Mines and Quarries

Philippines: Extra-Judicial Killing of indigenous activist, Henry Alameda

Extra-Judicial Killing of MAPASU Council member HENRY ALAMEDA

Case: Extra-Judicial Killing

Victim/s: HENRY ALAMEDA, 44 years old, Manobo, resident of Cabalawan, San Isidro, Lianga, Surigao del Sur, married, active council member of Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang Sa Sumusunod (MAPASU).

Place of Incident: Sitio Cabalawan, San Isidro, Lianga, Surigao del Sur

Date of Incident: October 24, 2014 at 7am

Alleged Perpetrator(s): Operating troops of the 2nd Scout Ranger Batallion, based in St. Christine, Lianga, Surigao del Sur under LTC.

UK speaker tour on Glencore's Tampakan project

PIPLinks, CHRP, War on Want
Date of publication: 
20 October, 2014

Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP-UK), in co-operation with War on Want & Philippine Indigenous Links (PIPLinks) invite you to the following events in line with raising awareness on multinational mining companies and their impacts on human rights, local communities and the environment where they operate.

Guest speakers from the Philippines:

Clemente Bautista, Coordinator for Kalikasan Peoples’ Network for the Environment
Mark ‘Daryll’ Lopez’ Campaign coordinator, SOCSARGENDS Agenda

Schedule of activities:

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014
Dirty Coal Tour with London Mining N

Protest on the death anniversary of Fr. Pops Tentorio

Cases of environmentalists languishing in DOJ amidst ‘zero track record’ of Sec. De Lima in dispensing justice

Kalikasan PNE press release

16 October 2014

Environmental activists under the Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) joined various groups in a picket at the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, demanding Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to “set her priorities straight by actually working on important cases involving our environmental martyrs.”


Suspended mine leaves deep scars in Philippine village

Tim Kroenert - http://www.ucanews.com/news/suspended-mine-leaves-deep-scars-in-philippine-village/72122
Date of publication: 
7 October, 2014

Santa Cruz, Philippines – “You know you’ve reached Santa Cruz when you hit the potholes,” says Josephine Astadan.

She isn’t joking. The degradation of the road is evident the moment one crosses into Santa Cruz, a tiny village in the far northwest corner of the northern Philippines province of Zambales.

The village’s mining operations have been still for three months, but the potholes, says Astadan, are but one of the visible scars that remain.

Lifelong local Astadan is the general secretary of the Concerned Citizens of Santa Cruz.

Investigating mining pollution and plunder in Nueva Vizcaya

By Karl Begnotea, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/10/05/investigating-mining-pollution-and-plunder-in-nueva-vizcaya/
Date of publication: 
5 October, 2014

The abundant natural resources and biologically diverse ecosystems of the province of Nueva Vizcaya, known as the Watershed Haven of Cagayan Valley, are greatly imperiled by foreign large-scale mining and militarization.

I witnessed this environmental disaster slowly unfolding as part of an Environmental Investigative Mission (EIM) last April 2014, along with fellow scientists from the Advocates of Science & Technology for the People (AGHAM), and local environmental advocates from the Alyansa ng Nagkakaisang Novo Vizcayano para sa Kalikasan (ANNVIK).

There are two transnational corporati

A Deadly Difference of World View

Statement from LILAK (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights)
Date of publication: 
21 September, 2014

In his speech in the recently concluded Mining Conference 2014 organized by the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (CoMP), Vice-President Jejomar Binay said that, “We must take an accurate inventory of our nation’s natural resources and if possible plot a schedule for harnessing these resources with long-term goals firmly in mind.” This was a great assurance to CoMP president Benjamin Philip Romualdez, also of Benguet Corp, that should Binay take over the government administration in 2016, there will be no change in the government development path.

Philippine groups express solidarity to people of El Salvador ...

Joint statement
Date of publication: 
10 September, 2014

... in fight against mining giant Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim Mining Corp

Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance against Mining-Philippines), Lilak (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), Focus on the Global South and the EU-ASEAN FTA Campaign Network denounce the bullying of El Salvador by corporate mining giant Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim.

Two activists killed for opposing mining and banana plantations

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME - http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-126-2014
Date of publication: 
8 September, 2014

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-126-2014

PHILIPPINES: Two activists killed for opposing mining and banana plantations

ISSUES: Extrajudicial killings; Human rights defenders

Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you about the killing of two activists in separate incidents in Davao province. The victims had been involved in campaigning against the impact of a coal-powered plant, a mining operation and banana plantations in their community.

‘Ruthless legacy’ - 7 activists killed in August

By Janess Ann J. Ellao, Bulatlat.com - http://bulatlat.com/main/2014/09/03/ruthless-legacy-seven-activists-killed-in-august/
Date of publication: 
3 September, 2014

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.” – Karapatan

MANILA – There were almost two activists killed every week for the month of August, human rights and indigenous peoples group said. The suspected perpetrators were soldiers, paramilitary groups, death squads and an official of a palm oil company.

“There is no let-up in extrajudicial killings with BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan.

Philex Mining bags final clearance

Date of publication: 
28 August, 2014

PHILEX Mining Corp. has secured final regulatory clearance to resume full operations at its Padcal gold-and-copper mine in Benguet, a little more than two years after the facility shut down due to a tailings leak.

In an Aug. 27 letter to Philex Mining President Eulalio B. Austin, Jr., Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Leo L. Jasareno noted that “issues emanating from the tailings spill incident (on Aug.