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2 soldiers killed in North Cotabato clash with NPA

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Police say the soldiers were conducting a community support program in Arakan town when they were attacked by communist rebels

Court junks drug charges vs North Cotabato state college president

Jul 16, 2019 - 12:49 PM

Kidapawan City Regional Trial Court Judge Henelinda Diaz says the search warrants used to conduct the raid on the home of then CFCST president Samson Molao are invalid

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits North Cotabato

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:45 AM

(UPDATED) The earthquake is strongly felt in Makilala town in North Cotabato, Kidapawan City, Koronadal City, and Santa Cruz in Davao del Sur

Image from Phivolcs

Polls close in second Bangsamoro plebiscite

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Despite fears, voting day in Lanao del Norte and parts of North Cotabato went without major problems

Voters at the Maranding Central elem school line up tp vote for the BOL. Maranding is Lanao del Norte's biggest barangay, business hub of the province. ( bobby lagsa/rappler)

Despite explosions, voters troop to polls in Bangsamoro plebiscite

Feb 06, 2019 - 12:08 PM

Voters in 22 towns in Lanao del Norte and 7 towns in North Cotabato will decide whether 6 Lanao towns and 67 Cotabato villages should be part of the Bangsamoro region

Elieen Amin in the town of Lala, Lanao del Norte, on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

BOL plebiscite: 'Easier win' seen in North Cotabato than Lanao del Norte

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:20 AM

'In North Cotabato, the political leaders are not against inclusion of the barangays.... The people are free to vote,' says Naguib Sinarimbo of the MILF's United Bangsamoro Justice Party

BOL PLEBISCITE. A woman looks for her name in the voters' list at the Midsayap Pilot Elementary School, Midsayap, North Cotabato, on February 6, 2019. Photo from Comelec

Most youth in Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato favor BARMM inclusion – survey

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Surveyed youth in Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato consider terrorism as the top priority the new Bangsamoro region should address

LAST VOTE. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has campaigned hard for the inclusion of more territories in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Commander Bravo urges Lanao voters: Vote 'yes' for peace

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:54 PM

The alternative is continued violence, warns the MILF commander as Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato gear up for the February 6 Bangsamoro plebiscite

Commander Bravo and his troops on January 31, 2019

Bomb scares hit Davao City, Mindanao towns

Jan 31, 2019 - 11:04 AM

An unverified text message warning of a bomb planted at the Mlang Pilot Elementary School prompts parents to fetch their children. The bomb threat turns out to be a hoax.

To divide people of Mindanao aim of explosions, says North Cotabato Gov

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:30 PM

North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza says 'as we have done before, in the face of dangers and threats, we will look out for one another and we will stand together'

North Cotabato Governor Lala Taliño-Mendoza. Photo from FB.com/govlala

Blast-ambush kills cop, injures 11 others in North Cotabato

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:12 AM

(UPDATED) Police suspect the communist New People's Army as being behind the attack

5 farmers killed in North Cotabato ambush

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Matalam town police are eyeing a land dispute as the motive for the attack

Duterte ends BBL impasse: Mother LGUs' vote needed for inclusion in Bangsamoro

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:19 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The 6 towns of Lanao del Norte and 39 North Cotabato barangays will have to get the support of their province and municipalities, respectively, before they can join, contrary to what the Bangsamoro Transition Commission wants

HOUSE VERSION ADOPTED. President Rodrigo Duterte tells the bicameral conference committee on July 11, 2018, to adopt the House version’s provision on the coverage of the Bangsamoro region. In this file photo, Mindanao lawmakers celebrate the passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo from the House of Representatives

Bangsamoro territory in Lanao del Norte, North Cotabato still up for debate

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) Lawmakers anticipate difficult discussions on how these areas would be included in the Bangsamoro region

TERRITORY TALKS. Members of the bicameral conference committee on the BBL meet on July 9, 2018. Photo courtesy of OPAPP. Photo courtesy of P Camero/CMB Engracia

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Jul 19, 2017 - 1:49 PM

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Duterte security aides hurt in clash with communist rebels

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED The encounter is triggered by the discovery of 50 suspected communist rebels posing as soldiers manning a fake military checkpoint

Bongbong vs Leni: 2016 'election fingerprints' in possible recount areas

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:01 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Election results in these provinces may be up for recount if the Presidential Electoral Tribunal grants the petitions of Marcos and Robredo in their respective protests

Palace, military downplay BIFF threats vs Duterte

Jun 23, 2017 - 5:31 PM

The military says the BIFF was driven to make threats against President Rodrigo Duterte out of embarrassment as its attack on a North Cotabato village failed to inflict substantial damage on government forces

Presidential Photo

31 BIFF hostages rescued in North Cotabato – military

Jun 21, 2017 - 9:25 PM

Military spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla says all the hostages including 12 children are safe

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Jun 21, 2017 - 12:35 PM

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BIFF attacks North Cotabato village, holds civilians hostage

Jun 21, 2017 - 10:26 AM

4TH UPDATE Members of the BIFF have occupied a primary school in Pigcawayan town and have taken hostages says the military

North Cotabato farmers decry killings, harassment over land dispute

Mar 29, 2017 - 11:37 AM

The murder of farmers group leader Wilerme Dorado Agorde in front of his grandchildren in February further fuels suspicion that farmers locked in a land dispute with a state university are being silenced

FALLEN. A photo of Wilerme Dorado Agorde is placed on his front door during his wake. Photo by Edwin Gariguez

Alleged NPA rebels burn bus in North Cotabato

Mar 13, 2017 - 11:29 AM

The incident occurs just days after the communist rebels and the Philippine government announced the resumption of formal peace negotiations

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Jan 23, 2017 - 11:56 AM

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Jan 23, 2017 - 8:35 AM

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Soldiers, NPA break ceasefire in Cotabato clash

Jan 23, 2017 - 7:19 AM

A New People s Army rebel is killed in Makilala North Cotabato in the first fatal encounter to disrupt the 5 month old ceasefire

FIRST CLASH? It is believed to be the first armed encounter between the military and the New People's Army since both issued separate ceasefire declarations in August 2016. Photo from the military

50 recaptured, over 100 still on the run in PH's biggest jailbreak

Jan 05, 2017 - 1:39 PM

UPDATED The BJMP says 13 high value targets – 7 Muslim rebels and 6 organized crime gang members – were not among the 158 inmates who bolted a North Cotabato jail

RECAPTURED. A photo of some of the recaptured inmates from the North Cotabato District Jail jailbreak. Photo from Editha Caduaya/Rappler

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Jan 04, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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North Cotabato Mayor Cuan arrested

Oct 29, 2016 - 3:22 PM

The police say the raid was conducted on reports that suspected illegal drugs and unlicensed firearms are stored in his warehouse and in his residence but no illegal drugs were found

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Oct 28, 2016 - 1:25 PM

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Maguindanao mayor on Duterte drug list killed in shootout

Oct 28, 2016 - 8:33 AM

4th UPDATE Datu Saudi Ampatuan Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom and his convoy shot it out with anti drug operatives in Makilala North Cotabato according to police

Photo courtesy of the office of Mayor Rudy Caoagdan of Makilala

North Cotabato governor to be tried for graft

Jun 23, 2016 - 10:30 PM

The anti graft court Sandiganbayan finds merit in the Ombudsman s complaint that Emmylou Taliño Mendoza committed graft when she awarded a contract to her mother s gasoline station

GOING TO TRIAL. North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza. File photo by Ferdh Cabrera/Rappler

IP leaders hold tribal ritual to save Mt Apo

May 24, 2016 - 1:40 PM

During the sacred ritual which sought forgiveness from the tribes ancestors for the disrespect of Mt Apo North Cotabato 2nd District Representative Nancy Catamco is named a Diwata or protector

RITUAL. Several IP groups hold a special ritual to save Mt. Apo. All photos by Editha Z. Caduaya

Change is coming: The politics of El Niño

May 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Moving forward there are key things that the new government must act on bearing in mind the welfare of communities that have been suffering the most from inaction and incoherence

EL NIÑO. A farmer stands next to a stream in barangay Payong-Payong, Pigcawayan municipality, North Cotabato in February 2016. The drought has left this stream, the village's main source of water, nearly dried up. All photos from Oxfam

Duterte's agri secretary: Cotabato's Manny Piñol

May 17, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The former governor is set to be the agricultural secretary of president elect Rodrigo Duterte To his Moro friends however the name Piñol is synonymous with peace spoiler

Manny Piñol arrives at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City to meet with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on May 16. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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Apr 26, 2016 - 6:20 PM

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Court orders arrest of North Cotabato governor

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:39 PM

The 3 graft charges against Governor Emmylou Taliño Mendoza are bailable

Photo by Ferdh Cabrera/Rappler

Kidapawan farmers file charges vs Aquino allies, police

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:02 AM

Our struggle for food land and justice is legitimate and we will pursue justice in every possible way one of the complainants vows

Farmers and their families file cases against officials over the Kidapawan dispersal.

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Apr 21, 2016 - 12:30 PM

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Gov't should be blamed for hunger, violence in Kidapawan – senators

Apr 21, 2016 - 1:23 AM

Government agencies reiterate that they had done what they could

WATCH: Senate hearing on Kidapawan drought protest

Apr 20, 2016 - 2:51 PM

Watch the recording of the Senate hearing on the Kidapawan protest on Wednesday April 20

Kidapawan and the rice riots

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:03 PM

Negotiations were cut short Riot police were unprepared and outnumbered Cops carried long arms This is the story behind the deadly protests in Kidapawan City

Field in Mindanao during the El Niño drought. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera / Rappler

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Apr 08, 2016 - 6:55 PM

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Apr 08, 2016 - 12:01 PM

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North Cotabato governor indicted for graft

Apr 08, 2016 - 8:53 AM

Governor Emmylou Taliño Mendoza used provincial funds to buy diesel from the Taliño Shell Station which is owned by her mother says the Ombudsman

Kidapawan protest: Can police use guns to disperse violent rallies?

Apr 07, 2016 - 7:57 PM

Inconsistencies between the police manual and the Public Assembly Act create confusion on whether or not the police should have used guns to disperse protesters

KIDAPAWAN CLASH. Police and farmers face-off in Kidapawan. File photo from the PNP's official Facebook page

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Apr 06, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Youth activists take #BigasHindiBala call to the streets

Apr 05, 2016 - 10:13 PM

Youth groups support the Kidapawan farmers plight with various protests and relief operations

PNP forms team to probe Kidapawan dispersal

Apr 05, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The team will be headed by a 2 star police general and have as members police colonels from Mindanao

KIDAPAWAN CLASH. Police and farmers face-off in Kidapawan City. File photo from the PNP Facebook page