Bangsamoro, Governance, Mindanao

Supreme Court favors the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao

4 Jul , 2017  

The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) on Tuesday ruled in favor of Proclamation 216 placing Mindanao under martial rule. Spokesman Theodore Te announced the directive was issued following Tuesday’s regular en banc session of the magistrates. Voting 11-3-1, the high court dismissed the three consolidated petitions challenging the constitutionality of the President’s move. ”The […]

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Education, Mindanao, News

Law grad from University of San Carlos Cebu tops 2016 bar exam

4 May , 2017  

A law graduate from the University of San Carlos in Cebu topped the 2016 Bar exams while a janitor at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) also passed the Bar. These two are part of the 3,747 who passed out of the 6,344 examinees who took the 2016 Bar examinations, or 59.06 percent of the total […]

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Mindanao, News

PH government errs in defending OFW Jakatia Pawa from death sentence?

26 Jan , 2017  

The execution of Overseas Filipino worker Jakatia Pawa in Kuwait reflects the general sorry state of cold treatment from the Philippine government these ‘heroes’ receive in return. Pawa’s execution by hanging was pushed through on Wednesday by the Kuwaiti government. The hapless OFW is the sister of Air Force Col. Angaris Pawa. In February 2010, […]

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Environment, Luzon, Mindanao, Visayas

The very ugly face of mining in the Philippines

15 Jan , 2017  

After looking, staring at the images, what can one say, but that is the very ugly face of mining in the Philippines. So, indeed, you will be looking at the very ugly barren lands left behind or still being raped through surface mining in some parts of the country. This post is not about to […]

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Mindanao, Visayas, Weather Stories

Typhoon Auring makes second landfall in Bohol

9 Jan , 2017  

In its recent update, the state weather bureau said typhoon Auring made a second landfall over Ubay in Bohol province. Residents of areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 1 are warned of possible flash floods and landslides. Areas under TCWS No. 1 are Cuyo Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Southern Leyte, […]

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Governance, Mindanao, News, Video

POTP rejects request of MNLF leader Nur Musuari to bring own security to Davao City talks

5 Oct , 2016  

MANILA, Oct. 5 – President of the Philippines (POTP) Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said fugitive Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari agreed to talk to him in Davao City but with his own security escorts. ”Regarding Nur, I talked to him coming over here. He is willing to go to Davao to bring […]

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Human Rights, In Motion, Mindanao, News

President Duterte has a mouthfull of answers when asked about drug-related extra-judicial killings

6 Sep , 2016  

President Duterte was on his fighting form, with his usual pungent verbal pronouncements when asked about drug-related extra-judicial killings in the country. The irked Duterte was presumed to be referring to reports about US President Barrack Obama conferring to him about the prevailing human rights situation and extra-judicial killings in the country. In his pre-departure […]

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Crime, Mindanao, News, Video

Too early to tell but PNP, AFP says Abu Sayyaf Group did it in Davao City

4 Sep , 2016  

PNP, AFP says Abu Sayyaf Group did it The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now focusing on two suspects in the bombing incident in the Roxas Avenue night market in Davao City that killed 15 and injured more than 70. In a press conference Saturday night in Camp Catitipan in Buhangin, Davao City, PNP chief […]

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Manila, Mindanao, Nation, News, Video

NAIA on full allert status after Davao City bombing

3 Sep , 2016  

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been placed in full alert status following Friday’s bombing in Davao City. Manila International Aairport Authority general manager Ed Monreal clarified that the alert status was raised as a proactive measure to ensure safety and security of airport users. Monreal clarified that the public should not be alarmed […]

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Crime, Mindanao, News, Video

Friday evening bomb blast in Davao City kills 10, injured dozens more

3 Sep , 2016  

A bomb blast kills 10 and injured dozens more in Davao City about 10 in the evening of Friday at the Roxas night market near Ateneo de Davao University. Police authorities confirmed the incident but has yet to verify the actual number of casualties. Witnesses disclosed they saw at least ten bodies on the ground […]

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Governance, Mindanao, Nation, News

Peeved Duterte just declares vacant all positions with presidential appointment

21 Aug , 2016  

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 21 — At a press conference after midnight Sunday at the Presidential Guesthouse in Panacan, President Duterte unceremoniously declared all positions in the government with appointment by a president must consider themselves resigned effective immediately (Monday) to push through with the cleansing of the ranks in the public service down to the […]

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Crime, Governance, Mindanao, News

8 dies in Cotabato war on drugs campaign

15 Aug , 2016  

MIDSAYAP, Cotabato — A fire fight erupted when joint government forces were to serve warrants of arrest against a certain Commander Mabrook, leader of armed elements in Barangay Nabalawag, Midsayap, (North) Cotabato at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The clash resulted into at least eight persons killed and eight soldiers wounded during thr anti-drug operations before dawn […]

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Green, Mindanao, News

Review of coal plant permits gets support from Greenpeace

11 Aug , 2016  

The call of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez’s to review all permits and operations of coal-fired power plants in the country gets a loud support from the environmental advocacy group Greenpeace Philippines. The organization’s energy campaigner Reuben Muni also challenged DENR to take the initiative further by putting on hold all […]

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Governance, In Motion, Mindanao, Nation, News

Irked Duterte reminds Sereno: Don’t create crisis

10 Aug , 2016  

A feisty but visibly irked President of the Philippines (POTP) Rodrigo Duterte has remained defiant amid the pronouncement made by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on the inclusion of some judges in the list of persons allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in the country, during his speech in Cagayan de Oro City on […]

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Governance, In Motion, Mindanao, Nation, News

Yet again, President Duterte has an important message to the CPP-NPA

7 Aug , 2016  

President Duterte has an important message to the CPP-NPA During his visit at the wake of killed in action soldiers at Naval Forces Northern Mindanao in Davao City on August 7, 2016, President Duterte faced the camera, again and sent a very candid and straightforward message to the Communist Party of the Philippines and apparently […]

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Mindanao, Nation, News

Duterte tells NPA deadline to declare truce until Saturday only

30 Jul , 2016  

As if part of the present political establishment, the New Peaople’s Army just got word from President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday it has to declare a truce or else. Duterte on Friday gave the ultimatum that the rebels have until Saturday afternoon to declare a truce during his visit to the wake of a CAFGU […]

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Governance, Mindanao, News

Duterte vows to deliver campaign promises to the people

27 Jun , 2016  

DAVAO CITY, June 27 — President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to deliver his promises to the people, will be harsh towards criminals, strict to the wrongdoers but caring for the helpless, hopeless and defenseless people. Duterte emphasized a no let up campaign against corruption and criminality in his farewell message during his last and rare attendance […]

Governance, Mindanao, News

More Mindanao politicians, personalities on incoming Duterte cabinet

1 Jun , 2016  

KORONADAL CITY — Four leaders from the provinces of  (North) Cotabato, Maguindanao and South Cotabato were among the favored faces of the new cabinet of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Foremost among the four was incoming Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol who, after his appointment was made public,  immediately embarked on “Biyaheng Bukid” across the archipelago. Former […]

Mindanao, Nation, News

Conditional, release of political prisoners if Reds ok to meet for negotiations

24 May , 2016  

DAVAO CITY — Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will release all political prisoners if leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines – National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF) say “yes” to come home and sit down with government for talk peace. Duterte said coming home for the negotiations will be his only pre-condition. He said they can […]

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Election, Mindanao, News

Busy Monday for presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

16 May , 2016  

DAVAO CITY – Presumptive President-elect and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will formally receive well-wishers at the privately-owned clubhouse of Matina Enclaves residential condominium here on Monday. Peter Laviña, spokesperson of the Duterte camp, said he was not sure if the mayor would be meeting the public. He said Monday has been set for those […]

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Bangsamoro, Election, Luzon, Mindanao, News, Visayas

Comelec to hold special elections on May 14 for areas with voting failure

12 May , 2016  

MANILA — A total of 52 clustered precincts from 11 towns, many in the Autonumous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will hold a special voting on Saturday, May 14. This was confirmed as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has declared failure of elections in 11 municipalities in the country after voting did not […]

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Election, Mindanao, News

What to look forward to from newly-elected president of the Philippines

11 May , 2016  

With opponents having conceded defeat, the elected, new president of the Philippines (POTP) is Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The maverick candidate from Mindanao garnered 15,763,349 votes, Manuel Roxas II with 9,595,188 votes, Grace Poe with 8,857,728 votes, Jejomar Binay with 5,263,232 votes and Miriam Defensor Santiago with 5,263,232 votes. Duterte garnered 38.5% of the […]

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Crime, Mindanao, News

No record of abuse, captive army man freed by NPA in North Cotabato

27 Apr , 2016  

TULUNAN, North Cotabato — Emotions ran high after the family of an Army man met him following his release Tuesday by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a remote village here. The freed captive, Army Private First Class Eduardo Hilaga Jr. was abducted by members of the NPA Front 72 Far South Mindanao Region on […]

Governance, Manila, Mindanao, News, Video

The latest on the Kidapawan farmers violent dispersal, and more

21 Apr , 2016  

Try keep watching the live stream video of the Philippine Senate hearing by the Committee on Justice and Human Rights last April 20 on the bloody dispersal of farmers’ rally in (North) Cotabato and Kidpapawan. Even at the first few minutes of the stream, one will get irked by how various officers of government agencies […]

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