Monthly Archives: February 2018

American singer dedicates latest album to soldiers who fought in Marawi

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – American singer-songwriter Rockwell Ryan Ripperger, who founded the international acoustic/pop rock band Stephen Speaks, has dedicated his latest album to the soldiers who fought in the five-month battle of Marawi and vowed he would donate to them a portion of his proceeds from his Philippine concert tour. Ending […]

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: How Progressive is Your Barangay? Part II

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – Every community needs to capitalize on its assets and opportunities and out its revenues to better use. As pointed out by Hernando de Soto, the internationally respected economist, there’s capital in the villages or barangays—even in its poorest slums. Not just millions but billions that are […]

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Jet carrying 73 passengers overshoots Siargao runway due to bird strike

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – A passenger jet plane carrying 73 people overshot the runway in Siargao Island Tuesday morning apparently because of a bird strike, but nobody was injured in the incident. The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Del Carmen town in Siargao said the Skyjet plane ended up on […]

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CRUCIBLE: Marawi Crisis and CVE – “Without us crossing swords, ha ha”

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – Below are exchanges of email and SMS between me and a head of sub-contracting agency that show the connectedness of a supposed local issue like Marawi crisis (e.g., war, rehab) with geopolitics of aid and CVE. I could not reveal specific persons and entities involved as my interest […]

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Abu Sayyaf member surrenders in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – A member of the Abu Sayyaf Group based in Omar, Sulu surrendered Tuesday morning before the 1st Marine Battalion and the Philippine Marine Ready Force Sulu (PMRFS). A concerned citizen of Omar coordinated with the PMRFS following the ASG member’s desire to surrender before the government and military […]

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City Building issues demolition permit for NCCC Mall Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – The ill-fated 14-year-old NCCC Mall Davao is up for demolition after the City Building Official (CBO) approved the mall management’s application for a permit on February 20, nearly two months since the fire incident on December 23, 2017. The fire, caused by an electrical short circuit at the […]

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Shooting Range

Director General Roland dela Rosa of the Philippine National Police watches as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte fires a few rounds from the .45, .40 and 9mm caliber pistols at the  ceremonial shoot during the inauguration of the Armscor Shooting Range Davao Branch in Davao City on February 26, 2018.  TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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New police vehicles

Police officers stand beside newly-delivered motorcycles during the turnover of 23 4×4 light personnel carriers (Toyota Hilux), 44 motorcycles,3 utility trucks at the the Police Regional Office-11 headquarters in Davao City on Monday (26 February 2018). PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa led the turnover of the vehicles which will be distributed to municipal […]

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Karl Gaspar, 6 others are this year’s Datu Bago awardees

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 February) — Redemptorist Brother Carlito “Karl” M. Gaspar — church worker, anthropologist, artist, professor,  and the most prolific Mindanawon book author — is among seven Dabawenyos who will be conferred this year’s Datu Bago Award, the highest honor the Davao City government bestows on its constituents. On Monday, the Datu […]

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INTERRUPTED LIVES IN MARAWI (3): Movements That Heal The Soul

Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur. Dance music blasts from a loudspeaker in the evacuation center at the edge of Marawi City. Children between five and 15 years old sing and move along to the beat. Nobody among them smiles; they look like robots with blank faces and stiff movements. On stage, a woman speaks into a […]

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Lamentation from the Land of EJK

The bullet-riddled corpses sprawl on the sidewalks, the dark alleys or inside the shanties waiting to be laid to rest in public cemeteries or dumped in common graves. The inconsolable widows & orphans or shocked fathers and mothers cannot not afford to bury them for the police are making a killing out of the killings […]

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58% of Dabawenyos still support ex-vice mayor Paolo Duterte, says survey

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Feb) – Former city vice mayor Paolo Duterte still enjoys the support of over 50% of Dabawenyos, a survey conducted by the Institute of Popular Opinion of the University of Mindanao said. Duterte, who resigned on Christmas Day last year over a squabble with his daughter on social media and […]

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ComVal’s peace and order situation prevents entry of investors – DTI

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 Feb) – The peace and order situation in Compostela Valley has made businesses wary of investing in the province, an official of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 11 said Monday. In an interview, DTI-ComVal provincial director Lawyer Siegfred M. Balleque said the province needs to improve its peace […]

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PH farmers to work in rice demo farm in PNG

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 26 Feb) — The Philippines will send at least 22 farmers from North Cotabato to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to work in the 100-hectare rice demonstration farm that will operate after the signing of an agreement between the two countries, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said. Pinol said the farmers will come […]

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7k jobs available in two-day special job fair of DOLE

  DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 February) –The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 11 registered a total of 245 job seekers during the first day of the two-day special job fair for displaced NCCC Mall workers on Sunday at the Davao City Recreation Center. DOLE 11 communication officer Kriztja Marae Labrador told MindaNews on there […]

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TURNING POINT: EDSA 1 and the Change that must start with us

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 25 February) — EDSA 1 succeeded  in ending the Marcos dictatorship. The change expected to follow it did not happen. The truth that escaped us is that the commitment and participation of everyone is required for it to come. Indeed, change must start with and come from within us. We […]

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Duterte a no-show again at EDSA Shrine; spent Sunday resting in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /25 February) — On the night of February 25, 1986,  Fiscal Rodrigo Duterte woke up his children Paolo, then 11, and Sara, then 8, and while huddled in their car bound for downtown to join the celebration of the ouster of the Marcos dictatorship, told them to “remember this night” and to […]

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Marwan’s widow arrested in Lanao del Norte with cop and 3 others

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 25 February) — Combined police and Army mechanized troops arrested in Lanao del Norte on Sunday morning the wife of slain Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, the target of the January 25, 2015 operations of the Special Action Force (SAF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Supt. Lemuel Gonda, spokesperson of […]

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THE WORM’S EYEVIEW: How progressive is your barangay?

Part 1 CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 25 February) — The barangay is an economy in its own right—with land, labor, and capital. All the nation’s wealth and resources are found in some barangay or other. Except for those in the poblacion, which are generally smaller in area, a typical barangay comprises several square […]

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CRUCIBLE: Prancing politics

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews / 25 February) — If only Maranao leaders persisted in taking a high moral ground like their forebears and did not totally prance politics with gobierno sarwang a tao and did not wholly abandon their warrior tradition these past decades, the Maranaw would have not been as orphaned these days. They could […]

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Marawi Prof wants to go home to ‘Ground Zero’ to look for USB flash drive containing her writings

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 24 February) — Retired Literature Professor Dalomabi “Dolly” Lao Bula of the Mindanao State University’s main campus wants to return home — or whatever is left of it — in Barangay Marinaut at ‘Ground Zero’ if only to look for her USB flash drive that contains her writings, including a thesaurus […]

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Glass between us

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with his supporters on the sidelines of the Petron-Petron Dealers Association (PETDA) Mindanao Mini Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 24, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
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Declaration of Support for the urgent passage of the BTC-drafted BBL and for the participatory and responsive rehabilitation of Marawi City

We, leaders of more than a hundred Bangsamorocivil society organizations in Mindanao,issue this statement after having participated in a series of regional consultation-dialogues in Central and Western Mindanao conducted by the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) during the whole month of January, 2018. We come from different provinces in Central, South and Western Mindanao, […]

MY, MY, MY MARAWI: We must assert our identity in the rehabilitation of Marawi

MARAWI CITY (MindaNews /24 Feb) — “We built this city,” so goes a hit song. We also want to rebuild this city together with the authorities.  But we must continually assert. February reminds us not only of love but its being Arts Month. The people of Lanao derive our name and identity from Maranao or […]

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TO THE POINT: Señor Presidente, bilang Dictador, Tabang!

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 February) — We are unsure if “Señor Presidente, bilang Dictador, Tabang!” is Bisaya-Cebuano. We are only sure, it is Bisaya. In English, “Mr. President, as dictator, help!” We presume this is the collective voice (GMA News, February 8, 2018) of “[m]ore than 10 million consumers [who] have been forced […]

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