Category Archives: Top Stories

Minda biz sector lays down 5-point advocacy for Marawi rehab

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 December) —  Business leaders in Mindanao have laid down a five-point advocacy agenda for government to consider to help hasten the recovery of business activities and uplift the status of displaced Meranaws in war-torn Marawi City. Ruben Begafria, trustee for Mindanao Business Council (MinBC)-Northern Mindanao, presented the five-point advocacy agenda […]

7 injured in North Upi; BIFF claims responsibility for attacks

COTABATO  CITY (MindaNews / 09 December) — The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has claimed responsibility for the series of explosions and ambush that injured six Marine troopers and a policeman in North Upi, Maguindanao. Abu Misry Mama, spokesperson of the BIFF faction under Kumander Bungos admitted in a telephone interview that their men were […]

Another wartime wreckage found

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 December) — The expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel led by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has documented the USS Ward (Destroyer No. 139) in its final resting place near Ponson Island in Camotes, Cebu. The Allen-led expedition released the first underwater footage of the USS Ward […]

CPP detests Duterte’s terrorist tag

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 8 Dec) – The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) detested on Thursday their designation, including its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), as a terrorist organization. The CPP issued the statement two days after President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Proclamation No. 374 declaring the CPP-NPA as a designated/identified terrorist […]

Brothers slain in police raid in NorthCot

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 8 Dec) – Authorities shot dead two brothers who allegedly resisted arrest during a search operation in a village in Kabacan, North Cotabato dawn of Thursday, police reports said. Killed were Kobe Abdul Kaludin and his brother Dorex Abdul, both residents of Sitio Lote, Barangay Kayaga in Kabacan. Reports from the Cotabato […]

2 slain in ambush in NorthCot

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 8 Dec) – Two motorists headed to a village in Matalam, North Cotabato to attend a patronal fiesta were killed and another was wounded when shot by still unidentified suspects on Friday, a police official said. Chief Insp. Sunny Leoncito, Matalam police chief, hinted that the perpetrators were after the motorcycle as […]

Construction of Mindanao railway to start Q3 of 2018

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 7 December) – The construction of the segment of the Mindanao Railway project connecting three cities will start by third quarter of 2018, Mindanao Development Authority executive deputy director Romeo Montenegro said. In an interview Tuesday, Montenegro said the government is still completing the detailed engineering of the first segment of the […]

Marawi siege won’t derail Mindanao’s economic performance next year – MinDA

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/ 7 December 2017) – The five-month long fighting between government forces and Islamic State-inspired militants in Marawi City won’t slow down the economic performance of Mindanao in 2018, Mindanao Development Authority executive deputy director Romeo Montenegro said. In an interview Tuesday, Montenegro said the Marawi siege was seen as a “temporary setback” […]

Accounting of HR violations by gov’t forces during Marawi siege sought

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 5 December) – Government forces and Islamic State-inspired militants committed abuses during the Marawi siege but only the former can be put to task because they are supposed to follow the law, a Maranao civil society leader said over the weekend. Drieza Lininding, of the Moro Consensus Group, told a forum […]

3 beneficiaries of DSWD’s student aid program among LET top 10

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 December) — Three education graduates that were recipients of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s student assistance program for poor students in Region 12 have landed in the top 10 of the September 2017 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). Bai Zorahayda Taha, DSWD Region 12 director, said the […]

Groups say tribal leader killed in SouthCot was no NPA member

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 05 December) — Leaders of church, militant and environmental groups condemned the killing of a tribal chieftain and three other family members in an alleged encounter between communist rebels and the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato on Sunday afternoon, claiming the four were civilians and not members […]

Clashes force 11,600 residents of remote Maguindanao town to leave homes

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 4 Dec) – As most relief efforts are focused on Marawi, 11,600 people have also been displaced from their homes for months in a remote municipality of Maguindanao due to armed clashes. Tomoko Matsuzawa, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross’s (ICRC) office based in Cotabato City, said the evacuees […]

Pimentel to PNP: “work double time to arrest killers” of Mindanao university president

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 Dec) — Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III has asked the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies to “work double time to arrest the killers” of the president of a state university in Cagayan de Oro “and unmask the mastermind.” Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, 48, president of the University of […]

4 injured in NPA attack on police station in Binuangan, MisOr

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews / 03 December) — Suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked a police station in Binuangan town in Misamis Oriental at around 2 a.m. Sunday, injuring four police officers, including the police chief. The rebels also set up checkpoints along the highway of Binuangan, 72 kilometers east of Cagayan de […]

Davao pro, anti Duterte groups hold rallies in the same area

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Nov) – A militant-led rally criticizing President Rodrigo R. Duterte was met with another rally organized by Duterte supporters during the commemoration of the 154th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, dubbed as the “Father of the Philippine Revolution,” along Roxas Avenue here on Thursday. Members of the pro-Duterte group Hugpong […]

Dabawenyos blame real estate boom for traffic congestion – study

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 Nov) – Majority of Dabawenyos pointed to the booming construction industry as the major cause of traffic congestion in the city but many of them also believe it is a “necessary sacrifice,” results of the survey conducted by the Institute of Popular Opinion (IPO) showed. The study, conducted on 1,200 […]