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Xstrata-SMI and Task Force Kitaco must be held accountable for the brutal slaying of the anti-mining activist Boy Billanes [Philippines]

Author: Dencio Madrigal, Kumander, Valentin Palamine Command/Regional Operational Command, New Peoples Army-Far South Mindanao Region [Philippines], Published on: 10 March 2009

Task Force KITACO, the 27th IB, and the multinational company Xstrata-SMI must be held accountable for the premeditated murder of Boy Billanes…the 27th IB under TF Kitaco had been conducting a massive military operation in the mining areas of Xstrata SMI…to flush out NPA rebels in the area but in actual fact had been harassing and threatening the residents on the suspicion that they were against the mining company…Earlier, Boy Billanes had been receiving death threats for his anti-mining and environmental activism...

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Related companies: Xstrata (part of Glencore)