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Oslo Talks

The GPH-NDF peace panels on Day 2 of the talks in Oslo, Norway on August 23, 2016. The reciprocal working groups on socio-economic reforms, political-constitutional reforms, end of hostilities and disposition of forces, JASIG/releases and ceasefire are meeting simultaneously on Days 3 and 4. Closing rites of the first round of formal peace talks will […]

NDF submits 141 names for safe conduct passes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 August) – The National Democratic Front (NDF) has submitted a list of 141 names of consultants and other participants in the peace negotiations with the Philippine government (GPH) who will be given safe conduct passes in accordance with the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), GPH peace panel […]

Army nabs 8 people carrying IED in Lanao Sur

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Aug) – Army soldiers and policemen intercepted a van carrying explosives intended by the Maute terror group to be blown in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. Maj. Felimon Tan, spokesperson of the Armed Forces’ Western Mindanao Command, said the soldiers arrested eight people, including three […]

Dengue kills 6 in Maguindanao

SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 24 Aug) – Health authorities in Maguindanao have expressed alarm over the rising dengue cases in the province, which to date have recorded six deaths due to the mosquito-borne disease that officials say was supposed to be preventable. Dr. Tahir Sulaik, Maguindanao health chief and head of the Integrated Provincial […]

HABAGATNONG HINAGAWHAW: Pistoks

Hay salamat, ang pistoks nabanhaw na! Ug pikas ug pikas parehong sispayr pa gyod gideklara, sa ato pa karon undang na usâ ang ilang gyera. Untà forever na gyod nang pagka undanga. Sa Oslo tua sila nag-estorya karon, maayo tingali didto kay bugnaw ang panahon ug lagmit lamî pa gyod ang pagkaon, bugnaw ang ulo […]

SC issues 20-day status quo ante order re Marcos burial

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 August) – There will be no burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Edralin Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB) in the next 20 days following the issuance Tuesday of a status quo ante order by the Supreme Court which also re-scheduled from August 24 to August 31 the oral arguments […]

10ID says soldiers did not encamp in Lumad school

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 August) – Soldiers did not occupy a Lumad school in a village in New Bataan town, Compostela Valley over the weekend, the 10th Infantry Division said in a statement Tuesday. Capt. Rhyan Batchar, 10ID Public Affairs Office chief said the accusation against the 67th Infantry Battalion was “unfounded, baseless, and malicious” as […]

GPH, NDF peace panels start talks on substantive agenda

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 August) — Negotiations between the Philippine government and National Democratic Front started Tuesday with discussions on the remaining substantive agenda for the talks that were agreed upon during the Ramos administration in a bid to forge a final peace agreement within six to 12 months. In a press statement from Oslo, Norway […]

Duterte tells Aquino appointees to submit courtesy resignations

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 August) – The Palace on Monday evening asked all heads of offices appointed during the previous administration to submit courtesy resignations within seven days. This after President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday complained that he still received reports of corruption despite his warning that the practice should stop. The memorandum circular exempts […]

PEACETALK: We can decisively move forward towards achieving a just and lasting peace

(Opening statement of Luis G. Jalandoni, chair of the Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines at the start of the first round of formal peace talks with the Philippine government in Oslo, Norway, 22 August 2016) Hon. Foreign Minister of the Royal Norwegian Government, Borge Brende, Hon. State Secretary Tore Hattrem, Special […]

PEACE TALK: A just peace must be founded on and sustained by reforms

(Opening statement of Prof. Jose Ma. Sison, founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines and Chief Political Consultant, National Democratic of the Philippines, at the GPH-NDF peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway, on 22 August 2016) Hon. Foreign Minister of the Royal Norwegian Government Borge Brende Hon. State Secretary Tore Hattrem Special Envoy to the Philippine […]

PEACETALK: Dawn of a new day; let’s stay the course

(Opening statement of Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus G. Dureza during the formal resumption of peace negotiations with the CPP/NPA/NDF in Oslo, Norway , 9:30am , at Holmenkollen Park Hotel, August 22, 2016) On this crispy cold Oslo morning, we are all convened here, thousands of miles away from our own homeland, ironically in a foreign […]

Reds to free 5 cops in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/22 August) — The New People’s Army will release this week five police officers held captive in the two Surigao provinces as a gesture of goodwill for the ongoing peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. “The release of the 5 POW is in response to the […]

Economy needs 5.1-percent growth rate for 2nd half to reach GDP target

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 August) – The Philippine economy must grow by 5.1 percent for the second half of the year to realize the 6- to 7-percent increase in gross domestic product (GDP), Finance secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said Monday. In a press statement Monday, Dominguez expressed optimism that the country “will most likely hit” […]

200 fishermen from Mindanao jailed in Indonesia sent home

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/22 August) — Around 200 fishermen from this city and other parts of Mindanao who were jailed in Indonesia due to illegal fishing and immigration violations have been repatriated by the Philippine Consulate General in Manado. Daniel Te, head of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Regional Consular Office-12 here, said the […]

Never forget

Konsensya Dabaw says bury Marcos in his hometown in Batac not in the Heroes’ Cemetery as it reminds the public on the sidelines of the Kadayawan’s floral float parade on Sunday, 21 Aug. 2016 that Ferdinand E. Marcos, who ruled from 1965 to 1986, “did a lot of injustice to the Lumads (IPs) and the […]

Duterte threatens to leave UN

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Aug) —  President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to leave the United Nations (UN) amid its criticisms on the current administration’s campaign against illegal drugs that allegedly shot up the cases of extrajudicial killings. He told an early morning press conference at the Malacañang of the South at the Department of Public Works and […]

Duterte: “Consider yourself resigned”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 August) — President Rodrigo Duterte has directed all appointed heads of different government offices to “consider yourself resigned” for allegedly failing to stop corruption. This after he received reports of corruption practiced allegedly by different government offices in his visits to provinces. “You know, my mouth is, they say ‘lousy’. […]

STATEMENT: Ferdinand E. Marcos and the Lumad and Moro of Mindanao

Ferdinand E. Marcos, who was President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986, did a lot of injustice to the indigenous peoples/Lumad and Moro of Mindanao. Encroachment into the lands of the Lumad and Moro. Marcos facilitated the entry of big businesses in mining, logging and plantations—often in cooperation with foreign interests—into the lands of […]