‘Food poisoning’ downs 130 in Tampakan, South Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/28 June) – Some 130 residents of an upland village in Tampakan town in South Cotabato were rushed to various hospitals here on Friday night due to a… »

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… »

SouthCot LGU to file charges vs 7 illegal miners

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 30 Jan) – The provincial government of South Cotabato is set to file charges against seven personalities who were allegedly behind the continuing illegal “banlas”… »

SouthCot to review open-pit mining ban in environment code

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 3 Dec) – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato will review next year the province’s environment code in a bid to “enhance and amend” some… »

Expenditure cut in Tampakan project hits P830-M

Expenditure cut in Tampakan project hits P830-M KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 12 September) — Expenditure for the Tampakan copper-gold project for 2013 was slashed by P830 million due to the… »

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… »

‘Banlas’ mining getting widespread in SouthCot

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 28 Aug) – Environment personnel in South Cotabato province are pushing for the immediate installation of permanent Army outposts or detachments in several upland villages… »

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… »

Chikungunya in SouthCot now under control

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 1 Aug) – Health authorities in South Cotabato declared as under control on Thursday the recent outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease that affected three localities in… »

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… »

High incidence of chikungunya disease noted in Koronadal farm village

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews / 18 July) – A farming village here has been placed under a state of calamity due to the increasing cases of suspected chikungunya disease. Cyrus Urbano,… »

State of calamity declared in Tampakan due to chikungunya outbreak

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 July) — Officials of Tampakan town in South Cotabato have declared the entire area under a state of calamity due to the continuing outbreak of the… »

Chikungunya outbreak declared in 2 Tampakan villages

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/02 July) — Health authorities in South Cotabato province have declared an outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease in two villages in Tampakan town as the suspected… »

Tampakan village off limits due to ground cracks

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 June) — The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 12 has declared as “off-limits” to residents a portion of an upland village in Tampakan town… »

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  http://www.karapatan.org/node/689 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: www.climatejustice.ph |Email Address: pmcj2012.sec@gmail.com   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… »

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… »

Comelec: No poll hotspot in SouthCot, GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/21 January)— The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has cleared this city and nearby South Cotabato province of any potential election watchlist area or “hotspot” for the midterm… »

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… »

2 SouthCot mining towns areas of concern in run-up to May 13 elections

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/10 January) —  Police authorities are closely watching the political developments in two mining towns and a remote village in South Cotabato province due to the possible… »

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… »

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… »

Children who survived ‘massacre’ in mine site taken by pro-mining Lumads

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 October) — The two children who survived an alleged massacre last week in a village in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, including their grandmother and two aunts,… »

Groups vow to seek justice for slain B’laans

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 October) — Several progressive groups here vowed to help seek justice for a B’laan mother and her two sons who were killed in an alleged massacre in… »

Bishop blames Sagittarius Mines for mayhem in Tampakan

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/ 23 October) —A Roman Catholic leader has blamed foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines, Inc. for the mayhem rocking its mines development site, the latest of which was the killing… »

Children who survived ‘massacre’ in mine site taken by pro-mining Lumads

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/23 October) — The two children who survived an alleged massacre last week in a village in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, including their grandmother and two aunts,… »

Deaths of 3 B’laans ‘intentional’, mining-related — kin, HR group

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/22 October) – The deaths of a B’laan mother and her two sons last October 18 in an alleged encounter in a village of Kimlawis, Kiblawan, Davao del… »

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