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Bukidnon plans to build sports complex

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 December) – An amount of P250 million from the 2018 funds of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri has been allotted for the construction of a provincial sports complex in Bukidnon, Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. said. Gov. Zubiri made the announcement to members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan during their regular session on […].....»»

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THE VOTE: Inuulit lamang ni Pangulong Duterte ang malagim at maling solusyong militar ng diktador na si Marcos

(Explanation of “No” vote sa Panibagong Extension ng Martial Law sa Mindanao, delivered by Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate during the Joint Session of Congress on 13 December 2017 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City) Mariin naming tinututulan ang panibagong pagpapalawig ng batas militar sa Mindanao. Inuulit lamang ni Pangulong Duterte ang malagim at […].....»»

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THE VOTE: A critical blow to Philippine Democracy

(Speech explaining his “No” vote on extending martial law until 31 December 2017, delivered by Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin at the Joint Session of Congress on 13 December 2017 at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City) Akbayan votes NO for yet another extension of the factually and constitutionally impaired Martial Law in Mindanao, dealing a […].....»»

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240 yes, 27 no:  Congress OKs martial law extension until end of 2018

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 December) —   With 240 voting in favor and 27 against, the Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday granted President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao until 31 December 2018. The extension until yearend 2018 brings to 19 […].....»»

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Martial law has no effect on business in Region 11, says DTI

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/13 December) – The productivity of business companies in Region 11 has not been affected by President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao on May 23 in response to the siege staged by Islamic State-inspired militants in Marawi City, an official said Tuesday. During their Annual Media Interface on Tuesday at […].....»»

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US warship wreckage found in Ormoc Bay

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/13 December) — The expedition crew of Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel led by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has located USS Cooper (Destroyer 695) in its final resting place in Ormoc Bay. The Allen-led expedition released the underwater images and video footage of USS Cooper to MindaNews on Wednesday. The wreckage […].....»»

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World War II relic

Torpedo launcher of Destroyer Cooper lies beneath Ormoc Bay with its blast shield still intact. The Allen-led expedition released the underwater images and video footage of USS Cooper on Wednesday, 13 December. The wreckage was discovered early this month. Photo courtesy of PAUL G. ALLEN.....»»

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THE VOTE: We do not need Martial Law in Mindanao

(Explanation of “no” vote on extending martial law in Mindanao until 31 December 2018, delivered by Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-ao at the House of Represetnatives on 13 December 2017) Ginoong Speaker, mga kasama, isa po ako sa mga boses ng Mindanao sa Kongresong ito. Sa kasalukuyan po ay hindi pa rin naipapakita ang patunay […].....»»

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Martial law extension draws mixed reactions from Bukidnon folks

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 14 Dec) – The Joint Session of Congress’ approval of President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao until next year drew mixed reactions here. Congress extended martial law until December 31, 2018 with a vote of 240 in […].....»»

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TURNING POINT: Martial Law Mindanao II: A New Call for War

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews / 14 Dec) – Martial Law was declared in Mindanao on May 23, 2017 in response to the Maute terrorist siege of Marawi City. It was extended for five months or up to December 31, 2017 to finish off the Maute uprising. By October or a month after the siege, Marawi […].....»»

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Flights, sea trips to and from Surigao canceled due to ‘Urduja’

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 December) – Incoming and outgoing flights on Thursday in this city and Siargao, a tourist destination, were canceled due to tropical depression “Urduja”, an official said. Surigao del Norte provincial board member Marlon Coro said that Surigao-Cebu-Surigao, Manila-Siargao-Manila, and Cebu-Siargao-Cebu flights were canceled. Vessels plying the Surigao-Southern Leyte and Surigao-Cebu […].....»»

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STATEMENT: IBP Lanao del Sur on extending Martial Law

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious Most Merciful IBP-LANAO DEL SUR STATEMENT ON THE MARTIAL LAW EXTENSION ​We, the members of the IBP Lanao del Sur Chapter, were hoping against hope that Martial Law shall only be a painful memory after 31 December 2017. Alas, we were disheartened and disappointed when Congress extended Martial […].....»»

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‘Urduja’ triggers flash floods in MisOr

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 15 December) – Local disaster officials evacuated over 300 persons after flash floods triggered by tropical depression “Urduja” inundated their houses in Balingasag and Lagonglong towns in Misamis Oriental Friday. Fernando Dy, Misamis Oriental provincial disaster management chief, said the flood waters started to rise on Wednesday night, and […].....»»

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Suspects in murder of Magpet barangay secretary identified

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 16 December) — Authorities have identified suspects in the killing Friday of a barangay secretary in Magpet, North Cotabato. But Chief Inspector Rommel Constantino, chief of Magpet Police, said they already have the profiles of the suspects but cannot as yet divulge their identities. Joel Ecnad, secretary of Barangay Manobisa in […].....»»

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Digong’s Concert

Davao City’s longtime mayor – now Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte — sings “Send in the clowns” and 10 other songs during the Christmas party with media outside the Presidential Guest House (aka ‘Panacanang’ in Panacan, Davao City on December 15-16, 2017. “What ails my Presidency,” he said is that until now, “mayor ako magsalita […].....»»

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Presidential Guest House

President Rodrigo Duterte visits the refurbished Presidential Guest House (aka ‘Panacanang’) in Panacan, Davao City in the early hours of December 16, 2017 after the Christmas party with media. Behind Duterte, the painting on t’nalak cloth, “Dance of Mindanao,” is by artist  Ronald Tamfalan while the receiving room on the left is the Maranao Room. […].....»»

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Misa de Gallo

Day 1 of the nine-day Misa de Gallo on December 16, 2017 at the Ascension of Our Lord Parish at the GSIS Heights Subdivision, Matina, Davao City. MindaNews photo by CAROLYN O. ARGUILLAS.....»»

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Duterte sings 11 songs in 43-minute midnight concert

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 December) — Home is where the heart is and longtime Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, now 18 months as President of the Philippines, relieved himself of the burdens of the Presidency in an 11-song 43-minute concert that started at 12:28 a.m. Saturday and ended 43 minutes later. At the Christmas […].....»»

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Duterte speaks on what ails his Presidency

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 December) — Critics are expected to come up with a long list of what ails the Duterte Presidency but what is Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s own assessment? Eighteen months after he took over as the 16th Philippine President and first Mindanawon to lead the country, Duterte says what ails his Presidency […].....»»

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Fr. Chito Soganub: captivity in Marawi “deepened my faith, made me more prayerful”

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews / 17 December) —  As soon as he boarded the 4 a.m. Manila-General Santos flight on November 27, Fr. Teresito Soganub, hostage of the Maute Group from May 23 to September 16 and in the custody of the military from September 17 to November 20, broke down in tears. That he was […].....»»

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