Monthly Archives: February 2017

Air Force Hopefuls

A Philippine Air Force personnel oversees the qualifying examinations of at least 400 applicants at the PAF Tactical Operations Group-11 headquarters in Davao City on Tuesday, February 28. The PAF is expecting at least 13,000 applicants to vie for the …


A Green Sea Turtle is released back to the sea at the Aboitiz-managed Cleanergy Park in Barangay Punta Dumalag, Davao City on Tuesday, February 28. The turtle was trapped in the mangrove area of the park on Saturday when found by villagers. Mindanews P…

8-year old kidnap victim freed

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/28 February) — An eight-year old boy who was kidnapped in Zamboanga Sibugay and held hostage in Sulu for almost seven months was reunited with his family on Tuesday, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said. In a statement Tuesday, Dureza said they brought Rexon Romoc to Manila and turned him over to his […]

Reimposition of death penalty a return to barbarism – Spark

With the expected approbation of House Bill 4727 in the lower chamber of Congress this week, SPARK-Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan commands the youth to rise up against the reimposition of death penalty in the Philippines. According to the group, rationalising the current administration’s show of terror will cause the country to capsize very low, as […]

Environmentalists to pro-mining groups: Secretary Lopez a blessing

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) – Calling her a “blessing”, environmentalists have come to the defense of Environment Secretary Regina Lopez from pro-mining groups who are determined to block her confirmation as a cabinet member by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA). The CA will decide on Lopez’s appointment to the Department of Environment and Natural […]

Lascañas pens tell-all journal: Duterte rule ‘a Divine Trap’

HE HAD repeatedly denied the existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad or DDS at a Senate hearing just four months ago. Yet last week, retired Senior Police Officer 3 Arturo Bariquit Lascañas suddenly made a turnaround, saying not only that he had been one of the “pasimuno” or major players in the DDS, but […]

Australia sees greater economic ties with PH

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) – The Australian government has remained optimistic on the Philippines and will explore new areas of cooperation as the country moves to expand its economic potentials. “Both the Philippines’ and Australia’s economic growth performance looks set to continue, this creates new, mutually beneficial opportunities for trade, investment and business between the […]

How to pass your US Embassy tourist B1/B2 visa interview

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I’m pretty sure you’ve heard all the horror stories. Despite bringing land titles, “show money,” proof of vehicle ownership, credit cards, bank statements, letters of financial support from relatives overseas and even wearing tons…

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Official offers to share Australia’s “sustainable mining practices”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 February) – An Australian official has offered to share to the Philippine government and local industry players her country’s “sustainable and environment-friendly practices” in the wake of debates triggered by the impending closure of several mining operations nationwide. In an interview on Monday, Australian senior trade commissioner-Manila Elodie Journet told reporters that […]

Yasay tells OFWs in Switzerland: no new department for OFWs

BERN, SWITZERLAND (MindaNews / 27 February) —  Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay on Sunday told overseas workers here in Switzerland that he does not favor the creation of a Department for Overseas Filipino Workers (DOFW), a campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte. Yasay told a gathering of around 100 Filipino community leaders from Switzerland […]

Transport strike vs jeepney phaseout paralyzes CDO, Iligan

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/27 February) — Commuters desperate to reach their destination grabbed whatever ride was available on Monday as a transport strike mounted by jeepney operators and drivers nationwide crippled 70 percent of public transport here. Insp. Sebastian Chua Jr., chief of the Cagayan de Oro police traffic division said 70 percent of […]

DOLE 11 eyes reducing job mismatch, unemployment

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 February) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 11 will roll out Jobstart Philippines in two more cities and one municipality in Davao Region to address job mismatch and unemployment this year. DOLE regional employment spokesperson Lauriele P. Arce told Kapehan sa Dabaw that the second phase will cover Digos City […]

Transport Strike

Commuters cling at the back of a jeepney in Cagayan de Oro City on Monday (February 27, 2017) just to reach their destination. A strike staged by jeepney operators and drivers nationwide to protest a government plan to phase out the vintage vehicle paralyzed at least 70 percent of public transport in the city. MindaNews […]

Cagdianao mayor: Whale’s skeletal remains will be preserved  

CAGDIANAO, Province of Dinagat Island (MindaNews / 26 Feb) — Mayor Adolfo Longos wants to preserve the skeletal remains of the huge sea creature that washed ashore at a beach here on Wednesday. “The large whale washed ashore within our town so we have the right to preserve it as a new tourist attraction,” Longos said. […]