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Didipio IPs Barricade Oceana Gold Drilling Exploration

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Didipio Residents Launch Protest Against OceanaGold Operations

Anti-mining residents launched a barricade in June 15 to stop the drilling operations of Oceana Gold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) in Sitio Camgat, Brgy. Didipio, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya which started in the first week of June.

“They are greedy. Still not satisfied with the vast open pit they dug in our land they still want more while we residents are suffering from the negative effects they brought. We want them to pull-out. Stop their operations. Our lives are at stake,” Lholet Guimpayan, a resident in the barricade said.

Residents under peoples organizations of DESAMA (Didipio Earth Savers Multi-Purpose Association) and SAPAKKMMI (Samahang Pangkarapatan ng Katutubong Mangagawa at Magsasaka Inc. ) joined forces to stop the 400 meter drilling operations which they believe will affect the potable water system of the community and pollute the rivers with the chemicals used in drilling operations.

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In Defence of Life - Interviews

A new interview series featuring leading ecological justice activists and thinkers from around the world, including Nnimmo Bassey, Vandana Shiva, Sister Stella Matutina, Mariana Gomez and Stephan Harding

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In Defence of Life follows the struggles and triumphs of four communities resisting large-scale mining projects in Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa and Romania.

In Didipio, Philippines, local people are rallying against Australian-Canadian mining company OceanaGold. In just three years the company has turned what was once Didipio’s Dinkiday Mountain into a 371-metre-deep pit in its search for gold and copper. In Defence of Life reveals how locals are coming together to say ‘Palayasin!’ (Get out!) to the company, as they aim to prevent future mine expansion and force the multinational out.

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Consulate Served with Kidapawan Protest Letter

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Today a protest letter was handed to the Philippine Consulate in Sydney by representatives of the following organisations:

Australian Chapter: Australian Council of Trade Unions; Maritime Union of Australia, Victorian Branch; SEARCH Foundation; Philippines Australia Union Link; Action for Peace & Development in the Philippines, Migrante Australia

The letter expressed outrage at the gunning down of peaceful protesters by members of the Philippine National Police at Kidapawan in Mindanao on 1 April 2016.

The protest letter can be downloaded here. Kidapawan Protest Letter

 

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Mining permit renewal slammed

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OceanaGold renews mining permit

BAGABAG, Nueva Vizcaya: Deputy Speaker Carlos M. Padilla has strongly condemned the issuance by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of a five-year mining exploration permit extension to an Australian mining firm.

Padilla has joined the indigenous and farming communities and their support groups in the province in their demand for an explanation from the MGB for extending the exploration permit OceanaGold Philippines Inc. (OGPI).

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Protest at Kidapawan Massacre of farmers in the Philippines

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If you are in Sydney … Protest at Kidapawan Massacre of farmers in the Philippines

What does the Philippine National Police do to desperate farmers who are asking for emergency food? .........It shoots them !!!!

Just a few days ago, at about Member of the rally held at Kidapawan lies injured after police fired on farmers and their families who were asking for the release of emergency food just a few days ago.10am on Friday April 1, Philippines National Police opened fire with M16s on 5-6,000 farmers and their families, who were protesting on the highway for the release of emergency food supplies, following crop failure from the El Nino weather event in the last cropping season. The Provincial Governor had approved the distribution of 15,000 bags of rice, but none of it had been issued to the hungry population. March 29 is the Global Day of the Landless, and the farmers gathered on March 30 to call for the rice distribution.

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