Region 12

Spate of rights violations across mining-affected areas in PH on the rise

Kalikasan-PNE press release

28 August 2013

Environment and justice groups decried today the rising number of human rights violations (HRVs) towards anti-mining activists, in light of recent reports of serial murders of indigenous people opposed to Xstrata-SMI’s 23,571-hectare Tampakan gold-copper mine in Southern Mindanao and disappearance of an anti-mining activist opposed to Royalco’s mine exploration project in Nueva Vizcaya.

“Rights violations towards anti-mining activists are clearly on the rise again with the latest murder of Blaan chieftain Anting Freay and his son Victor

2 dead in fresh violence at Tampakan mine site–military

By Bong S. Sarmiento,
Date of publication: 
23 August, 2013

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 August)– A revered “bong fulong” or tribal elder in the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc.

Glencore Xstrata unit cuts budget for $5.9bn Philippine project

Reuters -
Date of publication: 
13 August, 2013

MANILA – A Glencore Xstrata Plc unit will eliminate as many as 920 jobs and cut the budget for its delayed $5.9 billion Tampakan copper-gold mine project in southern Philippines because it could not guarantee the start of production by 2019.

Sagittarius Mines Inc, which is 62.5 percent-owned by Glencore Xstrata, said it had revised the work plan as the Tampakan project still faces “substantial development challenges” including a ban on open-pit mining in South Cotabato province.

“Until these challenges are resolved it is not possible to determine when commercial production could commence

Civic/religious and tribal leaders march to the municipal hall to show strong opposition to mining in Kiamba

Coalition of Organisations to Save Kiamba Rainforest / Kiamba Natives Organization Worldwide (KNOW) Press Release
Date of publication: 
9 July, 2013

Kiamba, Sarangani Philippines – A group of men and women representing the civic, religious sectors and Tribal Leaders of Kiamba, Sarangani, Philippines, led by Social Action Group (SAG) representative Virgie E. Nabor, marched to the Municipal Hall to personally deliver a letter voicing their united stand to object and oppose in the strongest manner the conversion or proposal to convert Kiamba’s public forest/ancestral lands/watershed to a Mineral Reserve Area (MRA) and/or allow mining operations tagged as “Minahan ng Bayan”.

‘We call on President Benigno Aquino Jr.

NPA attacks mining firm facility in Mindanao, 1 hurt

by Jeoffrey Maitem -
Date of publication: 
8 July, 2013

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Suspected leftist rebels stormed the offices of the $5.9-billion Tampakan copper-gold project of Sagittarius Mining Inc (SMI) in Davao del Sur, leaving a company guard wounded, police said Monday, July 8.

An undetermined number of New People’s Army fighters opened fire on a police detachment as they raided the headquarters of SMI on Saturday morning, July 6, in the village of Kimlawis, Kiblawan town, said town police commander Senior Inspector Arnold Bacaling.

Bacaling said the incident sparked a 30-minute gun fight.

NGOs slam Glencore Xstrata over mining project

Date of publication: 
13 June, 2013

Swiss and German non-governmental organisations have criticised Swiss-based mining giant Glencore Xstrata over a huge planned mining project in the Philippines.

In a report released in Zurich on Wednesday, the NGOs said that the company, based in Zug, was showing “insufficient respect for the rights of the affected population” in its plans for the copper and gold open-pit mine, and called on the Swiss government to take action.

The report, Human Rights Impact Assessment of the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project, was commissioned by three Swiss and German non-governmental organisations –

Endorsement for Tampakan project under new SouthCot execs unlikely

By Bong S. Sarmiento -
Date of publication: 
20 May, 2013

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/20 May)— The ban on open pit mining in South Cotabato will remain a major stumbling block to the effort of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) to operate the Tampakan project with the election of the new set of provincial officials during the May 13 polls.

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Xstrata-Glencore merger issues may delay Tampakan mine

by Edwin Espejo -
Date of publication: 
3 April, 2013

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – The contractor for the $5.9 billion Tampakan copper-gold project is facing further delays due to concerns over a large-scale international mining merger.

Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) earlier set a target to start commercial operations for Tampakan in 2019.

Design study on power plant for Sagittarius mine starts

Date of publication: 
17 March, 2013

GENERAL SANTOS — Design and engineering studies on the planned $806-million coal-fired plant that will supply the needs of the $5.9-billion copper-gold project of Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) have begun, an executive of the power firm concerned said earlier this month.

Oscar Benedict E. Contreras III, Alsons Power Business Unit manager for communications and stakeholder relations, said in a phone interview that, besides the study, Alsons Energy Development Corp. “will be holding a public consultation within the year” on the planned 400-megawatt (MW) power plant.


Soldiers face charges for tribal family's killing

Source: -
Date of publication: 
7 March, 2013

This is a landmark case, say human rights groups

Davao City, Philippines – Sixteen soldiers are facing criminal charges related to the killing of the wife and sons of a tribal, militant protester opposed to a mine co-run by Swiss firm Xstrata in South Cotabato province.

In a landmark case, the provincial prosecutor’s office in Digos City filed charges against Lieutenant-Colonel Alexis Noel Bravo and 15 others in the 27th infantry battalion for the alleged killing of Juvy Capion, who was three months pregnant, and her two sons on October 18.

For many rights groups the case has turn