Region 12

Armed men ambush vehicle of tribal chieftain supportive of mining

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By Bong S. Sarmiento - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2013/02/28/armed-men-ambush-vehicle-of-tribal-chieftain-supportive-of-mining/
Date of publication: 
28 February, 2013

KORONADAL CITY – Unidentified armed men ambushed the vehicle supposedly owned by a tribal chieftain supportive of the mining venture of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI).

Neraldo “Dot” Capion, tribal chieftain of Bong Mal, said two men armed with Garand and M-14 rifles fired at the vehicle carrying his wife Madelyn, 34, two other women, a child and the driver around 3 p.m.

Kiblawan mayor confirms Sagittarius Mines link to escalating militarization in Tampakan

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Press Release - http://www.alyansatigilmina.net/content/story/february2013/kiblawan-mayor-confirms-sagittarius-mines-link-escalating-militarization
Date of publication: 
24 February, 2013

Kiblawan mayor confirms Sagittarius Mines link to escalating militarization in Tampakan

Says military receives subsidy for allowance and operations

Koronadal City – Kiblawan Mayor Marivic Diamante disclosed that Sagittarius Mines, Inc.

SouthCot board stays firm on open-pit mining ban; critics hit approval of SMI’s ECC

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By Bong S. Sarmiento - http://www.mindanews.com/environment/2013/02/20/southcot-board-stays-firm-on-open-pit-mining-ban-critics-hit-approval-of-smis-ecc/
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20 February, 2013

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/20 February) – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato rallied behind the provincial environment code that bans open pit mining method as the local Catholic Church urged the public to intensify the opposition to the Tampakan copper-gold project now that it has obtained an environmental compliance certificate (ECC).

“The SP of South Cotabato will maintain its stand that the open pit ban provided for in its environment code will remain until a competent court declares it ultra vires (beyond one’s legal power or authority),” Vice Gov.

Green group denounces ECC approval of Tampakan copper-gold mine project

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Kalikasan PNE Press release
Date of publication: 
21 February, 2013

Environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment denounces Malacanang and DENR’s recent approval of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) of Sagittarius Mines, Inc. for its Tampakan copper-gold mining project in South Cotabato.

“This is a dastardly act and should be condemned. How can you give permit to a mining company which project is already causing massive community displacement and enormous environmental damage?

Full Force for SMI-Xstrata Mining

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by judy a. pasimio, LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights)
Date of publication: 
12 February, 2013

It is like watching a full orchestra playing a symphony. An ugly, sinister symphony.

The Office of the President recently issued a decision to the appeal of Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) (Feb. 4, 2013), finding no grounds for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to deny the mining company the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for its Tampakan Gold Project.

Palace OK on SMI-Xstrata mining to worsen violence in Tampakan

Source: 
Kalikasan PNE Press release
Date of publication: 
11 February, 2013

Environmental activist group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment warned Malacañang that approving the mining application in Tampakan will lead to more violence and resistance in the area, after the Mining Industry Coordinating Council (MICC) recommended the granting of an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) to Sagittarius Mine Inc (SMI-Xstrata).

“It is devious and foolish for Malacañang to approve the Tampakan mining project.

"Palace rebuffs DENR for denying Xstrata unit's mining permit"

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http://www.rappler.com/business/special-report/whymining/whymining-latest-stories/21322-document-palace-rebuffs-denr-for-denying-xstrata-unit-s-mining-permit
Date of publication: 
8 February, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the President has ruled that global miner Xstrata’s Philippine unit followed all the requirements for an environmental permit necessary to start commercial operations in its Tampakan gold-copper mine in Mindanao.

In a February 4 decision penned by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr (see document below), the Office of the President rebuffed the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) for flip-flopping on its decision to grant an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI), the local unit of Swiss firm Xstrat

Tribal members flee Tampakan mine site due to heavy military presence

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By Bong S. Sarmiento - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2013/02/03/tribal-members-flee-tampakan-mine-site-due-to-heavy-military-presence/
Date of publication: 
3 February, 2013

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/2 February)—At least 50 individuals, mostly women and children, have fled the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc.

Philippines: Brother of anti-mining tribal leader slain in military raid

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By Edwin Espejo - http://asiancorrespondent.com/96642/brother-of-anti-minng-tribal-leader-slain-in-military-raid/
Date of publication: 
31 January, 2013

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The brother of fugitive Blaan tribal leader Daguil Cafeon was slain in an alleged encounter with government soldiers in the remote village of Kimlawis in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur Tuesday morning.

Killed was Kitari Cafeon who, according to the military, was hit on the hip and was rushed to the Allah Valley Hospital in Koronadal City but died several hours later.

Capt. William Alfred Rodriguez, spokesman of the 1002nd Brigade based in Sarangani province, said a squad of soldiers from Task Force Kitaco led by Sgt.

Respecting Indigenous Peoples' Sacred Sites

Source: 
Tebtebba E-Newsletter
Date of publication: 
28 January, 2013

COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Philippines, 28 January (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service)—Owing to his close affinity with the spirit world, his ancestors, his ancestral domain and Mother Nature, Datu Doming Tumaytay is adept in identifying medicinal and other important plants he has been familiar with since childhood. The tribal chief from Sto.