Region 13

Green groups question MGB issuance of permit for unstable old mines in Surigao del Norte

Joint press release
Date of publication: 
15 May, 2013

Warn against risky mines

Quezon City, Philippines – Alyansa Tigil Mina and its international partners question the Mines and Geosciences Bureau decision to allow the Siana Mines operation to continue in Surigao del Norte despite historical reports of mine flooding and underground fire.

The group is also wary of the silence of the government agency pertaining to recent reports of land instability in mines since April.

Resign, anti-mining groups tell MGB-Caraga chief

By Vanessa L. Almeda –

23 April 2013

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/23 April) – Anti-mining advocates from the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur marked the Earth Day celebration Monday with another protest at the Mines and Geosciences Bureau regional office in this city to renew calls for the implementation of a court order temporarily stopping the operations of a mining company.

The protesters also called on MGB regional director Roger A.

Philippine tribal protest forces mine closure

Ronald O. Reyes -
Date of publication: 
12 April, 2013

Manila – A mining company announced today it has shut down operations at a nickel mine in the southern Philippine province of Surigao del Sur, after locals blocked the entrance, citing environmental concerns.

Members of the Badjao tribe in the village of Cabangahan, Catilan town, formed a human barricade on Monday to prevent Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation (MDCC) from entering the area, a federally designated watershed.

“We got support from the local police and military,” said village leader Jimmy Bat-ao.

Group hits arrest of indigenous leader

By Dennis Carcamo. -
Date of publication: 
25 March, 2013

Rights group Karapatan in Caraga slammed on Monday the arrest of a leader of an indigenous and partylist group in the region, claiming it was a political harassment.

Karapatan-Caraga Secretary General Naty Castro said policemen who arrested Jalandoni Campos were just in plainclothes.

“Jalandoni Campos’s arrest is blatant political harassment against progressive people’s organizations and partylists,” Castro said.

Castro said Campos is chairperson of the Manobo intermunicipal organization in Lianga, San Agustin and Marihatag, Surigao del Sur, Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusu

Guardians at risk

Philippine Daily Inquirer
Date of publication: 
9 December, 2012

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

96 Mamanwa and Bisaya families evacuate anew amidst renewed harassments by military

Date of publication: 
16 November, 2012

Some 241 individuals, mostly women and children, from a remote village in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte evacuated anew after about 100 elements of the Special Forces of the 4th Infantry Division under a certain Col. Camba encamped in their community and harassed the locals.

On November 10 at around 2 pm, 47 Lumad Mamanwa families and 49 peasant families hiked 12 kilometers from Sitio Zapanta Valley to the barangay multipurpose hall in Brgy. Bangayan Proper, along the National Highway in Kitcharao.

Gunman shoots environmentalist opposed to destructive mining, illegal logging in Southern Philippines

Date of publication: 
30 October, 2012

PAGADIAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 30, 2012) – An unidentified gunman shot and wounded the head of an environmental group who was opposing destructive mining and illegal logging operations in the southern Philippines, according to Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment.

It said Dr. Isidro Olan, executive director of the Lovers of Nature Foundation, was shot while he was driving home in the town of Carmen in Surigao del Sur on Monday afternoon.


No to Philex mining operations in Surigao, no to another Padcal, say Surigaonons

LRC-KsK Press Release
Date of publication: 
24 September, 2012

Surigao del Norte – Residents of barangay Anislagan, Placer municipality, Surigao del Norte denounce the plan of Philex Mining Corporation to have its Silangan Mindanao Projects fully operational by 2017.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources very recently ordered the closure of Philex’s Padcal mine in Benguet when its tailings pond broke down at least twice, and unleashed mining waste causing damage to property, livestock and crops, among others, reports from community and residents say.

37 anti-mining indigenous peoples SLAPPed

Date of publication: 
28 September, 2012

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP) lambasted the rebellion and criminal cases filed against 37 Manobo indigenous peoples in Surigao del Sur. “This is clear political harassment.

Deplorable killings continue! Indigenous anti-mining leader tortured and killed in Agusan del Sur

Task Force-Justice for Environmental Defenders (TF-JED) Press Release
Date of publication: 
19 September, 2012

The Task Force-Justice for Environmental Defenders (TF-JED) vehemently condemned today the report of the violent torture and killing of Genesis Ambason last September 13 in Brgy. Binikalan, San Luis, Agusan del Sur.

According to a report from the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines in Northern Mindanao, the 23 year-old secretary general of grassroots indigenous organization Tagdumahan sustained two gunshot wounds each in his right chest and hip, with wounds on each side of his spine and dark bruises in his face and chest.