Region 12

Philippines: Mining giant Xstrata-SMI suffers another blow

By Edwin Espejo -
Date of publication: 
24 January, 2013

The Xstrata-controlled Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) suffered yet another setback when the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP, or Provincial Board) of South Cotabato on Monday, January 21, reiterated a previous resolution reaffirming the validity of a provision of the Provincial Environment Code that bans open pit mining in the province.

The resolution dashed any hopes SMI had to have the landmark local legislation reviewed by the local legislative body before the May elections this year.

SMI was hoping the provincial government would lift the ban on open pit mining to pave the way for its plann

Green groups ask new AFP chief to pull our military in controversial mining project

Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) Press Release
Date of publication: 
23 January, 2013

Alyansa Tigil Mina wrote the new Armed Forces chief of staff Lt. Gen.

New AFP Chief is human rights violator, not green warrior--envi groups

Kalikasan PNE Press release
Date of publication: 
18 January, 2012

Environmental groups rebuke General Emmanuel Bautista, the new Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), for falsely presenting the AFP as green warriors and masking the military’s real character as protectors of environmental criminals and perpetrators of human rights violations.

“While there may be honorable people in the military who have the intention of serving the country and saving people, the AFP as an institution follows a mandate and framework that is anti-people and anti-environment,” cries Clemente Bautista, National Coordinator of Kalikasan People’s Network

Guardians at risk

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Date of publication: 
9 December, 2012

Spare a thought today for the plight of human rights defenders.

Xstrata mine in Philippines set back to 2019

Agence France-Presse -
Date of publication: 
13 December, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—Swiss mining giant Xstrata has set back the commercial production of its $5.9-billion project in the Philippines to 2019 due to problems with security and the government, the company said Wednesday.

Sagittarius Mines Inc., Xstrata’s local unit, which is developing the Tampakan copper-gold project in the southern Philippines, cited “challenges” that arose since it originally scheduled operation to begin in 2016.

The obstacles include the local government’s 2010 ban on open pit mining and the national government’s failure to issue an environmental compliance

Widows of slain IP leaders, displaced communities of Northern Mindanao to fly Manila, press for justice

Rural Missionaries of the Philippines press release
Date of publication: 
30 November, 2012

Cagayan de Oro City – Daisy Paborada, Rosalie Cabal and Sharon Liguyon will fly to the national capital today. They will join the ‘Manilakbayan ng Mindanao’ or MANILAKBAYAN (Journey to Manila) that will bring around a hundred delegates from all over Mindanao to the heart of Manila for a week-long series of events.

The delegates—composed mainly of families of slain community leaders of Mindanao—will lobby their cases to relevant government offices and foreign consulates in Manila and press for justice.

Aquino launches terror blitz vs indigenous peoples

Philippine Daily Inquirer -
Date of publication: 
26 November, 2012

The wave of killings of indigenous peoples (IPs) in recent weeks signaled the launching by the Aquino administration of its own brand of terror against these minorities. The most recent massacre of a B’laan family in Datal-Ayong, Tampakan, South Cotabato last Oct.

“Impunity name of the game” in mining-affected indigenous communities

Karapatan Press Release
Date of publication: 
22 November, 2012

Two fact-finding missions simultaneously held last week in Bukidnon and Kiblawan, Davao del Sur finds indigenous peoples attacked by mining-backed military and paramilitary groups.

The missions, led by 200 indigenous peoples and environment advocates, said the murders of Matigsalog chieftain Jimmy Liguyon in San Fernando, Bukdinon and Blaan Juvy Capion in Kiblawan are linked to their communities’ opposition to large-scale mining companies that are applying for exploration in their villages.

The Peace and Solidarity Mission held in Kiblawan on Saturday confirmed the involvement of a r

Probe reveals massacre of Blaan family ‘premeditated’

Date of publication: 
19 November, 2012

“The victims were unarmed and helpless, as most of them were still sleeping.

The Tampakan project: battle over Southeast Asia’s largest copper-gold reserve

By Bong S. Sarmiento -
Date of publication: 
11 November, 2012

SPECIAL REPORT: The Tampakan project: battle over Southeast Asia’s largest copper-gold reserve

By Bong S.