Monthly Archives: May 2017

No truth to Iligan City lockdown…for now

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A lot of people got stir crazy yesterday because of an announcement na kesyo Iligan City is on lockdown. Apparently that announcement was prematurely released and it was retracted right away. Now, in an…

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“Flalok,” the traditional art form of oral storytelling of the Blaan tribe is now related among tribal children in schools through a book which was launched on May 25 as members of different indigenous people’s group from South Cotabato and nearby Sarangani Province gathered in Polomolok, South Cotabato for the 1st Flalok Congress. The stories […]

Group backs martial but urges Duterte to disarm politicians and dismantle their private armies

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 May) — The Save Sulu Movement has thrown its support behind President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, following the May 23 clashes between military and Maute Group in Marawi City, but urged him to disarm politicians allegedly protecting local terrorists and dismantle their private armies. “The Save […]

Pray for Peace

Members of the Philippine government and National Democratic Front peace panels attend a special Sunday mass at the ballroom of Radisson Blu Palace Hotel in Noordwijk, The Netherlands on 28 May 2017. The panels are in Noordwijk supposedly for the 5th round of formal peace talks but this was called off due to some “serious […]

White flag

A Marawi resident carries a white flag as he talks to an army soldier at a checkpoint in Marawi City on May 27, 2017. Residents are resorting to waving white flags to roam the streets as fighting intensified in the city. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

5th round of GRP-NDF peace talks called off; Duterte says no to talks for now

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 May) —  The 5th round of formal peace talks scheduled May 27 to June 2 in The Netherlands, has been called off, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to the government peace panel not to sit across the negotiating table “until such time as there are clear indications that an enabling […]

Fleeing an embattled city

  Residents of Marawi City in Lanao del Sur bring a handicapped child on a wheelchair to safety in Iligan City, almost 40 kilometers away, on May 27, 2017. Government forces are still battling the Maute group in Marawi. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

Prayer beads

Norlika Bangon, 25, chooses pasbi (prayer beads) she will bring to prayers for the first day of Ramadan from a vendor outside Masjid Al-Taqwa-Darusalam at Barangay 23-C, Davao City on Saturday, 27 May 2017. MindaNews photo by Manman Dejeto

Cotabato to extend aid to cops hurt in twin roadside blasts

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/27 May) – The Cotabato provincial government will provide financial assistance to policemen who were wounded in two roadside blasts here on Friday. In a statement, Cotabato Governor Lala Mendoza said she has already ordered fund release for the hospitalization and cash assistance to Police Officer 1 (PO1) Ronald Espanola of the Arakan municipal police station and PO1 […]

Marawi Checkpoint

Army soldiers manning a temporary checkpoint stops a vehicle from entering Marawi City on Saturday (27 May 20107) to avoid civilian casualties. Government troops are still battling the Maute Group since skirmishes began in downtown Marawi last Tuesday….

Civilian Rescue

An Army soldier (left) welcomes residents rescued by Tabligh missionaries Friday night (26 May 2017). The 100 or so workers, mostly Christians, were trapped in a building in Pantalan sa Masiu, Barangay Padian, Marawi City. The Tablighs came to their re…

Mindanao’s bishops on Martial Law in Mindanao: it must be temporary

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) — Mindanao’s Catholic bishops acknowledged there are many fears about President Rodrigo Duterte’s May 23 declaration of martial law in Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities but for now, there  are “no solid and sufficient facts to absolutely reject the declaration of Martial Law as morally reprehensible.” “But we […]

Moro groups call for humanitarian corridor to get Marawi residents out of harm’s way

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) — A multisectoral group in Lanao del Sur is asking President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a “half day of no fighting” for a humanitarian corridor that would allow the safe passage of civilians out of the battlegrounds in the country’s lone Islamic City. The multisectoral Ranaw Rescue Team on […]


A Maranao girl asks for four packs of meals for her family after evacuees from neighboring Marawi City temporarily seeking refuge in Iligan City patiently wait for President Rodrigo Duterte since morning of Friday (26 May 2017), even if it means skippi…

COMMENTARY: Addressing challenges posed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (7): Collusion with the Abu Sayyaf

Seventh of 10 parts 26 May 2017 Whenever lengthy discussions of the Abu Sayyaf are undertaken, the matter of the possible collusion of persons in authority, whether they be military or police personnel or local government officials, with the ASG inevitably comes up.  Let us take a look at each of these in turn. Military/Police […]

“Business as usual” in SocSarGen, despite martial law

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) — It’s “business as usual” in this city this city and the neighboring provinces of Sarangani and South Cotabato despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s May 23 declaration of martial law in the entire Mindanao. Mayor Ronnel Rivera said the operations of all city and national government agencies as well […]