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Davsur dept heads resign en masse

DIGOS City, Davao del Sur–All the department heads of the Davao del Sur provincial government resigned en masse on Thursday just as Gov. Douglas Cagas started to work as the provincial chief executive. Cagas was released from the custody of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) on Wednesday …

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Govt, MILF reps schedule meeting in K. Lumpur

DAVAO City–The 10-member government (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  Implementing Team would meet in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 13-14 to begin work on the implementation of the Bangsamoro peace roadmap, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said. Dureza said he would head the government delegation in …

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Duterte says he’d stay in Mindanao for 10 days

DAVAO City–President Duterte would stay in Mindanao for 10 days when he returns this week from Malacanang. “I’ll be spending about 10 days after tomorrow. I’m gonna fix the, firm (up) the structure sa Mindanao issue,” Duterte said. Since he took his oath as President on June 30, Duterte has …

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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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