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The Tampakan project on Mindanao island has been described as "one of the largest undeveloped copper-gold deposits in the world"
Sand dredging is a problem in other riparian communities along the Mekong, including Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam
Sources said among those who remain missing are scavengers, drivers, supervisors, and company staff
Local media and sources in the area said that 40 people were buried in the landslide, which struck around 10:30 p.m. on Monday
Justice K Murali Shankar granted bail to the accused on condition that they cooperate with the investigation team
The local government of Davao Oriental province announced that mining operations in Banaybanay town had already been shut down
While it is unclear whether the mining is officially sanctioned by the junta, it largely takes place under the cover of night
The project, under the coal operating contracts of the mining companies, covers at least 9,000 hectares of land
“We have seen our fair share of destruction of lives and ecosystems .... Are these not enough for us to finally say no to mining?"
The campaign, which was launched on August 16, had already gathered 78,229 signatures