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[Xstrata/SMI response to allegations of responsibility for killing of anti-mining activist in the Philippines]

SMI wishes to express its sympathy and condolences for the colleagues and loved ones of Boy Billanes over his sudden death…SMI also wishes to confirm that the company has no connection to the death of Mr Billanes. Any allegations linking SMI to this incident are totally untrue and without any basis in fact…As many from the communities associated with the Tampakan project will attest, SMI has always respected and will continue to respect human rights and the rights of stakeholders to express their views, including about the Tampakan Project…

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