Monthly Archives: October 2017

Volunteers help clean Marawi

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 4 Oct) – Hundreds of volunteers turned up on Wednesday to clean Barangay Matampay of debris, ISIS graffiti, and filth from the four months of fighting that devastated this city Marawi Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra said they are doing this so when almost 200,000 residents who fled will eventually come home, […]

17 Marawi hostages rescued

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 4 Oct) – The Philippine military rescued at least 17 hostages, including five female teachers of Dansalan College, after an intense firefight in Marawi City dawn on Wednesday. The rescue came after soldiers made a night attack on a row of houses in Barangay Lumbac Marinaut. Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander […]

Group says martial law ‘toothless’ as kidnappings, drugs, terrorism continue in Sulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 4 Oct) – The civil society organization Save Sulu Movement said the declaration of martial law in Mindanao has been ineffective in putting a stop to terrorism more than four months after President Rodrigo R. Duterte placed the entire island under military rule. Speaking in “Wednesdays Habi at Kape” forum here, […]

3 Mindanawons top Mech Eng licensure exam; Xavier U summa is number 1

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 04 October) — Three Mindanawons topped the Mechanical Engineering Licensure Examination (MELE) with this year’s Summa Cum Laude graduate of Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City ranking first among 3,517 passers out of 5,098 who took the exams. Xavier University’s Jay Nelson Corbita topped the board with a rating of […]

Checkpoints and Chokepoints: The Rocky Road to Peace in the Bangsamoro

[The author Professor Rufa Cagoco-Guiam is a:Professor III, Department of Sociology, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Graduate Program in Public Administration; Director, Campus – Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao, Mindanao State University – General Santos City 9500, Philippines The article was reprinted as published at Asia Peacebuilding Initiatives webpage.] For the […]

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Let us not miss this opportunity, probably the last, to win back our people

By Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman (Privilege speech of Anak Mindanao party-list Rep. Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman delivered at the House of Representatives on Monday, 02 October 2017. The speech was reprinted from MindaNews October 3, 2017 issue) Madam Speaker, esteemed colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi taala wabarakatuhu. Isang mapagpalayang hapon po sa […]

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Student organizations in Central Mindanao convene to establish federation for peace

By: UNYPAD ComTeam COTABATO CITY/October 4 – Several student leaders coming from different provinces in Central Mindanao gathered at the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Office on Monday (October 2) to finalize the creation of federation as one of the output of peace education summit organized by the Commission on Higher Education-Autonomous Region…

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: IBP Davao. 30 Sept. 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office). * [censored] is part of this official transcript.   Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE INSTALLATION OF NEW OFFICERS AND INDUCTION OF NEW […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: IBP Davao. 30 Sept. 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office). * [censored] is part of this official transcript.   Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE INSTALLATION OF NEW OFFICERS AND INDUCTION OF NEW […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Balangiga. 28 Sept 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING HIS ATTENDANCE TO THE 116TH COMMEMORATION OF BALANGIGA ENCOUNTER DAY [Delivered at the Balangiga Encounter Monument, Balangiga, Eastern Samar | 28 September […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Balangiga. 28 Sept 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING HIS ATTENDANCE TO THE 116TH COMMEMORATION OF BALANGIGA ENCOUNTER DAY [Delivered at the Balangiga Encounter Monument, Balangiga, Eastern Samar | 28 September […]

Rehab of Agus, Pulangi hydropower plants a go with or without privatization

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 October) – The rehabilitation of the Agus and Pulangi hydropower complexes will push through with or without privatization, Energy Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella said. In a press conference during the Energy Investment Forum and Stakeholders Conference at the Grand Regal Hotel Tuesday, Fuentebella said the two hydropower plants de-rated capacity is 686 megawatts. Their installed […]

MANIFESTO of SIGN NEW BBL CAMPAIGN

We, the members of the coalition of broad networks of Bangsamoro/Filipino Civil Society and Grassroots Organizations serving Mindanao and its Islands had long been supporting and accompanying the GPH-MILF Peace Process towards its successful conclusion. The peace process had been lingering with uncertainties for the last twenty years while majority of the Bangsamoro were and […]

PRIVILEGE SPEECH: Let us not miss this opportunity, probably the last, to win back our people

(Privilege speech of Anak Mindanao party-list Rep. Sitti Djalia A. Turabin-Hataman delivered at the House of Representatives on Monday, 02 October 2017) Madam Speaker, esteemed colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi taala wabarakatuhu. Isang mapagpalayang hapon po sa ating lahat. My sincerest gratitude for this opportunity to once again, and for the last […]

Marawi again

President Rodrigo Duterte inspects a nipa hut built by Army engineers for evacuees at the evacuation camp in Barangay Bito Buadi Itowa in Marawi City on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, Day 133 of the Marawi Crisis. This is the President’s sixth visit to Marawi. He, however, did not meet with the evacuees nearby who were […]

PDP’s draft federal Constitution submitted; is EO on Consultative Committee scrapped?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 02 October) —  Is Executive Order No. 10 on the creation of a 25-member Consultative Committee (ConCom) that would study the 1987 Constitution and recommend amendments to Congress considered scrapped given that the President’s political party, Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan  (PDP-Laban) has submitted its draft federal Constitution […]

Student communicators urged to verify “news” shared on social media

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/02 October) — Consumers of news and information should verify and fact-check what’s being spread on social media to avoid becoming victims of so-called fake news or disinformation, resource persons from various media organizations said in a seminar here last week. The seminar, titled “Journalism in the Age of Truth, Trolls and Fake News,” […]

Movement of CSOs, grassroots communities calling for the immediate passage of BTC’s BBL launched in Cotabato City

COTABATO City –A network of Civil Society Organizations and grassroots community leaders launched the #SIGNnewBBL Movement on Friday (Sept 29) at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, ORG compound, Cotabato City, to pitch their call for the immediate passage of BTC’s crafted Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) The event was participated in by thousands of peace advocates […]

From ‘Little Tokyo’ to Tokyo, Japan: historical bond, shared journey

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 October) — Few Dabawenyos know that Davao City and Japan share a rich historical bond. More than a century ago, there was a thriving community of around 30,000 Japanese in Barangay Mintal, then the city’s economic center. What remains of the community a century later are a few Japanese mementos, […]

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: If I have been able to serve others, it is only because I have received so much

(Acceptance speech of Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar during the conferment of the Parangal sa Paglilingkod ng Sambayanan by the Ateneo de Manila University on 26 September 2017) Fr. Jose Ramon Villena, SJ, President of ADMU, members of the Board of Directors of the Ateneo de Manila University, members of the Committee who decided on my […]

Award for Larry Ilagan

Social Welfare Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan receives from President Rodrigo Duterte the Legal Award for Outstanding Lawyer in Community and Legal Aid Service (posthumous) conferred on her husband, Laurente Calanog Ilagan, who dared fight the Marcos dictatorship and was the first of three human rights lawyers in Davao City who were arrested in May 1985 for […]

Raptor migration

The peak season is here. These are some of the 54,000 Chinese sparrowhawks seen on September 29 from Raptor Hill in Glan, Sarangani province. Just two weeks into the watch, the Sarangani Team has recorded 86,000 raptors, breaking last year’s record of 78,817 over five weeks of a “confirmatory raptor migration study.” Photo by Tres […]

Record-breaking: 86,000 migratory birds flock to Sarangani in two weeks

RAPTOR HILL, Glan, Sarangani (September 30, 2017) – It was worth the travel on the long and winding road that leads to Raptor Hill in Barangay Rio del Pilar when on September 29 some 54,000 raptors were recorded in the routine day-long watch of a team from the Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC), Sarangani […]