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NPA stages ambush, kills militiaman, hurts 4 others

DAVAO City–A militiaman under the 72nd Infantry Battalion was killed and four others were wounded when suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) ambushed them on Wednesday in Sitio Kamunoan, Barangay Gupitan in Kapalong, Davao del Norte. On national TV, demanded an explanation from the Communist Party, saying the ...

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Lower House elects Alvarez as speaker

DAVAO del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez handily won the speakership of the Lower House as he garnered the nod of 251 lawmakers during the start of the 17th Congress yesterday. It was Liberal Party (LP) stalwart and outgoing Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. who nominated Alvarez for the speakership, a move ...

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3,000 Mindanao militants plan to stage rally at Batasan today

DAVAO City–Participants joining the seven-day human rights caravan, Manilakbayan, appealed to the National Police to allow them hold a rally outside Batasang Pambansa in a show of support for President Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address (Sona) today. “President Duterte, let your fellow Mindanawons march with you ...

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Prioritize people’s rights in SONA, group says

DAVAO City –– A global activist group gathered in a conference on peoples’ rights said they look forward to President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (SONA) today. The International Conference for Peoples’ Rights in the Philippines (IPCRP) said with Duterte’s high trust ratings, the Filipinos must see ...

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Bato draws flak for sending police scalawags to M’nao

DAVAO City–An official of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) said the practice of sending scalawags in the National Police to Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-tawi should stop, especially under a President and police chief who are both from Mindanao. “It reflects bias and prejudice. The mindset of Spanish colonizers ...

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Say it isn’t so, Bato!

Gail Ilagan DAVAO City–Some months back, during a meeting of the Multistakeholder Advisory and Action Group (MSAAG) of the 10th Infantry “Agila” Division, I heard MSAAG Chair Ednar Dayanghirang mention that he sits at a similar body for the Regional Command of the Philippine National Police (PNP). He shared that ...

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Advancing the Mindanao arts and culture agenda

Karl Gaspar DAVAO City–In the run up to the inauguration of President Rody Duterte, a number of civil society groups had their own summit to bring to the attention of the new administration their concerns for their respective sectors. Thus, there were summits among the groups of women (led by ...

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Davao folk cheer as their mayor takes his oath as President

DAVAO City–Dabawenyos cheered the inauguration of their champion as the country’s 16th President but also expressed hope he would be able to deliver to the Filipino people within the next six years, the “tunay na pagbabago” (genuine change) he promised during the campaign. City Hall employees, market vendors, and people ...

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Two-day meet to define socio-economic agenda

DAVAO City–The 10-point socioeconomic agenda of the incoming administration is being given flesh during a two-day consultative meeting of the economic team of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte that began here yesterday. Organizers of the event dubbed “Sulong: Hakbang Tungo sa Kaunlaran” and held at SMX Convention Center said it is the ...

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