Open Government

French President François Hollande opens the Open Goverment Partnership 4th Global Summit at the Salle Pleyel in Paris Wednesday (7 December 2016), with participants expressing hope for more transparency in governments around the world. The Philppines is among the eight founding members of the OGP initiative, which started in 2011. MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

3 injured in Iligan grenade blast

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 07 December) — Unidentified men lobbed a grenade into a group of bystanders at the Freedom Park in Iligan City Wednesday night, injuring three persons, one of them a woman. Supt. Surki Serenas, police region 10 spokesperson said the three victims were injured when the grenade exploded at around 6:30 pm at Freedom […]

3 injured in Iligan grenade blast

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 07 December) — Unidentified men lobbed a grenade into a group of bystanders at the Freedom Park in Iligan City Wednesday night, injuring three persons, one of them a woman. Supt. Surki Serenas, police region 10 spokesperson said the three victims were injured when the grenade exploded at around 6:30 pm at Freedom […]

MinDA eyes electricity market  by June 2017

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 December) —  The electricity market in Mindanao that will reportedly address the electricity oversupply in the island grid is expected to be operationalized by June 2017, an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said. MinDA deputy executive director Romeo Montenegro told a press conference on Wednesday that they will engage […]

MIND DA NEWS: Bangsamoro in Grave Peril

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 07 December)– Unknown to the media, last November 5, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chair Nur Misuari coursed through Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza a letter to the President naming his MNLF faction’s five-member implementing panel led by his man-Friday Lawyer Randolph Parcasio. MindNews (December 2: 5-member […]

MIND DA NEWS: Bangsamoro in Grave Peril

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 07 December)– Unknown to the media, last November 5, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chair Nur Misuari coursed through Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza a letter to the President naming his MNLF faction’s five-member implementing panel led by his man-Friday Lawyer Randolph Parcasio. MindNews (December 2: 5-member […]

Armed men burn 5 dump trucks, payloaders in Koronadal

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews /07 December) —   Some 20 heavily-armed men stormed the quarry site of Happy Living Realty and Development Corporation in Purok Aquino, Barangay Concepcion at past 7 p.m. Tuesday and set on fire five dump trucks and payloaders, Supt. Barney Condes, Koronadal City police chief, said Wednesday. He said no one was hurt in […]

Favorite book

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with journalist Ioan Grillo, author of  ‘Gangster Warlords,’  in Malacañang on December 6, 2016. Duterte has repeatedly mentioned this book and the author when he discusses his war on drugs in his speeches. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Favorite book

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with journalist Ioan Grillo, author of  ‘Gangster Warlords,’  in Malacañang on December 6, 2016. Duterte has repeatedly mentioned this book and the author when he discusses his war on drugs in his speeches. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

The windfall of elections: 13 bets, 4 parties raise P69-M excess donations

FRANCISCO ‘Isko Moreno’ M. Domagoso may have been unsuccessful in his quest to have a Senate seat in last May’s elections, but Christmas still came quite early for the former Manila vice mayor. Once the dust had settled following the polls, Domagoso found himself with millions of pesos in excess campaign funds. To be exact, […]

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: We Can End the Drug War

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 December) — We can end the war on drugs today because the war on drug is first and foremost a war in our minds. But before you write me off as hopelessly out of touch with the drug menace in society, let me rephrase my assertion: the [metaphor] of the […]

TURNING POINT: Of Figure of Speech, Predictability and Reliability in Governance

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 07 December) — Every time the President opens his mouth and comes out with a controversial statement that spurs critics to action, his phalanx of apologists, and hyperactive supporters are quick to downplay things saying that what the idol said was a figure of speech and did not  actually mean […]

TURNING POINT: Of Figure of Speech, Predictability and Reliability in Governance

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 07 December) — Every time the President opens his mouth and comes out with a controversial statement that spurs critics to action, his phalanx of apologists, and hyperactive supporters are quick to downplay things saying that what the idol said was a figure of speech and did not  actually mean […]

COMMENTARY: Justice, Japar and Moros

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 07 December) — The first time I read that Court of Appeals Associate Justice Japar Dimaampao, was among the shortlisted applicants for a seat in Supreme Court, a feeling of excitement and pride. He is a Moro, a fellow Maranaw, a professor I admire, an intellectual giant for me. And I […]

5,000 typhoon-resilient houses to be constructed in Davao City

CITY INFORMATION OFFICE, Davao City, 05 December — San Miguel Foundation, Pilipinong May Puso Foundation, and National Housing Authority have signed a memorandum of agreement that will pave the way for the construction of 5,000 houses for the benefit of Davao City’s residents. The project is called Biyaya ng Pagbabago Residential Project. The MOA will be […]

Mayor Sara optimistic Davao rehab center will help win war on drugs

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte was thankful for the new drug rehabilitation center which will be built in Barangay Malagos starting next year. The P200 million 224-bed facility is expected to be completed before 2017 ends. It will offer services not only to drug dependents from Davao City but also to those who are […]

Kahayag Festival

Christmas trees and lanterns illuminate the town plaza of Carmen, Davao del Norte on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 as it holds the annual Kahayag Festival. MindaNews photo

VP Robredo in ComVal

Vice President Leni Robredo speaks before the beneficiaries of the Lower Ulip Resettlement Project in Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province on Tuesday. The beneficiaries were among the survivors of Typhoon Pablo that hit the province on December 4, 2012….

Reconnected

A new bridge reconnects the barangays of Andap and Pagsilaan in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province after the old bridge was swept away by debris flow spawned by heavy rains when typhoon Pablo hit on December 4, 2012. Photo taken on December 6, 2016…

No bilateral ceasefire, no release of political prisoners — Duterte

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – There will be no release of a substantial number of detained communist rebels unless a bilateral ceasefire agreement with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said. “Produce to me a signed bilateral ceasefire agreement and I will release them within 48 hours. You can take […]

PhilHealth offers detox package for drug users

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/06 December) – The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) started offering its “Medical Detoxification Package” for drug users. In a presentation Tuesday at the Lispher Inn, PhilHealth-Davao public relations officer 2 Kleah Gayle Dublin said that patients of drug abuse, particularly those using methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) or amphetamine-related abuses, may avail of the […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Christmas Tree Lighting. 05 December 2016

Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF  PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE  DURING THE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY [Delivered at Malacañan Palace Grounds | 05 December 2016] Kindly sit down. ‘Pag nandito na ako, sit down na kayo. Secretary Medialdea and the members of the Cabinet; Davao City councilors who are here; officials and employees of […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Christmas Tree Lighting. 05 December 2016

Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF  PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE  DURING THE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY [Delivered at Malacañan Palace Grounds | 05 December 2016] Kindly sit down. ‘Pag nandito na ako, sit down na kayo. Secretary Medialdea and the members of the Cabinet; Davao City councilors who are here; officials and employees of […]

STATEMENT: Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on release of political prisoners

STATEMENT Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dueza Washington, DC, 4 December 2016 Earnest efforts have been ongoing on the releases of prisoners. But necessary legal processes take awhile as cases are within the jurisdiction of the judiciary, an independent & co-equal branch. We understand their angst and impatience but we are all […]

Hidden wonder

Panas Falls in New Corella, Davao del Norte is now a favorite weekend destination for those who want to escape from the heat and pollution in neighboring cities.  Photo courtesy of MARIA CECILIA BADIAN

Saying goodbye

Outgoing Armed Forces Chief Of Staff Ricardo Visaya bid soldiers of the  4th Infantry Division in Patag, Cagayan de Oro City goodbye on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. Visaya, who is retiring on Dec. 7, started his military career as a second lieutenant in the 4th ID  in 1983. He became the 38th commander of the […]

Waste-to-energy projects detrimental to environment and human health – expert

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 05 December) – Waste-to-energy (WTE) projects produce the most toxic chemical substances that are detrimental to environment and human health, a former chief technical advisor on Global Environment Pojects of the United Nations Development Programme, said. “All thermal WTE technologies produce the most toxic substances known to Science. I am a scientist […]