Surigao mining attacks likened to Pearl Harbor



MINING’S PEARL HARBOR? Smoke billows from dozens of heavy equipment set ablaze by communist guerrillas in Monday’s raid on the compound of Taganito Mining Corp. in Claver, Surigao del Norte. ROEL N. CATOTO/CONTRIBUTOR

Attacks by the communist New People’s Army on three mining firms in Claver, Surigao del Norte province, are causing jitters in the mining industry and sending the message that investments might not be safe without tight security, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said Tuesday.

“Any assault on a mine is a serious thing. There are investments there. A mining project is capital intensive. If you hear such news of an attack, it’s a cause for worry for the industry,” MGB Director Leo Jasareno said in an interview by phone.

“It’s like the Pearl Harbor of the mining industry,” said the source who conducted an on site inspection of the compounds of Taganito Mining Corp. (TMC) and Platinum Group Metals Corp. (PGMC) in Claver a day after the attacks.

Pearl Harbor refers to the surprise Japanese attack on the US Pacific naval fleet in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, that forced the United States to join the war against the Axis Powers that included Japan and Germany.

An industry source, who asked not to be named, said the coordinated raids damaged about P3-billion worth of property. Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, however, estimated the damage at $1.5 billion.

Jasareno said the burning of equipment, vehicles and facilities of Taganito Mining Corp., Taganito HPAL Nickel Corp. and Platinum Group Metals Corp. would take its toll on the investment climate in general.

Besides, such attacks threatened the livelihood of thousands of Filipinos employed by the mines, and the revenue of the government, Jasareno added.

“It will definitely have an adverse impact. Investments are placed at risk by such attacks,” said the official, who received a flurry of text messages from stakeholders expressing concern.

“Imagine now an investment without security. While this is an isolated incident, it poses risks to investments,” he added.

Responsible mining

In a statement, the Chamber of Mines said the insurgents “may not want to see the kind of development that large-scale responsible mining has to offer since they thrive on poverty as it swells their numbers.”

Rocky Dimaculangan, vice president for communications at the Chamber of Mines, said the communist rebels’ threats to launch attacks on other mining sites were a cause for concern. But he said mining companies would continue to invest in the Philippines given government support.

“Chamber of Mines members are determined to pursue their projects as long as we have the support of the government and our host communities,” Dimaculangan said.

The military claimed that the three mining firms’ refusal to pay “revolutionary taxes” prompted the attacks. But a rebel leader said that the mines violated the group’s policies on the environment by destroying the environment and maltreating their employees.

There are 30 metallic mines across the country including 10 in Surigao.

The Philippines is the world’s fifth most mineralized country, with large reserves of minerals, including gold, copper and nickel. But extraction and production has been slow, hampered by bureaucracy and red tape and a concerted campaign by environment activists against mining.

Last year, investments reached $956 million. Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said last month that mining was forecast to grow 17 percent this year, with investments reaching $18 billion by 2016.

132 dump trucks, 9 barges

Among those razed were HPAL’s smelting plant, TMC’s guest house, 132 dump trucks, 22 backhoes, nine barges, two cranes, two bulldozers, a compactor and a grader, Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas told reporters at a briefing in Claver town.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the MV Con Carrier-7, a cargo ship of Aleson Shipping docked at Taganito Mining Port, was also bombed by the rebels at around 11:40 a.m. on Monday after they ordered the crew to disembark.

The ship was loaded with 9,000 liters of fuel oil, 368 liters of lube oil and 138 liters of hydraulic oil. All the 19 crew of Con Carrier-7 were safe, according to PCG spokesperson Lieutenant Commander Algier Ricafrente.

Ricafrente said five foreign vessels anchored about five kilometers north of Taganito had been advised to proceed to a safer area near Hikdop Island north of Surigao City or near the city port.

Single largest investment

The smelting plant, a joint venture of TMC and Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd., was expected to be completed next year at a cost of $1.4 billion and would have been fully operational in August 2013. Taganito’s nickel-processing plant is the single largest investment in the country’s minerals sector to date, according to the Chamber of Mines.

Matugas said the attack crippled at least 70 percent of the facilities of TMC, HPAL and PGMC in Claver, which lies 60 kilometers southeast of this city.

Emmanuel Samson, chief finance officer of Nickel Asia Corp., TMC’s mother company, said TMC’s mining operations and the loading of mined nickel ore at the company’s Taganito wharf would be suspended indefinitely.

“The damage wrought by the attack and the fear among foreign consultants and local workers that followed made it impossible for the company to immediately restart operations despite the presence of additional military troops in Barangay (village) Taganito-the mine area,” Samson said.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer learned that PGMC, which is based in nearby Barangay Cagdianao, was also temporarily suspending operations.

Diverting output

Nickel Asia Corp., the Philippines’ top nickel producer, will divert output from two mines to cover ore shipments from its Taganito mine.

The company also plans to hire equipment from other firms to replace machinery destroyed in the raid, allowing it to ship stockpiled ore from the Taganito nickel mine.

Shares of Nickel Asia on Tuesday dropped by 13 percent in early trading on the Philippine Stock Exchange after the mine operator suspended activities because of the attack. The stock ended the day down 2.55 percent.

5,000 workers displaced

Matugas said some 5,000 workers directly hired by the three mining firms would be displaced by the suspension of their operations.

TMC alone, which has announced it was suspending operation, employs more than 1,000 workers.

Matugas said the attacks would surely discourage investments in the province and would stunt the province’s aggressive tourism programs.

The attacks occurred at a time when the International Surfing Cup—participated in by a dozen American, Australian and Japanese surfers—was wrapping up in Siargao Island, she said.


But Robredo, who went to Claver yesterday, said the attacks were “isolated” and were meant as a “show of force” by the New People’s Army.

He said he was hoping that the mining firms would realize this and resume operations.

The government plans to “further fortify” security in the mining sites by adding more troops, according to Robredo.

Jasareno said that it was the call of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to secure the mines.

“I agree that it’s an isolated case. They were able to attack the mines with the military not being able to respond immediately. That’s not always the case. The military has been given directives to protect investments and it is strategically located to respond immediately,” he said.


The Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association condemned the attacks.

“We appeal to the government for protection of mine operations and sound investments which contribute the needed taxes to improve our economy as well as provide livelihood and jobs for poor Filipinos, among others,” Louie Sarmiento, president of the association, said in a statement.

A group of Filipino miners, Ang Minero, also branded the NPA raids on Surigao mines as “terrorist acts which are blatantly antipeople.” With reports from Doris C. Dumlao, Riza T. Olchondra and Jerome Aning in Manila; Dennis Jay Santos, Inquirer Mindanao; and AP and Reuters

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  • Anonymous

    Hapon pala may-ari kaya inatake.  Kung Tsina ang investor, hindi nila gagawin ‘yun.

  • Mang Dolphy

    Ano kaya gusto mangyari ng mga NPA na to. Maging komunista Pilipinas? China at Russia nga umayaw na at naging demokrasya na dahil kita naman na walang mangyayari sa idolohiya na ito. Gugustohin kaya ng Pinoy ito? Ano kaya yon. Di ba mga bandido lang talaga yang mga iyan? Tatakutin ka muna, tapos hihingan. Pag di ka nagbigay, pagbabantaan ka. Pag di ka sumunod,uupakan ka na.

    Mukahang nasampal ang bagong hepe ng PNP. Halatang sleeping on the job. Natutulog sa pansitan kumbaga. Ganoon din ang AFP. Sa laki ng operasyon na ito ng NPA di man lang nila nahimigan? Miserable failure of intelligence ito. Di kaya naubos na ang intellligence fund? Wala kasing resulta, di ba?

    • Anonymous

      I agree. The government must do all its best to pressure the AFP leadership to produce more satisfactory results from its intelligence networks. But i do hope that they Exterminate whoever was behind this attack and those who took part in it.

  • Anonymous

    Forget about the mining industry in the PH. Its not even worth taking a second look. Too many risks and variables one must be a FOOL to even consider investing in mining in this lawless place. Sobrang katangahan ang pumasok sa pag mimina sa Pilipinas. 

    Fellow OFW

  • Elvin

    they are just asking for money to fund rallies and demonstrations, to buy arms and to field comrads in the house of representatives

  • Anonymous

    “Any assault on a mine is a serious thing. There are investments there.

    Any assault on indigenous people is a more serious thing and inhuman……..the environment their ancestors had protected from any foreign and local occupiers is being destroyed by foreign forces with the help of their government………indigenous people should be protected by the government if their existence are threatened and being displaced…..

    • Anonymous

      AHAHAHAHAHA Your logic is hilarious. Investment in an industry such as mining had never been an “Assault” to the indigenous people of a certain locality otherwise Mining would have already been BANNED long ago. But no, Mining is a striving and growing industry in virtually ALL countries. This so called “Concern for the environment” is just a pathetic Brainless excuse by the NPA to justify their TERRORIST raids and STEALING spree. Now imagine the hundreds of people who will lose their jobs once the Mining firm postpones its operations. Will the NPA be willing to share its STOLEN money to support the livelihood of these poor folks? I think NOT. You and your fellow Commie Terrorists have no place in the civilized world.

  • np cruz

    Yan ang gawa nila: 5,000 workers directly hired by the three mining firms would be displaced by the suspension of their operations. To sow poverty and ignorance to the people. This is their strategy because they feed on poverty, misery, and ignorance of the populace to recruit more members!

    They are the plague that have been hunting the Philippines for decades kaya wala tayong pag-unlad! I say, kill them all. Kill all these NPA extortionist, terrorists!

    • Anonymous

      Thats right. They must be Exterminated like filthy Rats!

  • ChameleonO

    Done by the largest, most powerful extortion company of the Philippine – the NPA.

  • ChameleonO

    The question is: Does the diffident Noynoy have the political will to order the extermination of this extortion corporation of the NPA? Next: Does the PNP and military have the plan to exterminate the extortion company which some of their elements are members of the joint-venture extortion corporation?

  • Anonymous

    i salute the NPA.they value the environment than the national government. allowing mining company to operate is the same as destroying our future environment. i belong to indigenous group, and I grow up in mining site – we suffered the  negative effects  of mining  than the advantageous. 

    • Earth Sky

      your as ignorant as the NPA, meron ka bang ipapakain sa 5,000 people. Do you u know that the laptop or computer or cellphone you have used to post your reply came from mining? At ano naman ang binigay ng NPA sa yo for you to salute them? Have you seen the ECC/FMRDP of TMC? They invested millions of pesos to enhance and protect the environment, deployed advance technique in propagating trees na kinakaingin naman ng mga lumads. Still they continue educating ang helping the community by delivering ways to have a sustainable livelihoods. I was wondering, ano kaya natulong mo sa bansang Pilipinas to say these things? Me I have at least contributed almost a million since I started working, kahit P100 lng ang naibigay ng gobyerno sa environment at least meron akong contribution, not to mention the 200 trees I planted during the national greening month.

    • Anonymous

      i hope you can bring your concern to the proper authority.

  • ChameleonO

    Isolated? Is Robredo thinking rightly and sanely? The practice had long been done and it is still isolated? &^$#%!=

  • Anonymous

    Mababaliw at maloloka si Karl Marx sa mga to. ginagamit na lang ng NPA ang komunismo. pero hindi na komunismo ito. kabaliwan na to.

    • Anonymous

      Obvious is Obvious. NPA’s Commie Ideology is but a farce meant as cover to justify their Criminal Acts. These Pigs are just mere Thieves and Murderers in disguise.

  • Victor Villanueva

    In one article here in PDI: “The communist rebels allegedly held Japanese nationals on site briefly and told them of these reasons. “There was never a mention of revolutionary taxes. The (communist rebel) leaders kept on saying that they will destroy the mining infrastructure in the area,” the source said.”

    In another article here in PDI: “The NPA, which has nearly 5,000 fighters across the archipelago, often resorts to attacking rural businesses such as mining companies if they refuse to pay “revolutionary taxes.”However, Samson said the communists had not demanded any payments from them.

    Neither were the hostages held for more than three hours nor for ransom. “Revolutionary taxes” or “extortion” was never an issue here. It was clearly an act of punishment against these multinational mining companies.

    So stop it with your extortion BS. The government will do all it can to demonize and bastardize this patriotic act by the NPA.

    • Anonymous

      You call this “patriotic act of the NPA”?? Revolutionary taxes, destruction of properties and senseless killings now a “patriotic act”?? C’mon, get real…

      • Anonymous

        He’s BRAINWASHED and perhaps even had a LOOSE SCREW somewhere inside his head so take no surprise with that LOL

    • Anonymous

      *YAWN* so how much pay do you get from your NPA comrades to spread COMMIE LIES and PROPAGANDA in a Democratic news domain such as PDI? Or do you simply have no other choice but to obey or else something nasty will happen to one of your Family members?!? Eitherway YOU and your COMMIE friends are a certified FAILURE in life LoL!

    • Anonymous

      right, it is not extortion.

      NPA’s are PRO-ENVIRONMENT that is why they need to burn those mining equipment.

      NPA’s are against GLOBAL WARMING that is why they burned 12 buses of Victory Liner because the exhausts contain carbon monoxide.

      NPA’s are PRO-HEALTH that is why they burn cell sites. these cellphone signals emit radiation that is harmful to the health of the masa.

      That is why you fascist puppets of the Imperialist US of A, and propagandists and anti-commie of this semi-feudal, semi-colonial watchamacallit, stop saying that the NPA are extortionists. NPA’s do these for your own good.. you know..

      • Earth Sky

        I AM PRO-ENVIRONMENT and PRO-HEALTH pero ANTI-NPA haven’t experienced being faced to faced with an NPA batallion do you? Kasi kung nakita mo sila and how they write in paper their campaigns? I wish I could show you a drawing of their propaganda writen in a 4″x5″ newsprint with the name of their batallion, halos di maporma ang mga letra, you would say, ang bobo talaga ng mga eto. kadalasan sa mga myembro nila ay hindi man lang nakatungtong ng grade1 and you expect them to have sound judgement on their advocacies? Sana sunugan ka rin ng livelihood ng NPA para malaman mo ang feeling. Meron dito sa amin, tindahan na maliit, ang kita nya buwan2 ay 5,000 hinihingan siya ng 10,000 buwan2 ng NPA, nagpaliwanag siya ang ginawa ng NPA sinunug ang tindahan nya, nagutom ang 5 niyang anak. San ang prohealth mo kung wala ng makain at matirhan ang mga taong sinunugan mo?

    • Anonymous

       never a mention of revolutionary taxes- never a mention, but what about their deed? action speaks louder than words. they did that because the NPA leaders did not get their allowances.

  • Anonymous

    To the writer of this item, kindly do some researching before you post it, HPAL is not a smelting process like gold or copper. HPAL stands for High Pressure Acid Leaching therefore it is a leaching plant and not a smelting plant. When it comes to securing the mines,why not put a company of specially trained military combatants in the area just like in brgy. Rio Tuba, Bataraza, Palawan where a company of marines are camped in the vicinity of the barangay.I think, Sumitumo, the operator of HPAL and the Zamora’s that owned the mining rights will not hesitate to help maintain the camp, what with the billions of pesos involved.

  • Anonymous

    Comparing the attack to Pearl Harbor?  Why?  did you expect BS Aquino the Turd to react like Roosevelt?

  • Pablo Juan

    More like the Na’vi uprising. Don’t agree with the methods though.

  • Anonymous

    Shoot the messenger. But don’t disregard the message. This is a teachable moment, if anything. Mining companies may portray themselves as investors. But they are ecological terrorists in their own right. What the government must learn is that we should not rush to give away our natural resources. We must have a comprehensive plan and make sure that the resources, or what we get for them, will stay around to be enjoyed by future generations of Filipinos. We mustn’t forget the harsh lessons we learned from the timber industry. Indiscriminate logging left us with no lasting investments or legacy except for balding mountains, soil erosion and flooding problems. Will the allure of quick riches dazzle us to again sell our future for temporary gain? We are only borrowing these resources from future generations of Filipinos. Let’s not squander this.

    • Marlon

      everything that we use in the modern world comes from either AGRICULTURE or MINING.

      you ecological warriors are a bunch of hypocrites. do you know how many components of your personal computer which you use for posting on the internet your bullsh*t comes from mining?

      MINING, like every other human activity, will always have an effect on the environment and there will always be people displaced. opening up a mall in a city displaces people who previously live there, just ask the squatters who used to live on the land where TRINOMA now stands. the solution is to make MINING responsible and not banning it because it is like saying let us ban breathing air or drinking water.

      why do “indigenous” people think you are so special that you can’t be displaced by MINING for the good of majority? you are just using it as a license to hold on to vast tracts of land that you are too lazy to cultivate and exploit. why don’t you just embrace modernity like the rest of the world and confront modern world problems like the rest of us instead of hiding behind the shield of your being “indigenous” so that you can get special treatment?

      • Anonymous

        Such anger, dude! Your hatred for minorities and the underprivileged is as revealing as your ignorance and boorishness. Nobody said anything about banning mining. And, yes, there is a profound need to make the mining industry, not only more responsible, but to create a more lasting legacy for future generations who will be deprived of these finite resources. 

        As for displacing indigenous or any other people for what you call the good of a “majority”, that is really old hat. That’s what they said when they conducted pogroms in Russia, when the Nazis exterminated millions in death camps, when Stalin had the Gulag, when the Khmer Rouge carried out their Killing Fields, when Muslim jihadists struck in 9/11. We hear similar excuses for Chernobyl, for Minamata, for Bhophal. Even for nuclear holocaust. Scoundrels will mouth justifications, even when there is no justification for genocide, murder or for plundering the earth’s resources.

  • Anonymous

    these private mining companies has nothing to do with the conflict of the military/police and the cpp/NPAs/bandits; but because they are making money by their business, these NPAs/bandits had been jealous to get a share of those money without investing and working for it, plain extortions & criminalities, ok? and these has been going on in mindanao & some parts in samar, ok? and the AFP knows these criminality and did not move efficiently because of the HRC who will protect these NPAs/bandits, ok? PRES AQUINO CAN DISMANTLE THIS HRC IN THE PH. AND LET THE UN PROTEST ON THIS, THE PH MUST MOVE ON HOW TO ERADICATE REBELLIONS IN THE COUNTRY BY USING FULL FORCE OF ITS MILITARY AND POLICE; THE COUNTRY IS AT WAR, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING FOR THE UN TO INTERFERE, OTHERWISE THE PH WILL BE DIVIDED INTO “PIECES” IF THE VISMIN PEOPLE WOULD LOST ITS PATIENCE ABOUT THESE REBELLIONS AND STAND AS INDIVIDUAL ISLANDS TO PROTECT ITS LOCAL INTERESTS, OK! again, the country is at war against these bandits, and extrajudicial killings are necessary to protect the local businesses and citizens; the UN (useless nation ) has nothing to offer to stop these decades of robberies & rebellions, and these bandits have their “friends” in Congress, ok?

  • iduniq

    This calls for a heavy punishment.  They should use technolgy to hunt those responsible and then insure they can never do the same thing again.

  • Anonymous

    Ako ay hindi isang pro NPA. Kung sakali na ang pangyayaring ito ay maykinalaman sa kanilang tax collection, ito naman ay nakapagbibigay pabor for the preservations of our natural  environment and ecology most especially the social and cultural forces that shape the life of a person in a certain communities. Karamihan sa mga foreign mining companies na ito ay dala na nila ang sarili nilang mga mangagawa na mayroon technical skill kumpara sa ating mangilan-ngilan na  mga kababayan na kung saan ang mining spot. ( Hindi totoo na sila’y nagbibigay ng maramihang trabaho ) Kung ang isang bundok ay nagtataglay ng mahalagang minirals, and buong kalupaan ng bundok na ito ay kanilang kinukuha at dinadala sa kanilang bansa dahilan sa kanilang modern technology, sa mabilis na paghihiwalay ng lupa at miniral. Malinaw po na ito ay pagwasak sa atin natural na kapaligiran na siyang dahilan ngayon ng pagbaha at pagbabago ng kalikasan. Ang mga ibon at mga uri ng mga hayop ay nanganganib na nangawala ng tuluyan dahilan sa pagkawala ng kabundukan. Papayag ba tayo na sa kakaunting halaga na ang mga dayuhan na mga ito ang higit na kumikita samamtalang barya at kamatayan ang sa atin!? Paka isipin po sana natin ito.

    • Anonymous

      so your point is to  find a solution to pre4serve the environment? if we can do mining that does not adversely affect the environment, may be you will agree? for me that is a win-won situation.
      but the NPA, my dear,”it’s all about the money”,

  • Anonymous

    Extortion & destruction of private properties are terrorist activities. Nothing can justify such crimes & the resulting displacement of workers. You can’t fight for environmental protection or social injustice through violence, destruction of lives & properties for you’re just perpetuating the culture of impunity & lawlessness exacerbating the sufferings of this nation! You’re NOT patriots!

  • iduniq

    Fools are easily swayed by the cover of their criminal act which is to protect the environment.  There are non-violent ways to pursue such objective to avoid senseless loss of properties and lives.  These hooligans are all after the funds; through extortion.

  • Earth Sky

    NPA has been here since 1960, to all readers, have you ever wondered that this insurgency has been going on more than 4 decades? Sa ibang bansa, nanalo or natalo na ang mga insurgents na kasabayan ng NPA sa atin parang naglalaro na lang ang Military and NPA. To sum it up, all of us Filipino who are paying our taxes religiously are sponsoring our brilliant PMAers. But then, lets take a look at the bigger picture. Kung walang NPA, wala din silang mga military. In short, sayang ang mga naglalakihang utak ng mga sinanay na PMAers para grumadweyt ng walang tutugisin, syempre d papayag ang mga yan na hanggang kawatan at holdaper na lang ang tutugisin nila makikipagkumpetinsya pa sila sa mga buwayang pulis. Dahil kung tutuusin, kung gustong ubusin ng mga military ang 5000 forces ng NPA sa buong pilipinas, baka isang linggo ubos na yan, pero syempre ayaw nila, mawawalan sila ng trabaho. Di baling merong NPA hanggang magunaw ang mundo, basta lang meron silang trabaho. But then again, pwede namang magnegosyo kung gugustuhin lang talaga or to venture to some other livelihood na ang trabaho ay di ang pumatay ng kapwa tao.

    • Anonymous

      mrming bansa sa mundo ang walang gyera pero may sundalo, at hindi pwedeng walang armed forces and isang state. so kht wala na ang mga npa, abu sayyaf at milf, pls resea4rch… i know you are smart, it is wrong to think that the PMAers will prefer to go the jungles and mountains and risk their lives, fight the enemies na mas kabisado ang battlefield kesa sa kanila. hey, they would prefer doing administrative jobs and be close with their families. 
      but this does not mean that they will not go to war if needed, its their reason of existence. and if they do corrupt acts they should be punished sa lalaong madaling panahon (baka kasi sabihin mo administrative na lng na trabaho para maka pangurap, no, kill them if you want if they do that, they are betraying the trust of the people whom they serve)
      absence of war does not mean no need of soldiers, that’s what i want to say 

  • muddy

    Surely there are better ways to protect the environment and ensure better working conditions. The communist party needs to grow up and help figure these solutions out before resorting to guns and bombs.

  • Earth Sky

    Your one those armchair critic! your saying things and describing things in a distant, yong kahit anino ng pamamaraan nila sa kanilang advocacies ay di mo naranasan pero kung makapacomment parang ikaw ang nawalan. Base sa kumento mo, parang you experienced how it was burned alive sa chernobyl na para bang nandon ka ng mag-order si Hitler ng mass murder. Hahahaha Punta ka dito sa Mindanao, dito sa Talaingod at ipakilala kita sa kahit isang myembro ng mg NPA, malalaman mo kung gano nakakasulasok yong ideology nila na sya mismo gustong umalis pero natatakot kasi patayin siya sampu ng kanyang pamilya.

  • Banana Na

    dapat hulihin ang mga NPA dyan sa SURIGAO…tax lang yata ang gusto nila o baka di tunay na NPA mga yun,,,matatakot ang mga company mag-invest yan sa mining…di ako sang-ayon sa mining kasi nakakasira ng KALIKASAN…

  • Anonymous

    i don’t see how these NPA extortionists are going to change our country, perhaps by burning all business establishments and take Philippines back to stone age.

    • Fan

      yes, they’re like the Taliban, they will forcefully make peasants of everybody working only in the fields w/ploughshares and sickle, banning all private property and legal structures such as the constitutions and all basic laws of the land, abolish all educational , financial, commercial, governmental structures, etc..

  • Anonymous

    they have persisted for far too long! i will put up my hard earned dollars to finance the government to eradicate these terrorists out of the face of the earth!

  • Anthony

    Clearly an act of “War” of the third kind for my definition. Government response should be heightened security with deployment of the military to defend mining sites. 

  • Anonymous

    Wala na bang respeto pagdating sa pag-aari talaga sa mga panahong ito? Ay.

  • joboni96

    those who are benefiting from the mine
    1. businessmen
    2. contractors
    3. stock brokers etc
    are singing in one chorus

    how about the people affected by mine wastes, etc
    i’m sure they are positive

    pearl harbor? good pr ploy
    shows your u.s. mentality

    and sen enrile, drilon, et al
    wants to amend the constitution
    for more foreign ownership

    nationalize these mines and
    sell the shares to the public, not the stock market
    retain the nationalistic managers

  • Anonymous

    Each nation whether the US, England, France, etc, etc, had to face civil war at one stage in their history and they came out prosperous and resolute after it! This event will serve as a defining moment in our history! Either we confront this hideous and cowardly attack on our economic and social way of life, or we shirk away and endure this affront to our democratic system of governance!

    We have talked enough! Now is the time for war!

  • Anonymous

    isa lang solusyon jan, burahin na sa ilalim ng lupa ang mga NPA na yan, wala naman silang nagagawang maganda sa bansa eh.  Laos na ang komunismo, matagal na itong patay!

  • Boy Mcdo

    vic villanueva is a propagandist or npa? why do he likes much about the npa? f* ck, they burned several of our eqpts. but is it not owned by tmc or thpal. it is owned by subcontractors who only serve the purpose of business not just for mining but for other industries. now, how can you explain that as a patriotic act?

    as i ve said many times in PDI, if they want to stop the mining, lobby the congress/senate as they have the power to do it. 2nd if you wish to have this kind of industries, let and require the DOLE, DENR, MGB do their job. How about the local govt, why do they issue business permits if they are against this?
    what if the people there in taganito, urbiztondo (claver even the whole surigao) dont sell foods to the workers, do not sell water, do not rent their houses and stop those services that workers needed at mining site? they dont because, they like mining also, their livelihood is based on this industry to tell you.
    how about the local people, why do they work for taganito mining if they are against it? no jobs or they dont want to be farmers / fishers anymore?

    how about the police and armed (no) force of the phils? the criminals are burning the site since past 9am yet until 4pm no help from them? what f* uck i happening in our country (an old VP said)?  dont we have helicopters, simba or batallion of soldiers in surigao , davao areas? 6 hrs late from the action? my goodness, this is worse than watching a pinoy action movie. sa pelikula minutes lang nalalate ang police/afp dito more than 4hrs? worst case, walang nahuli kahit isa sa mga npa….

    naghihirap ang ating bansa ndi dahil sa mining, ndi dahil sa logging, ndi dahil sa fishing, ndi dahil sa oil exploration. naghihirap tau dahil sa greed ng mga businessmen at mga politicians. greed can be controlled if the govt is working. the govt can control the business environment, the natural resource if they have the WILL and moral to do so. why govt issue permits if the company is violation labor, safety and environmental laws? meaning this is like a disease that is hard to cure. CANCER, in my estimate Mindanao will still be poorer of the poorest a least in the next 20 years. But may paraan pa para magbago.

  • Anonymous

    Sri Lankan military forces have eliminated the Tamil Tigers last 2009. Why cant the military do the same thing for the NPA?

  • Anonymous

    This atrocity came at,

    a time when an honest administration is trying its best to rehabilitate this pitiful country,
    a time when the MILF has expressed peace,
    a time when half the country is devastated by Pedring and Quiel,
    a time when billions of money lost and precious lives are gone,
    a time when collaboration is required and not destruction,

    yet the NPA can justify its actions in our name?! such insensitivity! such callousness!

    and we wonder why they are still around…

    wake up Filipinos! defy these NPAs! make war with these terrorists!

    • Anonymous

      They alowed themselves to be used by China. China Wants to get mining here…..wants spratly. China is presuring Pnoy to let go of spratly and its oil in exchange of not funding the NPA.

  • Sykotik

    If Marcos was alive, we’d be in Martial Law by now! :-o

    Well, Executive Secretary Ochoa said this was just an”isolated case”. So, no worries.

  • Anonymous

    madlos kuni ka na ng idol mo na si satanas, pahirap kasa masa sampu ng ksama mo.

  • Anonymous

    I suggest that all mining firms and other businesses that receive constant Threats from the NPA form an alliance and hire mercenary groups to hunt down and punish these Barbaric COMMIE TERRORISTS. Maybe they also salvage a few raw organs from the fallen NPA terrorists to generate extra revenues! Its time to teach these soil people a lesson

  • Anonymous

    Lagi na lang sinasabi na isolated case. Disintunado na ang katwiran na yan. Isang paraan ng pag iwas sa responsibilidad. Narinig na natin yan sa maraming pagkakataon.Dapat akuin ng gobyerno na hindi nabigyan ng tamang proteksiyon ang industriya ng pag mimina lalo na ang mga biktima. Kung may dati nang kautusan ibig sabihin hindi isinagawa ng Armed Forces ang tamang security measures. Malinaw na ito ay isang pagkukulang ng mga taong dapat mag bigay ng proteksiyon sa bayan. Tigilan niyo na ang “that is an isolated case” na excuse kasi kayo na ang isolated. Parehas lang yan ng madalas sabihin ng Presidente at ng iba pang gumagaya sa kanya – “at the end of the day” – oh wala ring nangyari at the end of the day…

  • Earth Sky

    Para sa mga Anti-Mining..Wag kang
    gumamit nga mga bagay na may kinalaman sa mining, ang motherboard ng computer
    at cellphone mo is coated with 14k gold para hindi kalawangin. Wag mong gamitin
    ang copper wire na dinadaluyan ng kuryente papunta sa bahay mo at wag mong
    gamitin ang TV mo ng puno ng metals na galing sa mining, wag mo ring gamitin
    ang tubo na dinadaluyan ng tubig ng bahay mo dahil ang metals nyan galing sa
    mining. Ang sing-sing at earings mo, galing yan sa mining, bakit pwede mo bang
    itanim ang mga metals? Kahit isang metal lang ang tanggalin sa buhay natin,
    kahit ang copper na lang. Magdidilim ang buong mundo. Ganon ka importante ang
    mining sa buhay ng isang tao.

    Dito sa amin, where everything
    happens, from NPA extortion and burning of business establishments, to Military
    summary killings and torture, to political battle between clans and territorial
    fights, indigenous people claims and tribal wars, environmental degradation of
    small scale miners. It’s like a molotov of chaos, ni minsan hindi ko mafeel ang
    presensya ng good governance ng kahit na sinong president. Parang gusto ko
    tuloy na iseparate na ang Mindanao sa Visayas at Luzon, para ang pera ng
    Mindanao para sa Mindanao, I’m sure maalagaan naming ang mga sarili namin. In time,
    gagawin naming etong parang Singapore or Japan. We will eradicate Abusayaf and
    NPA, promote tourism, agriculture and responsible mining. Hindi yong pera ng
    Mindanao, pinag-aagawan lang ng balahura at gahamang pulitiko sa Luzon. Kelan
    kaya darating ang panahon na ang Presidente ay ditto mamahay sa Mindanao para
    ma experience nila first hand ang mga nangyayari. Hindi yong sa TV lang nila

    • Anonymous

      You  do understand the culture of laziness that’s rampant in the South right?

      • Earth Sky

        Laziness? At sinong tiga Mindanao ang nanghingi sa yo ng pagkain? Maybe walang trabaho, dahil ang inuuna ng gobyerno ay ang Luzon, ang pera ng Mindanao ay ginugugol sa ibang parte ng Pilipinas. It’s like we one of the milking cow of the Philippines. Im from Mindanao and payag ako ng iseparate ang Mindanao from the rest of the Philippines, eh ang Luzon, Visayas kaya payag sila? Kahit ipusta ko ang aking buhay, they will never agree.

      • Anonymous

        Can you please enlighten us as to how much of Mindanao’s money was spent somewhere else?

  • Anonymous

    In any war, the element of surprise is really devastating: Pearl Harbor, NY 9/11 (2001), Tarlac PH (recently), and now Surigao (latest). What destruction a few can do to the many unsuspecting and unprepared. This is what the principle of focus and determination can do, even by a handful. If we Pinoys only as a nation can unite, focus and be as determined, we can surely achieve more. But some individualistic, selfish, and with a character of negativity can sure spell doom for any group, corporation (eg PAL), or a nation like Pinas. Who do we think should win? The righteous or the wicked? The answer is pretty obvious, isn’t it? It’s only a matter of time. God’s time, that is!

  • Anonymous

    wag natin sisihin ang government dahil walang kakayahan ang government natin na sugpuin ang mga sinusuporthan ng China na mga terorista. Magsamasama tayo na kalabanin ang terrorista

  • Anonymous

    The authors of this news feature thrive on sensationalism. Very irresponsible journalists! Why are they glorifying the NPA? Why compare the attack to Pearl Harbor? Well, it’s very convenient to attribute it to an “unnamed source”.

    Journalists should be jailed for such acts… professional incompetence or whatever you may call it.

  • Anonymous

    We can’t condone these types of destructive crimes, whatever objective it conforms and, the perpetrators have to face justice: no doubt. But surely within these 5-6 thousand NPA-CPP cadres, many would prefer to take the right path. One had to also compare, these projected destructions does not surface in countries like Australia, the US and Russia, but, in places like Papua New Guinea, Latin Americas and several African nations. Australian mining corporations for example; do not infringe on ancestral lands, and besides, 100% of the revenue output is plunged into its economy and towards the people’s livelihood.
    That’s not happening here. We have very limited state-controlled land accept for the boondocks and, that too is inhabited. Sumitomo Corp and the Bankers (who are also directors and shareholders) in Manila do provide jobs, but the peasants of the land do not get a fair share in real terms, accept servicing the combine needs of employees and retire with limited God given comforts. That’s exploitation by foreign corporations. What kind of compensation the land-owners get? Will Sumitomo guarantee a child’s continued study to college when they have dug-up and close-shop, leaving behind tainted-waste?  Malacanang must come forward and provide equality to all, and find ways to end this on-going squabble which is destructive by all means: to everyone.

    • Earth Sky

      Your also one of those armchair critics, why don’t you visit Taganito Mine Site and see for yourself if what your comments are true. Even in satellite map you will find that the town of Claver became prosperous due to mining. Have you been there to say that their peasants haven’t given the fair share? I bet you just read it somewhere that the NPA were demanding higher salary wages, IP royalty and everything but you weren’t there to say that it was really true. Just for your information, mining companies pay higher by at least 200% to their employees than other industry in the Philippines. Mining companies gives % royalty to the lumads to point the tribal chieftain kill their own just to get the money, this is terms of millions not thousands. I bet hindi ka pa nakakakita ng minahan sa tanang buhay mo pero you comment like your the one who have written the MPSA of Nickel Asia..

      • Anonymous

        You have taken my comment completely wrong. However, that’s your privilege. For one, violence of this manner is always deplorable and destructive for everyone,especially the economies of the host nation. The Tarlac incident is a clear reminder “they” can inflict maximum damage closer to the nation’s Capital and, is imperative for Malacanang to shore-up confidence to multi-nationals and security : by bringing “them”  to justice. I have not set foot that far to obtain a first-hand view of the Town and review its progress.
        My comment was generalized to cover the workings of large foreign corporations throughout this nation and in addition, over the proposition of equity change, which may narrow the gap of fairness for the naïve and the landless. If you are an employee for a Japanese Corp., and an executive in the field of your talent, you are lucky. I know the Japanese and Korean mindsets, when it comes to commerce: in the US, Europe and Australia their approach is clinical. This is why, Asean’s Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia (even Indonesia) have set certain standards for fair-play, when it involves multi-nationals, especially those coming from Asia.

  • Anonymous

    Any kind of progress in a particular territory is BAD BUSINESS  for the NPA. They don’t want any progress happening in their area of jurisdiction.

  • Earth Sky

    Hi Edward, 60% of our gross income goes to the national government which is based in Luzon, 60% of Visayas’ gross income goes to Luzon, and the 60% of Luzon’s income goes to them, you do the math. If Mindanao’s gross income per annum is at P1 billion, 600 mil would go to Luzon, 400 mil come back to us. Imagine what 600million could to for us.

  • Anonymous

    The issue of mining’s bad effect is not the objective of the NPA. The message to malacanang is clear: stop fighting china in the international community.
    Your statement is to win the hearts and mind of the people that supports the NPA. That is also the statement of those who recruited the  lowly NPA memebers to join the terrorist acts. But the true handlers of these NPA leaders are to targeting the heart of malacanang’s economic plans to lure investors to invest in the Philippines. The message is clear.

  • Jeamergs

    Kung lahat ng naging general kasing tapang lang ni gen. Palparan matagal na sanang naubos ang mga iyan.

  • sampalok kid

    kaya pala palagi ka sa Hapon, Noy,. Ayan ang pag benta mo para magamit ang lupa ng Pilipino. Siguro walang royalty pay ang mga ito na karapatdapat lamang sa mga mining company contracts.  

  • Anonymous

    BY the highway, wala ba tayong intelligence dito, as in “British Intelligence” na may kasamang, “above average intelligence,” as well. Para noong ginagawa sa America or Inglatera. Bago pa man may sumabog o may magpasabog, nagkahulihan na?

    • Anonymous

      di ba may nagsabi sa mga pinuno natin we are reactionary in general. kung saan saan kasing bulsa napupunta ang intelligence funds natin. at tanungin mo na lang si norberto gonzales kung paano nagagamit ang intelligence fund sa pagpapasabog tulad ng sa glorrieta.

      • Anonymous

        . . . mabuti pa ang PCSO, maraming “intelligence” funds . . . lahat ng expense nila puro para sa “intelligence.”

  • Anne Torre

    Robredo considered the violent attack on the mining company isolated simply because he wants to run away from his job. He shirk in the thick of the atrocities done by the NPA, maybe sensing that this might bring pressure to his idol Noynoy.

  • Anonymous

    Where is the statement of the President? His reaction, please?

  • Anonymous

    If you want to stop something like this from happening without having to deploy large numbers of troops or policemen, hire PMC’s (private military contractors). They’re tried, battle-hardened, and proven; not to mention, ready to kill for the money you give them. Mining companies can definitely afford to hire them and having them around will make the NPA think twice about messing with them.

  • Anonymous

    You have taken my comment completely wrong. However, that’s your privilege. For one, violence of this manner is always deplorable and destructive for everyone,especially the economies of the host nation. The Tarlac incident is a clear reminder “they” can inflict maximum damage closer to the nation’s Capital and, is imperative for Malacanang to shore-up confidence to multi-nationals and security : by bringing “them”  to justice. I have not set foot that far to obtain a first-hand view of the Town and review its progress.
    My comment was generalized to cover the workings of large foreign corporations throughout this nation and in addition, over the proposition of equity change, which may narrow the gap of fairness for the naïve and the landless. If you are an employee for a Japanese Corp., and an executive in the field of your talent, you are lucky. I know the Japanese and Korean mindsets, when it comes to commerce: in the US, Europe and Australia their approach is clinical. This is why, Asean’s Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia (even Indonesia) have set certain standards for fair-play, when it involves multi-nationals, especially those coming from Asia.

  • badz

    These incident is a good example on how the current administration can handle this internal issues within sa bansa natin, Filipinos vs. Filipinos interest.  Napakabigat na problema eto and this would lead to economic crisis sa bansa natin pag hindi magawan ng solution.  Eto na ang pagkakataon na bawat panig ng malacanang, respective government bureau and agencies, local government unit and local residents should seriously sit down and talk, seriously address the conflicts for the benefit and prosperity of Filipinos and development sa bansa natin.  Lets move ahead!!!  Lets not be a BROKEN CULTURE.  We are lag behind 2 decades in our developed neighboring countries.     

  • Anonymous

    DENR-Destruction Environmental Natural Resources look what have done,Taganito environmental terrorist in the name of corporate greed you Rape mother nature.Poison the river,I dont like NPA ,but they are correct to stop the environmental damage,luckyly no one die……

  • Anonymous

    NPA’s are hypocrites. Destruction for not paying “revolutionary tax”? Really? It’s extortion trying to pass as a noble cause.

    • Hexel Dagooc

      are you really sure that it was all for extortion only or are you just parroting what the shamed military and police forces and the government said in the media?

      • Anonymous

        No, i just need a dictionary. Extortion by definition is obtaining money/asset from an organization/institution through coercion. Kahit saan mong angulo tignan that’s how NPA’s Revolutionary Tax works – pay up or else. No cause can be considered noble when you attach destruction and coercion to it.

  • Anonymous

    how will invite more investors like this? if we have a corrupt public official and npa both trying to extort u at the same time….trsut me i experienced both…… pareho cla pabigat….dont tell me ur environmentalist thats bs coz…so r the npa paying the bills for the 5000 displaced workers.. if they r uspporting  a family of four that’s 20000….. not only that  how about the local sari sari store wala na bibili sa knila dahil walang pera  tao…  sure they have a family to support din this number could raise to easy 40000 people without source of income….NPA u better think….kayo nasa bundok  yung mga leader nyo who knows where eating what they want doin what they want…

  • Anonymous

    Total war is the answer.
    Tutal, sinasabi ng mga bulok na NPA na tanging rebolusyon lang ang sagot sa pagbabago ng Pilipinas, puwes, total war ang isagot sa kanila hanggang maubos sila. Malaysia and Indonesia did it and they succeed.

    • Hexel Dagooc

      ang daling sabihin nyan parekoy pero mabigat na desisyon yan. naisip mo bang magkano gagastusin ng gobyerno mula sa kaban ng bayan para sa giyera na yan imbes na ipatayo na lang ng mga paaralan at ospital at kalsada. bukod pa ito sa collateral damage doon sa lugar kung saan magaganap ang giyera. the real world is not like Call of Duty or Counter Strike PC games my friend. in the first place, wala naman sanang mga organisasyong ganyan kung hindi lang pabaya ang gobyerno sa pagkilala at pag-alaga sa mga karapatan at pangangailangan ng kanyang mga mamamayan at kung kanya lamang talagang tinupad ang mga tungkulin nito sa bayan. isa rin tayo sa dahilan ng problema kaibigan sapagkat hinayaan natin na pamunuan tayo ng mga sakim at walang hiyang opisyal ng pamahalaan.

  • Derrick

    The mining attack was not an act of terrorism; it was carried out to save the environment from further damages, and to stop the mass dislocation of the indigenous people in the province who have been affected by these large-scale mining operations.   While the Philippine government has shown disregard for the indigenous people’s fight to protect their sources of livelihood and ancestral domain, the rebel group showed its concern for the indigenous people by carrying out the mining attack.  Now who between the elected government officials and the rebels genuinely serve their “bosses”?  Many of us may not agree with the political ideology adhered to by the communist rebels but it is downright unfair to brand this group as terrorist.  If there are terrorists in this incident, it’s indubitably the greedy owners of the mining companies and the government officials.

    • Anonymous

      Wake up. You are still in ideology period. You are being used by foreign interest. They take advantage of your dinosaur ideology. Am not surprised if you become terrorist some day. I hope your family will not be victims of terrorism if the people who likes mining will also get even by killing those against mining including you and your family

    • jhun jhun valdez

      are you one of them? so pity on you… if that was the case you are one of the terrorist, because you are the one who use the product from mining… i dare you!! before i believe you, be sure you did not use anything from mining!!!

  • Anonymous

    It’s nowhere similar to “Pearl Harbour”. The attack in Pearl Harbour was conducted under a cloud of treachery, and highest secrecy because there was no existing conflict between the US/Japan at that time, normal diplomatic relationship existed between the 2 countries and the attack was done by air. Whereas, in this case there is an ongoing conflict between the NPA/government,( although there is a peace process under negotiation),there was a clear indication of the impending attack,( treat and warning), and the attack was made on land by a  group of armed men. What was the intelligence people doing that they failed to notice a large group of armed men travelling towards a sensitive spot? Do we have intelligence in placed ?, or UNintelligence group . This demonstrates rather, the ineptness, inefficiency, and inability of our armed forces (PNP/AFP)in  intelligence gathering, contingency planning, and in implementing measures that protect the nation’s vital interest. Worst, it also portrays the deep jealousy that exists between the PNP & AFP. If we can not even protect our interest againts rag tags armed goons, within our territory under our noses, how can we protect our sovereignity in the Kalayaan group of island which is 18,500 kms away from our capital ???

  • Excom

    NPA as a terrorist – is a given reality. What they did in Surigao is simply another confirmation of their eccentric ideology. The morality of their cause is not only flawed but outright devilish. Only stupids will support their so-called struggle.

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