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NPA accuses Davao governor of maintaining private army

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The communist New People’s Army (NPA) said Davao del Sur Governor Claude Bautista has been keeping a company-strong private armed group in Malita, making him the “most powerful warlord” in the provinces of Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Indigenous aspiration in Bangsamoro

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THE “WALIYAN” (main ritualist) is the man garbed in an all-white outfit with headgear. PHOTO COURTESY OF INITIATIVES FOR INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUES

Before sunrise on Wednesday, the “waliyan,” priests of the Erumanen Manuvu indigenous communities in Bukidnon province and Carmen town, North Cotabato province, held a synchronized ritual to implore the gods that their appeal to President Aquino for respect of their rights will finally be heard in the Bangsamoro governance setup.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Duterte urges gov’t to pursue peace with NPA

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Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. FILE PHOTO

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the government should review the previous agreements on the safe conduct passes granted to communist leaders taking part in the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), saying he heard it “from the distant past” that the Tiamzon couple was granted those passes.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Police recover 27 more cocaine bars in Davao City

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Police recovered 27 of the 40 missing cocaine bars believed to be part of the 64 cocaine bars that police learned were stitched at the ceiling of an empty container van inside the banana firm Sumifru container yard in Tibungco District here.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

As peace dawns, ‘lumad’ seek answers

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ARUMANEN Datu Roldan Babelon and Timuay Santos Unsad of the Tedurays talk about their prospects in the Bangsamoro. GERMELINA LACORTE

Timuay Santos Unsad, a Teduray leader, knew Camp Omar ibn al-Khattab by heart, not as a camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), but as a site of a sacred stone that the Tedurays call “batew,” a brown stone as big as a hill that never stops growing.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

NGCP blamed for Mindanao’s power woes

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The head of the Mindanao Business Council is blaming the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines for the February 27 Mindanao-wide blackout that has led to 8-10-hour brownouts in different parts of the island.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

77-yr-old Davao City looks forward

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PEOPLE gather outside Davao City Hall as the city celebrates its 77th foundation day. INQUIRER MINDANAO

Along J.P. Laurel Highway, the loud throbbing of a diesel-fired power plant drowns out the noise of traffic, as the frenzy for the upcoming Araw ng Dabaw, celebrating the birth of the city 77 years ago, reaches fever pitch.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Banana growers seek gov’t help in Compostela Valley

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Small banana growers still recovering from Typhoon “Pablo” (international name: Bopha) in Compostela Valley province have sought the government’s help in the pricing of bananas, which, they said, were being bought at an unusually low price compared to the prevailing one in the world market.

Posted: March 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Duterte says no to 2016 presidential bid

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Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. FILE PHOTO

Amid persistent calls on social network, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte reiterated on Sunday that no one could make him run for president in the 2016 elections.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Davao finds place on cocoa world map

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ASKINOSIE’S website showing Davao “tableya” GERMELINA LACORTE

On its website, Missouri-based Askinosie Chocolates features an enticing picture of Davao-made “tableya.” In 2009, it was a photo of a Philippine dark chocolate bar, 77-percent made from Davao cocoa.

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Davao City suffers from power outages

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines—For the first time since 2010, the city—like most of Mindanao—is experiencing power outages again.   One to two-hour rotational power interruptions followed the partial restoration of supply after the Feb. 27 massive blackout on the island.   Davao Light and Power Co. (DLPC) blamed, among other factors, the continued failure of the [...]

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

NPA apologizes for Davao Sur attack that wounded civilians

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The communist New People’s Army (NPA) on Wednesday afternoon apologized for the landmine explosion that hit an ambulance and injured four rescuers in Barangay (village) Managa in Bansalan, Davao del Sur on Sunday.

Posted: March 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Mindanao still awaiting explanation for power failure

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Mindanao business executives demanded an explanation Friday for the eight-hour Mindanao-wide power failure on Thursday, saying the government’s failure to say what actually happened could only increase people’s anxiety and lead to more losses for business.

Posted: February 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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