Region 13

Water in Surigao, Palawan mining communities contaminated - NGO

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By: Erwin Mascarinas, InterAksyon.com - http://www.interaksyon.com/business/42651/water-contamination-found-in-surigao-palawan-mining-communities
Date of publication: 
9 September, 2012

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines – A Japanese non-government organization said the results of its study in two mines and a processing plant operated by Nickel Asia Corp.

Gov’t suspends miner’s operations in Surigao

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By: Riza T. Olchondra, Philippine Daily Inquirer - http://business.inquirer.net/72721/govt-suspends-miners-operations-in-surigao
Date of publication: 
23 July, 2012

5 other companies in the area warned

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said it had suspended the mining operations of Shenzou Mining Group Corp. in Claver, Surigao del Norte, for causing extensive siltation of coastal areas.

MGB issued the suspension order based on the findings of a multisectoral team led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources that the company had failed to adequately address the siltation incidents in its area and even made the situation worse by building a “settling pond” on the sea—a malpractice in mining.

Philippines urged to stop killings of mining foes

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Agence France-Presse - http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/230775/philippines-urged-to-stop-killings-of-mining-foes
Date of publication: 
18 July, 2012

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino should move to stop the killings of anti-mining activists as the Philippines pushes to revitalize the mining sector, a global rights body has said.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had documented three cases since October last year of three anti-mining and environmental activists allegedly killed by paramilitary forces who may have links to the military.

The victims had opposed mining activities that could displace tribal communities as well as destroy their communities, it said in a statement Tuesday.

“President (Benigno) Aquin

Groups hold confab in defense of schools for indigenous peoples

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By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/07/13/groups-hold-confab-in-defense-of-schools-for-indigenous-peoples/
Date of publication: 
13 July, 2012

The policies of governments today puzzle me: a willingness to spend billions of dollars on military technologies yet next to none on education; the oppression and silencing of the few educational institutions that are improving the lives of marginalized people; the myriad of promises churned out during election years spurned during office and the unspoken commitments of making the rich richer, and the poor poorer.

An easy call: IFC should quit MRL mining project

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by Edel Garingan of Alyansa Tigil Mina, Bretton Woods update - http://www.brettonwoodsproject.org/art-570778
Date of publication: 
3 July, 2012

Quezon City, Philippines – Mining in the Philippines, just like in many other countries in the world, has faced countless protests and rejection from communities and civil society groups. For an industry that boasts multimillion dollar investments, it has been accused of barely contributing to the efforts of uplifting the lives of people in dire poverty.

Illegal loggers, miners target Manobos’ ancestral land

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Zaff Solmerin - http://businessmirror.com.ph/home/regions/29306-illegal-loggers-miners-target-manobos-ancestral-land
Date of publication: 
1 July, 2012

THE Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (AILTF) on Sunday said President Aquino was privy since May 2012 about the conspiracy of environmental plunderers and some people in government to implement logging and mining activities in the Manobo tribe’s 51,000-hectare ancestral home in Barangay Kasapa, Lapaz, Agusan del Sur where the Manobo Agroforestation Complex is located.

In its May 2012 report to Mr.

Mamanwas bicker over division of royalty fee from mining firm

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By Vanessa L. Almeda - http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2012/05/17/mamanwas-bicker-over-division-of-royalty-fee-from-mining-firm/
Date of publication: 
17 May, 2012

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews/16 May) – A disagreement among Mamanwas over how to divide up the royalty payment from a mining firm has remained unresolved.

Shen Zhou Mining Group Corporation (SMGC) had deposited the P11-million royalty fee for the Lumads on May 10 yet.

Tension grips Red Mountain anew as Mamanwas take over minesite

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By Vanessa L. Almeda - http://www.mindanews.com/uncategorized/2012/05/07/tension-grips-red-mountain-anew-as-mamanwas-take-over-minesite/
Date of publication: 
7 May, 2012

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Forced evacuation, militarization raised before EU a month before Philippine UPR

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Karapatan Press release
Date of publication: 
30 April, 2012

Bakwit communities demand: We want to return home to our land

A month before the Philippine government undergoes the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Karapatan, with representatives from the evacuees in Caraga and Bukidnon, raised the issue of internally displaced persons or internal refugees before the diplomatic missions of the European Union, Spain, France, and Netherlands to the Philippines.

Cristina Palabay, Karapatan spokesperson said that, “the European Union representatives are aware that the Philippines will go through the sec

Surigao del Sur residents stage mining rallies: Bishop leads anti; Ex-Gov leads pro

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Mindanews - http://www.mindanews.com/environment/2012/04/29/surigao-del-sur-residents-stage-mining-rallies-bishop-leads-anti-ex-gov-leads-pro/
Date of publication: 
29 April, 2012

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/28 April) – Residents supporting and opposing mining in the province held separate rallies Saturday, the former led by Carrascal mayor and former Governor Vicente Pimentel, the latter led by Tandag Bishop Nereo Odchimar.

Odchimar, former president of the Catholic Bishop Church in the Philippines (CBCP) said he did not need to speak after seeing at least 4,000 residents from various towns gather in response to his and environmentalists’ call for an “all-out protest” against mining and to take a stand for mother earth.

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