‘Food poisoning’ downs 130 in Tampakan, South Cotabato

‘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 susp ...

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Tampakan project budget for 2014 down to $9M

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 t ...

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SouthCot LGU to file charges vs 7 illegal miners

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 ...

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SouthCot to review open-pit mining ban in environment code

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 ...

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Expenditure cut in Tampakan project hits P830-M

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 d ...

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Swapping of murder raps grips Tampakan minefield

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 Ante ...

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‘Banlas’ mining getting widespread in SouthCot

‘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 ...

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Open-pit ban triggers downsizing at Tampakan project

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 t ...

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

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 manage ...

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Chikungunya in SouthCot now under control

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 ...

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6,000 sign online petition vs Tampakan mining project

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 co ...

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High incidence of chikungunya disease noted in Koronadal farm village

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, ...

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State of calamity declared in Tampakan due to chikungunya outbreak

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 t ...

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Chikungunya outbreak declared in 2 Tampakan villages

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 Tam ...

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Tampakan village off limits due to ground cracks

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 ...

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Glencore Xstrata, Indophil discuss Tampakan joint venture restructure

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 Tampak ...

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Army sends more troops to SouthCot’s upland villages

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 ...

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

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 Buh ...

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

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 signatur ...

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

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 pro ...

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Tampakan project crops up as hot poll issue in South Cotabato

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 ...

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

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 governm ...

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COMMENTARY: The Dancing Elephant in the Crystal Shop: SMI

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 ar ...

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SMI’s ECC approval will ignite fiercer resistance –  BAYAN

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,  t ...

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PNoy, callous to the Mindanao People’s situation

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 ...

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

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 l ...

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Tampakan mining will worsen climate risk in Mindanao

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 ...

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

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 qu ...

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

‘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-Misere ...

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

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 loca ...

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ECC no guarantee for SMI to mine – MGB exec

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 guarant ...

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

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. ...

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

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 ci ...

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1 killed in renewed violence in Tampakan mine site

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 th ...

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SouthCot board stands pat on open-pit mining ban

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 th ...

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Comelec: No poll hotspot in SouthCot, GenSan

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 ...

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AFP confirms operations near Tampakan mine site

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 ar ...

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Under cover of darkness, soldiers deployed to Tampakan mines site

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, ...

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

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 provin ...

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

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 of gold d ...

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CHR wants autopsy on slain B’laan family

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 developme ...

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Tampakan killing update: Army commander ‘voluntarily’ leaves post

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 controver ...

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Pingoy backtracks, calls off review of SMI study

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  Sagitta ...

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SOMEONE ELSE’S WINDOWS: Gold yard, graveyard

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

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 ...

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Groups vow to seek justice for slain B’laans

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 Kibl ...

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Bishop blames Sagittarius Mines for mayhem in Tampakan

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 o ...

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

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 ...

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

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 Sur were ...

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