Category Archives: Top Stories

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Sarangani incumbents file COCs

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 16 Oct) – Top incumbent officials of Sarangani Province filed their certificates of candidacy (COC) on Tuesday afternoon under the ruling local political party People’s Champ Movement. Sarangani Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon, accompanied by his wife Michelle, filed his candidacy past 2 pm before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office […]

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio seeks reelection, brother ‘Baste’ possible running mate

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 15 Oct) – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) seeking reelection in next year’s midterm polls but has remained undecided who her running mate would be. But in an interview after filing her COC at the Commission on Elections-Davao at around 4p.m. on Monday, the […]

Pacman’s sister-in-law running for GenSan vice mayor

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 15 Oct) – Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao’s local political party, People’s Champ Movement (PCM), fielded his sister-in-law Lorelei on Monday as candidate for vice mayor here. Lorelei, who represents the Liga ng mga Barangay in the city council, filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Elections here past […]

Meranaws to Duterte: “Let us go home;” Groundbreaking reset to Oct. 28

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /14 Oct) — Displaced from their homes and source of livelihood since15 months ago, Marawi residents who have yet to return home, particularly those from Ground Zero, the former main battle area between government and the IS-inspired Maute Group, have launched a new movement to collect on a year-old promise of President […]

Murad meets int’l donor community; presents state of the future BARMM

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 October) — It was a “very historic conference,” the representative of the Canadian Embassy said as the chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) briefed international development partners, among them six Ambassadors, on the future Bangsamoro government, and presented a10-point priority program to meet the “huge challenges” in their […]

Duterte pessimistic about rice sufficiency target due to massive land conversion

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Oct) — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed pessimism about the country’s rice sufficiency target as a result of massive conversion of rice fields into areas intended for growing of export crops. In a press conference upon arrival here Friday from Bali, Indonesia, Duterte said the current rice production of the country […]

Q3 involuntary hunger highest in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/ 13 Oct) – Involuntary hunger in the past three months was most pronounced in Mindanao, the island grouping where President Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s 16th President and first Mindanawon to lead the nation, continued to get the highest net satisfaction rating in september. Involuntary hunger in Mindanao increased by 7 […]

Q3 involuntary hunger highest in Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/ 13 Oct) – Involuntary hunger in the past three months was most pronounced in Mindanao, the island grouping where President Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s 16th President and first Mindanawon to lead the nation, continued to get the highest net satisfaction rating in september. Involuntary hunger in Mindanao increased by 7 […]

Pulong and Bato file COCs for representative, senator

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 Oct) – Resigned Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) as representative of the first congressional district of Davao City while former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa filed his candidacy for senator on Friday. The former vice mayor, accompanied by sister Mayor […]

GenSan mayor’s elder bro files candidacy for vice mayor

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Oct) – An elder brother of incumbent City Mayor Ronnel Rivera filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for vice mayor here on Friday. Businessman Ryan Chua Rivera, 51, formally filed his candidacy around 11:30 a.m. at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) here under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL). Ryan […]

NPA rebel returnees in Sarangani to receive additional benefits

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 Oct) – Returning New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Sarangani Province may now receive additional benefits and support packages under the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP). Lizeth Lopez, E-CLIP provincial focal person, said Friday they have started implementing the expanded reintegration program in coordination with the Department of […]