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MINDANAO PEACE GAMES: Empowering women in karate: Observing proper form in sports—and life

By Patrick Van Wersch DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 Nov) – A black belt in Shotokan karate, 48-year-old Jessica Hojas Esparrago, coach and sports leader at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, is one of few women coaches in Philippine karate. The self-proclaimed “mama bear coach” is determined to develop athletes with a heart, smarts, […]

Kin say 4 slain persons not terrorists but gov’t employees

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 20 Nov.) – Relatives of four persons who were found dead on Monday in separate areas in Region 12 refuted claims by the police that they were terrorists and demanded a thorough investigation on their death. Anwar Emblawa, administrative officer of the local government of Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao  identified the slain individuals as […]

MILF chair visits Camp Aguinaldo in historic first

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim on Monday set foot inside Camp Aguinaldo, the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, a historic visit that aimed to emphasize the end of hostilities after decades of an armed conflict that has claimed an estimated 150,000 lives. Murad made the visit […]

Bangsamoro Law seen to heal political, historical wounds

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 19 Nov.) –  The ratification of the Organic Law on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OLBARMM) in a plebiscite on January 21, 2019 will give justice to the Bangsamoro people as it will bring about healing to political and historical wounds, an official said on Saturday. Prof. Raby B. Angkal, chief […]

2 suspected terrorists killed in Tacurong City; 2 IEDs explode in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/ 19 Nov.) – Two alleged members of an Islamic State-inspired group were killed in a shootout with security forces in Tacurong City at 2am Monday. Superintendent Aldrin Gonzalez, information chief of Police Regional Office-12 said a gray multicab tried to evade a checkpoint in Barangay Kenram in Isulan town by turning back towards […]

Judicial reforms, certainty of punishment best move vs crimes – Atty. Chel Diokno

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 19 Nov.) – Reforming the judiciary and ensuring the certainty of punishment is the best way to address the problem of illegal drugs and other crimes, a human rights lawyer told participants to a media forum in Davao City on Saturday. Lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, chair of the Free Legal Assistance […]

Clear vision needed to unite different sectors in the future Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 November) — A clear vision of the future Bangsamoro is needed to find a common ground where the Bangsamoro people from various sectors can work together, a former Executive Secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said. Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, who served as ARMM Executive Secretary from December […]

Clear vision needed to unite different sectors in the future Bangsamoro

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 18 November) — A clear vision of the future Bangsamoro is needed to find a common ground where the Bangsamoro people from various sectors can work together, a former Executive Secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said. Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, who served as ARMM Executive Secretary from December […]

Marawi master plan out in ‘two weeks,’ says del Rosario

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 November) — The final blueprint for Marawi to rise from the ashes of war is “almost complete,” Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chair of Task Force Bangon Marawi (TBFM), said. “The master development plan (for Marawi’s reconstruction and rehabilitation) is coming out in two weeks,” del Rosario told journalists attending the […]

Datu Salumay Invitational Trail Run: It’s called DaSal for a reason


Text and photos by Bobby Timonera  MARILOG, Davao City (MindaNews / 17 Nov) – “Victory favors the prepared.” I read these words emblazoned at the back of a runner’s shirt midway of my 25-kilometer race during the Datu Salumay Invitational Trail Run in the beautiful mountains here last Sunday, November 11. I felt like hearing a pastor […]

AFP favors another extension of martial law in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 17 Nov.) – Yet another extension of martial law is needed to prevent a resurgence of threats from Islamic State-inspired armed groups in Mindanao, an Army official said Friday. Maj Gen Noel Clement, speaking during the 2-day Mindanao Media Forum that opened on Friday said martial law prevented a spillover of the […]

TF Bangon Marawi expropriates land for proposed military camp

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Nov) – The government has started expropriation proceedings to secure six hectares of land to construct a second military camp in Marawi City. Task Force Bangon Marawi chief Eduardo del Rosario said the Regional State Prosecutor’s Office filed the expropriation proceedings before the Regional Trial Court in Marawi City last […]

PNP-12 cracks down on entry of illegal firecrackers

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 Nov) – Police have stepped up their intelligence monitoring against the entry of illegal imported firecrackers and fireworks through the coastal villages here and nearby areas. Supt. Aldrin Gonzales, public information officer of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-12, said they have coordinated with the Philippine Coastguard and the Philippine […]

Koronadal to install more traffic light systems

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 16 Nov) – The city government is planning to install more traffic light systems in major street intersections here to address the area’s worsening traffic problem. City Mayor Peter Miguel said studies are underway for the installation of additional traffic lights in the city’s main commercial zone and other areas that […]

DOH allots P148M for SouthCot hospital

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 Nov) – The Department of Health (DOH) has allocated an additional P148 million for the continuing expansion of the Allah Valley Community Hospital in Surallah town in South Cotabato. South Cotabato second district Rep. Ferdinand Hernandez said the funds would be utilized for the construction of additional buildings and […]

Indonesia to hold 3-day expo in Davao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 14 Nov.) – The Consulate General of Indonesia in Davao City will hold a three-day expo that will introduce some of its country’s quality export products. Endah R. Yuliarti Farry, consul for information and sociocultural affairs, told Habi at Kape on Wednesday that 20 Indonesian manufacturers of construction and building materials, housewares, […]

Duterte to meet with NDF leaders on possible resumption of peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 November) – President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with leaders of the National Democratic Front (NDF) after his Singapore and Papua New Guinea trips this week to discuss the possible resumption of the peace negotiations. ‘’Agcaoili and Jalandoni. I will not keep it a secret. I do not want yang confidential-confidential. Pupunta dito […]

Davao Oriental Moro youth leader calls for support to ratify Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 November) – A Moro youth leader from Davao Oriental said that even as her province is not part of the proposed core territory of the future Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) she hopes RA 11054 or the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao gets ratified on January 21, […]