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Farmer, 2 anti-mining activists killed ahead of Human Rights Day [Philippines]
Author: Jose Carlos L. Maningat, Philippine Online Chronicles, Published on: 9 December 2012
A militant farmer and two anti-mining activists were killed in separate incidents…[The farmer’s]…relatives believe the attack is linked to his...opposition to large-scale mining and illegal logging…[A]nti-mining advocates…were also killed...[One] was a member of…a people’s organization opposed to the…Didipio gold-copper project [owned by OceanaGold]...The murder…came as the Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered a manhunt for a militia leader who is suspected of killing anti-mining activist Datu Jimmy Liguyon…[A]n alarm [was raised] over the rising death toll of environmental activists this year... Kalikasan People’s Network…urged the government to stop the killings of environmental activists. Previously, human rights alliance Karapatan scored the Aquino administration for the…extrajudicial killings and illegal arrests of activists...[under] the state’s counter-insurgency program.
Related companies: OceanaGold