2 Malaysian crew members rescued in Sulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 March) – Two Malaysian crew members kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf eight months ago were rescued at 2 a.m. Thursday in Kalinggalang Caluang near Pata Island, Sulu, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said. A press release from the WestMinCom’s Public Information Office said a Fleet-Marine team composed of sailors and […]

Weaving Machine

Maguindanao Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu poses with Maguindanao women with their wooden loom weaving machine during culmination of women’s month activities in Buluan, Maguindanao Wednesday (22 March 2017). The women have received traini…

Maguindanao women’s groups receive loom weaving machines

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 23 March) – Two women’s groups in Maguindanao have received the promised wooden loom weaving machines after completing livelihood training provided by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). At the culmination of women’s month activities Wednesday night, Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu and Bai Jennah Mangudadatu-Lumawan, president of the provincial women’s group, led […]

DOT 11 to develop river communities as eco-tourism sites

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 23 March) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) 11 is planning to develop the river communities in the provinces here as eco-tourism sites to support the livelihoods of the fisherfolks and the lumads. In an interview during the DOT regional consultation workshop on “Ilog” Tourism Tuesday, DOT director Roberto Alabado III told […]

Davao City will have P24.5B expressway project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 March) – A P24.5-billion Davao City Expressway will be constructed to decongest traffic in the downtown area through a government-to-government deal. Davao City Investment Promotions Center (DCIPC) head Ivan Cortez told MindaNews on Tuesday that the expressway project is being handled by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and added that he is […]

Laboratory Equipment

Engr. Rodger Velasco, Davao Light and Power Company vice president for engineering, shows students how to use the electrical laboratory equipment at the Francisco Bangoy National High School in Davao City Wednesday (22 March 2017). The laboratory equip…

Future Baker

A senior student prepares bread during baking and pastry class at Francisco Bangoy National High School in Davao City on Wednesday (22 March 2017). The class is among the specialization courses under the K12 program. Mindanews Photo

Future Baker

A senior student prepares bread during baking and pastry class at Francisco Bangoy National High School in Davao City on Wednesday (22 March 2017). The class is among the specialization courses under the K12 program. Mindanews Photo

GPH, MILF implementing peace panels sign new terms of reference

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 March) – A new terms of reference on how the implementing panels of the government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would proceed with the implementation of the signed agreements has been signed by the two parties during their special meeting in Kuala Lumpur Tuesday. In a joint GPH-MILF […]

Shooting pawikan

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte takes a photo of a hawksbill turtle hatchling in Cleanergy Park, an Aboitiz-managed reserve in Punta Dumalag in Barangay Matina Aplaya, Davao City on March 21, 2017. A total of 140 hawksbill turtle hatchlings, called local…

Maguindanaon women urged to fight ‘extremism’

BULUAN, Maguindanao (MindaNews/21 March) — Maguindanao Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu on Monday urged Maguindanaon women to help government rid Moro communities of “violent extremism and radicalization”. Speaking during the celebration of Women’s Month, Mangudadatu said, “ We should not allow extreme minds to persuade among our youth or husbands. Mothers have bigger role to play […]

Davao City needs more hotels, other facilities as tourism destination

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 March) – The lack of hotels and a convention center might hinder the city’ bid to become a major tourism destination and venue for meetings, exhibitions and other events, the City Tourism Office said. CTO head Generose Tecson told reporters on Monday they are urging potential investors to consider the city as […]

A repotting yielded a surprise. A small pot I thought…

A repotting yielded a surprise. A small pot I thought didn’t have any plant turned out to be a secret turmeric location. I forgot I ever planted in the pot. 🌿 #turmeric #gardening #garden #flora #backyardgarden #vegetables #herb

DAVRAA Meet 2017

Some 6,000 young athletes and officials gathered at the Mati Sports Complex in Davao Oriental on Sunday, March 19 for the opening of the Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) Meet 2017.  DAVRAA is an annual athletic competition among elementary and high school students from private and public schools in the region comprising the four Davaos (del […]

Digong meets Aung San Suu Kyi

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs toast during the State Banquet at the Presidential Palace in iNay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on March 20, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo

Davao City sets eyes on improved wharf, expressway project with China

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 March) – The city government will begin improvement works on the decades-old Sta. Ana wharf to boost the city’s bid as a premier tourism destination in Mindanao. City Tourism Office head Generose Tecson told a press conference Monday that they have been clearing the port of debris in preparation for some rehabilitation […]

Sunday Trek

Trekkers climb up a ridge in Mibala, a hinterland village in Iligan City, on Sunday (19 March 2017). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

Alab Pilipinas wins

Alab Pilipinas’ Lawrence Doming drives against Tyler Lamb of Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions during the ABL regular season game at USEP Gym in Davao City on Sunday night, March 19, 2017. Alab finally conquered the top-seed HK Eastern Long Lions  82-75. MINDANEWS PHOTO         READ STORY

Alab Pilipinas wins vs Long Lions

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/20 March) —  Alab Pilipinas finally conquered top-seed Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in a thrilling final meeting for the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) regular season at the jampacked University of Southeastern Philippines gym on Sunday night, March 19. Sampson Carter led Alab Pilipinas with 20 points and added seven rebounds while James Hughes contributed […]

Filipinos in Myanmar

A little boy waves Philippine flaglets as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his vow to put the interest of the Filipinos first in his speech during a meeting with the Filipino community at the Horizon Lake View Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on March 19, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL/Presidential Photo

Tribal Artists

Members of the Yagongyong ta Impasugong, a tribal band composed of Higaonon youth from Impasugong, Bukidnon perform outside the Culture and Arts Exhibit booth on March 19 to passersby in the Capitol Grounds,, venue of most of the activities in  Kaamulan 2017. Yagongyong is Binukid for “vibrations.” MindaNews photo by WALTER I. BALANE

In war vs terrorists, Duterte vows: “I will not allow civilians to be killed”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 March) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said military operations against terrorist groups are focused only on “selective targets” because “I will not allow civilians to be killed in the process.” Duterte’s statement came 11 days after a year-old baby girl was killed and an 11-year old boy injured in Basilan during […]

Duterte unfazed by impeachment complaint

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 March) —  Unfazed by the impeachment complaint filed against him, President Rodrigo Duterte said he will go “by the rules of destiny” that he will leave the presidency if it’s his time to go. In his press conference at the Davao International Airport before departing for Myanmar on Sunday, the President said […]

Pinoy Aquaman’ first to cross Limasawa Island to Padre Burgos

PADRE BURGOS, Southern Leyte (MindaNews / 19 March) — — Endurance swimmer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine did another first by crossing the 10.4 – kilometer stretch of the Canigao Channel from Limasawa to this town Sunday. The 40-year-old triathlete lawyer from Surigao City crossed the historic island from the shores of San Bernardo village in […]


NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 19 March) — Faced with the unchecked criminality in southern Philippine islands, particularly the beheading of a German national by the Abu Sayyaf Group and by the unprovoked, murderous  attacks and killing of soldiers by NPA guerillas, the beleaguered Pres. Duterte started to float the idea of declaring Martial Law […]

Banana Farmers

A farmer couple in the mountains of Mibala, Iligan City load their freshly harvested bananas on a sled towed by a bull Sunday morning (19 March 2017). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera