Region 13

Stop open-pit mining; it does not solve poverty, it perpetuates it -- Pimentel

Senate Press Release
Date of publication: 
3 April, 2014

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III today urged local government units to disallow “open-pit mining” that have turned precious farmlands into a moonscape.

“We cannot allow the unabated destruction of our land and water resources due to open-pit mining.

Philippines: Justice for all the Lumad leaders victims of Heinious killings!

KATRIBU Partylist statement
Date of publication: 
18 February, 2014

KATRIBU Partylist strongly condemns the ruthless killing of Datu Rolando Ambongan, 39 years old, on January 31, 2014 at around 7:20 in the evening near their house at P-2, Brgy. Guinabasan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Also wounded in this incident is his nephew, Janmar Ambongan Sulhayan, from the strafing of their house. Datu Ambongan is an active member of the KATRIBU Partylist – Buenavista Chapter.

Witnesses identified Eddie Ampiawan a.k.a Komander Bawang, leader of the armed para-military group Alimaong or Bagani Force as the perpetrator of the killing of Datu Ambongan.

Philippine biodiversity faces dire threats

Roxana Isabel Duerr, Deutsche-Welle – Global Ideas -
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.

The human rights violation related to mining projects in the Philippines

Oral statement to the UN Human Rights Council - 24th Session

9 – 27 September 2013

Agenda Item 4 – General Debate

Delivered by Budi Tjahjono of Franciscans International
Jointly prepared by Franciscans International and RMP-NMR

Geneva, Switzerland

Mr. President,

Franciscans International (FI) and Rural Missionaries of the Philippines – Northern Mindanao Sub-Region (RMP-NMR) would like to draw attention of the Council on the human rights violation in the Philippines related to mining. We would like to draw the attention of the Council and the Government of the Philippines on the three cases.

Philippine Activists Fightback Against Corporate and Military Forces

Date of publication: 
15 September, 2013

“It is better to die from bullets than from hunger” In the Philippines, activists put their lives on the line to fight the military and corporations –


Philippine Activists Fightback Against Corporate and Military ForcesDIAN RUIZ, PRODUCER: On Mindanao, a major island in the southern Philippines, foreign-based companies are destroying the environment and robbing local and native people of their livelihoods.

Corporate agri-businesses like U.S.-based Dole, Del Monte, Monsanto, along with international and Philippine mines, are polluting waterways and destroying the sur

Surigao Sur environmentalist fears for life; says mining, logging and politics behind threats

By Roel Catoto -
Date of publication: 
19 July, 2013

SURIGAO CITY—“My life is now becoming harder,” said Chito Trillanes, who for two months now has been hiding in different safe houses afraid that he would be killed.

Trillanes is the spokesperson of the Social Action Center (SAC) in the Vicariate of Carrascal-Cantilan-Madrid-Carmen-Lanuza and Parang Zone (CarCanMadCarLanPar) in Surigao del Sur.

As the SAC spokesperson, he’s been leading the campaign against destructive mining and logging in their area.

Mamanwa tribesmen lift barricade vs mining firm

By Roel Catoto -
Date of publication: 
26 June, 2013

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/26 June)—Members of the Mamanwa tribe have lifted their barricade against the Adnama Mining Resources Inc. (AMRI) after they were paid P10 million in royalty fees.

Datu Reynante Buklas, one of the Mamanwa chieftains, said they lifted the blockade at the mine site of AMRI in Barangay Urbiztondo, Claver town in Surigao del Norte after they got their initial royalty payment from the company.

AMRI is extracting nickel ore within the 48,679-hectare ancestral domain of the Mamanwas.

Mamanwa Lumads barricade mining firm in Surigao Norte

By Roel Catoto –

15 June 2013

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) – A mining company in Claver town in Surigao del Norte has been forced to suspend operations after some 150 members of the Mamanwa tribe today put up a barricade against it for alleged non-payment of royalty amounting to P30 million.

Datu Reynante Buklas, one of the Mamanwa chieftains told MindaNews in a phone interview that they are barricading the Adnama Mining Resources Incorporated (AMRI) in Barangay Urbiztondo wher

MGB suspends Surigao Norte firm's mineral processing

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Date of publication: 
10 June, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has temporarily stopped the mineral processing operations of a Surigao del Norte gold miner after a crack was discovered in its tailings storage facility.

MGB Director Leo Jasareno issued June 6 a cease and desist order against Greenstone Resources Corp.

Threats hound anti-mining advocate

Written by Ronald Reyes -
Date of publication: 
30 May, 2013

MANILA, Philippines–A known anti-mining advocate based in Caraga region in Mindanao is now fearing for his life following repeated appearances of heavily-armed and masked men in his residence and neighborhood.

Chito Trillanes, spokesperson of the Social Action Center of the Diocese of Tandag in Surigao del Sur told Manila Channel he believed his strong stance against mining operations and exposing environmental abuses in Caraga region allegedly caused him to receive death threats.

“The incident started on Friday (May 24) about 1 a.m.