Cagayan de Oro is getting more Information and Technology (IT) business because it has more support from the local government unit than Davao City’s IT has from its own, an executive of one of Davao's two call centers said.