Philippines: Mining company claims its security guards opened fire on illegal miners killing 1 in self-defense; government rejects claim

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20 August 2012

Philippine Army defends small-scale miners; denies mining firm claims of Balabag gun battle

Author: The Mindanao Examiner [Philippines]

The Philippine Army...rejected claims by an affiliate of a Canadian mining firm...that illegal miners attacked its security guards that resulted in a gun battle...[One] person...was killed and six others wounded after security guards of the TVI Resources Development...opened fire on a group of small scale miners...[P]olice filed criminal charges against 7 private security guards working for TVIRD... [The commander of the 1st Infantry Division] branded the security guards as members of a “pseudo-organization employed by the said mining company to execute dirty works”...TVIRD has strongly denied...[the] allegations...“We do not have pseudo organizations in our company...Instead, we have functional departments carrying out specifics tasks and duties for our operations and our sustainable development work for the communities and the environment,” said...TVIRD’s Vice President for Operations and Chief Operating Officer.

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