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Observing proper form in sports, life

By Patrick Van Wersch for MindaNews . DAVAO City — A black belt in Shotokan karate, 48-year-old Jessica Hojas Esparrago, coach and sports leader at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, is one of few women coaches in Philippine karate. The self-proclaimed “mama bear coach” is determined to develop athletes …

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Ozamiz bet bags Mutya ng Misamis Occidental crown

OZAMIZ City — A new set of Mutya ng Misamis Occidental queens was crowned for 2018. Held at the Medina Gymnasium, Celine Mae Pangan of Ozamiz City was crowned Mutya ng Misamis Occidental 2018 besting 17 candidates who vied for the title. Pangan is also awarded as the Best in …

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Bag-ao bid challenges Ecleo dynasty of Dinagat Province

By Erwin M. Mascariñas Correspondent . Butuan City — A congressional representative who is considered to be a strong contender has challenged the Ecleo political dynasty for the gubernatorial seat for the island province of Dinagat. As the family’s matriarch Glenda B. Ecleo reached her three-term limit after serving as …

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Marawi a year after liberation: Maranaos still await rehabilitation

By Carolyn O. Arguillas MindaNews and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism . (Last of five parts) Soon after the President declared Marawi “liberated” on Oct. 17 last year, displaced residents from 52 of the 76 villages vacated were allowed to return to Marawi, in batches, from evacuation centers, their relatives’ …

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‘Go ahead… burn it’

By Carolyn O. Arguillas MindaNews and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism . (Fourth of five parts) On Oct. 17, 2017, the day he declared Marawi “liberated from the terrorist influence,”  Duterte said: “So ‘yan ang paghinakit ko. Hindi namin ito gusto. Ginusto ‘to ng mga Maranao, ng mga Maute, at …

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‘They voted for Du30’

By Carolyn O. Arguillas MindaNews and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism . (Third of five parts) Luck seemed to smile even more at the Maranaos when Duterte ran, and later won the Presidency. Records from the Commission on Elections show that Marawi and Lanao del Sur voters elected a city …

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Group launches life-saving mobile app

By Erwin M. Mascariñas Correspondent . Cortes, Surigao del Sur — A non government organization, together with the local government unit here, has successfully implemented and launched the first mobile phone application in Caraga Region aimed to assist and save life during disasters and other life threatening situations. Avegaile G. …

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Forced diaspora

By Carolyn O. Arguillas MindaNews and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism . (Second of five parts) At the time, Maranaws leader Aga Khan Sharief asked the military and the mayor for two hours to talk with the rebel leaders and convince them to leave. “Usapang Maranaws” was how he later …

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The ruins of Marawi

By Carolyn O. Arguillas MindaNews and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism . (First of five parts) MARAWI City — The groundbreaking for the government’s ambitious rehabilitation of this city was supposed to take place on the first anniversary of Marawi’s “liberation” from the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group that had laid …

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From rebellion to governance: Murad bares future of Barmm

By Carolyn O. Arguillas MindaNews . Last of three parts Al Haj Murad Ebrahim admitted they are faced with “huge challenges” as they transition from armed to democratic struggle, particularly on how to “ensure a responsive and timely program for around 30,000 to 40,000 of our combatants who will undergo …

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