Duterte to biz sector: “There will be no peace in Mindanao for the longest time”

This news is originally posted in MindaNews website. By  CAROLYN O. ARGUILLAS SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 Sept) — As the Marawi Crisis and martial law-in-Mindanao entered Day 110 on Saturday, the country’s first Mindanawon President gave delegates to the 26th Mindanao Business Conference in Cagayan de Oro City mixed signals about…


President Rodrigo Duterte shows his tattoo on his upper right arm — a rose and the tattoo of the Guardians Brotherhood – in Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro on Saturday, 09 September 2017, as Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (L) and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Ano watch. Duterte showed his […]

Duterte vows fair treatment for Maute members who surrender

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews  / 10 Sept) —  President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday vowed fair treatment to the ISIS-inspired Maute Group fighting in Marawi if they surrender without harming the hostages. Duterte made this offer after military commanders on the ground assured him that the terrorists will be soon driven away from Marawi City. The […]

Duterte to biz sector: “There will be no peace in Mindanao for the longest time”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 Sept) — As the Marawi Crisis and martial law-in-Mindanao entered Day 110 on Saturday, the country’s first Mindanawon President gave delegates to the 26th Mindanao Business Conference in Cagayan de Oro City mixed signals about Mindanao’s future under his administration. Reading his speech at the latter part of his 37-minute […]

KONSYENSYA DABAW: A fatal affinity with Marcos?

Come September 11, 2017, it will be a holiday in Ilocos Norte Province. This is not new in the sense that Ilocanos have been annually celebrating the birth anniversary of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr. This Monday is distinguished because it would be the 100th birth year of Marcos, and no less than a […]

2 Mindanawon journalists, teacher among 19 delegates to Japan exchange program

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 09 Sept) —  Three Mindanawons are among19 delegates chosen by the National Youth Commission and Embassy of Japan in the Philippines to participate in the eight-day Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths Program (JENESYS2017) – Young Journalists Exchange in Tokyo and Kanto Koshinetsu, Japan from September 12 to […]

CDO to Cotabato

A refreshing countryside scene on September 8, 2017 along the 240-kilometer Cagayan de Oro – Cotabato route via Talakag in Bukidnon, Amai Manabilang (Bumbaran) and Wao in Lanao del Sur, and Banisilan, Alamada and Libungan in North Cotabato. Travel to Cotabato City from Cagayan de Oro is now down to only five hours (some say […]

KISSA AND DAWAT: Muslims in the Philippines, the latest figures from the 2015 Census

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 08 Sept) —  I bumped into Abubakar Asaad at the NAIA Terminal 3 several weeks ago. He is a respected Sama professor who spent sometime in the University of the Philippines before joining the newly-organized Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)[1] as a provincial director. As I was doing on-call consultancy […]

PEACETALK: Archiving the past to guide the present to forge an inclusive future

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (MindaNews / 08 Sept) — A visit to South Africa should not happen without experiencing the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.   This is a requirement especially if we want to see a more inclusive and peaceful Philippines in the future. Whoever designed the overall layout and display format of the Apartheid Museum in […]

PAGDARO SA KALINAW: Dureza’s Betrayal and Duterte’s Hypocrisy in Marawi

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (MindaNews / 08 Sept) —  Last month, President Rodrigo Duterte criticized the Ombudsman for “selective justice,” threatened an Iloilo mayor whom he accuses of shielding drug lords, and lashed out at government agencies hiring overpriced contractors. But it would be good for the President to look in the mirror at his own […]

Ombudsman Mindanao Building

Workers apply finishing touches on the building of the Ombudsman Mindanao, located along Libra corner Earth Sts. GSIS Heights Subdivision in Matina, Davao City which is set to open by end of September 2017. The anti-graft agency currently holds office at H & C Bldg., Alvarez Street, Sta. Ana Avenue, Davao City. MindaNews photo by […]

Group warned against wearing military uniforms

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/08 September) – Members of a group calling itself the Royal Armed Forces have been warned they would be imprisoned if they will be seen wearing military uniforms again. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander of the 33rd Infantry Battalion, said he warned 14 members of the group they accosted at a checkpoint along the national highway in Tacurong City on […]

Village chief nabbed for illegal possession of firearms

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/08 September) – A police raiding team arrested on Friday dawn a municipal councilor in Tulunan, North Cotabato for illegal possession of firearms. The suspect was identified as Jomar Cerebo Almirante, chair of Barangay Sibsib and president of the Association of Barangay Councils in Tulunan. Recovered inside Almirante’s house was an unlicensed caliber .45 pistol with three […]

Davao Flood

A family rides a pedicab through a flooded Lacson Street in Obrero, Davao City on Thursday night, September 7, 2017. Heavy rains early evening of Thursday caused heavy floods around Davao City leaving commuters stranded. MindaNews photo by MANMAN DEJETO

Davao VM on TV

Residents of Davao City watch the live telecast in a secondhand TV shop as Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte appears before the Senate blue ribbon committee in Manila on drug smuggling issue on Thursday, September 7, 2017. MindaNews Photo

Trillanes says Pulong is a triad member; Pulong’s lawyer dares senator to file charges

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 07 September) —  Senator Antonio Trillanes on Thursday said Presidential son Paolo “Pulong” Duterte, incumbent Vice Mayor of Davao City, is a member of a triad involved in illegal drugs, and that proof of his membership is a “dragon-like” tattoo on his back with “secret digits.” The vice mayor responded yes […]

BJMP 11 opens courthouse for suspected rebels, terrorists

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 August) – The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Davao Region opened on Thursday a courthouse for “high-risk” and “high-profile” inmates or those accused of membership in rebel and terror groups. The facility served as BJMP’s infirmary room before it was refurbished by the Rotary Club of Davao. In an interview, BJMP 11 director Amelia A. […]

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Death as distraction

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/07 August) — It took but a few days after the death of Kian Loyd delos Santos when some members of the Caloocan City police figured in yet another controversy — the killing of former UP Diliman student Carl Angelo Arnaiz. So far, the results of forensic examination and other facts gathered by […]

The madrasah as space for intervention vs violent extremism

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 06 September) – Before entering the gates of the Toril compound in Barangay Ubaldo Laya in Iligan City, an evacuation center for Maranao families displaced by the Marawi siege that started on May 23, one can already hear children’s laughter and chatter. Once inside, one can see to the left an […]

Duterte sets Sept. 14 meeting with BTC and Congress leaders on Bangsamoro Basic Law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 06 Sept) — President Rodrigo Duterte met with leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  in Malacanang on Monday, vowed to push for the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and set another meeting, also in Malacanang, with the 20-member Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that drafted the BBL and […]

While on temporary liberty from rebellion charges, Nur faces arrest for graft

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 06 Sept) — Charged with rebellion and violation of international humanitarian law in 2013 but granted temporary liberty since October last year to participate in the peace process, Nur Misuari, founding chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is now facing arrest on charges of corruption while serving as Governor of […]

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