Monthly Archives: May 2017

BTC commissioner resigns over Marawi siege

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 31 May) – Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, human rights advocates and resident of Marawi City, resigned from her post as a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) following the siege of her hometown. The BTC is tasked by the government to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law, or the enabling policy of the […]

Informal GRP-NDFP consultations to continue

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 May) – Despite the cancellation of the 5th round of talks between the government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in the Netherlands, informal bilateral consultations between the working groups of both panels will continue in the Philippines for the “eventual” resumption of the negotiations. In a statement posted […]

All measures possible taken for constituents’ safety – Dansalan College prexy 

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/30 May) — Despite the burning of the historic Dansalan College (DC) in Marawi City and even if some of its employees are being held hostage by the Maute Group, the school’s president expressed that they exhausted all measures possible to secure their constituents. DC President Fedelina Tawagon said in a statement that they […]

No choice

Young and old commuters alike are required to disembark and queue for inspection at the police checkpoint in Barangay Suarez in Iligan City, the entry point from Marawi City and other areas west of the city. Photo taken on May 30, 2017, a week since the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. MindaNews photo by H. Marcos […]

BEYOND THE BEND: Old Martial Law vs. New Martial Law

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 30 May) – According to Malacañang, Martial Law over the entire island of Mindanao will “strengthen the hand of government in dealing with terrorists”. Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada even believes, “Martial law should be extended until the last terrorist has fallen.” Many Filipinos, Mindanaons among them, hope […]

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Marksmanship course

Special Civilian Armed Auxiliary trainees under Task Force Davao undergo marksmanship course as part of their basic military training at an Army camp in Malagos District, Davao City on 29 May 2017. MindaNews photo by Manman Dejeto

Gas price increase

An attendant at a gas station in Barangay Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City wears a paper cap urging motorists to fill up their fuel tanks before another price increase that will take effect on May 30, 2017. Photo taken on May 29, 2017. MindaNews photo by H….

One morning at Gensan Fish Port

It was five in the morning when I snoozed off my alarm clock, hurriedly we went to fetch my cousin, and then we were on the road to GenSan Fish Port. This place is visited by tons of tourists and photographers mostly during Tuna Festival, and one of it is Kulas of Becoming Filipino where he carried a massive tuna out of a boat. Of course, it wasn’t my first time, but it was a first for me at least to observe in depth the things and people there.

The place at this hour is very chaotic and crowded. And well it smells awful but hey what fish has a fragrant smell? None of course. If you want to see the GenSan Fishport come to life, as early as 4AM to 6AM is the best time to visit.

The fishport is divided into different markets and the pictures above is the place where export quality tunas are found.

We roamed around and took lots of photos. Every boat that we pass by, fishermen would wave and greet us, they were very very friendly. A group even invited us for a mini tour at their boat and we gladly said yes.

It was quite a different feeling talking to the fishermen who risk their lives just to assure us that our country’s tuna industry would continue to prosper. They spend months in the middle of the sea, away from their loved ones, with unjust compensation just so we can enjoy delicious tuna products. And yet the big players in the industry would just respond with “Ganun talaga.” Sad but true.

Military welcomes support from rebel groups in fight vs terrorism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 May) – The Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) is willing to accept support from the Moro rebels and even from the New People’s Army (NPA) should the military need reinforcement to combat the Abu Sayyaf and Maute group in Mindanao. EMC commander Lt. General Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero told a press conference Monday they welcome any […]

TURNING POINT: Beyond the Target

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/29 May) — In essence, Martial Law is accordingly imposed in Mindanao to effectively stop terrorism and protect civilians from terrorist harm. No one questions this laudable objective. We cannot help, however, from being apprehensive because  our experience under Marcos’ Martial Law  was scary – our protectors turned out to be our […]

No lockdown in Iligan City – police

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews/29 May) — The city police office clarified that no lockdown has been ordered in the city in response to the ongoing clashes in neighboring Marawi City between government forces and members of the Maute group. Police issued the clarification Sunday night after word circulated that a lockdown was to be implemented soonest, as per announcement of the […]

Air Support

Philippine Air Force helicopters land at an Army headquarters to deliver supplies and ferry the wounded during the military operations to retake Marawi City. The military enters its seventh day on Monday (29 May 2017) in the campaign to flush out membe…

CBCS Statement on Martial Law, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism

It is unfortunate that we are caught again in a situation where people had to live in high level of fears and uncertainties in their securities. This situation is brought about on one hand by terror attacks and on the other hand, by the counter-terrorism response. In both cases, the civilians and non-combatants are the […]