Monthly Archives: October 2018

PEACETALK: Understanding the diversity of religious’ education in the Philippines: A look at the different Muslim religious educational systems

(The author is a commissioner at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, an agency under the Office of the President. This piece was prepared to serve as an introduction to understand and see the nature of religious educational institutions and their role in enhancing multiculturalism and cultural dialogue/understanding.) Southeast Asia is a mosaic of cultures. […]


NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 19 Oct) – Declared in the ’90s dying if not biologically dead, the Pasig River is back to life and the effort to resurrect it has been adjudged as the most noteworthy endeavor in Asia, earning the 1st Asia Riverprize, the world’s foremost award in river basin management. The award […]

US Aid in Marawi

Students of Amay Pakpal Central Elementary School in Marawi City greet United States Ambassador Sung Kim on Tuesday (16 October 2018), who arrived here bringing P1.35 billion ($25 million) in aid to improve economic and social conditions of communities…

Butig farmer

In peace, crops flourish. A farmer plows furrows between his peanut crops in the farming village of Sindug in Butig, Lanao del Sur on 17 October 2018. The village was one of five barangays seriously affected when the IS-inspired Maute Group occupied th…

THE RUINS OF MARAWI (2): Exceedingly slow rehab work leaves Meranaws restless ‘people of the tents’

By Carolyn O. Arguillas                                                                                                            MindaNews and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism MARAWI CITY (MindaNews / 18 October) —  As early as September last year – while battles were still going on here — the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur and the Marawi City government had submitted a Joint Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Peacebuilding Plan not only […]

Singaporean, Malaysian investors to visit Davao next year

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 18 Oct) – Singaporean and Malaysian businessmen will visit Davao City next year to explore opportunities for investments in Mindanao positioned as a Muslim friendly destination in the country, an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said. Dr. Adrian Tamayo, MinDA public relations officer, said in an interview Tuesday the potential investors […]

THE RUINS OF MARAWI (1): A year after liberation, Meranaws await rehabilitation

By Carolyn O. Arguillas MindaNews and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/PCIJ / 17 October) -– The groundbreaking for the government’s ambitious rehabilitation of this city was supposed to take place today, the first anniversary of Marawi’s “liberation” from the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group that had laid siege on it last year. Last […]

Gov. Fuentes, other South Cotabato officials seek reelection

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 17 Oct) – South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes and other top incumbent officials of the province formally launched their reelection bids on Wednesday afternoon. Fuentes, who is seeking a third term, filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) under the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC)-Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) slate past 3 […]

It’s a Duterte-Duterte tandem in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 17 Oct) – Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, President Rodrigo Duterte’s younger son, on Wednesday filed his certificate of candidacy as vice mayor of Davao City, two days after his sister, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio announced the possibility of her brother as her running mate. Baste, who arrived at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) 11 […]

Family Affair

Sebastian ‘Baste’ Duterte files his candidacy for vice mayor of Davao City on October 17, 2018 at the COMELEC Office in Magsaysay Park, Davao City. Accompanying him is his sister, Mayor Sara Duterte, who is seeking reelection as city mayor. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO

Honoring Fallen Troops

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez (center) follows the wreath of white flowers for the 168 soldiers and policemen killed during the five-month siege of Marawi City last year during a ceremony to honor the dead in Kampo Ranao, Marawi Cityon Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Flanking Galvez are Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, commander […]

Antoninos, other familiar names in South Cotabato not running in 2019 polls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 17 Oct) – Top names from the main opposition camp here are taking a break in the 2019 elections. Stalwarts of the Achievers with Integrity Movement (AIM), a local political party founded by former city mayor and South Cotabato Rep. Adelbert Antonino, filed their certificates of candidacy Wednesday morning without their […]

For Good Luck

Maguindanao politicians are welcomed by supporters with a grand performance of Sagayan dance at the Commission on Elections office in Cotabato City on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. They believe performing the dance brings good luck. MindaNews photo by FERDIN…

Marawi residents to gov’t: ‘we want to return to our homes’

MARAWI  CITY (MindaNews/ 17 Oct) – After a year of living with their relatives and in evacuation camps, and saying they have enough of government promises, Marawi residents and students displaced by the fighting last year marched toward the Main Affected Area to demand that they be allowed to return and rebuild their homes. “Please, […]

STATEMENT: ‘Anyare Marawi?  Yung totoo?

Isang taon na ang nakalipas nang sabihin nyo na malaya na ang aming marawi, Pero di namin naramdaman ang sinasabing kalayaan! Isang Taon nang ipangako nyo na itatayo nyo ang mga bahay namin? Pero nasa tent cities and temporary shelters at karamihan nakikitira parin sa kamag-anak kaibigan hanggang ngayon! Isang taon na ang lumipas nang […]