48 container vans burned, 13 rifles seized
Communist rebels attacked two mining firms in South Cotabato on May 19, burned 48 container vans of Glencore-Xstrata-SMI mining company and seized 13 rifles form the Consunji-owned the South Davao Development Company Inc.(SDDCI).
Dencio Madrigal, Spokesperson, Valentin Palamine Command, New People’s Army (NPA) Far Southern Mindanao Regional Command said the attack is a ” counter-offensive against the 10th Infantry Division-Eastern Mindanao Command’s sustained military operations in Davao Del Sur, North Cotabato, South Cotabato and other areas in Socksargen.”
“The NPA’s tactical offensives will continue to attack large-scale mining firms that are responsible for open pit mining and other environmentally destructive operations…. to guarantee the safety of the masses against floods, landslides and other disasters as, said Madrigal in a statement e-mailed to durianburgdavao.
May 20, 2014
Company-sized guerrillas belonging to the Mt. Alip Command under the Valentin Palamine Command-Far Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command of the New People’s Army launched simultaneous tactical offensives against Glencore-Xtrata SMI mining company and the South Davao Development Company Inc.(SDDCI), a mining firm owned by the Consunji’s.
The NPAs burned 48 container vans which were used as offices at the SMI pioneering camp in Sitio Gumatikura, Brgy. Kimlawis, Kiblawan at 5:30 am last May 19.
An hour later, another group of NPA fighters garbed in enemy uniforms took control without firing a single shot of the SDDCI mining camp in Sitio Salnaong, Brgy. Datal Blau, Columbio. Confiscated from the security guards belonging to the Cavalier security agency were 13 shotgun rifles, four vhf radios, 1 gps radio and 1 laptop.
The latest NPA tactical offensive is part of the intensification of revolutionary armed struggle and counter-offensives to defeat the 10thInfantry Division-Eastern Mindanao Command’s sustained military operations in Davao Del Sur, North Cotabato, South Cotabato and other areas in Socksargen.
The punitive action is also a continuing enforcement of the policy of the People’s Democratic Government to defend national patrimony by opposing operations of foreign large-scale mining companies like Glencore Xtrata-SMI (Sagittarius Mines, Inc.), considered to be one of the world’s biggest mining firms. SMI is the local operator of the Tampakan Mines in South Cotabato, the country’s largest mining investment.
NPA’s tactical offensives will continue to attack large-scale mining firms that are responsible for open pit mining and other environmentally destructive operations. Failure by the US-Aquino regime to guarantee the safety of the masses against floods, landslides and other disasters as a result of big mining operations has made the NPA’s punitive actions more effective in truly protecting the environment.
The regime’s sweet policy towards environmental plunderers like Glencore and SDDCI and the acceleration of mining extraction in the country’s remaining natural resources invigorate the NPA and the revolutionary movement to further intensify the people’s war.
Valentin Palamine Command
NPA Far Southern Mindanao Regional Command
THE TAMPAKAN PROJECT had run into many problems, chiefly the South Cotabato provincial government’s Environmental Code which bans open-pit mining; it also faced strong opposition from church, community; communist rebels, leftist organizations and environmental groups
Swiss mining giant Glencore Xstrata is expected to pull out of a $5.9 billion gold-copper mining project in the Philippines, its Australian partner Indophil said.
Melbourne-based Indophil Resources NL said in a quarterly report released this week that “Glencore Xstrata has advised Indophil of its preference to pursue divestment of its interest in Tampakan.”
“All indications point to Glencore Xstrata seeking to divest its majority interest in the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project,” the report added.