MGB-12 cracks down on illegal mining in SMI areas

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 October) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Region 12 has stepped up its crackdown against the continuing illegal small-scale mining activities in parts of Tampakan… »

Police nabs tribal leader heading armed anti-mining movement in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – Police operatives arrested one of the most wanted persons in South Cotabato while attending a town fiesta in nearby Sarangani Province on Wednesday afternoon.… »

NPA rebels strafe SMI security vehicle

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/15 August)–Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels fired on a vehicle providing security to controversial mining firm Sagittarius Mines, Inc. in Tampakan, South Cotabato on Friday afternoon, hours… »

SMI feasibility study sent to MGB central office for evaluation

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 August) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 12 has endorsed for further review and evaluation by its central office the project feasibility study… »

SMI eyes to start FPIC process later this year

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/07 August)–Foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) is eyeing to commence later this year getting the consent of indigenous communities for the controversial Tampakan project, a company executive said.… »

Tampakan project budget for 2014 down to $9M

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 8 May) – Foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) has cut its expenditure this year for the controversial Tampakan copper-gold project to around a third of its… »

Group seeks review of case vs soldiers for death of 3 Lumads

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/05 November) – A group of human rights lawyers on Tuesday said it will seek a review of the decision of the prosecutor’s office of Digos City dismissing… »

A year after, still no justice for family killed in Tampakan mine site

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/18 October)–Justice remains elusive for a mother and her two children killed exactly a year ago today, October 18, in the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines,… »

Swapping of murder raps grips Tampakan minefield

KORONADAL CITY(MindaNews/29 August)—The family of a revered tribal elder will file murder charges against the military as they maintained that  “Bong Fulong” or tribal leader Anteng Freay and his 17-year… »

2 dead in fresh violence at Tampakan mine site–military

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 August)– A revered “bong fulong” or tribal elder in the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) was killed Friday morning in another fresh violence… »

Open-pit ban triggers downsizing at Tampakan project

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/18 Aug) — The ban on open-pit mining imposed by South Cotabato province is among the reasons Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) is downsizing its operation that would lead… »

MGB still ‘blind’ over Glencore’s plan for Tampakan project

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 August) – Three months after Glencore International plc acquired Xstrata plc, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has yet to hear from the new management… »

6,000 sign online petition vs Tampakan mining project

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/30 July) – At least 6,000 individuals have signed as of today an online petition to cancel the permits issued to Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) for the copper-gold… »

Online campaign for transparency at Tampakan project gains ground

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/04 July)– The Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI) has launched an online petition seeking transparency on the money coming from foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) allegedly to support… »

South Cotabato cops brace for NPA attacks

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/24 June)— Security measures in South Cotabato province have been tightened due to fresh threats posed by the communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, a police official said… »

Losing mayoralty bet in mineral-rich Tampakan town files electoral protest

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/06 June)— A losing mayoralty bet in Tampakan, South Cotabato, which hosts Southeast Asia’s largest known undeveloped copper-gold reserve, has filed an electoral protest before a court here.… »

NPA vows stronger armed resistance vs Glencore Xstrata’s Tampakan project

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/04 June) – The New People’s Army (NPA) will launch stronger armed resistance against the Tampakan copper-gold project of the merged Glencore Xstrata plc., a rebel leader said Tuesday.… »

Glencore Xstrata, Indophil discuss Tampakan joint venture restructure

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) – Australian firm Indophil Resources NL is in talks with Glencore Xstrata plc for the possible restructuring of the joint venture at the Tampakan… »

Army sends more troops to SouthCot’s upland villages

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 May) – Government troops have intensified their security operations in several upland villages of Tampakan town in South Cotabato following the reported movements of… »

Diocese of Marbel wages ‘Team Pabor-Team Ayaw’ campaign vs mining, coal plant

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/13 March) — Calling it an effective strategy in educating local voters, Catholic Church leaders are adopting the controversial “Team Patay-Team Buhay” campaign of the Diocese of… »

Lopez-led signature drive vs SMI’s Tampakan project gains ground

GENERAL SANTOS CITY(MindaNews/08 March) — Anti-mining and environmental groups in South Cotabato province and the neighboring areas have started gathering around 300,000 signatures in a bid to pressure the national… »

Acosta on Tampakan mining project: ECC just one of the many steps

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 27 Feb) – The Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) obtained by the foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) for the Tampakan copper-gold project is only from the side… »

Tampakan project crops up as hot poll issue in South Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 26 February) – The Tampakan copper-gold project of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) is shaping-up as a major political issue in the May 13 local elections.… »

SMI should stop funding gov’t forces in Tampakan mining site—Bayan Muna

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 February)— Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares urged Saturday the national government to order the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the local government units (LGU) to… »

COMMENTARY: The Dancing Elephant in the Crystal Shop: SMI

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 Feb) — I thought the country was looking for a way of doing responsible mining. And that the Aquino administration was serious in pursuing this. There are… »

SMI’s ECC approval will ignite fiercer resistance – BAYAN

News Release February 20, 2013 SMI’s ECC approval will ignite fiercer resistance –  BAYAN General Santos City, Philippines –  In a press conference held here Wednesday morning,  the regional militant… »

PNoy, callous to the Mindanao People’s situation

PRESS RELEASE February 20, 2013 Reference: Cong. Neri Colmenares 09178350459  The issuance of ECC to the Sagittarius Mining shows PNoy, callous to the Mindanao People’s situation Bayan Muna condemns the… »

ECC to SMI-XStrata a green light to more HRVs –Karapatan

Press Statement February 20, 2013  Reference:    Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, 0917-3162831 Angge Santos, Media Liaison, 0918-9790580   ECC to SMI-XStrata a green light to more HRVs –Karapatan Karapatan… »

ECC issuance is once again Profit for the Privileged Few over General Welfare

LRC KsK Statement (19 February 2013)

Tampakan mining will worsen climate risk in Mindanao

Philippine   Movement for Climate Justice34 Matiyaga St. Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City 1100   Metro Manila, PhilippinesPhone: +63.2.925.3036 Website: |Email Address:   PressRelease February 19, 2013   Groups… »

Alyansa Tigil Mina strongly condemns, argues environment permit issuance to SMI-Xstrata Mines

Statement February 20, 2013   Alyansa Tigil Mina strongly condemns, argues environment permit issuance to SMI-Xstrata Mines Manila—Alyansa Tigil Mina strongly condemns and questions the issuance of a conditional environmental… »

‘Sa tuwid na daan, ipapatag ba ang mga bundok?’

NEWS RELEASE February 19, 2013 Faith-based group slams issuance  of ECC to SMI: ‘Sa tuwid na daan, ipapatag ba ang mga bundok?’ Leaders of the church-based group Philippine-Misereor Partnership Incorporated… »

SouthCot board stays firm on open-pit mining ban; critics hit approval of SMI’s ECC

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/20 February) – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato rallied behind the provincial environment code that bans open pit mining method as the local Catholic Church urged the… »

ECC no guarantee for SMI to mine – MGB exec

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 20 Feb) – The issuance of a conditional environmental compliance certificate (ECC) to foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) does not guarantee that the company would… »

Tampakan copper-gold project gets ECC; SouthCot stands pat on open pit mining ban

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/19 February)—Castigating Environment Secretary Ramon Paje for flip-flopping on the agency’s decision to now give foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. an environmental compliance certificate (ECC), South Cotabato Gov. Arthur… »

CHR to sue military for killing of tribal leader’s wife, 2 sons in Tampakan

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/17 February)—The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will file a case against the soldiers involved in the operations that resulted to the death of three civilians last October… »

Tribal members flee Tampakan mine site due to heavy military presence

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/2 February)—At least 50 individuals, mostly women and children, have fled the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. for fear of the growing militarization in the… »

1 killed in renewed violence in Tampakan mine site

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 January) – Another member of a tribal clan opposing the Tampakan copper-gold project of Sagittarius Mines, Inc. was killed in an alleged encounter with the military. Capt.… »

SouthCot board stands pat on open-pit mining ban

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/23 Jan) – The proposed $5.9-billion Tampakan copper-gold project of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. continues to suffer a setback locally after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato stood… »

AFP confirms operations near Tampakan mine site

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 17 Jan) – The military here confirmed ongoing military operations near the boundary of South Cotabato and Cotabato provinces that could include areas near the… »

Under cover of darkness, soldiers deployed to Tampakan mines site

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/16 January) – A large number of soldiers were deployed Tuesday under cover of darkness in the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc., which a wanted… »

People suspected behind ‘banlas’ mining in Tampakan known

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 December)– Intelligence operatives in South Cotabato province have identified at least 10 personalities as allegedly behind the rampant illegal “banlas” or sluice mining activities in the… »

The Tampakan Project: battle over Southeast Asia’s largest copper-gold deposit (2)

Last of two parts TAMPAKAN, South Cotabato (MindaNews/12 Nov) —Potentially the largest foreign direct investment in the Philippines, the $5.9 billion Tampakan mining project faces two major challenges: the ban… »

SPECIAL REPORT: The Tampakan project: battle over Southeast Asia’s largest copper-gold reserve (1)

1st of two parts TAMPAKAN, South Cotabato (MindaNews/11 Nov) — How huge is the proposed open pit mine that will gouge out a mountain here to extract 17.9 million ounces… »

CHR wants autopsy on slain B’laan family

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 06 November) —The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) wants to exhume the bodies of the mother and her two sons who were killed in the mines… »

Tampakan killing update: Army commander ‘voluntarily’ leaves post

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/05 November)—The battalion commander of the 27th Infantry Battalion, Lt. Col. Alexis Noel Bravo, relinquished his post today following the controversial death of the family members of a… »

SOUTHERN COMFORT: 2013 Election: SMI looms large in South Cotabato polls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 03 November)–Call it posturing or pragmatism, but the recent decision of the South Cotabato provincial government to enlist the ‘expertise’ of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale… »

Karapatan seeks punishment of top military commanders in death of B’laan family

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 November)—Let the axe also fall on the heads of the top military commanders having jurisdiction in the mines development site of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) where… »

Pingoy backtracks, calls off review of SMI study

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/1 Nov) — South Cotabato  Gov. Arthur Pingoy on Wednesday said he is no longer pursuing a review of the environmental impact study (EIS) of  Sagittarius Mines,… »

SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Gold yard, graveyard

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 October) – A week after the tragedy in Barangay Kimlawis in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur that left a pregnant mother and her two sons dead, no government… »

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