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COMMENT: Evading the Truth

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 May) When a person vows to find the truth but evades the source of the truth he really is evading the truth. Chairman Benjamin Abalos of the Commission on Elections is such a person.

 

COMMENT: The Maguindanao Question

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 May) -- The TU 12-0 sweep in the senatorial level of the May 14 election in Maguindanao has stirred up a nationwide question: Was there election in Maguindanao?

3 soldiers in Bincungan slay nabbed; 5 others hunted

TAGUM CITY (MindaNews/22 May)---Three of the eight soldiers accused of killing a Moro couple in Barangay Bincungan here on Sept. 8, 2004 on suspicion they were members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), were arrested on Monday.

COMMENT: Infinitely Told Tales

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.

As expected, it’s 12-0 for TU in Maguindanao; Singson tops Senate slate

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.

COMMENT: Now it should be told

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.


COMMENT: The Song Not the Singer

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.

COMMENT: Comes Monday, what?

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?”

COMMENT: Vote-Buying Galore

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?

COMMENT: Can Comelec be trusted?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/09 May) -- Can the Commission on Elections be trusted as guardian of the sanctity of suffrage on May 14?  It has given us occasions to doubt.  This Abalos Comelec is – beyond doubt – unabashedly partisan.

COMMENT: New Politics Syndrome

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.

COMMENT: Delayed, Still Denied

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

STATEMENT: NUJP on World Press Freedom Day

NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS  OF THE PHILIPPINES
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Today is World Press Freedom Day.

Today, we in the Philippine media again mark this day in commemoration and mourning of what we should be celebrating, press freedom.

COMMENT: Day of Protest

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.

Bomb found at Tacurong police outpost

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. 

Preacher’s b’day bash draws endorsement-hungry pols

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 April) – The presence of candidates from both the administration and opposition turned Dabawenyo preacher Apollo Quiboloy’s 58th birthday celebration on Wednesday into a political event.

Tribal leader claims he and son innocent of massacre raps

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 April) – An Ata Manobo tribal leader has refuted allegations he and his son took part in the killing of an entire family in a remote village here, adding he held no grudges against the victims and their neighbors.


?Fixers? prey on IPs needing blood

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.

3 militant party-list members accused of murder

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.

Decaf and Sugar-free: Social Change through Mommy?s eyes

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.

Pre-peace pact fund raised but eyes still on talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 Apr) – The government announced actual development work going on in Mindanao's conflict areas as the Canadian government added P40 million to the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) made available prior to the signing of a peace agreement.

Peace in Mindanao? ?Canada is in it for the long haul,? Ambassador says

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 April) – Amid a growing pessimism over the peace process with the Bangasamoro in Mindanao, Canadian Ambassador Peter Sutherland remains unfazed: “Economic development is a very long term proposition. Peace-building is a long proposition. So Canada is in it for a long haul,” he told a press conference here after the ceremonial signing of the Mindanao Trust Fund-Phase 1 Administrative Agreement.

Politics delays relief operations in Sulu

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.

Moro lawyer: religious leaders are 1st line of defense vs extremism

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.

Jeddah meeting not affected by operations vs. Malik — Dureza

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.

Extortionists, politics behind Pikit blast?

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.

SoCot ups real property tax collection target to P160M

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.

SoCot approves P1M for veggie seeds production

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.

Town police chief accused of murder

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.

Journalists in black during the nationwide coordinated day of indignation

Journalists all over the country wore black and joined rallies and other activities today (Wednesday) to protest the latest attacks on the Philippine press, which last week claimed the life of a colleague, wounded another, saw another arrested and yet another slapped with a libel suit.

Movement to save Mindanao?s remaining forests launched

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.

30 ARMM journalists get training on covering elections

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.

Mindanao peace fund gets P40M boost from Canada

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.

3 USAID workers injured in grenade blast

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.

?Stop blaming, start working,? mountaineers say on proposed Mt. Apo ban

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.

EAGA open-air pact now covers GenSan, Puerto Princesa

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.

US travel warning up for Palaro venue

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.

1 dead, 30 injured in vehicular accident

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.

Drowning victim?s mountaineering group to be banned from Mt. Apo

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.

Unavailable LGU report could have been tool for voters ? DILG

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.

Gonzales skips Davao security briefing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 Apr) -- National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales cancelled a security briefing among government heads here in the last minute.

Modern meat inspection lab up in GenSan soon for Singapore market

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 April) -- The government will establish a modern meat inspection laboratory here to facilitate the upcoming shipment of locally-produced pork meat products to Singapore and other international markets.

Global road safety week is April 23 to 29

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.

2 nabbed for Midsayap blast

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.

Military says terror threats in Mindanao isolated cases

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.

Favoring family planning won?t spell defeat in polls ? Pulse Asia

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.

South Cotabato LGU, groups launch nutrition program

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.

P16.8-M allocated for ?food security? projects

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.

CHR on Grecil probe: next week

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.

Local gov?t support for IT sector better in de Oro

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.

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