A Philippine court has denied an appeal by an Australian mining company in the Philippines to continue demolishing homes in a mountain village in northern Luzon to make way for mining. Last December, OceanaGold filed appealed to the Court of Appeals in Manila to annul an order of a lower court restraining the mining company from demolishing houses belonging to Indigenous Peoples in Didipio. The denial of their appeal is a clearly a blow to the mining company. London-based Columban Father Frank Nally, who worked in the Philippines and is a leading campaigner in the Working Group on Mining in the Philippines, describes the decision as 'hopeful' and welcomed the protection of the rights of poor rural and upland indigenous peoples.
Villager points out homes at risk