Zambo Sur tribe urges probe into illegal mining

Date of publication: 
31 March, 2015

THE Subanen tribe is calling on the government to investigate a miner’s cooperative that has begun illegal operations in its ancestral land in Zamboanga del Sur.

The tribe, represented by the Pikumpongan Subanen Gataw Tebed Association Inc. (PSGT), said the illegal miners are in the village of Deborok and Lourdes in Pagadian City, the provincial capital.

Timuay Braulio Anlimon, the PSGT chairman, said the miners belong to the Zamboanga del Sur Small-Scale Mining Cooperative.

The miners are not Subanen and do not have the right to mine in the tribe’s ancestral domain land, which covers Pagadian City and the municipalities of Labangan and Sominot, Anlimon said.

He said the tribe’s council of elders submitted a resolution to the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Department of Justice to investigate the presence of illegal miners. (Bong Garcia)