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Hinatuan Mining sues Philippine Misereor Partnership for libel over reports on environmental issues around its operations

“Mining firm sues Philippine faith-based group for libel”, 3 Jun 2016

A mining company has filed a libel suit against faith-based group, Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. and four of its staff over reports on the mining company's attempt to recover a nickel ore stockpile on an island in the central Philippines.

The complaint filed by Hinatuan Mining Corporation stemmed from a PMPI report in June 2015 that a barge hired by the company allegedly destroyed small fishing boats off the coast of Manicani Island in the central Philippines.

Yolanda Esguerra, national coordinator of PMPI and one of the respondents, said the complaint is a "strategic legal action against public participation and plain harassment."

Also charged for cyber libel are PMPI staff members Candy Hidalgo, Edel Garingan and Victor Morillo…