Monthly Archives: July 2017

Davao Chamber backs Mayor Duterte on junking of reclamation project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 July) – The Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) threw its support behind City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s decision to terminate the joint venture agreement for what could have been the biggest reclamation project in Mindanao. Then mayor and now President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the agreement last year with Mega Harbour Port and Development Corporation. […]

RDC-11 endorses project for MSMEs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 July) – The Regional Development Council of Region 11 has endorsed for funding a project that will support the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises. Endorsed by RDC-11 is the Rural Agro-Enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth (RAPID Growth) project of the Department of Trade and Industry to the Investment Coordination Committee of […]

Ozamiz vice mayor says raiders seized hard disk with CCTV files

OZAMIZ CITY (MindaNews/31 July) — Police operatives who raided the house of Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog took with them her computer’s hard disk containing the files of footage of a CCTV installed inside and outside her house in Barangay San Roque, the official alleged on Monday. The vice mayor’s father Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., mother Susan, uncle […]

Ozamiz mourns mayor’s death

OZAMIZ CITY (MindaNews/31 July) — The Philippine flag was flown at half-mast on Monday to mark the observance of official mourning for the death of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., who was killed along with his wife, brother and 12 other persons in simultaneous predawn raids in their houses Sunday. Employees skipped the regular flag-raising rites at City Hall every Monday […]

Peace education pushed as antidote to extremism

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 30 July) — Apart from restoring the physical facilities and infrastructure lost in the siege of Marawi, a Maranao educator urged the country’s education officials to make the rebuilding effort an opportunity to revisit the education curriculum. Dr. Nagasura T. Madale, a cultural anthropologist, said it is important to strengthen […]

FILM REVIEW: Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right to Kill)

FiLM REVIEW: Tu Pug Imatuy (The Right to Kill) Director: Arbi Barbarona Screenplay:  Arnel Mardoquio Cinematography: Arbi Barbarona, Bryan Jimenez Editor/Sound Designer; Arbi Barbarona Assistant Director: Christine Austero Musical Director/Scorer: Arnel Barbarona Art Director: Raleon Monsanto Production Designer: Bagwani Amplayo Producers: Norhaiya Diabo Macusang, Milo Tolentino, Arnel Mardoquio, Arnel Barbarona Cast: Malona Sulatan, Jong Monzon, […]

Ozamiz mayor, wife, 10 others killed in simultaneous raids vs illegal drugs

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 30 July) —  Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parohinog, his wife and brother along nine others were killed in simultaneous raids of their houses in the early hours of Sunday. Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, the couple’s daughter, was also arrested and brought to the Ozamiz City police station. Police said they […]

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:  Education For All at the BIMP-EAGA

It is my first time to attend a program of the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines  East Asean Growth Area). The Inaugural BIMP-EAGA Higher Education Summit 2017 was recently held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia (July 19-20), and I was fortunate to join as a participant with Universiti Malaysia Sabah as the co-organizer together with the Malaysian Ministry […]



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LGU-owned sci-tech school now recognized as ‘higher education institution’

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) — After four years of waiting, the first technology school in North Cotabato managed by a local government, finally got the nod of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The CHED’s regional office in Soccsksargen (Central Mindanao) region, sitting en banc, passed Resolution Number 463-2017 on July 4, 2017, […]

Pacman visits Marawi troops

Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao visited the 103rd Brigade headquarters in Camp Ranao Saturday morning, 29 July 2017 and urged troops not to give up because if this fight against the Maute Group and its allies were a boxing match, “we’re on our last three rounds and it will soon be over.” Wearing a Special Forces uniform, […]

Freed afer 17 days

P01 Alfredo Basabica, Jr. (in white shirt) signs a document issued by the New People’s Army (NPA) ordering his release on 28 July 2017, after 17 days in captivity. Basabica’s fiancé, Princess Dacuycuy (2nd from right) and mother Edeline (R) were reunited with the police officer at the turnover ceremony in Barangay Binondo, Baganga, Davao Oriental. […]

Revival of mandatory ROTC pushed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 29 July) — A top official of the Reserve Officers Legion of the Philippines (ROLP) is pushing for the revival of the mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), arguing that the “defense of the state” should not be optional but “the prime duty of every citizen.” During the mid-year program of […]

View of Lake Lanao

View of Lake Lanao from the Grand Mosque of Bacolod Kalawi (formerly Bacolod Grande) in Lanao del Sur on Friday morning, 28 July 2017  Hundreds of families from Marawi City fled to this town at the onset of the Marawi Crisis in May, expecting to stay only for a few days. The Marawi Crisis entered […]


An accident involving two vehicles causes a traffic jam along a portion of the national highway in Dalwangan, Malaybalay City on Friday afternoon, 28 July 2017. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO

US hands 2 Cessna planes to PAF

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 July) – The US government has donated two new Cessna 208B aircraft worth P1.67 billion to the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to enhance the country’s counterterrorism capabilities and support the military operations in besieged Marawi City. The donation came on the heels of President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement during his second State of the Nation Address […]

GenSan extends aid to evacuees from Marawi City

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 July) — The city government has assisted some 3,813 displaced persons from conflict-torn Marawi City who have temporarily settled in parts of the city in the last two months. Marifer Hofer, coordinator for internally displaced persons of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), said the evacuees are currently staying […]

‘Safety nets’ sought for workers who will be displaced by drive vs contractualization

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 July) — South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes urged the national government to set more “safety nets” for workers who might be displaced as a result of the continuing crackdown against labor contractualization. This, as the local government projected that around 13,000 private workers in the province could face retrenchments in the […]

Town in Sarangani declared ‘drug-cleared’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/28 July) — Authorities have declared the entire municipality of Alabel, Sarangani Province’s capital, as “dug-cleared.” Gil Cesario Castro, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 12 director, said the municipality’s 13 barangays are considered “cleared” of illegal drugs and related activities based on regulations set by the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB). He said […]