Cardinal Quevedo’s message to Muslims on Eid’l Fitr: peace in the heart;  lasting peace through CAB-compliant Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) — The message of Mindanao’s lone Cardinal to Muslim brothers and sisters on Eid’l Fitr, the end of the month-long Ramadan, is “peace in the heart” and lasting peace through a Bangsamoro Basic Law that complies with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, […]

CARDINAL QUEVEDO ON EID’L FITR: Peace in the heart – this is my prayer for all of us

(Message of Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato on Eid’l Fitr, the end of the Ramadan) My Esteemed Muslim Brothers and Sisters: Eid Mubarak! We rejoice with you as you end the holy month of Ramadan. We have many religious practices that have similar intentions. Ramadan and our Lenten fast and abstinence are […]

PEACETALK: The Cabatangan property is not owned by the ARMM government, but by the Bangsamoro people

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 13 June) — Last week, Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle “Beng” Climaco announced on her Facebook page that the national government has expressed its intent to purchase the 72-hectare property situated in Brgy. Cabatangan, known to be a property of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Prior to the establishment of […]

Mindanawon tops Environmental Planner board exam

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – A Mindanawon from Iligan City topped the June 2018 Environmental Planner Licensure Examination, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced on Wednesday. Architect Amillah Sescon Rodil, 38, a graduate of the University of the Philippines, topped the exam among 1,891 who passed the board, with 83.05 % rating. Only […]

Monkayo to review plan to build mineral processing economic zone at Diwalwal

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – Monkayo Mayor Ramil L. Gentugaya said they would review the plan of the Philippine Mining Development Council (PMDC) to establish a mineral processing economic zone at Mt. Diwalwal just two weeks after the Municipal Council passed a resolution recalling its support for the proposed project. In a phone […]

Pulong Duterte to file criminal and civil liber charges vs Trillanes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – Former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte vowed to file criminal and civil libel charges against opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes for dragging him in the controversial P6.4-billion shabu smuggling last year. In a statement released on Thursday, nearly six months since he announced his resignation from his post […]

CAFGU shoots buddy to death

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – A member of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) shot to death a fellow paramilitary after an altercation inside their detachment Wednesday evening in Pikit, North Cotabato, police said. Chief Insp. Romy Castanares, chief of Pikit PNP, identified the slain victim as Esmael Tanto, 43, of the 31st […]

Monkayo mayor welcomes relocation of Diwalwal miners but…

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 June) – The plan of the state-run Philippine Mining Development Corporation (PMDC) to relocate the small-scale miners from Mt. Diwalwal to Barangay Mabatas in Monkayo, Compostela Valley province should not mean the entry of large-scale mining companies that would only deprive community members of their livelihood, an official said on […]

Endangered sea turtles thrive in Sarangani province

MAITUM, Sarangani (MindaNews/13 June) – Whenever the weather is fine here, the vast Celebes Sea usually offers a spectacular view of the sunset, a fitting moment to end the day in a glorious mood. It is usually during these times when a bunch of local fishermen often gather to share a round of tuba or […]

Sara Duterte to Senator Trillanes: leave me in peace or lose a billion pesos

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 June) – Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte again lashed at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after the opposition lawmaker accused the mayor’s father, President Rodrigo Duterte, of planning to perpetuate themselves in power by having his daughter run as senator next year and as president in 2022. “Leave me alone, Senator […]

BBL’s post-ratification scenario: BTC to serve as caretaker of Bangsamoro region

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 June) — While the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) versions of the Senate and House of Representatives have been described as  “very diluted” or “mangled” due to the deletion or amendment of essential provisions, a new provision added by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that drafted the BBL was retained by […]

Q&A with MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim: “Our people will also judge us”

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) recalls having been surprised to see leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives when they arrived in Malacanang for a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, May 28, 2018. They had met with the President at the Matina Enclaves clubhouse […]

TO THE POINT: BBL Soon in Moro Court

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, June 11, 2018 – From media reports since May 31, it is most indicative that neither of SB No. 1717 and HB No. 6475, the Bangsamoro Basic Law bills as respectively approved in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, sits well with the leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front […]

PEACETALK: What to do next..?

The two versions of the BBL would undergo a BICAM Conference to reconcile the differences. There are few things to know about the BICAM Conference… First, it is NOT the third House of Congress. It consolidates convergences in the two versions and it offers a formula solution to the differences or simply to adopt the […]


Residents who fled their villages following an air strike and ground assault against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters early Sunday morning seek refuge in an evacuation center in Pagalungan, Maguindanao. An evacuee recalls they were about to take their suhoor, the early morning meal before fasting during Ramadan, when they heard the explosions from the […]

15 killed, thousands flee as military launches air strike, ground assault vs BIFF

PIKIT, North Cotabato (MindaNews / 10 June) — An estimated 10,000 residents fled their villages here and at least 12,000 from three towns in Maguindanao  following air strikes and ground assault early Sunday morning at the Ligawasan marsh near General SK Pendatun town in what the military said was a bomb-making facility of the Bangsamoro […]

OUR MARAWI: Silenced

St. Mary’s Cathedral Is eerily quiet. Sadly silent, somber, still As the stone statues on the wall. Pools of water on the floor reflecting Bullet riddled roof and all. No bells ring to call the faithful. None comes to lift his hands to God. No Holy Eucharist raised in consecration. None given in Holy Communion. […]

Chinese military aircraft’s landing in Davao City cleared by PH authorities

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) — Palace officials on Sunday said the landing of a Chinese military aircraft at the Davao City International Airport on June 8  was only for refueling purposes and was cleared by Philippine authorities. First to issue a statement at 2:20 p.m. was Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence […]

Cardinal Quevedo optimistic Duterte won’t renege on vow to Bangsamoro and Congress’ final BBL will be CAB-compliant

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 June) — Mindanao’s lone Cardinal is optimistic that President Rodrigo Duterte wont’ renege on his commitment to the Bangsamoro and the 28 legislators comprising the Bicameral Conference Committee (bicam) will pass a final version of the BBL that is compliant with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). The government […]