Region 12

Tampakan: How to lose money and terrify people

Source: 
Blog by Andy Whitmore, PIPLinks
Date of publication: 
3 February, 2014

Blog by Andy Whitmore, PIPLinks

On 30th January, the relatively minor Australian ‘miner’ Indophil released their quarterly report for the three months ending 31 December 2013.i Such standard reporting fare hardly registers very high on the ‘news Richter scale’. Yet, part of the release managed to spark reports, first in the Philippine press, and then across global news wires.

Indophil is the junior partner of Glencore Xstrata in the Tampakan project in the Southern Philippines.

Military occupies community-based school in Compostela town, Compostela Valley province, Philippines Initial Report

Source: 
Karapatan Statement
Date of publication: 
30 January, 2014

UA Case :

Attacks on or Use of Schools for Military Purposes; Endangerment of Civilians; Threat, harassment and intimidation; Violation of Domiciles

Victim/s:

230 pupils and 5 teachers of Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center (STTICLC), a community-based school of Matigsalog indigenous people accredited by the Department of Education 51 households near the STTICLC

Place of Incident : At the school building of the STTICLC at 4B, Mangayon village, municipality of Compostela, province of Compostela Valley

Date of Incident:

Blaan leaders to NCIP: “No to Tampakan Mining – We want non-FPIC coverage!”

Source: 
Social Action Center of the Diocese of Marbel / Tampakan Forum press release
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2014

Social Action Center of the Diocese of Marbel / Tampakan Forum press release

Quezon City Leaders of the Blaan tribe of Bong Mal, Bong Banwe’, lobbied the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) for a resolution on non-FPIC (Free, Prior and Informed Consent) coverage on the Tampakan mining project on Thursday, January 23, 2014.

Fulong Eking Freay, Erita Capion Galang and Sheryl Masday, with the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Marbel (SAC Marbel), were welcomed during the NCIP en banc meeting where they submitted a petition signed by community members.

Their petitio

Glencore-Xstrata flips in the Philippines

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by Joan Martinez-Alier - http://www.ejolt.org/2014/01/glencore-xstrata-flips-in-the-philippines/
Date of publication: 
7 January, 2014

Glencore-Xstrata causes many socio-environmental conflicts around the world. A well-known case to EJOLT researchers is in Catamarca, Argentina, the copper mine in Bajo la Alumbrera. Another one is in Tintaya, Cusco, Peru. Protesters were killed there some months ago and the mayor of El Espinar was in jail for defending his people and the environment.

No wonder that few are welcoming Glencore-Xstrata to make a copper and gold mine that would sit atop the mountain village of Tablu in Tampakan, South Cotabato, 50 km to the north of the city of General Santos in Mindanao.

Philippine biodiversity faces dire threats

Source: 
Roxana Isabel Duerr, Deutsche-Welle – Global Ideas - http://www.dw.de/philippine-biodiversity-faces-dire-threats/a-17301439
Date of publication: 
17 December, 2013

The incessant exploitation of natural resources in the Philippines is crippling the country’s rainforest and biodiversity as well as robbing indigenous people of their livelihoods.

The Philippines are part of the so-called “megadiversity regions,“ a group of 17 countries home to a significant proportion of the world’s biodiversity

Considered to be protectors of nature and the environment, the dryad or tree nymph “Diwata” is worshipped as a God-like creature in some regions of the Philippines.

Message of solidarity to Tampakan mobilisation

Source: 
War on Want (UK), PIPLinks (UK) and Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines UK
Date of publication: 
6 December, 2013

War on Want & PIPLinks, stand in solidarity with the people of Tampakan and their supporters in opposition to the proposed Glencore Xstrata – SMI mine. We salute the 4 day mobilisation taking place on 7-10 December.

We deplore the harm that has already been caused by the efforts of the company, allied with the national government, to push through this project. We particularly mourn the many deaths that have been associated with the project, including the local B’laan who have lost their lives for standing up for their right to determine their own future.

Gov’t moves to resolve Tampakan issue

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http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=TopStory&title=Gov%E2%80%99t-moves-to-resolve-Tampakan-issue&id=78930
Date of publication: 
4 November, 2013

THE AQUINO administration has moved to act on obstacles that have delayed the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project, touted as potentially the Philippines’ biggest foreign investment to date.

Recommendations to address several concerns raised by Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI), the firm behind the $5.9-billion venture, should be submitted by the end of this month, according to a National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) memorandum dated Sept. 5.

The note, sent to Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo and Environment Secretary Ramon Jesus P.

Tampakan Massacre Victim Kin Seeks UN Intervention

Source: 
Social Action Center of Marbel (SAC-Marbel) & Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks) Press Statement
Date of publication: 
4 November, 2013

A relative of massacre victim, Juvy Capion and her two children, has asked for the intervention of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Prof. James Anaya. Erita Capion Dialang seeks an investigation and resolution to the numerous violations of their rights as B’laan Indigenous Peoples, [1] which include the killing of members of their clans in struggles over a proposed mining project by Sagittarius Mines Inc.

A year after the Tampakan massacre: justice remains elusive, big mining threats live on

Source: 
Task Force-Justice for Environment Defenders Press Release
Date of publication: 
18 October, 2013

Environmentalists joined indigenous people and human rights advocates in a picket today at the Department of Justice (DOJ) decrying the recent court decision dismissing the legal case filed on the Tampakan massacre case.

Philippines: Tribal elder and son slain in bloody mining dispute

Source: 
By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/112739/philippines-tribal-elder-and-son-slain-in-bloody-mining-dispute/
Date of publication: 
1 September, 2013

Almalew (pronounced al-me-law), the Blaans’ way of expressing hatred and exacting revenge for killed or murdered kin.

Why do angels of death strike before the break of day in this troubled paradise called Bong Mal?

And why did they murder the tribe’s most respected sage – the fulong ?

These two questions will forever haunt whoever masterminded and perpetrated the heinous crime that is becoming a scourge for those who wish to exploit the ancestral lands of the Blaans in the tri-boundaries of Tampakan in South Cotabato, Columbio in Sultan Kudarat and Kiblawan in Davao del Sur in