Region 9

Mediaman files petition for Writ of Amparo for threats

Date of publication: 
25 July, 2012

A MEDIA practitioner and seven other people, including a member of the Municipal Council in Bayug, Zamboanga del Sur, filed a petition for Writ of Amparo before the Court of Appeals (CA) in Cagayan de Oro City for alleged threats from the officers and agents of Toronto Ventures Inc.

The brave non-violence of the Subaanen people

Fr. Shay Cullen, Fr. Shay's columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK & Hong Kong
Date of publication: 
6 July, 2012

Some thousands of indigenous people all over the Philippines, especially in Mindanao, especially the Subaanen people, on the Zamboanga Peninsula have struggle for years to stop mining corporations from moving in to explore and mine the mountains and hills. They are victims of corrupt government officials and even judges who are captivated by the vested interest of the mining industry.

Some Indigenous people are sadly being forced to turn to armed resistance as the mining corporations move into their lands.

Communities with mining applications suffer ‘legal terrorism’-Canadian church mission

ALDWIN QUITASOL, Northern Dispatch -
Date of publication: 
16 January, 2012

BAGUIO CITY – Members of the Beaconsfield Initiative, an exposure mission comprised mostly of Canadian church members, visited the Cordillera Region last week. Focusing on areas where Canadian Mining Companies operate, they found out that there is an ongoing “legal terrorism” victimizing the community people.

Reverend Patricia Lisson, directress of the St. Columbia House in Canada, defined “legal terrorism” as the use of law over the rights of the people.

Indigenous people can get more from mining, says mine exec

By Tito Fiel, Inquirer Mindanao
Date of publication: 
9 June, 2012

PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines—Indigenous communities can actually demand higher royalties or even become part owners of mining companies, a mining executive said here recently.

Speaking at a training program hosted by the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation here last Thursday, Joel Alasco TVI Resource Development (TVIRD) Phils. Inc.

Zamboanga del Sur hosts biggest anti-mining protest

Jun Pasaylo Home -
Date of publication: 
10 December, 2011

PAGADIAN CITY, Philippines – More than five thousand residents of Zamboanga del Sur province started a two-day march Friday (Dec.

NPA rebels threaten to attack mining firms in Zamboanga

Date of publication: 
21 May, 2012

PAGADIAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / May 21, 2012) – Communist rebels have threatened to attack mining firms operating in the Zamboanga Peninsula in the southern Philippines.

Jorge Madlos, a spokesman for the New People’s Army, also warned soldiers and policemen from protecting mining firms he accused of plundering natural resources.

The warning came after rebels freed a policeman Faizahl Juhaili who was held hostage during a raid at a police headquarters in Zamboanga del Sur’s Tigbao town last month.

“During combat situations, in order to avert the unnecessary loss of lives, we

Standoff in Balabag as large and small-scale miners fight for rights over gold-rich area

By Carolyn O. Arguillas -
Date of publication: 
15 April, 2012

BALABAG, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur (MindaNews/15 April) — The Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) on Friday passed an “urgent” resolution asking the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) to immediately resolve the conflict between a large-scale mining firm and a small-scale mining group to avoid a potentially bloody confrontation in this gold-rich area.

“They (PMRB) should act now or else it will be bloody,” Mayor Leonardo Babasa told MindaNews late Friday afternoon, about an hour after members of the Monte de Oro Small-Scale Mining Association (Mossma) who staged a rally

Legislator calls for probe of alleged abuses of Canadian mining firm in Zamboanga del Sur

Date of publication: 
15 March, 2012

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio is calling for a Congressional investigation into human rights abuses allegedly committed by a Canadian mining firm against small-scale miners and indigenous Subanen in Zamboanga del Sur.

Tinio filed House Resolution 2246, calling on the House Committee on National Cultural Communities to look into the activities of TVI Resource Development (Phils.), Inc.

Journalists cry harassment in mining area; mining firm says story fabricated

By Mindanews -
Date of publication: 
22 February, 2012

DAVAO CITY – A group of media from Pagadian City cried harassment by the Special Cafgu Active Auxiliary of TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc.

Mining Conference Declaration: repeal Mining Act, enact new law, declare moratorium

Mindanao Declaration: repeal Mining Act, enact new law, declare moratorium

By Carolyn O.