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SPOTLIGHT MINDANAO: Daily news and latest updates from southern Philippines

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SPOTLIGHT MINDANAO: Daily news and latest updates from southern Philippines

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Mindanao, the country’s second largest island, has long been referred to as the Philippines’ “Land of Promise.” It has often been misunderstood, and yet, it has produced a president out of a mayor from Davao City, Rodrigo Duterte, in 2016.

The island has six administrative regions: Northern Mindanao, Davao Region in the south, Zamboanga Peninsula in the west, Caraga in the east, Soccsksargen in south-central Mindanao, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Many of the cities and provinces in these regions have not been getting their place in the daily news cycle.

Spotlight Mindanao serves as our page to compile developing stories from Mindanao each day so that the island becomes a part of our daily news diet.

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LATEST UPDATES

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes Davao Oriental

Rappler.com

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Davao Oriental early Saturday morning, December 10, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in a bulletin.

The tremor, which was tectonic in nature and at a depth of 61 kilometers, struck east of Governor Generoso town in Davao Oriental past 4 am on Saturday.

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Davao treats parkgoers to lights, sounds, free food delights nightly

Ferdinand Zuasola
SUPERHERO. Children flank a worker in a superhero costume near the Davai city hall which lit up in time for Christmas. City Government of Davao FB page

Davao’s “Pasko Fiesta 2022” kicked off on December 1, signaling the city’s opening up and return to normalcy after more than two years of lockdowns and other public health restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The month-long merry-making at the park opened with a bang, showcasing various performances by local talents and guest performers.

At the park just across city hall, the local government has been treating people to free hot porridge, noodle soup, popcorn, cotton candy, and ice cream nightly. This will go on throughout December.

Read the full story here.

‘White Christmas’: Cagayan de Oro lights up historic edifice, park

Herbie Gomez
LIGHTS. Cagayan de Oro’s Gaston Park across city hall and the nearby Saint Augustine Metropolutan Cathedral light up weeks ahead of Christmas Day.

Cagayan de Oro Mayor Rolando Uy led local officials in opening the “Festival of Lights” at city hall on Tuesday night, December 6, lighting up city hall’s historic Executive House, the building that houses the mayor’s office, as well as the entire Gaston Park across it.

The bright white lights that illuminate the facade of the Executive House create a snowless winter wonderland ambiance, and make the 20th-century edifice look royal.

Read the full story here.

Violators of Davao City’s firecracker ban face arrest, mayor warns 

Violators of Davao City’s firecracker ban face arrest, mayor warns 

Gunshots spoil Cotabato City Plaza Christmas lighting event

Ferdinandh Cabrera

Local officials and a crowd gathered at the Cotabato City Plaza for a Christmas lighting event on Tuesday night, December 6, when gunshots were heard, sending people scampering for safety.

The mysterious gunshots were fired past 6 pm, apparently several meters from where Cotabato Mayor Bruce Matabalao lit up the plaza at Tantawan Park along SK Pendatun Avenue in Barangay Poblacion 5.

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Cagayan de Oro economy bounces back to pre-pandemic level

Cong Corrales

The Philippine Statistics Authority says Cagayan de Oro’s gross domestic product started recovering, beginning at 9.6% in 2021, a rebound from the -8.8% decline in 2020,

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Cops file obstruction of justice complaint vs kin of slain Maguindanao politician

Ferdinandh Cabrera

Maguindanao police chief Colonel Roel Sermese confirmed on Monday, December 5, that the Special Investigation Task Group Datu Jam filed the complaint against the widow of defeated Datu Odin Sinsuat mayoral bet Jamael “Jam” Sinsuat, Monessa, and children Jamael Jr. and Abdul Hakim.

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Pujada Bay fishers seek help as illegal fishing drive hurts them

Ferdinand Zuasola

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the maritime police have stepped up a campaign against illegal fishing in the world-renowned Pujada Bay in Davao Oriental, but not everyone is happy about it.

Here’s the full story.

‘Nanlaban’? Cop who loses son in Sultan Kudarat ‘shootout’ cries foul

Ferdinandh Cabrera
SHOOTOUT? Profile photos of Horton Ansa Jr., Arshad Ansa, and Samanoded Ali, young men killed during what the police say was a shootout in Sultan Kudarat province on December 2. The fatalities’ families and friends are not buying the police’s narrative.

A police patrolman cried foul and pleaded for a thorough investigation into the killing of his son and two other young men in what his colleagues said was a shootout in Sultan Kudarat province.

The Lambayong town police alleged that the young men – Horton Ansa Jr., Arshad Ansa, and Samanoden Ali – were armed and traded shots with authorities who tried to arrest them at a checkpoint in Sultan Kudarat on Friday, December 2.

The young men allegedly had shabu (meth) with them. (Read the full story here.)

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