Monthly Archives: November 2016

PRRD in Butig

Flanked by his generals in Butig, Lanao del Sur, President Rodrigo Duterte offers the Maute group and MILF commander Abduhraman Macapaar alias Commander Bravo the olive branch of peace in Butig town, Lanao del Sur on Tuesday (30 Nov2016). Duterte however said the gesture of peace is not finite and urged the rebels to talk peace […]

ICT exec: Firms wait-and-see how Trump victory can affect industry

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Nov) – An official of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Council here said that Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies operating in the country are on a wait-and-see how the industry will be affected under the leadership of United States president-elect Donald Trump. Lawyer Samuel Matunog, ICT-Davao president, told a […]


Datu Michael Mastura of Maguindanao (left) and Fr. Eliseo “Jun” Mercado have been campaigning for federalism for nearly half a century now. Senior and younger federalists gathered in Davao City on Nov. 29 and 30 for a conference initiated by Kusog Mindanaw. MindaNews photo by Carolyn O. Arguillas

Siargao girl surfer wins Asian championship

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Nov) – After drawing big scores in the series of leagues in Southeast Asia, Siargao girl surfer Nilbie Blancada bagged the most coveted crown of the 2016 Asian Surfing Championship (ASC), which is co-sanctioned by the World Surfing League (WSL) and ASC, that concluded in Taitung, Taiwan last Sunday. In […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Ceremonial switch on, Palm Concepcion Power Plant. 28 Nov 2016

Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE INAUGURATION AND CEREMONIAL SWITCH ON OF THE 135-MW CIRCULATING FLUIDIZED BED COMBUSTION (CFBC) POWER PLANT OF THE PALM CONCEPCION POWER PLANT   [Rizal Hall, Malacañan Palace | 28 November 2016] Salamat po. Kindly sit down. Secretary Alfonso Cusi; Dr. Walter Brown; […]

Duterte to proceed to Lanao Sur despite ambush on his security personnel

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 November) – Against the advice of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), President Rodrigo Duterte will proceed with his scheduled visit to Lanao del Sur on Wednesday, despite the ambush shortly before noon Tuesday of an advance party of the PSG here. Four wounded PSG members injured in the […]

Wounded PSG

Four of the seven wounded members of  the Presidential Security Group were airlifted to Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City on Tuesday (29 Nov 2016), hours after they were ambushed by still unidentified gunmen in Marawi City. The vehicle they were riding also reportedly hit a landmine in Barangay Matampay, Tuesday morning. They were on their […]

Duterte’s PSG advance party bombed in Marawi

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 29 Nov) – Seven personnel from the Presidential Security Group (PSG) serving as President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s advance party and two Army escorts were reported wounded after a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) hit the convoy of the elite security group while heading to Marawi City this morning, police and military […]

PEACETALK: Look at the larger picture, not just the tree but the whole forest

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 28 November) — The peace process has established mechanisms. If there are problems that involve people on both sides, GPH (Philippine Government) and MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front), these problems have to be resolved through these mechanisms. We cannot afford a duplication of the Mamasapano Incident on a larger scale or […]

GenSan opens city hospital’s laboratory with P30M worth of upgrades

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 29 Nov) – The city government has formally opened the newly-upgraded clinical laboratory of the city hospital that is now equipped with around P30-million worth of modern machines and equipment. Mayor Ronnel Rivera led the unveiling of the enhanced laboratory on Monday at the local government-operated Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital. He […]


We, the conveners and participants to the “Bangsamoro CSOs and Sectoral Leaders’ General Regional Assembly – Northern Mindanao Cluster” last October 22 -23, 2016 in Pagadian City, including a delegation of the heirs of the Sultanates of Maguindanano and Sibugay area, hereby manifest grave concern over the following unfolding realities in relation to the peace […]


The Maguindanao Civil Society Organizations Consultative Meeting which was participated by sixty seven (67) leaders was held last November 24, 2016 at Pagana Native Restaurant, Cotabato City and organized by three major CSO Networks operating in the province of Maguindanao such as the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society Organization (CBCS), Peoples CART (P-CART) and League […]

Howitzer Fire

An Army soldier gathers spent shells of a 105mm Howitzer used to bombard rebels belonging to the Maute group in Butig, Lanao del Sur Monday (28 November 2016). The group linked to ISIS has once again occupied the town center. MindaNews photo by Ferdin…

NCIP reveals existence of ‘fraudulent’ indigenous people’s organizations in Caraga

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has revealed the existence of “fraudulent” indigenous people’s organizations (IPOs) in the Caraga Region that are falsely representing the lumads for their money-making ventures. The NCIP, in an en banc resolution, said that the fake IPOs are “falsely claiming ancestral domains […]

SELDA to Duterte: Release the 400 now!

News Release 28 November 2016 Govt accountable for death of political detainee SELDA to Duterte: Release the 400 now! SELDA (Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) demanded the Duterte administration the immediate release of 400 political detainees following the death of Bernabe Ocasla, Monady afternoon. “The Duterte administration is accountable for the death […]

NUJP STATEMENT: The truth can never be silenced, online and off

The truth can never be silenced, online and off   The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines deplores the blocking by Facebook of the account of our former chairperson, respected journalist and blogger Inday Espina-Varona, at the behest of what are clearly enemies of the right to free expression and of a free press. […]

PNP, Army hunting suspects behind attempt to burn bus in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 Nov) – Police and Army personnel have launched pursuit operations against a group of armed men who attempted to burn another passenger bus in the outskirts of Tantangan town in South Cotabato on Sunday night. Sr. Supt. Franklin Alvero, South Cotabato police director, said Monday armed men claiming to be members of the […]