DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/24 Nov) -- Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio told Mindanao lawyers to help prevent foreigners from further exploiting the country’s mineral resources at the expense of the environment, the government and the Filipino people.
TAMPAKAN, South Cotabato (MindaNews/19 November) -- “If plans go as targeted,” Sagittarius Mines, Inc. will start construction of facilities costing at least $600 million by 2010, Gerardo Laviste, SMI resident manager, said.
KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/07 November) -- The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Southwestern Mindanao (Region 12) has manifested its opposition to a mining firm’s policy on hiring Lumads (indigenous peoples), claiming the hiring standards are “too high” the Lumads won’t qualify.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 October) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources this week flaunted to investors from the East ASEAN Growth Area (EAGA) five potential "high interest" mining areas in Mindanao.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/26 Oct) – Mining firm Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) will not be encroaching into any declared protected area once the company begins full blast copper and gold mining operations within the next three years.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/25 October) – Xstrata Copper, the fourth largest global copper producer will be pouring at least P1 billion for the extended pre-feasibility study on the copper and gold deposits in its minesite in Tampakan.
TAMPAKAN, South Cotabato (for MindaNews/ 20 October) – Anxiety and concerns are nearing boiling point in this placid town of Tampakan in South Cotabato. Above its rustic plains and beyond its surrounding lush mountains, a gathering storm and an expectant wait are brewing.
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 October) -- A dialogue between officials of the Sagittarius Mines, Inc. and its workers has been set for Saturday, October 13, South Cotbato Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes said.
BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews/09 October) -- Two weeks after its closure, a firm operating small-scale mining of nickel in Tubay, Agusan del Norte is now trying to secure a large-scale mining permit over the same area but an environmentalist group is blocking the plan.
DAVAO CITY(MindaNews/09 October) -- The padlocks and roadblocks set up by disgruntled workers at the Sagittarius Mines, Incorporated’s (SMI) main office in Tampakan, South Cotabato on October 1 have been removed following Thursday’s meeting between SMI representatives and the acting mayor and vice mayor.
Newly-elected mayor Bienvenido Barroso, son of three-term mayor Claudio Barroso, has assured Sagittarius Mines, Inc that his administration would fully support the firm’s gold and copper mining operations.