5,000 mine workers protest closure of mining firms

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews / 16 Feb) — Despite torrential rains, some 5,000 workers from different mining companies operating in Surigao del Sur staged a protest action Thurday urging Environment Secretary Gina Lopez and President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider closing the mining operations in the province as thousands of workers will lose their jobs. […]

6 arrested; 375,000 pesos worth of illegal drugs seized in Panabo raid

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Feb) — Six persons were arrested and at least P375,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized during a raid Tuesday night in Panabo City by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional office here. The raiding team swooped down on the residence and suspected drug den of Jhonel Acero, 40, an alleged […]

Surigaonons confused, too, by P2 billion announcement

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 Feb) — Survivors of the February 10 magnitude 6.7 earthquake and city officials here are asking President Rodrigo Duterte to clarify his order to have P2 billion pesos released, as they understood, for those who lost lives. livelihood and property due to the quake. In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, […]


At least 5,000 mine workers, IPs and mining-supported students stage a protest action in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur on Thursday, February 16, 2017 against Environment Secretary Gina Lopez’ order to close down mining companies in Cantilan and Carrascal towns. MindaNews photo by ROEL N. CATOTO

Simulation drill

With the suspension of classes Thursday, February 16, 2017 due to continuous heavy rains in Davao City, these children spend their time watching the  rehearsal of the anti-terror Joint Task Force Haribon for the simulation drill on February 17 to test its capability and preparednesss. MINDANEWS photo  


Residents of Central Park in Bangkal, Davao City monitor the level of Talomo River  on February 16, 2017. Sustained heavy rains in Davao City due to the tail end of a cold front caused flooding in Bangkal and Talomo areas. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO

Sacred Heart

Sculptor Rudy Santos works on a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus outside the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church in Bangkal, Davao City on February 16, 2017. MIndaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO


MINDANAWON ABROAD: Maitum Treasures Carol Villanueva Peralta‎ / New York Long before Maitum was a part of Kiamba… Before Kiamba was ever named Before South Cotabato was established Before Sarangani was formed Before Mindanao was known A Land of Promise Before the Philippines was discovered Before religion and the prophets were born Back in time when […]

Surigao quake displaces at least 900 workers

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Feb) — At least 900 workers here instantly lost their jobs after the magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck late evening of February 10, Celestino Negapatan, provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Surigao del Norte said. Negapatan told MindaNews Wednesday evening that at least 900 workers in the formal […]

Envi groups back Sec. Lopez on closure of mining companies

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Feb) —  Green advocates here praised Environment secretary Regina Lopez for the closure of 23 mining operations and the cancellation of 75 existing mineral production sharing agreements (MPSAs) within the watershed areas, a move described as “long overdue action” since the environment has long been degraded by “unregulated mining activities.” […]

SM to open 5 more malls in Mindanao; expects to generate 15,000 jobs

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 15 Feb) — The Henry Sy-led SM Supermalls will construct five new malls in the next three years in Mindanao with a potential to generate 15,000 jobs, Oliver John Tiu, SM Supermalls vice president for operations-Mindanao, said. Tiu told reporters during a business forum Tuesday that the new constructions will bring to […]

NCCP STATEMENT: Restoring the Death Penalty is Missing the Point

February 15, 2017 The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) re-iterates its strong objection to death penalty. No person is beyond God’s redemptive love. This was NCCP’s stand conveyed to the Constitutional Commission which framed the 1986 Constitution. At its 14th General Convention in November 21-24, 1989, the NCCP opposed the death penalty […]

STATEMENT: All-out Peace rather than All-out War

15 February 2017 Subject: Statement by All-Out Peace on GRP-NDF Peace Talks For Inquiries: Gani Abunda +63 9989251786 or call 435-2900;911-0205 Alarmed by the recent announcement of an all-out war by the Philippine government through Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army (NPA) and National Democratic Front (NDF), following President Rodrigo […]

BRIDGe project to increase business investments in ARMM

Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and the Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) — Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) recently signed a Memoramdum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize their partnership through BRIDGe Project called “Brokering Business Investments in the Bangsamoro to Achieve Inclusive Development & Growth” at the Manila Liason Office (MLO) of ARMM […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: Surigao City after the quake. 12 Feb 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk PRESIDENTIAL SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE IN SURIGAO CITY [Surigao City | 12 February 2017] Iyo iyo ba. Unsa manang iyo iyo? (laughter) Bata […]

Relief convoy ambushed in Surigao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/15 February) — Suspected New People’s Army rebels fired on Army soldiers escorting a relief mission of TV network ABS-CBN in San Francisco town in Surigao del Norte Tuesday night, 4th Infantry Division spokesperson Capt. Joe Patrick Martinez said. Martinez said the rebels fired five shots at the soldiers aboard a […]

Water Line

Residents of Purok 3, Barangay Sabang, Surigao City queue for drinking water being rationed by the Department of Health on Monday afternoon, February 13, 2017, after the Surigao Metropolitan Water District failed to restore supply in the area. A 6.7-magnitude on February 10 disrupted the water utility’s services. MindaNews photo by Roel Catoto

Stairs on a bridge

Residents put up a wooden stairway on the damaged Anao-aon Bridge in San Francisco, Surigao del Norte to enable people to cross it in this photo taken on 13 February 2017. The bridge collapse during the 6.7-magnitude quake that hit the province on 10 F…

Surigao Norte town declares state of calamity

SAN FRANCISCO, Surigao del Norte (MindaNews/14 February) — This town has been placed under a state of calamity due to damage sustained by several infrastructures when a 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit the province and Surigao City last Friday. Vice Mayor Val Pinat told MindaNews in an interview that the municipal council approved the resolution declaring a […]

Surigao City folk warned on water from wells, springs

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/14 February) — The City Health Office on Tuesday advised residents who are getting water from springs, wells and donations after last Friday’s earthquake to take precaution against possible waterborne diseases. Dr. Emmanuel Plandano, officer-in-charge of the city health office told MindaNews over the phone that the people should boil water coming from […]

Guns and Roses

Members of the Davao City Police Office distribute flowers to commuters on Valentines Day, February 14. Mindanews Photo

No Stopping Love

Despite fears caused by aftershocks of the quake on February 10, 2017, one hundred forty couples exchanged vows in a “kasalang bayan” at the Surigao City Auditorium on Valentine’s Day. MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto

Huckleberry remains a Philippine Tatler best for two years in a row

For the second time in a row, Davao’s Huckleberry Southern Kitchen & Bar makes it to the exclusive Philippine Tatler’s Best Restaurants Guide (BRG). Huckleberry was the only restaurant from Davao in the 2016 list and the only one from Mindanao. Huckleberry opened in January 2015 and has then made it to Tatler‘s BRG annually. […]

Federalism prevents diaspora of rural people to urban centers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 Feb) – A shift to federalism may prevent the diaspora of people from the rural areas into the urban centers like Metro Davao, an official of Davao City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) said. CPDO head Ivan Cortez told MindaNews on Monday that the federal form of government will promote economic development […]

Happy Valentines

Valentine’s Day is not just for the young, as shown by this oldie buying roses from one of the flower shops in front of the St. Agustine Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro City Monday (13 February 2017). Mindanews photo by Froilan Gallardo

Surigao ‘bakwiters’

Many Surigaonons living in coastal areas continue to seek safety on higher ground, like these people at the provincial capitol compound photographed Sunday evening (12 Feb 2017), fearing tsunamis may come with the numerous aftershocks. MindaNews photo …