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Military blamed for recent killing of activist in Davao Oriental

Date of publication: 
30 April, 2009

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – An anti-mining activist was killed in southern Philippines last Wednesday, and militant groups and leftist organizations said the military might have something to do with it.

Ludinio Monson was shot in the town of Boston in Davao Oriental province Wednesday afternoon. The military however denied any involvement in the killing and had in fact condemned the attack.

“The news linking the military to the killing is no surprise.

Gov’t wants BHP Billiton to take over nickle mine

Business World - Vol. XXII, No. 163 -
Date of publication: 
20 March, 2009

THE GOVERNMENT will encourage an Australian miner to buy out its local partner to continue exploration projects in a nickel mine in southern Mindanao, the head of the mines bureau said yesterday.

The Pujada nickel project in Mati City, Davao Oriental could become one of the largest nickel projects in the country at full capacity. “[Environment Secretary Jose L. Atienza, Jr.] is negotiating if it would be possible for BHP Billiton to give financial consideration to Asiaticus Management Corp.,” Horacio C.

The Price of Progress

Germelina A. Lacorte-
Date of publication: 
2 February, 2009

In the last three years that the Davao Region surpassed its economic targets, the number of poor people increased. Where did it go wrong?

Get hired before August 8 and get a P10,000 signing bonus,” declares a streamer posted by Concentrix, a call-centre company at Damosa Park along Bajada in Davao City . Two blocks away, construction workers work double-time on the new Robinson’s Cybergate, a mall that will feature a 5,000-square-meter IT park on its second floor once it’s finished early next year.

Lumads: militarization is number one problem

Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews -
Date of publication: 
1 March, 2009

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 February) — Twenty three years after the dismantling of the Marcos dictatorship, leaders of regional organizations of indigenous peoples (IPs or Lumads) in Mindanao say militarization remains their number one problem. “Sa pagsumada namo.. sa kasinatian..

Britain's Crew Gold cuts jobs at Philippines mine

Agence France Presse
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2008

MANILA – Crew Gold Corp. of Britain said Thursday it was cutting 150 workers from its gold mine in the southern Philippines to save money amid depressed metal prices.

The Maco mine on the island of Mindanao cut the jobs “to sustain the economic viability of the mine project,” Crew’s listed local unit Apex Mining Co. told the Philippine Stock Exchange in a disclosure.

About 150 rank and file managers and staff have been laid off, including all but two specialised foreign technicians, it added.

Crew had hired 1,955 people for the project, which had just started production.

BHP Billiton Can Proceed With Philippines Nickel Mine-Secy

Dow Jones Commodities News Select via Comtex
Date of publication: 
21 January, 2009

MANILABHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) will be allowed to pursue development plans for a Philippine nickel mine after an international arbitration panel ruled in the Australian miner’s favor in a conflict with a local partner, Philippines Environment Secretary Jose Atienza said Wednesday.

BHP won the case and this should wake up the local partner that BHP is decided to remain in the Philippines and exercise their rights on the (joint venture) agreement.” Atienza told reporters.

Anti-Mining Activist Gunned Down in ComVal

Pinoy Press
Date of publication: 
24 December, 2008

An anti-large scale mining activist was killed by unidentified men yesterday, 23 December 2008, at New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province, environmental activist group Panalipdan-Southern Mindanao Region (SMR) today reported.

At around 7:00 in the evening, an unidentified men brutally killed 39-year old environmental activist leader Fernando “Dodong” Sarmiento, Secretary General of Panalipdan-New Bataan, at Purok 1, Barangay Cabinuangan, New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province, said Panalipdan-SMR spokesperson Francis Morales, citing reports from the field.

“Dodong Sarmiento susta

Uphold Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Stop Development Aggression

10 December 2008

Philippines Mining – Uphold Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Stop Development Aggression!

LRC-KsK Press Statement

10 December 2008

While the world commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Filipino people, especially the Indigenous Peoples and the rural poor have yet to realize their worth as humans as the Arroyo administration continues to trample on their fundamental rights.

Indigenous communities, despite the promises of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) remain largely neglected, underserved and undeveloped.

Community 'kept in the dark' while mine exploration goes forward on Philippine island

Shipra Prakash, Media Global
Date of publication: 
18 November, 2008

The land of Macambol in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines lies between two areas of rare natural beauty: the Hamiguitan Mountain range and Pujada Bay. According to the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), approximately 25 percent of the 5,000 people living there are indigenous people.

Davao Villagers Battle World’s Largest Mining Company

Keith Bacongco-Philippine Human Rights Reporting Project
Date of publication: 
17 November, 2008

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental – Waves lap up the shallow shores of Sitio Wagon in Barangay (village) Macambol as fishermen and their families work and live off the bountiful waters of Pujada Bay.

The noise of the waves mixes with that of an electric plainer being used to shape the belly of a new banca – a simple fishing boat — under the shade of some coconut trees.