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What’s mine is mine: The intensifying fight of indigenous peoples vs. mining companies in the Philippines

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown last April, one of the worst standoffs in recent history between the Philippine National Police and indigenous peoples’ defenders took place in Nueva Vizcaya......»»

Category: newsSource: samarnews samarnewsJul 22nd, 2021

DENR magbibigay ng technical assistance sa Tawi-Tawi Tumbagaan Island mine rehab

Manila, Philippines – Tiniyak ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) na handa itong magbigay ng tulong para sa rehabilitasyon ng mined-out site ng Tumbagaan island sa Tawi-Tawi sa naturang lalawigan na kinasasakupan ng Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Ayon kay Undersecretary for Enforcement, Mining and Muslim Affairs Jim O. Sampulna kahit […] The post DENR magbibigay ng technical assistance sa Tawi-Tawi Tumbagaan Island mine rehab appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2021

Cimatu to reopen mine sites closed by Lopez

Some of the mining companies closed or suspended by the late environment secretary Gina Lopez will be allowed to resume operations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2020

Filipino-American MMA star Mark Muñoz recalls retirement bout in Manila

In 2015, Filipino mixed martial arts fans’ prayers were answered when the UFC, finally brought the legendary Octagon to the Philippines.  UFC Fight Night Manila was headlined by Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber, two former world champions and two of the world’s best at the time.  But while the main event was indeed on worthy of a pay-per-view card, Pinoy fans flocked to the Mall of Asia Arena to see one of their own compete in the Octagon for the very last time.  The UFC’s inaugural card in Manila also featured the retirement bout of Filipino-American Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz.  (READ ALSO: Mark Muñoz ends career on the highest of notes) Muñoz was 37 at the time, and was already a veteran in the UFC, having fought 14 times for the North American promotion. During his peak in the UFC, the California-native won seven out of eight fights and came within a win away from becoming a title contender, before losing to eventual middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman.  Following the loss to Weidman, Munoz went on to drop three of his next four bouts.  In the final fight of his MMA career, Muñoz had the chance to go out on top and retire in front of his fellow Filipinos. In front of over 13,000 strong, Muñoz did just that, beating Luke Barnatt via unanimous decision and announcing his retirement durung the post-fight speech.  (READ ALSO: The MMA community reacts to Mark Munoz's final fight and retirement) On an episode of The Hit List Vodcast, Muñoz recalled that night and what it meant for him to end his career that way.  “Oh man. I would cherish that night forever,” Muñoz said. “Even when I came to the Philippines early and I visited my family, I still have four generations of my family still there and it was so cool to see my whole family and just to have the support there from everybody. It was amazing and for me, you know, I just felt the love.” “I loved it. And when I walked out, I heard just people cheering and as I was walking out, I slapped somebody’s hand and I started crying you know. Like, whoah, that’s crazy, I’m getting ready to fight and you know like, dude that’s nuts. For me to be able to have that impact on people because they love the sport I love and I’m able to do it in a high level, it made me just wanna give,” he continued.  Following the hard-fought three-round victory, Muñoz addressed the Pinoy crowd and gave a heartfelt message, thanking his fans and then expressing his desire to help the Philippines out in terms of wrestling, an aspect that has long been deemed lacking or inadequate among Filipino mixed martial artists.  “Like I said before, when I got on the microphone, they handed the microphone to me and they never do that, so when they handed the mic to me, I told everybody that I wanna go back to the Philippines and I wanna help in any way I can and so, right now I’m actually building a website that people could access from all around the world, so it’s a wrestling website and I have the best people on there.  Muñoz’s commitment to helping Filipino wrestlers remains to this day, saying that he would gladly fly out to the motherland if he was asked to do so.  “I have my wrestling room where you could have the capability of getting on there and learning from me, and if someone wants to bring me for a seminar out there, I’ll come. In a heartbeat. I’d love to go back to the Philippines and help my kababayan. Just be able to support and help everybody I can,” he said.  While Muñoz did decide to call it a career that night, the former collegiate wrestling star believed that he could still compete at a high level, especially since he was working with world champions and elite-level talent on a daily basis.  “I honestly felt that I was still in my prime,” Muñoz admitted. “I honestly felt that I could have fought more and I felt like I could beat still the guys that beat me. I trained with all the best guys. I trained with Lyoto Machida and fought him and I do very well with him inside the gym. Michael Bisping was a training partner of mine. Anderson Silva I trained with him for a very long time. I know that level and I can be at that level. I felt like I could still compete at that level.” The reason why he left the sport, Muñoz explained, is to be able to spend more time with his family.  “To answer your question, the reason why I stepped away from the sport was not because my body wasn’t able to do it. I stepped away because my family needed me more than me being in the sport. Because, I’m telling you it was hard for my wife, she was a single mom with all the kids for a long time so it was hard. Things at home was pretty rough for us and I didn’t like that at all. All the while I was coaching and travelling all the time so something has to give. I felt like yes, it was a storybook ending but a the same time, I can still compete with the best guys in the division.” Check out the full interview HERE .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2020

Padcal mine life extended

The extension of the lifespan of the Padcal Mine in Benguet will allow Philex Mining Corp. to continue employing 1,831 employees......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 28th, 2021

Locsin to Roque: ‘There is only one voice on what’s ours: mine. Period’

Matters related to the country’s international diplomacy should be left to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. reiterated on Tuesday evening after a palace official claimed that the Julian Felipe Reef is not part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). “There is only one voice on what’s ours: mine. Period. […] The post Locsin to Roque: ‘There is only one voice on what’s ours: mine. Period’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 12th, 2021

The story of Macliing Dulag and the fight for indigenous peoples’ land

Author Luz Maranan said it was important to highlight Dulag's story as his life embodied not just the fight of the Cordillera people but what it meant to be a hero nowadays, for having defeated a dictator and a destructive project like the Chico Dam. The post The story of Macliing Dulag and the fight for indigenous peoples’ land appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsApr 26th, 2021

Close illegal mine sites in Camarines Norte – PNP

The Philippine National Police is seeking the closure of illegal mining sites in Camarines Norte......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2021

PNP questions CHR findings on indoctrination of ‘lumad’ children in Cebu

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday questioned the assessment made by the Commission on Human Rights’ (CHR) which said that the 19 “lumad” (Indigenous Peoples) children allegedly rescued by police in Cebu were not indoctrinated by communists, as it challenged the CHR to “deepen its objective views in their investigation.” In […] The post PNP questions CHR findings on indoctrination of ‘lumad’ children in Cebu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2021

The struggles and aspirations of Tumandok in Panay

Contrary to military claims that they were members of militia of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the slain indigenous peoples in Panay had long been asserting their right to land and life in the face of so-called development projects. In return, they had been tagged as enemies of the state and subjected to intense militarization over the years. The post The struggles and aspirations of Tumandok in Panay appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2021

Capitol “hands-off” on Toledo landslide probe, vows to provide assistance to affected workers

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on Tuesday, December 29, announced that the Capitol has no plans to intervene in the ongoing probe on the landslide that occurred in an open-pit mine in Toledo City. “The investigation is not our expertise nor is it our mandate. The MGB (Mines and Geosciences Bureau) has […] The post Capitol “hands-off” on Toledo landslide probe, vows to provide assistance to affected workers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2020

4 dead, 6 missing in Cebu mine landslide

Four persons died and six others were reported missing in a landslide at a mining pit in Toledo City, Cebu on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2020

Toll rises to 23 in southern China mining accident

Twenty-three miners have been confirmed dead after an accident at a coal mine in southern China, state media reported, with only one person rescued......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 7th, 2020

PH upholds IPs’ representation in talks, decision-making

Secretary Allen A. Capuyan, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Chairperson, cautions the international community to validate claims and appeals of some interest groups, using the pandemic situation, to solicit funds for IP communities in the Philippines. Speaking during the virtual 13th Session of the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Dec. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsDec 4th, 2020

Nickel Asia shuts, Philex Mining restarts some mining sites

Investors, however, were unconvinced of both Nickel Asia’s and Philex Mining’s positive prospects with the mine closures......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 28th, 2020

Philex, Apex suspend mining operations

Philex Mining Corp. and Apex Mining Co. Inc. have suspended operations in their mine sites after some employees tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

Demolition Job

It is supremely dissonant that, on what is supposedly Indigenous Peoples’ Month in the Philippines, the local police of the province of Kalinga proposes to demolish the monument to three historical figures to the Indigenous struggles of the Cordillera region......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

‘Reopening of mines dangerous’

The government’s move to reopen mine sites in the country at the height of the pandemic is dangerous and will pose more risks to mining communities......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 28th, 2020

2 Cebu mine firms suspended over dolomite extraction

The operations of two mining firms involved in dolomite extraction in Alcoy, Cebu have been suspended......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

In Defense of the Philippines

April 6, 2020. There were 26 indigenous Tuwali people standing in the middle of a mining access road in Nueva Vizcaya province—socially distanced two meters apart, face masks on—the COVID-19 pandemic were already in the Philippines then. The barricaders from the Village of Didipio were the only ones standing in the way of some 100… The post In Defense of the Philippines appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2020

INTEGRAL ECOLOGY: Telling the Universe Story based on the New Cosmology

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MinaNews / 05 September) — Since 2015, the Season of Creation is celebrated globally from September 1 to October 4. This year, however, the celebration in the Philippines is extended until October 11, which is the Indigenous Peoples Sunday, to recognize that our care for ecology and concern for the indigenous […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 6th, 2020