Region 12

MGB 12 proposes mineral reservation project in Sarangani towns

Source: 
http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1611418100542/mgb-12-proposes-mineral-reservation-project-in-sarangani-towns
Date of publication: 
9 December, 2014

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Dec. 9 (PIA) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 12 is pushing a mineral reservation project in the municipalities of Kiamba and Maitum in Sarangani.

Just recently, Engr. Hernani G. Abdon, OIC chief of the Mine Management Division (MMD) of MGB 12, presented the project proposal to members of the Sangguniang Bayan of both municipalities in separate occasions.

In these meetings, Engr.

Philippines: It’s mining profit vs. indigenous peoples in Mindanao

Source: 
KAMP statement, via http://iva.aippnet.org/philippines-news-release-its-mining-profit-vs-indigenous-peoples-in-mindanao/
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

Makati—Outraged indigenous Lumad people led protest actions in business offices of mining corporations in Metro Manila on Tuesday, demanding the withdrawal of mining corporations in their ancestral lands.

Some 200 protesters trooped the offices of Apex Mining Corporation, Sagittarius Mines Inc., TVI Resource Development, and Nickel Asia Corp.

South Cotabato won’t review mining code

Source: 
Inquirer Mindanao - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/652630/south-cotabato-wont-review-mining-code
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

KORONADAL CITY—South Cotabato has shut the door on a possible review of the 2010 provincial environment code that bans open-pit mining and other mining practices.

Governor Daisy Fuentes made the pronouncement on Saturday shortly after the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) endorsed for further review and evaluation a project feasibility study undertaken by Sagittarius Mines Inc.

Mindanao folks troop to Makati to warn mining companies: ‘Get out of Mindanao now’

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE press release
Date of publication: 
25 November, 2014

Anti-mining activists, environmental advocates and indigenous peoples from Mindanao held protest actions in front of the Makati offices of mining corporations responsible for environmental destruction and rampant human rights violations in the country’s southern region, namely the Filipino-Malaysia-owned Apex Mining, Canada-owned Toronto Venutres Inc (TVI), and Swiss-owned Glencore.

“This is a warning to these companies: get out now. The people of Mindanao are raging and our resistance grows stronger every day.

Peasants, urban poor, indigenous peoples from Mindanao arrive in Manila to call for social justice

Source: 
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/11/21/manilakbayan-peasants-urban-poor-indigenous-peoples-from-mindanao-arrive-in-manila-to-call-for-social-justice/
Date of publication: 
21 November, 2014

They walked all the way from the southern island of Mindanao to bring to the public’s attention the gross human rights violations being committed in the different regions.

MANILA – The “Lakbayanis” from Mindanao have finally arrived in Metro Manila after nearly a week of travel by foot and by caravan.

Some 800 peasant, indigenous peoples and urban poor – the participants of the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao 2014 – arrived in the evening of Nov. 21 in Alabang, Muntinlupa. They would join a series of protest actions leading to Dec.

Mindanao local seeks Brits' help to fight mining giant

Source: 
By Patrick Camara Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau - http://rp1.abs-cbnnews.com/global-filipino/11/13/14/mindanao-local-seeks-brits-help-fight-mining-giant
Date of publication: 
13 November, 2014

LONDON – Mark Lopez has come a long way to save his community from one of the largest multinational companies in the world, which he claims is ruining Filipino lives in pursuit of gold.

Lopez gave a series of talks in England about the plight of local communities affected by the Tampakan mining project in South Cotabato, set to become the largest open-pit mine in the Philippines.

Anglo-Swiss corporation Glencore-Xstrata has a controlling stake in the project, operated locally by Sagittarius Mines, Inc.

Lumad children’s cry: ‘Save our schools!’

Source: 
By Satur C. Ocampo, At Ground Level, The Philippine Star
Date of publication: 
8 November, 2014

“Og iskwela puron…”

In Talaingod Manobo, “I wish to go to school…” Thus do the lumad (indigenous people) children express their eagerness for education, firmly supported by their parents, grassroots organizations and tribal leaders.

This week 13 Talaingod Manobo children, accompanied by adults, arrived in Manila from Mindanao on a month-long cultural caravan.

UK speaker tour on Glencore's Tampakan project

Source: 
PIPLinks, CHRP, War on Want
Date of publication: 
20 October, 2014

Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP-UK), in co-operation with War on Want & Philippine Indigenous Links (PIPLinks) invite you to the following events in line with raising awareness on multinational mining companies and their impacts on human rights, local communities and the environment where they operate.

Guest speakers from the Philippines:

Clemente Bautista, Coordinator for Kalikasan Peoples’ Network for the Environment
Mark ‘Daryll’ Lopez’ Campaign coordinator, SOCSARGENDS Agenda

Schedule of activities:

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014
Dirty Coal Tour with London Mining N

Protest on the death anniversary of Fr. Pops Tentorio

Cases of environmentalists languishing in DOJ amidst ‘zero track record’ of Sec. De Lima in dispensing justice

Kalikasan PNE press release

16 October 2014

Environmental activists under the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) joined various groups in a picket at the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, demanding Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to “set her priorities straight by actually working on important cases involving our environmental martyrs.”

“Sec.

Two activists killed for opposing mining and banana plantations

Source: 
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME - http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-126-2014
Date of publication: 
8 September, 2014

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-126-2014

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PHILIPPINES: Two activists killed for opposing mining and banana plantations

ISSUES: Extrajudicial killings; Human rights defenders
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Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you about the killing of two activists in separate incidents in Davao province. The victims had been involved in campaigning against the impact of a coal-powered plant, a mining operation and banana plantations in their community.