MINDANAO 2019: The year that was in photographs

Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, using his real name Ahod “Murad” Balawag Ebrahim, votes for the first time in his life on 21 January 2019 during the plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law at the Simuay Junction Central Elementary School in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO
Soldiers backed by armored personnel carriers prepare for the transport of ballot boxes from the municipal hall of Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur to polling places for the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Law early morning Monday, 21 January 2019. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA
A soldier looks at the damage wrought by the bombing at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday, 27 January 2019, where 21 persons were killed while a hundred others were wounded. Photo courtesy of AFP WestMinCom
Archbishop Angelito Rendon Lampon, OMI, receives on Wednesday afternoon (January 30, 2019) the pastoral staff of the Archdiocese of Cotabato from Cardinal Orlando Quevedo (R), who has retired as Archbishop of Cotabato. The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia (L), describes the installation amid tight security as a “Church event” not only of the Philippines but “of the whole Catholic Churcch.”  Before Cotabato, Lampon was Bishop of the Vicariate of Jolo for 21 years.  Two bombs exploded in the Jolo cathedral three days before Lampon’s installation in Cotabato. MindaNews photo by GREGORIO C. BUENO
Residents arrive via pumpboats on the Pulangi River to cast their vote for the plebiscite on the Bangsamoro Law in Barangay Barungis inside Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s Camp Raja Muda in Pikit, North Cotabato on 6 February 2019. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO
Lumads, Moros and settlers, along with foreigners, celebrate friendship in a tribal dance at the Talaandig community center in Songco, Lantapan, Bukidnon on 8 March 2019. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA
A woman farmer shows the black bugs that have infested her drought-stricken rice farm in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao on 12 March 2019. MindaNews photo by FERDINANDH CABRERA
Matigsalug women in Barangay Baganihan, Davao City want their children to be registered with the local civil registrar, as schools require their birth certificates for enrolment. Photo taken 17 March 2019. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
Desperate residents stage a rally in Marawi City on 20 March 2019 demanding return to their homes inside the city and for an investigation on alleged abuses. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO
Students attending a rally in Marawi City on 20 March 2019 show their protest on the proposed construction of a new military camp in the city. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO
Winners of the 2019 Alveo Ironman 70.3 triathlon Pro Men’s Division in Davao City on 24 March 2019: Markus Rolli of Germany, champion (center); Craig Alexander of Australia (left), second; and Tim Van Berkel of Australia, third. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO
The P7.9-million Solar Powered Irrigation System (SPIS) in Barangay New Janiuay in M’lang, North Cotabato  sits useless due to scarcity of water supply during the El Nino season. Photo taken 25 March 2019. Photo courtesy of KEITH BACONGCO
A Meranaw child gets her fingerprints taken on 15 April 2019 by workers of the Kathanor program of the Task Force Bangon Marawi in Marawi City, the government’s move to profile internally displaced persons (IDPs) and ensure that services reach those who truly need them. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA
Two blast suspects are made to lie on the ground while police EOD personnel check the van with bomb-sniffing dogs. The two were accused of throwing an IED, but failed, to soldiers on poll duty in Marantao, Lanao del Sur during election day on 13 May 2019. One of them was released the following day after finding out he was a local bystander. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA
President Rodrigo Duterte shows his finger with indelible ink after casting his vote for the 2019 Philippine midterm elections in Davao City on 13 May 2019. No opposition candidate won in the Senate race where three Mindanawons were elected for a six-year period until 30 June 2025: Aquilino Pimentel III for his second term and first-termer Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, former Special Assistant to the President  and Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, former Philippine National Police chief.  MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO
This photograph, with the provincial capitol of Dinagat Islands as backdrop, was posted on the Facebook page of Arlene Bag-ao, with this caption: “Mga Dinagatnon, ang atong bag-ong Gobernador, !” (Dinagatnons, our new Governor) Arlene “Kaka” Javellana Bag-Ao!” (Dinagatnons, our new Governor). Bag-ao, a human rights lawyer who had earlier served as ltwo-term representative of Dinagat in Congress and before that, as Akbayan party-list representative, toppled the Ecleo dynasty in the province.
Tourists flock to Magpupungko rock pool and tidal flats in Pilar town in Siargao Island in this photo taken 20 May 2019. Siargao has since gained popularity after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the six-month closure of Boracay Island in 2018 for environment reasons. MindaNews photo by ROEL CATOTO
BEAUTY AMID THE RUINS. Meranaw students walk on the well manicured golf course of the Mindanao State University campus on Wednesday (29 May 2019) as Ground Zero in downtown Marawi in the far background lies in ruins. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA
Members of the Kapa Community Ministry International, inc. hold a rally in General Santos City on 13 June 2019 to urge President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his order to shut down what he dubbed as an investment scam. The President did not back down on his decision. MindaNews photo by BONG S. SARMIENTO
Hundreds flock to the Kusiong beach resort in the municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao during the celebration of Eid’l Fitr on 5 June 2019. MindaNews photo by FERDINANDH B. CABRERA
Iliganons flock to Paseo de Santiago, a favorite hangout by the sea, to observe the sunset on 21 June 2019, when areas in the Northern Hemisphere experience the longest daylight hours. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA
The detonation of unexploded ordnance in Marawi City on 26 June 2019 caused panic among Meranaws. Photo courtesy of JAMALODIN BASMAN MOHAMMAD
SS Montgomery (LCS 8), an Independence-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy, arrives in Davao City for a port visit on 29 June 2019. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO
Thony Dizon, of EcoWaste Coalition, shows how much was the mercury level on these beauty products openly sold in retail stores in Cogon and Agora public markets in Cagayan de Oro City on 4 June 2019. EcoWaste questioned why the regional office of the Department of Health Food and Drug Administration and local authorities allowed the marketing of these products despite a ban imposed since 2016. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO
Flood in the streets because of the strong rains has become a common sight in Datu Salibo town in Maguindanao, as shown in this picture taken 16 July 2019. Residents said this street has been flooded for the past two months. MindaNews photo by GG BUENO
Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma (with glasses) leads priests and lay members on 2 August 2019 in paying respects to the late Archbishop Emeritus Jesus Tuquib, whose coffin is on display at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro City. Ledesma said the late prelate, who served the Cagayan de Oro archdiocese for 18 years, will be buried inside the cathedral compound on 7 August 201) following a religious tradition. Tuquib succumbed to a lingering illness. He led the anti-Erap protests actions during EDSA 2. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO
The Task Force Builder is set to detonate these unexploded ordnance composed of surface bombs such as M203 ammunition, two 105 mm warheads, 110lb and 260lb bombs from fighter jets at Sector 2 of Marawi’s Ground Zero shortly before noon on Saturday, 3 August 2019. Out of 70 recorded bombs dropped by Philippine Air Force planes, 46 are yet to be retrieved two years after the siege. MindaNews photo by RICHEL V. UMEL
Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, greets Iligan Bishop Jose Ramirez Rapadas III during the latter’s episcopal ordination on 20 August 2019 at the cathedral in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. MindaNews photo by RICHEL V. UMEL
VIDEO CONFERENCING. Judge Emmanuel Carpio, of Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 16, conducts the arraignment of Davao City Jail inmate Leonilo Gonzales, appearing in court via video teleconferencing for his attempted murder case, on Monday (2 September 2019). It was the first time videoconferencing was used in Philippine courts. Gonzales is a suspected member of the New People’s Army who figured in an ambush of military personnel in 2014, and thus considered a high-risk inmate. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. (right), Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation and Unity inspects weapons from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that were decommissioned during the launch of the second phase of the decommissioning process of MILF weapons and combatants in Simuay, Sultan Kudarat on 7 September 2019. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO
Higaonon elders listen to an Army soldier on how to use a rifle during a firearm familiarisation in the municipality of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon on Friday (4 October 2019). Lumads are increasingly caught in the middle of the war between government and communist rebels. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO
A barangay health worker does house-to-house visit to give free oral polio vaccine in Barangay 5-A, Bangkerohan, Davao City on Monday (14 October). A massive nationwide anti-polio vaccination is underway in the Philippines after the reemergence of the virus 19 years after it was eradicated in the country. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO
Fire rages at the Gaisano Mall in General Santos City following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake Wednesday evening (16 October 2019) that hit the south-central portion of Mindanao. It was felt as Intensity V in GenSan. Photo courtesy of EDWIN ESPEJO
An Army honor guard carries the casket of the late Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. upon its arrival at the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental on Wednesday (23 October 2019). Local officials led by Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno follow behind the honor detail. Pimentel also served as Cagayan de Oro mayor in the 1980s. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO
A building of the Nueva Vida National High School in MÕlang, North Cotabato was among those damaged during the magnitude 6.6 earthquake Tuesday morning (29 October 2019). MÕlang is adjacent to Tulunan, where the epicenter was. MindaNews photo by JULES L. BENITEZ
Workers put warning signs on a cracked portion of the national highway in Barangay Batasan, Makilala, North Cotabato after the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck Thursday morning (31 October 2019). PHIVOLCS pegged the epicenter (06.92°N, 125.06°E) at a remote area in Makilala, about 5 kms southwest of the poblacion area. MindaNews photo by GG BUENO
The first two floors of one of the buildings of Ecoland 4000 condominiums in Davao City collapse after the magnitude 6.5 earthquake Thursday morning (31 October 2019). MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO
The facade of Eva’s Hotel along Quezon Blvd. in the heart of Kidapawan City that crumbled after the magnitude 6.5 quake that hit North Cotabato Thursday morning (31 October 2019). MindaNews photo by JULES L. BENITEZ
Glenn Calim, with his motorcycle and makeshift sidecar, volunteers to fetch water for his neighbors in Purok Molave, Barangay Malasila in Makilala, North Cotabato on Friday (1 November 2019). Service of the Metro Kidapawan Water District (MKWD) was disrupted after the October 31 magnitude 6.5 quake struck the province, with Makilala as epicenter. MindaNews photo by GG BUENO
Like thousands of other hard-earned houses, the house of Constancio Urbeta, 59, in Barangay Paraiso in Tulunan, crashed to the ground during the second earthquake on 29 October 2019 at magnitude 6.6. His family temporarily lives in one of the tents seen in the background. MindaNews photo by JULES L. BENITEZ
Children of the media victims in the infamous Ampatuan massacre 10 years ago continue to cry for justice as they visited the massacre site in Sitio Masalay, Barangay Salman in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on Sunday (17 November 2019).  In the promulgation on December 19, Andal Ampatuan, Jr. and Zaldy Ampatuan were among the principals found guilty beyond reasonable doubt while Sajid Ampatuan was acquitted. MindaNews photo by BONG S. SARMIENTO
Army soldiers destroy 94 high-powered firearms surrendered by or captured from New People’s Army rebels during a ceremony at Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City Thursday afternoon (28 November 2019). The government is claiming it is winning the war against the communist rebels who have been waging a decades-old armed insurgency. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO
Pupils from Malasila Elementary School inMakilala, North Cotabato make do with tarpaulins as roof for their temporary learning center. They resumed classes only on Monday (9 December 2019) as their classrooms are still being occupied by evacuees affected by the series of earthquakes last October. MindaNews photo by GEONARRI SOLMERANO
Residents of a coastal village in Padada, Davao del Sur wait for water ration on Tuesday (17 December 2019). The residents are appealing for more help, particularly water, after their waterlines were damaged by the magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Sunday, December 15. Photo courtesy of KAUSIN GERBOLINO
PHIVOLCS officer-in-charge Renato Solidum Jr., who is also undersecretary for disaster risk reduction and climate change of the Department of Science and Technology, visits the town of Padada in Davao del Sur on Wednesday (18 December 2019). Three persons died in Padada when a building collapsed following a magnitude 6.9 earthquake last Sunday. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO
(L-R) Phoebe Bataluna, Ronie Perante Jr., Xhandi Morales, and Princess Caniban—children of some of the victims of the Ampatuan Massacre—give their reaction to the verdict of the case in General Santos City on Thursday (19 December 2019). MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO
The annular solar eclipse forms a “Ring of Fire” effect from a vantage point in Balut Island, Sarangani town, Davao Occidental on 26 December 2019. MindaNews photo by FERDINANDH CABRERA