1st unit of 540-MW GN Power to start end of 2017

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 Feb) —  The first of three-unit 540-mw GN Power Kauswagan Ltd. Co. in Lanao del Norte, the biggest coal-fired power in Mindanao, will start trial operations by end of this year, Romeo Montenegro, director for Investment Promotion, International Relations and Public Affairs of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said. “Mindanao looks forward to […]

Island in peril

HBeautiful white island of Alingkakajaw in Hayanggabon, Claver, Surigao del Norte is in danger because of the siltation problem wrought by mining companies in the area. This photo was taken on February 20, 2017.  MindaNews photo by ROEL N. CATOTO  

Peace Table

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte sits with Maguindanao Representative and Deputy Speaker for Mindanao Bai Sandara Sema,  Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim and Bangsamoro Transition Commission chair Ghazali Jaafar during the launching of the expanded BTC at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City […]

Davao-Manado air links urged as Davao-GenSan-Bitung sea route is set for launching

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews / 25 Feb) — The government here urged the airline industry to revive flights between Davao City and Manado in the North Sulawesi, as the launch of the new Davao-General Santos City-Bitung sea route will create a demand for direct flights from businessmen between Philippines and Indonesia,  Trade assistant secretary Arturo Boncato, […]

Duterte to BTC: “navigate the hindrances and obstructions; find a way to peace”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 February) — “Navigate the hindrances and obstructions. Hanapin ninyo ang daan hanggang patungo sa kapayapaan” (Find a way to peace), President Rodrigo Duterte urged members of the expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) at the launch late Friday afternoon at the Garden Pavilion of the Waterfront Insular Hotel. It will be […]

PEACETALK:  May peace reign in the Bangsamoro… in Mindanao… in the country.

(Speech delivered by Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic LIberatin Front, at the launch of the new BTC MILF Chairman on the occasion of the launch of the new BTC, Waterfront Hotel, Davao City on February 24, 2017) President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the first Mindanaoan President of the Republic,Secretary Jesus “Jess” Dureza, […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Launch of expanded Bangsamoro Transition Commission. 24 Feb 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk  SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE LAUNCH OF THE BANGSAMORO TRANSITION COMMISSION (BTC) [Delivered at Pavilion, Waterfront Insular Hotel, Lanang, Davao City | […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Rehab Facility in Samal. 24 Feb 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE TURNOVER OF REHABILITATION FACILITY OF THE FEDERATION OF FILIPINO-CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY [Delivered at Sitio Maag, […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Knights of Rizal. 23 Feb 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE 21ST INTERNATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND CONFERENCE OF THE KNIGHTS OF RIZAL [Delivered at SMX Convention Center Davao City| 23 February 2017] […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: 50th Anniversary of Asian Development Bank

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION OF THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK [Delivered at ADB Auditorium, ADB Headquarters, Mandaluyong City | 21 […]

Panelo: Palace has nothing to do with de Lima’s arrest

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 February) – Malacanang did not pressure the court into issuing an arrest warrant against Senator Leila de Lima, presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said Friday. De Lima, who is accused of protecting illegal drug trade at the National Bilibid Prisons, was arrested Friday on the basis of a warrant issued by Muntinlupa […]

Huge but dead

Residents of Purok 5, Poblacion, Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands gather on Friday (February 24, 2017) near a decomposing sea creature that was beached last Wednesday (February 22, 2017). MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

Duterte: “change must come from above; change and reforms from below are upheavals”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 24 February) — As the nation is commemorating the 31st anniversary of the 1986 People Power revolution that toppled down the Marcos dictatorship, President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said change or reforms, if they are to bear fruit “must come from above” because reforms that come from below are “upheavals, both violent […]

LETTER:  EDSA is our People’s Cry and God’s loving reply

(Letter of Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to the late Cardinal Jaime Sin, on the commemoration of 31 years after EDA People Power in February 1986). Dear Cardinal Sin, It is you I miss most these days. I do not mean to disturb your peace. You […]

COMMENTARY: On the economic prescriptions of the new charter

MELBOURNE, Australia (MindaNews/24 February) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s historic win was brought about by the 16 million voters who believed in his promise of change. Admittedly, a couple of promises have been “adjusted” to be more consistent with current conditions. Nonetheless, many of the President’s followers still expect his administration to work towards a complete […]

TURNING POINT: The Scent of Downfall

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/24 February) — It is now evident the Duterte Davao model in fighting criminality, the drug menace and corruption could not work when applied at national scale. Why? In Davao, Duterte was able to cow his constituents to submission with his strongman tactics using the police and other armed allies. Oppositions and […]

COMMENT: Good! Enough? In All Honesty …  (2)

2nd of three parts: Worrisome Consequences GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 23 February) — Contrary to the original plan, not all MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front)  factions are represented in the New BTC. In its “Recasting the Bangsamoro Transition Commission”, the BPDR provides: “To be composed of representatives from MILF, MNLF, ARMM, Indigenous Peoples, Sultanates, […]

Mindanao sultanates support peace efforts, federalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 February) – Sultanates in Mindanao on Thursday declared support to the peace efforts and proposal for a shift to a federal form of government of the Duterte administration. The sultanates issued their stand during the “1st Grand Summit of the Confederation of Royal Sultanates in Mindanao” which carried the theme “In Unity […]

Damaged by Quake

This waiting shed outside Palma Gil Elementary School collapses after a 4.6-magnitude quake hit Davao City at 9:50 am on 23 February 2017, leaving two women injured. MindaNews Photo

NDFP-Mindanao vows to free captives

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 February) – The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)-Mindanao has vowed to release its “prisoners of war” (POWs) as a “gesture of support” for the resumption of peace negotiations. In a statement dated February 17, 2017 but released on February 23, NDFP-Mindanao spokesperson Joaquin Jacinto said the release will take place […]

DepEd XI to assess school buildings for safety

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 February) — In-house teams of the Department of Education in Region XI will conduct rapid assessment of school buildings to ensure the safety of children after a 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit Davao City on Thursday morning, an official said. “Every month, a DepEd team monitors school buildings and receives requests for rehabilitation […]

Dirty Faces of Mining

Pro-mining protesters in Barangay Talavera in Taganaan town, Surigao del Norte put laterite silt on their faces symbolizing their support to nickel extraction in Hinatuan Island during their rally on February 22, 2017. Hinaturan Mining Corp. operates i…

4.6-magnitude quake jolts Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 February) — A 4.6-magnitude earthquake jolted Davao City at 9:50 a.m. on Thursday, leaving two women injured after a waiting shed collapsed on them while waiting for a jeepney. Based on the latest earthquake bulletin of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the epicenter of the quake was at 9 kilometers […]

COMMENT: Good! Enough? In All Honesty … (1)

I: Signal to Start GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 22 February) —  President Rodrigo R. Duterte finally ordered the much-awaited release of the names of the 21 members of the New BTC (Bangsamoro Transition Commission) last February 9 – three months and two days after he issued on November 7, 2016 of Executive Order No. […]

Environmentalists urge CA to confirm Sec. Lopez’s appointment

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 Feb) – Different environmental advocates in Mindanao called on the Commission on Appointment (CA) for the confirmation of Environment Secretary Regina Lopez, described as a long-awaited “gift” who deserves to be put in the position. “There is no other person who better fits the position other than Lopez,” lawyer Romeo […]