The Friends of Mindanao will be meeting on Wednesday the 3rd of November.
We will be at the Gardena Fresca in Coca Cola Village, Matina at 9:00 AM.
Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.

Vice Mayor of BariraTown

The vice mayor of Barira town in Maguindanao was caught in possession of election paraphernalia for two towns a day before the barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) elections, a military official said.
Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, spokesperson for the military's Eastern Mindanao Command, said Vice Mayor Alex Tomawis was stopped by government troops as he tried to get away with the ballot boxes for Barira and Buldon towns on Sunday morning.

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Monday Mindanao News

 A pro-government militiaman shot dead five of his colleagues and then he was killed by police in southern Philippines over the weekend, a police official said on Monday.
The massacre at a militia outpost in Palid village, Ipil town, in the western Philippine province of Zamboanga Sibugay, occurred around 7 p.m. Sunday, when Olegario Bucal started firing his M-14 assault rifle towards his comrades who were watching television inside the camp, Major Arnold Gasalatan, spokesperson of the army' s 1st Infantry Division, said

Sunday Mindanao News

Police authorities have arrested 4 more suspects connected to the bus bombing last Thursday that left 10 people dead.
The suspects were arrested in a raid on Saturday in Barangay Rosary Heights 3, Cotabato City through information obtained from 15-year old Piko Tnagkulo.
The 4 suspects who supposedly planted the bomb inside the Rural Transit bus are: Alex Samal, 40 years old; Ibrahim Alimanan alias Siang Ulama, 37; Yazer Talusiog, 25; and Abdulh Alib Talusog, 20.
Tnagkulo was arrested by police last Friday. Lt. Col. Benjamin Hao would not reveal the circumstances behind Tnagkulo’s arrest.


The Philippines Saturday appealed for patience over the trial of a powerful clan accused of carrying out the country's worst political massacre, as the first anniversary of the tragedy drew near.
President Benigno Aquino's spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the trial, over the murders of 57 people in the southern Philippines last year, involved complex issues.
"We can't fast-track this case because we don't want to violate the rights of any party. Because the accused have rights and the victims also have rights," she said in an interview with government radio.
She stressed that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was pushing the prosecutors to make sure that any delaying tactics by defence lawyers would not slow down the trial for long.
But she said the court was independent and the government could not dictate the pace of the trial.
"Ultimately, it is up to the judge how the case will progress," Valte said.


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Davao City Luxury Bungalow For Rent

Many of you will know by now that Adrian and Janice Jones are moving back to Dumaguete on Dec 7th.

We have had some great times at their new bungalow in Bajada and some photos are shown below. As a consequence the bungalow will become vacant and some of you may know of somebody who would be interested in moving in? Rent is 25,000 pesos per month and utilities are roughly 4,000 pesos per month. The usual one month rent up front plus 2 months security deposit apply.

The bungalow is in a quiet, secure compound near Victoria Mall. Contact Adrian on 0999 464 0400.

Zamboanga City School stabbing

The 6 injured victims of a stabbing attack in an elementary school in Zamboanga City remained in hospital, but were already in stable condition as of posting time.
Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat personally visited the victims and checked their conditions. Two of them underwent operations for their injuries at the Brent Hospital.
Lobregat said the operation on teacher Jony Torres, and Lyka Bassing, a student of the Talisayan Elementary School, were successful.
The mayor said the other 4 injured victims are in the hospital's ward.
One of the victims, Princess Brioness, said they were caught by surprise with the sudden attack of ex-convict Felin Mateo.

News in Brief Saturday

Davao Drugs 
 For selling methamphetamine hydrochloride otherwise known as "shabu" a minor was convicted for violation of Section 5 (Sale of Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
A certain Jay-R, 17 years old, single, fish vendor, and a resident of Sasa, Davao City was sentence to Life Imprisonment and a fine of five hundred thousand pesos (Php 500,000.00) by Hon. Lope L Calio, presiding judge, Regional Trial Court, Branch 33, Davao City. @ Jay-R was arrested by PDEA agents last August 4, 2010 at around 10:00 p.m. at Bo. Pampanga, Lanang, Davao City.

Officials of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley want to split the lone electric cooperative serving the two provinces so that it could “efficiently and effectively serve its member-consumers.”
The proposed split of the Davao del Norte Electric Coop. (Daneco) can also help solve management woes that have affected the delivery of electricity to consumers in the two provinces, according to Tagum City Mayor Rey Uy.

News in Brief FRIDAY

Four policemen and a village worker were hurt when leftist rebels ambushed them in Agusan del Sur province yesterday, the military said today.
The wounded included a town police chief with the rank of major after some 50 New People's Army rebels opened fire at a barangay in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, said Noli Kanashiro, spokesperson of the Army's 4th Infantry Division.


The Department of Social Welfare and Development recently conferred the 2009 Most Child-Friendly City award to Tagum City. DSWD Regional Director Esther Versoza who handed over the award to Mayor Rey Uy, said the award was a reign of governance in the protection of the rights of children.
"Indeed, Tagumeños have succeeded once again in its making as the top among the LGU of the region," she stated.
The child-friendly city award is given to LGUs that support continuously the promotion of children's rights to survival, development, protection, and participation.
"On behalf of the RSWC (Regional Staff Working Committee for the welfare of children), I being the chairperson, I am proud of the efforts of Tagum City in efficiently performing and providing services to the vulnerable, risky, and disadvantaged children," said Versoza. 


GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines—A municipal councilor of Sarangani in Davao Del Sur was killed during an attack by unidentified gunmen here Wednesday evening.
Senior Police Officer 1 Rex Diongon, investigator of the Makar police precinct, identified the victim as Meliton Bansalao, 58, who had a house in Barangay (village) Sinawal here.
Diongon said Bansalao was fixing his motorcycle outside his house when one of two assailants who arrived on a motorcycle around 6 p.m. shot him.

Bus Bomb in Matalam

A bomb attack on a bus on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao has killed at least seven people, the army says.
At least six others were injured when the bomb went off as the bus travelled through Matalam in Cotabato province.
There were more than 50 passengers on board, an army spokesman said.
The company operating the bus had received extortion letters from armed groups in the region, the spokesman added.
Armed gangs have tried to extort money from bus companies and been blamed for attacks on vehicles and bus terminals in the past.
Mindanao is home to kidnappers, extortion gangs and Muslim insurgent groups.

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To help celebrate a members 21st Birthday..cough..cough.. we had a few too many drinks and cakes, but we had GREAT people. By the way the birthday boy was me.

Mindanao update

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte (PIA) – This city’s aviary is now open for public viewing at the Energy Park which is adjacent to the Department of Education (DepEd) Building and Bureau of Food and Drugs. The Birds’ Park displays African Lovebirds, Eclectus Parrots, White-Eared Brown Dove or Alimocon, Brahmies Kite or Banog, Red tailed Hawk, and Owl. City Mayor Rey Uy with Councilors Joedel Caasi, Oyo Uy, and Nickel Suaybaguio Jr. have visited recently the Bird's Park and have enjoyed feeding the birds. Uy commented that “it will be more educational for kids to encounter real birds in life form than simply see them in books or Internet.”
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte (PIA) – In his first provincial visit, Department of Health (DoH) Secretary Enrique Ona has pledged support the six district hospitals in the province of Lanao del Norte. The assurance came when Ona visited the Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital in the town of Baroy on October 14. “Secretary Ona’s visit here just proves his concern for the well-being of our people,” Lanao del Norte Gov. Khalid Dimaporo said.
JOLO, Sulu – Rep. Nur-Ana Sahidulla (2nd District, Sulu) has called for peace in Sulu, following the eruption of violence on October 5, that killed four persons and wounding several others, including a police officer. Sahidulla also appealed to the police and military officials to take appropriate action against the people who have created trouble in the municipality of Bangui-ngui in Sulu province. “I appeal to Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo and the PNP (Philippine National Police) and AFP Armed Forces of the Philippines) to take a particular look at Bangui-ngui, Sulu and  help us restore law and order in  the area of conflict,“ she said.

500 seedlings of Bacauan

Another 500 seedlings of Bacauan species were planted Sunday, October 10, 2010 along Guangguang wet land being set aside to enhance its physical and biodiversity significance in preserving its scenic beauty situated in Dahican, this town, in support to the special project of Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, the Million Trees Movement of Davao Oriental.
The tree planting was spearheaded by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) based here headed by SCPO Nelson G. Simbajon in commemoration of the 109th Founding Anniversary of the PCG.

News in Brief

MATANAO, Davao del Sur, Philippines – Two candidates in the barangay (village) elections were killed in separate stabbing incidents in Barangay (village) Asbang, the police said Saturday.
The incidents, which took place on Friday afternoon, appeared to be tied to each other, the police said.

Communist rebels shot and wounded three government soldiers in a clash Saturday in the southern Filipino province of Davao del Sur, a military spokesman said.

The fighting erupted in the village of Sinoron in the town of Santa Cruz where troops had been tracking down New People’s Army rebels behind the spate of attacks in the province.

Two girls, aged 13 and 8, have been reported raped and killed in Sorsogon and Davao cities.
The body of 13-year-old Mildred Lanac was found by residents in the middle of a field in Barangay Peñafrancia, Sorsogon City around 6 a.m. Thursday.
Lanac's mother, Maribel, said half of her daughter's body was buried in the mud when discovered. The girl's underwear was also missing.
"Hindi ko maisip na patay na siya. parang palaging buhay," the victim's mother said.
She said that Mildred went missing after going to her grandmother's house in Barangay Peñafrancia on Wednesday morning.


The Friend’s of Mindanao, “Birthday Bash”


Bogser’s Seafood Restaurant and Tiki Bar on Times Beach

Bring a friend and enjoy an evening out with friends!


We WILL have our regularly scheduled meeting, Wednesday at 9:00 AM
at our normal meeting place, Gardena Fresca.

I hope to see you all at both locations.

The City Government of Tagum

The City Government of Tagum was cited for ranking 2nd Place among component cities in the country during the 2010 National Best PESO Awards held last October 7.
The (BLE) Bureau of Labor and Employment in partnership with the (PESO) Philippine Employment Services Office of the Philippines held the two-day PESO Congress at Tagaytay City last October 5 ? 7, 2010, with no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III as the main guest of honor and keynote speaker.
The Congress celebrates a decade of successful partnership and network initiatives with the theme "Isang Dekada ng Tagumpay, Tuwid na Landas ang Gabay", that the PESOs' support is crucial in the light of the President's people-centered governance that emphasizes employment as crucial in the economic growth.

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio refused to be bogged down by Mindanao’s peace and order situation and has declared a full-blast campaign to promote the city’s tourism industry that will derive its strength from the peaceful co-existence of its tri-people.
“The Mindanao situation will no longer be my excuse. It is time to embark on a tourism campaign that captures our great city’s Muslim-Christian-Lumad peaceful co-existence and the wealth of our natural resources,” Duterte-Carpio said during her State of the City Address Monday, which also marked her 100 days in office.
She said eco-tourism has been identified as one of the city’s greatest assets with Davao currently ranking 6th as a travel destination.

Motorist levies in Davao

The city’s planning office is exploring various forms of motorist levies, aside from the planned bus rapid transit (BRT) system, in a bid to stem growing vehicle traffic.
Roberto P. Alabado III, city planning officer, told journalists here that the local government is studying a motorist tax, a higher parking fee or an area licensing system similar to that practiced in Singapore which charges toll fees for every vehicle entering the central business district.
Presently, he said, the city collects just P5 for whole-day parking along major downtown streets.
But if an ordinance will be passed to collect P5 for every three hours, that could reduce the cars on the road, Mr. Alabado said.
He also encouraged car pooling for businesses and schools "so (there would be) less vehicular traffic and less pollution in the downtown area."

New Port In Panabo

PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte (PNA) – City Mayor Jose Silvosa Sr. is now working for the establishment of a multi-purpose public port here that will become a passengers’ port for providing a 12-minute searide in going to and from Davao City.
“As of now, there's a plan and preparation for it, but we're still getting permits from the Philippine Port Authority (PPA) and other national government agencies," he said.
Silvosa added that they have already identified a public domain area for the public port at the San Pedro village and as initially estimated the project needs about P200 million. He said given the huge resources that the plan entails, the approach in realizing it would be in progressive manner.
Currently, this city has two private ports owned by Tadeco and Dole Philippines. The ports are being used for the shipment of bananas for abroad.


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Another aide of the primary suspect in the mass murder of 57 civilians in Maguindanao last year has been arrested at a gasoline station along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard early Sunday, according to the Pasay City police chief.
Senior Supt. Napoleon Cuaton identified the suspect as Moactar Daud who was taken into custody after the city police served a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221, which is trying the multiple murder cases against the Ampatuan clan and their cohorts

Information and Communications Technology Association of Davao (

This city’s information technology group is having a hard time meeting the requirement of a Chinese company that is looking for 50 gaming developers here.

Erriberto P. Barriga Jr., head of the Information and Communications Technology Association of Davao (ICT-Davao), said in an interview last weekend that he had gone to as far as General Santos City in Central Mindanao and Cagayan de Oro City in the north, but did not find even 10 who were qualified.
Experts have advised the Philippines to graduate to KPO, a segment of business process outsourcing (BPO) that requires more sophisticated analytical and design skills than voice-based operations.
This, as more developing countries have started to challenge the Philippines in attracting call center clients.


In a bid to continuously improve the region's software industry, the Davao Software Industry Inc. (DSII) and the Department of Trade and Industry Davao City Field Office (DTI-DCFO) will conduct a two-day training program.
The training program dubbed "Meet the Expert: Advanced Joomla, using JOOMLA components, modules and plug-ins" is slated on October 14 and 15 at the Brokenshire College Inc, Madapo Hills, Davao City.
Mr. Omar Abesamis, DTI-Bureau of Export Trade Promotion consultant on information and communications technology (ICT) will be the resource speaker.
The organizers said that Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS) which enables one to build web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.

30-kilometer per hour speed limit

 From  News Today

Two weeks ago Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte imposed a 30-kilometer per hour speed limit in Davao City’s streets to teach drivers a lesson with the recent spate of road kills. Days earlier, 10 people including a pregnant woman died in a jeepney accident. Duterte met with transport groups, imposed new speed limits and warned that violators will be pushed to the wall.
“You asked for it,” Duterte fumed.

Duterte thinks reducing the speed limits would force drivers to be more safety-conscious and reduce road deaths. So 30 kilometers per hour it is – whether driving during rush hour or past midnight when roads are deserted. Traffic policemen are positioned obviously or inconspicuously to monitor car speeds and arrest offenders. So far, locals have been complying as cars breeze down the city’s streets almost at the pace of a funeral cortege.

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Compostela Valley,

More than 150 minors, mostly from the indigenous community of Mandaya in Davao Oriental, are involved in dangerous mining work in Compostela Valley, the Department of Labor and Employment said.

These children—age 14 to 17 years old from Kagan Valley, the most inaccessible and poorest villages in Davao Oriental—work mostly as “packers” or gold ore porters. They carry ore gravel weighing 50 kilos or more from the tunnel entrance to the loading station, negotiating slippery and treacherous mountain trails in the process.
Others work as water porters and even as actual miners or “avanteros.”

More news here

Moro Islamic Liberation Front

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao, Philippines – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has lodged a formal protest against the September arrest of a ranking rebel official by elements of the police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Davao City.

It warned that his detention could scuttle planned peace talks and demanded his immediate release.

More News Here

FOM Update

Just a friendly reminder....
We will meet at Bogser's seafood restaurant and Tiki bar at Times Beach the 19th of Oct at 6 pm for a Birthday Bash. Pay as you go for drinks and dinner. Birthday cakes will be provided.
We have an extensive cocktail list
We will meet the next morning (20 Oct) at Gardena Fresca Garden Pond and Grill
Coca- cola Village, Matina, Davao City for our normal 3rd Wednesday of the month meeting. ( 9 am sharp!)  Coffee will be on!
See you all there!

Cotabato Unrest

The spate of violence now plaguing in Cotabato City in southern Philippines has prompted a Catholic prelate to suggest placing the the area under martial law.

An article on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines' website on Sunday quoted Cotabato Auxiliary Bishop Jose Collin Bagaforo as saying that the kidnappings have alarmed local businessmen in the area.

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Our Meeting This Week

- Intro new members. Welcome!

- Book exchange

- Discussed the agenda for the end of 2010 and agreed to some meeting changes. Info will be email to members.

- Joke teller today is Bob H. (very funny stuff)
- Ken lead us in an impromptu rendition of the singing of the Philippines National Anthem. Thanks Ken, that was fun!

- If you have not tried Bogser’s Pub at Times Beach, you’re missing a good time at a great location.

- Adjourned for socializing

- A comment from the Chairman, “What a great bunch of people we have! I am so pleased with the open and friendly nature of our members. Thank you all for your participation and for being such a positive influence on the community around us. The Friends of Mindanao is growing and I believe that YOU are the reason we are growing!” 
Steve B.

Happy Birthday Ian

This weekend myself and fellow FOM member Tim W, travelled to Cotabato and a small village called Matalam, where the founder of FOM Ian Fredericks lived and died last year.

We were there to celebrate with his family and friends his birthday.

 Happy birthday Ian and thanks to Bing and family.

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