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Church urges probe into anti-mining activist slaying [Philippines]

…Eliezer “Boy” Billanes, leader of the Anti-Development Aggression Coalition, was shot dead by unidentified men...yesterday…The murder has outraged Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez who said that the killing is a serious attack on human rights…Billanes’ group leads the opposition to the Tampakan Copper-Gold project in South Cotabato of Xstrata, one the biggest mining companies in the world…Environmental group Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment said…the recent killing is part of the “dirty tactics” of transnational mining companies to coerce the growing resistance of people opposing large-scale mining projects…

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