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How El Niño threatens Southeast Asia’s food security now and in the future

May 17, 2016 - 5:56 PM

People’s lives have practically worsened says Wilhelmina Pelegrina Greenpeace Southeast Asia Food and Ecological Agriculture Coordinator

Call for justice: Prevent a repeat of the Kidapawan bloodshed

Apr 26, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Now is the time to support each other fight for what is right and change society for the better

Koronadal protesters victorious: 2,000 sacks of rice given to farmers

Apr 25, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Hundreds of hungry farmers end their protest victorious after the social welfare department decided to release 2 000 sacks of rice as government aid

Sacks of rice being distributed to protesting farmers in Koronadal City, April 25, 2016. Image courtesy Radyo Bida

President Aquino: Police not at fault in Kidapawan clash

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:38 AM

He says the government should run after organizers who rallied the farmers to exploit the drought issue

NO FAULT. President Benigno Aquino III puts the blame on suspected organizers who enticed the farmers of Kidapawan City to unite and protest last March 30.

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

Philippine Red Cross marks 69 years, looks to the future

Apr 16, 2016 - 10:48 PM

The Philippine Red Cross recounts what it has done over the years and strives to further live up to its vision of providing service to humanity

76 Kidapawan farmers released, 2 more to post bail

Apr 16, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Police release the farmers over two weeks after their arrest

Kidapawan dispersal showed 'breakdown' of protocols – De Lima

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:10 PM

The former justice secretary says the first responders to disperse the protesting farmers on April 1 were armed personnel – violative of existing protocols

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

Money raised for detained Kidapawan farmers, but no ID, no bail

Apr 14, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Human rights lawyer Gregorio Andolana tells MindaNews that barangay certifications would have sufficed as IDs but some officials in government demand other government issued valid ID

DISPERSAL. A farmer grimaces in pain after police dispersed a protest in Kidapawan City. Photo by Kilab Multimedia

#BigasHindiBala: An outpouring of global support for drought protest

Apr 10, 2016 - 9:38 PM

Here s a roundup of protests held in various cities around the globe since the bloody Kidapawan dispersal on April 1

Cops 'may have used unnecessary lethal force' in Kidapawan

Apr 09, 2016 - 3:58 PM

An international human rights group is calling on the Philippine government to conduct transparent and impartial investigations

Kapunan: Address drought to avoid another Kidapawan incident

Apr 08, 2016 - 6:34 PM

The human rights lawyer says the farmers protest that turned bloody was a result of the government s failure to address the effects of drought and climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE PROBLEM. Lawyer Lorna Kapunan says the Kidapawan dispersal may be repeated if the government fails to address the effects of climate change. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

We asked for rice, not bullets, Kidapawan protester tells Senate

Apr 07, 2016 - 9:45 PM

Arlyn Oti Amar a mother of two cried before a Senate hearing as she recounted how the farmers protests for rice turned into a bloody dispersal

KIDAPAWAN HEARING. A public hearing was held on Thursday, April 7, regarding the violent dispersal of farmer-protesters in Kidapawan. Screenshot

Cotabato police chief sacked as PNP probes bloody clash

Apr 07, 2016 - 8:47 PM

The Philippine National Police has formed a special team headed by a 2 star general to probe possible lapses that led to the bloody clash in Kidapawan on April 1 2016

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

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

From Tacloban to Kidapawan: Blaming the victim

Apr 07, 2016 - 6:30 PM

In perilous times like these anger and a sense of urgency are virtues Anything less is a denial of justice

DA Region 12 office 'received no complaints' vs El Niño measures

Apr 07, 2016 - 6:04 PM

The chief of DA Soccsksargen says the office worked with LGUs and municipal agriculturists prior to the weather disturbance and even as El Niño hit the region

Police in Kidapawan protest: Are we not human?

Apr 07, 2016 - 4:14 PM

UPDATED Police claim that their use of guns was justified because of the likely presence of active shooters among the protesters based on intelligence reports

VIOLENT DISPERSAL. Video shown by the PNP supposedly shows a small group of police (middle of photo) being surrounded by protesters. Screenshot

'I have no regrets' – Kidapawan mayor

Apr 07, 2016 - 8:52 AM

Joseph Evangelista says SWAT forces only reacted after they saw protestors mauling cops who had been caught in the melee If the police hadn’t used maximum tolerance they wouldn’t have been pinned down

I DID MY JOB. Kidapawan Mayor Joey Evangelista. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera /

What do the 5 presidential bets promise for PH agriculture?

Apr 06, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The fate not only of farmers but of consumers and the entire economy rests on the shoulders of the next president

#BigasHindiBala: Filipino-Canadian groups condemn Kidapawan violence

Apr 06, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Filipinos across the world will be staging simultaneous acts of solidarity on the Global Day of Action for Kidapawan farmers on April 8 Friday

Robredo: Farmers first, finger-pointing later

Apr 06, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Huwag muna nating intindihin ang mga akusasyon Mas mahalaga rito tugunan ang kanilang mga hinaing ’ says the LP vice presidential bet as allies are on the defensive over the bloody April 1 dispersal

FARMERS FIRST. Administration vice presidential bet Leni Robredo says priority should be given to the farmers' plight. Photo from Leni Robredo's Twitter page

Kidapawan protester: I was shot by sniper on firetruck

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:25 AM

Roughly 1 500 protesters remain inside the UMC compound in Kidapawan Police manning checkpoints had been pulled out

SHOT. Arnel Takyawan on the bench that serves at his bed at the Kidapawan gymnasium. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera /

Davao city council okays P31.5M for rice aid to Kidapawan

Apr 06, 2016 - 12:05 AM

The food assistance will be distributed through the Philippine National Red Cross But the effort will require clearance from the Comelec

HELPING HAND. Residents of Davao donate sacks of rice to farmers from Kidapawan. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

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

#BigasHindiBala: Anne Curtis, Daniel Padilla, and more donate rice

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:56 PM

Anne Curtis Angel Locsin Robin Padilla Daniel Padilla and other celebrities send aid for the farmers affected by the drought in Mindanao

Poe on Kidapawan: Why are the victims getting sued?

Apr 05, 2016 - 8:39 PM

Campaigning in Cebu presidential candidate Grace Poe says the vote rich province faces water shortage like Kidapawan Cotabato where farmers recently clashed with cops

DANAO ALLIES. Presidential candidate Grace Poe and running mate Francis Escudero (right) endorse Bakud Party chairman Ramon Durano III (center) during the local party's assembly in Danao City, Cebu, on April 5, 2016. Photo courtesy of Poe-Escudero Media Bureau

Kidapawan and why the Philippines is always short of rice

Apr 05, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Kidapawan is a failure of agriculture policy where the inability of the agriculture department and other parts of the government to come clean on El Niño resulted directly in lives being lost

ENDURING DROUGHT. Farmers demand assistance from the North Cotabato local government saying drought has crippled their farmlands. Photo from Kilab Multimedia Facebook page

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

Sarmiento orders fact-finding panels to probe Kidapawan clash

Apr 05, 2016 - 4:26 PM

One panel will focus on police actions during the dispersal while the other panel will check if the local government had done all it could to address the drought caused by El Niño

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

#BigasHindiBala: Can you help Mindanao farmers affected by drought?

Apr 05, 2016 - 2:07 PM

The farmers are demanding the release of calamity funds and 15 000 sacks of rice

#BIGASHINDIBALA. Actor Robin Padilla visits a warehouse in Kidapawan City on April 2 to buy 200 sacks of rice for farmers affected by the drought in Mindanao. Photo by Kilab Multimedia

PANOORIN: Gaano kahirap maging magsasaka sa Pilipinas?

Apr 04, 2016 - 10:02 PM

Ito ang hirap na kanilang kinalulugmukan; ito ang ugat ng kanilang pakikibaka

Cayetano, Pimentel to hold public hearing on Kidapawan

Apr 04, 2016 - 8:29 PM

The two senators both allies of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte will be holding the hearing in Davao City

PNP: Kidapawan cop injured by gunshot

Apr 04, 2016 - 5:50 PM

The PNP says one of its personnel was injured by a gunshot to his leg during the dispersal in Kidapawan City

STANDOFF. Photos taken before police and protesters clashed in Kidapawan. File photo from the PNP's official Facebook page

DA: We did enough for drought-affected Soccsksargen farmers

Apr 04, 2016 - 4:55 PM

After the deadly Kidapawan farmers protest the department says it will give free seeds to affected farmers and will continue cloud seeding operations nationwide

ENDURING DROUGHT. Farmers demand assistance from the North Cotabato local government saying drought has crippled their farmlands. Photo from Kilab Multimedia Facebook page

Gov't violence against Kidapawan farmers 'beyond spin'

Apr 04, 2016 - 3:11 PM

When armed elements of state fire upon farmers no matter what the provocation assuming there was the picture that that paints is and should be beyond spin

#PHVote: When drought, politics, and firearms mix

Apr 04, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Mindanao has always been every government’s Achilles heel but more so this administration

DILG chief: Who funded, organized Kidapawan protest?

Apr 04, 2016 - 12:44 PM

The interior secretary and national police chief insist dialogues were held prior to the dispersal and that the cops exercised maximum tolerance in Kidapawan

'MAXIMUM TOLERANCE'. File photo of DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kidapawan violence, One Cebu for Duterte, tax leak | 12PM wRap

Apr 04, 2016 - 12:02 PM

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Between good and evil in Kidapawan

Apr 04, 2016 - 11:00 AM

It s time to hope that a sensible majority will stop making this about the elections and candidates and power blocs

CONDEMNATION. Activists stage a rally in front of the Department of Agriculture building in Quezon City to protest the violent dispersal of farmers in Kidapawan City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

#BigasHindiBala: Online support for Kidapawan drought protest grows

Apr 03, 2016 - 10:15 PM

On Twitter the hashtag BigasHindiBala gets over 63 5 million impressions with posts calling for compassion and justice for the farmers

Kidapawan highway blockade cleared – mayor

Apr 03, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The detained farmers are also formally charged with direct assault at the Kidapawan City Prosecutors Office

Militants stage an indignation rally in front of the Department of Agriculture building in Quezon City to protest the violent dispersal in Kidapawan City where farmers were reported killed and injured. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

How vulnerable is Mindanao to El Niño?

Apr 03, 2016 - 4:22 PM

Because of its proximity to the equator Mindanao is the region most vulnerable to El Niño

North Cotabato gov slammed for threatening bishop

Apr 03, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Governor Emmylou Mendoza threatened to sue United Methodist Church bishop Ciriaco Francisco for harboring farmers protesting in Kidapawan

DISPERSAL. A farmer grimaces in pain after police dispersed a protest in Kidapawan City. Photo by Bhong del Rosario/Kilab Multimedia

Davaoeños lead donation drive for protesting Kidapawan farmers

Apr 02, 2016 - 10:58 PM

UPDATED The spirit of volunteerism starts with an April 1 post on Facebook that says 5 kilos of rice would be donated to the farmers of Kidapawan

Robin Padilla visits Kidapawan City after farmers' rally

Apr 02, 2016 - 7:44 PM

Robin visits Kidapawan City where a farmers protest turns violent following dispersal efforts by local police

Photo courtesy of Kilab Multimedia

WATCH: The drought protest that turned bloody in Kidapawan

Apr 02, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Two farmers are killed and 116 are hurt during the dispersal of the drought protest in Kidapawan City on Friday April 1

DISPERSAL. A farmer grimaces in pain after police dispersed a protest in Kidapawan City. Photo by Kilab Multimedia

Palace on Kidapawan rally: No reason for deaths

Apr 02, 2016 - 3:26 PM

There is no reason why people must die for asking for assistance from their own government says Malacañang as it urges hotheads to reserve judgement pending the investigation

PALACE STATEMENT. Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III, head of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office holds a press briefing in Malacañang. Screenshot from PCOO video