Monthly Archives: June 2017


A businessman enters his store in Sarimanok, Marawi City for the first time on Friday, 30 June 2017, Day 39 since clashes between government forces and the ISIS-inspired Maute Group started on May 23, 2017. The military has declared this area “cleared.” MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO  

Children of War

It’s been over a month since fighting between government forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group erupted in Marawi City. The conflict forced civilians to flee to areas outside of Lanao del Sur. Many of them sought refuge in evacuation centers while others opted to stay in the homes of relatives. In evacuation centers, the […]

Marawi rehab won’t be like ‘Yolanda’ — Sec. Villar

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 June) – The government won’t repeat in Marawi City the mistakes of the past administration in handling the rehabilitation program for areas hit by super typhoon Yolanda in 2013, Public Works secretary Mark Villar. Villar, in a press briefing in Malacañan Palace Thursday said the rehabilitation plan for Marawi will be more sensitive to the needs of the affected residents. He […]

TURNING POINT: The Tax War Against the Poor

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/30 June) — The move to impose new or higher excise taxes on  locally produced or processed food products is an indication that the administration is now going to lean heavily on indirect taxation as a policy to raise tax revenue. Excise tax, sales tax, ad valorem tax and value added tax […]

Birthday wish of child evacuee from Marawi: “I want my rabbits back”

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) — Princess Annalea Abbas Cader is celebrating her sixth birthday at the evacuation center in Buru-un on Friday, June 30 and her only wish is: “I want my rabbits back.” Princess left behind her rabbits “Bait” (Good) and “Saway” (Naughty) when they fled Barangay Mapandi in Marawi City on […]

Biz leaders laud approval of Mindanao rail’s Phase 1

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – Business leaders were all praises after the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) board approved the phase 1 of the 830-km. Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) that will heighten the “pace of development” in the island. In a text message Thursday, Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) president Ronald […]

DOE believes Mindanao can sustain electricity market

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – Energy Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella said the energy sector hopes to sustain the excess power supply situation in Mindanao to prevent another “system blackout” or collapse that will hamper the operation of the newly-launched Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) in Mindanao. The WESM’s predecessor, Interim Mindanao Electricity […]

Wounded soldiers eager to return to Marawi

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 29 June) – Soldiers who were wounded in action in the besieged Marawi City expressed eagerness to return to the front line, officials at the 4th Infantry Division in Camp Evangelista here said Tuesday. Lt. Col. Jonna Dalida-Dalaguit, chief of the 4ID Medical Corps, said many of the soldiers […]

Marawi Crisis: No End In Sight Yet

Fighting between government forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group in Marawi City entered its 37th day on Wednesday (28 June 2017), and there are no signs it would end soon. Military as well as civilian casualties have mounted as clashes and aerial bombardment rage on at the city’s downtown area where the militants are […]

International Alert calls on congress to pass measure against discrimination

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 June) – Human rights advocacy group International Alert-Philippines is calling on Congress to pass an anti-discrimination measure that seeks to protect rights of the Muslim and indigenous people (IP) minorities in the workplace and enable them to access better opportunities in companies. Francesca Humi, the group’s program officer in the […]

Dragon Fruit

A vendor sells dragon fruit at 150 pesos per pack to motorists waiting for their turn to enter a one-way section of the highway under repair in Brgy. Bangcud, Valencia City in Bukidnon on Wednesday (28 June 2017). MindaNews photo by Manman Dejeto

Marawi’s “Titanic”: refuge for bakwits and relatives in search of missing loved ones

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 27 June) — The three-floor building on the left side of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol in Marawi City, is referred to by locals as “Titanic” because when it was completed, its size reminded them of Titanic the ship. Unlike the Titanic which passengers abandoned  to save their lives, this […]

All Wars Are Wars Against Civilians

Neither the AFP nor the “Terrorist” Groups is winning the war By Abu Mumar (The author is a Bangsamoro independent thinker who spends his profession years in non-violent peace building. He heads the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), a Cotabato City-based Peace and Human Rights-based network of Moro NGOs and POs and an avid […]

Portalets for evacuees

Workers clean portable toilets provided by the Department of Health for Marawi City evacuees staying inside the National School of Fisheries in Buruun, Iligan City on 26 June 2017. To maintain cleanliness, a private contractor cleans the portalets in f…


DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews/Hunyo 27) — Usa sa mga nakaon nila Magellan dihang midunggo sila sa Cebu niadtong 1521 mao ang laghan – subay sa orihinal nga spelling ni Pigafetta, ang Italyanong tigtala sa Ekspedisyong Magellan. Ang mga Katsila ug Italyano dili molitok sa letrang “h”, busa ang saktong paglitok sa maong pulong mao ang […]

MILF open to help resolve Marawi crisis

OZAMIZ CITY (MindaNews/27 June) — A top official of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said the group is open to play a role in resolving the Marawi crisis if called upon “in the greater regard of civilian interests.” “It is not impossible, especially if the civilian interest is at stake. If there is a request, the MILF […]