GENERAL SANTOS CITY (April 3) – Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) is facing potential further delays in its operations in the southern Philippines due to the repeated deferment of the merger between world commodities giant trading firm Glencore and global mining giant Xstrata Plc. In a report Monday, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said the merger...
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The brother of fugitive Blaan tribal leader Daguil Cafeon was slain in an alleged encounter with government soldiers in the remote village of Kimlawis in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur Tuesday morning. Killed was Kitari Cafeon who, according to the military, was hit on the hip and was rushed to the Allah...
The Xstrata-controlled Sagittarius Mines Inc (SMI) suffered yet another setback when the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP, or Provincial Board) of South Cotabato on Monday, January 21, reiterated a previous resolution reaffirming the validity of a provision of the Provincial Environment Code that bans open pit mining in the province. The resolution dashed any hopes SMI had...
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (Nov 1) – South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Pingoy on Wednesday said he is no longer pursuing a review of the environmental impact study (EIS) of Sagittarius after the German team tapped for its expertise reportedly backed out from the proposal. Pingoy said the the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH or...
Call it posturing or pragmatism, but the recent decision of the South Cotabato provincial government to enlist the ‘expertise’ of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH or German Development Cooperation in Manila for an independent review of the environment impact statement of SMI-Xstrata for its Tampakan Copper and Gold Project could be tied...
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